Place name: Skanda Giri
How to get there:
There are two routes to Skanda Giri:
1) Proceed directly to Kalawara village from Chikkaballapur.
2) From NH-7, turn towards Nandi Hills. At the base of Nandi Hills turn right and proceed to Kalawara village via Muddenahalli
Location: 70 km from Bangalore, Chikkaballapur. It is off Bellary Road (NH-7 Hyderabad-Bangalore Highway).
About the place: This is located in the Chikkaballapura district of Karnataka. The village name is called as Kandavara Halli and the hill is called as Kandavarahalli Betta Kalawarahalli Betta). This is one of the hill forts in the Nandi Hill ranges and history says that this is a small but strong hill fort.
Tippu Sultan reportedly captured this fort from a local ruler by bribing two milk women who used to supply milk to the ruler to poison him and his men to death.
On 19 October 1791, it was surrendered to British troops. It remained in British hands until the peace treaty of 1792, which concluded the third Anglo-Mysore war.
There are two caves, one starts from the base and as per locals, leads to the temple at peak and another one is somewhere midway which is about 30 feet only. Both are yet unexplored, specially the first one.
Locals say that there are pythons in the caves and had swallowed their goats at times. Supposedly, there are 6 Samadhis in that cave.