Top 10 Best Places To Visit Near Bangalore
1 : Coorg :
Proudly called the Scotland of India, Kodagu, or Coorg ranks 1st in our list of places to visit near bangalore, as it is rightfully called is situated on the Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka in India. The small town is gifted with abundance. Coorg is the largest creator of coffee in India, and the best places to visit in Coorg are its picturesque coffee plantations. Irrespective of where you are in this region, places in Coorg have this certain charm about themselves that just cannot be explained.
Lush green vegetation and forests covering up the hills that are famous for trekking and scenic wonders like waterfalls and viewpoint, this is the best praise for Coorg. Abbey Falls, Chelavara Falls, and Iruppu Falls are perfect examples of serenity that people from far away come to witness. Also, places like Raja's Seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe and Dubare make your visit to this hill-station worth the time and money.
You can trek to the top of Tadiandamol, the second highest mountain of Karnataka, and the highest in the region. The road to the top consists of hairpin bends on the ride upward, giving way on to some of the most mesmerizing sceneries. A parallel trek is the Trek to Kumara Parvatha, the summit of which is 1,748m above sea level. Apart from these, there are other activities to do in Coorg that keep tourists entertained. Some of them are riding an elephant at Dubare Elephant Camp, trekking and participating in sports like white water rafting in Upper Barapole River.
Coorg is not just about sightseeing and trekking, it is also about staying in the most amazing places and seeing the sights from there. Resorts in Coorg have their own irresistible charm, one that always ends up attracting people to spend in the lap of nature and wake up to the smell of fresh coffee coaxing them out of sleep. There is just no bound to the praise of homestays in Coorg for the homely feeling and an unmatched hospitality by the locals. That is a testimony to the fact Coorg is a one-stop location for everyone's travel bucket list. Be it an adventure, sightseeing, nature stays or the comfort of resorts, you name it, Coorg has it.
Coorg is one of the best places to feel close to the beauty of nature and rejuvenate. You can detoxify your body. Come to Coorg and feel one with your own self!
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2 :BILIKAL RANGASWAMY BETTA
At a distance of 75 km from Bangalore City Junction, 16 km from Kanakapura & 112 km from Mysore, Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is a hill near Kanakapura town. It is one of the highest hills in the area. It is also called as Bilikal Betta means white rocks. This is a good destination for short one day trekking from Bangalore and is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore city.
Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta lies at an elevation of 3780 ft. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Rangaswamy at the summit of Bilikal Betta. This temple is located underneath a huge, white colored rock. The temple priest lives near to the temple and is the only person living at the peak. Every year, pilgrims from the surrounding area climb this hill to celebrate a festival at the Rangaswamy temple at the top.
The Trekking Trail starts from Konala Doddi (which is about 58 kms from Bangalore City Junction - Bilikal Betta is 6 kms from here). Bilikal Rangaswamy Trek is a moderate one with a well marked path up till the peak. The trekking takes 2.5 hrs uphill and about 1.5 hr downhill. The trail begins with a half kilometer walk on a relatively level path, after which the forest becomes denser and the gradient of slope increases drastically. The trail constantly winds uphill at an incline and includes slightly steep stretches.
Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta belongs to the Eastern Ghats and is filled with shrub forest. Elephants and other animals can be spotted in these forests during the night. The view from the top is very picturesque as one can see the hillocks from the surrounding Kanakapura range, mainly BM betta, Kabbala durga and Savanadurga too.
Best time to visit Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is during the post monsoon season of August to January. Hotels are available at Harohalli. No shops are available at Koonala Doddi and afterwards, so need to carry your own food and water.
The trek starts from Konala Doddi, which about 6 kms from Bilikal Betta. KSRTC and private buses are on hand to Kanakapura from KR Market which passes through Harohalli (42 km from Bangalore City Junction). From Harohalli, KSRTC and private buses are available to Dodda Maralawadi (11 kms from Harohalli). From Dodda Maralawadi, very few transportation options are available to Konala Doddi (5 kms from Dodda Maralawadi), but autos or private vehicles can be hired. Private cabs are also available at Harohalli to Konala Doddi.
Apart from the Trek route from Konala Doddi, there is jeep track till the peak from Kanakapura, which can also be trekked but a little long route.
3 : AVANI
At a distance of 30 km from Kolar and 98.5 km from Bangalore City Junction, Avani is a small village in Kolar district of Karnataka. Avani is renowned for housing varied ancient temples. It is also a popular location for rock climbing. It is also an important historical sites and a popular sightseeing spot around Bangalore.
The village of Avani received a prominent place mainly due to the legends associated with it. According to mythology, goddess Sita gave birth to her twin children Lava-Kusha at Avani. It is also said that the war among Lord Rama and his sons Lava and Kusha took place in this village. As per the local belief, sage Valmiki, the author of the epic Ramayana was residing here during the period of Ramayana.
Another legend has it that when Sri Narasimha Bharati IV of the Sringeri Sharada Peetham was on his sancharas', he camped here for a few days. During his stay in Avani, he discovered an idol of Goddess Sharada. The idol was in standing posture flanked by Adi Shankaracharya with Sri Chakra. He established a new Mutt, which is presently known as Avani Sringeri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sharada Peetham.
Avani also houses a Sita temple situated on a hill. This temple is one of the few temples dedicated to Sita Devi in India. This temple has the idols of Sita Devi and Parvati Devi. This is considered the place where Sita Devi went into ground after handing over Lava and Kusha to Rama.
Avani also has ancient temples known as the Ramalingeshwara, Lakshmaneshwara, Bharateshwara and Shatrugneshwara, built by the Nolamba rulers in 10th century. According to legend, Rama was performing Ashwamedha Yaga when his Horse was tied up by Lava and Kusha. Even after repeated requests by Lakshmana, Bharatha, Shatrugna and others, they did not free the Horse and fight took place between them. When everyone lost to Lava and Kusha, Rama himself turned up and had to fight. Later this was disrupted by Sita. This is a sin since the fight was between father and the sons and other relatives. This was the reason Valmiki installed the Lingas for papa pariharam. The entire compound comes under the purview of the Archaeological Department and is well maintained.
Maha Shivaratri and Ramalingeshwara rathostava are the famous festivals that are celebrated with great pomp and fervor here.
4 : Wonderla
Set in the country’s largest amusement park, Wonderla resort is a beautiful amalgamation of fun and luxury. Large rooms fitted with all modern amenities, the resort offers high-class service and access to the amusement park during your stay at the resort. Tastefully done rooms overlooking the park offer the utmost comfort and relaxation. It is the best place to visit in Bangalore with kids.
Splurge on the mouthwatering delicacies at ‘Woods’, the resort’s multi-cuisine restaurant or spend an evening lounging at their Swedish rest-o-bar ‘Red Ice’. Pamper yourself with some luxury at the Wonderla resort, which is about 35 km from Bangalore. Wonderla is definitely the perfect weekend getaway for people looking for some luxury and relaxation places around Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore: 35 Kms
5 : RANGANATHA SWAMY TEMPLE - MAGADI
5th best places to visit near bangalore, at a distance of 2 km from Magadi Bus station and 44.5 km from Bangalore City Junction, The Ranganatha Swamy Temple located in Magadi is an ancient temple and a protected monument. This is one of the popular pilgrimage sites to visit around Bangalore.
The Ranganathaswamy temple is situated on a hill called Tirumale. There is a vast Prakara with a gateway having tall Rajagopura. The sanctum of the Ranganatha temple was first consecrated in early 12th century by the Chola ruler and the temple has undergone renovations and expansion since. The beautiful gopuras were built by Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadevaraya in the 16th century and later renovated by King Jayachamaraja Wodeyar of Mysore. There are structures inside the sanctum which were also built by the Cholas and later renovated.
The temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha is actually a standing image of Narayana about 3 ft tall in Vijayanagara method with Shankha, Chakra, Gada and Abhaya attributes in four hands. The main deity is traditionally believed to be installed by Mandavya Rishi. Gopura of the temple is in Dravidian style. There are beautiful pillars inside the temple. Usually the idol of Lord Ranganatha would be in reclining position. But here it is in standing posture. Originally it is said to be the idol of Lord Venkateshwara. During the period of Tippu Sultan, many Hindu temples were destroyed. To save this temple, they called Venkateshwara as Ranganatha, as Tippu Sultan was faithful to his god Ranganatha Swamy at Srirangapattana. One more interesting idol inside is Beleyo Ranga (Growing Ranga) which is a small idol of Ranganatha in reclining position.
There are other shrines dedicated to Rama, Sita, Anjaneya and Venugopala Krishna. Behind the main shrine, there is a small temple dedicated to Putta Ranganatha. The temple of Goddess Lakshmi is also near this shrine. There is a Garuda Sthamba (flag post) which mentions the offerings made by Emperor Krishnadevaraya in 1524 AD. The stepped well or kalyani (sacred pond) is on the right side of the temple and many rituals are conducted here.
On number 6th in top 10 list of places to visit near bangalore, rich in biodiversity, Sakleshpur opens up to you with green delights and rare sights of fauna. Discover this place with a trek to Ombattu Gudda peak. Perched at 971 m above sea level, it is considered as the highest peak in the Western Ghats range. Meaning ‘nine hills’, this place is called so because it has nine continuous humps.
It is surrounded by Shiradi Srisla, Kabinale and Balur Reserve Forests. Animals spotted here include tiger, leopard, jungle cat, barking deer, gaur, sloth bear and wild elephant.
Things to do in Sakleshpur: Manjarabad Fort, Sakleshwara Temple, Bisle View Point and many more.
Distance from Bangalore: 221 Kms
Always dressed in fog & mist, places to visit & activities in Sakleshpur are no less then heaven.
7: BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK
BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK adjusts its place in top 10 places to visit near bangalore. At a distance of 23 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bannerghatta National Park is the most famous wildlife park and also one of the top tourist places in Bangalore. This park is spread in reserve forests of Anekal Range with an elevation of 1245 - 1634 m under the Bangalore Forest Division. This park is part of a wildlife corridor for elephants which connects the BR Hills and the Sathyamangalam forest.
Bannerghatta National Park was founded in 1971 and declared as a national park in 1974. Spread over an area of 25,000 acre and a portion of the park became a biological reserve called the Bannerghatta Biological Park in 2002. The park consists of the main Nature Reserve, a zoo, a children's park, an aquarium, a crocodile park, a museum, a butterfly park, a snake park and a safari park. The forest consists of deciduous trees and thorny scrubs.
This is a very prominent destination that attracts people from different parts of the country. The park is home to tigers, lions, leopards, bison, deer, bears, birds and butterflies. One of the main attractions of this park is lion and tiger safari or Grand Safari. The one-hour long safari provides an opportunity to spot leopards, white tigers, Bengal tigers and lions. Elephant safari is also offered in the park. The park also houses several varieties of birds.
There is a Butterfly Park set up by Zoo Authority of Karnataka, University of Agricultural Sciences and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment in 2006. The Butterfly Park spreads over 7.5 acres and the conservatory here has a tropical environment with plants that are attractive to butterflies. Accommodation 20 species of butterflies and the park is covered by a polycarbonate roof for creating tropical, humid and artificial climate.
The Swarnamukhi stream runs through the park making the locality a favorite spot for nature lovers. The Champaka Dhama Swamy temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consorts Sri Devi and Bhudevi, is located inside the park.
Entry Fee: Adults - Rs. 80, Children - Rs. 40, Sr. Citizens - Rs. 40; Bus Safari - Rs. 200 Per Person (Non AC Bus); Rs. 500 (AC Bus), Jeep Safari: Rs. 2500/trip (Maximum 4 members) and Boating: Rs.60 per head.
Grand Safari Timings: 10 AM - 4:30 PM. Entry Fee: Rs.260 for Adults and Rs.130 for Children and Rs.400 for foreigners.
Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.
8: SANGAMA & MEKEDATU
SANGAMA & MEKEDATU one of the best places to visit near bangalore At a distance of 93 Kms from Bangalore (via Kanakapura), 107 Kms from Mysore, Sangama and Mekedatu are two lovely places situated nearby. This is one of the famous weekend getaways from Bangalore. Sangama is the place where Arakavathi river merges with River Kaveri. From this point, about 3.5 kilometers downstream, Mekedatu is a place where river Kaveri flows through a deep and narrow gorge.
Mekedatu means goat's leap in Kannada. River Kaveri flows into a deep and narrow gorge, so narrow that a goat could leap over it and that is how it got its name. It is said that a goat being chased by a tiger saved its life by jumping over the gorge whereas the tiger did not attempt to take the risk and abandoned the chase. When reaching the gorge the river flows ferociously onto the rocks sculpting them into a few amazing shapes. The river Kaveri flows through a deep ravine of just 5-10 meter wide. The water flow is very fierce at this place during monsoons making it very dangerous to swim here. The rocks are also very steep and slippery, and visitors need to be careful while descending the rocks. Several tourists downed here due to water force and slippery rocks.
Sangama, 3.5 kms ahead of Mekedatu, is the confluence of Kaveri and Arakavathi. At Sangama. Kaveri River is more than 150 meters wide at the confluence and flows through a narrow 5-10 meter gorge at Mekedatu. Coracle ride at Sangama is a delightful experience. There are a KSTDC Canteen available at Sangama with snacks & lunch.
The best time to visit the place is between September and December also in January. A diversion is required after Kanakapura (33 km) via Dodda Alahalli & also Hegganuru towards Sangama to reach Mekedatu. Limited public transportation facilities from Kanakapura, preferably, take your own transportation. You can drive your vehicle up to Sangama. To visit Mekadatu, cross the river at Sangam on a boat and take public / private transportation to Mekadatu (3.5 kms).
No transportation is available after 5:30 PM.
9: Wine Tour in Ramanagara
For Peoples who love drinks also wine, we have added Wine Tour In Ramanagara in our top 10 places to visit near bangalore list. While you are in Bangalore, this is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore. Wine aficionados can treat themselves to a fun and also informational wine tour. The salubrious weather and also fertile soil of Bangalore aids the growth of grapes. This in turn has led to the mushrooming of wineries around the city. One of them is the Heritage Winery.
On their tour, you can also unravel what goes at the back the makings of fine wine. Amble through the refreshing vineyards; learn how to see, swirl, sniff, and also sip the drink from the experts. And to top it, get to indulge in a wine tasting session too!
Distance from Bangalore: 55 km
At a distance of 72 Kms from Bangalore (near Tumkur). Devarayanadurga is a rocky hill situated in the midst of picturesque locality at an altitude of 3940 ft. The main attraction of Devarayanadurga is the temples of Yoga Narasimha & Bhoga Narasimha. The Bhoga Narasimha temple is located at the foothills while the Yoga Narasimha shrine is located at the top of the hill. This is one of the popular tourist places near Bangalore.
This is also an ideal place for trekking. Motorable road is available till the hill top. Many people trek the hill from the Bhoga Narasimha temple at foothill. One can driver further from Yoga Narasimha temple to the peak of the hill to capture a nice view of the valley and surrounding places.
Devarayanadurga is famous for the natural water spring called Namada Chilume which is considered as the source of Jayamangali River. There are two other springs known as Ramatirtha and Dhanushtirtha. There is a large cave close by with figures of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. The car festival of Sri Bhoga Narasimha Swamy is held during the month of March/April here.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Jayanthi, an annual celebration of Narasimha avathara day takes place here during the month of Chaitra (around May).
A diversion is required on NH4 before Tumkur at Kyathsandra to reach Devarayanadurga.