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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.
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
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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
Average time required to visit the place: Full day.
Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM.
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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
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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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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
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
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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Traveller Tales From Karnataka
24 October 2015
Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly explor
12 September 2018
"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through wh...
26 July 2018
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations...
09 November 2018
This was my 2nd SOLO trek through Thrillophilia. I am passionate about trekking and i feel Thrillophilia is one of the trusted platform, through them i can plan my solo trekking without any 2nd thought...
17 September 2018
I would say that this is once in a lifetime trekking experience. Conquering the 3 highest peak. Karthik n Anupam who were our ODL made our trek memorable n entertaining through out, very friendly n ene...
15 August 2014
Kudremukh is an amazing peak and so far I had just heard about this place but finally I get to see it. Amazing place - loved the trekking experience. What an experience. I'm going again.
26 September 2014
It was my first trekking and had loads of fun :) Planning another trip with thrillophilia grp very soon.
Rudrani Ghosh Roy
21 January 2019
"Kodachadri was my first trek and it was a one such trek that couldn't be better. First we started with the forest trek, to the Hidlumane falls and then ascending to the Kodachadri peak. The experience...
28 February 2017
A must go place! We started our trek early in the morning and the journey through the jungle and waterfalls was breathtaking! There were a few steep climbs too with a scorching sun above us, but all of...
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Trekking in Karnataka is the most popular adventure sport for the nature enthusiasts. The numerous hills and forests enable the adventurers to go for trekking in Karnataka. Karnataka provides paradise for trekkers on the Western Ghats section. There are many more places with numerous waterfalls, rocky terrains, national park reserves ideal for trekking enthusiasts.
The best trekking tours in Karnataka are:
Karnataka is a sublime place and a nature's blessing that arranges the best biking visits on the western Ghats more than any other state in the region. The state is honoured with the waterway Cauvery and when you ride along the twisty bends of a stream, the bike excursion winds up plainly phenomenal in Karnataka.
The famous biking tours of Karnataka are:
camping is one of the most enjoyable and must-try adventures when you’re vacationing in Karnataka. Blessed with the picturesque landscape of Western Ghats, Sahyadri Ranges, Arabian Sea and Jog Waterfalls, this state is a treasure trove of beholding wonders. If one wishes to explore that, then camping in Karnataka is the best experience to look forward to.
The famous camping tours in Karnataka can be enjoyed at the following places:
Eateries in Karnataka make it a truly foodie’s paradise. People who visit here enjoy savouring the delightful Kannada cuisine, which is one of India’s oldest. Karnataka’s cuisine includes a wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that reflect influences from the neighbouring regions and communities. Many eateries specialize in offering the authentic taste of Maddur Vade, Mysore Masala Dosa, and Rava Idli.
Here are the best areas for a food tour in Karnataka:
Sightseeing in Karnataka centres on the ancient sculptured temples, modern cities, the hill ranges, forests and beaches. With more than 20 wildlife reserves, Karnataka is one of the best places for a wildlife tours in India. This state is known for its heritage, natural resources, culture and other entertainment elements.
Here are the top attractions which you can enjoy on a sightseeing tour in Karnataka.
Karnataka is well-known for its historical and traditional treasures, fabulous landscapes, tropical forests, murky mountains, rich biodiversity, interesting beaches, religious sites, rich cuisine, and a horde of nature and adventure activities.
If you’re looking to explore this vibrant state on foot, the best areas for a walking tour in Karnataka are:
If we talk about Karnataka, this state is blessed with outstanding landscapes and shorelines and much more. A cycling tour in Karnataka is one of the best ways to behold the spectacular scenery created by heritage structures and nature in the state. Once you take on any ride by cycle to the distant and the beautiful territories of Mysore, Bangalore, Coorg etc., you know you are in bliss.
Some of the different cycling tours which you can enjoy in Karnataka are
Tadiandamol trek is one of the most beautiful, though less known treks in Karnataka. Tadiandamol is the highest peak in Coorg/Kodagu district with an elevation of 5740 ft and the trail takes you through the vast expanse of the Shola forests making it an unforgettable experience.
The best time to go for Tadiandomal trek is from October to February. However, it’s not wrong to say that all seasons have their own charm for tourists going in Tadiandomal trek. The Tadiandamol trek offers adventurers an opportunity to explore the stunning vegetation, rare mountain birds and pretty butterflies flitting from tree to tree.
Karnataka, especially, is a home to several destinations boasting beautiful temples that are epitomes of sacredness. Karnataka has its deep roots in spirituality and divinity with some of the most important pilgrimages centres in India.
Thousands of people come to Karnataka from all over the world seeking spiritual enlightenment. Embark on a spiritual tour to Karnataka through the magnificent temple and stone built statues.
Here are the best areas for a spiritual experience in Karnataka:
Karnataka is an ideal spot for all adventure activities, one of which includes paragliding. It is a paradise for every adventure or sports enthusiast. The experience of viewing the spectacular natural landscapes and the enchanting surroundings is breath-taking in Karnataka.
To enjoy paragliding, one can tour the following places in Karnataka:
There are many places in Karnataka that provide a mix of adventure and recreation when you’re going to have some fun with your team members. Team outing tours in Karnataka are a great way to develop leadership and enhance team spirit among the colleagues. The entertaining activity is also a great way to get away from your desk and flex your muscles with your teammates for a fun-filled day.
Some famous team outing tours in Karnataka can be enjoyed at:
Having a range of things to display, Karnataka is becoming a shopper's haven. With its sparkling silks, sandalwood and rosewood carvings and exquisite handicrafts, Karnataka excels as the shopper’s paradise.
From Karnataka, Shoppers can carry home beads, pendants, carved tables, screens, dinner gongs, boxes, caskets, mythological figures, a host of stationery items, trays, decorative panels made of sandalwood. Inlaid furniture and sandalwood carvings are a favourite with affluent tourists.
The best areas for a shopping tour in Karnataka are:
Rafting is one of the most famous activities to be done in Karnataka. The wonderful waterfalls and the pristine valleys of Karnataka offer an excellent location for such an adventurous activity. They are still pristine and allure everyone with plenty of opportunities to discover them such as hiking, trekking and the most famous being river rafting.
Some of the best places for rafting in Karnataka are:
There are some beautiful trails in Karnataka blessed natural grandeur that makes it a complete delight to go on a jeep safari tour in Karnataka. Visiting the wildlife parks in Karnataka can be a good idea if you are looking for an exhilarating and unique jeep safari in Karnataka.
Some famous jeep safari tours in Karnataka can be enjoyed at the following places:
Karnataka has many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Karnataka is a real paradise for the wildlife lovers. Karnataka wildlife is a must-see for all visitors who have an interest in choosing a detour from the typical backwater and beaches tours.
Some famous wildlife tours in Karnataka are:
On the heritage cultural tour to Karnataka, it is an exciting opportunity for tourists to learn more about the art, architecture and craftsmanship of the Hoysalas, Cholas, Chalukyas, etc. From ancient ruins and temples that are spotted in small towns to pulsating forts embracing the sea, a trip to Karnataka reveals one the beauty of age's old medieval town.
Some popular heritage places to visit in Karnataka are as follows:
An elephant safari is a unique experience which you can enjoy while exploring wildlife in Karnataka on a vacation. The ride takes tourists around the wildlife reserves on an elephant. An elephant back safari tour into a national park/ wildlife sanctuary is not just a ride on the largest animal on the earth, it's an unforgettable experience where you get to interact with the elephants as well as they get a chance to have a closer meeting with other wild animals.
Some famous elephant safari tours in Karnataka are:
Karnataka has been blessed with amazing landscapes and ecosystems that attracts tourists from all over the world. Each of these not only serve as tourist places but also adventure hubs in Karnataka. Tourists have a wide range of activities to choose in these destinations. To name a few, river rafting in Dandeli, camping in Coorg, water sports in Mangalore, etc. have become very popular in recent years.
For rock climbing and rappelling in Karnataka, one can go to the following places:
The surge of voluminous water thundering from awesome statures in the midst of rich green magnificence characterize the wonder of the waterfalls in Karnataka. A considerable lot of these waterfalls are a hypnotizing and incredible sight throughout the year while a few are seasonal splendours that come alive during the monsoons.
Some of the best waterfalls on Karnataka which you can’t miss to visit are: