Adventure / Trekking
At a distance of 25 km from Chikballapur, and 91 km from Bangalore, Avalabetta is a hilltop situated in the Chikballapur district of Karnataka. It is one of the few trekking destinations near Bengaluru and among the popular one day trips from Bangalore.
Located amidst one of the minor hill ranges in the Deccan Plateau, Avalabetta is popular among the youth, especially trekking enthusiasts. The hillock offers a charming view of the countryside with hills, valleys, lakes, trees and is a green treat. The natural beauty and serenity of this place have earned it the name 'Nandi Hills without the Crowds'.
The primary attraction at Avalabetta is the protruding rock and the temple. The protruding rock is an almost unsupported cliff, projecting away from the main hillock. Youngsters who come here can be seen making poses and taking selfies at the rock. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Temple which is a typical Dravidian-style temple with a pyramidal tower known as vimana above its sanctum. There is a small pond on the hilltop, where one can sit, chill, have a nice conversation and look at the greenery all around.
To reach the Avalabetta trek starting point, you need to drive to Chikkaballapur on National Highway 44. From the Chikkaballapur Exit, head to the town of Peresandra, where you exit the main road and enter the service road, to reach the hillock's base. From there, you can either walk on the cemented road or climb a flight of rock-cut stairs to reach the top of the hill. The 2 km hiking trail leads through lush vegetations and offers views of large cliffs and boulders. The trek is easy to moderate.
Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM