What Not to Miss When in Bengaluru
It’s hard to believe that the Bengaluru city with all its hustle-bustles is surrounded from all directions with places that are absolute treats – scenic beauty, historical monuments, adventure, temples and everything one could ask for a great getaway! Then why be idle, pick your place and get going!
A trip to wildlife! A long drive 216 km off Bengaluru city, an exciting jungle safari, a visit to the Kabini Dam, activities like Boating and Kayaking – if these sound like a fun trip, this is the place to be.
Located at a convenient distance of 135 km, the Shivanasamudra Waterfalls make a great choice for a day trip. Besides the drive along the greenery, top-up your trip to Shivanasamudram with adventures like trekking and temple visits.
Name temples and architecture – that’s Hassan! At the end of a 3-hour drive and 182 km, Hassan’s weather is just as welcoming as that of Bengaluru. The place awes tourists with magnificent temples – the Hoysala temples, Belur, Halebidu, Shravanabelagola, Gorur dam, Ramanthaour temple. The Shettyhalli church is a not-to-miss wonder since it remains submerged in monsoon rains for most part of the year.
A breeze away from Bengaluru, Chikballapura makes for a quick, lively trip along the shades of flora and rocky mountains. A 58 km travel opens up handful of options to plan your day – temple visits, trekking, rock climbing or just seeping in fresh air and enjoying the scenery.
If adventure and a lot of fun activities tops your bucket list, Ramanagaram has more to offer than one could ask for. The beautiful rocky terrain that had made its way to popular movies like Sholay, keep their visitors entertained with activities like cave exploration and rappelling, besides trekking and rock climbing. A 50km ride is all it takes!
Hogenakkal attracts plentiful crowd each year for the place is simply picturesque! Boat ride and getting under the breath-taking waterfalls make for a great treat. The 180 km drive from Bengaluru to Hogenakkal is quite a drive blending two states – Karnataka and Tamil Nadu!
Picture perfect sunrise in between hills is what Nandi Hills has to offer to make a trip completely worth it. An early morning drive, scenic beauty and solace clubbed with fun activities like cycling to the hills and trekking set a memorable experience with loved ones.
The twin counterpart of Bengaluru city, Mysuru, is a host of entertainment with an unending list of things-to-do! The Mysuru Palace, Brindavan Garders, St.Philomena’s Church, Chamundi Hills and what not. At a distance of 150 km from this clean and green city requires a minimum of two days to explore and experience all it has to offer.
The famous Bheemeshwari is a preferred destination for adventure sports, located at the banks of River Cauvery at a distance of 106 km from Bengaluru. Camping and stay at the jungle lodges, besides the diverse flora and fauna, make this place an experience to remember!
A natural mountain peak resembling Shivalingam has a popular temple of Shiva erected, that hugs the spring “Ganga” – and so popularly evolved to be known as “Shivagange.” It’s one of the most preferred places for trekking and rock climbing adventures since a 60km drive is all it takes to get there!
Looking to add something new to your trip? Here’s Anthargange (60 km from Bengaluru), natural caves and hillocks formed from the remnants of volcanic rocks. A day-trip with your family and friends would make an amusing picnic, especially for children.
A serene getaway at a hill station with a spectacular view – lush green flora, hills, lakes and creek – resembling those of the West – is Horsley Hills. A road trip spanning 150 km from Bengaluru, stay sure to be loving every bit of your escape!
The Toy Land! Situated between the twin cities Baengaluru-Mysuru, Channapatna (67 km off Beangaluru) is a popular attraction in Karnataka for eco-friendly wooden toys with natural vibrant colours. Very small to very big, toys to essentials – this place have shoppers and art enthusiasts round the year.
Farm visits, trekking, boating, zoo or just a beautiful stay at a hill station – Yelagiri Hills has them all! As the drive from Bengaluru is 212 km at length including Ghat sections, it is recommendable for stay overs at this beautiful hill of Vellore district that overlooks the Puganoor and Nilavoor lakes. Yelagiri Hills also makes the most preferred destination for bikers.
Nritygram is the first modern gurukul in India. Renowned Odissi dancer Protima Gauri is the founder of this beautiful arts village. The place is dedicated to nurturing and developing classical dance forms. Visit this place to watch these artists hone their skills on a day to day basis and experience their lifestyle of community living. Since it is just 38 Km from Bangalore, it is an ideal place for a day outing spent in close association with culture and traditional art forms.
EATERIES IN BENGALURU
Bengaluru (also called Bangalore) is the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state. The center of India’s high-tech industry, the city is also known for its parks and nightlife.