Offbeat Destinations Around BangaloreBangalore is one of the fastest growing cities in the southern part of India, and is one of the primary hubs of the nation’s Information Technology-led growth. It is the capital of the state of Karnataka and is the third most populous city of the country. The city dwellers, mostly belonging to the services sector, leading hectic lifestyles, often find themselves at their wits end to discover exotic locations around the city. To make their teaks easier, we present here a list of some of the most offbeat destinations around Bangalore.
Located 70 kilometres away from Bangalore, Antaragange is considered to be a paradise for trekkers and cave lovers. With large boulders and ancient rocks lining its entire length and breadth, cave exploration has become one of the primary tourist activities here. The picturesque surroundings and the presence of soothing climate all throughout the year makes Antaragange one of the most sought after weekend destinations for tourists, and especially for the budding techies in Bangalore. And, you don’t even need to be a seasoned trekker to be able to make something out of a visit to this place – the steepness of the terrain makes it an easy enough proposition for even the trekking upstarts!
This mountain fortress, on the outskirts of Bangalore, is also known as Kalavara Durga and is famous for its night trekking facilities. This mountain range faces the famous Nandi Hills of Karnataka and is rated as one of the best destinations for nighttime trekking campaigns. Though slightly on the tougher side, trekking in Skandagiri can turn out to be real fun and exhilarating if undertaken with proper guidance.
The Billigudda and Karigudda Hills form the Savandurga Hill Range, which is located at a distance of 60 kilometres from Bangalore. The highest point of these hill ranges is at a height of 1200 metres. Of the two hills, Billigudda is the more preferred trekking destination because of its comparatively gentler slope. Besides, a number of other adventures sports options are also available for the ‘thrill lovers’ who visit this place.
Famous for being the second largest monolith in the continent of Asia, Madhugiri Hills presents tourists and trekking enthusiasts with a lively environment, very much near the city of Bangalore. The trekking activities undertaken here are aimed at reaching the Madhugiri Fort, which is located high atop the eponymous hill range. The expansive view of the surroundings that one can get after completing the trek is a worthwhile reward for the challenging march up the steep slope. Circular bastions are present at regular intervals, to ensure that trekkers can get adequate rest along the way.
If you are someone who likes spending his time right in the very lap of nature, Bheemeshwari may just be the right destination for you! Exotic forest camps available at Bheemeshwari present great opportunities to tourists to explore the nearby forests and spend time in the lonely woods. Besides, adventures sports like river rafting are also available nearby, so as to make a stay at Bheemeshwari an utter delight for anyone!
This is one of the most picturesque destinations in Karnataka, ensconced deep within the folds of the verdant greenery surrounding the River Kavery. The famous Anandadhama Resort overlooks the gorgeous river and is the ideal destination for nature lovers. Trekking, boating, camp fires, Ayurveda-based stress relief activities and an entire array of relaxation methods await you at Anandadhama. The place is also well known for its vegetarian food.
The Jaladhama Resort, located 120 kilometres away from Bangalore, presents a magnificent combination of beautiful backwaters and lush green surroundings. One is likely to sink deep into the beauty of the surrounding environment, playing indoor and outdoor games at the Jaladhama Resort! This place happens to be an ideal weekend getaway for those who are in desperate need of some stress release!
The Ranganathaswamy temple is an important landmark in this region, which is otherwise famous for night trekking. The thrills of climbing a mountain at night draw a number of young trekkers to Ranganathaswamy Betta. The path to the top of the hill is lined by dense vegetation on both sides, with sunflower plantations taking hold of the average eyesight every now and then. If you think you are adventurous enough to trek at night, with only a few souls around, pack your bags and make your way to this place. And, when you get to the top of the peak make sure you bask in the stunning view of the surroundings at sunrise!