Skandagiri is located in a village called Kalavara Halli, and hence it is also known as Kalavara Durga. At the foothills of Skandagiri lies one of Karnataka’s ancient and oldest mutts, the Papagni Mutt. The trail starts from Papagni Mutt and follows its way to the top, where lie the ruins of a fort that dates back to the 18th Century. Tipu Sultan conquered the fort which belonged to a local ruler and later he used it as a stronghold to fight against the British but was eventually surrendered in 1791 when Tippu Sultan was defeated.
The top offers a panoramic view of the four neighboring ‘Giris’ or hills and it is a sight to behold. Skandagiri is located less than 60 km from Bengaluru and just 3 km from Chikballapur and is well connected by road and railways. Therefore, it is an ideal year-round trek for first-time trekkers as well as seasoned ones and can be completed in 5 hours comfortably.