My previous visit was to Antaragange which is in Kolar, this time I visited Shivagange. Shivagange is a mountain peak with a height of 1368 meters and Hindu pilgrimage center located near Dobbaspet, in Bangalore Rural district India. It is situated 20 km from the town of Tumkur and 54 km from Bangalore. The sacred mountain is shaped as a shivalinga and a spring flows near locally called “Ganga”, This place is having various temples such as Gangadhareshwara temple, Sri Honnadevi Temple, Olakal Teertha, Nandi Statue, Patalagange A historical rock statue of Nandi or Basavanna carved on top of a steep rock is considered as a spell binding sculpture because of its narrow location. Sharadambe temple and several theerthas such as Agasthya theertha, Kanva theertha, Kapila theertha, Pathala Gange etc. are found in this hill.
The place was under the control of Hoysala kings and the queen Shanthala, wife of Vishnuvardhana committed suicide in this hill out of depression as she did not give birth to a son and the place is identified as Shantahala drop. The hill was fortified during 16th century by Shivappa Nayaka which is in ruins. The founder of Bangalore, Magadi Kempegowda also improved the fort and kept a portion of his treasure in this fort
The area is a popular site for rock climbing in the Karnataka state. The entire trail to the peak is well marked and the presence of man-made steps (often carved into the rocky landscape, but sometimes made from rocks) makes the trail suitable for beginners. There are frequent rest opportunities with stalls serving food and drinks. The vertical ascent is approximately 800 metres, much of which is climbed towards the end of the path where the trail becomes steep and narrow – safety rails are provided in such areas. Monkeys are a pest in the area, often snatching belongings (especially food) from unsuspecting trekkers. Source (Wikiperdia).
I started around 6:15 AM with less than 60 KM to cover, considering the distance to be covered to reach top of the hill, I decided to start early. Roads were empty and good thing is that they have constructed new flyover near MES ring road which connects Tumkur road, which eventually saved a lot of time.
Around 7:15 am, I stopped by Shree Rathnam Restaurant to have breakfast. There are couple more good restaurants, but I prefer Shree Rathnam restaurant.
Shivaganage is approx 4 KM from this place. Once you cross HP fuel station and Kamat restaurant, stay on to left as we have to take service road.
Stay on service road for another 200 meter and then take immediate left. Roads are wide and clean and well connected too. As you get closer to the location, you get to see the beautiful view of the rock.
Just after this I took a right deviation with a welcome board to Shivaganage. Continue on the same road for another 1 km and you will reach temple entrance.
Started to climb around 8:10 AM.
Steps to reach
Veerabhadra swamy temple
Free meals will be served for devotees
Nandi ( bull )
Pathala Gange temple
Peak to reach
Steps carved through stones
You will get to see lots of Nandi ( bull ) statues
On reaching this spot, there are 2 ways where you can reach the hill. New route: take the left route from the shop. This is the easier one and most of the tourist takes this route.
Old route: This route is bit difficult but preferred by trekkers. I took this route as I wasn’t aware of new route.
Way to Olakallu Teertha. The route was completely covered with bush, so didn’t get a chance to visit it.
Now that half way through, I couldn’t move ahead as I was totally exhausted. So had to drop off my helmet and extra luggage on the way and move ahead.
Steps are very steep with a half a foot of space to place your feet. Be careful as you climb or get down but well supported with iron rods.
One section where its difficult to pass through.
First view of hill top. By the time I reached it was about 9:45. I took approximate 1:45 min to get to the top of the hill.
Have to be very careful while taking a loop around Nandi. its just a piece of rod on which you can place your feet to and have to take a loop.
Devotees lit the light during Sankranthi festival.
Quick points to plan your trip
- Route : Bangalore – Shivagange (60 km)
- Overall Distance – 120 km ( to and fro )
- Trip budget – 300 / head ( excluding fuel )
- Fuel station: 1 km from temple, on the main road where you take devaition ( indian oil )
- Carry Suncap, Sunscreen lotion, Water and Snickers
- Parking available for two wheeler and four wheeler
NOTE: Try to reach early before climate gets warm. And be aware of monkey, as they will try to flick things from your hand or bag at the last leg of the hill.
Bike mechanic shop: Near Temple entrance