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The state of Karnataka is blessed with such a diverse terrain that it amazes and mesmerizes every tourist who visits the state. From mist covered mountain peaks to placid rivers, the state has something for everyone. The most amazing fact about Karnataka is that the state has many vacation destinations to suit your time and need.
From quick getaways to long drawn vacations, Karnataka has some or the other destination to offer. The ideal location of the capital city provides easy access to these wonderful places around Bangalore.
Set in the country’s largest amusement park, Wonderla resort is a beautiful amalgamation of fun and luxury. Spacious rooms fitted with all modern amenities, the resort offers high class service and access to the amusement park during your stay at the resort.
Tastefully done rooms overlooking the park offer the utmost comfort and relaxation.
Splurge on the mouthwatering delicacies at ‘Woods’, the resort’s multi-cuisine restaurant or spend an evening lounging at their Swedish rest-o-bar ‘Red Ice’.
Pamper yourself with some luxury at the Wonderla resort, which is about 30 kms from Bangalore. Wonderla is definitely the perfect weekend getaway for people looking for some luxury and relaxation near the city.
Just about 100 km from Bangalore is the beautiful Bheemeshwari Nature Camp.Bheemeshwari nature camp is popular among those interested in photography, trekking etc.
Ideal for a quick weekend getaway, Bheemeshwari has luxurious jungle lodges that are oases of comfort and relaxation in the wilderness. Complete with tastefully done furnishings and modern amenities, these lodges blend well in with the ambience.
True to its name, the Innovative Film City is an innovative endeavour to provide quality entertainment services. Situated just 40 km from Bangalore, Innovative Film City is a perfect place for some entertainment on a weekend.
Spread over 50 acres, Innovative Film City houses facilities such as Amphitheatre, Cartoon City with India’s biggest roller coaster, Aqua Kingdom, Haunted Mansion, Fossil Museum etc. Innovative Film City is the perfect place to forget all worries and enjoy yourself!
Feel like escaping into the woods to forget all worries? Lose yourself in the beauty and serenity of the Bannerghatta National Park. Situated only 22 kms from Bangalore, the Bannerghatta National Park is a haven for nature lovers.
Lush green vegetation and rich biodiversity make the national park a favourite among nature lovers.
Spread over 25,000 acres, the Bannerghatta National Park is one of the richest, natural biodiversity reserves. The national park is home to wildlife animals ranging from tigers to butterflies. An ideal location for a quick getaway from the city and relax in the tranquility of the wilderness.
Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bangalore. Situated at a distance of 60 km from the capital city, the Nandi hills are a favourite destination among people looking for a quick getaway location to let off some steam and relax.
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There are a number of tourist destinations in and around Nandi Hills. Very few know that there is a trekking trail to the Nandi hill peak. With clean, cut out steps, the climb uphill is fairly easy and takes you through a route flanked by lush green trees. The view from the slopes and the peak is breathtaking and completely refreshing.
Situated on the banks of the River Cauvery, the Shivanasamudra waterfalls are formed due to splitting of the river around ravines and rocks of the Deccan Plateau. The river also forms the Shivanasamudra Island during its course.
The Shivanasamudra waterfalls attract tourists from all over the country and the world because of its scenic beauty. Refreshing and relaxing, the Shivanasamudra waterfalls are the perfect location for a quick weekend getaway.
Situated at a distance of 180 km, the Hogenakkal waterfalls are one of the most popular tourist places around Bangalore. The name of the waterfall is derived from the words Hoge which means smoke and kal which means rocks.
From a distance, it appears as there is smoke emanating out of the rocks. In reality, the force of the spray is so immense that the water looks like smoke and hence the name.
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Hogenakkal waterfalls are also sometimes referred to as the ‘Niagara of India’. This waterfall presents a beautiful sight and is the perfect place for those who want to spend some quiet time with nature.
Situated about 60 km to the west of Bangalore, the Savandurga hills are one of the most popular destinations for trekking in Bangalore. The Savandurga hills have an elevation of 1,200 metres and comprise of the Billigudda and Karigudda hills. The Billigudda hill is easier for trekking and is hence the more preferred trekking trail.
Spend a weekend trekking on the gentle and picturesque slopes of Savandurga with your friends or colleagues. You can also indulge in some of the adventure activities organized by Thrillophilia at Savandurga.
Want to spend some time in a calm and serene environment? Escape into the woods! The Bheemeshwari forest camp offers great scenic beauty and tranquility. If you are a nature lover, you could indulge in nature walks and spend some peaceful time exploring and sightseeing in the forest.
If you are an adventure enthusiast, you can go for trekking or participate in adventure activities.
Thrillophilia can arrange for stay in comfortable jungle lodges if you intend to spend a day or two in the peaceful atmosphere at Bheemeshwari.
The land of Gabbar Singh is covered in granite rocks and boulders. With sparse vegetation peeking out of the topography here and there, this place is reminiscent of Sholay and Gabbar’s tyranny.
Situated about 50 km from Bangalore, Ramanagar is one of the few places near Bangalore which is a favourite haunt among those who want to indulge in some adventure activities over the weekend near Bangalore.
Ramanagara offers a terrain that is ideal for trekking, rappelling, cave exploration etc and is hence frequented by nature and adventure enthusiasts throughout the year.
The Madhugiri hill is the second largest monolith in Asia and is hugely popular among trekkers. The Madhugiri fort which once belonged to the Tiger of Mysore Tipu Sultan is situated on this hill and can be reached after a considerably tough trek.
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The peak height is 3,930 feet and has a rock dome where the fort is situated. If you are trekking up to the peak, you will have to be very careful as the gradient can get very steep at places. However, there are several circular bastions on the way where you can rest.
The climb uphill may be a daunting task but it is certainly rewarding. The view from the peak of the hill is mesmerizing and makes you forget all about your ordeal.
Antaragange is situated at a distance of 70 km from Bangalore. Antaragange is an excellent example of nature’s creativity. Strewn with rocks and boulders, Antaragange has some excellent caves that have formed from volcanic rocks. So if you are fond of cave exploration and trekking, Antaragange is the perfect place for a weekend getaway.
With a fairly easy terrain for trekking and cave exploration, Antaragange offers an enjoyable weekend in the lap of nature.
Makalidurga is the ideal location for those looking for a quiet and peaceful vacation away from the city. Situated at about a distance of 60 km from Bangalore, Makalidurga is one of the most popular tourist places near Bangalore.
The Makalidurga hill is quite popular among trekkers. The Makalidurga Fort situated atop the hill is a major tourist attraction. You can also indulge in adventure activities at Makalidurga, besides trekking.
The Golden Palms resort is one of the best resorts for a holiday in Bangalore. Golden Palms is a luxury hotel designed on the lines of Moorish-Spanish casitas. With tastefully done rooms fitted with all modern amenities, the Golden Palms is the perfect place to indulge in some luxury.
The hotel has a total of 150 rooms comprising economy and luxury suites to suit the tastes and requirements of its guests. The hotel also has a spa, a lagoon shaped swimming pool, specialized restaurants and bars, fitness and recreational facilities to cater to all your needs.
So if you are looking for a comfortable and cozy stay and ready to splurge, Golden Palms is the ideal place for you.
Confident Amoon resorts offer your luxury and comfort which are at par with global standards. Complete with plush interiors and modern amenities, the Amoon is the perfect getaway place near Bangalore for a little luxury.
Complete with discotheques, a rejuvenation centre, health clubs, golf course etc, the Confident Amoon is the ideal place for a quick weekend luxury trip.
One of the most popular resorts around Bangalore, the Emerald Isle is nestled amidst luxuriant greenery and picturesque settings.
With comfortable accommodation fitted with all modern amenities and facilities such as a swimming pool with waterslide, multi-cuisine restaurant and bar, banquet garden etc, the Emerald Isle offers the best of luxury hospitality.
Spread over 70 acres, the Clarks Exotica is synonymous with luxury. State of the art facilities and comfortable and stylishly done accommodation welcome you at the Clarks Exotica.
A haven for the tired mind and body, the lush greenery surrounding the resort and the fantastic view of the Nandi hills from your room soothes and relaxes your mind.
Another one of the most popular resorts around Bangalore is the Ramee Guestline. The resort has 96 air conditioned rooms fitted with all modern amenities. The resort has a multi-cuisine restaurant where you can enjoy mouth watering delicacies.
Among other facilities offered by the hotel are sauna, an outdoor pool, a health club etc.
Located close to the Bannerghatta National Park in Bangalore, the confident cascade is family friendly hotel set amidst lush greenery. The hotel has beautifully decorated rooms and offers facilities such as a multi-cuisine restaurant, an outdoor pool, a children’s club and a fitness centre.
Set amidst verdant greenery, the Angsana hotel near Bangalore offers luxurious and tastefully done rooms that overlook the lush exteriors. Fitted with all modern amenities, the rooms are designed in a manner so as to ensure a holistic experience and complete relaxation of the guests.
The resort also has a spa, a multi-cuisine restaurant and venue facilities.
The Goldfinch resort offers the best in class services to its customers. With tastefully decorated rooms that provide an excellent view of the surroundings, the Goldfinch resort also offers facilities such as a multi-cuisine restaurant, sauna, fitness centre, golf course, spa and wellness centre, steam bath etc.
Situated in the beautiful Devanahalli Taluk, the Club Cabana is a paradise for tired minds and bodies. Comfortable and beautiful rooms and facilities such as an awesome bar and restaurant, superb banquets, health club and a poolside lounge await you at the Club Cabana.
Get up close with nature in a unique way. The Guhantara resort goes back to the basics and offers you simple yet sophisticated services. Guhantara is India’s first underground cave resort and an architectural wonder in itself.
Apart from simple and beautiful rooms, Guhantara offers a beautiful multi-cuisine restaurant, a bar and an exquisite spa.
The beautiful Coorg district is a tourist’s paradise. A mist covered landscape with mountain peaks peeping on the horizon welcomes you to the beautiful Kodagu district. Home to the Brahmagiri, Talakaveri and Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuaries and the Nagarhole national park, Coorg is rich in flora and fauna.
An ideal place for trekking and sightseeing, Coorg is a heaven for individuals looking for some quiet time with nature and is one of the best places to visit around Bangalore.
Looking for a destination for a quick vacation near Bangalore? Visit the Nagarhole national park in the Kodagu district in Karnataka. Covered in dense forests with little streams and rivulets, the Nagarhole National Park boasts of rich flora and fauna.
The perfect destination to spend some solitude amidst natural beauty, Nagarhole is a welcome retreat from the busy city life.
One of the few tiger reserves in the country, Bandipur National Park boasts of a rich biodiversity. Covered in dry, deciduous forests, Bandipur is one of the best places to visit if you are a nature lover.
There are many resorts near Bandipur that offer comfortable and affordable accommodation and also take you on safaris to help you see the wildlife in its full glory.
Situated high on the Western Ghats, Wayanad is known for its natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Ideal for trekking, Wayanad offers many trekking trails that take you through the thick forests and introduce you to the hidden secrets of nature.
The Chembra, Banasura and Brahmagiri peaks offer some of the best trekking trails in Wayanad and are often frequented by trekkers from all over the country.
The sweet aroma of coffee blossoms welcomes you into the Coffee country of Karnataka. Situated on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri Mountains, Chikmagalur is a popular destination among places to visit around Bangalore.
Some of the popular trekking destinations in Chikmagalur include the Kudremukh peak, the Kemmanagundi hill and the Mutthodi National Park.
Mysore is the second largest city in Karnataka and is one of the best places to visit around Bangalore due to its cultural and historical value. The Dasara celebrations of Mysore are quite famous and this attracts a large number of tourists to the city.
Some of the important tourist places of Mysore include the Shivanasamudra waterfalls, the Krishnarajasagar Dam, the Brindavan Gardens etc.
The beautiful hill station of Yelagiri is flanked by rose gardens, orchards and verdant valleys. Situated at an elevation of 1,410 meters, Yelagiri is also a popular destination among trekkers. Some of the popular trekking destinations of Yelagiri include the Swamimalai Hill, the Javadi Hills and the Palamathi Hills.
Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is one of the popular hill stations around Bangalore. It is slowly developing into a major trekking destination. Surrounded by picturesque scenic splendour, Yercaud offers many sightseeing destinations such as the Yercaud Lake, the Killiyur Falls, the Grange, the Pagoda Point etc.
Situated on the banks of the River Kabini, the Kabini Forest Reserve is one of the most popular wildlife destinations near Bangalore. Abounding with rich flora and fauna, the Kabini Forest Reserve is a fabulous place which facilitates viewing of wildlife in their natural habitat.
Spread over 55 acres, the landscape boasts of water bodies, forest land and steep valleys.
Also known as the Capital of Malnad, the city of Shimoga is a city blessed with immense natural beauty. There are a number of tourist hotspots in and around the city such as the Jog Falls, the Agumbe peak, the Kodachadri Hill, the Kemmanagundi Hill, the Gudavi bird sanctuary etc.
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