Date of visit: 17/04/2011
Crew: Maneesh and Trivikram.
Route: Bangalore —30 km—> Bidadi -20 km->Ramanagaram -26 km-> Savandurga
Bangalore to Savandurga can be reached in two ways. One is to follow the above route which we took where you need to take Mysore road from Bangalore. Then, continue in Mysore road to reach Bidadi and then Ramanagaram. After Ramanagaram you will find a board which reads “Savandurga 26 km” and you need to take a right from there.
The other route is via Magadi road which is comparatively shorter. However, I always take the Mysore road because of less congestion.
We started at 6.30 am in the morning and reached Savandurga at 8 am. Savandurga is the largest monolithic hill in the world. That means the whole hill is formed up of a single large block of stone. The height of the hill is 1226 m. The hill consists of peninsular gneiss, granites, basic dykes and laterites. The name Savandurga is taken from “Savinadurga” which means “fort of death”. Also, Saavana in Sanskrit means three time rituals. There are no footsteps in the hill. You can find many rock climbers and trekkers over there who love to trek this hill. Savandurga was the location for the shooting of the Academey award winnning movie: A Passage to India.
Video of Savandurga: