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  • Karnataka is a state that is known for being one of the country’s richest states in terms of wildlife. The Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka are home to a large variety of animals, like the elephant, sloth bears, tigers, jackals, the gaur and so many more. Having a forest area of almost 38,720 square kilometres, more than 20 percent of Karnataka is under forest cover. The Western Ghats, which are a biodiversity spot, also include the western region of this state.

    Additionally, some sanctuaries like the Bandipur and Nagarhole parks are also a part of the country’s biggest biosphere reserve, known as the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
    Karnataka Wildlife Sanctuaries can not only bring joy to everyone who visits them, but are a delight for nature enthusiasts, photographers and people who love wildlife. They also offer exciting adventurous activities such as trekking, camping, safaris and are known to attract thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.


    Here are some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka:

  • 01BHADRA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    BHADRA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    Nestled in the Western Ghats, with the Kallahathigiri surrounding the area and the Bhadra river flowing through the picturesque terrains, lies this beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka. With dry, deciduous and sub-tropical hill forests spreading across the region, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 492.46 square kilometres. This sanctuary is a part of the Project Tiger and has a wide variety of flora and fauna.

    Location:
    this sanctuary is situated almost 38 kilometres to the northwest of the Chikmagalur district in Karnataka.

    Best time to visit
    :  from November to February.

    Flora and fauna
    : there are over 120 tree species, most having medicinal properties, that grow here. Teak, rosewood, hone, Nandi, tadasalu, bamboo, kindal, etc. are found here. You can also see the 300-year old Jagara Giant, a big teak tree with a girth of 5.21 metres.

    The wildlife of this sanctuary includes tigers, leopards, wild dog, jackal, elephant, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, langur, bonnet macaque and the Malabar giant squirrel among many others.The sanctuary is also home to many species of reptiles, birds and butterflies.

    Safari timings:
    You can avail the safari from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and 4 pm to 6 pm.

    Safari cost:
    The cost per head for a jeep is INR 400, and a jeep accommodates 5 passengers. The price per head in canter is INR 300, and it can accommodate over 25 passengers.

  • 02MOOKAMBIKA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    MOOKAMBIKA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    Named after the reigning deity of the Mookambika temple in Kollur, this is one of the protected Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka. Filled with thick evergreen and deciduous forests of the Western Ghats, this sanctuary, established in 1974, is untouched and idyllic place, with an unexplored treasure of amazing wildlife. Spread over 247 square kilometres, the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is divided into three zones, which are the core zone, buffer zone and tourism zone. You can also enjoy nature camping and trekking here.

    LOCATION: this sanctuary is located near Kollur in Udupi district, around 125 kilometres from Mangalore.

    BEST TIME TO VISIT: between November and April

    FLORA AND FAUNA: you can find many rare species of trees and wildlife here. Some of the tree species found here are Dipterocarpus indicus, Calophyllum tomentosum and Hopea parviflora, along with the rare Coscinium fenestratum. You can also spot the rare medicinal tree Arenga wightii here.

    The sanctuary is home to the endangered cane turtle and animals like Slender loris, lion-tailed macaque, sambar, chital, sloth bear, gaur, wild pig, sambar, porcupine, tiger and leopard along with the Malabar Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel and the rare black panther.

    SAFARI TIMINGS: Early morning to evening, (approximately 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

    SAFARI COST: INR 100 for forest entry, INR 2000 for a jeep that takes you for the safari.
  • 03ARABITHITTU WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    ARABITHITTU WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    This is a wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka that includes the Arabithittu State Forest and is spread over 13.5 square kilometres. Although they do not permit any tourism, camps for college and school students are regularly organised. This wildlife sanctuary is a delight for photographers, bird watchers and nature lovers.

    Location
    : this sanctuary is located in the Mysore District at Hunsur Taluk of Karnataka.

    Best time to visit
    : between late October and April

    Flora and fauna
    : One can find plantations of sandalwood and eucalyptus.As far as animals are concerned one can spot Leopard, fox, spotted deer, etc.The park boasts of more than 230 species of birds.

    Safari timings
    : you need special permission to visit the sanctuary and book your slots accordingly

    Safari cost
    : there are no entry fees here.

  • 04BHIMGAD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    BHIMGAD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    Deriving its name from the Bhimgad Fort built and commanded by Shivaji in the 17th century, the Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Western Ghats. It is famous for being home to the Barapede Caves and for being the only breeding area of Wroughton’s free-tailed bat, a threatened species on the verge of extinction. Spread over an area of 190.42 square kilometres, this is one of the few Karnataka Wildlife Sanctuaries that encloses many geo-morphological limestone formations with several caves in its west. It also has many rivers and perennial streams and is a picturesque place to visit.

    Location: it is located in Khanapur Taluk of Belgaum District near Jamboti Village, around 60 kilometres from Belgaum.

    Best time to visit: the region has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The winters are colder, and the months of April to June are warm. The monsoon months are ideal to enjoy the rains. So, one must visit accordingly. However, it is recommended not to visit during the rainy season.

    Flore and fauna: it is a treasure house of Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests and grasslands and is rich in medicinal plants.The sanctuary has tigers, leopards, gaur, sloth bears, sambar, spotted deer, chitals, foxes, wild dogs, king cobras, elephants, and other threatened species of mammals, birds and reptiles.

    One can also enjoy birdwatching and find birds like the Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Imperial Pigeon, Emerald Dove and even the elusive Malabar Trogon.

    Safari timings: throughout the day, although the best time to visit is around 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

    Safari cost: There is an entry fee of INR 150 per person and INR 1000 per person for foreigners. Safari costs are extra.
  • 05BRAHMAGIRI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    BRAHMAGIRI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    In addition to being one of the most idyllic Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka, the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary also doubles up as a wonderful weekend getaway destination. It derives its name from the nearby Brahmagiri peak, which stands tall at 1607 metres. It is surrounded by coffee and cardamom plantations, steep valleys and hills, as well as eight rivers and many small streams. It also consists of two reserve forest areas, the Brahmagiri and Urty, with the Borapole river dividing the two.

    Location: this sanctuary is located in the Coorg district of Karnataka

    Best time to visit: between September and March

    Flora and fauna: the sanctuary predominantly has evergreen and semi evergreen forests, and you can find shola grasslands on higher altitudes. Commonly found plants are Anogeissus latifolia, schleichera oleosa, terminalia tomentosa, terminalia arjuna, wrightia tinctorial along with bamboos and eucalyptus.

    The Sanctuary has a large number of species such as Elephant, Guar, Tiger, Leopard, Wild Pig, Spotted deer, Nigiri Langur, Giant Flying, King Cobra, Slender Loris, Common Otter, Civets, and Bonnet Macaque etc.It also has around 240 species of birds.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: entry fee for Indians is INR 200 and for foreigners is INR 1000, with an additional INR 200 for trekking.
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  • 06CAUVERY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    CAUVERY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    A perfect getaway spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers, this wildlife sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. Some rare and exotic species like the four-horned antelope and the barking deer are found here. Established in 1987 and covering an area of 527 square kilometres, this sanctuary is hidden in the mountains with the pristine Cauvery river flowing through it.

    Location: it is located near Malemadeshwara Hills, on the outskirts of Bangalore

    Best time to visit: between May to November.

    Flora and fauna: with a thick forest cover, the sanctuary is home to tigers, leopards, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, elephant, wild boar among many other amazing species of animals like the four horned antelope, wild boars, common otters and hares.

    The White Browed Bulbul, the Green Billed Malkoha, and other unique birds can all be spotted at the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. The Mahseer Fish is also popularly found in the waters of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Safari timings:  10 am to 4.30 pm

    Safari cost: INR 200 per person for Indian nationals.

  • 07DANDELI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    DANDELI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    One of the largest Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of serene surroundings. It is a region rich ion phenomenal natural wealth. Spread over an area of 866 square kilometres, this sanctuary was established in 1956 and is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in the state of Karnataka. It is situated on the banks of the river Kali and is one of the most under-rated wildlife sanctuaries in the country.

    Location: it is located in Uttara Kannada district that borders the states of goa and Karnataka.

    Best time to visit: between March and October.

    Flora and fauna: the region has breathtaking scenic valleys and rivers with moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests.The sanctuary is home to barking, spotted and mouse deer, sloth bear, panther, tiger, gaur, elephant, wild dog, civet cat, bison, jackal, langur and giant flying squirrel along with many species of colourful birds.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: The jeep safari costs Rs 40 for Indians and Rs 80 for foreigners.

  • 08DAROJI SLOTH BEAR SANCTUARY

    DAROJI SLOTH BEAR SANCTUARY

    Created exclusively to preserve the Indian sloth bear, the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is just 15 kilometres away from the World Heritage site of Hampi. Some of the best experiences that you were ever get here is to witness bears coming down from the nearby hills during the evenings. Moreover, the forest department staff feed a mixture of jaggery and corn to the bears at one particular designated place of the sanctuary between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. every day.

    Location: this sanctuary is located in the Ballari district in Karnataka

    Best time to visit: between August and April

    Flora and fauna: The fauna here are primarily dry deciduous scrub and Southern thorn forests.There are around 120 Sloth Bears in this sanctuary. It is also home to Leopards, Hyena, Jackals, Wild Boars, Star Tortoise, Monitor Lizard, Mongoose, Peafowls, Partridges, Porcupine, Pangolins, Painted Spur Hen, and Quails. Additionally, it has around 90 species of birds and 27 species of butterflies.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: The entry fee INR 50 for Indians and INR 300 per head for foreigners. It costs INR 500 per car and INR 1500 per bus.
  • 09SHARAVATHI VALLEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    SHARAVATHI VALLEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    Spread over an area of 431 kilometres, this Karnataka Wildlife sanctuary is situated near Jog Falls and covers the Sharavathi Valley Region. Nourished by the Sharavati river and having the Linganamakki reservoir, the sanctuary is divided into core zone, buffer zone and tourism zones.

    Location: located in Sagar of Shimoga District in Karnataka, about 350 kilometres from Bangalore.

    Best time to visit: between November and May

    Flora and fauna: The region is rich in evergreen, semi-green and moist deciduous forests.

    The sanctuary is home to the endangered Lion-tailed macaque. Other mammals include tiger, leopard (black panther), wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, wild pig, common langur, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel, porcupine, otter and pangolin.

    Reptiles here include king cobra, python, rat snake, crocodile and monitor lizard.Some of the bird species found here are three species of hornbill, paradise flycatcher, racket-tailed drongo, blue-throated barbet and Indian lories and lorikeets.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: the safari costs fluctuate according to slots and seasons.
  • 10JAYAMANGALI BLACKBUCK RESERVE

    JAYAMANGALI BLACKBUCK RESERVE

    One of the pristine Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka, the Jayamangali Black Reserve is a forest ecosystem bordering the rocky hills of Andhra Pradesh. It has the second largest contiguous population of Blackbuck in Karnataka.

    Location: it is located in Tumkur district, around 100 kilometres north of Bangalore.

    Best time to visit: The climate gets extreme during different seasons. The best time to visit the Conservation Reserve is post monsoon until winters.

    Flora and fauna: This forest reserve is predominantly made up of open grasslands and bushes and is rich in Acacia and Eucalyptus plantation. There are more than 80 species of medicinal plants in this area.The animals that are commonly seen here are the Blackbuck, Indian Grey Mongoose, Indian Fox and the Black Naped Hare.

    There is other wildlife like the leopard, wolf, Jungle Cat and Civet as well.This reserve is also a great place for bird watching with some rare species like the Montagu’s Harrier, the Indian Courser, the Painted Sandgrouse and the Great Indian Bustard seen here.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: INR 100 per person.
  • 11DUBARE ELEPHANT CAMP

    DUBARE ELEPHANT CAMP

    One of the few Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka as well as the country, this elephant camp is home to many Asiatic elephants and is considered to be one of those places that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. This camp is one of the best places for wildlife tourism in the state as it has surreal and peaceful surroundings and breathtaking sights to wonder. Originally set up in order to train elephants for logging purposes, such programs were abolished in 2008 after which these mighty animals were trained for religious ceremonies and ritual processions. These animals are now trained for human interaction.

    Location: The camp is situated on the bank of Kaveri River in Kodagu district of Karnataka.

    Best time to visit: between September and March

    Flora and fauna: surrounded by lush green thick forests, along with elephants, you can spot animals like sambhar, the spotted deer, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, gaurs, bears and crocodiles.

    Safari timings: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Safari cost: INR 800 for Indian nationals and INR 1437 for foreigners

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  • 12KALI TIGER RESERVE

    KALI TIGER RESERVE

    Formed in 2007 after joining the two sanctuaries of Dandeli and Anshi, the Kali Tiger Reserve is one of the largest, most beautiful jungles in the country and is very bio-diverse in nature, especially for tigers. It is spread over a total area of over 1300 square kilometres. The reserve gets its name from the Kali river that flows through it and serves as the lifeline of the ecosystem here. It is also home to the Bengal tigers, black panthers and Indian elephants, amongst other distinctive fauna.

    Location: located in the Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka

    Best time to visit: between October to May

    Flora and fauna: the reserve predominantly has rain forests and moist deciduous forests, and include trees and plants like bintangur, Malabar tamarind, Garcinia morella, Knema attenuata, blackboard tree, Flacourtia montana, Artocarpus lacucha, true cinnamon, bamboo, bauhinia, eucalyptus, lantana, silver oak, teak and jamba among others.

    Home to black panthers, elephants and tigers, the reserve also has other animals like the Indian bison, sloth bear, Indian wild boar, bonnet macaque, northern plains grey langur, grey slender loris, and several species of deer. You can also spot Wild dog, jackal, jungle cat, leopard cat, small Indian civet, Indian grey mongoose, flying squirrel, porcupine, Malabar civet, Indian giant squirrel and pangolins here.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: INR 500 per person.
  • 13PUSHPAGIRI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    PUSHPAGIRI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most important bird sanctuaries in the world and is one of the 21 well-known Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka. Established in 1987, the wildlife sanctuary is as one of the World Heritage Sites. Covered by steep terrain and waterfalls alongside mountain streams, the sanctuary is home to the Kadamakkal reserve forest. it has an altitude of 160 to 1712 metres and the highest peak in it is the Pushpagiri.  Almost 70% of the sanctuary is covered with dense forests.

    Location: It is located in the Kogadu (Coorg) district in Somwarpet taluk in Karnataka.

    Best time to visit: between November to March.

    Flora and fauna: There are semi-evergreen vegetation and dense evergreen trees that are spread across the region.One can spot a variety of animal species that include Indian Hare, Spotted Deer, Giant Flying Squirrel, Otter Species, Indian Wild Dog, Travancore Flying, Brown Palm Civet, Wild Pig, Indian Giant Squirrel, Stripe-necked mongoose, Sambar, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Indian Muntjac, and mouse deer. Primates are also easily found here, their species include common langur, lion-tailed macaque, and bonnet macaque.

    The sanctuary has a rich diversity of birds which include threatened species like black and orange flycatcher, grey breasted laughing thrush and Nilgiri Flycatcher. There are also birds like a Nilgiri wood pigeon, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Grey Headed Bulbul, blue winged parakeet, small sunbird and the white-bellied blue flycatcher.

    Safari timings: between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: INR 1300 for Indians and INR 1800 for foreigners.

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  • 14TALAKAVERI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    TALAKAVERI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    Named after Talakaveri, the origin of the Cauvery River which lies on the eastern edge of the sanctuary, this place was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1987. Talakaveri wildlife sanctuary is spread over 105.01 square kilometres and is covered with tropical evergreen forests. One can also find coffee and cardamom plantations here.

    Location: Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka.

    Best time to visit: between November and April

    Flora and fauna: Dipterocarpus indicus, Hopea parviflora, Dysoxylum malabaricum, Pallaquim ellipticum, Mesua ferrea and Artocarpus lakoocha are some of the plant and tree species found here.

    Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary is home to mammals like Elephant, Tiger, Jackal, Gaur, Wild pig, Sloth bear, Lion-tailed Macaque, Leopard, Leopard cat, Wild dog, Nilgiri Marten, Common Palm Civet, Brown Palm Civet, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Clawless otter, Common Mongoose, Brown Mongoose, Striped-Necked Mongoose, Ruddy Mongoose and Porcupine.

    Safari timings: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: The safari cost here are subject to change.

  • 15RANGANATHITTU SANCTUARY

    RANGANATHITTU SANCTUARY

    One of the most important and the largest Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka, this place covers the 6 isles of crocodile infested backwaters of the river Kaveri. Named after the famous Hindu God Sri Ranganatha Swamy, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, this sanctuary is spread over an area of 40 acres with Kaveri River flowing through it.

    Lovca: 16 kilometres from Mysore and 3 kilometres from Srirangapatna

    Best time to visit: between June and November

    Flora and fauna: Riverine reed beds cover the island banks, while the islands themselves are covered in broadleaf forests, with dominant species of the Arjun tree, bamboo groves, and Eucalyptus and acacia trees. The sanctuary also houses numerous small mammals, including bonnet macaque, smooth coated otter, colonies of flying fox and common small mammals like common palm civet and Indian grey mongoose and the monitor lizard.

    The sanctuary is home around 170 species of birds that include birds like Painted Stork, Asian Openbill Stork, Common Spoonbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, Indian Shag, Stork-billed Kingfisher. Besides the avifauna; the reserve attracts migratory birds from distant places like Australia, Siberia and even North America.

    Safari timngs: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Safari cost: INR 300 for Indian nationals and INR 1000 for foreigners.

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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.

You may also like: 35 Supreme destinations near Bangalore within 200 kms

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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