Nijagal Betta – A nice little hill

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7 June 2015
The idea of climbing Nijagal Betta was conceived while I and
Krishna were driving towards Makalidurga. It seemed that we could quickly climb
that hill before attempting Makalidurga. We crossed Dabaspet and parked our vehicle
at Coffee day and started walking along the highway. After about hundred meters
a small road deviated from the highway and crossed railway line. Due to recent
rains the path under the bridge was waterlogged and hence we climbed up to
cross the railway line. The hill looked majestic from railway line.
Crossing the railway line
Due to the presence of religious sites, the hill was
frequented by locals. The path was clear and we had no issues to find the way. As
we climbed up the path slowly, the scenery became clearer. It was a sunny day
and watching blue sky against hilly background was a treat to our eyes.
At midway we took a small detour that provided a nice view
of the Mantapa. It was not possible to reach Mantapa from the place where we
were standing. We decided to find the way while coming back.
We thought we reached that top after crossing a gate but we
had hit a plateau where the real hill was still away. The place was beautiful
with a mix of greenery and rocks. That place demanded some time for our
After another stretch of climb, we reached the place that
looked like top. A Temple and Durgah are situated next to each other inside the
rocks. Animal and chicken were sacrificed; those poor creatures were cooked and
consumed by people. It does not give a good feeling.
Shivaganga seen climbing the hill
To reach the top, a steep rock face had to be climbed. It
was slippery and looked risky, so I removed by shoes and climbed those final
steps. On the top were some dilapidated structures and trees had grown on them.
The view of the plains below was simply amazing.
After spending some time, we climbed down and reached
Mantapa situated near the dargah at the base. The Mantapa was in a bad shape.
Treasure hunter had dug at many peoples. It looked at the Mantapa could
collapse at any moment. It was precariously standing with the support of few
stones which prompted us to quickly come out of that place.

Though it was a Dargah, Hindus were the primary visitors. In
A small pond in front of the Dargah was used for bathing purpose. People looked
strangely towards us. They all wanted us to take their pictures though it was
known that we would not be sending any hard copies. We did not oblige to their

Overall it was a simple climb of about 870 feet and it took
us about two hours to perform the round trip. It is a nice little place with
easy climb. The hill is also called Siddara Betta by locals. This should not be
confused with Siddara betta that is situated near Madhugiri.  

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