ShivGange trek is situated at a distance of around 50 Km from Bangalore towards Dabaspete, Tumkur. Shivgange trek is also called as Shivganga trek. Here are more details about the trek.
Shivganga is a sacred mountain shaped as a Shiva Linga. There is also a water spring which flows nearby that’s called “Ganga”. By combining these two, becomes ShivGanga. There are a lot of places to be seen on the peak such as Gangadhareshwara temple, Sri Honnadevi Temple, Olakal Teertha, Nandi Statue, Patalagange, A historical rock statue of Nandi or Basavanna carved on top of a steep rock is considered as a spell binding sculpture because of its narrow location.
- Distance from Bangalore: 50 Kms
- Distance from Dabaspete: 8 Kms
- Distance from Tumkur: 20 Kms
Here are more details about the ShivGange trek:
- Trekking distance: 2 Km
- Trekking time: 60 Minute to 90 Minutes (depending on your fitness)
- Altitude of the peak: 4599 feet
- Facilities: None
- Ticket: None
- Guide needed: None
- Best time to start: In the morning
- Best time to visit/ season: Except rainy and summer season
- Trail Type: Rock-cut steps with railings at the last steep part of the climb
More About Shivgange:
There is a total of two shiva temples at Shivgange. At the foot of the hill is called Shivaganga Temple and another one at top of the hill, called Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple. The unique feature of the hill is that it looks like a bull from the East, a Ganesha from the West, a Linga from the South and a cobra from the North.
The Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple is believed to be very ancient, built in 13th century by Hoysala’s. The current structure was built during the 18th century. There is a huge rock with a large Nandi statue which offers a panoramic view of the plains below the hill. There is a fresh water spring called Pathala Ganga on the way to hilltop past Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple. The water here is considered to be as holy. The trek to hilltop takes around 30-40 minutes one way.
Places to visit near ShivGange:
- DevrayanaDurga: 30 Kms from Shivgange