Bananthimari Betta - History, Timings & Entry Fee

Adventure / Trekking

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Distance (From Bangalore): 72 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day

Place Location: Near Kanakapura Town

Transportation Options: + Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 11 km from Kanakapura, and 72 km from Bangalore, Bananthimari Betta is a twin hillock located near Kanakapura town. It is one of the top places to visit near Bangalore for trekking.

Bananthimari Betta is locally known as Karadi Betta in and around the region since bears are spotted around it. Surrounded by plush green fields and patches of flowers and rock surfaces, the hillock is around 2090 feet in height and makes up for a moderately easy trek that beginners and experienced trekkers can easily take. Bananthimari Betta gets its name from the Devi Temple situated at the base. Bananthi means 'mother who is nursing a newborn', and Mari means 'the violent goddess'.

Bananthimari Betta is surrounded by verdant green fields which are mostly used by shepherds to feed their flocks. The Devi Temple at the base of the hillock serves as a great starting point for this 2.5 km trek. Bananthimari is situated between the villages of Konanadoddi and Kuthanahalli. The villagers are extremely helpful, in case you need help with directions. Most of the hillock is made up of granite rocks with patches of protruding grass and vegetation and a few trees. The coarse granite rocky boulders offer the perfect grip to trek and hike. The top of the peak is slightly blunt and flat.

As the height increases, the scenery gets more and more enticing. Visitors will be awed at the beauty of the neighboring vistas of the tiny little stream flowing amidst mountains, lush green paddy fields, and the tiny township below. Also, it is an ideal place for rappelling as the steep rocky boulders make for a great accent. One can also camp at the base of the hill near the village.

The best time to visit Bananthimari Betta is during October to March, when the weather is pleasant and suitable for hiking. It is best advised to not trek the hillock during the monsoons as the rocks might get slippery and there may be higher chances of any accidents. Midsummers might get too hot and humid for the trek.

Timings: 24 Hours

Entry: Free