Secondly, there is Sawan Durga. It is one of the prominent rock climbing spot in Karnataka. This place too is to be accessed from Bangalore. Durga means fort and here the travellers will find nine forts near Magadi. It is also said to be the biggest monolith in Asia. The second biggest monolith is located near Tumruk. The rock here stands tall at a height of 1000 feet. Rock climbing in places such as these can be very challenging and exciting. Another fort is located at a short distance. These sites for rock climbing are well connected by road from Bangalore. There is a Blackbuck ( Velavadar ) National Park and few temples in and around these forts.
New Rocks is located enroute Bannerghatta National Park via Bangalore. New Rocks is a small mouldering area. It is a good place for honing one's rock climbing skills. The next destination in this list is that of RaogoDlu. This again is a boulder field situated at a distance of 25 kilometres from Bangalore. It is located on the road that will lead one to Kanakapura. Thought it is difficult to climb on boulders because of undulating surface but it is more challenging. Beginners and practicing professional must be careful on these.
Badami is a well-known place with rock climbers. People from across the world come here to indulge in this adventure sport. The red sandstone rock has a long track to offer the climbers. Adjacent to Badami lies Hampi. The nature of the sandstone is such that it is fun to try pit rock climbing here. As a result it is considered the "Mecca of rock climbing".
Ram Nagar is one of the favourite sites for the rock climbers. The place is suitable for both professionals and beginners. It was shot to fame as the Hindi film Sholay was picturised here. The entire clusters of rocks are spread over a large area. There are temples at the hilltops. These temples are visited by devotees and remain crowded. However, the climbing areas are not at all crowded.
Antara Gange Mountain is located in the Kolar district and is scattered with hillocks and boulders. There are temples around that are worth checking out. Other rock climbing sites include places such as Chamundi Hills and Kunti Betta. The sport is so popular in Karnataka that several rock-climbing institutes have mushroomed throughout Bangalore.
(Last Updated on : 03-04-2013)
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