Exploring Anthargange caves: A Thrilling Trek near Bangalore


Nestled in the scenic landscapes of Karnataka, Anthargange stands tall as a haven for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Just a stone’s throw away from Bangalore, this trekking destination offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and adrenaline-pumping activities. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a novice explorer, Anthargange promises an unforgettable experience. Anthargange, located near the town of Kolar in Karnataka, is renowned for its captivating caves formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. These natural formations add an extra layer of intrigue to the trekking experience and have become a major attraction for visitors.
And just like that, we three friends decided to go for Anthargange Trek.

Starting point of Anthargange Temple/ Trek/ Caves

About Anthargange Temple

At the base of the Anthargange trek, nestled amidst the picturesque landscape, lies a significant religious site that adds a spiritual dimension to the adventure: the Anthargange Temple. This temple holds a special place in the hearts of devotees and trekkers alike, offering a serene retreat and a glimpse into the region’s cultural heritage.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is believed to have been established centuries ago by sage Agastya, a revered figure in Hindu mythology known for his wisdom and spiritual prowess. Over the years, the temple has served as a place of worship and pilgrimage for devotees seeking blessings and divine intervention.
The architecture of the Anthargange Temple reflects the rich cultural heritage of the region. Built in the traditional Dravidian style, the temple features intricate carvings, vibrant sculptures, and ornate pillars that showcase the craftsmanship of the artisans who crafted it. The sanctum sanctorum houses the main deity, a sacred lingam representing Lord Shiva, while the outer courtyard provides space for devotees to offer prayers and perform rituals.
For trekkers embarking on the Anthargange trek, the temple serves as both a starting point and a point of interest along the way. Before setting out on the trail, many visitors pay their respects at the temple and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva for a safe and successful hike.

Shiva Temple at Anthargange Caves

Anthargange Trek Experience

Anthargange is renowned for its unique geological formations, characterized by a series of volcanic rocks and boulders. The trek starts with a moderate ascent through rocky terrain, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. As you delve deeper into the trail, you’ll encounter cave formations formed by the volcanic activity ages ago. These caves are perfect for exploration and provide a cool respite from the sun.It took about an hour plus for us to reach the caves. We crossed through the rocky boulders, muddy trails and granite steps to reach the caves. There the real adventure begins once you reach the caves. The natural geological formations, huge boulders, and dark and dense caves make the trek experience exciting.
We started early in the morning around 4 am to reach the base of the trek. We booked our tickets in advance at Karnataka Eco Tourism. The government guide was waiting for us and we started our trek quickly.
Pro Tip: The trek comes under the Karnataka Forest Department hence you need to buy online tickets well in advance. The trek is NOT DIY.


 Boulders at  Anthargange Trek

Anthargange Caves Exploration

Walking through the caves of Anthargange is like stepping into another world—a world shrouded in mystery, where every turn reveals a new wonder waiting to be discovered. The caves at Anthargange vary in size and complexity, offering opportunities for both novice explorers and seasoned adventurers. Some of the caves are relatively small and can be easily explored, while others require more advanced climbing and crawling skills.
Navigating through the narrow passages requires a careful balance of agility and intuition, as you squeeze through tight spaces and duck under low-hanging rocks. A little prior experience will come to your rescue here. The uneven terrain keeps you on your toes, forcing you to watch your step lest you stumble over as it is quite dark inside. This was quite challenging, interesting and so much fun. But as you emerge blinking into the sunlight, you can’t help but feel a sense of accomplishment, knowing that you’ve experienced something truly special—a glimpse into the hidden depths of Anthargange’s mystical underworld.

Anthargange Trek Route

Anthargange Caves

Dos and Don’ts for Anthargange Trek

Before embarking on your Anthargange adventure, here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind:
  1. Carry sufficient water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout the trek.
  2. Wear sturdy trekking shoes with a good grip to navigate the rocky terrain safely.
  3. Follow the instructions of your trek leader and stay together as a group for safety.
  4. Respect the environment and avoid littering. Leave no trace behind.
  1. Don’t venture off the marked trails or enter restricted areas without permission.
  2. Don’t underestimate the difficulty of the trek, especially during the night. Stay cautious and alert at all times.
  3. Don’t forget to inform someone about your trekking plans and expected return time, especially if you’re trekking solo.
Anthargange is more than just a trekking destination; it’s a journey into the heart of nature’s wonders. With its rugged landscapes, ancient caves, and breathtaking views, this hidden gem near Bangalore offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you’re seeking adventure or simply craving a peaceful retreat, Anthargange has something to offer for everyone. So pack your bags, lace up your shoes, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable trekking experience amidst the beauty of Karnataka’s countryside.

Anthargange Caves

Anthargange Caves

Anthargange Caves

Lord Ganesha at Anthargange Trek

Kolar Town- Starting of Anthargange Trek

Ancient carvings at Anthargange Trek route

Tanhadiltraveller at Anthargange Caves  Trek

@tanhadiltraveller at Anthargange Caves Trek

Other Trekking places near Bangalore are : Nethravathi Trek | Avathi Betta | Kaiwara Trek |