Shivagange is a famous hillock located 56 km from Bangalore that has
an amalgamation of temples and scenic beauty making it a pilgrimage spot as
well as a tourist destination. From a distance, Shivagange peak resembles a
‘Shiva Linga’, a representation of Lord Shiva. The water spring that can be
spotted on the all along the hill is believed to be water from the holy river
Ganga. The combination of the hill shape and the water led to the Shivagange.
Another major attraction of the mountain is the stone carving of
‘Nandi’ the bull, which attracts many visitors. Shivagange is considered to be
Kashi of South India or Dakshina Kashi due to the presence of multiple temples,
such as the Gangadhareshwara temple, Nandi Statue, Olakala Teertha, and Patala
Gange. The rocky features of the hillock draw many adventure sports aficionados
seeking trekking and rock climbing opportunities. Shivagange is a popular
getaway for travellers and locals whether they have religious or adventures
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Hub for adventure activities
Shivagange, in addition to being a famous Hindu pilgrimage destination
and a spiritual abode, is also home to many adventure activities. The mountain
itself is ideal for rock climbing and trekking. The trekking is suitable for
amateurs since it is well marked with man-made steps is 2-3 km long, becoming
narrower upon reaching the end. The panoramic view from the top is enchanting
and well worth the trek.
Local Food in Shivagange
All along the way
on Shivagange, there are food stalls that provide tea and light snacks.
Although you can carry your own food as well, it is advisable not to carry too
much food on the climb since the area is full of monkeys that are known for
snatching food from people. At the base of Shivagange hill, there are
restaurants which serve basic south Indian food, where you can enjoy a hearty
meal and recover from the exertion of trekking and climbing.
One Day Itinerary
Whether you aim to
visit the temple or trek or both, start your day early and reach Shivagange by
9:00 – 10:00 AM so you have plenty of time to enjoy the day. A Gopuram, the
large pyramidal tower entrance of a temple will mark the entry to the area and
approximately half a kilometre from there you can reach the foothill. A huge
Lord Shiva statue is located at the base of the foothill, marking the start of
the climb. There are numerous temples, statues and other structures along the
way that provide suitable resting points during the climb. There are man-made
steps connecting the temples and the trek is relatively smooth, with railings
on either side of the path making it safe and comfortable. The distance to the
top is around 2 km and generally takes 2 hours to complete.
At regular intervals,
you can find food stalls that serve tea and light snacks, where you can
recharge your energy. The peak of Shivagange is a statue of Nandi the sacred
bull, carved out of the monolithic stone. This is also a risky part of the trek
so tread carefully. Enjoy the scenic beauty and views from the top of
Shivagange, and aim to start your descent by 2:00 – 2:30 PM so that you can
reach the foothills by 4:00 – 5:00 PM. From there you can take a bus or
auto-rickshaw to Dabbaspet or directly to Bangalore city.