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Chinaga Betta Trek: The Perfect Day Hike Near Bangalore

Nature has a way of enchanting us with its beauty, and there's nothing quite like the thrill of embarking on a trek that leads you to breathtaking vistas and unforgettable experiences. 

If you're seeking an accessible and rewarding trekking adventure, look no further than the Chinaga Betta Trek. Situated in the scenic landscapes of Karnataka, this trek offers an opportunity to connect with nature and create lasting memories.



About Chinaga Betta Trek

Chinaga Betta Trek is a moderate hike located in the Thimlapura Wildlife Sanctuary near Tumkur, Karnataka. It is a great option for beginners who want to experience the beauty of the outdoors without too much difficulty. The trek takes about 2 hours to complete and offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

The trek starts from the Torana Anjaneya Temple and goes up to the Sri Lakshmi Ranganatha Swami Temple. The trail is well-maintained and marked with white arrows. It is important to be in good physical condition for this trek, as there are some steep sections. However, the views from the top are worth the effort!

Along the way, you will pass through a variety of different landscapes, including grasslands, forests, and rocky outcrops. You may also spot some wildlife, such as monkeys, birds, and reptiles. The trek is not too challenging, but it is important to be aware of your surroundings and watch out for wildlife.

Posing like Shahrukh Khan at the top of the Trek
Posing like Shahrukh Khan at the top of the Trek


Trekking Details

Starting PointThe starting point of Chinaga Betta Trek is the Torana Anjaneya Temple, which is located in the Swandenahalli village in the Thimlapura Wildlife Sanctuary near Tumkur.

Trek Route: You will pass through a variety of different landscapes, including grasslands, forests, and rocky outcrops. You may also spot some wildlife, such as monkeys, birds, and reptiles. The trek is not too challenging, but it is important to be aware of your surroundings and watch out for wildlife.

Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers (Going and coming back).

Trek Completion Time:  4-5 hours (Going and coming back).

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

Trek Permit Fee: 250 INR + GST for adults and 125 INR+GST for children. You can get the permit from the official website of Karnatakaecotourism.com.

Somewhere in the middle of the trek
Somewhere in the middle of the trek


What is the Trekking Route of Chinaga Betta Trek?

The trekking route of Chinaga Betta Trek is well-maintained and marked with white arrows. It is a moderate trek that takes about 2 hours to complete.

The trail starts from the Torana Anjaneya Temple, which is located in the Swandenahalli village in the Thimlapura Wildlife Sanctuary near Tumkur, Karnataka.

The first part of the trail is through a forest, with a few steep sections. After about an hour, you will reach a clearing with a view of the surrounding hills and valleys. The trail then continues through a rocky area, with some more steep sections.

After about another hour, you will reach the Sri Lakshmi Ranganatha Swami Temple, which is located at the summit of Chinaga Betta.

The views from the summit are stunning, and you can see for miles in all directions.

Tricky climb before the final summit of Chinaga Betta Trek
Tricky climb before the final summit of Chinaga Betta Trek 


What is the Best Time for Chinaga Betta Trek?

The best time for the Chinaga Betta Trek is during the winter and early spring months, which generally fall between October and March. This period offers the most comfortable weather for trekking, allowing you to fully enjoy the outdoor experience without extreme temperatures. Here's a breakdown of the seasons and why this time is ideal for the trek:

Winter (October to February):

Winter is the peak trekking season for Chinaga Betta and the surrounding region. The weather during this time is cool and pleasant. The clear skies and comfortable temperatures create perfect conditions for trekking and enjoying the panoramic views from the hilltop.

This season is popular among trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, making it a great time to connect with fellow nature lovers.

Spring (March):

Spring is another favorable time for the Chinaga Betta Trek. The weather remains pleasant, with temperatures gradually starting to rise as the season progresses.

The lush greenery and blooming flowers add to the scenic beauty of the trail, making it a visually pleasing experience.

Summer (April to June):

Summer in Ramanagara can be quite hot, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F) and higher.

Trekking during the summer months can be challenging due to the heat. If you plan to trek during this time, aim for early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

Monsoon (July to September):

Monsoon brings heavy rainfall to the region, which can make the trails slippery and challenging.

Trekking during the monsoon season is not advisable due to safety concerns and the potential for landslides.

Lush green valley of Chinaga Betta during monsoon
The lush green valley of Chinaga Betta during monsoon


My Trekking Experience of Chinaga Betta Trek

I recently had the opportunity to go on a trekking trip to Chinaga Betta, which is a beautiful hill near Tumkur, Karnataka. I had heard great things about this trek, so I was really excited to experience it for myself. I asked one of my nature lovers and also a music lover friend (he is a good flutist by the way) to join me. 

As planned, we started our journey from Bangalore in the morning around 4 AM. Me and my friend live in the same society so it was easy for us to sync. 

As we were about to reach Tumkur, the greenery and the scenes started becoming more and more beautiful and ravishing. We parked our car way before the actual trekking start point as the road was not proper but If you are on a two-wheeler you can go ahead till the trek starting point. 

We walked for about 1-1.5 kilometers and reached the actual starting point which is Ranganathan Swami Temple. There we showed our trek permit which we booked in advance from the official website of Karnatakaecotourism.com to forest guards. 

After that one of the forest guards accompanied us on the trek journey. The trail was well-maintained and marked with white arrows. It was a moderate trek that took about 2 hours to complete. 

The first part of the trail was through a forest, with a few steep sections. Also as we are doing this trek in August month, the trail is covered with big bushes and lush green meadows. 

After about an hour, we reached a clearing with a view of the surrounding hills and valleys where we took some rest and enjoyed the beauty of the surroundings. The trail then continued through a rocky area, with some more steep sections, and it was fully covered with fog which adds the cherry on top of our trek experience. 

Trek covered in Fog
Trek covered in fog

I have captured some photos and lost in the serenity of nature. After 15-20min we continued on our trek journey and this time we have to climb the final summit which is around 200 meters. As we are about to reach the top of the summit we found the trickiest and most challenging climb where we need to take the help of a rope to climb the big rock.

Trek Guide helping us to climb the summit of Chinaga Betta Trek
Trek Guide helping us to climb the summit of Chinaga Betta Trek

With the help of a trek guide and fellow trekkers, we were able to finally reach our summit point and it was truly worth every effort to reach the top of the point.

The views from the summit were stunning, and I could see for miles in all directions. I could see the Thimlapura Wildlife Sanctuary below me, as well as the surrounding hills and valleys. The air was fresh and clean, and the sound of birdsong filled the air. I felt a sense of peace and tranquility as I stood there taking in the views.

Chinaga Betta Trek summit point
Chinaga Betta Trek Summit point

My friend played his flute which added the musical vibe in the surrounding. All of my fellow trekkers also became excited and amazed by this melodious music session. We had great quality and relaxed time.

After spending some time at the summit, we started my descent back to the starting point. The descent was much easier than the ascent and we made it back to the temple in about an hour. Although we were tired our experience of this gorgeous trek was just marvelous and unforgettable.

I have covered my complete trek experience in my YouTube video: Chinaga Betta Trek-Perfect Day Trek near Bangalore


Key Points to Keep in Mind

1. Get a permit from the Karnataka Eco Tourism website before you start your trek.

2. Start your hike early in the morning to avoid the heat.

3. Wear a comfortable and good pair of trekking shoes and clothing that is appropriate for the weather.

4. Bring plenty of water and snacks, as there are no shops or restaurants on the trail.

5. Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for wildlife.

6. Be careful not to slip on the rocks, especially if it is wet.


The Chinaga Betta Trek was not just a trek, it was a transformative adventure that allowed me to commune with nature, discover my inner strength, and forge a deeper connection with the world around me. It was a reminder that life's most beautiful moments often lie beyond the beaten path, waiting to be explored by those with the courage to take that first step.

If you stay in Bangalore, you should definitely try this trek once and experience yourself.

I hope you got all the required details of the trek and enjoyed reading this blog post.


Thank you!

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