Built by Kempegowda in the 16th century, Huthridurge is on the nine fortifications or Durgas (Nava Durgas) built around the city of Bangalore. These were supposed to the watch posts to guard the city against intruders. The ruined fortifications are still visible on the two hillocks surrounding the village of Huthridurge. Back in the days of its glory, it is supposed to have been a seven-tiered fort. It has a small Shiva temple known as the Shakareshwara temple, a massive Nandi idol on the top of the hill and an Anjaneya temple on the way. The village of Huthri also has the temples dedicated to Veerabhadra and Narayanswamy. The village and the forest in the area also have a wide variety and diversity of flora and fauna, insects, birds and mammals such as wild boar, leopard and bear.
The easiest way to get to this fort is by road. It is a drive of about 100 km one-way. One can take the route that goes from Bangalore-Bidadi-Ramnagara-Jalamangala and finally to the village of Huthri. Many adventure seekers choose to take motorbikes on this route. The 100km stretch is partly on the highway and partly on country roads. The stretch up to Ramanagara, and partly beyond is beautiful roads, but after that, the terrain gets rough. After Jalamangala, you will spot the Narayangiri hillock. It is useful to stop here and ask for directions for the village of Huthridurga, as the place is not very clearly marked on Google maps. Navigating somehow through mud and country road, you will arrive at the village of Huthri with the hillock and Fort in the backdrop.
Camping enthusiast? Huthridurge got you covered!
The village is good place to spend the night camping. Carry your camping gear with tents, sleeping bags and provisions and the village offers all the basic amenities for camping. There’s a small spring nearby which provides for water source. Begin the trek first thing in the morning.
Breaking down the trek
The trek begins with a simple walk through plush green fields. Soon after, one passes a few homes. The trail to the top goes through seven archways/doors (dwarakas), and the climb is occasionally steep, but is helped by numerous steps carved into the rock. If it is a wet day, one might have to take extra precaution. There are some very distinct stretches of the climb- The fort wall, misguiding gateways, bare rocks and the green pastures.
This is the first stretch of the climb. This is also the most confusing of the entire climb. As one passes through the first gate, one gets a glimpse of the hillock, but once one gets to the wall, finding a doorway is the hardest. The easiest way to deal with this is to reach the first fort wall and keep going alongside it. One can end up going in the opposite direction, as we did. But if you are, eventually, you will hit a dead end in the rocks or the wall.