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  • The Bird Sanctuaries in Karnataka confirm the diversity of flora and fauna that this state conserves within its borders. Several migratory birds find their comfort in these bird sanctuaries that are managed at their best to provide a happy home for them, and a blissful view to bird-watchers.

    From all of them, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is the most famous and has been an unbeatable one as far as its vastness and miscellany is concerned.
    Some of these Karnataka Bird Sanctuaries lie by the banks of the river, some amidst dense forests while some on hills, each of which have their own unique calling for the birds.

    Above all, there is not one, but two bird sanctuaries in this southern state which offer a natural habitat to the vibrant peacocks where you will be smitten by their melodious sounds. It is best to visit these parks during the migration period so that you can see as many birds as possible.

  • 01Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

    Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

    Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, attracting people in Mandya district, is amongst the most visited ones by localities and tourists for a one-day holiday. Not just that, it is also the largest one in the state and lies on the precious banks of the River Kaveri.

    Flora and Fauna: You will spot birdies like Open-billed Stork, Darter, Peafowl, Great Stone Plover, River Tern, and Pond Heron, to name a few.

    Best time to Visit: The birds in this sanctuary undergo a nesting period from June to November; hence, that is the best time to visit.

    Location: Ranganathittu Road, Srirangapatna, Mandya District

    Sanctuary Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

    Sanctuary Fees: Rs.50/person (Rs.300 for foreign nationals)

  • 02Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

    Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

    This bird sanctuary in Karnataka is surrounded by the Tunga river and forest that makes this a stunning haven that attracts many species of birds.

    The location and the quaint atmosphere makes it a favourite amongst these winged-animals to nest and breed. You can spend your time in bird-watching, trekking and boating when here.

    Flora and Fauna:
    Darters, Median Egrets and Cormorants are the main species that co-exist in this emerald green bird sanctuary. The breeds include Wooly Neck Stalk, Night Herons, Pied Kingfisher, Open-billed Storks, etc. 

    Best Time to Visit:
    July to October is the best to visit this sanctuary; although, if you want to spot almost every breed this park houses, then you should plan a trip in August.

    Location: 30kms from Shimoga District

    Sanctuary Timings:
    07.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.

  • 03Magadi Bird Sanctuary

    Magadi Bird Sanctuary

    The Magadi Tank has proved as a comfortable home for the birds of Central Asia who reflect back to this area for bird-lovers to catch a glimpse.

    One bird you are sure to spot here is the Bar Headed Goose amongst the other one hundred and thirty-four different species.

    Flora and Fauna:
    Oriental Ibis, Painted Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill, Ruddy Shed Duck, White-breasted water Hen, Comb Duck are some of the other birds that have been flying to Magadi Bird Sanctuary since the past ten years now.

    Best Time to Visit:
    Most of the migratory birds return in the winters; it is best to visit this sanctuary between November to March.

    Location:
    Sirhatti Talluk, Gadak District

  • 04Bonal Bird Sanctuary

    Bonal Bird Sanctuary

    This bird sanctuary is a paradise for aquatic birds that revel by this lakeside home. Run by the government, this is amongst Karnataka bird sanctuaries where you can even stay overnight over a camp stay and wake up to a chirpy morning.

    What used to be a land for the British to picnic on is now the second largest bird sanctuary in the state.

    Flora and Fauna:
    Over 10,000 birds migrate to this lake, some of which are Black Ibis, White Ibis, Bar-headed Goose, Purple Moorhen, Purple Heron, Snake Bird, and Indian Shag.

    Location:
    Near Bonal Village, Shorapur Taluk, Yadgir District


  • 05Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

    Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

    Located in Shimoga, it is amongst the best bird sanctuaries in Karnataka that is spread across huge acres of land by the Gudavi Lake.

    Since it lies by a water body, you can spot many water birds making their way to the lake flying about during the day. An area by the lake that is lined up by tall trees creates an excellent shade to trek your way into the sanctuary.

    Flora and Fauna:
    Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is the abode of about 217 species like Indian Pond Heron, Brahminy Kites, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, White Ibis, Cormorant, etc.

    Best time to Visit:
    July to November

    Location:
    17km from Soraba Town, Shimoga

    Sanctuary Timings:
    06.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

  • 06Bankapura Peacock

    Bankapura Peacock

    Just as the name suggests, Bankapura Peacock is amongst the very few sanctuaries in the country that looks after India’s national bird, peacock.

    A visit to this bird park will be one of the most radiant places you have ever been to with over one thousand peacocks and peahens residing in harmony.

    Flora and Fauna:
    Besides peacocks, this bird park also welcomes other birds like Spotted Dove, Flamingo, Magpie, Parakeet, Green-Bee Eater, Myna, Tailor Bird, etc

    Best time to Visit:
    Visit Bankapura Peacock any time of the year, especially during sunrise to watch the birds in morning play. Monsoon season is this bird’s most active time.

    Location:
    Bankapura Village, Shiggon Taluka

  • 07Attiveri Bird Sanctuary

    Attiveri Bird Sanctuary

    Nestled in the Uttar Karnataka region, this bird sanctuary is a pleasant place to visit with over 79 species of birds, with 22 of them from other countries.

    The area of this land is enclosed by deciduous forests and the Attiveri Reservoir which makes this place serene.

    Flora and Fauna:
    You will find birds like Indian Shag, Spoonbill, Common Grey Hornbill, Common Swallow, Pond Heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Cormorant, Darter, Brown Shrike, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White Ibis, etc. in this park. If things go in your favour, then you will also be able to spot some animals like Grey Mongoose, Indian Porcupine, Indian Pangolin, Wild Boar, Jackal, etc.

    Best Time to Visit:
    November to March for the area experiences rainfall from May to August.

    Location:
    15km from Mangod Village and 43km from Hubli-Dharwad District

    Safari Timings:
    06.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m

  • 08Ghataprabha Bird Sanctuary

    Ghataprabha Bird Sanctuary

    Ghataprabha Bird Sanctuary is situated close to the Ghataprabha River which allures the birds to spend their tranquil time. You will find the area surrounded by surreal greenery for huge acres of agricultural lands enclose it. About 225 bird species visit this sanctuary during the migration period.

    Flora and Fauna:
    The frequent visitors of this bird sanctuary are Snakebird, Stork, Little Commorants, King Fisher, Spoonbill, Red Wattled Lapwing, Demoiselle Crane, European White Stork, Peacock, White Ibis, and Lesser Pied.

    Best Time to Visit:
    Visit this park between October to May and listen to the chirp of the many migratory birds chirp in the daylight.

    Location:
    65km from Belagavi, Gokak Taluk, Belgaum District

  • 09Adichunchanagiri Bird Sanctuary

    Adichunchanagiri Bird Sanctuary

    This sanctuary was initiated with the noble idea of the protection and preservation of peacock; it is now amongst those bird sanctuaries in Karnataka that is a dwelling place for over 250 species of birds. Its addition of the Butterfly Park adds to the radiance that this place emits. The sound of the peacocks envelope the aura, thus declaring that the area belongs to them.

    Flora and Fauna:
    Besides this colourful bird, you might be able to spot Sirkeer Malkoha, Yellow-throated Bulbuls, Indian Robin, and Laughing Doves amongst the other 90 species. Other animals also frequent this vicinity like Leopards, Mongoose, Agama, and other reptiles. If you stay on a lookout, you might even be able to spot some predatory birds.

    Best time to Visit:
    Drop by anytime between April to October and capture amazing sights of the birds and butterflies, especially the peacocks.

    Location:
    College Road, Adichunchanagiri, Mandya District

    Safari Timings:
    06.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

  • 10Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

    Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

    Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes a lot of exotic birds in its park which also is a resting place for other animals and local birds. You will be astounded at the sight of the number of birds that fly around within this dense and deciduous forest, making this National Sanctuary a lively place.

    The park lies on the bank of River Kali, which is a famous tourist destination for white river rafting.

    Flora and Fauna:
    Spot birds like Common Lora, Grey Wagtail, Emerald Dove, Small Minivet, House Swift, Tickell’s Flowerpecker, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, etc. You will find yourself amidst Bamboo and teak plantations apart from many fruit trees.  Animals like Tigers, Sloth Bears, Barking Deer, Ratufa Indica and The Indian Pangolin also co-exist in this park.

    Best time to Visit:
    Enjoy the essence of this wildlife sanctuary between March to October.

    Location:
    Township, Dandeli

    Safari Timings:
    06.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

    Safari Cost:
    Rs.40 for Indians and Rs.80 for foreign nationals

  • 11Ramanagara Vulture Sanctuary

    Ramanagara Vulture Sanctuary

    Also called as Ramadevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary, this park is the only one in India that conserves the endangered long-billed vultures. Although even these are fast disappearing, you might be able to spot some of the twenty-five that takes refuge in this vast land. 

    The name of this sanctuary is inspired by Lord Rama Temple resting on top of the hills, a portion of which was also used to shoot the epic film, Sholay.

    Flora and Fauna:
    Egyptian Vulture and Long-billed Vultures are the only birds you will spot here.

    Best time to Visit:
    November to March seems like the best time to visit these vultures who wouldn’t want to hide from the scorching summer sun.

    Location:
    Shri Phatthabi Rama Temple, Thibbegowdanadoddi, Ramanagara, Bangalore

    Safari Timings:
    09.00 a.m. to 04.30 p.m.

    Safari Cost:
    Rs.20 for adults and Rs.30 for vehicle parking

  • 12Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary

    Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary

    Visit the Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary in its peak season, and you will find exotic birds perched in every direction you look. This place is nirvana for bird-watchers whose idea day accounts into getting the best clicks of birds.

    It is the second largest sanctuary for painted storks which the villagers love to care about.

     

    Flora and Fauna: Other bird species you can catch a glimpse of are Grey Herons, Blackbuck, and Grey Pelicans. You will notice many tamarind trees protecting this park, for it is a favourite resting place for the stork. 

    Best time to Visit: If you want to catch all the birds at play, then plan a visit to this bird sanctuary between February to August. You will spot some birds in other seasons too, but they wouldn’t be as active as during these months.

    Location: Sira Taluk, Tumkur District (130km from Bangalore)

    Safari Timings: 08.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

Sightseeing in Karnataka

Attractions in Karnataka

Nature and wildlife in Karnataka

Wildlife in Karnataka

Photography in Karnataka

Attractions

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Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is spread over an area of 240 acres exhibiting more than 1,854 species of medicinal and scientific plants and trees. Among the places to visit in Bangalore, Lal Bagh Botanical garden certainly tops the list for its vast green stretch and the presence of exotic birds.  

The park was commissioned and concluded by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, respectively, in the year 1760 and this vast expanse of greenery houses a 3000 million years rock which is fondly famous as “the Lal Bagh rock” which is a unique site that interests hordes of tourists. 

There is also a glass house with a lake and an aquarium and this glass house hosts a vibrant annual flower show. The colorful and vivid presence of birds such as Parakeets, Myna, Brahminy Kite, Pond Heron, Purple Moorhen and Common Egret etc hook a lot of birdwatchers and photographers.  

Location: Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

Best Time to Visit:  you can visit the garden any time of the year but if you particularly interested in the flower show then visit in January and August.

Price: entry is free for children and an adult needs to pay INR 10.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 5 KM.

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Cubbon Park

This green belt region is spread over 300 acres land housing 6000 trees of different families contributing to the rich flora of the region.

Within the campus of the park, there are some interesting points like Cubbon Park Museum, Attara Kacheri, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo grove nook, lotus pond, Dancing Fountain and Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park etc.

It is like a second home to nature lovers and morning joggers. If you wish to cover the entire park but not foot then hop on a toy train and tour around in the most fun away.

Cubbon Park is one of the Banglore tourist places where you can just sit idly beneath the green foliage and unwind watching the magical hours in the sky.  

Location: Kasturba Road, Behind High Court of Karnataka, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Best Time to Visit: Early morning.

Price: Free entry.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week except Monday. It also remains closed on every second Tuesdays of the month.

Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours or half a day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM

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Nandi Hills

This is a set of breathtaking hillocks which is a complete nature retreat. From cycling and paragliding into the stunning mount to the Yoganandeeshwara Temple that sits atop the hill with a huge Nandi statue, these small mounds have a lot to offer, even the name of the hills was coined after the temple statue. 

Nandi hills are set small hillocks which serves as a great trekking or weekend getaway from Bangalore. It bestows the visitors with the sight of some endemic flora and fauna and magnificent vistas of the surrounding. 

Trek through the paved roads, rocky terrain, small streams and grasslands to reach the top of the hills but one must be careful of the steep descent and sharp turns while returning. Hordes of monkeys will accompany you throughout the trek hence do not keep eatables in your hands.

Location: Chikkaballapur Taluk, Chikkaballapur 562101, India

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.

Timings: It is open 24 hours and the standard trekking hours can be between 6 AM to 6 PM.

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 62 KM.

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Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta National Park is one of the interesting places to visit in Bangalore for the assorted wildlife and natural establishments and the rich vegetation. One can hire jeeps and cars or board a bus for touring around this massive national park sprawled across an area of  104.27 sq. km. 

The park encompasses a number of establishments such as a pretty butterfly park swarmed with colorful species of butterflies, an aquarium, Children's park, a zoo, a Crocodile farm, Snake Park, a museum and a Prehistoric Animals' Park which is highly praised by the visitors. 

The flora and fauna of the park include eucalyptus, sandalwood, tamarind, neem, bamboo etc in plants and jackal,  spotted deer, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, elephants, leopards, porcupine, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, monitor lizard etc in animals. 

Bannerghatta park is not only nature’s retreat but also has ample locations for short trekking expedition, some of the points are Hajjamana Kallu, Mirza Hill, and Uddigebande; all of these are located under a distance of 4 KM. It is a quick getaway for all the shutterbugs and adventure enthusiasts dwelling in Bangalore.

Location: Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bannerghatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

Best Time to Visit: Winter season.

Price: INR 80 for adults and INR 40 for children (Indian Nationals), INR 400 and 300 for adult and children (any foreign national).

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 23 KM.

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Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace is a true example of sheer architectural beauty which was built in 1873. This old opulent structure sits on a land of 25000 square feet displaying the regal mix of Tudor and Scottish Gothic architectural designs. 

Besides being a preserved site, it is also a grand venue that hosts marriage parties, events, and rock concerts. The palace houses paintings of the famous painter of bygone era Raja Ravi Varma along with ancient carvings and granite and ceramic tiles seating on the floor which are still unblemished. 

There is magnanimous ground in front of the palace which has hosted a number of international artists in the past like, The Rolling Stones, Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Lamb of God, Don Moen, David Guetta,  The Black Eyed Peas, Deep Purple, Metallica, Roger Waters etc. 

On the auspicious day of Dussehra every year, a grand fair is organized in the ground against the royal backdrop of the beautifully lit palace.

Location: Palace Road, Near Mount Carmel Institute Of Management, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

Best Time to Visit: During Dussehra when it is well lit with a grandiose celebration.

Price: INR 230 for Indians and INR 460 for foreigners.

Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM

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Vidhana Soudha

Vidhana Soudha is situated in the center of the city, painted in white and spread over an area of 60 acres. Vidhan Soudha is the most renowned landmark in Bangalore which houses the state secretariat and state legislature under one roof. 

This dome-like structure has two chambers where the first floor (central wing) can accommodate 268 members at a time and the southern wing can accommodate 88 members. 

The building is a marvelous amalgamation of Dravidian, British and Indo-Islamic style architecture. One must not miss the lighting up of the building on Sunday evenings and the inscription that reads “Government work is God’s work.” 

Please note that it is one of the sightseeing places in Bangalore that needs prior permission or a pass nowadays. The grandeur of Vidhana. Soudha is visible after sunset when the entire building is well lit and it resembles a grand palace

Location: Doctor Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Best Time to Visit: September to February

Price: No entry fee.

Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Sunday.

Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM

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Venkatappa Art Gallery

This enormous art gallery is segmented into two halls where it exhibits more than 600 paintings. 

One of the two halls displays stone sculptures associated with Khajarao School of Art and Mathura whereas the other hall exhibits pottery and clay articles dating back to the Indus Valley civilization. 

This art gallery houses the artwork and paintings of world famous and renowned artists such as K. Venkatappa, M. F. Hussain, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Yusuf Arakkal, Rekha Rao, N. S. Bendre, and Vasudev in galore on the first level of the building. 

There are paintings christened as Prithvi, Vayu, Jala, Agni, Death, Sea Shore, Nagamandala, In Space,  and Last Glimpse by K.K Hebbar on the second level of the gallery. 

Venkatappa Art gallery is the Mecca for art loves, magnanimous, loaded and authentic and is one of the aesthetically pleasing places to visit in Bangalore.

Location: Kasturba Road, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

Best Time to Visit: During the daytime.

Price: INR 10 per head (adults) and INR 5 (children)

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all the days of the week except Monday.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM.

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Wonderla

Take a day out and get charged at this craziest amusement park in Bangalore. Wonderla is one of the largest amusement parks in the entire country with more than 60 exhilarating rides such as Hurricane, Equinox, Insanity Twister, Recoil, Dropzone, Flash Tower, Mixer, Y-scream, Maverick etc. 

These high-tech rides will swirl, twist and turn you in around 360 degrees and will pump adrenaline rush to a next level. The water rides like splurgy and frolic with speedy drops and to and fro motion. 

Wonderla not only tops Bangalore tourist places list but it is loved by the local population as well. From rain disco to fun pools and wave pools, from roller coasters to boomerang rides; even an entire day at Wonderla is not enough to satiate the thrill junkies in you.

Location: 28th Km, Mysore Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562109

Best Time to Visit: November to February.

Price: Ranging from 850 to 2000

Timings: 11 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Friday and 11 AM to 7 PM on every Saturday and Sunday.

Average time required to visit the place: An entire day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 35 KM

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Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

This summer residence of Tipu Sultan was built in the year 1791. The ceilings and walls of the palace have a floral touch with Islamic carvings and decorations. 

The uniqueness of this two storey building is that it is entirely made of teak wood with wooden pillars supporting the foundation of the palace. It is said that Sultan used the eastern and western balconies to conduct the mass and state affairs. 

The intricately carved wooden balcony and the majestic staircases are great examples of architectural marveling and the size of the palace is not magnanimous yet it gives a rustic touch to the state of Karnataka. It is one of the Bangalore tourist places which is included in almost all the itineraries.

Location: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Near Bengaluru Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018

Best Time to Visit: November to February.

Price: INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 4 KM.

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Anthargange

The Kolar district of Karnataka promises a jaw-dropping sight of the Shathashrunga range and Anthargange is another rocky hill range that basks at a height of 1712 meters from sea level. 

The place is mostly an illusionistic stretch of stacked rocky boulders and the natural cave exploration is a one of kind experience among these piled up volcanic rocks. 

The Anthargange Temple is another popular site that is well-celebrated among the devotees and religious trekkers. Literally, Anthargange stands for 'The Ganges from the deep' or  'Inner Stream' in Kannada, that is also because of the bestrew of seven villages in the vicinity which are favored with a natural supply of fresh groundwater. 

There are no lodging options at Anthargange so one can either pitch a tent while night trekking or can stay at Bangalore and embark on a day trekking tour at Anthargange.

Location: Kolar District, Bengaluru, India

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.

Timings: 24 hours.

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 70 KM.

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Devanahalli Fort

This 15th-century fort has witnessed multiple seizures and attacks in the bygone era by Tipu Sultan, Hyder Ali and even the Britishers. Malla Baire Gowda constructed in the year 1501 making it one of the Bangalore tourist places which you can not afford to miss if you want to learn more about the Mythology, history, and culture of the state. 

There is small village settlement within the fort premise with several old-style temples which gives insight into the history of the place. 

This 20 acres long fort is made of stone and mud and the house where Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali lived still exists in the lap of this fortress.

Location: Devanahalli Near Bangalore -Hyderabad Highway, District, Devanahalli, Karnataka 562110

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: No entry fee.

Timings: Open 24 hours.

Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 35 KM.


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Kunti Betta

As the name suggests, Kunti Betta is a hill in the ancient town of Pandavapura and is a famous destination among the trekkers. It is ideally a 3 hours trek to reach an elevation of 2882 meters. 

The mythological significance of the place recites stories of Kunti and Pandavas who are said to have taken abode at these hillocks during their period of exile. It is suggested to indulge in a night trekking expedition as the place boasts of a decent population of fireflies which are on the verge of extinction today. 

From trekking and rock climbing on the rocky terrain of the hills to swimming and kayaking in the refreshing water of Thonnur lake, Kunti Betta is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore that is hard to miss by the adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Location: Pandavapura, Karnataka, India.

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: There is no entry charge, one will only spend on activities, commuting and food.

Timings: 24 hours.

Average time required to visit the place:  a day or two.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 125 KM.

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Snow City

This indoor snow theme park garners plenty of visitors who aim to escape in the scorching heat by entering a snow house that spans an area of 12,500 sq. feet. The unparalleled experience of playing, sliding and throwing snow at each other can be achieved in the middle of a tropical town and you do not have to travel to the mighty Himalayas, neither have to wait for the winters. The freezing hall offers a number of crazy slides and rides with skiing and rock climbing activities.

Snow city is the first indoor theme park in the city which is open 365 days maintaining a temperature of minus 5 degree Celsius. The crazy snow box, various virtual snow animals, snow parties and snow slides are some of the features which lure visitors into trying this freezing hangout location.

Location: Jayamahal, Fun World Complex, Opposite TV Tower, J C Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560006

Best Time to Visit: Summer season.

Price: INR 600 per head.

Timings: 10 AM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: one-time entry is for 45 minutes.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 30 KM.

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National Gallery of Modern Art

This sprawling mansion of 3.5 acres and was recently opened to the public in the year 2009. The Manikyavelu Mansion is one of the three National Art Museum in India where the other two are located in Mumbai and Delhi. 

The welcoming sight of years old trees, a mirror pool and a fountain in the vicinity provides ample of green and shaded space to devour in the quietude of this art gallery. 

The marvelous photographs of earlier times, paintings, sculptures and graphic prints are some of the commendable articles which are kept on display. This is a notable culture center at Bengaluru that hosts seminars,  film screenings, workshops and exhibitions to cultivate an understanding of modern art and culture in the city.

Location: #49, Palace Road, Manikyavelu Mansion, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

Best Time to Visit: anytime between the given hours.

Price: INR 10 for Indian nationals and INR 150 for foreigner nationals.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Monday.

Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4 KM.

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Ramanagara

If you remember the classic Sholay scenes then you will be amazed to see the rocky mountains of this town that is situated around 50 KM from Bengaluru city and Sholay was originally shot here. 

From Silk farming to Mysore-Pak, from leading into the huge Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary; Ramanagara is one of the places to visit in Bangalore within 100 kms to enjoy heaps of activities like camping and trekking, and also an abundance of sightseeing option. 

The iconic rock elevations where the dacoit Gabbar was filmed in the cult classic Sholay can be visited during the day where you walk and climb some steep elevations of approximately 400 staircases to reach the top where you will find a temple as well. 

These rock elevations are of Ramadevara Betta Hill which is a part of Ramadevara betta Vulture Sanctuary.

Location: Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

Best Time to Visit: Winter season (November to March)

Price: Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge.

Timings: The gates of the sanctuary open around 9 AM and closes by 4:30 to 5 PM.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM

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HAL Aerospace Museum

HAL is one of the most renowned aeronautical companies in entire Asia and the HAL Aerospace Museum. 

This Aviation center was established in 2001 in Bangalore and since then it has been a hub to attain technical, scientific and historical knowledge about aviation and aerospace and other such related science streams in the country. 

It has many branches across India and Asia and this 4 acres land imparts information on simulators, air traffic control, history of aeronautical science and sustainable development practices. 

The museum houses various missiles and aircrafts models such jets, MIGs, helicopters and fighter planes. This is one of a kind museum that is initiating public awareness about aerospace in India.

Location: Near HAL Police Station, HAL Old Airport Rd, Marathahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037

Best Time to Visit: anytime between the given hours.

Price: INR 50 for adults, free entry for kids.

Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 15 KM.


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