Madhugiri is a town in Tumkur district of Karnataka. It has an average elevation of 787 metres (2582 feet).
Madhugiri also known as Maddagiri, is located around 43 km north of Tumkur town, and 107 km north-west of Bangalore city and about 43 km north of Tumkur. The monolith and the surrounding greenery of Madhugiri are the main attractions. The place has old temples of Venkataramanaswami and Malleshwara built by the Vijayanagara feudatories in the Dravidian style.
The highlight is the rock dome, atop which stands a fort, once attributed to Hyder Ali. There are a series of doorways leading to the top and the climb is steep and exposed in some places. On the top is the ruined Gopalakrishna temple.
Trekking in Madhugiri
At 3930 feet elevation, Madhugiri is a single monolith. Madhugiri is the largest in Asia and second largest in the world. Nestled in its steep slopes is a fort, once credited to Hyderaali. Antaralada Bagilu, Diddibagilu, and Mysore Gate are the three gateways of the fort. A series of doorways leads to the hillock. The ruined temple of Gopalakrishna is located at the top.
Blackbuck sanctuary is located near this destination. If you ask the locals, they will state that the blackbuck sanctuary is not in Madhugiri, and it is some 20 km east of the place at Maidana Halli. No buses ply to the sanctuary, which is 5 km away from Maidana Halli.