Savandurga is a hill located 60 km west of Bangalore off the Magadi road. The hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia.The hill, which is part of the Deccan plateau, rises to 1226 m above sea level. The hill consists of peninsular gneiss, granites, basic dykes and laterites. The Arkavathi river passes nearby through the Thippagondanahalli reservoir and on towards Manchanabele dam. Savandurga is formed by two hills known as black hill and white hill. The place was once called savandi.Savandurga was the secondary capital of the Magadi rulers such as Kempegowda. During the third Anglo-Mysore war in 1791, Lord Cornwallis captured this place from Tipu Sultan’s forces.
Sri Savandi Veerabhadraswamy Virabhadra is the main diety of this place and the temple is situated in the foot of the Savandurga hill. The temple attracts followers from in and around bangalore. The Savandurga hills is a major tourist attraction and it is famous as a trekking destination. The place is frequented by pilgrims who come to visit the Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temple sited at the foothills. Picnickers come to spend time among the serene environs of the hill. The hill provides some top class serious slab climbing routes in the world.Most of these routes can be completed in half a day to one day, depending on various factors. Some of the routes have long runouts, and most of them faces South or are exposed to South-east,When the sun comes up, the rock becomes quite hot.
How to reach :
Bus route : From majestic bus station, Bangalore,there are buses to magadi road. After reaching magadi road junction, Take any private or KSRTC Buses to Hospete Gate. From bangalore,Savana Durga can be reached in 2hrs 15 mins from Bangalore. Before you plan for any adventure tourism activities here, do research about the safety measures.