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11 Must Experience Adventures in Bangalore

11 Must Experience Adventures in Bangalore

Adventures in Bangalore

Climb up a mountain rock and feel that special sense of exhilaration. Or zip along a wire strung out hundreds of feet above the ground and experience the adrenalin rush. Drive your motorbike fast on the dirt track and lose yourself to the elements of the track. Adventure in Bangalore is what more and more professionals are seeking when they plan a vacation.

If you are looking for adventure sports to help you unwind, get in touch with Thrillophilia. We have an entire range of stress busting adventure activities that will help rejuvenate your body and mind.

Here are 11 adventure activities to do in Bangalore:

1. Trekking

With more than 150 trekking spots, Bangalore is a trekker’s paradise. Easy, medium, tough – the city and its outskirts have different kinds of trails that should satisfy your yearning for an exhilarating trek. Or head for the tough, bleak and hilly trails of Ramanagara. Skandagiri and Madhugiri are other popular trekking destinations.

If you want to get far away from the bustle and experience adventure in Bangalore and the places around it, trekking is one of the best ways to do so. You can take a trip to Chikmagalur. The seven hour drive is definitely worth it. You can trek around the famed Chandrodana Range with its numerous waterfalls, meadows and cave temples. The scenic Baba Budan hill range and the 6,300 feet high Mullayanagiri peak bordered by beautiful Kurinji flowers is one of the most spectacular trekking trails in the Karnataka.

Best places for trekking near Bangalore:

Anthargange Trek and Caving

Located around 70km from India's IT Capital, Anthargange is one of the most sought after adventure places near Bangalore! Though day activities are equally popular, night trek in Anthargange is more popular among the adventure junkies.

This exciting expedition usually begins from Bangalore with a late night drive and finally takes you to Anthargange. Within this 4km nocturnal trek that takes around 3 hours to complete, you can also enjoy caving and enjoy a lively bonfire session. On completion of your night trek, you can also enjoy the magical sunrise views from the peak and witness the captivating beauty of nature at its best.

Kunti Betta Trek

Adventure in Bangalore is incomplete without the Kunti Betta trek! Rising around 2,882m above the sea level, this fascinating hill in Ramanagara is located around 50km from the city limits and can be easily reached from within the city.

Be it the remarkable height of Kunti Betta or the amazing experience of scaling this height, everything about this lofty hill entices a large number of adventure junkies. Along with trekking, one can also indulge in and enjoy activities like rappelling, swimming and kayaking in Kunti Betta.

Tadiyandamol Trek, Coorg

Coorg has all the reasons to entice the adrenaline junkies! One such reason is the soaring Tadiyandamol Peak that attains a breath-taking height of 1,784m and is famed as the highest peak in the region. Whether an amateur or an expert, a trek to the top of this remarkable hill is all about pumping up adrenalines in the most desirable way and is acclaimed as one of the best adventure sports in Bangalore.

A 15km trek, as you start trekking towards the peak, you will be hiking through dense forests, plantations and will encounter the most pristine form of Mother Nature. On making it to the top, you can behold and enjoy the panoramic views of the nearby region and the evergreen plantations.

Mullayangiri  Trek, Chikmagalur

When it comes to adventure places near Bangalore, Chikmagalur or the abode of Mullayanagiri Peak, overlooks most of the other destinations. The highest peak in the entire of Karnataka, Mullayanagiri boasts of its astounding height of 6,330ft and entices trekkers from all the corners of the country.

Along with the lush and evergreen beauty of Chikmagalur, this enthralling 15km trek will also introduce you with the Baba Budangiri peak of the Western Ghats and the warm hospitality of an offbeat Chikmagalur homestay.

Kodachadri Trek, Shimoga

A moderately graded hike, Kodachadri trek in Shimoga district of Karnataka is yet another remarkable offering of the Western Ghats! Famed as the second best place near Bangalore to enjoy the captivating views of the rising as well as the setting sun, this trek originates from the Mookambika National Park and take you through the lush and evergreen forests of the park.

With craggy and uneven trails, tricky terrains, various obstacles on the way and amazing views of the Arabian Sea, the trek also proves to be an ideal option for wildlife spotting. In addition to trekking, you can also enjoy waterfall visit, sightseeing, kayaking, swimming and bonfire during this expedition; an ultimate call for adventure in Bangalore!

Dudhsagar Trek

One of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the world, Dudhsagar Falls on Mandovi River, Goa is known for its milky-white appearance. A trek to this stunning cascade is all about the magical beauty of nature and challenging your own limits!

Graded as a challenging trek, the hike covers a total distance of 14km and usually takes 8 hours (approx.) to complete. While for the beginners, it is advisable to embark only in the company of an expert guide or instructors; expert trekkers can test their own limits with the obstacles on the way to the waterfall. Packed or picnic lunch and tent pitching during the trek will add extra amount of fun and thrill to this appealing trek.

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Kumara Parvata Trek

The second highest peak in Coorg, Kumara Parvatha attains an astounding height of 1,712m and also shares its proximity with Dakshin Kannada. Popular among both the adventure junkies and the nature lovers, this peak has several routes that takes the trekkers to its summit.

Graded as a challenging trek, the hike to the peak can be easily completed over a period of two days along with delightful camping experience. For the best of adventure in Bangalore, one must join this enthralling trek during the months of November-February.

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Night Trekking in Savandurga

Unlike the various day trekking options, night trekking in Savandurga is loaded with extreme fun and excitement; an extravagant adventure sport in Bangalore! Acclaimed as the largest monolith in Asia, this rock formation is located only 60km from Bangalore and attracts a large number of trekking enthusiasts.

Guarded by Karigudda and Biligudda, it is tucked away amidst dense thickets that also serve as a home to several endangered and rare wildlife species. On completing the trek, you can also enjoy the panoramic views of the Manchinbele Dam and the nocturnal delights of the nearby jungles.

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Kudremukh Trek

A peak that resembles the face of a horse, the Kudremukh Peak in Chikmagalur covers around 18km and can be completed within 11 hours. Originating from a basecamp in Kalasa, the first phase of the trek is completed with an early morning jeep drive to Mullodi.

Following arrival in Mullodi, the trek usually begins at around 07:00 in the morning and takes the trekkers through scenic meadows and lush grasslands. On reaching the peak, one can spend enough time to adore the scenic beauty around and trek down to the basecamp for the overnight stay; camping around the peak is restricted.

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2. Rafting

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River rafting is strictly for those who love the zing brought about by a massive rush of adrenalin. But surprisingly, steering an inflatable raft over rough and dangerous waters is a sport that is becoming increasingly popular among all age groups.

Adventure in Bangalore has risen to the challenge posed by the boom in the demand for river rafting. Several resorts and camps offer this facility.

Best places for rafting near Bangalore: 

Rafting in Bheemeshwari 

Nearly 102km from Bangalore, Bheemeshwari is an ideal hub for the adventure and thrill seekers! Bestowed with the gurgling Cauvery River and its Grade-II-III rapids, a trip to this vicinity is never complete without an exhilarating rafting experience.

In addition to adrenaline pumping sessions of rafting, you can also indulge in other activities like angling, trekking, camping and wildlife spotting in and around this vicinity. Adding more to your Bheemeshwari experience, there are the lush and fascinating backdrop that will help you in connecting with the untouched nature.

Rafting in Coorg

Coorg, another quintessential adventure destination around Bangalore, is also a must for the rafting enthusiasts! Stretching for around 3-5km, rafting in this magnificent destination is considered ideal for almost all the types of rafters; whether a beginner or an expert, everyone can indulge in white water rafting in Coorg.

Visit the land of the Kodavas, challenge the gruesome rapids, feel the waves crushing against your face and charge up your adrenalines like never before! Also, during the course of your rafting, you can witness the surreal and untouched beauty of Coorg from a different angle!

White Water Rafting at Dandeli

Dandeli or the 'Adventure Hub of South India' is among the most desired destinations of the thrill and adventure seekers. Located on the banks of the Kali River and cossetted by dense forests, this astounding destination also makes it for enthralling white water rafting experience.

The fun and revelry of Dandeli rafting starts as you hop into the rafts and start your cruise over the turbulent waves. The Grade II-III rapids in the Kali River, the white waves and the thrill of manoeuvring through them can be merely described in words and must be experienced!

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Tadiandamol Trek with Rafting

The trek to the highest peak in Karnataka; Tadiandamol, always make it for an enthralling affair. And when this astounding experience is combined with rafting, the fun and excitement simply gets double!

Spread around two days, you can embark on the trek to the Tadiandamol Peak on the very first day and enjoy the exhilarating experience. On the second day, you can make it to Kushalnagar in Coorg and challenge the Grade-III rapids. On completion of both the activities, you can also opt for a local sightseeing tour that will take you to some of the major sites in and around the vicinity.

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3. Camping

A camping holiday is the way to re-tune yourself to nature’s melody. It can give you the solitude you seek away from the bustle of the modern world. At the same time, camping with close friends and colleagues will help strengthen bonds and create a team.

Best places for camping near Bangalore:

Camping in Coorg

Camping in Dandeli

If you are an outdoor person or has an affinity towards it, you must plan your next trip to Dandeli. A picture-perfect destination in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, this scenic destination is the home ground of several outdoor activities; camping being one of the most enjoyed.

Camping in Dandeli is acclaimed as one of the most popular activities among the adventure junkies as it introduces them to the untouched beauty of the region along with several other activities. To name a few, you can also participate in activities like jungle trekking, campfire and other during your Dandeli camping.

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Night Camping in Ramanagara

Take the revelry of your adventure in Bangalore a step further with the night camping options in Ramanagara. Located around 50km from Bangalore, the craggy and rocky outlook of this quaint town plays the ideal host to camping expeditions.

Adding more to the fun and excitement, overnight camping in the enticing locales of Ramanagara will surely keep you enchanted all throughout. During the camping experience, you can also avail bonfire and several other adventure activities in Ramanagara.

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4. Wildlife Safari

Explore the wilder side of nature with a safari in the jungles near Bangalore. Feel at one with nature as you watch the regal tigers and the majestic elephants living together in harmony in their dark, green forest home. Imbibe the beauty of the wilderness and take home some truly unforgettable memories through this adventure in Bangalore.

There is also a small zoo and museum inside the sanctuary. Staying overnight in the jungle lodge at Bannerghatta is a truly special experience. The 874 square kilometres Bandipur National Park houses several endangered species. An organised safari will help you spot rare species of birds as well as elephants, tigers, sloth bears and antelopes.

Best places to go for a wildlife safari near Bangalore:

Wildlife Safari in Dandeli

A treasure trove for the adventure lovers, Dandeli also serves as an ultimate destination for the nature and wildlife enthusiasts. Home to several exotic and endangered wildlife species, the Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserves in this evergreen town mainly caters to the desire of the nature and wildlife lovers.

With open jeep safaris within the reserve, you can witness the dwellers of the forests in their natural habitats and get an insight about them. Also, nature photography during the safaris will help you bring out the shutterbug in you like never before.

Nagarhole Wildlife Safari

Also referred as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole National Park in Coorg is the home to several majestic beasts and other wildlife species including a wide range of avifauna, reptiles and insects. Tucked away between Coorg and Mysore, this reserve forest is one of the most sought after and highest visited national parks in Karnataka.

During your safari in this park, you can easily spot endangered species like Tiger, Leopard, Asian Elephant, Indian Bison, Sloth Bear, Marsh Crocodile and several others. Among the birds, you can enjoy watching Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon, Hornbill, Treepie, several species of Eagles, Vultures and many more.

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Bandipur Wildlife Safari

Tucked away between Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole and Mudumalai National Park, Bandipur National Park also forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Region and is known for its abundance of wildlife. If you are a nature lover and planning for the ultimate wilderness and adventure in Bangalore, this is the park, you should head to!

Embark on a jungle safari in Bandipur National Park, witness and spot some of the rarest wildlife species including Tiger, Leopard, Indian Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Four-horned Antelope and several others. You can also opt for a nature trail within the park and get close to its lush and evergreen vegetation; the park is also a home to an array of flora that are either indigenous to this region or are rarely found.

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5. Paintball

A fun adventure that can be enjoyed by all age groups, the game involves shooting paint at your opposing team with a paintball gun or marker. The dye used in the paintballs is non-toxic and the players are provided with the required safety equipment.

The aim of the activity is to ensure that your team captures the flag or defends it. The pace is fast and furious, giving you the opportunity to settle a few scores peacefully on the play field instead of the corporate boardroom. It’s also a great team building activity. With us, the corporate teams can enjoy the best of Paintball experiences. With a group size of around 30-40 members, we can organise this activity in any of the resorts in and around Bangalore 

Best places for paintball near Bangalore:

Play Paint Ball in Bangalore at Kanakpura

Kanakpura hosts several adventure sports in Bangalore; among all these, paintball has been gaining the most popularity with the city dwellers in the recent times. Though located within a close proximity to the main city, the locality showcases a contrast between city and rural life.

On your next weekend, flee to Kanakpura and camouflage a battlefield along with your friends and family. Participate in an enthralling round of paintball, shoot down your opponents with colour pellets and ambush them till you came out victorious! This fun-filled activity can be enjoyed anytime during the day and as long as you are in the mood of getting shot or shooting down your rivals.

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Paintball Near Bannerghatta Road

For those, who are not in the mood of leaving the warmth of city-life, and still be a part of the fun and excitement of paintball, they can head towards Bannerghatta Road and satiate their yearnings. Located on the outskirts of the city limits, this fun-filled destination also proves to be a happening spot for indulging in an exciting round of paintball.

Join this adventurous game, set your targets, create a friendly battlefield and shoot down your opponents. Enjoy the game anywhere during the day and as long as you want to.

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6. Ziplining

Ziplining is an extremely popular adventure activity across the world, with hard core enthusiasts travelling to the jungles of Costa Rica and Nicaragua to indulge in this hair-raising game. Based on the principles of gravity, ziplining propels a user from the top to the bottom of a cable using a pulley.

Of course, the steeper or longer the incline and the more dangerous the terrain below, the greater is the thrill of ziplining. In order to ensure the safety of participants, durable ropes and pulleys are used for this adventure in Bangalore. For ziplining fans, it’s as close to flying as man can get!

Amongst the many different locations in and around Bangalore, Bheemeshwari is the most ideal location for Ziplining. However, we also organise Ziplining in Ramnagara, Coorg, Wayanad and Chikmagalur.

Best places for ziplining near Bangalore:

Bheemeshwari

7. ATV Ride

There is nothing like being on the wheels of an all terrain vehicle and conquering the world that lies before you. ATV riding is not for the faint hearted. It’s a tough sport that helps you to tap and channelize your inner resource.

The challenge it poses will also help you to knit closer with your group. So if you are looking for a team building exercise that helps sharpens skills and any sort of adventure in Bangalore, ATV riding could be the right choice. Experience the best of ATV rides with Thrillophilia at Kanakpura and Srajapura Road. We also organise this enthralling rides within the outskirts of Bangalore.

Best place for ATV ride near Bangalore:

Windflower Prakruthi Resort

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ATV Ride in Coorg

While the untouched beauty of Coorg entices the nature lovers in a large number, its offbeat trails and laden route appeal the ATV riders from various corners of the country. Meandering around the muddy, yet fascinating terrains, these rides will take you through some of the corners that cannot be accessed with normal bikes or on foot!

In addition, as you ride on the ATV bikes and make your way through the uneven terrains of Coorg, you can also catch the glimpses of its salubrious beauty. Within the 10-15 minutes of your ride, you can easily cover a 4km trail and experience the best of Coorg adventure!

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8. Wall Climbing

Wall climbing can pose a challenge to your body and mind. The activity involves climbing up an indoor or outdoor artificial wall constructed with grips for hands and feet. The grips often mimic indentions and cuts in natural rock. The entire wall is finished with different textures to give the right feel. 

Best place for wall climing in Bangalore:

Bellandur

The real taste of the outdoors within the city limits along with instructors certified by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering; sound exciting, right? Visit Bellandur in Bangalore anytime during the week and participate in wall climbing under the supervision of expert and qualified instructors. 

Gear up in your sports shoes and participate in this thrilling activity for around 1-2 hours, scale up to the top and overcome your fear of height while harnessed safely with the safety rope in a gated community in Bangalore.

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9. Archery

If you thought archery was a stationary and rather boring activity, think again. Intense concentration and focus is what you gain after a weekend spent practising your archery skills. It’s a sport that requires immense endurance and stamina. It also pays you handsome health rewards in the form of better hand-eye coordination, cardiovascular exercise and muscle coordination.

Best place for archery near Bangalore:

Archery in Coorg

A perfect getaway for the usual holidayers and thrill seekers, Coorg is known for many reasons! Starting from nature walks to plantation visits, fun-filled adventure games to team building activities, this wonderful hill station offers everything to its visitors.

Archery in Coorg also adds for an exciting and overwhelming experience that cannot be missed at any cost! Ideal for every age group, it is such an activity that can test your aiming skills, patience and most importantly can easily boost up your self-confidence.

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10. Zorbing

Cocoon yourself inside a transparent, inflatable ball and watch the world roll by! Zorbing is an adventure activity that can be relaxing and thrilling at the same time. When performed on the ground, zorbing is generally done on a gentle slope.

For the less adventurous, there is always the option of zorbing on level ground. Water zorbing is yet another option, where you bob on the water inside a transparent ball. As the zorbing session ends, uncurl yourself and step out of the ball feeling totally at one with the world.

Your team can enjoy both the types of Zorbing with Thrillophilia. While Water Zorbing requires a spacious pool, Land Zorbing requires an open and gentle slope.

11. Rock Climbing

A vacation to test the limits of your endurance and stamina appears to be the in thing to do among corporate executives. That perhaps explains the rising popularity of rock climbing as an adventure sport. Luckily, there are plenty of rock climbing spots in Bangalore and its outskirts.

Turahalli at Kanakapura Road is a much sought after destination by rock climbing enthusiasts. The hill here is packed with hard granite boulders of varying shapes and sizes making it a challenging adventure. Just 50 kilometres away, adventure in Bangalore hasn't been closer with the Savandurga hills, which is popular for trekking, having two granite cliffs called the white peak and black peak.

Thrillophilia Experience

Thrillophilia’s Rock Climbing sessions in Ramnagar, Turahalli; located in Mysore Road and Bannerghatta National Park are specially designed for corporate team outings. Fascinating boulders and rocky outgrowths in these locations add to an enthralling experience of Rock Climbing!

By Abhishek Last updated Aug 11,2015