Savandurga hill is largest monolithic hill in Asia. The hill rises to 1226 m above mean sea level. It consists of peninsular gneiss, granites, basic dykes and laterites. The Arkavathi river passes nearby & flows towards Manchanabele dam. Savandurga is not only famous for being largest monolithic but also for climbing. Fishing at Mancanabele was truely an amazing experience being an entirely novice group.
It has many top class serious slab climbing routes in the world. There are a dozen routes, bolted or otherwise on the south face of the monolith. These range anywhere from 700 to 950 feet of technical climbs, providing sport, trad or a trad-sport mix. Most popular routes include Beladingulu (5.10a sport/trad mix), Simple Monkey Day (5.10a sport), Deepavali set of routes (trad routes with multiple variations that range from 5.7+ G to 5.9 R/X in difficulty). The easiest route is called Cloud 9, a 5.5 rated sport route, and the hardest is Shanti Das, a 5.11D route put up by Lionel Daudet. Most of these routes can be completed in half a day to a day, depending on various factors. Some of the routes have long runouts, and most of them face South or are exposed to South-east, implying that when the sun comes up, the rock becomes quite hot.
Difficulty: Easy but becomes moderate @ noon. Weather: has climbed it more than 4 times in different weather condition.
Arun, Amith, Vibhas, Sharanbasappa, Sujeeth, Nithin, Tiwari, Vijayashree, Chaitra, Suneeth, Shilesh, Prasanna, Kanthraju, Tilak, Patela(Veeru). Group being different each time!