The silicon valley of India is about much more than IT companies, MBA schools and quirky start-ups. Home to over 10 million folks, garden city of Bangalore is a rich concoction of stunning architecture, appealing gardens, ancient art and extraordinary Dravidian culture that goes back to 6th century BC. Apart from the in-house celebrated excursions, it offers an eclectic blend of phenomenal short trips you can relish with your friends and family. We have hand-picked 10 popular day trips from Bangalore city that will definitely tranquilize your soul and mind for the much deserved separation from the hubbub of city life.
Take a look at our suggestions and decide for yourself on which direction you want to set out.
1) Shivanasamudra Falls
Watch the strands of Kavery crashing down from a height of more than 90 meters with a cloud of mist floating around. Sivanasamudra is not an elaborate segmented waterfall like the Niagra falls but nevertheless fails to deliver a breathtaking view. Even though Sivanasamudra is a perennial river monsoon is the best time to see this beauty in her full glory.
Distance from Bangalore: 115 Kms Best Time: June - January
The seat of the Mysore Tiger Tippu Sultan. Mysore palace is one of the structures in India where you can get a glimpse of a life of the Royal Family. Mysore Palace hasn’t lost much of its glory when it had its King. When you enter into this magnificent edifice it will be hard for you to keep your jaw from dropping hard, such is the beauty this place beholds. There are several other attractions in Mysore , the zoo, St. Philomena’s church, the Jain temple and end your day trip with a bird’s eye view of Mysore in its city lights from the Chamundi Hills.
Distance from Bangalore: 150 Kms Best Time: May - February
Here is the gold mine for ancient temple architecture aficionados. The Veerabhadra temple of Lepakshi which was built by Viranna and Virupanna brothers is a perfect example of Vijayanagara architectural style. Walk around this labyrinth of art and get awestruck by the details looked after by the forefathers. Lepakshi Nandi, which is the sculpture of a giant bull, is another ‘giant’ piece of art which will keep you amused for a long time. A rock chain, Vastu Purusha, the Padmini race lady, the hanging pillar, Durga Paadam, the eyes of Viroopaakshanna and Lepakshi saree designs, the temple is full of brilliant and nearly impossible art pieces which you won’t believe existed if you haven’t seen them in this temple.
Distance from Bangalore: 125 Kms Best Time: Year Round
4) Nandi Hills
Overshadowing the neighboring mega-city of Bangalore is the ancient hill fortress in Chikkaballapur district. Situated at an elevation of 4,849 ft, its royal history established it as a significant monument. Fancy flora and fauna attract birdwatchers and wildlife photographers while evergreen forest lulls backpackers into an alluring jaunt. State horticulture department maintains gardens and a restaurant, which is an added benefit.
You can visit Tipu Sultan’s summer palace and the infamous drop point from where convicted prisoners were thrown. Magnificent temples like Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy, Sri Bhoga Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha and several other ancient temples enrich the ambience of transcendental hills. Nehru Nilaya; Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s humble abode and Gandhi house; where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for while are also popular among visitors. Don’t forget to savour in the serene surroundings of Amruth Sarovar or paraglide your way down to Nandi base. Book your hassle free journey with us, visit Nandi Hills tour for more information.
Distance from Bangalore: 60 km Best Time: Year Round (Early Mornings)
Another mountain from the Shathashrunga range is the Antaragange or Ganges from the deep. Famous Sri Kashi Vishweshwara temple is the precious monument that attracts many worshippers of Lord Shiva. You can find tons of peculiar caves about 5 km from the temple base. Trekking and camping around these caves is nothing short of an Indiana Jones adventure, except your life is not in danger. Granite rocks and night camps are the perfect salvation for your exhausted mind. Anthargange Night Trek is highly recommended.
Distance from Bangalore: 70 km Best Time: Year Round
The underdog of vacation spots near Bangalore is the forest adventure of Bheemeshwari. Untamed woods, extraordinary nature and invincible peace muffles your soul. You can rent a room in one of the jungle lodges and explore wildlife like a real traveller. Coracle ride in the beautiful Cauvery, river rafting, kayaking and many more adventure activities will satiate your adrenaline hungry soul. Cycling, trekking, nature walks and night camping in the woods are also available in the itinerary to this captivating location. Bheemeshwari Kaveri Fishing Camp is the well-preserved solitude you’ve always wanted. Kick-back with some delicious food, close friends and count the stars above your head.
Distance from Bangalore: 105 km Best Time: Year Round (Early Mornings)
The majestic hill soars to a height of 1227 m above sea level. It is known as the largest single rock formation in Asia. Its beauty amplifies with the presence of Amravati river. A huge hit among rock climbers and trekking enthusiasts, the panoramic views are more than enough to knock the trouble out of your mind. Many endangered birds and animals call this their home while the dry deciduous forests host extensive species of flora. Its structure is the best option for rock climbing and leaves you awestruck with its untamed views. Savandurga Night Trek is worth the exhaustive cardio.
Distance from Bangalore: 60 km Best Time: Year Round (Early Mornings)
8) Hongenakkal Falls
These waterfalls are situated in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. Presence of Kaveri river transports you to another spiritual dimension. Coracle boat rides are extremely popular in this region. You can dive into the cool waters or trek towards the oldest carbonite rocks in South Asia. This Indian version of Niagara Falls captivates your heart with raw beauty and melodious sounds of splashing water.
Distance from Bangalore: 180 km Best Time: Year Round (Early Mornings)
Trace the Bollywood imprints on the rocky land of Ramanagar. Not far from the bustling capital of Karnataka is the hilly region famous for picturesque landscape and natural habitat. Yatirajagiri, Shivaramagiri, Somagiri, Krishnagiri and Jalasiddeshwara Betta are among few major hills in Ramanagara. Camping, rock climbing and trekking are prominent sports offered by many local tour companies. Plan your Ramnagara Tour with us.
Bird watchers are in for treat as this hilly area is home to yellow-throated bulbuls, long-billed vultures and several majestic species of birds and animals. Embark on an exciting scavenger hunt for ancient caves of Gabbar free land or visit the stimulating vineyards for a wine production tour.
Distance from Bangalore: 55 km Best Time: Year Round (Early Mornings)
The ancient mountain fortress of Skandagiri is 3 km from Nandi Hills in Chikballapur district. Overlooking the luscious Nandi Hills and Muddenahalli, it towers at a monstrous height of 1450 m above sea level. Trekking route from Kalwara village to Skandagiri top features mind-boggling views that crunches your stress level to zero. From base of Kalwara you head towards the Papagni temple, after a short break you continue the trail to mystic clouds that surround the ruins of Tipu Sultan’s rock fortress. Camp in the indigenous forest and soak in the arms of nature while snuggling near the bonfire. Clouds envelope the panoramic view of hills and greens, leaving you bewitched for more.
Distance from Bangalore: 62 km Best Time: Year Round (Early Mornings)
11) Bangalore Local Sightseeing
Don’t get fooled by the busy streets and traffic there are several places in Bangalore for you to have some time for yourselves. Whatever be your interest architecture, nature or shopping Bangalore has it all. Don’t think twice before you sign up for a sightseeing tour because by the end of the day Bangalore will have a special room in your heart. Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Tipu’s Summer Palace, Cubbon Park……. and more.
Weekend Getaways from Bangalore :
Reserve at least three days in your itinerary for this place. In Chikmagalur you can enjoy both architecture and sweet nature. Valleys with nothing but lush green vegetation, waterfalls to wash away the madness of the city life, wildlife and for the architecture enthusiasts there is Sringeri Sharada Peetha and Amruteshvara Temple.
Distance from Bangalore: 245 Kms Best Time: Year Round
A journey to the lost kingdom. Even after the long gritty test of time, Hampi still stands tall and glorious. With a map in your hand and a two-wheeler to carry you explore Hampi and experiment the toothsome local cuisine. If you are into some Hippie culture then cross the river on a cochlea before 5 PM and enjoy the Hippie shacks alongside the Tungabhadra River. A one day trip will not treat you good. Plan for a minimum of two days when you plan to go there.
Distance from Bangalore: 350 Kms Best Time: November-February
Located at around 220 km from Bangalore like Lepakshi Temple this place will also sweep you off your feet with its astounding architecture. Halebidu is well known for its temples. The temple complex comprises two Hind temples, the Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara temples and two Jain basadi (a Jain shrine). All these structures are the perfect example of Hoysala architecture. Take at least 3 days to enjoy the beauty of this place.
Distance from Bangalore: 210 Kms Best Time: May - February
The garden city is a hub for all those people who come down south to explore everything in Bangalore and all those incredible sights and sites around it. When you are in Bangalore make sure you venture out to at least some of these places. They will surprise you, they will beguile you, and they will take your breath away before you know it.
Gasp at the architectural brilliance of Halebidu temples, Lapakshi and Mysore palace, get chilled in the cool breeze of Chickamangalore and drench in the pristine water of Shivasamudra. With each trip you will long for the next one and probably regret about the return ticket you booked in advance!