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Makalidurga, Doddaballapura

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Description

The Makalidurga, 60 km to the North-north-east of Bangalore, past Doddaballapur town, has one multi-pitch sport route, one trad line, and two top ropeable single pitch routes. Getting to these routes is an old-school adventure, as the access is a bit of a hike in and requires locating the climbing routes.

Access issues

This is a minor forest. You can hike and climb, as per the forest guards, but avoid night-time climbing.

Trees for shade at West Cliffs. Sun exposed climbing on the South face.

Keep a look out for Snakes.

Approach

The south face route of ORY is best approached from the east of the hillock. The GPS Coordinates (13.425901, 77.506034) would get you close to the Makalidurga Railway station and railway line which abuts the eastern flank of the hillock. Best you drop the gear and other folks at the railway tracks and drive a kilometer to park the car at Gunjur village, and hike back. From the railway tracks, to get to ORY route, it is about two km hike. From Gunjur village, the hike is about three km. The desolate parking lot at the railway tracks is known to invite break ins.

To approach the west cliffs of Makalidurga, you would have to approach from the west. On Doddaballapur-Gauribidanur road, after Doddaballapura, take the left at the petrol bunk with signage towards Green Valley Resorts (13.372044, 77.509449). Go past Green Valley Resorts and take the right towards Gundamagere lake. Go through the village, and there is a rutted road that drives left of the bund (raised lake embankment) and get closest you can to the west cliffs of Makalidurga (13.432508, 77.493148). The hike to the west cliff climbs is frequently overgrown. Take a machete along to clear the overgrown trail.

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