Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga, is an ancient mountain fortress located approximately 70 km from Bangalore. This natural fortress is a popular trekking spot known for its challenging trails and panoramic views.
The best time to visit Skandagiri depends on what kind of experience you’re seeking. If you’re keen on a night trek to witness the mesmerizing sunrise, the winter months of November to February are ideal. During this time, the weather is cool and pleasant, and the pre-dawn trek under a star-studded sky culminating in a spectacular sunrise is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The early morning views, with the hilltops rising from a sea of clouds, create a surreal, dreamy landscape that is absolutely breathtaking.
For those who prefer daytime treks, the post-monsoon months from September to early November are a good choice. During this period, the surroundings are lush and green, and the clear skies offer excellent visibility for enjoying the scenic vistas from the top of the fortress. Keep in mind, however, that trekking in Skandagiri during the monsoon months (June to August) is usually not recommended because the trails can become slippery and difficult to navigate.
No matter when you choose to visit, remember that Skandagiri is a protected monument, and you need to obtain the necessary permissions for the trek from the Forest Department. Be sure to carry water, snacks, and appropriate trekking gear. And, as always, respect the natural surroundings and leave no trace behind.
Whether it’s for the thrilling trek, the breathtaking views, or the rich history, a visit to Skandagiri is a fulfilling experience. Time your visit well, and you’ll create memories that last a lifetime.