A large metropolis forest in Bangalore, India, with miles of trails and views of the surrounding city.
About The Hike
Turahalli Forest is the largest of its kind in the city of Bangalore. With 590-acres of land accessible to hike, bike, and rock climb, Turahalli can satisfy a person’s outdoor needs without having to leave the city.
The main trail is a 3-mile loop with several offshoot trails to destinations. These include a Shani temple, a summit with abandoned huts, and a symmetric forest.
This is Bangalores last surviving forest making it a must see for anyone looking to see native plants and animals without stepping out of Bangalore. I didn’t get a chance to see much wildlife during my hike but I did get one good scare from a peacock taking flight right in front of me.
There have been rumors of leopards being spotted and possible doctored photos but this article seems like there has been something that has occurred in the nearby urban area – though surely no need to worry about getting picked off by a leopard mid-day, in downtown Bangalore!
Turahalli Forest Loop Trail:
Distance: 3.1 Miles
Elevation: 3051 feet
Ascent: 672 feet
Getting There and Important Information
The forest is about 20km from central Bangalore and can take over an hour with slow roads and traffic. There are several entrances to the forest which are necessary for proper arrival since the forest is completely surrounded with a metal fence. I used the entrance on 100 Feet Road but any entrance will be a short walk to link up to the main loop.
Turahalli Forest closes early in the afternoon and little information is available online. According to Google, the park hours are 5am – 3pm daily.
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