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Skandagiri, a place above the clouds! (August 2008)

A trek to Skandgiri in search of the elusive clouds!

On way to Skandagiri
On way to Skandagiri from Bangalore, NH7 Bangalore - Hyderabad highway
On way to Skandagiri
Take the lane that leads towards Hyderabad
Skandagiri hills viewed from Chickballapur
Skandagiri hills viewed from Chickballapur
At the base of Skandagiri hills
At the base of Skandagiri hills near Papagni Mutt which is about 5 kms from Chickballapur
At the base of Skandagiri hills
At the base of Skandagiri hills near Papagni Mutt which is about 5 kms from Chickballapur
Directions!
Directions
The trek
The trek continues through dense shrub
Accompanied!
Accompanied
The trek
The trek continues through dense shrub
Chickballapur viewed from Skandagiri
Chickballapur viewed half way through the trek, from Skandagiri
Finally Skandagiri
Skandagiri conquered after nearly three hours of trekking
Camp fire
Camp fire
Sunrise in Skandagiri
Sunrise in Skandagiri
Sunrise in Skandagiri
Sunrise in Skandagiri
An abandoned temple
An abandoned temple on the hilltop
Sunrise in Skandagiri
Sunrise in Skandagiri
A view of Nandi hills from Skandagiri
A view of Nandi hills from Skandagiri
Finally the clouds that we were in search of!
Finally the clouds that we were in search of
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
Skandagiri
An abandoned temple
An abandoned temple
Receding clouds
Receding clouds
The way down from Skandagiri
The way down from Skandagiri
The way down from Skandagiri
Tipu's Fort
Tipu's Fort
Grass flowers
Tipu's Fort
Skandagiri hills

Skandagiri is around 60 kms from Bangalore and is located along the outskirts of Chickballapur. To reach Skandagiri, drive from Bangalore to Chikballapur on the Bangalore-Hyderabad NH7 and on reaching the Chickballapur take a left and get directions from localites to go towards Muddenahalli or Papagni Mutt.
The trek to the Skandagiri nearly took us three hours from base camp, we started off at around seven in the evening and by the time we pitched our tents it was already 11 p.m. The trek is steep at certain sections so beware and finally dont go without a guide if your planning a midnight trek!

Route:>>Bangalore>>Hebbal>>NH7 Bangalore-Hyderabad>>Chickballapur>>Muddenahalli>>Papagni Mutt>>Skandagiri