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  • Kunti Betta Trek

    If you are lucky to stay in and around Bangalore and are looking for something adventurous to do over the weekend; then look no further and book the Kunti Betta Trek any time of the year! Just a few hours outside of the hustle and bustle of the urban chaos you will be able to venture into the wild and the rocky terrains for a quick adventure trip.

    You could plan a weekend office offsite trip for team building activities or take a thrillingly romantic night trek for a great sunrise view. Your college gang of mischief-makers can go for a fun weekend trip or as a solo trekker one can experience a night trek with campfire stories.

    The Kunti Betta Trek is a must-visit destination for the thrill-seekers even if you are a complete novice or a first-time trekker as it promises to deliver a unique terrain and a good challenge to experienced trekkers as well.

    Kunti Betta is located just a few hours’ drive away from Bangalore at a distance of about 130 km and situated closer to the city of Mysore around 30 km away. It is just 3 km from Pandava-Pura. It is a one-day trekking experience and can be done either during the day or can be an overnight experience. The night trek lets you enjoy a panoramic sunrise view at the break of dawn from an altitude of roughly 3,000 ft. You can also visit the Thonnur Lake on your way which is a perfect backdrop for some memorable photography.

    You will be picked up and dropped back from the city and the meal arrangements during the trek will also be included. You will be trekking across open fields and soon enough climbing over massive boulders and navigating your way around tricky sections over rocky terrain to finally make it to the summit.

    The day trek lets you experience the stunning sunset at the Thonnur Kere Lake while the night trek lets you in on a spectacular view of the sunrise and the vast open plains and grasslands surrounding the peak from an altitude of 2,882 ft. The night trek also lets you enjoy a lovely storytelling time around the campfire before dawn.

    Kunti Betta is a twin set of hilltops and got the name from the Hindu mythological epic story called the Mahabharata where five powerful brothers called the Pandavas stayed here during their exile along with their Mother Kunti. It is named after their Mother, Kunti who was one of the two wives of King Pandu of Hastinapur.

    It is believed that during their exile, Kunti Betta was Kunti’s favourite hangout spot and the vessel shaped rocks found there along with the pond at the top known as Kunti Kola was used by Kunti for cooking. Legend also says that Bheema, one of the Pandava brothers killed the demon Bakasur who was terrorising the local King and his followers. He slayed the demon here on one of the hillocks around Kunti Betta under Kunti’s command.

    A large footprint on the rocks claims to be evidence of the myth and Bheema’s existence. There are few historic temples dating back more than a thousand years at the foothills and the hilltops. Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is a notable one.

    Kunti Betta Trek Summary

    • State: Karnataka
    • Nearest city: Bangalore
    • Total days: 1-2 days
    • Grade: Easy - Beginner
    • Max altitude: 3000 feet
    • Total trekking distance: 5 km
    • Season: All year round
  • Kunti Betta trek 1 day

    Sketch Itinerary:

    • Pick up time: 6:30 am
    • Pick up location: Bangalore
    • Drop off time: 23:00
    • Drop off location: Bangalore
    • Trekking distance: 5 km
    • Trekking time: 4 hours
    • Elevation: 2882m
    Detailed itinerary:

    You will arrive at the pick-up point by early morning 06:00 am sharp. Pick-up points will be communicated earlier to you by the tour operators. Please ensure to not be late as this may result in missing the pick-up vehicle and the entire trek itself without any refund.

    A non-AC vehicle will take you on a pleasant drive outside the city limits towards Pandava-Pura. This will be a scenic 4-hour drive that takes you to the starting point of the trek. You will meet and get to know your fellow trekkers on your way.

    Once you reach the base, you will start trekking through sugarcane fields and coconut trees for a bit till you reach the foothills of Kunti Betta. From here you will start the rocky terrain filled with giant boulders that will make this trek a moderately challenging one.

    There are many trails to trek up the hill and it will be a lot of fun navigating these huge rocks sometimes scrambling over a few and sometimes crawling across some! In a couple of hours, you will reach the summit and enjoy some panoramic views of vast sugarcane fields and plains surrounding the hills.

    After some time for rest, photography and lunch, you will begin your descent which takes a shorter time to finish. The descent is also filled with fun as you will now be scrambling, slipping and crawling over these giant boulders to make your way down.

    Once at the foothills, you will head to the nearby scenic lake of Thonnur Kere. You will spend some time here and it is a great opportunity for some stunning clicks as the lake provides a wonderful backdrop during sunset. You will spend some time by the banks of this lake and then finally start back towards the city.

    Filled with adventurous memories and exhaustion of the day, you will reach Bangalore by roughly 23:00 hours depending on the traffic conditions. Time to say goodbye to your new trekkie friends and head home. Your trip ends here at the drop off location in Bangalore.

    Inclusions:

    You will be picked up from within Bangalore city itself and dropped back in the city after the trek. Transportation will be provided in private vehicles. You will be given vegetarian meals including lunch and evening snacks. The expedition will include the services of an experienced trek leader. All permit fees and entry charges and all applicable taxes are included.

    Exclusions:

    You will have to arrange your own travel to and from the pickup and drop off points within Bangalore city. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc. will not be included and will be additional. Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc. have to be borne by individuals. Insurance and anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.

    Kunti Betta trek 2 day

  • Best time to go/Weather

    The trek can be undertaken throughout the year and depending on the season, the views and the experience can be completely different. During winters, the cool climate and the clearer skies make it an enchanting trek and is the best time to do either the day or the night trek. The monsoons give you a splendid experience to take in the lush greenery and the rains itself make it a memorable experience.

    Even Summers can be a good time to try the night trek when the climate is relatively cooler and can be a quick weekend respite from the scorching summer heat.

  • Kunti Betta Trek - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Kunti Betta Trek - Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the best time of the year to do this trek?

    The trek can be undertaken throughout the year and depending on the season the views and the experience can be completely different. During winters, the cool climate and the clearer skies make it an enchanting trek and is the best time to do either the day or the night trek.

    The monsoons give you a splendid experience to take in the lush greenery and the rains itself make it a memorable experience. Even Summers can be a good time to try the night trek when the climate is relatively cooler and can be a quick weekend respite from the scorching summer heat.

    What should I wear for the trek?

    What should I carry with me for the trek?

    How difficult is this trek? Can kids do this trek?

    Is it safe for solo women to join the night trek?

    Are there any washroom facilities available at the trek location?

  • Getting There

    You will have multiple pick up points across Bangalore. Intercity transport will have to be arranged individually.

    What To Wear

    If you’re going trekking near Bangalore in the monsoon, carry the right rainwear. If you’re going trekking in winter, dress in layers to stay warm. During summers, a hat and sunscreen are strongly advised. A good pair of closed shoes with a good grip is essential.

    What To Carry

    A medium-sized bag to pack in some essentials. Carry at least two bottles of one litre per person, and some snacks or chocolate bars. Do carry a powerful sunscreen lotion or spray to save your skin, as well as an insect repellent. Sunglasses are also recommended for day trips during summers.

    Preparation/Fitness

    This is a beginner’s trek and involves a bit of climbing small stretches of steep climbs over big boulders and rocky surfaces. This can be undertaken by novices to first-time trekkers and basic fitness with regular walking or cardio.

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