35 Hill Stations near Bangalore - Distance, Best Time & Stays
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Hill Stations Around Bangalore

Coorg, Chikmagalur, Wayanad, Sakleshpur, Ooty, Yercaud, Munnar, Kodaikanal, Kodachadri, Agumbe, Coonoor, Savandurga Hills, Ramanagara , Skandagiri Hills, Anthargange Hills, Horsley Hills, Yelagiri Hills, BR Hills, MM Hills, Mullayanagiri Hill, Brahmagiri Hill, Kemmanagundi, Kolli Hills and many more.

Take a break from your regular lives and head to the many resplendent hill stations near Bangalore. A pleasant contrast from your busy city bustle, these hill-stations offer a great opportunity to spend some time in Nature's lap. Explore the hill stations around Bangalore like Nandi Hills, Skandagiri and Anthargange to merge nature and adventure on one trip.

These popular destinations offer activities like trekking, rock-climbing, camping and more for a wholesome trip. Other more unexplored places in Karnataka, near Bangalore that will impress with their wildlife, lush green aura and many coffee, tea and rubber plantations are Madikeri, Idukki, Nelliyampathy among several others.

Apart from these hidden gems are of course the mainstream hamlets that have wooed the visitors with its natural splendor, attractions and plenty of exciting adventures that one can enjoy. Places like Ooty, Coonoor, Coorg, Chikmagalur and many others are unmissable when wanting a hilly holiday. So, with many places to choose from, plan a trip on a long-weekend to any of these hill-stations and get to relax and rejuvenate your senses.

Here are some of the best hill stations around Bangalore:

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10 Must Visit Hill Stations Near Bangalore


Nandi Hills (61 Km from Bangalore)

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.

Places to Visit in Nandi Hills
Tipu’s Drop, Tipu Sultan’s Fort, Brahmashram, Muddenahalli, etc.

Things to do in Nandi Hills: 
Enjoy Paragliding among the Nandi Hills, Cycle around the steep roads of Nandi Hills, Take a Relaxing Walk in the Hills

Distance from Bangalore:
 61 km

Best Time:
 Between the months of September to February

How to reach:

By Air:
 The nearest airport to Nandi Hills is Kempegowda International Airport(58 km away).
By Road: There are a number of buses connecting Nandi Hills to various cities. And, one can have a short road trip from Banglore to Nandi Hills.
By Train: The two nearest Railway Station to Nandi Hills is Chikkaballapur and Bangalore from where one can board a taxi or bus easily.

Where to Stay: 
Best Resorts to stay in Nandi Hills


Sakleshpur (221 Km from Bangalore)

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.

Places to Visit in Sakleshpur:
Manjarabad Fort, Bisle Viewpoint, Jenukal Gudda, Betta Byraveshwara, Sakleswara Temple

Things to do in Sakleshpur:
Visit the Coffee Plantations, Enjoy the Trek on Jenukal Gudda, Camp at the Pandavar Gudda, Visit the Sakleswara Temple

Distance from Bangalore:
 221.1 kilometres.

Best Time:
 Between the months of October to March

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Sakleshpur is Mangalore International Airport(138 km away).
By Road: There are KSRTC super fast buses daily running from Mangalore, Bangalore or Mysore. Also, one can rent a car or drive on there own from Bangalore to reach Sakleshpur.
By Train: The nearest railway station to the hill station is Sakleshpur Railway Station. 

Where to Stay:
 Best & Unique Resorts to Stay in Sakleshpur

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Coorg (276 Km from Bangalore)

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 any time 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 sports 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.

Places to Visit in Coorg: 
Abbey Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Golden Temple, Raja’s Seat, Iruppu Falls, Nagarhole National Park, etc.

Things to do in Coorg:
Give Bath to Elephants at Dubare Elephant Camping, Visit the Coffee Plantations, Take a Swim at Iruppu Falls, Indulge in Tibetan Culture at the Golden Temple, Enjoy Trekking in the Jungles of Coorg

Distance from Bangalore:
 276 Km

Best Time:
 Between the months of October to April

How to Reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airports to Coorg are Mangalore(160 km away) and Bangalore(265 km away).
By Road: There are KSRTC Deluxe buses daily running from Mangalore, Bangalore or Mysore. Also, one can drive from Bangalore to Coorg as it takes about four and a half hours.
By Train: The two nearest Railway Station to Coorg is Mysore(95 km away) and Mangalore(131 km away).

Where to Stay:
 Best & unique resorts to stay in Coorg

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Munnar (520 Km from Bangalore)

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 center 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.

Places to Visit in Munnar:
Attukal Waterfalls, Pothamedu View Point, TATA Tea Museum, etc.

Things to do in Munnar:
Hike to the Anamudi Peak, Visit the Attukal Waterfalls

Distance from Bangalore: 

Best Time:
 Between the months of September to May

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Munnar is Kochi Airport(110 km away).
By Road: There are private buses daily running from various cities to Munnar. Also, one can drive from Bangalore to Munnar as it takes about five hours to reach.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Munnar is Aluva which is just 100 km away from the destination.

Where to Stay:
 Best Places to Stay on your Visit to Munnar

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Kodaikanal (465 Km from Bangalore)

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.

Places to Visit in Kodaikanal:
Kodaikanal Lake, Coakers Walk, Bryant Park

Things to do in Kodaikanal: 
Go for a walk at the Coakers Walk, Visit the Kodaikanal Lake

Distance from Bangalore:
 465 km

Best Time:
 Between the months of March to June

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai Airport(120 km away).
By Road: There are TNSTC buses connecting Kodaikanal to various cities. Also, one can hire a cab from Bangalore to Kodaikanal as it takes about eight hours to reach.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Kodaikanal is Kodai Road(100km away).

Where to Stay:
 Best Places to Stay in Kodaikanal

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Chikmagalur (245 Km from Bangalore)

One of the prominent coffee growing regions in the state, Chikmagalur has 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.

Places to Visit in 
Mullayanagiri, Kudremukh, Baba Budangiri, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Jhari Waterfalls, etc.

Things to do in 
Explore Coffee Plantations, Check out the Mountain Circuit at Mullayanagiri, Visit the Caves of Baba Budangiri, Enjoy at the Hebbe Falls, Have a fun Rafting Experience at the Bhadra River, Visit the Coffee Museum

Distance from Bangalore: 245 km

Best Time: 
Between the months of September to March

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Chikmagalur is Mangalore(110 km away).
By Road: There are State-run as well as private luxury buses daily running from Mangalore, Bangalore and Hubli. Also, one can always drive to Chikmagalur as it takes about four and a half hours.
By Train: The city of Chikmagalur has its own railway station but it is not well-connected so, one can board a train from the nearest railway station of Kadur(40 km away).

Where to Stay: 
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Coonoor (293 Km from Bangalore)

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 hill stations 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 songbirds. Coonoor began drawing in more vacationers nowadays because of humming over urbanization of Ooty.

Places to Visit in Coonoor:
Catherine Falls, Sim’s Park, Droog Fort, etc.

Things to do in Coonoor:
Enjoy a fun-filled day at the Catherine Falls, Explore the Droog Fort, Go Shopping in the Local markets of Coonoor

Distance from Bangalore: 
293 km 

Best Time: 
Between the months of October to March

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Coonoor is Coimbatore International Airport(45  km away)
By Road: There are private buses running to Coonoor on daily basis also, one can always hire a cab or a self-driven taxi to reach the destination.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Coonoor is Mettupalayam(45 km away) which connects the town to all the cities.

Where to Stay: 
Best Resorts to Stay in Coonoor

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Yercaud (229 Km from Bangalore)

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 famous 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 favorable viewpoint 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 overflows 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. 

Places to Visit in Yercaud:
Yercaud Lake, 32 km Loop Road, Pagoda Point, etc.

Things to do in Yercaud:
Visit Yercaud Lake, Enjoy Hiking at the Kiliyur Falls

Distance from Bangalore:
 229 Km

Best Time:
 Between the months of October to June

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Yercaud is Coimbatore Airport(152 km away).
By Road: There are private buses running to Yercaud on daily basis also, one can go for a short road trip along the loop road to reach the destination.
By Train: The two nearest railway station to Yercaud is Danishpet and Salem which are just a few hours away from the destination.

Where to Stay: 
Best and Comfortable Places to Stay in Yercaud

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Wayanad (278 Km from Bangalore)

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 stations 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.

Places to Visit in Wayanad:
Edakkal Caves, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Banasura Sagar Dam, Soochipara Waterfalls, Chembra Peak, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Neelimala View Point

Things to do 
in Wayanad: 
Spend a Day in Nature’s Lap at the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Visit the Banasura Sagar Dam, Enjoy Bamboo Rafting at the Kuruva Island, Explore the Edakkal Caves, Enjoy the View from Neelimala View Point, Go Trekking on the Chembra Peak, Enjoy Boating around in the Pookode Lake.

Distance from Bangalore:
 278 km

Best Time: 
Between the months of October to May

How to reach: 

By Air:
 The nearest airport to Wayanad is Calicut International Airport(93 km away) situated in Kozhikode.
By Road: There are KSRTC super fast buses daily running from Mangalore, Bangalore or Trivandrum to Kozhikode and Wayanad too. It is very convenient to reach Bangalore to Wayanad.
By Train: The two nearest Railway Stations to Wayanad is Nilambur(90 km away) and Kozhikode(110 km away).

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Best Resorts in Wayanad

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Ooty (274 Km from Bangalore)

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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.

Places to Visit in Ooty: 
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden

Things to do in Ooty
Experience Natural Beauty at the Rose Garden, Go Trekking to the Kotagiri Hill Station, Visit the Ooty Lake

Distance from Bangalore: 
274 km 

Best Time: 
Between the months of October to June

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Ooty is Coimbatore Airport(100 km away).
By Road: There are private buses running daily from Coimbatore and Bangalore to Ooty also, one can always hire a cab or a self-driven taxi to reach the destination.
By Train: The two nearest railway station from Ooty is Coimbatore and Tiruppur just a few hours away.

Where to Stay: 
Best Resorts to Stay in Ooty

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Hill Stations near Bangalore Within 300 Km


Ramanagara (49 Km from Bangalore)

Offering a myriad of adventure activities to keep you hooked all through your holiday, Ramanagara is one of the most rewarding hill stations near Bangalore within 100 kms. Green valleys and rocky hillocks make this place look charming, which is probably the reason why Bollywood classic ‘Sholay’ was shot here.

In addition to camping and trekking, Ramanagara is also a great destination for bird watching. So if you are planning to make your break a calming yet thrilling affair, visit this paradise!

Places to Visit in 
Janapada Loka, Kanva Reservoir, Ramdevra Hill, Kharkhaane Bande

Things to do in 
Rock climbing, Trekking at Ramanagara Hills, Camping. Bird watching

Distance from Bangalore:
49 km

Best time to Visit:
November to March

How to Reach:

By Rail:
You can board either of Kaveri Express or Hampi Express 
By Bus: Direct buses ply between Ramanagara from Bangalore
By Air: Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport

Where to Stay:
Resorts in Ramanagara with best amenities

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Savandurga Hills (48 Km from Bangalore)

Undoubtedly, one of the best hill stations around Bangalore within 100 kms, Savandurga Hill is perfect for an adventure-filled get away from the city’s hubbub. The most fascinating thing about this hill is that it is among the largest monolith structures in Asia.

Although there isn’t much to see in terms of tourist attractions, the views from this 1226 metre tall peak are breathtaking. So if you indulge in trekking or rock climbing here, it is worth the effort. 

Places to Visit in Savandurga Hills:
Savandurga Top, Sree Savandhi Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, etc.

Things to do in Savandurga Hills:
Trekking, Rock Climbing, Photography

Distance from Bangalore: 48 km

Best time to Visit: March to May

How to Reach:

By Rail: There is no train service between Bangalore and Savandurga Hill
By Bus: Direct bus service is available between Bangalore and Savandurga Hill
By Air: Bangalore Airport is 90 km from here. You can hire a taxi from the airport.

Where to Stay: 
Eagleton the Golf Resort, 
Wonderla Resort

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Skandagiri Hills (60 Km from Bangalore)

Claimed as one of the most underrated hill stations near Bangalore within 100 kms, Skandagiri Hills is a favourite among adventure enthusiasts in the region. It is a hill fortress housing the ruins of a fort made by Tipu Sultan and a small Hindu temple.

The height of the hill is approximately 1450 metres, so one can expect to be greeted by some amazing panoramic views from the top. If you are craving adventure, take Skandagiri night trek and be prepared to witness one of the most beautiful sunrise scenes.  

Places to Visit in 
Skandagiri Hills:
Skandagiri Top, Ruins of Tipu Sultan Fort, Kalavara Durga, etc.

Things to do in 
Skandagiri Hills:
Trekking, Camping, Photography, etc.

Distance from Bangalore: 60 km

Best time to Visit: October to March

How to Reach:

By Rail: Bangalore Railway Station is the nearest railway station. Hire a private cab from here.
By Bus: Board a bus to Chikkaballapur and hire a taxi or auto to reach Skandagiri
By Air: Bangalore Airport is the closest airport

Where to Stay: 
Hotel Mount Palazzo,
 Shathayu Ayurveda Yoga Retreat, Signature Club Resort

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Anthargange Hills (67 Km from Bangalore)

Far from the touristy bustle, Antara Gange is one of the top hill stations near Bangalore within 200 kms. Located in Shathashrunga mountain range near Kolar, this hill is best known for its large boulders, network of deep caves, and a vantage point which is ideal for witnessing sunrises.

Indulging in a 3 km long uphill trek here is both exhilarating and mesmerizing at the same time, which becomes all the more fun as it is paired with cave exploration. So, whether you are seeking an adrenaline-charged adventure or the idea of sitting atop a mountain and watching the sun rise intrigue you, this place is worth a visit.

Places to Visit in 
Anthargange Hills:
Antara Gange Caves, Someshwara Temple, Kolaramma Temple, Antara Gange Hill top, etc.

Things to do in 
Anthargange Hills:
Cave Exploration, Trekking, Bouldering, Photography, etc.

Distance from Bangalore: 67 km

Best time to Visit: October to March

How to Reach:

By Rail: Bangalore Railway Station is the nearest railway station.
By Bus: Board a bus to Kolar and reach Antara Gange by auto.
By Air: Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport.

Where to Stay: Sai Nandhini AC Lodge, Four Points by Sheraton Bengaluru

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Horsley Hills (157 Km from Bangalore)

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.

Places to Visit in Horsley Hills:
Kaigal Falls, Chennakesava Temple, Horsley Hills Zoo, etc.

Things to do in Horsley Hills:
Spend a day at the Horsley Hills Zoo, Visit the Whisper Wind View Point

istance: 157 km from Bangalore

Best Time: 
Between the months of December to March

How to reach: 

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Horsley Hills is Bangalore International Airport.
By Road: There are APSRTC Deluxe buses daily running from various cities to Horsley Hills. Also, one can drive from Bangalore to Horsley Hills as it takes about three and a half hours to reach.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Horsley Hills is Tirupati which is just a few hours away from the destination.

Where to Stay: 
Horsley Hills Holiday Homes, Horsley Hills Haritha Hill Resort

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Yelagiri Hills (161 Km from Bangalore)

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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.

Places to Visit in Yelagiri Hills: 
Punganoor Lake Park, Nature Park, Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Telescope Observatory, etc.

Things to do in Yelagiri Hills:
Experience the Natural Beauty at Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Visit the Telescope Observatory

Distance from Bangalore: 
161 km

Best Time:
 Between the months of November to February

How to reach:

By Air:
 The nearest airport to Yelagiri Hills is Bangalore Airport(123 km away).
By Road: There are private buses daily running from Bangalore and Vellore to Yelagiri Hills. Also, one can drive from Bangalore to Yelagiri Hills as it takes about four hours to reach.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Yelagiri Hills is Jolarpettai which is just a few hours away from the destination.

Where to Stay: 
Best Places to Stay on your Trip to Yelagiri Hills

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BR Hills (179 Km from Bangalore)

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 stations near Bangalore.

Making it perfect for discovering wildlife, BR hills have 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.

Places to Visit in BR Hills: 
BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, Dodda Sampige Mara, etc.

Things to do in BR Hills
Visit the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, Go River Rafting in Cauvery River

179 km  from Bangalore 

Best Time: 
Between the months of November to March

How to reach:

By Air:
 The nearest airport to BR Hills is Mysore Airport(97 km away).
By Road: There are KSRTC Deluxe buses daily running from Chamarajnagar, Bangalore or Kanakapura to BR Hills. Also, one can drive from Bangalore to BR Hills as it takes about four hours to reach.
By Train: The nearest railway station to BR Hills is Chamarajanagar which is just a few hours away from the destination.

Where to Stay:
 Resorts to Stay in BR Hills

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MM Hills (213 Km from Bangalore)

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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.

Places to visit in MM Hills:
Kailashanathar temple, Sri Kailasanathar Temple, etc.

Things to do in MM Hills:
Visit different waterfalls and temples, trekking, camping, etc.

Distance from Bangalore:
 213 km

Best time to visit: November to March

How to Reach:

By Rail: Chamarajanagar Rail Way Station is the very nearby railway stations to M.m Hills. are the Rail way stations reachable from near by towns
By Road: Kollegal are the nearby by towns to M.m Hills having road connectivity to M.m Hills
By Air: Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to MM Hills, catering to both domestic and international tourists. It is situated at a distance of about 173 km from the destination.

Where to Stay: The Green Carpet Resort, Himagiri Resort., etc

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Mullayanagiri Hill (243 Km from Bangalore)

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.

Places to Visit in Mullayanagiri:
Shiv Temple, etc.

Things to do in Mullayanagiri:
Go for a Trek in the Hills of Mullayanagiri, Visit the Shiv Temple on the hilltop of Mullayanagiri

243 km from Bangalore

Best Time: 
Between the months of September to March

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Mullayanagiri is Mangalore Airport(105 km away).
By Road: There are private buses running to Mullayanagiri on daily basis also, one can always hire a cab or a self-driven taxi to reach the destination.
By Train: The two nearest railway station to Mullayanagiri is Chikmaglur and Kadur which are just a few hours away.

Where to Stay: 
Paradise Exotica, 
Hotel White Feather

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Brahmagiri Hill (251 Km from Bangalore)

Take a plunge into a world brimming with nature and peace; escape to Brahmagiri Hill. If you have seen all the hill stations near Bangalore within 200 kms, step up your game and explore this one. A quaint hill station in the Western Ghats, with a maximum elevation of 1608 metres, Brahmagiri Hill looks exquisite with its misty landscape.

A couple of waterfalls and ancient Hindu temples give sightseers some more reasons to love Brahmagiri. However, this hill destination is majorly known for the trekking trail that leads you to the top of the hill, quenching your adrenaline thirst. 

Places to Visit in Brahmagiri Hills: 
Thirunelli temple, Iruppu Falls, Pakshipathalam, etc.

Things to do in Brahmagiri Hills:
Sightseeing, Trekking, Photography, etc.

Distance from Bangalore: 251 km

Best time to Visit: October to May

How to Reach from Bangalore:

By Rail: Board a train to Mysore Railway Station and take a bus or cab to Brahmagiri
By Bus: Direct buses to Mysore and Kozhikode are available. From there take a bus to Brahmagiri.
By Air: The nearest airports are in Kozhikode and Mysore

Where to Stay: Agraharam Resorts, Mayookham Resort, etc.

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Kemmanagundi (255 Km from Bangalore)

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 and it is one of the best hill station around Bangalore.

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.

Places to visit in Kemmanagundi: 
Hebbe Falls, Mullayanagiri, Shiva temple, etc.

Things to do in Kemmanagundi:
Trekking, Camping, Visiting different watefalls and sightseeing, etc.

Distance from Bangalore: 
255 Kms

Best time to visit: 
September to February

How to Reach:

By Rail: 
Tarikere is the closest railway station to reach this place. It is about 35 km away from Kemmanagundi and takes about an hour to reach via taxis. 
By Road: There are many private and state buses which run on this route. The National Highway NH-206 till Kadur and then the NH-48 till Hassan. It takes about 8 hours by road from Bangalore
to Kemmangundi.
By Air: 
The closest airport to Kemmanagundi is Mangalore Airport. The airport is around 150 km away and takes about 2 and half hours to cover the distance

Where to Stay:
 Ranga Taana, Golden Hill hotel N resort, etc.

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Kolli Hills (257 Km from Bangalore)

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 hairpin 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 Boathouse, the Botanical Garden, Koyilur Viewpoint and Santana Parai Valley and dam.

Places to Visit in Kolli Hills:
Arappaleshwar Temple, Agaya Gangai Waterfalls, etc.

Things to do in Kolli Hills:
Spend a day at the Agaya Gangai Waterfalls, Visit the Arappaleshwar Temple

Distance from Bangalore:
 257 km

Best Time: 
Between the months of February to December

How to reach:

By Air:
 The nearest airport to Kolli Hills is Salem Airport(30 km away).
By Road: There are private buses daily running from various cities to Kolli Hills. Also, one can drive from Bangalore to Kolli Hills as it takes about five hours to reach.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Kolli Hills is Salem which is just a few hours away from the destination.

Where to Stay: 
Best Resort to Stay in Kolli Hills

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Vythiri (296 Km from Bangalore)

One of the lesser-known hill stations near Bangalore, Vythiri is located in Wayanad district of Kerala. The charming hill town is visited by vacationers during all seasons to enjoy its cool climate and refreshing surroundings.

Numerous natural marvels in the form of waterfalls, lakes, and vantage points are located around Vythiri, which will add fun to your hill getaway. With a good range of high-end as well as budget holiday resorts available here, this hill town is ideal for a stress-free staycation.

Places to Visit: in 
Pookode Lake, Thusharagiri Falls, Chembra Peak, etc.

Things to do in Vythiri:
Photography, Sightseeing, etc.

Distance from Bangalore: 296 km

Best time to Visit: October to May

How to Reach:

By Rail: Nearest railway station is in Kozhikode 60 km away from here. Hire a taxi from there.
By Bus: Take a bus to Kozhikode, and board another bus to Vythiri
By Air: Nearest railway station is in Kozhikode. You can hire a private taxi from there.

Where to Stay: Vythiri Village Resort, 
vythiri honey villa, etc.

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Kotagiri (314 Km from Bangalore)

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.

Places to Visit in 
Catherine Water Falls, Longwood Shola Reserve Forest, JohnSullivan Memorial, etc.

Things to do in 
Trekking, Camping, Exploring forests and waterfalls, etc. 

Distance from Bangalore: 
314 Km

Best Time: 
 December to May.

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport is the Coimbatore airport located about 105 km away and is connected to Chennai, Bangalore and Cochin by regular flights.
By Road: Kotagiri is connected to the Mettupalayam road which extends until Ooty. This is one of the Nilgiri Ghat roads. Kotagiri can also be reached from Coonoor which is just 20 km away.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Coonoor which is located 21 km away. From the Coonoor station tourists can avail taxis or buses that ply to Kotagiri.

Where to Stay:
 Mystique Stay Resort, Hanging Huts Resort, etc.

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Kudremukh (331 Km from Bangalore)

Sweeping vistas of a landscape covered in the foliage of rainforest as far as your sight goes and an atmosphere brimming with cool, fresh air – Kudremukh in Chikmagalur District is a treat for one’s senses. Located in the serene realm of the Western Ghats, Kudremukh Peak boasts an elevation of 1894 metres.

Trekking to the top is a nerve-wracking adventure, attracting adventure junkies from all over the country to participate and experience the essence of the Western Ghats. Vacationers also frequent the hill station to spend some moments of relaxation amidst nature.

Places to Visit in Kudremukh:
Kudremukh peak, Kudremukh National ParkLakya Dam, etc.

Things to do in Kudremukh:
Trekking at Kudremukh Peak, Wildlife exploration, Photography, etc.

Distance from Bangalore: October to May

Best time to Visit: 331 km

How to Reach:

By Rail: Board a train to Mangalore and hire a private taxi for the rest of the journey
By Bus: Board a bus to Kalasa, and hire an auto to reach Kudremukh
By Air: Regular flights to Mangalore Airport are available. Then hire a private taxi to Kudremukh

Where to Stay: 
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Agumbe (348 Km from Bangalore)

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.

Places to Visit in Agumbe
Agumbe Ghat, Agumbe Rainforest Research Centre, Koodlu Thertha Falls

Things to do in Agumbe
Enjoy a fun-filled day at the Agumbe Ghat, Visit the Koodlu Thertha Falls

Distance from Bangalore: 
348 Km

Best Time: 
Between the months of June to October

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Agumbe is Mangalore Airport(106 km away).
By Road: There are many KSRTC buses connecting Agumbe to various cities. Also, one can go for a road trip from Bangalore to Agumbe as it takes around eight hours to reach.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Agumbe is Udupi Station(54 km away).

Where to Stay:
 The Highlands Homestay, Muduvalli Heritage Homestay


Kundadri Hill (356 Km from Bangalore)

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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.

Places to Visit in 
Kundadri Hill: 
Onake Abbi Falls, Agumbe Sunset View Point, Jogi Gundi Falls, etc

Things to do in 
Kundadri Hill: 
Visit temples and falls, Explore viewpoints, etc

Distance from Bangalore: 
356 Km

Best Time: 
Any time of the year

How to reach:

By Air: 
The nearest airport to Kundadri is Mangalore Airport which is roughly 126 kilometres. 
By Road:There are regular buses plying to Shimoga.
By Train: If you go to Kundadri region by rail, you can board the train from Shimoga Railway Station, which is the closest one

Where to Stay:
 Hingaara- The Nature Stay, The Highlands Homestay

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Kodachadri (412 km from Bangalore)

If you are a nature lover who also happens to be passionate about photography, do not miss out on this fascinating hill range in the Western Ghats. Replete with dense vegetation, Kodachadri opens doors to the rich natural heritage of Karnataka for tourists.

You can spend your vacation here exploring waterfalls and revered Hindu shrines. And to pamper the daredevil in you, you are recommended to partake in Kodachadri trek, climb to the top, and witness the beauty of the vibrant nature engulfing you from all sides.

Places to Visit in Kodachadri:
Mookambika temple, Hidlumane Falls, Arasinagundi falls, Belakallu Theertha, etc.

Things to do in Kodachadri:
Trekking, Sightseeing, Photography, Picnic, etc.

Distance from Bangalore: 412 km

Best time to Visit: November to May

How to Reach:

By Rail: Board a train to Kundapura and hire a private taxi to Kodachadri
By Bus: Bus service is available till Kollur, you can hire a private taxi for the road ahead
By Air: Travel to Mangalore by flight and hire a private taxi

Where to Stay: Pathalagere Homestay, Hotel Mahalakshmi Residency, etc.

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Valparai (449 Km from Bangalore)

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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.

Places to visit in
Aliyar Dam, Loam's View point, Sholayar Dam, Grass Hills, etc.

Things to do in
Explore Different Valley points, Visit temples and dams, etc.

Distance from Bangalore:
 449 km

Best time to visit: 
September to March

How to Reach:

By Rail: Valparai is well connected by road.Valparai can be reached by buses plying regularly (every half an hour) from Pollachi and Coimbatore. One route is Chalakudi from Kerala via Athirapally-Malakkappara and the other route is from Coimbatore via Pollachi – Aliyar Dam – Attakatty – Waterfalls – Rottikadai – Valparai
By Road: Pollachi is the nearest railway station which is 64 km from Valparai. Other nearest railway station is at Coimbatore 100 kms away.
By Air: Nearest Airport at Coimbatorei (220 Kms), Kochi and Madurai. All are well connected to all major cities in India.

Where to Stay: 
Green Hill Hotel, Stanmore Garden Bungalow, etc.

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Yana (457 Km from Bangalore)

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.

Places to visit in Yana: 
Yana Rocks, Vibhooti Falls, Bhairaveshwara Shikhara, etc.

Things to do in Yana:
Nature walks, Explore wildlife sanctuaries, Visit temples, etc.

Distance from Bangalore:
 457 km

Best time to visit: 
September to February

How to Reach:

By Rail:
Kumta Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Yana, situated at a distance of about 32 km. This railway station is connected to nearby areas, though trains do not come very frequently 
By Road: Several KSRTC and private buses are available till Sirsi and Kumta. From there, tourists can take public transport, such as jeeps and buses to reach Yana. Travellers can also avail private and state buses service from Bangalore (400 km) to Yana, which operate frequently.
By Air: Hubli Airport is the nearest domestic airport to Yana, situated at a distance of around 102 km. However, tourists from European, Asian, American and Middle East countries can fly to Dabolim Airport, Goa. This is the nearest international airport, located at a distance of 137 km; several seasonal charter flights are also available from here.

Where to Stay: 
5 Mile Beach Resort, Blue Ocean Sands, etc.

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Devikulam (479 Km from Bangalore)

When you are done exploring hill stations near Bangalore within 200 kms, go farther to Devikulam and you will not regret it. Located at a short distance of 8 km from the popular hill station of Munnar, Devikulam is an idyllic hill retreat, apt for those who want to enjoy nature and nothing else.

For sightseeing experiences, the town boasts several viewpoints, a picturesque lake, and scores of tea and spice plantations.

Places to Visit in Devikulam:         
Sita Devi Lake, Pallivasal Waterfall, Thoovanam Waterfall, Pothamedu Viewpoint, etc.

Things to do in Devikulam:
Sightseeing, Photography, Nature Walks, Camping, etc.

Distance from Bangalore: 479 km

Best time to Visit: March to May

How to Reach:

By Rail: Board a train to Aluva which is 120 km from Devikulam. Then hire a private cab or board a bus.
By Bus: Take a bus to Kochi and board another bus to Devikulam.
By Air: Fly to Cochin Airport which is 110 km from Devikulam. Then hire a private cab or board a bus.

Where to Stay: Golden Green Resorts, Pavithram, etc.


Thekkady (507 Km from Bangalore)

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 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 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 has situated around 5 km from the city and is renowned for espresso and flavours manors.

Places to visit in Thekkady: 
Kadathanadan Kalari Center, Periyar National Park, Murikkady, etc.

Things to do in Thekkady:
Hiking, Nature walks, Explore wildlife sanctuaries, Jeep safari, etc.

Distance from Bangalore:
 507.9 km

Best time to visit: October to February

How to Reach:

By Rail: Take a train from Bangalore to Kottayam which takes about 12 hours. Kottayam railway station is around 111 km from the Thekkady city centre. You can take a taxi or bus to reach the city centre that takes about 2 hours.
By Road: By road is the main and only approach that takes you directly to Thekkady. The two options when reaching by road are by bus and by car. There are Kerala State Department buses to Thekkady from a bunch of cities, including important travelling destinations such as Kochi, Kottayam and such.
By Air: The nearest domestic airport to Thekkady is Madurai airport, which is about 136 km away. There are flights connecting Madurai to various important Indian cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata. From Madurai airport, travellers can take cabs to reach Thekkady and Periyar.

Where to Stay: 
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Vagamon (550 Km from Bangalore)

A hill escape with a magical scenery, Vagamon is located in Kerala and boasts an average elevation of 1200 metres. The panoramic views of deep valleys and rolling hills cloaked under clouds and mist look absolutely stunning, making it a must-visit destination for photographers.

Indulge in a picnic by Marmala Waterfall with your family, enjoy leisurely nature walks in the pine forest with your loved one, and soak up the serenity of Vagamon Lake. Apart from that, the rocky terrain also allows you to get adventurous.

Places to Visit in Vagamon:
Thangalpara, Vagamon Lake, Marmala Waterfall, Pine Forest, etc.

Things to do in Vagamon:
Trekking, Paragliding, Rock climbing, Cycling, etc.

Distance from Bangalore: 550 km

Best time to Visit: March to June

How to Reach:

By Rail: Nearest major railway stations are Kottayam and Kochi. Taxi can be hired from here.
By Bus: Board a bus to Pala, disembark, and board another bus to Vagamon
By Air: Take a flight to Kochi and hire a private cab to Vagamon which is 105 km from Kochi

Where to Stay: Winter Vale Green stay, Vagamon Heights, etc.

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Madhugiri - 104 km from Bangalore

Madhugiri is an extraordinary tourist destination as it is the fourth largest monolith on the continent. The place houses a beautiful fort that rests against the side of a steep hill - a unique sight to behold on its own.

The fort has impeccable architecture, designed by the kings of Vijayanagar dynasty. The single hill in the middle of plains is a one-of-its-kind spectacle. Besides, Madhugiri has a host of temples that are marvelously decorated and offer a place for meditation and solitude.

From the top of the hill, you will get some amazing shots of the valley in all its naked splendor, so don't forget to take your camera along with you.

Activities & Attractions:
Sightseeing, photography, trekking, Madhugiri Fort, temples.

Distance from Bangalore:
104 km.

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People Also Ask About Bangalore

  1. Which are the best hill stations near bangalore within 200 kms?

    Plan a trip to any of these nearby hill-stations to give yourself a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    1. Skandagiri: The Skandagiri hills are the best known spot near Bangalore that offer exciting activities like trekking and camping while offering a plethora of scenic beauty.

    2. Anthargange: This mountain is renowned for its rock caves and temple. Further, you can also enjoy activities like night trekking, camping, rock-climbing as well as visit the caves here.

    3. Horsley Hills: The lesser known place near Bangalore, this hill-station is a delight for nature lovers as it has a wide display of rich flora and fauna along with great climate.

    4. Shivaganga: Plan a visit here to explore this enthralling hill while also participating in water sports and other various activities. Besides this, the sculptured idol of 'Nandi' is the top attraction here.

    5. Melagiri: Come here for the exquisite views and the opulent natural surroundings. The best way to enjoy this hill is by going on hikes here.
  2. Which are the unexplored hill stations near bangalore?

    There are several beautiful hill-stations around Bangalore, some have become popular weekend getaway destinations while some are still considered the hidden gems. Check out this list to know about the unexplored hill-stations near Bangalore. 

    1. Nelliyampathy: An unexplored hill-station in the Palakkad district of Kerala, during your visit here you can enjoy the affluent lush sceneries, coffee plantations and orange orchards.

    2. Devikulam: A hill-station near Munnar in Kerala, the lush carpeted lawns, plantations and the splendid vistas of this place, also known as the 'Lotus Pond of Goddess Sita' would win you over.

    3. Idukki: This hill-station is another gift from Kerala to us. The place has a rich wildlife, displayed in the wildlife parks here as well as the forested areas. Moreover, the rubber plantations, tea factories and quaint cottages add to the charm.

    4. Kalpetta: A small hamlet in Kerala, this place will fill you up with joy from the fragrance of coffee, the lush ambience along with temples and other attractions.

    5. Madikeri: A part of the Coorg district, this hill-station settled amidst the Western Ghats offers the visitors sights of the lush greenery, towering hillocks and sublime weather.
  3. Is Bandipur a hill station?

    No, Bandipur is not a hill-station, it is a national park that was established in the year 1974 as a forest tiger reserve. It is one of the prominent national parks in the state of Karnataka, spread in an area of about 874 Sq km and is best known for its boastful variety of wildlife and flora as well as its projects and objectives for the conservation of endangered animals like tigers and more.
  4. Which are the highest hill stations in Karnataka?

    Karnataka is a Southern state that is flushed with beautiful places and hill-stations. This list has the names of some of the highest hill-stations in the state that you can visit and enjoy. 

    1. Kudremukh: elevation of 1894 m
    2. Anthargange: elevation of 1712 m
    3. Nandi Hills: elevation of 1478 m
    4. Gangamoola: elevation of 1458 m
    5. Kemmangundi: elevation of 1434 m
  5. Which are the majestic waterfalls near Bangalore?

    Bangalore is full of scenic places around it and some of the best waterfalls add a cherry on the top. Here is a list of the best waterfalls around Bangalore whose beauty and majesty will attract every travellers towards itself.

    Abbey Falls located in Coorg at a distance of 268 km from Bangalore has a height of 70 ft.
    Mallalli Falls located in Coorg at a distance of 252 km from Bangalore has a height of 1000 ft.
    Dhudhsagar Falls located in Goa at a distance of 564 km from Bangalore has a height of 1017 ft.
    Hogenakkal Falls located in Dharampur at a distance of 180 km from Bangalore has a height of 66 ft.
    Jog Falls located in Shimoga at a distance of 402 km from Bangalore has a height of 813 ft.
  6. Which are the best places around Bangalore for a bike road trip?

    For bike enthusiasts, here are some of the best places to enjoy their favourite hobby and soak in the mesmerizing countryside views. Explore now for the best and the fastest route map and road conditions.

    Bangalore - Yelahanka - Nandi Hills - 63.5 Kms
    Bangalore - Ramanagara - Mandya - Mysore - 145 Kms
    Bangalore - Hassan - Sakleshpur - Belur - Chikmagalur - 285 Kms
    Bangalore - Mysore - Nagerhole - Madkeri - 321 Kms
    Bangalore - Mysore - Bandipur - Mudumalai - Ooty - 279 Kms
    Bangalore - Coimbatore - Munnar - 512 Kms
    Bangalore - Shimoga - Jog Falls - Gokarna - 514 Kms
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