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50 Most Popular Places Around Bangalore

50 Most Popular Places Around Bangalore

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. 

Adventure Places to Trek and Camp:

1. Savandurga Trek

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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.

2. Kunti Betta Trek 

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.

3. Caving at Antaragange

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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.

4. Ramanagara Trek

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.

5. Bheemeshwari Forest Camp

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.

Popular Activities in Bheemeshwari:

1. Day Outing at Jungle Lodges, Bheemeshwari

2. Bheemeshwari Team Outings

3. 2 Day Multi Activity Bheemeshwari and Ramanagara Adventure

6. Ranganathaswamy Betta Night Trek

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.

 

7. Makalidurga Trek

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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.

8. Kanakpura Nature Camp

Located at a comfortable distance of about 60km from the main city of Bangalore, Kanakpura is perfect for that quick weekend getaway that you want to go to. With tall and beautiful mountains skirting the beautiful Hosadoddi Lake, it is a destination that is invigorating as well as richly endowed in landscapes that are perfect for an adventurous escape.

Surrounded by the Banathimari Forest and the Banathimari Peak rising in its midst, it is perfect for all of those who want to fill their hearts with adventure and lungs with pure mountain air!

9. Camping in Coorg

Snuggled deep in the pockets of Western Ghats, Coorg, the home of the Kodavu people, will claim your imagination! Just a short drive of about 250km will bring you to this charming abode of greens and hilly escapes.

Camping in the inviting greens of Coorg is surely an experience that has to be felt to be believed, the calming cool drafts of air will fill your lungs and the morning brings with it a gorgeous sunrise amongst refreshing environs of the coffee plantations. Coorg, is a fairytale destination that comes alive right before your eyes!

10. Tadiandamol Trek

The highest peak in Coorg, Tadiandamol Peak is richly carpeted in a cover of wooded slopes and tall, reaching trees. The trek to Tadiandamol Peak passes through some of the most beautiful and meandering pathways beautified by their calmness and solitude. Surrounded by the calming escapes of the Shola forests, the trek to the peak is one of the most therapeutic you will even indulge in.

11. Kodachadri Trek

Rising tall in the district of Shimoga, Kodachadri holds the honour of being amongst the tallest peaks in Karnataka. It is here that you can see incredibly beautiful views from the summit. The peak is famous for being the only place in the world from where you can witness views of the sunrise and sunset from the same spot.

Witness the enchanting views of the Arabian Sea in the distance and the sight of numerous waterfalls on the way and climb this peak surrounded by thick woods to get a taste of adventure and excitement!

12. Kudremukh Trek

Amongst the green and verdant coffee estates of Chickmaglur rises a peak that is also known as ‘The Horse Face Peak’. Trek to Kudremukh is a treat for all those who want to indulge in the beauty of nature this season! Passing through lush forest lands, the trail also lead you through some of the most amazing waterfalls and streams along the way.

Located at a distance of 285km from Bangalore, Kudremukh can be easily reached by road and is an offbeat getaway near Bangalore. Open meadow lands, grassy knolls and embellished with gorgeous views of surrounding, the trek  is suddenly one of the must-dos!

13. Sakleshpur Nature Trek

Decorated by dense plantations of areca nut, coffee, cardamom and pepperm Sakleshpur is a hill station that is located in the Hassan District of Karnataka.

The misty environs of this charming hill station are a magnificence that is hard to describe in words. Best seen at a leisurely pace, a trek to this gem of the Western Ghats is ideal for those who don’t mind going that extra mile to be in the arms of nature.

Resorts You Can Visit Around Bangalore:

14. Golden Palms Resort

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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.

15. Guhantara Resort

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.

16. Taj Kuteeram Resort

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.

17. Windflower Prakruthi Resort

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.

18. Olde Bangalore Resort

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.

19. Anandadhama Resort

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.

20. Eagleton Resort

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.

21. Discovery Village Resort

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.

22. Jaladhama Resort

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. 

23. Urban Valley Resort 

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.

24. Jade Vanani

How would you like to stay in a slice of paradise, right in the midst of Bangalore? The rustic and luxurious charm of Vanani, By Jade Retreats gives you just that! Walk in the refreshing, well-manicured lawns and feel the dew graze your feet as you take a relaxing walk in the gardens.

The gorgeous stone work architecture and beautiful weather all combine to give you a feel of being at a holiday destination just a short canter away from the city.

25. Vana Resorts

Just a stone’s throw away from the city of Bangalore lies a leisurely paradise that will make you feel like you have landed at your childhood dream castle! The Vana Resorts in Bangalore are a slice of luxury that you owe to yourself!

While at the resort you can indulge yourself in various outdoor activities and or simply gather up a bunch of your besties and head to the sprawling party hall that is equipped with all that you need to make your getaway worthwhile.

26. Jain Farms

At Bagalur near Bangalore lies a sprawling facility  that will make you feel like you have retreated into the arms of nature! The Jain Farms is an opulent destination of a collective farmhouses that are equipped with all the modern amenities that are sure to make you stay worthwhile, calming and luxurious all at the same time.

An open theater that can seat 2,500 individuals, places for indoor and outdoor pursuits,  a well maintained cricket ground, a prosperouslibrary to gather up and exchange thoughts are just a few of the principle highlights of Jain Farms.

27. Holiday Village

An exquisite getaway at Holiday Village off Kanakpura Road near Bangalore is just what you need to take some edge off the busy schedule of your life. Ornately designed, Holiday Village in Bangalore  gives you the option to explore and discover some of the best adventure and leisurely pursuits that will make your escape worthwhile!

Things to Do Around Bangalore:

28. Go for a Wine Tour

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!

29. Rent a Bike

 

30. Cycling Tours

Blessed with amazing slopes and hill sides, the outskirts of Bangalore are perfect for just pedaling away to a destination that has beauty, joy and adventure to offer! Gather up a bunch of like-minded people, hop on to your trusty bikes and just set out to explore these amazing getaways.

Feel the wind rush through your hair as you reconnoiter places like Bidadi- Magadi, Hesarghatta, Nandi Hills or even as far off as Ramnagara, where the original Sholay movie was shot.

31. Food walks

If you have been in Bangalore for long and haven’t explored the food scene of the city, then you are missing out on a lot! Set out on a gourmet trail across the city and explore the foods like Biryani walking through area like Nagartapete and Basavangudi that will tickle your taste buds to no end.

32. Pub Hop

Live it up in the city of Nightlife, with a pub hop across the city that will open you up to its cosmopolitan nature. What’s more exciting is that you can embark on these trails on a BICYCLE!

Go through some of the city’s most iconic bar destinations such as Monkey Bar, Bootlegger, finally ending the trail at TOIT at Indira Nagar. Ask any true blue Bangaloreana and he will tell you that these are indeed the places where the vibrancy of Bangalore really comes alive!

33. Golfing Experience

Where else would you explore a world-class movie like golfing experience than in Bangalore? The salubrious climate of the city makes it an ideal ground for sprawling golf courses that are of a highly acclaimed nature. This sport that is relaxing physically as well as mentally, is ideal for people across all age groups!

There are various destinations around where you can experience Golfing in Bangalore, such as Eagleton Resort, Kolar Gold Fields etc. all are designed by experienced golfers and architects who know the ins and outs of this activity.

34. Visit to Wonderla

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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.

35. Visit to Innovative Film City

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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. 

36. Wildlife Safari Bannerghatta National Park

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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 loversLush 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.

37. Trek to Nandi Hills

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.

38. Visit to Shivanasamudra Waterfalls

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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.

39. Visit to Hogenakkal Waterfalls

 

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.

Places to Go Around Bangalore Within 400 Kms:

40. Coorg

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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.

Some of the Popular Activities in Coorg:

 

1) Camping in Coorg

2) Kumara Parvatha Trek

3) Trekking in Tadiandamol with Rafting Adventure

4) Microlight Flying in Coorg

41. Wayanad

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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Some of the Our Popular Activities in Wayanad:

1) Wayanad Cycling Adventure Tour

2)Wayanad Tour Packages

3) Chembra Peak Trek

4) Guided Trip To the Pakshipatahalam Caves

5) Guided Cycling Tour In Wayanad

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42. Chikmagalur

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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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Some of the Our Popular Activities in Chikmagalur:

1) Kudremukh Trek

2) Narasimha Parvatha Trek

3) Kemmanagundi Trekking

4) Amedhi Kallu Trek

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43. Sakleshpur

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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.

Some of the Our Popular Activities in Sakleshpur:

1) Ombattu Gudda Trek, Sakleshpur

2) Murkannu Gudda And Hadlu Waterfalls Trek

3) Sakleshpur Nature Trek

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44. Pondicherry

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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.

[Most popular things to do in Pondicherry]

Some of the Our Popular Activities in Pondicherry:

1) Pondicherry City Tour

2) Pondicherry Heritage Walk

3) Guided Fisherman Village Tour, Pondicherry

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45. Mysore

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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.

Some of the Our Popular Activities in Mysore:

1) Chamundi Hills Horse Trip, Mysore

2) Mysore Food Tour

3) Horse Trip Through Rural Mysore

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46. Nagarhole

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 faunaThe perfect destination to spend some solitude amidst natural beauty, Nagarhole is a welcome retreat from the busy city life.

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47. Kabini

Kabini, that is located at a short distance away from Bangalore is one hell of a weekend destination that offers a cool respite away from the suffocating environs of the city! The flows of the Kabini River and the dam built over it are some of the most amazing sites of this beautiful desination.

Not only this, but the land is also famous for its wilderness and wildlife hotspots where you can sight various animals such as elephants, wild boars and even (if you are very lucky) TIGERS! Explore this verdant green escapade around 205km from Banagalore if you are a nature lover, wilderness explorer or even just a traveller who is seeking quietude in the envelop of nature.

48. Bandipur

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.

 

49. Yelagiri

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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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50. Yercaud

Located in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is a picture perfect hill station that is abundant with elevations, landscapes and falls that are a treat for the sore eyes.The Yercaud like that spreads its arms across the landscape, the view from Arthur’s seat and Lady’s seat will enchant you to no end!

At just about 222km from Bangalore, a trip to Yercaud is very much possible within a day. You can also explore the area by trekking or simply driving around the winding roads canopied by tress, climbers and vines of every kind. Escape to Yercaud, and fulfill your lust for beauty and adventure!

By Abhishek Last updated Jun 30,2015