Makalidurga is a hill fort situated near the village of the same name It is 60 km north of Bangalore and 10 km after Doddaballapura on the way to Gauribidanur The fort at the summit has an old temple of Shiva with Nandi and in legend Markandeya Rishi performed penance here
Makalidurga Fort stands at the top of a huge granite hillock, huddled up amidst the chains of hills, formed like a valley close to Ghati Subramanya, a well-known pilgrimage center It has a fort on top, at a height of 1,117 m
It has become one of the trekking destination for adventurers Many people go for night trek to this place
The Makalidurga trek is the nearest railway trek to Bangalore It begins with a 2-km walk on the railway track from the station of Makalidurga One can also ride bikes to the beginning of the trekking trail as well A lot of refreshments is advised to be carried in case one wants to trek this hillock
Makalidurga trek is of a medium/difficult level There is a parking space created for vehicles in the base of the hill One has to just cross the railway track and turn left There is a small temple and some houses at the base of the trek It is where the trek starts There is a public notice by Karnataka Forest Department as follows: "Makali hills comes under Makali Reserve Forest This place is under the supervision of Doddaballapur forest department Illegal trekking is prohibited, which is an offence under Section 24CII of Karnataka Forest Act-1963 Strictly illegal trekking is restricted But on the public and trekkers demand, department provided the facility for trekking through online booking in website wwwmyecotripcom Night trekking not allowed Morning 0600am to 0500pm only" Also, after a few meters, one can find an open ground with a view of the mountain Turning right, would lead one to the trek path with markings all around There are fort ruins and a temple at the top
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