Bilikal Ranganatha Swamy Betta is a hill in the Indian state of Karnataka near Kanakapura town. Atop the hill is a temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha Swamy. This hill is filled with shrub forest. The adjoining forests are known to harbor elephants and other wildlife endemic to the area. There is an annual festival held once a year on Jan 14th on the top of this place to herald the glory of the Gods of the temples situated at this place.
What To Expect
The last 4 kms uphill drive didn’t have a tarred road and is an off-road experience. But we saw bikes ranging from TVS 50 to Royal Enfield climb the hill including one bike carrying three people. The off-road experience is one of the best experiences of the trip. The drive uphill had a lot of awesome viewpoints and was beautiful post monsoon. At the top of the hill is a small plain and a huge stone placed on it. Me and my partners were discussing how the stone looked. One suggested it looked like a shoe, another suggested it looked like a submarine and the other suggested it looks like a huge potato. You can leave a comment below on how the stone looks like. The view from the top is incredible as one can see the hillocks from the surrounding Kanakapura.
So one can expect a nice off roading experience, view points from where you can see the area around.
How To Reach
One can drive from Bangalore to Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta through Kanakpura. Parts of the road to Kanakpura is still under construction and has only two lanes. From Kanakpura, the road is only one lane and a drive around 45 minutes takes you to the peak.