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  • Beat the boredom; indulge in something extraordinary and new. With ample of adventure activities to choose from, the residents of Bangalore are spoilt for choice. Feel the euphoria of taking to the skies with micro light flying; go into the sea to witness the underwater creatures with snorkelling or challenge yourself to ascend tall granite hills with rock climbing. Here is a list of 17 most thrilling activities to indulge in around Bangalore.




  • 01Micro Light Flying, Mysore and Coorg

    Micro Light Flying, Mysore and Coorg
    Image Credit : Dave Morris

    Distance from Bangalore: Mysore -140km, Coorg 240km

    The undulating hills and vegetation-covered meadows surrounding the villages of Coorg paint a pretty picture. The view is enticing more so when you get an eagle’s eye over the entire terrain from a micro light aircraft, which is a light-weight, two-seater plane with basic controls, designed for training and recreational flight. Micro light flying is one adventure activity that allows you to cover vast areas in a short time and view them from a different perspective.

    To experience this adventure activity around Bangalore, you should head towards the coffee district of Coorg situated 240 kms from the city. It is a mountainous area where you can enjoy a splendid sight of waterfalls, jungles, coffee estates and River Cauvery, which originates here. Another place where this activity is possible and is closer home is the Mysore airport which is just 140 kms away. As you glide over this town, you can spot various popular tourist spots like the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hills as well as the Rivers Kaveri and Kabini.

  • 02Whitewater Rafting, Dandeli

    Whitewater Rafting, Dandeli
    Image Credit : Geo Philips

    Distance from Bangalore: 450km

    White water rafting is one adventure activity around Bangalore that challenges your stamina and gives an adrenaline rush. This water sport, involving the use of inflatable rafts to navigate the swirling waters (called rapids) of a river, is not for the faint-hearted. Dandeli, at a distance of 450 kms from Bangalore, is surrounded by dense deciduous forests and has the River Kali flowing nearby.

    With rapids ranging from grade 2 to 3, the 12 km rafting route on the river is suitable even for inexperienced paddlers who are testing the waters for the first time. The first and second rapids are the most important and are named 'Adi's Beard' and 'The Stitch' respectively. The other rapids located at river Kali are the Smugglers' Trove, the Stanley's Squeeze, etc. The white water rafting season at Dandeli starts in October and concludes in February.

  • 03Scuba Diving, Murudeshwara

    Scuba Diving, Murudeshwara
    Image Credit : Thejas Panarkandy

    Distance from Bangalore: 450km

    While Lakshadweep and the Andaman Islands have long been famed as the go-to destinations for scuba diving, Karnataka’s very own coastal town of Murudeshwara is a hidden gem for water sport enthusiasts who love to swim under waters. Situated on the western seashore, this small town is tucked away in the Uttara Kannada district and is untouched by the human influence.

    With clear waters and a plethora of underwater life forms to view, scuba diving in Murudeshwar is sure to amaze you. Feel one with nature with barracudas, stingrays, turtles, and sea urchins to give you company as you move around in the waters. Immerse in the beauty surrounding you amidst the deep waters. The depth of water ranges from 6 to 40 metres with good visibility of 15-30 metres, giving you plenty of opportunities to observe corals and other colourful sea creatures and fish residing in this natural marine location.

  • 04Snorkelling, Netrani Islands

    Snorkelling, Netrani Islands
    Image Credit : Jon Connell

    Distance from Bangalore: 500km

    When thinking of adventure activities around Bangalore, the tiny island of Netrani springs to mind for its splendid location. Surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Arabian Sea, it is just off the Karnataka shoreline. Lying 10 nautical miles off the coastal Light House of Bhatkal,coral island, i.e. it is made of the remains of corals, and is suitable for both snorkelling and diving activities.

    Netrani is home to a diverse range of coral, butterfly fish, trigger fish, parrot fish, eels and shrimps which makes snorkelling in these waters a delight. A few divers have also spotted dolphins and whale sharks around this island. The best months to indulge in snorkelling here are December and January. It is advisable to avoid it during the monsoon season when the sea becomes rough.

  • 05Rock Climbing, Ramanagaram

    Rock Climbing, Ramanagaram
    Image Credit : Manish Chauhan

    Distance from Bangalore: 50km

    Ramanagaram, barely a 50 kms from Bangalore’s outskirts, has a series of tall granite hills on its periphery, popularly known as the ‘Sholay hills’ after the legendary movie which was shot here ages ago. Of these hills the three most commonly visited for rock climbing are Thenginkalbetta.

    As you climb up the rock surface, supported by safety harness, your endurance, strength and agility is tested immensely. Though once you reach the top, you are rewarded with stunning views of the neighbouring terrain. To descend back to the base, you need to rappel down the rock face using a rope to help you slide down safely. Those who are novices in this activity should be accompanied by a skilled trainer who will brief you on safety aspects as well as appropriate climbing techniques.


  • 06Parasailing, Malpe

    Parasailing, Malpe
    Image Credit : rahul agarwal

    Distance from Bangalore: 400km

    Another coastal region offering adventure activities around Bangalore is the fishing port of Malpe, in the Udupi district of Karnataka. This seaside retreat is popular for its pristine beauty and serene sunsets besides the various water sports conducted in the Arabian Sea. With the Udyavara River flowing on the periphery, the Malpe Beach offers parasailing as its prime attraction for the intrepid traveller.

    Parasailing involves a person harnessed to a huge parachute as it is towed by a motor boat at high speeds, leading to the person sailing high in the air, above the waters. As you fly far above the water, with the wind rushing all around you, you feel like an unfettered bird soaring over the azure aqua. You are able to view the Sea and its surroundings from a high altitude, leaving you with a sense of wonder at nature’s splendour. And as you make your gradual descent back to the boat, you are left craving for more of this exciting activity.

  • 07Jetski Ride, Malpe

    Jetski Ride, Malpe
    Image Credit : Zahid H Javali

    Distance from Bangalore: 400km

    Another water activity popular among visitors to Malpe Beach is the Jet Ski. A fun ride over the waves, it combines the best of a speedboat, a motorcycle and waterskiing.  Reel in the breezy wind, the roaring sounds of the motor and breaking waves along with sprays of water that splash on you as you propel your craft at a thrilling speed.

    Inexperienced riders are accompanied by pros who guide the jet-ski further into the wavy sea, making sharp turns occasionally; while those more experienced in this activity can venture out in the sea on their own. The ideal season to go for this trip is between October and May when the Arabian Sea has ideal conditions for enjoying this sport to the max.

  • 08Offroad Driving, Sakleshpur

    Offroad Driving, Sakleshpur
    Image Credit : George Matthew

    Distance from Bangalore: 300km

    Off-roading is one amongst the many exhilarating and adrenaline-pumping adventure activities around Bangalore that has to be experienced to be believed. Sakleshpur, 300 kms away from Bangalore, is blessed with a captivating topography consisting of irregular gradients, sloping land, hair-pin curves, rocks, boulders, and muddy tracks. Off-road driving is an activity where you drive or are driven through muddy trekking trails, usually in a jeep; although a Sports Utility Vehicle can be used as well.

    Enjoying a drive on the uneven terrain serves as a wake-up call for your senses since the landscape keeps changing and as you ride over the loose gravel of a riverbed, the exhilaration levels rise with it. Get thrilled with the hair-pin bends around some of the most-visited off-roading destinations of Murkan Gudda and Kallu Gudda. Sakleshpur, being a hill station, has a pleasant climate throughout the year and you can enjoy off-road driving here anytime you visit the town.

  • 09Tadiandamol Trek, Coorg

    Tadiandamol Trek, Coorg
    Image Credit :  Vijay S

    Distance from Bangalore: 240km

    At 5,724 ft or 1748 m above sea level, Tadiandamol is the highest peak of the Coorg district and is a sought-after trekking destination for experienced trekkers and naturalists alike. Situated on the Western Ghats, it is covered with tropical vegetation and rolling grasslands typical of a shola forest. At the foothills of the peak is the Nalaknad Palace which serves as a base camp for trekkers who wish to stay overnight. Else there are comfortable homestays which offer warm hospitality without pinching the wallet.

    Starting at the Kakkabe Village, this moderately difficult trek covers about 5 kms through the wooded area and is laced with natural springs along the way. Once you reach the summit, you are able to see far and wide onto the horizon and feast your eyes on the forests that cover this region along with the expansive coffee plantations – a signature crop of Coorg. This trek can feature in the travel list of those of you seeking a thrilling experience amidst the best that nature has to offer. So head for a hike up the Tadiandamol peak between December and May for a memorable adventure.

  • 10Kemmanagundi Trek, Chikmagalur

    Kemmanagundi Trek, Chikmagalur
    Image Credit : Roopesh Chander

    Distance from Bangalore: 300km

    Trekking is an adventure activity around Bangalore that can be easily undertaken for the multitude of options that are there. One of which is the Kemmannugundi, a hill station near Chikmagalur. At 1434 m above sea level, it has a cool climate and once served as the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, in honour of whom these hills are also known as KR hills. The hills of the Baba Budan Giri range with gushing waterfalls, lush vegetation and spectacular valleys, surround this town which has several ornamental gardens and sunset viewpoints.

    With verdant surroundings and a pleasant climate, a trek up the Kemmanagundi peak can be undertaken throughout the year. Hebbe Falls are a major attraction here where you have to trek downhill for 3-4 hours and cross a few streams on the way. Another must-visit stop here is the Z point, which offers a vantage view of the Kemmannugundi region, and is a steep uphill trek where you encounter the Shanti Falls en route.

  • 11Kudremukh Trek, Chikmagalur

    Kudremukh Trek, Chikmagalur
    Image Credit : Roshan Rao

    Distance from Bangalore: 350km

    Standing tall as the highest point in the Kudremukh National Park is the Kudremukh peak. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the broad hills in the park are linked to one another with cavernous valleys and sheer precipices.The landscape is an amalgam of thick hilly forests and grassy stretches.

    Trekking to the top of this peak is one of the must-do adventure activities around Bangalore. There are about 13 trekking routes in Kudremukh one can choose from as well as the Hanumana Gundi waterfalls nearby, which offer a refreshing view for the trekkers. The scenery consists of meadows interspersed with stretches of forests and provides an incredible vista as you hike up the trail. During the trek, one can encounter many wildlife species of plants, birds, reptiles and insects. November to February is the ideal time to undertake a trek in this region.

  • 12ATV Rides, Sarjapur Road

    ATV Rides, Sarjapur Road
    Image Credit : Pedro Moura Pinheiro

    Enabling biking enthusiasts to go for thrilling off-roading experiences, an ATV (all-terrain vehicle), or a quad-bike, is designed for driving over wide-ranging terrain. A ride on a quad bike is a popular adventure activity in Bangalore for sport and outdoor lovers since it entails driving over dirt trails with sandy humps and twisting, curving tracks.

    Sarjapur road, situated within the city limits, has several ATV riding clubs which provide you with high-powered quad bikes, gloves and helmets along with experienced instructors. So if you are short on time to travel long distances for a thrilling experience, head to Sarjapur for that adrenaline-pumping, action-packed day spent traversing rough roads on an ATV. All you should take with you is a ‘need for speed’ and an appetite for jarring rides.


  • 13Paintball, Sarjapur Road or Kanakapura Road

    Paintball, Sarjapur Road or Kanakapura Road
    Image Credit : Paolo T

    Looking for a harmless yet competitive war-game to indulge in with your friends over the weekend? Opt for a paintball session in either Sarjapur or Kanakapura road, both situated on the outskirts of Bangalore. Paintball is a sport in which players compete, either in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by marking them with pellets containing paint, using a paintball gun.

    This game brings out your hunting instincts as you try to spot and ‘shoot’ down members of the opposing team. As you and others in your group work together to score over the rival team, you have to plan and strategise your every move. This adventure activity in Bangalore transports you back to your childhood days when you played eye-spy and tag with your neighbourhood friends.

  • 14Mountain Biking, Turahalli Forest off Kanakapura Road

    Mountain Biking, Turahalli Forest off Kanakapura Road
    Image Credit : modi.kumar

    Not for the faint hearted, mountain biking is one adventure activity in Bangalore that while handling the bike over the rutted and jarring trails. It is a sport where one rides bicycles over rough territory, using specially designed mountain bikes which are able to withstand the vagaries of going over bumpy and uneven pathways.

    The biking track in the Turahalli forest, off Kanakpura road, is a downhill one and even has a separate route for amateurs. You can feel the rush as you make your way down the path speedily- the tires tossing the dirt, your heart pumping, and the surrounding scenes passing by in a flash. There are several biking groups which frequently organise a trip to this location for their regular dose of adrenaline and fast-paced action.

  • 15Camping, Coorg & Chikmagalur

    Camping, Coorg & Chikmagalur
    Image Credit : benjamin rualthanzauva

    Distance from Bangalore: Coorg - 270km, Chikmagalur - 250km

    Camping under open skies populated with numerous bright and twinkling stars, listening to the chirping crickets, breathing in the aroma of forest air – sounds like one activity that will bring you close to nature. After a day long trek in wooded areas, once you set up your tent and build a bonfire to warm your hands and cook your food on, you sit down for a session of friendly banter with your fellow campers.

    This adventure activity is best enjoyed in the serene and green environs of Coorg and Chikmagalur, since they both have plenty of coffee estates and dense forest area suitable for camping sites. Go for a camping trip with your group of friends to enjoy this adventure activity around Bangalore, and discover the charm of wilderness up close.

  • 16Bouldering, Hampi

    Bouldering, Hampi
    Image Credit :  kalymnos77

    Distance from Bangalore: 350km

    Hampi, a village on the northern parts of Karnataka is known among boulderers since it has huge rocks and boulders strewn all over the landscape.Bouldering is a type of rock climbing which is undertaken without using safety harness and ropes to assist the climber. The path taken to complete the climb is called a bouldering problem.

    This adventure activity requires no other equipment except good climbing shoes and a tenacious spirit within you. However, if you are new to this sport, it is better to try it only under the guidance from a professional. Those of you who are into rock climbing and want to test your endurance levels further, go for bouldering in Hampi, and you might discover that it is just the activity for you.

  • 17Rock Climbing, Hampi

    Rock Climbing, Hampi
    Image Credit : ryguywy

    Distance from Bangalore: 350km

    Hampi, being a historic site, is known more for its religious and ancient settlements rather than being recognised for adventure activities being conducted in its vicinity. With the Tungabhadra River flowing on its periphery and high hills nearby, the place is frequently visited by rock climbers from all over since the entire terrain is covered with granite boulders and crags.

    Rock climbers can find the largest free standing boulders at Hemakuta Hill. The place is a heaven for rock climbers, offering numerous easy, as well as challenging options for them to choose from. One can find rock climbing enthusiasts from different regions here; all trying to assess their skills and enjoy the testing climb up of different rock surfaces.

    Make the most of the adventure options that are available in and around Bangalore. Thanks to the diversity in its topography and vegetation that comes along with it, Karnataka itself offers many delights for those who love the outdoors.


Attractions

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Snow City

This indoor snow theme park garners plenty of visitors who aim to escape in the scorching heat by entering a snow house that spans an area of 12,500 sq. feet. The unparalleled experience of playing, sliding and throwing snow at each other can be achieved in the middle of a tropical town and you do not have to travel to the mighty Himalayas, neither have to wait for the winters. The freezing hall offers a number of crazy slides and rides with skiing and rock climbing activities. Snow city is the first indoor theme park in the city which is open 365 days maintaining a temperature of minus 5 degree Celsius. The crazy snow box, various virtual snow animals, snow parties and snow slides are some of the features which lure visitors into trying this freezing hangout location.

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

Best Time to Visit: Summer season.

Price: INR 600 per head.

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

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 30 KM.

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Ramanagara

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

From Silk farming to Mysore-Pak, from leading into the huge Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary; Ramanagara is one of the places to visit in Bangalore to enjoy heaps of activities like camping and trekking, and also an abundance of sightseeing option. 

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

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

Location: Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

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

Price: Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge.

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM

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Bheemeshwari

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

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

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

Location: 100 KM on the Kanakapura road from Bangalore.

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

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 100 KM.


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Dodda Alada Mara

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

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

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

Location: Tavarekere Hobli, Bengaluru, Karnataka

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

Price:

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

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 26 KM.


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