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Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is spread over an area of 240 acres exhibiting more than 1,854 species of medicinal and scientific plants and trees. Among the places to visit in Bangalore, Lal Bagh Botanical garden certainly tops the list for its vast green stretch and the presence of exotic birds.
The park was commissioned and concluded by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, respectively, in the year 1760 and this vast expanse of greenery houses a 3000 million years rock which is fondly famous as “the Lal Bagh rock” which is a unique site that interests hordes of tourists.
There is also a glass house with a lake and an aquarium and this glass house hosts a vibrant annual flower show. The colorful and vivid presence of birds such as Parakeets, Myna, Brahminy Kite, Pond Heron, Purple Moorhen and Common Egret etc hook a lot of birdwatchers and photographers.
Location: Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004
Best Time to Visit: you can visit the garden any time of the year but if you particularly interested in the flower show then visit in January and August.
Price: entry is free for children and an adult needs to pay INR 10.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 5 KM.
Location: Kasturba Road, Behind High Court of Karnataka, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Best Time to Visit: Early morning.
Price: Free entry.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week except Monday. It also remains closed on every second Tuesdays of the month.
Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours or half a day.
Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM
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 hence do not keep eatables in your hands.
Location: Chikkaballapur Taluk, Chikkaballapur 562101, India
Best Time to Visit: October to March.
Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.
Timings: It is open 24 hours and the standard trekking hours can be between 6 AM to 6 PM.
Average time required to visit the place: A day.
Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 62 KM.
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, 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.
Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 23 KM.
Bangalore Palace is a true example of sheer architectural beauty which was built in 1873. This old opulent structure sits on a land of 25000 square feet displaying the regal mix of Tudor and Scottish Gothic architectural designs.
Besides being a preserved site, it is also a grand venue that hosts marriage parties, events, and rock concerts. The palace houses paintings of the famous painter of bygone era Raja Ravi Varma along with ancient carvings and granite and ceramic tiles seating on the floor which are still unblemished.
There is magnanimous ground in front of the palace which has hosted a number of international artists in the past like, The Rolling Stones, Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Lamb of God, Don Moen, David Guetta, The Black Eyed Peas, Deep Purple, Metallica, Roger Waters etc.
On the auspicious day of Dussehra every year, a grand fair is organized in the ground against the royal backdrop of the beautifully lit palace.
Location: Palace Road, Near Mount Carmel Institute Of Management, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052
Best Time to Visit: During Dussehra when it is well lit with a grandiose celebration.
Price: INR 230 for Indians and INR 460 for foreigners.
Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.
Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.
Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM
Vidhana Soudha is situated in the center of the city, painted in white and spread over an area of 60 acres. Vidhan Soudha is the most renowned landmark in Bangalore which houses the state secretariat and state legislature under one roof.
This dome-like structure has two chambers where the first floor (central wing) can accommodate 268 members at a time and the southern wing can accommodate 88 members.
The building is a marvelous amalgamation of Dravidian, British and Indo-Islamic style architecture. One must not miss the lighting up of the building on Sunday evenings and the inscription that reads “Government work is God’s work.”
Please note that it is one of the sightseeing places in Bangalore that needs prior permission or a pass nowadays. The grandeur of Vidhana. Soudha is visible after sunset when the entire building is well lit and it resembles a grand palace
Location: Doctor Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Best Time to Visit: September to February
Price: No entry fee.
Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Sunday.
Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.
Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM
This enormous art gallery is segmented into two halls where it exhibits more than 600 paintings.
One of the two halls displays stone sculptures associated with Khajarao School of Art and Mathura whereas the other hall exhibits pottery and clay articles dating back to the Indus Valley civilization.
This art gallery houses the artwork and paintings of world famous and renowned artists such as K. Venkatappa, M. F. Hussain, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Yusuf Arakkal, Rekha Rao, N. S. Bendre, and Vasudev in galore on the first level of the building.
There are paintings christened as Prithvi, Vayu, Jala, Agni, Death, Sea Shore, Nagamandala, In Space, and Last Glimpse by K.K Hebbar on the second level of the gallery.
Venkatappa Art gallery is the Mecca for art loves, magnanimous, loaded and authentic and is one of the aesthetically pleasing places to visit in Bangalore.
Location: Kasturba Road, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Best Time to Visit: During the daytime.
Price: INR 10 per head (adults) and INR 5 (children)
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all the days of the week except Monday.
Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM.
Take a day out and get charged at this craziest amusement park in Bangalore. Wonderla is one of the largest amusement parks in the entire country with more than 60 exhilarating rides such as Hurricane, Equinox, Insanity Twister, Recoil, Dropzone, Flash Tower, Mixer, Y-scream, Maverick etc.
These high-tech rides will swirl, twist and turn you in around 360 degrees and will pump adrenaline rush to a next level. The water rides like splurgy and frolic with speedy drops and to and fro motion.
Wonderla not only tops Bangalore tourist places list but it is loved by the local population as well. From rain disco to fun pools and wave pools, from roller coasters to boomerang rides; even an entire day at Wonderla is not enough to satiate the thrill junkies in you.
Location: 28th Km, Mysore Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562109
Best Time to Visit: November to February.
Price: Ranging from 850 to 2000
Timings: 11 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Friday and 11 AM to 7 PM on every Saturday and Sunday.
Average time required to visit the place: An entire day.
Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 35 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: