Gatikallu Viewpoint, Chikmagalur - Timings, Accessibility, Best Time to Visit

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Distance (From Chikmagalur): 70 Kms

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

Place Location: Near Durgadahalli Village

Transportation Options: + Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 4 km from Durgadahalli, 7 km from Sunkasale, 24 km from Kottigehara, 41 km from Mudigere, and 70 km from Chikmagalur, Gatikallu Viewpoint is a stunning vantage point situated at Durgadahalli village in Karnataka. Located near Ballalarayanadurga Fort, it is one of the best places to visit near Chikmagalurfor nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts.

Nestled in the lap of Western Ghats, Ghatikallu is a 600 feet 'one rock mountain' with the most stunning view of the valley below. There are many myths about this 'one rock mountain' when heard will only kindle the nostalgic feeling of being one with history. From this viewpoint, one can get a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks, grasslands, valleys, thick jungle, Ballarayan Durga, and Rani Jhari Viewpoint. This place is a perfect getaway from all the hustles and bustles of routine city life.

Gatikallu Viewpoint can only be reached by trekking through the dense vegetation from Durgadahalli village. The trail starts from Kalabhairaveshwara Temple at Durgadahalli, which is around 41 km from Mudigere. The 4 km trekking route from the temple to the initial forest section (from where the actual trek starts) is on a moderately steep mud road. Jeeps and other SUVs can go all the way up to the start point covering a distance of 1 km else just park your vehicle at the temple and start trekking from there. It is a moderate trek and takes about 30 minutes to reach the vantage point from the temple.

The most suitable time to visit the place is between November and May. It is advisable to carry enough food and drinks as there are no shops in the far vicinity.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free

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