Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka and the IT hub of India. People from all places are fascinated by this city and love to come here. People from all places can be seen in Bengaluru. While some are floating population, many others are here on job and much more are here on business. People of all these groups will be looking for a weekend escape or even preferably for a one day trip where they can relax and rejuvenate to welcome the coming week. Here are some exotic destinations which are suitable for a one-day outing in Bangalore.



1. Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary

Bird's View of Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary

Bird’s View of Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary

Situated at about 135 km. from Bengaluru, this is a nice place for nature lovers and bird watchers. The road is good and one can visit this place and is the perfect location for a day trip from Bangalore. River Kaveri flows here forming many small Islands on which birds throng during the season. Even during the off-season, this is a place worth visiting. The cool breeze of the river and the greenery around rejuvenates visitors.

Winged visitors at Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary

Winged visitors at Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary

One can spend 4-5 hours here during the off-season. Being bird watchers paradise, the place is crowded during September to March. You can enjoy boating here unless the river is overflowing.

2. Devarayanadurga – Natural Architecture

Water body atop Hill at Devarayanadurga

Water body atop Hill at Devarayanadurga

Situated at around 70 km. from Bangalore, this is a religious place with old Temples. The Yoganarasimha temple is on the top of the hill. One has to tread about 300 steps to reach this place, but it is not a difficult task. The temple is beautiful, built from stones, there is a small pond ‘Namada Chilume” adjacent to the temple. The view of the nature around the hill is mesmerizing. This is a perfect place for one day trip from Bengaluru. Beware of monkeys here as they snatch eatables from your hands.

3. Hogenakkal Falls – Dance of water on Stones

Hogenakkal Falls in all its Glory

Hogenakkal Falls in all its Glory

As the name itself suggests, it is a widespread waterfall, worth enjoying for a few hours. The place is just 130 km. from Bengaluru and good for a one day trip. The place is beautiful with water flowing wide with small to big to huge falls. River Kaveri can be seen jumping, dancing and walking in all styles. The specialty of this place is the oil massage and sitting under the falls to get water massage which is an experience by itself. The actual falls can be seen only when you go for a ride on a coracle. Enjoy the nature and greenery around the place.

4. Savanadurga Challenges you!

Savandurga - Fit for Hill Climbing

Savandurga – Fit for Hill Climbing

This is the place for young and enthusiastic people. Located at around 60 km. from Bengaluru, people go by cycle also to this place. Two hills named Karigudda and Biligudda make this place a perfect trekking destination and also a dangerous place if you are not careful. The place is surrounded by forest and River Arkavathi flows very close. Climbing the hill is a challenge which only young trekkers can take up and best climbing destination for beginners. Better to avoid climbing during hot weather. It is also suggested not to venture without proper knowledge of the place. The panoramic view from the top of the hill is worth all the struggle underwent while climbing. This package of adventure combined with nature makes Savanadurga one of the right places to visit around Bangalore.

5. Cool Cool Nandi Hills

Cool Cool Nandi Hills

Cool Cool Nandi Hills

This is one of the well known one-day destinations of Bangaloreans. Located at a distance of about 60 km., this place attracts nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and people interested in history. The must visit places on Nandi hills are Tipu’s Drop, Gandhi House, Secret escape way, Tipu’s Palace, Narasimha Swamy Temples. The place has wonderful fauna and flora and is a feast for the eyes. River Arkavathi is said to be originating from this hill. You can also visit Muddenahalli, the birthplace of Sir. M. Vishveshwaraiah, the mastermind of KRS Dam. Sir. M. Vishveshwaraiah’s house is converted into a museum where you can see the works of this legendary Engineer. There are many resorts around Nandi hills and one can plan a weekend trip also to this place.

6. Peaceful Pearl Valley

Peaceful Pearl Valley

Peaceful Pearl Valley

This place located at about 45 km. from Bengaluru makes it a good one day trip destination. The place is beautiful with thick forest around, but water may be scanty sometimes, which may disappoint visitors. Better to check before going to see the place in its full swing. Greenery, mountains, and water is the main attraction of this place. There is a small temple which is open in the mornings. The place is thronged by tourists when the water flow is good, otherwise, not much people are seen. Better to carry food and go in groups only.

7. Roaring Shivanasamudra

Roaring Shivanasamudra Falls

Roaring Shivanasamudra Falls

Shivanasamudra is also known as bluff falls is located at a distance of 130 km. from Bengaluru. This is again river Kaveri which dances down the rocks in two parts which are named Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. Apart from these two main falls, there are many smaller ones which together serve a feast to the eyes. There are barricades which prevent the tourists from reaching falls as a security measure and hence falls can only be seen. It is worth visiting during full flow. You can spend few hours watching the falls in this best Bangalore Sightseeing

8. Shravanabelagola – Symbol of Peace

Majestic statue of Bahubali at Shravanabelagola

Majestic statue of Bahubali at Shravanabelagola

Shravanabelagola is the place of Mahamasthakabhisheka fame which happened during February 2018. The gigantic monolithic statue of Bahubali standing atop the hill is the main attraction of this place which is best fit for one day trip near Bangalore. Shravanabelagola is situated at a distance of 140 km. from Bangalore on Bangalore-Mangalore highway, this is the religious place of Jains. To reach the statue, one has to climb the hill which has about 620 steps. Dolis carried by men are available for those who cannot walk. One can see a beautiful view of nature from atop the hill. Mahamasthakabhisheka which takes place once in 12 years is the time when this place is flooded with devotees, tourists, and dignitaries. Better to visit this place during cool times.

9. Biligiriranganabetta – Mystery hills

Marvelous Biligiri Rangana Betta

Marvelous Biligiri Rangana Betta

Biligirirangana Betta or BR Hills is now safe for visitors and is one of the best places to visit around Bangalore. This place though beautiful and located amidst nature, was not the favorite tourist destination for a long time due to various reasons, but now it is safe to visit. Located at 170 km. from Bangalore, this is a beautiful place with rich greenery. The place is known for ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu under the name Biligiri Rangaswamy and Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife sanctuary. Mesmerizing view of the landscape is available from atop the hill as the place is surrounded by dense forest. The entry is restricted and with permission only.

10. Antharagange – Combination of Nature and Religion

Antharagange Temple

Antharagange Temple

This is an all in one destination for a day outing in Bangalore for the entire family. It has adventure, temple, caves, and nature all bundled together to amuse the visitors. The place is well known for night trekking destination and also for camping. The best part of this place is water flowing from the mouth of a bull and as you pass through a small cave-like structure, water sprinkles on you. The place cools your mind and body as it is blessed by Mother Nature.

 

These are just a few places listed to wake-up the traveler in you. There are many more such exotic destinations which are best suited for a Morning-to-evening trip from Bengaluru. Such trips not only refreshes your mind and body but also affordable time-wise and money-wise. Most of these are reachable by two-wheeler and some can be reached even by bicycle. Catch your group of friends and family and head towards them!

Lakshmi

Lakshmi

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