Savandurga is a hill 60 km west of Bangalore (Karnataka
) off the Magadi road in India. The hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia
. The hill rises to 1226 m above mean sea level and forms a part of the Deccan plateau. It consists of peninsular gneiss, granites, basic dykes and laterites. The Arkavathi river passes nearby through the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir
and on towards Manchanabele dam.
The Savandurga hills are frequented by pilgrims who come to visit the Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temple sited at the foothills. Picnickers come to spend time among the serene environs of the hill. Rock climbers, cave explorers and adventurers are among others who frequent the locale.
Bus route: Take a bus to Magadi Road from Majestic Bus Stand, Bangalore. This bus usually drops you at one point of Magadi road within city limits, you will require to take one more bus from here to a Magadi road junction where you need to take a left for Savana durga (12 km from the point), there are private and KSRTC buses to Hospete Gate(you can say Savana Durga here).Total travelling time 2hrs 15 mins from Bangalore. (In case you don't find a bus, auto can be used for covering these last 12 km)
The hills are home to the endangered Yellow-throated Bulbuls and were once home to Long-billed Vultures and White-backed Vultures. Other wildlife include Sloth bear and leopard.
Surrounding the area is a state forest with scrub and dry deciduous forest covering 27 km². The degraded forest, which is considered as shrub and tree savanna of the Anogeissus–Chloroxylon–Acacia series is highly diverse, recording over 59 tree and 119 shrub species. Some of the plant species recorded here include:
- Abrus precatorius L. Liana
- Abutilon indicum (L) Sweet. Shrub
- Acacia aurculiformis A. Cunn. (Ex Benth.) Tree
- Acacia catechu Willd. Tree
- Acacia chundra (Roxb.) Willd. Tree
- Acacia concina (Willd) DC. Liana