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  • The incredible number of hill stations in Karnataka makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Being the 8th largest Indian State, Karnataka is not merely known for its gushing waterfalls, mighty monuments and impeccable shrines, but also for its surreal hill stations.

    These hilly hamlets provide to be an ideal choice for short- relaxing holiday. Karnataka Hill Stations are blessed to have the beautiful views of Western Ghats and the swaying landscapes, which enormously contributes to attracting thousands of nature lovers and adventure junkies each year.

    These famed hill stations are not only popular with India, but also amid the International travellers who come to these mountains for beauty, thrill and peace. The hill stations of Karnataka offer a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of fast paced city life. Moreover, these beautiful hill stations are a delight for bird watchers and wildlife aficionado.


    Here are some of the best hill stations in Karnataka:

  • 01 B R Hills

     B R Hills

    A favoured escape amongst Bangaloreans, BR Hills welcomes you with balmy weather, nature thrills and a tryst with the jungle. Plopped in the YelandurTaluk of Chamarajanagar district, this is among the salubrious hill stations in Karnataka and is also known as Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Sprawling on an area of 540 sq km, it reflects the splendour of eastern most part of the Western Ghats.  Another golden feature of the place is that it was declared as the protected tiger reserve under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

    Best time to visit: June - November, December - March

    Attractions: Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, BRT Wildlife Sanctuary and Big Champak Tree

    Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing, Elephant and Jeep Safaris

  • 02Chikmagalur

    Chikmagalur

    The 'land of coffee' or Chikmagalur stands gracefully on the Mullayanagiri Range. Scenic landscapes, captivating hills, lush coffee plantations and salubrious nature of this hill station makes it for a pleasant getaway in Karnataka. While its appealing hills peaks entices trekkers, adventure buffs and nature lovers, its pleasant climate makes it an ideal escapade for regular holidayers.

    Also known as the 'younger daughter's town', peace and tranquillity that exists in this hilly retreat makes it one of the highly visited hill stations in Karnataka.

    Two of the most sought after destinations in Chikmagalur are:

    i) Kemmangundi

    Fringed by the picturesque Baba BudanGiri Range, Kemmanagundi was once the summer  retreat of the Maharaja of Mysore. Misty appeal, serene ambience, lush plantations, colourful gardens, stunning waterfalls and the splendid views of the hills and mountains of  this place make it for an ideal hiking destination. It is indeed one of the most hiked hill  stations in Karnataka and Chikmagalur as well.

    ii) Kudremukh

    Also known as the 'horse faced mountain' due to its shape, this is the third highest peak in  Karnataka. Known for its fascinating trekking trails, charming climate, pictorial waterfalls and  rich bio-diversity, it has also been declared as one of the National Parks in India.

    However, while opting for trekking in this region, the trekkers should follow certain rules and  guidelines laid by the local forest department. It is one of the eco-sensitive areas in Chikmagalur and the visitors should abide by all the possibilities to retain its beauty.

    Best time to visit: September-May

    Attractions: Baba BudanGiri Range, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary & Reservoir, Kalasa, Hebbe Falls and Khandya

    Activities: Trekking, Nature Trails, Waterfall Visits, Hiking, Homestays and Plantation Tours

  • 03Coorg

    Coorg

    Gracious and appealing in its own way, Coorg or 'Kodagu' is known for its mesmeric beauty and charm. Situated on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, this enchanting hill station is adorned with aromatic spice plantations, lush paddy fields and never-ending patches of coffee plants.

    The colourful cultures and traditions of the locals, who are known to great warriors, are truly delights to witness and enjoy. Moreover the homely ambience of Coorg never allows the visitors to feel the pinch of being away from home. The source of the Krishna River, it is also one of the adventure hubs in Karnataka; enthusiasts from across the country visits Coorg for trekking, hiking and other similar adventure activities.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Attractions: Abbey Falls, Madikere Fort, Tadiyandamol Peak, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Dubare Elephant Camp

    Accommodations: Coorg homestays

    Activities: Trekking, Cycling, Hiking, Mountaineering, Waterfall Visits and Plantation Tours


  • 04Agumbe

    Agumbe

    A quaint hamlet in the Shimoga district, Agumbe is one of the pictorial hill stations in Karnataka. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is located around 357km from Bangalore and 643m above the sea level.

    While the whirly terrains of Agumbe add to its magical beauty, its lush and undulated greenery makes it for a salubrious holiday destination. Also known as the 'Cherrapunji of the South', this scenic Karnataka hill station is also a splendid destination for trekking, nature photography and several other activities.

    Best time to visit: October - February

    Attractions: Koodlu Theertha Falls, Sunset Point, Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, Wildlife and Avifauna

    Activities: Forest Trails, Waterfall Visits, Nature Trails and Trekking

  • 05Kodaikanal

    Kodaikanal

    Serene, alluring and salubrious, Kodaikanal is often called the 'Gift of the Forests' and the 'Princess of Hill Stations'. Situated 7,200ft above the sea level and on the upper Palani Hills of the Western Ghats, the popular and indigenous way of 'terraced farming' adds to the beauty and appeal of the Kodai valley. The region also boasts of its handicrafts, chocolates, postcards and locally prepared eucalyptus oil.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Attractions: Kodaikanal Lake, La Salette Church, Murugan Temple, Pillar Rocks, Coaker's Walk and Bear Shola Falls

    Activities: Boating, Waterfall Visits, Forest Walk, Trekking, Rock Climbing and Horse Riding


  • 06Munnar

    Munnar

    Home to the never-ending patches of tea and spice plantations, Munnar is indeed one of the greenest hill stations in India. While the winding roads leading to this hilly abode add more splendour to Munnar, its rolling hills, serene ambience, salubrious weather, challenging yet fascinating terrains and the misty outlooks make it one of the alluring hill stations arround Karnataka.

    Located 1,700m above the sea level on the Western Ghats, this retreat is situated on the KannanDevan Hills in Kerala and it also shares an age-long tryst with tea culture in India.

    Best time to visit: August-May

    Attractions: Anamudi Peak, Eravikulam National Park, Lock Heart Gap, Mattupetty and Pothamedu

    Activities: Trekking, Tea Plantations Tour, Wildlife Spotting, Trout Fishing and Waterfall Visits.

  • 07Madikeri

    Madikeri

    Nestled amid the condescending peaks of Western Ghats, cascading waterfalls, eye-catching views of lush valleys and ravines, Madikeri is stands at a height of 1700 metres above the sea level. It is one of the finest places to see in Karnataka which looks breathtaking especially during the misty evenings.

    Location:
    District Capital of Kodagu. 265 Kilometres from Bangalore and 18 Kilometres from Coorg

    Best time to visit:
    Summers- March to May, Winters- October to February

    Attractions:
    Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, Madikeri Fort, Mercara Gold Estate

    Activities: Trek to Kote Betta, Nishannimotte, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri.
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  • 08Nandi Hills

    Nandi Hills
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    One of the best hill stations in Karnataka, Nandi Hills has gained a lot of popularity not only in India but also worldwide. Located at a height of 4851 ft. above the sea level, this gorgeous hill bastion is an ideal escape from the stressful city life.

    Once famous as a summer retreat for Tipu Sultan, this ancient hill station is now scattered with monuments and shrines which offers breathtaking views, making it a heaven that boasts of untouched beauty and pleasant ambience.

    Location: Hill station at Chikkaballapur district. 60 Kilometres from Bangalore and 10 km from Chickballapur town

    Best time to visit: October to June

    Attractions: Tipu’s Drop, 10 km from Chickballapur town, Amrita Sarova, Nandi Temple, Nehru Nilaya, Muddenahalli Village

    Activities: Paragliding, cycling and biking
  • 09Male Mahadeshwara Hills

    Male Mahadeshwara Hills

    Known as the pilgrimage town of Karnataka, Male Mahadeshwara Hills is famous amid pilgrims especially from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The famous Sri Male Mahadeshwara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva attracts lakhs of pilgrims each year.

    The beauty of this place attracts not only spiritual people, but also nature lovers who wish to have a quick getaway close to Bangalore.

    Location: Located at Hanur Taluk of Chamarajanagara district. 210 kilometres from Bangalore and 150 kilometres from Mysore

    Best time to visit: August to January

    Attractions: Shivanasamudra Waterfall, Mekedatu, Mettur Dam, Male Mahadeshwara Temple, Hogenakkel

    Activities: Fishing, camping and trekking
  • 10Sakleshpur

    Sakleshpur

    Situated at an elevation of 950 metres above sea level, Sakleshpur is one of the most beautiful Karnataka hill stations nestled in the Western Ghats. This popular destination is enveloped with the aroma of cinnamon, coffee, tea and cardamom plantations. Cocooned with verdant landscapes and sceneries, Sakleshpur is an ideal place to unwind for a quick getaway.

    Location: Located at Hassan District of Karnataka. 221 Kilometres from Bangalore and 130 Kilometres from Mangalore

    Best time to visit: November to April

    Attractions: Agni Gudda Hill, Sakleshwara Temple, Raxidi Estate, Manjehalli Waterfalls, manjarabad Fort, The Bisle Reserve Forest

    Activities: Trekking expedition, backwaters, cycling, camping
  • 11Kundadri Hill

    Kundadri Hill

    A hidden gem of Agumbe, Kundadri Hill is a stunning hillock which has a beautiful Jain Temple as its main attraction other than the awe-inspiring beauty. The 2 small ponds enveloping the temple, enhances the beauty to a next level. The dense forests, paddy fields and the enormous mountain chain makes Kundadri Hill a must visit destination.

    Location: Located in Shimoga District of Karnataka. 346 kilometres from Bangalore and 70 kilometres from Udupi City

    Best time to visit: October to April

    Attractions: Agumbe Ghat, Jogigundi Falls, Onake Abbi Falls, Kavaledurga

    Activities: Trekking


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  • 12Kodachadri

    Kodachadri

    Kodachadri is a heaven for all the nature and adventure lovers as this tiny hill station is blessed with stunning views, attractions and activities to give a perfect kind of holiday experience.

    Situated at a height of 1343 metres, this place is a natural heritage site with eminent cultural and religious significance, making it one of the best hill stations in Karnataka.  

    Location: Hosanagara Taluk of Shimoga District. 412 kilometres from Bangalore

    Best time to visit: October to February

    Attractions: Mookambika Temple, Hidlumane Waterfalls, Arishinagundi Waterfalls, Souparnika River, Belakallu theertha Waterfalls, Nagara Fort, Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary

    Activities: Kodachadri Trekking
  • 13Kotagiri

    Kotagiri

    Kotagiri is the oldest and smallest hill station which is nestled amid the Nilgiri Hills. This tiny hill station is surrounded by gorgeous landscapes which exhibits tranquillity and peace.

    A summer retreat for all the tourists, Kotagiri is packed with fresh air and lush green environs perfect for a peaceful vacation.

    Location: Located in Nilgiris Hill. 301 kilometres from Bangalore and 64 kilometres from Coimbatore

    Best time to visit: December to May

    Attractions: Nehru Park, St. Catherine Waterfalls, Kodanad Viewpoint, Rangaswamy Peak, John Sullivan Bungalow, Rangaswamy Pillar, Uyilatty Waterfalls

    Activities: Kotagiri Walk
  • 14Anthargange

    Anthargange

    Situated at an altitude of 1712 metres above the sea level, Anthargange is an ideal location for adventure lovers. The name of the place means “Ganges from the deep” in the local language.

    The origin of the stream is a mystery and thus, given the name. Anthargange is blessed with sights of cave exploration, rock climbing and trekking, making it a perfect location for all adventure freaks.

    Location: Located at Kolar district of Karnataka. 70 Kilometres from Bangalore

    Best time to visit: October to March

    Attractions: Kashi Vishweshwara Temple 

    Activities: Rock climbing, trekking, cave exploration
  • 15Gangamoola

    Gangamoola

    One of the most popular hill stations in Karnataka, Gangamoola is a beautiful place to spend some quality time amidst nature. It is famously known as the source of three important rivers in Karnataka State- Tunga, Bhadra and Netravathi.

    The beautiful scenery, landscapes and abundant attractions make it an idyllic location for all holiday seekers.

    Location: Located at Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka.

    Best time to visit: October to May

    Attractions: Temple of Goddess Bhagavathi with 1.8 metres Varaha image inside a cave, Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, Kalasa, Horanadu

    Activities: Trekking


  • 16Yelagiri Hills

    Yelagiri Hills

    Once a private property of the Zaminder Family, Yelagiri is now counted amongst the alluring hill stations in Karnataka. Situated at a height of around 1,410m above the sea level, it is such a retreat where you can indulge in several activities, relax amidst the pristine nature or can just laze around doing nothing at all!

    Be it the enchanting beauty of this hill station or its winding roads, its rugged terrains or the salubrious climate, this hill station proves to be an ideal destination for all the classes of travellers.

    Best time to visit: November-February

    Attractions: Swami Malai Hills, Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Telescope Observatory and Punganoor Artificial Lake

    Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Boating and Paragliding

    Accommodations: Yelagiri resorts

  • 17Horsley Hills

    Horsley Hills

    A hill station near Karnataka, Horsley Hills is known for its magnificent beauty, picture-perfect mountains and verdant outlooks. Named after a British official, this hilly retreat is often linked with the folklores of a tribal girl who was raised by the elephants.

    According to the legends, she had the magical powers of healing the sick and sufferers, and after her sudden disappearance, the locals built a temple in her memory. And thus Horsley Hills got its name as 'Yenugu Mallamma Konda' in the past. But after its discovery, it was renamed after its discoverer.

    Best time to visit: December-March

    Attractions: Gangotri Lake, Gaalibanda, Horsley Hills Museum and Highview Seeing Place

    Activities: Trekking, Zorbing, Rappelling and Nature Trails

  • 18Kolli Hills

    Kolli Hills

    Tucked away from the hands of commercialisation and nestled amidst evergreen and flourishing greeneries, Kohli Hills in Tamil Nadu is also one of the popular hill stations around Karnataka. Situated on the Eastern Ghats, the journey to the top of the hills is an enthralling experience in itself!

    Comprising of 70 hair pin bends, this way to the hilltops makes for an exhilarating as well as exciting experience. In addition to the mystical beauty and appeal, this hill station is also a popular pilgrimage site for the Hindus.

    Best time to visit: February-December

    Attractions: Akash Ganga Falls, Arapaleeswarar Temple, Cave House, AgayaGangal and Boat House

    Activities: Trekking, Boating, Hiking and Nature Trails

  • 19Ooty

    Ooty

    Nestled deep in the Blue Mountains or the 'Nilgiris', Ooty is amongst the most sought after hill stations in Karnataka and in the country too. Quaint and alluring in its own way, this hilly retreat is also known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations'.

    Adorned with the beauty of misty mountain peaks, salubrious forest ranges and a pleasant climate al through the year, Ooty has also retained its old world appeal in the most serene and lively ways.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Attractions: Botanical Garden, Doddabetta Peak, KamrajSagar Dam, Mudumalai National Park and Emerald Lake

    Activities: Trekking, Angling, Boating, Nature Trails and Sightseeing

    Accommodation:  Ooty Resorts,Ooty homestays

  • 20Wayanad

    Wayanad

    Away from the grip of urbanisation, Wayanad is situated at the tip of the Deccan Plateau. While the Western Ghats add to the enchanting beauty of this hill station near Karnataka, its evergreen paddy fields and forests credits it as one of the greenest place in the country.

    Wayanad's lofty mountain peaks, rugged and uneven terrains, rivers and wildlife attracts a large number of adventure buffs, nature lovers, regular holidayers and honeymooners from different corners of the globe.

    Best time to visit: October-May

    Attractions: Edakkal Caves, BanasuraSagar Dam, Kuruva Island, Chembra Peak, and Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary 

    Activities: Trekking, Nature Trails, Caving, Wildlife Tours, Cycling Tours and Boating

    Accommodations: Wayanad homestays


  • 21Yercaud

    Yercaud

    The 'Jewel of the South' or Yercaud is known for its surreal climate, fascinating hills and evergreen forests. Perched at a height of 1,515m on the Western Ghats, this scenic hill station near Karnataka is located in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu and can be easily accessed from Bangalore.

    Rich in flora and fauna, Yercaud is also a wonderful place to witness and explore the undulated beauty of the nature. One can also spot some of the wildlife species like deer, bison, squirrel, mongoose and birds like bulbul, swallow, kites and others.

    Best time to visit: October-June              

    Attractions: Lady's Seat, Botanical Garden, Killiyur Falls, Pagoda Point and Wildlife

    Accommodation: Yercaud resorts

    Activities: Sightseeing, Trekking and Nature Trails

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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 to Nandi Hills, hence do not keep eatables in your hands.

Location: 10 km from Chikkaballapur town, Chikkaballapur 562101, India

Best Time to Visit Nandi Hills: October to March.

Price: Entry to the hills is Rs 5, Parking charges for two wheelers are Rs 15 and Rs 60 for cars and Camping in Nandi Hills starts from Rs 1250

Timings: Entry to the hills are between 6 AM to 10 PM and trekking hours are between 6 AM to 6 PM

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 62 KM.

Suggested Read: 1. Bangalore to Nandi Hills Tour Complete Guide 
                              2. 11 Best Resorts in Nandi Hills

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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 best attractions in Bangalore within 100 km to enjoy heaps of adventure like camping and trekking, and there is 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:
50 Km south-west of Bangalore, 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 while camping in Ramanagara starts from INR 1,200

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

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 55 KM

Suggested Read:
 1. Top 35 Adventure Activities in Bangalore
                              2. Best Resorts in Ramanagara       

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Kanakapura

Sets amid the lush green terrain 55 kilometres off  Bangalore on the southern side of the city along the bank of Akravati river. It is the largest producer of granite and silk and is also gaining popularity as a major hotspot for tourists. 

During the rainy season, the terrain is blanketed in green and is dotted with a galore of waterfalls. 

There are few temples as well as historical sites and attracts wildlife enthusiasts and water sports lovers from Bangalore and nearby states because of its proximity to Akravati river. It is one of the offbeat places to visit in Bangalore that is away from the city rush and is an hour drive away.

Location: 50 km away from Bangalore in Ramanagar district, Karnataka.

Best Time to Visit: August to February

Price: Camping in Kanakpura starts from Rs 935.

Average time required to visit the place: Full day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM.

Suggested Read: 121 Places to Visit Around Bangalore During The Monsoon Season
                              2. Best Things to do in Kanakapura

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Guhantara Underground Cave Resort

Guhantara Underground Cave Resort is a poetic paradise which is very apt for your next picnic with friends or colleagues in Bangalore. Being India’s first one of this kind, it has gained quite a lot of popularity since its launch, and everything that you will experience shall be in an underground cave.

But that doesn’t mean living like in the olden times; this resort has designed a luxury stay for their guests along with the facility of indoor games, outdoor games, horse riding, a cave discotheque, rope walking, etc.

Location: 18, Sy. No. 177 & 177, Off, Kanakapura Rd, Nowkal Palya, Kaggalipura, Karnataka 560082

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Price: Starting from 1,120 Rs

Timings: Open twenty-four hours

Average time required to visit the place: A day

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: 34.3 km

Suggested Read: Top Resorts Around Bangalore for Day Out

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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 road, 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.

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 23 KM.

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Ramanagara Wine Yard

Spend an hour of your holiday amidst the sweet-smelling vineyard and indulge in a very fun and edifying tour in this tourist place in Bangalore. The Ramanagara wine tour is split into three halves which begins with a detailed talk about how the concept of wine came up, and more information about this beverage.

Take a satisfying walk in the yard, and witness the people at work transforming the fruit into the best taste until it is ready for fermentation and bottling. This is one of the best ways to learn about this favourite drink from start to finish. People organizing this tour wouldn’t want you to leave without sampling five of their best wines that come from France and India, both.

Location:
Ramanagara, Bangalore.

Best time to visit:
October to February is the best time to visit a vineyard in Bangalore.

Price:
Starting from 300Rs/ person

Timing:
10.30 a.m. or 04.00 p.m.

Average time required to visit the place: Half a day to Full day

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand:
43.1 km

Recommended Visit: Surprising places to visit near Bangalore within 300 Km

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Skandagiri

Skandagiri locks one of the most mesmerizing views of the sky and earth that meet at sunrise with clouds at an eye-level height urging you not to leave. A night trek in Bangalore, Skandagiri is a must for adventure and nature lovers, who can spend the night with a camp stay in front of an amazing bonfire.

This 10km Skandagiri trek begins two hours before sunrise, where one has to climb up these hills by passing the wilderness until you to reach the absolute top. The view that you will witness thereafter maybe one you would have never thought of before, and thus this is one of the most serene places to visit in Bangalore whenever you need a break from the noise and traffic!

Location: 62 km from Bangalore city, and 3 km from Chikballapur off Bellary Road, Karnataka

Best time to visit: November to January or summer season

Price: Sunrise trek starts from Rs 967.

Timing: 11.30 p.m. to 12.00 p.m. (next day)

Average time required to visit the place: A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: 60.5 km

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Microlight Flying at Jakkur

Ever wondered what Bangalore looks like from up above? Redeem a chance to get an aerial view of the various places in Bangalore by taking a Microlight Flying ride at Jakkur. In just ten minutes, you will witness the marvel that this city has transformed into over the years.

Flying at the height of 40,000 feet, you can experience the feel of fresh air from high above while riding with a professionally trained flight instructor. Try to spot the landscapes, area, and buildings of this southern city during this spectacular ride that you can take with your friends and family.

Location: Jakkur Aerodrome, New Airport Road, Yelahanka Post, Bangalore 560064.

Price: Starting from Rs 3,300.

Timing: 08.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. (Only on Sundays)

Average time required to visit the place: 10 minutes (approx.) flight time

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: Around 15 km

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Toit

Grab the best beer in town at Toit that is designed to offer to the people of Bangalore with a non-step brewery that keeps the partying crowd crawling in. Claiming to have magical powers in being able to produce varied kinds of breweries for the people of this fun city, this has turned out to be one of those places to visit in Bangalore where people flock to, especially over the weekends.  Here’s the most exciting thing about Toit, they allow your furry buddies, your pets, in with you, while you grab a drink or two.

Location: 298, 100 Feet Road, Near KFC Restaurant, Indira Nagar II Stage, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560038

Best time to visit: If knowing how beer is brewed and witness the whole process then visit on the first Saturday of every month to attend the Brewery tour.

Price: Drinks starting at Rs. 225

Timing: 12.00 p.m. to 01.00 a.m.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: Around 9.8 km

Suggested Read: Fascinating Nightlife Tours in Bangalore

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Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was begun at first as a private garden in a region of 40 sections of land by Hyder Ali, most famous rulers amongst the most well known leaders of old Mysore in 1760. At first planned in Mughal style, on the model of a broad garden at Sira in Tumkur close Bangalore, this garden was additionally created by Hyder Ali's child Tipu Sultan and hence by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by an expansion of range and option of various plant species.

Lalbagh, for its one of a kind garden in supporting the idea of agriculture and helping the advancement of cultivation, has earned a pride of place among the gardens of the world and it has come to be viewed as one of the best gardens in the East for its design, maintenance, scientific treasure and scenic beauty. This place is magnificence in Bangalore which holds some of the best genetic resource centre for introduction, acclimatization and maintenance of plants; it envisages documentation of the variations available in plants of ornamental and economic value.

It helps the advancement of cultivation in the state. It is a significant assistant to botanic study in educational institutions, an imperative lung space of Bangalore, a position of excellence that gives sound entertainment to the general population and it gives a scene to individuals to draw near to plants and nature.

The garden with well-laid out streets, ways, open spaces, shade and a decent accumulation of many sorts of plant species draws in an extensive number of guests. Lalbagh is all around secured with stone walls as fenced-in areas and it has four approach entryways. The principle entryway is at the North confronting towards Subbaiah circle, the West door is towards Basavanagudi, the South entryway is towards Jayanagar and the East door is towards the Double Road.

Location: Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is located at Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

Best Time to Visit:
  All day from 6 am to 6 pm is the best time

Price:
 The entry price is Rs 20

Timings:
 Opens from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Average time required to visit the place: Around an hour.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 6 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 for trekking in Bangalore. 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: SH 19, Pandavapura, Karnataka 571434

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: Night trek starts from Rs 1349

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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Savandurga

The largest monolith in Asia is just half an hour drive away from Bangalore. The monolith is considerably gradient at some points and that is why it is recommended that you must be careful on this trek and do not take children.Trekking here is considered as one of the exciting things to do in Bangalore.

The trek is a combination of moderate and difficult levels and the view from the top is breath-taking especially of Manchinbele Dam and the overlooking valley. It is considered to be one of the largest rock formations in entire Asia and it has two main hill points Billigudda which are said to be the white hill and Karigudda which is a Black hill. 

The meandering curves of Akravati river and the perennial lotus ponds are two major water attractions which are seen from atop the hill. Situated at a height of 4022 feet above sea level, Savandurga has ample of opportunities for conducting an easy trekking and rock climbing expeditions.

Location: 60 km west of Bangalore, off Magadi Road, Dabguli, India

Best Time to Visit: November to May.

Price: Night Trekking starts from INR Rs 1050

Timings: Trekking hours are between 6 AM to 6 PM.

Average time required to visit the place: 1 day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 60 KM.

Further Read: 30 Transcendent Places for Camping near Bangalore

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Artificial Waterfall at Rd Nature Retreat

Some of the usual tourist places in Bangalore could be densely crowded, and you might want to escape from that. Rush to Rd Nature Retreat where you can find delight by the artificial waterfalls in their premise along with several other recreational activities. Set in a very soothing and natural location, you can hear the sound of the gushing artificial waterfalls blend with the blowing winds and sounds from the jungle.

Location: 83, Bannerghatta Road, Shivanahalli Village, Ragi Halli Post, Jigani Hobli, Anekal Taluk, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Price: Day outing starts from Rs 767

Timing: The resort offers stay facility; therefore it is open overnight. Those going on a one-day tour can stay from 10.30 a.m. to 05.30 p.m

Average time required to visit the place: Half a day

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand
: Around 38.6 km

Must Read: Top 10 Astonishing Waterfalls Around Bangalore

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Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari is a short distance hideaway in the Mandya district of Karnataka and is situated around a hundred KM from the city on the banks of river Cauvery.  This picturesque is visited mostly for fishing and angling as it is an ideal destination to indulge in such activities. 

It is home to Mahseer, the tropical game  fish along with schools of other fishes and that is why it is called “the angler’s paradise.” Wedged amid the Shivanasamudra falls and the Mekedatu falls, Bheemeshwari lures travelers with its mesmerizing natural beauty. 

Sangam in Bheemeshwari is the confluence point of river Cauvery and river Akravati which enables many water activities such as boating, rafting, coracle rides etc. Kokrebellur Pelicanry is another attraction is Bheemeshwari which one of the five most famous pelican breeding habitats in the world. It is one of the famous sightseeing places in Bangalore that is a ‘must-visit’ location.

Location: 100 Km on the Kanakapura road from Bangalore

Best Time to Visit:
Monsoon season or post-monsoon, winter season

Price
: Night Outing Starts from Rs 6514

Timings: Any time

Average time required to visit the place:
 One or two days

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Approximately 100 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 favoured 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 of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range. Bengaluru, India

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: Night trek starts from Rs 1050

Timings: Historical & Heritage visit timings are 5.30 am - 1.30 pm & 5 pm - 8 pm and trekking can be done anytime.

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 70 KM.

Popular Read: 16 Thrilling Activities to do in Bangalore

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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 Bangalore 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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