Being one of the largest monoliths in Asia, Savandurga did not take long to lure me with its promises of a short ride, tiring trek and some beautiful shots.
I used to visit the nearby Manchanabele dam for its vibrant sunsets and that is when I laid my eyes on the massive hills. The hills are a prominent backdrop to this place.
Located approximately 60 kms from the heart of Bengaluru city, Savandurga is a combination of two titanic hills standing tall in the midst of a forest. The roads leading to the place are narrow but maintained well which take you through a dense and serene forest area.
The foothills do not contain a lot of shops and there no hotels nearby as well.
The initial terrain is slippery and steep.
Trekking this place is challenging exercise especially if the sun is loyally upon you.
There are patches of grass, trees, and little water settlements along the way up.
I would recommend light clothes, gripping shoes and lots of water to conquer these hills. The view is breathtaking as you go tend to go upwards. Monkeys are a common sight all along the way and they seem to be very intelligent.
The hills are an ideal spot for people looking for a short ride from the city, people interested in trekking, explorers and photographers.
You need a sound 4-5 hours to trek up, explore and trek down the hills.
People rush in large groups to this for its religious and spiritual ambiance. But personally it was the photographic possibilities and the sheer enormity of the place that drew me here.
I was using a Sony alpha a6000 with 16-50mm and 35mm lens, although a drone would have been a great addition to the visuals.
That was my photo experience of Savandurga and it is something I would love doing again. Thank you for your time. Share your thoughts on this and don't forget to recommend it to fellow explorers.