Makalidurga Trek

Makalidurga Trek

Bangalore, Karnataka, India
4.5 (22)

Makalidurga Trek Highlights

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Makalidurga Trek Overview

Makalidurga Trek (also known as Mahakali Durga Trek) is a captivating adventure nestled in the scenic beauty of Karnataka, India. Standing tall at an elevation of 4,430 feet, Makalidurga offers a thrilling experience for nature enthusiasts and trekkers alike. The trekking trail is known for its picturesque landscapes, dense forests, and mesmerizing views of the surrounding hills and valleys. As you embark on this journey, you'll encounter rocky terrains, steep slopes, and a sense of serenity that comes from being close to nature. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a novice explorer, Makalidurga Trek promises an unforgettable escapade filled with breathtaking vistas and a connection with the great outdoors.


Quick Facts about Trek

➔ Location: Bangalore is the location of the activity.

➔ Activity Timing: (From 10:00 PM on Day 1 until 12:00 PM on Day 2)

➔ Makalidurga Trek: 7-8 km

➔ Altitude: 1117m is the summit elevation.

➔ Trek Level: Moderate 


Makalidurga Trek Package Inclusion

  • Dome tent accommodations are available on a sharing basis
  • Tea, lunch, and Dinner 
  • All required admission fees and licenses
  • An oxygen tank, first-aid supplies, and a stretcher
  • Qualified professional trek leaders, guides, and support personnel
  • Bonfire


How to reach 

By Air:

➔ To reach Makalidurga Trek by air, you can fly to Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, Karnataka. 

➔ From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Makalidurga. The trek is approximately 60 kilometers away from the airport, and the journey takes around 2 hours, depending on the traffic conditions.

By Road:

➔ To reach Makalidurga Trek by road, you can take the Bengaluru-Hindupur Road or the Bengaluru-Tumkur Road, depending on your starting point. 

➔ Makalidurga is approximately 60 kilometers away from Bengaluru city center. You can drive your own vehicle or hire a taxi to reach the base of the trekking trail.

By Train:

➔ To reach Makalidurga Trek by train, you can take a train to Makalidurga Railway Station, which is well-connected to Bengaluru and other major cities. 

➔ From the railway station, it is a short distance of about 2 kilometers to the base of the trekking trail, which can be covered by a taxi or auto-rickshaw.

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Itinerary For Makalidurga Trek


Day 1 - Pickup from Bangalore


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  • RR Nagar – Gopalan Arcade, Mysore road: You will be picked up from here at 11:00pm
  • Banashankari – Bus Stop: You will be picked up from here at 11:30 PM
  • BTM – Udupi Garden Bus Stop, Near A2B: You will be picked up from here at 11:50 PM
  • Silk Board – Near Krishna Bhavan Restaurant: You will be picked up from here at 12:10 AM
  • Marathahalli – Opposite to Kalamandir: You will be picked up from here at 12:40 AM
  • Tin Factory – Bus Stop: You will be picked up from here at 1:00 AM

Day 2 - Hike to Makalidurga Sunrise Point


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  • Makalidurga is a midnight trek that will start at 2:45 am, you have to reach the Makalidurga base and get ready for an exciting trek.
  • As you reach the top by around 6:00 am you will be amazed by the beauty of nature.
  • By 6:30 am be ready to see the beautiful and mesmerizing sunrise at the sunrise point. 
  • By 7:00 am you will be heading back to the base camp
  • At around 9:00 Am Head to the Nearby Restaurant, Freshen Up, and Have Breakfast.
  • At 10:30 am you will start your journey back to Banglore.
  • You will reach Banglore at 12:30 pm with a bag full of memories.
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Things to Carry

BanBanjara Voucher
Water bottle
ID Proof
Ready to eat food
Power bank
Extra batteries
Personal medications (if any)
Dry Fruits and Chocolates
UV Protected Sunglasses (Advisable)
Quick Drying Towel
Lightweight trekking pants

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Makalidurga Trek Reviews


Shivank Pant


Makalidurga Trek is a beautiful and easy trek located near Bangalore. The trekking trail is well-maintained and offers picturesque views of the lush green hills, a small lake, and surrounding valleys. It takes around 1-2 hours to reach the summit, and the views from the top are simply breathtaking. Overall, Makalidurga Trek is a great way to spend a day in nature and soak in the scenic beauty of the region.




Trek is relatively easy with the marked route. You can't catch the sunrise from the top in summer as entry only begins by 5 am. The view is quite nice.




The mountain is quite steeper found it pretty tough to climb down. Guides on the tram of Banbanjara were really supportive of us and made sure we were safe. The view is amazing and it's worth it🥰




The trek was arranged nicely and it was completely safe to trek at night. Passing the night and welcoming the morning while trekking in between forests was the best feeling ever. At the peak the views are mesmerizing and the story about the fort from the guide was informative. We spent quite a bit of time at the peak and enjoyed it a lot there.




We had trekked before to the small peaks but night trekking was our first experience and was the best experience. Watching the beauty of nature during the night was worth a try and we loved it.




All our friends decided to trek here in the night and with the transport facility available it was a perfect night outing for us. The guide was great and knew the route well. We saw amazing beautiful views at night with the stars above us. At the top, the feeling was so divine and we got to see Shiva temple as well. It was a memorable experience.




We loved our visit to the Makalidurga top and the views from there. The sunrise view was breathtaking and we had captured many moments there and had the best sunrise view ever.




Trekking to the fort and seeing the Shiva temple early in the morning was indeed an amazing feeling. The views are beautiful and the climate was soothing and peaceful. It was a must-try experience.




A nice short trek. A good trek if you are a beginner. The view from the top is breathtaking.




It was so adventurous and enthralling trek. Wherever you see, it is dark but even the darkness on the paths could not stop us from reaching our destinations. Went on it with friends and had an amazing time. Must try it once. It is different from day trekking.

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Makalidurga Trek FAQs

How difficult is the Makalidurga Trek?

The Makalidurga Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. It involves a hike of around 2 kilometers to reach the top, with some steep sections and rocky terrain. It is suitable for beginners as well as experienced trekkers.

What is the best time to visit Makalidurga Trek?

The best time to visit Makalidurga Trek is during the months of November to February when the weather is pleasant and ideal for trekking. It is advisable to avoid monsoon season as the trail can become slippery and unsafe.

Are there any entry fees for Makalidurga Trek?

Yes, there is an entry fee to access the Makalidurga Trek. The fee is usually nominal and goes towards the maintenance of the trekking trail and surrounding areas. It is recommended to check the current entry fee before visiting.

Are there any accommodation options near Makalidurga Trek?

There are limited accommodation options near Makalidurga Trek. However, many trekkers prefer to visit as a day trip from Bengaluru or nearby cities. If you wish to stay overnight, you can explore homestays or resorts in the surrounding areas.

Is camping allowed at Makalidurga Trek?

Camping is not permitted at the summit of Makalidurga. However, there are designated camping sites nearby where you can set up tents and enjoy a camping experience. Prior permission may be required, so it is advisable to check with the local authorities beforehand.

Are there any other attractions near Makalidurga Trek?

Yes, there are other attractions near Makalidurga Trek that you can explore. Makalidurga Fort, located at the top of the hill, offers historical significance and panoramic views. Additionally, there are several nearby lakes and temples that you can visit.

Confirmation Policy

  • Upon booking, the traveller will receive a confirmation voucher via email, within 24 hours.
  • In the special cases of slots not being available, feasible alternatives will be provided to the customer, in regards to the customer’s preference. In such cases, a new voucher would be sent via email, consisting of the new travel details.
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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellation made 20 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 30% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 7-20 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 60% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 0-7 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 100% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Due to any restrictions such as sudden government policies or regulations, health hazards, medical emergencies, or unprecedented weather conditions, activities and tours may be nonoperational and be cancelled. In cases such as these, operators will attempt to cater to the traveller an alternate, which is feasible in nature. However, any refund would not be catered.
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Refund Policy

  • Any refund applicable will be processed within 7 business days.
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  • Carry minimum weight. It helps in walking faster in the mountains
  • Do not litter here and there. Keep your surroundings neat, clean, and green. Instead of throwing the waste around, keep it in your bag and take it back with you.
  • Alcohol and smoking are not allowed. You need to keep your body hydrated throughout the journey, so consumption of alcohol and any other kind of drinks and drugs is highly inadvisable.
  • The decision of the trek leader will be final and binding. 
  • Delays may occur due to weather conditions 
  • Any person with health conditions like Asthma, etc. is advised not to go for this expedition. However, if they so decide, it is at their own risk. Also, kindly consult your physician before you undertake this trek
  • Do not wander off on your own. Follow the instructions of your team leaders 
  • Please take care of your baggage. Lock your backpack with a small lock, instead of accusing others of the stolen items.
  • If you opt for a homestay, treat the hosts with respect and communicate with them comfortably!
  • Wear full sleeves and pants for this particular expedition, as the insects and forest leeches can get extremely active this time around.
  • Harm no animals and plants on the journey.
  • Always carry a water bottle and handy snacks in your backpack.
  • Always check the weather conditions before leaving for the trek.
  • Eat healthily and do not skip meals during the trek. 
  • Always carry a personal medical kit with you as cuts & bruises are very common during the trek. 
  • Do not carry expensive gadgets and pieces of jewelry. 
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