Avala Betta would have been one more hillock with a temple on top. There are many such places near Bengaluru and only few are known to general public. Avala betta would been one of those unknowns but few incidents made it famous. People standing on the edge of a rock overlooking the hills went viral.
This place was in my wish list long before it became famous. But it was only realised last week. The route to Avala Betta passes through Devanahalli and Chikkaballapur. After deviation from NH-7 and passing through few villages leads to the base of the hill. Forest department has constructed nice concrete road to the top. Point to be noted is that the big vehicles (Tempo traveler, bus) are not allowed to the top. Hence people coming on such vehicles should be prepared to walk for 2 km. I am not sure whether any transport facility is available from the base.
|Road to Avala betta|
The place seem to be crowded but did not find any difficulty in parking the car. We had reached the end of the road where forest department had constructed guest house for Government guys. The place commanded some good views of the surroundings. It would be a nice place for overnight stay but it requires some contacts!!
|View from guest house|
We went to the base of the temple and climbed about 50 steps to reach the Lakshmi Narasimha temple. The path split into two. The path on the right side leads to the “google spot”!! There is a board mentioning not to proceed further but neither people nor authorities bother about it. Few minutes of walk and we were at the spot.
|Queue at photo point!!|
It was a mad rush of people to get photographed at this spot. Search for “Avala betta” in google and you can see many photos with people standing at the edge of the hill. They simply look stunning and people are crazy about it. It is not dangerous as seen in the photograph as it is just a profusion of the rock and unlike depicted in photos, there is no “thousand feet depth” below. The fall is still fatal but one need to careless for that.
|Not so high!!|
I spent photographing the mad rush to the place. That looked more appealing to me!!
Back to temple. The path to the left takes to the top of the cliff. The last part is very challenging and dangerous. Not many people try to climb the last stretch. Here is the photo of the cliff with “google spot” at the bottom.
This is how it looks from guest house. Nice, right?
I see Avala betta as a nice spot. There are opportunities for tourism if done responsibly. But the typical signs of a popular location is already seen in the form of garbage at many locations. Hope it improves.