Bangalore, the salubrious Garden City has since long been known for its pleasant climate and green surroundings. The added advantage of this destination is the many interesting places around that make for the perfect getaway. Be it heading to a jungle camp, national park, waterfall or hills, the list is endless.
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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.
Situated around 130km from the heart of the city, Kunti Betta is also one amongst the popular places around Bangalore and a hub for the adventure seekers; especially for the trekkers. Though the vicinity boasts of its unique beauty and appeal, its allurement gets double-fold during the nights.
It is during this period, trekkers from different places throngs Kunti Betta and embarks on a night trek expedition to the peak and satiates their carvings for fun and adventure.
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.
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.
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Those fascinated with night trekking can also head to Skandagiri, an ancient mountain fortress. Located from 70km from Bangalore, the lofty summit overlooks Nandi Hills, Muddenahalli, and Kanivenarayanapura. Also known as Kalavara Durga, the trek to this place is considered challenging but rewarding at the same time.
Atop are a fort dating to 18th century and a temple. This experience is best savoured in the winter months with misty trails, pleasant weather and winsome mornings to rise to.
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.
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Uncover nocturnal charms with a night trek to Ranganathaswamy Betta that is laced with thick forests and shrubs. It is believed that this rock hill has emerged from a ground atop of a mountain. Also here is the Ranganathaswamy temple that was constructed under a massive granite boulder.
While on the trek, might make way through green farmlands, tall trees, and sunflower plantations. Each trail brings in its own delight and includes tough, narrow, steep, and muddy paths. The icing on the cake would be the mesmeric view of the sunrise waking up the horizon with its illuminating rays.
An answer to your adventure escapades, Manchinbele Camp lures on the banks of Manchinbele Lake set amidst the reserve forests of Savandurga. A great getaway, this place is often thronged by visitors on the weekend.
Choose from an array of action-packed options. Water lovers can indulge in kayaking and canoeing. For a better feel of the place, you can opt for a trekking and camping experience.
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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.
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.
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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 or relaxing resort options at Makalidurga, besides trekking.
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The Golden Palms resort is one of the best resorts for a holiday around 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 along with family and friends.
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.
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.
Tucked away in Hesaraghatta, around 35 kms from Bangalore, Taj Kuteeram is where you can wallow in the tryst with Indian culture. It brings to life the ancient Indian arts and cajoles you with the aesthetically done up interiors cossetted in green delights. When here, you can unwind and rejuvenate with yoga and Ayurveda. Dance performances and music performances can also be held at a prior request.
Located on the outskirts of Bangalore, The Windflower Prakruthi sprawls on 7 acres and embraces you with a sea of greenery. It’s ideal for a weekend getaway with family, friends and corporates. Food lovers can savour the array of cuisines served in the restaurant. You can unwind at the swimming pool or spend some riveting moments playing badminton, snooker, football or cricket.
A place where time stands still and resonates with the charm of old Bangalore is Olde Bangalore. The accommodations here are inspired by the nomadic traveller and provide the sense of adventure and comfort with luxury tents.All this accounts for a perfect romantic getaway for couples. Relish in the coffee shop, bakery and restaurant. Take a dip in the large pool and enjoy the indoor games.
Lolling on the banks of Cauvery River and surrounded by virgin forests and wildlife, Anandadhama is a nature lover’s paradise. The location opens up avenues for an array of activities such as night walk in the jungle, trekking, rappelling and boating.
Adding to the charm are campfire evenings. You can also beat the stress away with yoga, Ayurveda along with classical performances. The food served here is pure vegetation and comprises North and South Indian dishes.
Inviting you with manicured gardens and fresh air, Eagleton Resort takes you a world of tranquillity. Along with luxury amenities, it offers stylish and comfortable accommodations. Those who crave some pampering can head to the spa. Recreational activities include billiards, well-equipped gym, multi-purpose banquet and party spaces.
Tucked away in a green oasis of Kankpura road, Discovery Village is away from the bustle of the city and yet within its reach. Take advantage of the many thrills this stay offers. The big swimming pool is ideal to take a dip and enjoy poolside games.
The golden highlights of this place are the learning zones and aesthetically built amphitheatre that can accommodate around 200 people. The recreational avenues include Cricket, Carrom, Badminton, Basketball, Table tennis, Volleyball, Football and Foosball.
A fetching backwater resort, Jaladhama, is embraced with unparalleled beauty of nature. Just 125 km from Bangalore, this place transports you to a world of serenity and enjoyment. Reel in indoor games like chess and table-tennis and outdoor activities that include volleyball, beach ball and cricket.
If you are having a craving for aqua sports, Urban Valley is the ideal resort amongst the most popular places around Bangalore. Located off the Kanakpura Road, this lakeside resort offers a myriad list of water sports along with some of the adventure sports like ATV rides, jetskiing, paintball and others.
In addition to all these, Urban Valley is also known for organising lively and delightful parties, karaoke nights, day outings and other celebrations as well.
Promising a fun getaway of luxury and leisure is Wonderla Resort. Attached to the Wonderla Amusement park and surrounded by nature, the stay lulls you to a relaxed state of mind. Adding to the appeal are the state-of-the-art facilities and amenities.
Here you can unwind at the heated swimming pool that gives great views of the amusement park or spend time at the fully equipped gym. There is also a kid’s activity room to keep the children engaged. Food lovers can get their fill at the fine dining restaurant that serves an eclectic range from Indian, Chinese to Continental dishes.
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. This makes it a perfect getaway for family, friends and couples.
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.
Wine aficionados can treat themselves to a fun and informational wine tour. The salubrious weather and fertile soil of Bangalore aids the growth of grapes. This in turn has led to the mushrooming of wineries around the city. One of them is the Heritage Winery.
On their tour, you can unravel what goes behind the makings of fine wine. Amble through the refreshing vineyards; learn how to see, swirl, sniff, and sip the drink from the experts. And to top it, get to indulge in a wine tasting session too!
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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 places around Bangalore.
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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 a family with kids 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.
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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 places around 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Rich in biodiversity, Sakleshpur opens up to you with green delights and rare sights of fauna. Discover this place with a trek to Ombattu Gudda peak. Perched at 971 m above sea level, it is considered as the highest peak in the Western Ghats range. Meaning ‘nine hills’, this place is called so because it has nine continuous humps.
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It is surrounded by Shiradi Srisla, Kabinale and Balur Reserve Forests. Animals spotted here include tiger, leopard, jungle cat, barking deer, gaur, sloth bear and wild elephant.
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A once French colony, Pondicherry permeates in a distinct charm of its own. A heritage walk in this town will take you through quaint markets, streets of French and Indian architecture and would give you a true essence of the place. A city tour will unfold cathedrals, beachfronts and Aurobindo Ashram. Those interested in the offbeat can also take a fisherman tour for a day in the life of the fisherman.
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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.
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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.
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The beautiful hill station of Yelagiri is flanked by rose gardens, orchards and verdant valleys ideal for a romantic getaway for couples. 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.
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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. Kabini also have some of the best wildlife resorts in Karnataka.
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By Abhishek Last updated Feb 24,2015