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  • Hill Stations Near Bangalore: Must Visit Coorg, Chikmagalur, Wayanad, Sakleshpur, Nandi Hills, Ooty, Mullayanagiri, Kemmanagundi, Yercaud, Horsley Hills, Yelagiri, BR Hills & more such amazing hill stations to beat the heat.

    Deals of the Month:

    1) Coorg

    2) Chikmagalur

    3) Wayanad

    When people plan a trip to someplace, hill stations gain a special place always- for those who live in Bangalore, there are numerous options to pick a weekend destination or offbeat space from the umpteen number of hill stations near Bangalore. Almost all the hill stations located in close proximity to Bangalore share some similarities in terms of serenity and atmosphere. The Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats play a prominent role in creating these hill stations perfect for welcoming any number of tourists any time of the year. 

    The places around Bangalore which can be described as the best tourist locations are occupied with beautiful nature filled with dense forest ranges, waterfalls, hills, peaks, streams, plantations, paddy fields and what not. Family outings, corporate team gatherings, weekend trips, adventure activities and day outings are some of the regular scenes at these hill stations. The majority of these hill stations provides adventure activities like trekking, hiking, camping and rafting as the hills and water bodies are found in plenty everywhere. 

    The number of rivers in these regions is high so that water-based activities have a prominent space in the tourism sector. In short, the hill stations near Bangalore are the best places to visit with family or groups of friends during weekends or short holidays to escape into the pretty faces of nature.


    Hill Stations Around Bangalore Within 300 km:


    -Coorg: 260 km (Best for Camping, Trekking, Rafting, Wildlife Tour and Photography)
    -Chikmagalur: 245 km (Best Coffee Plantation Tour, Trekking and Homestays)
    -Wayanad: 271 km (Best for Camping, Rafting, Hiking, Water Zorbing, Angling and Jungle Trekking)
    -Ooty: 275 km (Best for Hiking, Coffee Plantation tour, Homestays and Sightseeing)
    -Yercaud: 228 km (Best for Jungle Trek, Camping, Photography and Trekking)
    -Horsley Hills: 144.2 km (Best for Zorbing, Rappelling, Camping, Wildlife tour and Bird watching)
    -Yelagiri Hills: 159.4 km (Best for Trekking, Village Tour, Valley Tour, Swimming and Jungle tour)
    -BR Hills: 182 km (Best for Camping, Trekking, Bird watching, Jungle safari, Mountain biking, and Wildlife Photography)

    Hill Stations Near Bangalore Within 500 km:


    -Kodaikanal: 463 km (Best for Sightseeing, Cycling and Trekking)
    -Munnar: 520 km ( Best for Rock Climbing, Trekking, Resort Stays, Homestays, Photography, Wildlife Safari and Tea Plantation tour)
  • Hill Stations near Bangalore Within 300 Km

  • 01Coorg

    Distance from Bangalore: 260km

    Famed for its coffee plantations and nature’s many allures is the land of the Kodavas – Coorg, also known as Kodagu. For a weekend retreat from Bangalore, one can head to its principal town Madikeri. Appealing anytime of the year, it is here you can experience a myriad range of activities.

    This hill station near Bangalore has Brahmagiri, Talakaveri, and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuaries along with the Nagarhole National Park in close proximity. Over here, get thrilled with jeep safaris and elephant rides to spot rare birds and animals. Tadiandamol, the highest peak of Coorg is an exciting trekking destination where one can even camp overnight amidst dense shola forests. 

    Waterfalls like the Iruppu, Abbey and Mallalli captivate with their fascinating sights whereas Talacauvery, the origin of the River Cauvery, is a holy site thronged by many devotees who take a dip in its waters. A large number of water sport enthusiasts also come here for white water rafting conducted at the Barapol River in Southern Coorg. For accommodation in this charming town, plenty of locals welcome guests to stay in their homestays. They extend warm hospitality in the midst of coffee and spice plantations.

    Attractions: Places to Visit in Coorg

    Activities: Things to Do in Coorg

    Stay: Places to Stay in Coorg

  • 02Chikmagalur

    Chikmagalur

    Distance from Bangalore: 245km

    One of the prominent coffee growing regions in the state, Chikmagalur has a local folklore behind the origins of its name. With a pleasant, temperate climate and abundant natural sights, the hill station is popular with tourists all year round. Of all the hill stations near Bangalore, this one has been blessed by Mother Nature with her bounties. 

    It also provides the perfect backdrop for adventure activities. Magnificent peaks with precipitous rocky ridges stand in the Baba Budan Giri Range where one can hike up the slopes overlooking splendid sights of valleys below.Another spot frequented by hikers is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary where one can trek up the tallest mountain in Karnataka – the Mulyangiri. From here, a route connects this peak to the Bababudangiri Hill which houses a shrine within a cave. 

    Named after the Bhadra River which flows through its lush forests, the Sanctuary is a verdant home to more than 120 species of trees. Apart from wildlife viewing on exciting jeep rides, guided trekking, island camping, bird watching, and mountain biking, there are water-based adventures such as sailing and kayaking that one can participate in here. Then there is the natural formations ideal for family picnics like the Manikyadhara, Hebbe, Kalahatti, and Hanumana Gundi Waterfalls.

    Attractions: Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

    Activities: Things to do in Chikmagalur

    Stay: Places to Stay in Chikmagalur

  • 03Wayanad

    Wayanad

    Distance from Bangalore: 271km

    A small district of Kerala with Kalpetta as its main town, Wayanad stands on the lowermost edge of the Deccan Plateau. The grandeur of this hill station around Bangalore can be attributed to the majestic rugged terrain of the Western Ghats laced with impressive, jungle-covered ridges sloping down to pretty valleys. 

    On a weekend trip from the city, one can visit tourist sites in Wayanad like Sentinel Rock Falls, Kanthanpara Falls and Pookote Lake located in the midst of attractive surroundings. Kuruva Island and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Banasura Sagar Dam across the Karamanathodu River, Edakkal Cave and Thirunelli Temple are other fetching tourist places which can be visited during your holiday here. The significant mountains here are Chembra, Banasura and Brahmagiri which have hiking trails and suitable camping sites on their slopes.

    Adventurous tourists can go on wildlife watching expeditions here either as part of organized trips or with your own group. Karalad Lake is a 10.5 acre lake which is currently being developed as a base camp for adventure activities like the zip-line, angling, archery, paintball and water zorbing. River rafting can be done on certain sections of Kabini and its tributary Mananthavady which, along with Panamaram and Kalindy Rivers, run through Wayanad and pour into the Kaveri River.

    Activities: Activities to do in Wayanad

    Stays: Places to Stay in Wayanad

  • 04Sakleshpur

    Sakleshpur

    When you plan a trip to the hill stations near Bangalore on a weekend or holidays, Sakleshpur should be considered with priority since Saklehspura is one of the most prominent tourist spots in Karnataka with attractive homestays to stay and naturally blessed atmosphere. It lies in the region of Malnad encircled by the magnificent hills which are highly rich in biodiversity and they are the major parts of the Western Ghats.

    The temperate climatic conditions in the region provide enough support to coffee, cardamom, pepper etc to grow up smoothly in the forests. Sakleshpura Taluk is separated from Dakshina Kannada by the extended ranges of the Western Ghats. A prime tributary of the river Kaveri, the Hemavathi River originating in Chikmagalur flows through Sakleshpura town. The town receives heavy rainfall from southwest monsoon when the number of tourists of Sakleshpur becomes doubled.

    Distance from Bangalore: 221.1 kilometres. It will take a drive of around 5 hours to reach Sakleshpur.

    Attractions: Tourist Places in Sakleshpur

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  • 05Nandi Hills

    A specific location to witness the most beautiful sights of sunrise is Nandi Hills in Karnataka. As it is one of the most visited hill station near Bangalore, it has greater significance in the tourism sector of Karnataka state. It is an old hill fortress situated in the Chikkaballapur district. The town of Nandi protects the hills. People of Nandi believe that the hills are the origin of the famous Arkavathi River. From the top most portion of the hills, one can witness the majestic sunrise if you visit the place early morning and the greenery in the surrounding would take you to experience a heavenly retreat.

    The heavy wind blowing on the top would let you forget all the hustles of your life. Trekking is a major activity done and the trails going through the dense forests make Nandi Hills a perfect adventure destination within 100kms from Bangalore. At the top, there is the famous Yoganandeeshwara temple which is a major attraction that holds a stunning statue of Nandi at the doorstep.

    Distance from Bangalore: 60 kilometers from the city of Bangalore.

  • 06Ooty

    Ooty
    Image Credit : Prabhu B Doss

    Distance from Bangalore: Ooty is located at a distance of 273.4 km via Mysore-Ooty Road and NH275

    One of the most popular hill stations near Bangalore, Ooty or Udhagamandalam is set amidst the Nilgiri Hills (Blue Mountains) of the Western Ghats. Visited by a large number of tourists each year, this town has everything one looks for in a weekend getaway - towering mountains, beautiful lakes, foliage-covered forests, sprawling grasslands and widespread tea gardens. Ooty has several scenic picnic spots scattered all around it such as The Government Rose Garden and Ooty Botanical Gardens that showcases a wide range of flowers.

    When here, you can go on a leisurely boat ride in the Ooty Lake. The water body has a Deer Park next to it – a popular stopover for young children who wish to have a look at the different deer species residing here. Most visitors either hike or drive to the Doddabetta Peak. The highest mountain in the Nilgiris, it is about 10 kms from Ooty. 

    From here you can have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful hills ranges and dense sholas surrounding them. For those of you who wish to enjoy the pretty sights of natural water bodies, head to the Pykara River and falls as well as the Emerald and Avalanche Lakes. One not-to-be-missed experience while on a trip to Ooty is a ride on the mini-train of Ooty Mountain Railway which runs from here to Coonoor.

    Attractions: Places to visit in Ooty

    Stays: Resorts in Ooty

  • 07Mullayanagiri Hill

    A captivating hill station near Bangalore is Mullayanagiri which is the highest peak in Karnataka located in the Chandra Dhrona Hill ranges of the Western Ghats. It is in Chikamagaluru Taluk, situated at an elevation of about 1925 meters. Being one of the highest peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris, Mullayanagiri has a prominent space in the hearts of nature lovers as well as trek admirers.

    There are hundreds of tourists arrive at this peak every weekend to celebrate the holidays with capturing the best moments with the pure nature that can be seen from the top of the mountain. In South India, this is the best spot for trekking. The trails leading to the top are going through the scenic wilderness and from the top, the sunset views are the best. The summit holds a police radio relay station as well.

    The peak got its name as Mullayanagiri from a small temple situated at the peak that is dedicated to a Tapasvi named Mulappa Swamy who had meditated in the caves that were found near the summit. The starting point of the trekking trail is at Sarpadhari with steep climbs providing complete adventure and thrill.

    Distance from Bangalore: 265 kilometers from Bangalore. You will reach there after a drive of around 3-4 hours.
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  • 08Kemmanagundi

    Kemmanagundi
    Image Credit : kemmangundihomestays.com
    Distance from Bangalore: 255.8 km via Bengaluru - Honnavar Rd and NH75.

    Another hill station which is a must visit destination for you in Chikmagalur is Kemmanagundi.  Offering scenic views this place is quite popular among the people here.These hills offer an impeccable summer retreat for those searching for a marvellous time among the magnificence of nature. It’s a perfect place for the nature lovers and for the ones who seek some tranquillity. Its natural magnificence comes in all measurements and structures from rich green forests to exquisite gardens to springs, waterfalls and streams.

    The Royal Horticulture Society of Karnataka discovers home here and gives the guests a chance to witness probably the most lovely greenery enclosures. The region will likewise be your host for trekking, nature strolls and picnics. To be somewhat less non-specific and name a couple of vacation destinations, we have the Rock cultivate, Z point, Hebbe falls, Kalahasti falls, Bababudan hill town and the Shiva temple.
  • 09Yercaud

    Yercaud
    Image Credit : wikimedia.org

    Distance from Bangalore: 228km

    Another hill station near Bangalore – Yercaud is situated at an altitude of 1515 metres above sea level, in its neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Since placed within the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats, the area is called the Shevaroy Hills. The prime tourist attraction in Yercaud is the centrally located lake which is enveloped by gardens and trees on all sides. It is also a hub of tourist activity for the boating facilities provided. The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan Hill at 1,623 m. In here is a small temple built inside a narrow and dark cave with idols of God Servarayan and the Goddess Kaveri inside.

    Apart from this you can visit the Lady’s Seat to get a stunning vision of the plains below through a telescope. Another favourable view point is the Pagoda Point that is dotted with a large temple, Silk Farm and Rose Garden where tourists can observe silkworm farming and silk spinning. At a distance of 2.5 km from the Yercaud Lake, its water overflow into the Kiliyur Valley forming the 91 m long Kiliyur Waterfalls. Especially spectacular are the sights during the monsoon when the water is voluminous and full bodied. 

  • 10Horsley Hills

    Horsley Hills
    Image Credit : Ram Prasad

    Distance from Bangalore: 145km

    Tucked away in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, the scenic hill station of Horsley Hills towers at a height of 4,312 feet above sea-level. This is one of the closest hill stations near Bangalore which is perfect to explore on bike, making it the ideal haven for weekend holidayers pining for some fresh air, spectacular views of green along with solitude and calm.

     A natural treasure trove of deciduous flora and fauna, the region is inundated with dense growths of eucalyptus, jacaranda, allamanda and Gulmohar trees.The main tourist attractions around Horsely Hills are Lakes Gangotri and Mansarovar, Highview Point, Gaalibanda, Environmental Park and the Horsley Hills Museum. Soak yourself in the quieter side of this place or take to the adventure activities like zorbing, rappelling. 

    Also, close-by is the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary and elephant reserve which can be explored. Another nature’s gem, Thimmamma Marrimaanu – the world's biggest banyan tree with branches that spread over 2.5 acres is also not too far from here.

  • 11Yelagiri Hills

    Yelagiri Hills
    Image Credit : S Vivek

    Distance from Bangalore: 158km

    One of the lesser famous hill stations around Bangalore, Yelagiri in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu is a fetching place at 1,410 m above sea level. Spreading across 30 km2 and with four mountains enclosing the region, this small village at the foothills has several orchards, rose-gardens, and green valleys. The main town of Yelagiri Hills is called Athanur which is just a long, twisty road through the hillside. It is dotted with 14 small villages of thatched houses on either side, the main inhabitants here being tribals. 

    Enjoy some recreational boating or quiet times on a bench in the adjoining children's park at the Punganoor Lake. For a more invigorating experience in Yelagiri, one can hike up the rugged hillocks like Javadu Hills and Palamathi Hills; or choose to go on long walks on winding roads to set sights on the rural retreat’s green environs. Swami Malai is the highest peak in the region, with a hamlet called Mangalam at its base, the climb of an hour is an effortless one. A short distance away from Yelagiri is Jalagamparai Falls formed with the Attaru River that flows through the Yelagiri Hills, and plummets down to become an eye-catching waterfall.

  • 12BR Hills

    BR Hills
    Image Credit : Prashanth NS

    Distance from Bangalore: 182km

    A hill range situated on that part of the Nilgiris where the Eastern & Western Ghats converge is the Biligiriranga Hills, commonly called B R Hills. It has a unique eco-system, owing to its unparallel location, which supports diverse flora and fauna types within its deciduous forests. Considered a protected tiger reserve, the place gets its name Biligiri from the white rock exterior that forms the main hill here.

    It is on the summit of this hill that the temple of Lord Rangaswamy, with the statues of Sri Biligiri Ranganatha and Ranganayaki the Lord's spouse placed in it, is sited. Trekking, birdwatching, jungle safari, mountain biking, and wildlife photography within the forest premises are a few of the activities one can look forward to when visiting this hill station near Bangalore.

    Making it perfect for discovering wildlife, BR hills has about 26 species of mammals including the Asian elephant, Gaur, Sambhar, chital, barking deer and the rare four-horned antelope residing in it. The endangered tiger, stealthy leopards as well as wild dogs and sloth bears can also be spotted here occasionally.

    Apart from this extensive range of biota, this green delight’s forests also have the Soliga tribe as their inhabitants. You can visit for a few hours during your trip, to gain from their deep knowledge of natural elements and visit popular wildlife places near Bangalore.

  • 13Kolli Hills

    Kolli Hills

    Distance from Bangalore: Kolli Hills are located at a distance of 259.2 km via NH44

    Kolli Hills, at about 1300 m above sea level and covering an area of approximately 280 km², is a small mountain range located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. Still not very prominent on tourist maps, these mountains are untouched by commercialism and retain their fresh and simple beauty.

    One has to cover 72 hair pin bends to reach the top which have three reserve forests, namely Ariyur Solai, Kundur Nadu, Pulianjolai, in their vicinity. The high mountains here have two vantage points - one at Seekuparai and another at Selur Nadu - to view the valleys below. 

    It has the potential to become the favoured location for nature lovers, hiking enthusiasts, trekking clubs and meditation practitioners for its soothing and verdant terrain.Agaya Gangai, a 300 ft waterfall of the river Aiyaru, is situated near the Arappaleeswarar temple atop these hills with deep ravines on all sides. Another cascade in the area is the 200ft long Masila Falls. 

    The Masi Periyasamy Temple is at its top, which can be visited along with the Kolli Pavai Temple, Siddhar caves, the Boat house, the Botanical Garden, Koyilur View point and Santhana Parai Valley and dam.

  • 14MM Hills

    MM Hills
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    Male Mahadeshwara Hills or Betta is a perfect tourist destination and one of the famous hill stations near Bangalore. It is also a pilgrim town located in the Kollegala taluk of Chamarajanagara district. The ancient town houses a sacred, old temple of Sri Male Mahadeshwara which is very popular and dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is the centre of attraction here since it is visited by thousands of devotees from different parts of India every year, especially from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

    The temple is protected amidst the dense forest so that nature lovers also arrive here in plenty. The hills are the other important feature which is at a height of about 3000 feet above sea level. A trekking as well as a hiking destination, MM Hills have a huge collection of adventure junkies every year. Other than the temple and the hills, there are many historical places to visit here.

    Distance from Bangalore: 213.4 kilometers. A drive of about 5 hours will take you to MM Hills.
  • 15Biligirirangana Hills

    Biligirirangana Hills
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    Commonly known as BR Hills, Biligirirangana Hills is the famous hill station near Bangalore. It is located in the south eastern part of Karnataka bordering with Tamil Nadu. The whole area where the hills are located is called Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or BRT Wildlife Sanctuary. A protected reserve is home to some of the rare species of animals and birds and an ecosystem very unique to the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats.

    It was declared a tiger reserve in 2011. The sanctuary is known as Bilirgiri which got its name from the white rock face that contributes to the hills crowned with a temple of Lord Rangaswamy. Trekking, rafting, jungle walk etc are some of the major events arranged here inviting the adventure lovers around India and the world. People arriving here would not miss the chance to spot the rarest animals in the BRT Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Distance from Bangalore: 179 kilometers is the distance from Bangalore and you would need a drive of around 4-5 hours by bus to reach there.
  • Hill Stations near Bangalore Within 500 Km

  • 16Munnar

    Munnar

    Distance from Bangalore: 520km

    Of all the hill stations around Bangalore mentioned here, Munnar in Kerala is the furthest. It is a striking destination with most hillsides covered completely with tea plantations. The town is itself situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, making it a beguiling location. Besides, the sprawling tea plantations, old-world hamlets and winding lanes along the slopes in the forests and grasslands add to the whole appeal.

    A unique feature exclusive to this region is the Neelakurinji flower that blooms only once in every twelve years, covering these hills in a blue hue - which is where the Nilgiri Hills get their name from. The main draw nearby is the Eravikulam National Park which houses the rare Nilgiri Tahr along with quite a few species of exotic butterflies, animals and birds in an area of 97 sq. km. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India – Anamudi (located inside the Park), a perfect location for trekking near Bangalore.

    One gets to see the tea plantations spread far and wide all over the rolling hills caressed by misty clouds as one hike up the mountain. Not too far from the town centre are the Mattupetty Dam and Anayirangal Dam, both of which have lakes that offer delightful boat rides allowing one to view the adjoining hilly background.

    A vacation in a hill station has its own allure – cool climes, refreshing locales, wholesome activities and unmatched experiences. While they offer a safe haven from the oppressive heat in the city, you can even come across teeth-chattering chill in some of these places during winters. So do remember to take along your woollies when you plan your getaway here.

    Attractions: Places to visit in Munnar

    Activities: Things to do in Munnar

  • 17Kodaikanal

    Kodaikanal

    Distance from Bangalore: 463km

    On a plateau between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys of Tamil Nadu, is the hill city of Kodaikanal which means "The Gift of the Forest" in Tamil. Positioned at an altitude of 2133 m, its slopes are covered with grasslands as well as massive eucalyptus trees and shola forests. 

    This hill station around Bangalore has an artificial lake - Kodaikanal Lake - which has a circumference of nearly 5 kms and is counted as its most renowned geographic landmark. Other than boating, locals, as well as visitors, prefer to stroll on the pathway that borders the edge of this lake. Also close by is another must visit attraction of Kodaikanal in the form of Bryant Park, a beautifully maintained botanical garden with large dahlias of diverse hues and water lilies in its pond.

    Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Dolphin's Nose, Berijam Lake and Pambar Falls are the other spots one can add in the itinerary if one is fond of natural landscapes and striking visuals. The Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, which is the highest location near Kodaikanal, has a Terrestrial Telescope that can be utilized to view the splendid panorama of surrounding topography including Sothupparai Dam, Vaigai Dam, Periyakulam and Varaha River from one point.

  • 18Coonoor

    Coonoor
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    Distance from Bangalore: 507.9 km via NH44 and NH18

    At a height of 6,000 feet above ocean level, Coonoor is well known for its verdant environs and for an assortment of wildflowers and feathered creatures. It is the second biggest slope station in the Nilgiri slopes after Ooty. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Toy Train) is one of the most established mountain railroads in India. The prepare ride amidst the Nilgiris, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an amazing weekend place around Bangalore.

    Coonoor gives the explorers the all encompassing perspective of the rich green Nilgiri slopes, with its gorges, valleys and waterfalls. The real fascination of Coonoor is Sim's Park, an all around kept up Botanical Garden that houses a few assortments of plants discovered missing in the other Hill Stations.  Scenic places and outing spots around Coonoor incorporate Lambs Rock, Dolphins Nose, St. Catherine Falls, Law's fall, and so forth.

    It is a perfect base for various trekking endeavours driving into the Nilgiris. One of the prominent trekking trails is to Lamb's Rock that is 9 km from Coonoor. Sheep's Rock neglects the Coimbatore fields, giving a terrific perspective of the tea and espresso ranches. Somewhat in front of Lamb's Rock is found the Lady Canning's Seat that offers an all encompassing perspective of the Nilgiris. Bird watching is a popular pastime in Coonoor.

    It houses a variety of birds such as thrushes, babblers, larks, cuckoos, robins, vultures, eagles and song birds. Coonoor began drawing in more vacationers nowadays because of humming over urbanization of Ooty.

  • 19Kotagiri

    Kotagiri

    A Panchayat town in the Nilgiris District in Tamil Nadu is a famous hill station to spend an enjoyable time with family or friends as the natural beauty is abundantly preserved here by the locals. It is situated at a height of about 1793 meters above sea level opening the grandeur of fresh atmosphere to the visitors. After Ooty and Koonoor, Kotagiri is the best tourist destination cum hill station in Tamil Nadu and the name means the mountains of the Kotas which are the traditional tribes in the Nilgiris.

    The place is cuddled by a lot of tea estates and green landscapes and thus it gained a prominent space among the hearts of trekkers and rock climbers. The mountainous region is a perfect choice for such adventurous activities. The leisurely strolls through the tea estates are another important activity tourists love to do in Kotagiri. The important trekking trails here are Kodanad, Catherine Falls and Longwood Shola.

    Distance from Bangalore: 314.4 kilometers from Bangalore and you will need a drive of 7 hours to reach Kotagiri.
  • 20Kodachadri

    Kodachadri

    A famous and one of the very important tourist attractions of Shimoga is Kodachadri that exhibits the purity of nature in every part of the region. It is located in the Western Ghats in Karnataka inviting a lot of adventure lovers to indulge in trekking and mountain hiking. Kodachadri is declared as a natural heritage site by the Government of Karnataka. It is considered to be the 10th highest peak of Karnataka.

    The name has a meaning that is referred as the hill of Kutaja flowers and combined with the Sanskrit word Adri. The hill is completely covered by beautiful jasmine flowers. The hills form a background to the famous temple of South India, Mookambika Temple in Kollur. The two different trails reaching the top of the peaks are challenging especially in monsoon and the routes become slippery during heavy rain. Kodachadri is situated in the middle of the Mookambika National Park and declared as a biodiversity hotspot. It protects several endangered species of flora and fauna.

    Distance from Bangalore: 442.6 kilometres from Bangalore. A drive of around 8 hours will take you to Kodachadri.

  • 21Kundadri Hill

    Kundadri Hill
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    Offering a natural retreat to the visitors near Bangalore that is Kundadri Hill which encompasses several dense forests in the Western Ghats located in Shimoga District. The famous attraction here is the 17th-century Jain temple that is dedicated to Thirthankara. History says that the place is known to have given shelter to one old Acharya Kundakunda during the earlier centuries.

    The temple gives space to the main deity Parshwanatha who is known to be the 23rd Tirthankara. There were two small ponds formed by the rock on one side. They provided water to earlier sages. The government of Karnataka later built an all-weather road to reach the top of the hill. The temple here is made of stone statues of famous Jain sages. Nature lovers along with an expectation of grabbing some adventurous moments in the thickets arrive here in large numbers every year.

    Distance from Bangalore: 356.7 kilometers. A drive of around 7 hours would take you to Kundadri from Bangalore.
  • 22Thekkady

    Thekkady
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    Distance from Bangalore: 507.9 km via NH44 and NH183

    The very name of the word Thekkady evokes pictures of elephants, unending chains of slopes and flavour scented ranches. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across with beautiful bungalows and hill towns that hold awesome opportunities for treks and mountain strolls. Thekkady is an extraordinary approach to appreciate a wilderness getaway.

    Periyar National Park, being a noteworthy fascination, is one place where you can appreciate bamboo rafting in the catchment zone of Mullaiperiyar Dam, climbing, and amidst wild, shopping! Prominent for its great eating joints, you can likewise make the most of its immense extends of zest gardens and different experience sports. You can likewise appreciate a night trek in the wild of Periyar.

    The early morning ride in the within the sanctuary is an extremely awesome experience and you may have the capacity to spot wild elephants, buffaloes, wild hogs, different sorts of winged animals, and so forth. Anakarra is also located nearby which is a great place to enjoy nature. Murikaddy is situated around 5 km from the city and is renowned for espresso and flavours manors.

  • 23Yana

    Yana
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    A tiny village yet an immaculate location to spend holidays with families and friends is Yana, lulled amidst thick forests in Kumta in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The location is famous for the unusual karst rock formations and since it is located in the Sahyadri mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, it is considered to be an adventurous spot as well. The two rock outcrops near the village are the important tourist attractions and people come here by trekking a small distance through the dense thickets.

    Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara are the two massive rock outcrops located near Yana which summon hundreds of nature lovers and adventure admirers every year. These two rocks are made of solid black and crystalline karst limestones. While Bhairaveshwara Shikhara is located at a height of about 120 meters, Mohini Shikhara is smaller at a height of about 90 meters. Yana is a prominent pilgrimage centre too due to the presence of the famous cave temple below one of the rock outcrops.

    Distance from Bangalore: 457.4 kilometers away from Bangalore. It will take around 7 hours and 40 minutes to reach Yana from Bangalore.
  • 24Valparai

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    An unbeatable hill station with glorified beauty located in the state of Tamil Nadu is Valparai, a tiny taluk in the Coimbatore district. The height at which the town is located is 3500 feet above sea level on the Anamalai Hills on the Western Ghats. The most attractive feature of Valparai is the collection of 40 hairpin bends on the way up to Valparai from Azhiyar. The extensive forest areas and the private tea estates and companies add up more beauty to this hill station.

    Plantation crops give the best economy to the region such as coffee and tea and the majority of the population of Valpari works in these tea factories and coffee plantations. The government has come up with new resorts and amusement parks to flourish the tourism department. The evergreen forests covering the tea estates and coffee plantations place themselves beautifully in front of the tourists arriving here and the climate is also marvelous.

    Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary can be seen during the journey to Valparai from Pollachi which houses elephants, boars, gaurs, deer, sambhar etc. Nilgiri Tahr is a prominent attraction in Valparai which is an endangered species.

    Distance from Bangalore: 457.3 kilometers from Bangalore which would take a drive of around 8 hours and 45 minutes.

  • 25Agumbe

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    Distance from Bangalore: 355.3 Km

    Agumbe is a little town situated in Shimoga region, Thirthahalli taluk in the Malnad locale of Karnataka, India. Frequently called the Cherrapunji of South India, Agumbe is known for its grand excellence and bio-assorted qualities. Settled on a level over Someshwara Ghat, it is situated at a separation of 380 km from Bangalore, which makes it the perfect place for 2 days adventure. Arranged in Shimoga locale of Karnataka, Agumbe gets its sobriquet since it gets 7,640 mm of mean yearly precipitation, the second most noteworthy yearly precipitation in India.

    Agumbe is encompassed by rich biodiversity and the slope station fringes one of the last surviving marsh rain timberlands. Since Agumbe is home to a few unique types of plants like Garcinia, Myristica, Listsaea, Diospyrous, Hoiligarna, Eugenia and Ficus among others, it is likewise called 'Hasiru Honnu' which signifies 'green is gold'. The entire region and the forest reserve around Kundapur, Shankaranarayana, Hosanagara, Sringeri and Thirthahalli are all in all alluded to as the Agumbe Rainforest Complex and frame one of the biggest adjacent forests extends left in India.

    Amid downpours, Agumbe and the encompassing area wake up with a few waterfalls; Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Onake Abbi Falls and Jogigundi Falls are a portion of the well-known ones.

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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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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 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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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.

Average time required to visit the place: one or two days.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 100 KM.


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Dodda Alada Mara

The sprawling branches of a Banyan tree has captured a land of over 3 acres in Kethohalli village, making it one of the unique sightseeing places in Bangalore. This 400-year-old Banyan tree is stated to be the second largest tree in the country and the first largest in Karnataka. 

A thousand aerial roots hanging out from this tree covers a circumference of over 250 meters. Dodda Alada Mara is a well-maintained and well-kept secret of Karnataka which is properly fenced and protected with cemented seats placed beside it for the visitors to enjoy the magic of nature. 

The interesting fact about Dodda Alada Mara is that it stands erect on the thousand aerial root without having the main root as it died out of some natural diseases in the past.

Location: Tavarekere Hobli, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Best Time to Visit: Evenings are ideal to spend at Dodda Alada Mara to enjoy cool breezes and a blazing sunset.

Price:

Timings: 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM on all days of the week.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 26 KM.


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