DD hills or Devarayanadurga temple

A Day Trip Guide To The DD Hills From Bangalore

Similar to the Nandi Hills, the DD Hill is famous among bike riders as they can ride the snake roads to the hilltop. 73 Km from Bangalore, Devarayanadurga which translates to “the hill of God” is a famous pilgrim place located in the Tumkur district of Karnataka. Devarayanadurga is a place that will provide adventurists with a perfect weekend picnic spot.

The following post will let you know about the viewpoints, timings, how to reach them, and other important things that you should know before visiting Devarayanadurga in the preceding chapters.

Please note that during weekends and public holidays, it is extremely crowded. It is better to go during the weekdays to avoid crowds. And there are so many monkeys around. They are very notorious for snatching your food.

DD hills Or Devarayanadurga

Network Availability

Only Jio works in DD hills. Airtel and BSNL connection is non-existent during this trial.

ATM Availability

No ATM is available nearby. Although the shops present in the region do accept online payments. However, it is a good practice to carry some cash with you, they come in handy for parking fees.

Languages Spoken

The native language, Kannada, is the only language spoken by the people of the region.

Parking Availability

Parking space is available at the road’s end and this is also the place where vendors sell snacks and drinks. During weekends, parking fees are collected.

Restroom Facilities

A public restroom is available near the parking lot.

Best Time To Visit

View of surrounding hills and settlements from the DD hills view point

Devarayanadurga is popular among devotees all year round. Although the temple opens at 10 AM, you can go early and enjoy the climate in the morning.

How To Reach Devarayanadurga From Bangalore?

By Train

The nearest railway station is Tumkur railway station (Station code: TK, 20 Km from DD Hills). There are a lot of passenger trains commuting from the Majestic Railway station, Bangalore. From here, you have to take an auto or bus to reach DD Hills. It is better to skip this option.

By Road

There are numerous BMTC buses from Majestic to Tumkur. From Tumkur, you need to hop on another bus to reach Devarayanadurga. 

The ideal way to reach Devarayanadurga or DD hills is by road using your personal/hired transport. Search for Yoganarasimha Swami temple parking on the map. This will lead you straight to the parking area from where you can start climbing the steps.

 

Where To Eat

There are about 4 to 5 shops where you can buy pooja items, cool drinks, and snacks.

Things To Do In Devarayanadurga

Riding bike along the well laid roads of DD hills

Pilgrim visit is a popular activity in these hills. This place is also frequented by Bike lovers from Bangalore.

Trip Details

Distance from Bangalore: 73 Km

Entry fee: Free of cost. Special Pooja to the deity will be done for Rs. 30

Registration: Not required

Permission: No permission is required for Devarayanadurga.

Camping: Not allowed

Temple Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM. You can reach early in the morning for an epic sunrise and good weather.

Duration: 30 – 40 mins (one way)

Summit Height: 1201 m

Terrain: Steps & road

Water Resources: You can buy drinking water in the shops near the temple or near the parking lot. However, we encourage you to bring your reusable water bottles.

How To Reach The Top:

DD hills hiking route - climbing steps

You can reach the hilltop in two ways. You can either climb the flight of stairs up from the base of the hill or utilize the well-laid roads until about 75% of the hill and climb around 200 steps to reach the top.

Places Enroute:

Devarayanadurga lake

You can stop by and admire the Devarayana Durga lake, en route. The view of the clear water reflecting the trees is the epitome of aesthetic beauty. We highly recommend that you make enough time to make a pit stop to click some pictures. 

The Sri Bhoga Lakshmi Narayana Swamy temple is located at the base of the hills and opens at 8:30 AM. Many people park their vehicles over here and climb stairs to reach the top.

The Devarayanadurga Fort can be found after the parking lot while climbing the flight of stairs leading to the top. 

Viewpoints

There are 3 viewpoints alongside the trail that you shouldn’t miss.

Devarayanadurga view point
The view of DD hills guest house
  • To the left side of the shop, you can find chairs laid facing the view of the guest house (This viewpoint is a must-see).
  • To the right of the fort arch and the Garudaanjaneya Temple with red-colored gates.
  • View of the temple from the guest house road.

There is also a picturesque viewpoint worth visiting nearby. But, please be very careful as it is a steep cliff.

At The DD Hills Summit

Devarayanadurga Narasimha Swamy temple at the hilltop

Just before 5-10 steps to the temple, you can keep your footwear in the dedicated shoe rack for Rs.3 per pair. The summit of DD Hills is the Yoga Narasimha Swamy temple.

The Yoga Narasimha temple is said to be about 2000+ years dedicated to Lord Yoga Narasimha and Goddess Lakshmi. A sacred pond, known as “Kalyani Theertham” is also situated nearby. In recent times, people are no longer permitted to climb the Kumbi Hills, which is beyond the temple.

Note: Photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple premises.

Festivals Celebrated

The “Narasimha Jayanthi”, a festival that commemorates the incarnation of Lord Narasimha is celebrated grandly in the month of May every year.

The “Bhoga Narasimha Swamy Jathra”, a car or chariot festival is celebrated every year in the month of Phalguni on full moon day (March or April). 

Thousands of devotees from Tumkur, Bangalore, and other nearby places gather to celebrate these festivals and to see the beautifully decorated idols on these auspicious days.

Places To Visit Near DD Hills

On your way back to Bangalore, just 20 Km from the DD hills are the famous Jain temple of Mandaragiri and the Mandaragiri Digambar Jain Basadi, the popular peacock building. You can also visit Shivagange which is just 29 Km.

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