Bangalore is blessed with attractive natural beauty with right temperature for trekking/camping. Some top trekking/camping destinations include Kunti Betta. Kunti Betta is a visually attracting hill in the old-fashioned town of Padavapura, marked by the two hills at an elevation of 2882m. The 3-hour trek is perfect for both native and international trekkers; nature lovers’ thrill-seeking couples and backpackers will enjoy this adventure.
The Kunnti Betta is about 130km from Bangalore has a mythological reference. Locals believe the Pandavas and Kunnti lived in the area during their exile. Pandavas killed the “Bakasura” by Bhema, so this place gets its name after the mighty Pandavas as Kunnti Betta.
During the night trekking adventure supported with fire flies, a starry night and local anecdotes make this a magical experience. The Kunnti Betta trail is a short but fairly technical one. It includes sharp upward and downward (sum rock faces require rope support for the untrained trekker). Traveling across first up and over a small hill and then all the way up Kunnti Betta, you constantly have the Thonnur Lake in view. The land consists of volcanic granite rock and few eroded rocks, with brief, extend of moorland (short grass, shrubby trees, and bush). Great views of surrounding fields, small hills, and the Thonnur Lake, make the Stone pillar the perfect outlook. On a night trek, there are spots sheltered from the high winds by large rocks that are great for lighting a campfire.
Kunti Betta is an excellent night trek for both the learner trekker and serious trekker as well as for the timely organized (seasonal) trekker wanting to do an easier going trek over the weekend. You can also seek water sports activities around this region.
KUNTI BETTA TREK DETAILS
- Difficulty: EASY
- Distance: 18-20km
- Max Altitude: 2882 +/- m
- Trek Duration: 1-2 Days
- Location: Western Ghats, Karnataka, India
- Best time: Throughout the year. Winters are best times.
- Nearest international Airport: Bangalore, India
- Nearest Domestic Airport: Mysore, India
Recommended things to carry:
- Personal medicament (if any)
- Sturdy Walking Boots
- Strong backpack
- Water Containers
- Energy Food (Chocolate bars, flavored milk, Electrolyte drinks – Glucose etc.)
- Headlamps / Small torch with spare batteries
- Camera / Binoculars
Although the Kunti Betta trek and the region would be interesting, the locals and the villagers are worried about people who interfere with their peaceful lives.
It would be advisable to understand and speak Kannada as it would be advantageous to deal with local people as people speak broken English and Hindi.
DO NOT indulge in drinking in these places. Not only you may get fined in large amounts, but also the place can be locked off and made unavailable to any others who are attracted to visit there.
WAYS TO REACH KUNTI BETTA
- Mysore International Airport is 40kms from the trekking spot.
- Padavapura Railway Station, Chikkaballapur is 8kms from the trekking spot.
- Either by own transport, or you can board a bus from Bangalore to Mandya or Srirangapatnam and arrange for transport to Padavapura. You can hire an auto to reach the base of Kunti Betta.