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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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27 November 2017
"Lovely resort overlooking the lake\nWe (two girls) went from Bangalore to Doddaballapur (Bus no. 285M) and from doddaballapur to ujjani from ujjani it took us 10 \nmins to reach the resort the tour or...
26 September 2014
It was my first trekking and had loads of fun :) Planning another trip with thrillophilia grp very soon.
18 March 2019
"it's superb experience. .... staff's are amazing. .... superbly maintained. ... the problem is only toilet rooms ..... its clean but less toilets ...... good food ...... natural swimming pool is ultim...
11 December 2018
"We booked through Thrillophilia... 2300 for 2days 1 night starting on 1st day 0900 and the camp ends at after a trek followed by breakfast. You will be taken to the mountains in the pic to trek and ev...
10 April 2014
Wao it was absolutely brilliant to see those majestic Tiger and charismatic Leopard, this was the first time i saw these animals for the first time. The panoramic views catches our attention , its one
07 November 2018
Fantabulous Team Outing at Ramanagara It is a wonderful place for a team outing... We (a team of 37) visited this place on 25th OCT 2018 & had a wonderful experience. I have been part of several tea...
23 November 2017
"It was a wonderful experience.The food was also very tasty.Try to meet cute little rott from sula vineyards.."
Shafi Ul Ahmad
16 July 2019
Wow this is awesome place for corporate team outing. We visited on 14th July, team was too happy and enjoyed a lot. They have lot of adventurous activities it's fun and thrill. Food - Food was serve...
27 December 2018
"It was really a good place our team's enjoyed completely thanks to the Thrillophilia expert Rishab he suggested a nice place where my team enjoyed nicely great hospitality from Anthony n team(Basavesh...
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Bangalore has pleasant weather throughout the year. The climate will be moderate and is suitable to be visited at any time of the year.
Usually, the months between September and February sees the highest tourist flow rate and the reason for this is the weather becomes much more pleasant and gives a beautiful feeling during these times.
-Bangalore in Monsoon: Monsoon in Bangalore usually provides the visitors with a lot of getaways. There are many places in and around Bangalore which can be explored in this monsoon seasons. The hills, rivers, lakes, landscapes and many more, if you are a nature lover then monsoon is the best time for you to visit Bangalore.
-Bangalore in Summer: Usually, people living in hot and humid areas plan to go to some cooler places and relax there. The maximum temperature in Bangalore is 34 degree Celsius in summer and the climate in summer season is commendable. So you can visit Bangalore this summer and explore many beautiful places.
-Bangalore in Winter: The temperature in the winter season in Bangalore drops below 10 degrees in some instances yet the climate is peaceful and people can enjoy the cool weather. There are many beautiful destinations in Bangalore which can be explored in the cool climate. Hills, beaches, heritage sites and a lot more can be visited and explored in this beautiful season.
The general climate of Bangalore is usually below 35°C even in the summer months of March to May but it gets unpleasant outdoors due to the fierce sunlight. October to February is ideal for outdoor activities like family picnics, trekking, long drives and others.
All you would need is a windcheater or a light woollen jacket if you are planning to drive around at night. June to September is monsoon time when the city faces mild to heavy rainfall and a sunny afternoon can suddenly turn into a downpour that can become a damper if you are out shopping.
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Bangalore offers a multitude of entertainment options for the tourists. Some of the best things to do in Bangalore are:
- Trek to Uttari Betta, one of Bangalore's best hiking trail
- Experience Microlight Flying
- Take a Wine Tour In Bangalore
- Spend your day at Guhantara, The Underground Resort
- Get adventurous with Dirt Mania Ride in Bangalore
- Camp at Nandi Hills, one of the best camping sites
Bangalore is located close to several hill stations like Ooty, Munnar, Kodaikanal, Wayanad and Coorg that can be explored during summer.
The best places to visit in summer are amusement parks like Snow City in Fun World Complex, Wonderla the water park and Neeladri Amusement and Waterpark with games for everyone.
Waterfalls like Shivanasamudra, Muthyala Maduvu or Pearl Valley are also pleasant after a few bouts of rainfall.
As winters are perfect for travelling around to nearby locations in Bangalore, one can explore Mysore and Srirangapatna along with Nandi Hills and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.
Pleasant weather also helps to explore local scenery with adventure sports like trekking, rappelling and camping at Bheemeshwari, Antharagange, Vanakebe Falls, Manchinbele or at Ramanagaram.
This is also a good time to visit temples like Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Kotilingeshwara Temple, Chamundeshwari Temple, Ghati Subramanya Temple, Ranganathaswamy temple and Someshwara Temple.
Cubbon Park, regarded as the “lung” area of Bangalore’s business district was created in 1870 and is today spread across 300 acres. The park is made up of natural rock, massive bamboos and several varieties of small and large plants along with wide walkways used for walking and light exercises by residents in the area.
It also houses a library, aquarium and toy train along with several statues of famous personalities and benches to relax. The park is open between 10.30 AM to 6 PM on all days except Thursdays and the entrance is free.
They have a show of colorful fairy fountains every evening and short courses for pottery making and painting are also offered.
Vidhana Soudha or Karnataka Government’s parliament building is India’s largest legislature-cum-office building which is an interesting place that every tourist to the city must visit.
Spread across 60 acres, the building has four entrances signifying four directions and houses twenty-two departments on four floors.
The impressive building was built in Dravidian architecture style in 1956 and has a beautiful 60 feet dome in its center and six domes of which, four are in the front section and two on the sides which are supported by 8 pillars. Entry to the structure is not allowed unless one is visiting for official work.
Bangalore palace, the erstwhile summer capital of Mysore’s Maharajas was built by Rev. J Garett in 1862 to resemble Windsor Castle. The palace spread across 453 acres, is popular for its beautiful Tudor style architecture and beautiful objects of art belonging to the royal family that is displayed to the public.
Instead of a live guide, the 40 tour has an audio guide that tells the history behind each section of this marvellous heritage. The palace’s interiors are decorated with stained glass windows, skylights, neoclassical furniture, family photographs, royal garments used for ceremonies and hunting trophies.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is one of the best in Bangalore that has five galleries dedicated to varied aspects of technology. Besides this, one can visit the Government Museum that was built in 1865 and has got its share of ancient history in the form of geological and architectural objects excavated from across the state.
The city also has a quaint folk museum that has an excellent collection of folk artefacts like costumes, masks and weapons used during performances. The museum also has audio-visual presentations of rural dances and an antique temple chariot.
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The top-ranked waterpark in Bangalore is Wonderla that is ranked 1st in India and 7th in Asia and spread across 33 hectares.
Neeladri Amusement and waterpark, which was the city’s first water amusement park is located in Hosur road, which has 45 dry rides and 8 rides in waterpark.
Lumbini Gardens in Hebbal is famous for boating and water based games for adults and children.
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Wonderla is Bangalore’s most popular amusement parks located around 28 kilometres away from city center at Bidadi. There are buses and cabs to the amusement park and back till late hours in the evening.
The park has 55 land and water-based rides along with a musical fountain and laser show along with special games and attractions for small children. The park is open between 11 am to 7 pm on all days and rates are Rs.700 for an adult and Rs. 540 for a child.
During festivals, weekends and peak holiday season the rates go up to Rs. 940 per adult and Rs.710 for a child.
While Bangalore is home to over 1000 new and old temples the most famous of them is the ISKCON Radha Krishna temple, Bull Temple with 15 feet tall Nandi and Dodda Ganesha temples located beside each other in Basavanagudi.
Some of the city’s ancient temples are Chokkanathaswamy temple in Domlur built in the 10th century, Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple carved out of single rock in the 9th century and the Halasuru Someshwara temple dating back to Chola period has retained its ornate charm.
Other famous temples are Venkataramana temple, Banashankari temple, Sri Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple and Kailash Vaikunta Mahakshetra Temple.
This theme park is located 37 km from Bangalore and has state buses and cabs plying to the area. The park visiting hours are between 10 am to 7 pm on all days of the week and entry fees before 3 PM is Rs. 500 per adult and Rs. 399 after 3 PM.
Built in 2007 the park has several attractions like a water park, Dino park, haunted mansion, mirror maze and a tribal museum for children and adults.
The best places couples can visit are:
-Lalbagh and Bugle Rock Park in Basavanagudi
-Boating on Hebbal Lake, BTM lake and Ulsoor lake
-Shopping Malls like Mantri Mall, Forum Mall, Bangalore Central Mall, Garuda Mall and Orion Mall
Bangalore a lot of options for romantic candlelight dinners where couples can enjoy privacy and great food. Here listed are some of the places:
-Café Max on CMH Road with its cozy setting and fairy lights
-Blue Ginger at Raj West End on Race Course Road with its peaceful atmosphere and fine dining experience
-Candlelight at Le Cirque Signature on Old Airport road
-News Café in Indiranagar
-Bierre Republic at Pavilion Mall in Church Street with its warm woody ambience
-Ebony –Ivory Tower with its amazing view
-Mezzaluna with its stylish Italian furniture and food
There are several amazing places around Bangalore that you can take the family for a fun-filled day of swimming and casual lazing around. For the best experiences visit:
-Savandurga which has a ruined fort for a picnic
-Avani has ancient temples
-Bannerghatta National Park for safaris
-Take a trip to Wonderla amusement park
-Take a swim in Chunchi Falls
-Go fishing in Bheemeshwari
-Explore lush greenery around Balmuri and Edmuri falls
-Explore the grasslands around Hessarghatta lake and charming Horsely Hills to view the “World’s biggest Banyan Tree.
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Bangalore being such a vibrant city for sightseeing and adventure activities also has a lot of options for kids to enjoy:
-Amusement Parks: Wonderla, Lumbini Gardens, Snow world and Neeladri Amusement and waterpark where kids can enjoy various watersport and thrilling activities.
-Educative: Jawaharlal Nehru Planetorium, Vishveshwaraya Museum and aeronautics museum.
-Adventure: Camping to Manchinbele or at Ramanagaram, Bheemeshwari for fishing and boating since kids also love adventure and the thrill of adrenaline rush.
-Waterfalls: Shivanasamudra, Muthyala Maduvu and Pearl Valley.
Some of the best resorts dotting the city’s outskirts are:
- Guhantara, The Underground Resort
- Shilhaandara Resort
- Jain Farms, Bangalore
- Vana Resort
- Elim Resorts
- Ramanashree California Resort
- Gold Coin Resort
While some of them have their own spa and swimming facilities for families, they also have courts for outdoor and indoor games and rain dance wherein people are showered with water as they sway to loud music.
Most resorts near Bangalore have swimming pools but none of them are private as generally they are used by all guests that are present in the resort.
Some resorts that have multiple swimming pools for children and adults are:
-Confident Amoon Glamour resort
-Emerald Isle Resort
-Holiday village Resort
-Urban Valley Resort
All resorts near Bangalore have volleyball and basketball courts for guests along with swimming pools and video game parlours to keep families and children across varied ages busy across the day:
-Chairman’s Jade Club Resort offer extra facilities like archery
-Shilha Andara Resort offers adventure sports like paintball, zorbing and rope climbing without any extra charges
-Angsana resort offers paintball games
-Jaladhama resort offer trampoline and water sports like paddling, canoeing and banana boat ride
Corporate day outings should comprise of team building sports and activities that brings office colleagues in an informal atmosphere. Some of the best resorts with space and opportunities for organizing large team activities are:-Discovery Village Resorts
Bangalore Resorts that offer privacy and solitude for couples are:
-Woodrich Anbi Club
-Silver Oak Farm
-Royal Orchid Resort and Convention Center
-Eagleton Golf Resort for a touch of luxury
For relaxing spa resorts and massage experience try:
-Angsana Oasis Spa and Resort
-Palm Meadows Club
-Windflower Prakruthi Resort and Spa
-Clarks Exotica Convention and Spa
-Golden Palms Resort
Living in Bangalore and being apart of the daily rush and chaos calls for quality time away with nature and unwinding yourself. There are a lot of options for weekend getaways in Bangalore, you can:
-Take weekend trips to Hogenakkal Falls just 189 kms from Bangalore
-Visit Hampi beside a river
-Bheemeshwari or Masinagudi for natural beauty
-Explore nearby hill stations of Coorg, Ooty, Wayanad and Munnar and wander around the tea gardens enjoying homemade chocolate
-If historical ruins, temples and forts are your interests then check out Shravanabelagola, Belur, Halebid, Shivanasamudra, Badami, Mysore, Srirangapatnam and Dharmasthala
Bike trips allow you to see offbeat locations that are usually avoided by tour operators so here are some places you can explore on a bike. Thottikallu Falls off Kanakapura road is just 35 km away Savandurga and Manchinabele Dam close to Arkavathi River is best explored on bikes.
Other locations for day trips by bike are Mekedatu, Lepakshi if you like historical inscriptions and Nandi Hills. A couple of Tipu Sultan’s strategic forts like Manjarabad Fort (226 km away) and Gandikota Fort (300 km away) located deep in the hills can be explored by bikers.
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Located deep in the heart of Kodagu Hills, Coorg is a beautiful hill station and the coffee capital of India. It is located around 270 km by road from Bangalore.
The best time to visit this hill station is between October and May as the weather is pleasant at 20° C and ideal for exploring every part of the town by just walking around or driving on motorbikes.
To explore the actual essence of Coorg, tourists prefer to stay in homestays instead of commercial lodges or resorts.
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Surrounded by hills and valleys Bangalore’s outskirts is perfect for adventure sports like rappelling and rope climbing along with day and night trekking.
The best locations for rappelling which is generally conducted by adventure clubs with trained guides helping new entrants to the sport are:
-Tadiandamol Trek and rappelling
-Skandagiri hillock for trekking and rappelling
-Manchinbele is popular and so is Anthargange both of which have swimming and trekking along with rappelling
Paintball adventure can be explored in resorts and adventure camps located in the outskirts of Bangalore like:
-Savandurga hill camp
-Holiday Village Resort
-Paintball and Go karting arena located 5 kms from total mall in Sarjapur
-Paintball Zone in Kothnur Road at RBI Layout
-National Paintball League in Indira Nagar
-Play near Total Mall in Kasavanahalli
The most popular trekking locations in Bangalore with well laid out tracks are:
-Ramadewara Betta Trek
-Kunti Betta Trek
-Savadurga Night Trek
-Makalidurga Night Trek
Though some of these treks are also used for night trekking it is best done on full moon nights and with a guide as there have been instances of people getting lost.
Due to rocky landscape, there are many ancient caves around Karnataka like:
The closest ones to Bangalore for which exploratory tours are conducted are:
-Antharagange in Kolar
There are few cave temples that can be explored too like Hulimavu cave on Bannerghatta Road close to BGS school.
Popular camping locations within 100 kms of Bangalore are:
-Kanakpura near Hosa Doddi Lake
Popular camping sites within 200 kms of Bangalore are:
Bangalore to Ooty is 273.4 km drive and is accessible by road and train. Every visitor to Ooty must see the:
-Botanical Gardens spread across 22 acres that has 650 species of flowers and trees
-Boating on Ooty Lake
-Speedboat ride near Pykara waterfall
Ideal for trekking and camping:
-Take a toy train ride to Coonoor for scenic view of hills and hidden waterfalls
-Go shopping on Charing Cross to purchase chocolates, Toda shawls or famous Nilgiri tea and Eucalyptus oil
Every coffee lover that visits Bangalore should make a point of visiting the beautiful hill station of Chikmagalur for its lush greenery, Bangalore to Chikmagalur is a 277 kms drive. There are several activities that can be done in Chikamagalur, Such as:
-Take long walks along the coffee plantations
-Visit the local temples and sightseeing locations
-Explore rafting on the river Bhadra
-Try golfing at Chikmagalur Golf Club with a 9 hole golf course
-The range of mountains make the town’s outskirts like Kemmangundi ideal for camping, cycling and trekking
-Other locations for cycling here are Kudremukh, Bababudangiri, Mullayanagiri and Kuringal gudda.
With two of the nation’s largest national parks close to the city there is no dearth of wildlife safaris that one can explore in Bangalore:
-Bannerghatta National park
-Kabini located in Mysore
-Mudumalai National Park in Udagamandalam
-National park in Bandipur and Nagarhole National Park offer both elephant safari and tiger safari that are done by jeeps during daytime
-Wayanad in Kerala and BR Hills are smaller in size so usually small herbivore species and elephants are visible during safari to these locations
Bannerghatta National Park located 25 km south of Bangalore city is closed on Tuesdays and though it is open between 9 am to 5pm on all other days the ticket counter opens at around 10 am.
Divided into three sections namely the Zoo, Grand Safari and Butterfly park, the overall cost of visitation to first two locations is Rs. Rs.260 for adults and Rs.130 for children along with Rs.25 for camera.
Foreigners are charged Rs.400 for adults and Rs.300 for children. Entry ticket to visit Butterfly Park is Rs.30 which also has a few stray monkeys playing around.
Some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bangalore are:
-Thottikallu Falls is 33.5 km from Bangalore
-Chunchi Waterfalls is 83 kms away and enroute to Mekedatu
-Shivanasamudra- Gaganchukki-Barachukki is 109 km south of Bangalore.
-Hogenakkal Falls near Cauvery at 180 kms from Bangalore
-Balmuri Edmuri Waterfalls at 175 km
-Vayapare Falls is 218 km South West of Bangalore.
-Iruppu Falls is 247 kms away.
-Abbi Fall in Kodagu is 268 km away.
-Jog Falls is at 379 km North West of Bangalore
Yea, you can do a cycling tour in Bangalore. Best cycling tours in Bangalore are:
-Thattekere cycling tour of 50 km from Electronic city to Thattekere lake.
-Big Banyan Tree cycling tour of 32 km to the historical location can enable you to visit Manchanabele Dam.
-Ramohalli to Ramadevarabetta this 90 km cycling trail travels through Savandurga, Manchanabele Dam and Dodda Alada Mara.
-Devarayanadurga from Govindapura (Tumkur) is 110 km that travels from Nidvanda, Hanumantha Nagar village to reach Devarayanadurga Temple.
-North Bangalore 5 hour cycling tour that takes you past excavated temples, heritage homes and artisans village for closer look at the city’s art and culture
Here are the some famous river rafting experiences in Bangalore:
-Bheemeshwari river rafting in Cauvery river is for 2 to 2.5 hours.
-Barapole rafting in Coorg is 270 kms away along the forests of Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
-Bhadra rafting in Chikamagalur is 242 kms away and offers easy to moderate challenges.
-Kabini river rafting is 220 km away and brings you in close proximity to the wildlife
-Kondaji at Davangere is 260 kms away, it takes you along hills and forests.
-Dandeli on Kali River is 462 kms away and is used for canoeing and kayaking as well.
The best time to visit Dandeli is between January to Feb if you are a bird-watching enthusiast and between the months of April to September during the pre-monsoon and monsoon months when the river Kali is at ideal levels for kayaking, rafting and coracle rides.
There are two locations for river rafting in Coorg namely Barapole River and Cauvery river at Dubare. White water rafting is done during mid-July and September end while Still water rafting is done across the year barring the monsoon season.
Yes, the gentle Cauvery river has paddle boat rafting through the rapids that are considered a major adventure sport for visitors. Depending on the size of the group and their level of enthusiasm, the river rafting exercise can be for 2 or 4 hours to let them explore different grades of water speeds.
Even novices can try out rafting in Bheemeshwari as all boats have a trained oarsman cum diver that travels with every group.
Grover vineyards on Doddaballapur spread across 410 acres has daily tours between 10.30 am to 3 pm that includes lunch, winery tour and wine tasting. Cost per head between Monday to Friday is Rs.850 per head and Rs.1000 per head on weekends.
Bangalore Soma Vineyards at Gundamgere village in North Bangalore has four tour sessions between 9 am to 9 pm that includes lunch and dinner and wine tasting sessions that cost Rs.1500 per head.
Heritage Winery in Channapatna tours between 10 am to 5 pm charges has tours to showcase winemaking and tasting process seven days a week. The charges are Rs.250 per head while grape stomping experience costs Rs.500 each.
Anyone can visit Nandi Hills by hiring a car or by local tourist buses that include this location on Mysore sightseeing trips. Nandi Hills is famous for its strategic location that gives sweeping views of Mysore city and its surrounding villages.
The hill has religious significance due to Chamundeshwari temple, Bhoganandishwara temple and ancient Nandi Bull statue that is more than 20 feet tall. Bikers and cyclists’ groups visit the hilltop for view of sunrise and sunset which is breathtaking especially during monsoons and winter.
Kanakapura is a tourism hotspot. This town has activities and sightseeing from history to adventure. Located 55 km from Bangalore, it is surrounded by lush green forests and beauty.
-Relaxing in resorts: Guhantara, Urban Valley, Holiday Village resort, Khedda Resorts, Vana Resorts and Elim Resorts. These resorts offer swimming, outdoor games like volleyball, rain dance, trampoline along with several groups and individual sporting activities like video game arenas too.
-Waterfall Tour: Chunchi Falls
-Trekking: Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta, Devara Gudda
-Adventure sports: Trekking, rappelling, fishing, kayaking and ziplining
-Spa facilities in Kanakapura: Sri Sri Ayurveda Panchakarma
Adventure activities that can be done in Ramanagara are:
-Vineyard tour - That includes vineyard tour of Heritage Grape Winery and shows all stages of the winemaking process
-Cycling tour – 35 km cycle tour from outskirts of Bangalore city to 400-year-old Big Banyan Tree, Manchanabele Dam and Ramadevara Betta
-Camping – The jungles and rocky plains of Ramanagara famous for world’s oldest granite ridges are popular camping sites for trekkers and adventure clubs
-Trekking – Most popular trails for both night and day trekking
-Quad Biking and Go-karting
-Paintball adventures – Dirt Mania, Fever Pitch Basecamp, Neon Factory and Adventure Adda
Here is the list of places you can go for Go Karting in Bangaloree:
-Dirt Mania on Kanakpura Road
-Raceway Motorsport at Kanakpura near Kaggalipura with 5 laps
-Red Riders Sports at Huskur Dommasandra Road with 5 and 12 laps
-Govindraj Garden, R.T.Nagar with 5.5 BHP Kart
-Gurukul’s Gokarting at Siddapura Whitefield
-Meco Kartopia Gokarting at Hennur Bagalur Road in Chaggalagatti Village
Below are some of the famous hill stations around Bangalore:
-Ooty in Tamil Nadu is referred to as Queen of Hills – 270km away
-Coorg in Karnataka is called Scotland of India – 267 km away
-Munnar in Kerala is called the Kashmir of South India – 476 km away
-Kodaikanal in Tamilnadu is Princess of Hill Stations – 459 km away
-Yercaud in Tamil Nadu is Poor Man’s Ooty – 228 km away
-Chikmagalur in Karnataka – 277 km away
-Wayanad in Kerala – 275 km away
Some of the prominent beach destinations near Bangalore are:
-Surathkal Beach is 347 km west of Bangalore and 20 km from Mangalore
-Tannirbhavi Beach is 347 km west of Bangalore and 12 km from Mangalore
-Marina Beach is 351 km from Bangalore and in Chennai
-Mahabalipuram Beach is 350 km from Bangalore
-Kaup Beach is 406 km west of Bangalore and 14 km from Udupi
-Malpe Beach is 406 km west of Bangalore and 7 km from Udupi
-Someshwar Beach is 347 km west Bangalore and 13 km from Mangalore
-Bekal Beach is 377 km from Bangalore.
-Puducherry Beach is 323 km from Bangalore
-Murudeshwar Beach is 455 km North West of Bangalore
-Gokarna Beach is 486 km North West of Bangalore
Here is the list of popular markets for shopping in Bangalore:
-Residency Road – City’s oldest shopping hub for handicrafts has government and private emporiums selling unusual handcrafted products at reasonable prices.
-Marathahalli – Factory outlets of large brands are stretched out on Varthur road that is frequented regularly by youngsters.
-Commercial Street – Crowded but popular shopping area for clothes, accessories, shoes, real and costume jewelry, cosmetics and street food.
-Chickpet – Bangalore’s old wholesale market is best for traditional Indian clothes at wholesale prices though you may be pushed to buy more quantity for better discounts.
-Brigade Road – Shops on the footpath sell a wide variety of items from t-shirts to books, leather items, watches, shoes, costume jewelry etc.
If you are looking for branded clothes, electronics or other expensive objects then it is best to explore shopping malls like Orion Malls, Mantri Square, Phoenix Market city etc.
Premium fine dine restaurants:
-High Ultra Lounge in Malleshwaram for Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese cuisine
-Windmills Craftworks in Whitefield for American and Indian cuisine
-Skyye in UB City for Continental cuisine
-Shiro in UB City for Japanese and Asian cuisine
-Spice Terrace JW Marriott Lavelle Road for North India and seafood cuisine
Top casual dining restaurants:
-The Square – Novotel at Marathahalli for Continental, Indian, Japanese and Italian food
-Saffron on Palace Road for Asian and Indian food
-Bene at Sheraton on Malleshwaram for Italian and European food
-Barbeque Nation, JP Nagar for Indian, European and Mediterranean cuisine
-Yatai on Palace Road for Japanese Sushi Asian food
The city has its share of pubs and nightclubs and the most popular among them are:-Skyye on 16th Floor of UB City that allows you to enjoy the view of city skyline after a tiring bout of dancing
Before Café Coffee Day and Kalmane Coffee set up its outlets in the city, there have several cafes in Bangalore that remain favourite haunts of locals till date like:
-Smoke House Deli – Indiranagar
-Art Blend Café – HSR Layout
-Beans Café – Koramangala for its distinct cakes
-Homemade Café - Koramangala for its beautiful green ambience
-Dyu Art Café – Koramangala for art, coffee and inspiration
-Café Noir – UB City for French finger food
-Matteos on Brigade Road for busy shoppers
-Courtyard Café on KH Road for light food and games
Besides the regular dosa, idli, vada, pani-puri and chaat options, every popular shopping in Bangalore has its own street food outlets that offer snack options from across the nation and China too! Some of the popular restaurant chains for serving street food are:
-Adyar Anand Bhavan
Popular local eat-out zones in Bangalore are :
-Brahmin’s Coffee Bar in Basavanagudi for typical South Indian fare
-Central Tiffin Room in Malleshwaram for South Indian delicacies and coffee
-VV Puram Food Street for a wide variety of street food options ranging from snacks and ice creams to tempting rice delicacies
-Puchka at Marathahalli for delicious hot dogs and chat items
-Hari’s Sandwich Zone in Jayanagar for its signature chocolate sandwich
Popular locations that one can head out to for a long drive outside the city are:
-Nandi Hills: Just 60 km from the city and you are atop a hill that virtually floats in clouds
-Bheemeshwari: Just 105 km to laze beside the tranquil river with several food options at hand
-Ramanagar: Just 47 km for adventure sports or just to explore temples
-Anthargange: Just 70 km for exploration of local mountains and caves
-Shivanasamudra: Just 130 km is popular for coracle boating and waterfalls of Gaganchukki and Barachukki
-Sangama: 100 km is located at the confluence of Arkavathi and Cauvery rivers
Suggested Read: Popular Places to Visit Near Bangalore Within 100 Kms
Here are some famous homestay near Bangalore:
-Angana – The Country Inn Kanakapura Road
-Aditya Orchards – Kanakapura Road
-Compact Stately homes – Old Airport road HAL
-Casablanca – Co-living home in Koramangala
-Aura Corporate suites in Manyata Tech park
-The White House in Koramangala
-Geese Haven Homestay and Farm in Kalikamba Temple Road Somanahalli
-Abids Vinkas Homestay in BTM Layout for serviced apartments
-Mel’s Service Apartments in Kodihalli Main Road
Bangalore has been famous for its pubs largely because several of them brew their own craft beer so here are the most popular pubs in Bangalore:
-Arbor Brewing Company or ABS located on Brigade Road offers both American and Continental food
-Monkey Bar in Indiranagar is popular for its cocktail combinations and snazzy snacks
-Watson’s with outlets in Ulsoor, JP Nagar and Vasanthnagar is one of the oldest brands
-Toit at 100 Feet Indira Nagar for a delectable range of brews and appetizers
-The Irish House at Whitefield has interesting range of cocktails, martinis, margaritas, mojitos and daiquiris to explore along with community meals for groups.
-Skyee City bar in UB City with alfresco setting and fancy lighting
-District 6 in Malleshwaram with its own brewery serves European and Asian cuisine
Some of the famous Jungle Lodges near Bangalore are:
-Jungle Lodges, Bheemeshwari
-Hill View Resort, Ramnagar
-Our Native Village
-The Cosmopolitans, Anjum Hasan
-The Riddle of the Seventh Stone, Monideepa Sahu
-Multiple City: Writings on Bangalore, Aditi De
-Cut Like Wound, Anita Nair
-Bengaluru/Bangalore – In First Person Singular, Mahesh Bhat
-Hari, a Hero for Hire, Zac O’Yeah
-The Red Carpet: Bangalore Stories, Lavanya Sankaran
-Monkey-Man, Usha KR
-The Promise of the Metropolis: Bangalore’s Twentieth Century, Janaki Nair
-No Time for Goodbyes, Andaleeb Wajid