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    Rafting in Karnataka 

    There is a lot that Karnataka has on offer for the adventure seeker, and one of them stirring a rage amongst all is river rafting.

    This adventure sport surely has become a main attraction for people to come and experience. Karnataka boasts of a wide expanse and a rugged terrain for rock climbing and hence the waters make it feasible to get such adventure sports and outdoor activities happening for real.

    Of late Karnataka has not only become an IT hub but also an adventure hub for seekers from all across the globe. Nature lovers for trekking are always in for a treat and adventure sports have now taken an upper hand with a wide variety of river rafting options on offer.  It is the mystery and the thrill combined which makes river rafting in Karnataka a pleasure to experience. If adventure and fun has been on your mind of late, Karnataka surely then is the place to be, experience the majestic scenery with hot air ballooning as well.

    Blessed with many rivers, Karnataka beckons the adventurous at heart

    In Karnataka there is a reason why adventure sports have become very popular. If you go to regions such as Honnemaradu, Kemphole, Gokarna, Sitanadi, Marawanthe and even Dandeli or even at Devbagh and Karawr, river rafting thrives like no mans business. It is because of the River Cauvery, the backwaters of Shravanthi and the River Kali which allows for such adventure sports to thrive.

    You now get an opportunity to have the most fun and excitement indulging in white water river rafting and other water based sports, such as water banana and kayaking as well, dont miss out on sledging or even corralling amongst others.

    Get ready to be spoilt for choice

    The facilities and options for the layman river rafter are a plenty to choose from, and since river rafting is becoming the most popular activity, amateurs and experienced rafters are being spoilt for choice. From across the globe you would find many tourists rushing to these adventure sporting hubs to fill their quench for river rafting and kayaking, moreover to purely enjoy the thrills and excitement as well.

    River rafting in Karnataka is not tough to do, as fast as the rapids go, river rafting too is catching the mindsets of the bold and daring out there. There are many rafting schools and rental outlets which have started training and helping people enjoy the sport of river rafting in Karnataka.

    The most popular spots according to thrillophilia

    1. Bheemeshwari is a very important spot for river rafting in Karnataka. It is situated aptly right in the middle of a thick forest engulfed in the arms of misty clouds. It is a hill station that sits along the shores of the famous River Cauvery and the white waters of the river makes it an exciting challenge to overcome and a perfect hub to river raft or indulge in trekking in Karnataka as well.
    2. Another famous spot around Karnataka for white water river rafting would be Kondaji. This spot is in very close proximity to Davangere and the scenic beauty along the waterways while you raft down the river rapids cannot be penned down in a few words. On either sides of the waterway you would find small hamlets and thick lush green forests, and you would also find wild species of birds and animals as well. This is surely a splendid spot to make your river rafting or kayaking experience an exciting and an unforgettable one.
    3. If you travel towards the famous river Shravanthi, which is a haunt for those who seek mind blowing adventures and experiences, you would come to Honnemardu. This is a favorite haunt for white water rafting as well, and you have plenty of small islands to overcome and challenge as the course takes it turn.
    4. Near Shimoga there is a small village and on the banks of the well known River Sita, Agumbe. Agumbe is a spot haunted by those who seek the thrills of river rafting, and because of the generous rains it experiences every monsoon, the kayaking and rafting experiences get wilder and rougher, making it perfect to enjoy the adventure sport. Now while you raft along the River Sita at Agumbe, dont miss out on the gorgeous waterfalls that dot the landscape, and finally,
    5. Dandeli National Park houses itself on the famous River Kali, which as its name goes has a blackish hue as color, thanks to the rocks found on the riverbed of this waterway. The rapids on River Kali are wild and very famous for its notorious nature; hence river rafting here has become famous. If you wish to be at this famous spot for river rafting, the best time would be between early October and late February.

    With so many options around Karnataka for river rafting, which one would you choose?

     


Rafting in Karnataka

Attractions

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Nandi Hills

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Nandi Hills: October to March.

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

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

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 62 KM.

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

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Ramanagara

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

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

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

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

Location:
50 Km south-west of Bangalore, Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

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

Price:
Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge while camping in Ramanagara starts from INR 1,200

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

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 55 KM

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

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Kanakapura

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit: August to February

Price: Camping in Kanakpura starts from Rs 935.

Average time required to visit the place: Full day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM.

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

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Guhantara Underground Cave Resort

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

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

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

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Price: Starting from 1,120 Rs

Timings: Open twenty-four hours

Average time required to visit the place: A day

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: 34.3 km

Suggested Read: Top Resorts Around Bangalore for Day Out

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Bannerghatta National Park

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit:
Winter season.

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

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

Average time required to visit the place: 
A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Around 23 KM.

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Ramanagara Wine Yard

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

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

Location:
Ramanagara, Bangalore.

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

Price:
Starting from 300Rs/ person

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

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand:
43.1 km

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

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Skandagiri

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

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

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

Best time to visit: November to January or summer season

Price: Sunrise trek starts from Rs 967.

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

Average time required to visit the place: A day 

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: 60.5 km

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Microlight Flying at Jakkur

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

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

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

Price: Starting from Rs 3,300.

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

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: Around 15 km

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Toit

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

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

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

Price: Drinks starting at Rs. 225

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand: Around 9.8 km

Suggested Read: Fascinating Nightlife Tours in Bangalore

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Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price:
 The entry price is Rs 20

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

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 6 KM.

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Kunti Betta

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

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

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

Location: SH 19, Pandavapura, Karnataka 571434

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: Night trek starts from Rs 1349

Timings: 24 hours.

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 125 KM.

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Savandurga

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit: November to May.

Price: Night Trekking starts from INR Rs 1050

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

Average time required to visit the place: 1 day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 60 KM.

Further Read: 30 Transcendent Places for Camping near Bangalore

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Artificial Waterfall at Rd Nature Retreat

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

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

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

Price: Day outing starts from Rs 767

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

Average time required to visit the place: Half a day

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus Stand
: Around 38.6 km

Must Read: Top 10 Astonishing Waterfalls Around Bangalore

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Bheemeshwari

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

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

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

Location: 100 Km on the Kanakapura road from Bangalore

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

Price
: Night Outing Starts from Rs 6514

Timings: Any time

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand:
Approximately 100 Km

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Anthargange

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

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

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

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

Location: Kolar district of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range. Bengaluru, India

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Price: Night trek starts from Rs 1050

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

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 70 KM.

Popular Read: 16 Thrilling Activities to do in Bangalore

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Snow City

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit: Summer season.

Price: INR 600 per head.

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

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 30 KM.

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