Madhugiri is around 120 Km to the North West of Bangalore. It is an ideal place to visit during weekends since it combines an outing with a trek. Madhugiri means Hill of Honey and you can reach it by road. You can travel by state transport bus or a private taxi but there is nothing like a motorcycle ride.
There are bikes for rent in Bangalore and you can get them at affordable rentals. Get on one and you can start from Electronics city and take the Nice road to Reach Madhugiri after three hours. Madhugiri’s claim to fame is a large monolith known as the Madhugiri Betta, the second highest in Asia. There is also a fort here on top of the monolith, along with a temple. Entry is free to the fort that dates back to the 16th or 17th century and it is advisable to start early in the morning, especially if you plan to rent bikes in Bangalore and ride in the summer season.
You can rent a bike in Bangalore and start from Electronics city and travel via the Nice road. You can cruise along on NH4 and enjoy snacks and coffee along the route. You reach Dobbaspet after a while and take a break. Then you ride the 60 km stretch to reach Madhugiri.
The NH4 is well travelled and you will find a number of restaurants offering various cuisines. However, you may like to snack on local foods at the roadside stalls.
For those who are not accustomed to steep climbs, Madhugiri monolith is a challenge. Park the bike that you got from bike on rent Bangalore company and get ready for the ascent. It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to climb to the top and you pass through 10 gateways. You pass a water tank along the way (now empty), rest a while and proceed upwards. There are temples and a whale shaped rock on the path. It gets steeper as you climb with nothing but rocks. When you do arrive at the top you can catch your breath and then explore the deserted fort that was once used as a storage depot. Climbing down is easier.
If you rent a bike in Bangalore it must be returned in time so can plan your return trip to start around 4 to 5 PM. You can plan your return trip on a different route that takes you 40 km to Gauribidnur and then 30 km to Chikbalapur, another 20 km to Devanhalli and 20 km to Nandi Hills before returning to Bangalore. You can explore Arkavati, Tippu drop and the Nandi temple on your way back. From Nandi Hills it is about 70kms or so to Bangalore, stop at Malleswaram for some food, walk around to stretch your legs and reach the city around 8.30 PM where you deposit the bike on rent in Bangalore at its rightful place. It’s been an interesting day, though a bit tiring.