Relax, unwind and rejuvenate with these ultimate weekend getaways from Bangalore. Choose from adventure, leisure, wildlife, heritage and more destinations and explore some amazing destinations from Bangalore for weekend travels with family, friends or even as you go solo.
Places To Visit Near Bangalore
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Distance from Bangalore: 55 km
Famous for being a hideout of the famous Bollywood dacoit - Gabbar Singh of the 1970's blockbuster film - Sholay, Ramanagara is located very close to the Garden city of Bangalore. A popular weekend hangout for the city crowd, Ramanagara is also a paradise for trekkers and adventurers. Go rock climbing over the massive boulders, or trek up the Ramadevara Betta. For a little intoxication, enjoy a wine tour at the Heritage Winery - take your pick!
Distance from Bangalore: 86.9 km
Take a long leisurely drive on the NICE road and exit to leave behind the chaos of the city. Couple it up with sipping a hot cuppa at the 24/7 Cafe Coffee Day and munch on the most delicious fritter snack ever - the famous ‘Maddur Vade'. Sounds like a plan? Well, this weekend getaway from Bangalore to Maddur is just that and more!
Distance from Bangalore: 66.7 km
A sure way to connect with your inner child and also bond with your children, family, and friends at the same time, is to visit Channapatna - the toy town of Karnataka. Visit this colourful and cheerful toy town with your loved one over a romantic long drive. Or spend a quality time shopping for some unique and completely child-safe toys with your kids. For peace and tranquillity, head to the spiritual sites around Channapatna.
Distance from Bangalore: 55.3 km
Your olfactory senses will thank you when you will inhale assorted fragrances of Jasmine, Rose, and Eucalyptus instead of the smoke and dust of the city air at Malur. Yes, the town of Malur near Bangalore is famous for floriculture and at growing some of the freshest vegetables ever. Visit the famous Chikka Tirupati Temple, to get the feel of visiting the original Tirupati Temple, without travelling much.
Distance from Bangalore: 62.1 km
With its lush green environs, Kanakpura is a breath of fresh air and a favoured tourist destination of Karnataka. Famous for its silk production, one can buy amazing silk products directly from here. Nearby, over the river Arkavathy, is the magnificent Manchanabele Dam and reservoir, where the adventure junkies can go kayaking. With plenty of treks and trails, serene nature walks, adventure camps, spiritual and historical sites, Kanakpura has something for everyone!
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Distance from Bangalore: 100 km
Just about a 100 km from Bangalore, Bheemeshwari offers a perfect blend of nature and adventure that is so easily accessible, especially when you are craving for a quick break. There is no dearth of options for the adventure enthusiasts, be it trekking, rafting, kayaking or ziplining - Bheemeshwari has it all. Nature and wildlife lovers can go birdwatching or stroll in the woods or take leisurely coracle rides over the sprightly Cauvery. Bheemeshwari is also famous for its fishing and angling camps.
Distance from Bangalore: 67.5 km
Perfect for the nocturnal beings who are adventurous at heart, the prime attraction of Anthargange is its night trek and cave exploration, which is an utterly awe-inspiring experience! With its unique landscapes, Anthargange is a wonder-world full of caves - big and small, secret passages and innumerable boulders. The rocky terrain is ideal for pro as well as hobbyist rock climbers.
Distance from Bangalore: 52.3 km
Peace, tranquillity and a dash of adventure - Shivagange is just the place to experience all three at once! The Shivagange Hill is shaped like the Shivalinga and a pristine stream flowing nearby is called ‘Ganga', these two facts add up to give the said name to the hills. Popular for rock climbing and trekking, Shivgange is a favoured getaway. Take a long drive from Bangalore and climb the peak to witness beautiful, panoramic views of the surroundings.
Distance from Bangalore: 104.9 km
Towering at over 1000 metres, the Madhugiri Hill is known to be the second largest monolith in Asia. This massive monolith is a true delight for trekkers, adventurers and anyone who'd want to break the monotony and seek solace. Imagine the rush one would feel on ascending its steep slopes and reaching the summit. Madhugiri gets its name from a large number of honey bee colonies that once inhabited major parts of this hill.
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Distance from Bangalore: 130.7 km
Located on the banks of the Kaveri River, Nimishamba is a famous place of pilgrimage. Even if you are not in for the temple visits and kinds, you would still enjoy a lovely long drive followed by the serene and rustic views of the place that rests by the river bank, and the picturesque confluence or Sangam of Kaveri - is a perfect way to unwind.
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Distance from Bangalore: 130.2 km
If you decide to search up a bit about this town, it may come across as just another quaint, nondescript town - but trust us, it is a lot more than that! Srirangapatna has a lot more to offer than what meets the eye. It is a lovely blend of nature, culture, religion and history - and has something for every visitor. Delve into the history with monuments and structures from Mughal and British era, visit the temples associated with interesting legends, or immerse yourself in its pristine wildlife and natural beauty.
Distance from Bangalore: 150 km
The famous heritage city of Mysore is known to all. Travelling to Mysore is a new experience each time and there's so much to discover. Be it a traversal through the royal city visiting the opulent Mysore Palace, or strolling across the centuries-old, colourful markets of silk, spices and sandalwood, or climbing the ancient stone stairway and absorbing the tranquillity at the Chamundi Hills, the very essence of the vibrant city is felt strongly. Churches, temples, palace, forts, libraries, museums, zoo, wildlife - you name it and Mysore has it all.
13. Bidadi – Innovative Film City
Distance from Bangalore: 39.7 km
Because there's no age to have fun and giggles! The Innovative Film City at Bidadi near Bangalore guarantees unlimited fun to people of all ages, really! Don't believe us, go and check out for yourself. It is accredited with being one of the finest theme parks that ensures leisure and recreation at its prime. Perfect to spend an entire day with family, friends and close circles, the Innovative Film City is frequented by the city crowd ever so often.
14. Kunti Betta
Distance from Bangalore: 128.6 km
Famous for its night trek, Kunti Betta is one of the most thrilling treks around Bangalore. Nestled in the Pandavapura town, not too far from Bangalore, Kunti Betta is a must visit spot, especially for the trekking enthusiasts. Follow up with camping under the stars after an exciting trek to the summit. At sunrise, you will be marvelled with the panoramic views of the lush paddy and sugarcane fields from atop the 2800 m high Kunti Betta hills.
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Distance from Bangalore: 64.3 km
With its scenic beauty and thrilling trek, Makalidurga is one of the favoured getaways for city dwellers, trekkers and adventurers. Apart from being a hotspot for adventure activities like rappelling and rock climbing, Makalidurga is most famous for its enticing night trek. Encompassed by a beautiful lake, that is roughly in the shape of a South American continent, the Makalidurga Hills sport the Makalidurga Fort and an old Shiva Temple atop, from where you will experience the best-ever scenes of sunrise and sunset.
Distance from Bangalore: 71 km
Picture a landscape that looks something like this: chains of rocky hills dotted with numerous temples, huddled in the midst of sprawling verdant forests. Well, how about we tell you there exists such a place? Devarayanadurga is a popular hill station close to Bangalore that is ideal for a weekend retreat. It is famous for its pleasant climate, trekking, beautiful temples and natural beauty.
Distance from Bangalore: 69.1 km
One of the largest monoliths in Asia, the Savandurga Hill accounts for one of the most exciting treks near Bangalore that is sure to give you an adrenaline rush. Formed by two hills known as Biligudda and Karigudda, which in local parlance mean 'the white hill' and 'the black hill', respectively, Savandurga is ideal for rock climbing, cave explorations and trekking of various difficulty levels. It is also famous for a Lakshmi Narasimha Temple located at the foothill, which is frequented by many.
18. Gaganachukki – Barachukki Falls
Distance from Bangalore: 136.3 km
The twin falls of Gaganachukki and Barachukki are the major falls that are a part of a cluster of waterfalls created by the Kaveri River. The river branches into two and flows through deep gorges on either side of the island before plunging at two places forming the glorious Gaganachukki and Barachukki Falls at Shivanasamudra. Visiting the falls around monsoons, when they are roaring and gushing, is the most refreshing feel ever. Add to the thrill by taking a coracle ride near the falls and soaking in its mist.
Distance from Bangalore: 134 km
Folklore suggest that this place by the bank of River Kaveri was completely covered by sand once. Talakadu once, had over 30 temples and while most of them have been excavated, several still lay buried under the sand. This historical temple town has some really interesting stories of royal families, tragedies, conspiracies and curse. Another interesting factor is the auspicious and rare event of Panchalinga Darshan that happens once in twelve years. It is a visit to the five Shiva temples that symbolize his five incarnations, on a particular day, based on the movement of stars and planets.
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Distance from Bangalore: 135.5 km
This enchanting island town of Karnataka is famous for its glorious waterfalls. Shivanasamudra means ‘Shiva's Sea', and it home to the famous twin falls of Gaganchukki and Barachukki, which are among the top 100 best-rated waterfalls in the world. You can witness the grandeur of Kaveri river here, as she flows through the deep gorges and drops off, forming the stunning falls. With its ancient temples, Shivanasamudra is also a perfect place for history and architecture enthusiasts.
Distance from Bangalore: 196 km
Mekedatu is that quick getaway you can plan or take an unplanned trip to. The drive is refreshing and the destination is even better. Mekedatu with its stunning rock faces and fantastic gorges will definitely charm you. River Kaveri flowing ferociously through the deep ravines at Mekedatu has strong currents and is quite a sight. Nearby, is another serene place - Sangama or the confluence where river Arkavati meets river Kaveri.
22. Turahalli Forest
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Distance from Bangalore: 21.1 km
Sometimes we are unaware of the secret and offbeat destinations that are right in our backyard. Turahalli Forest is one such secret spot that is just a stone's throw away from Bangalore, but not known to many. It is the last-standing forest of Bangalore and is often referred to as Karishma Hills. Surrounded by lush greenery, this place offers picturesque views and is often frequented by cyclists, rock-climbers, trekkers, birders, nature lovers and anyone seeking a few quiet moments.
23. Ghati Subramanya
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Distance from Bangalore: 61.1 km
Perched atop a hill, Ghati Subramanya is predominantly a place of pilgrimage. Yet, the curvy roads leading to the age-old temples on hilltop offer a thrilling ride/drive and attract several bikers, cyclists, etc. Apart from the devotees, often historians and architecture enthusiasts visit the place to marvel at the ancient temples built in the Dravidian style of architecture. So even if you're not a religious person, the place is worth visiting because of the thrilling roads, beautiful architecture and historical significance.
24. Wonderla Amusement Park
Distance from Bangalore: 34.2 km
Sharing laughter strengthens bonds - which is why a day outing to Wonderla Amusement Park is the top pick when it comes to spending time with friends, families and loved ones. It is such a soothing break from the daily hustle-bustle that you'd want to visit the place often. The amusement park has several rides, water rides, games along with some interesting virtual reality and laser shows. There are fun rides for the kids as well, so that everyone can have a fun day out.
25. Nandi Hills
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Distance from Bangalore: 61.1 km
Once known as Anandgiri, meaning ‘hill of happiness', this ancient hill fortress near Bangalore is a favourite weekend destination for many Bangaloreans. A comfortable drive will take you to this giant monolithic mass, blessed with beautiful scenic views. Perfect for quick trips and day outings with family or friends, Nandi Hills is always buzzing with people. Sunset and sunrise views from here are extremely beautiful. Many cycling and biking enthusiasts also enjoy a thrilling ride to Nandi Hills.
Distance from Bangalore: 92.4 km
There is a different kind of thrill altogether to explore a lesser-known destination, isn't it? If you resonate with this thought, then we are sure you'd love Avalabetta. Less popular than the other similar spots around the place, Avalabetta is truly an exciting place to visit. It has impressive cliffs, beautiful pond, temple and offers beautiful views of the surroundings. And the best part is, you can drive almost till the summit! So even those who don't/can't trek can enjoy the place.
Distance from Bangalore: 263.9 km
One of the most visited places in Karnataka, Coorg is fondly called the ‘Scotland of India' given its amazing weather, high mountain peaks, verdant slopes and sprawling coffee estates. Visited all round the year, the place showcases a unique beauty in each season. So whether you want to romance with the rains, or beat the heat or chill in the mountain mist, Coorg is the place to be. There is plenty of adventure activities, wildlife, and nature, and therefore, Coorg can be visited by all kinds of travellers.
Distance from Bangalore: 242.8 km
Huddled at the foothills of Mullayanagiri - the highest peak in Karnataka, Chikmagalur is one of the most picturesque destinations in South India. Chikmagalur is frequented by all kinds of tourists and is famous for its pleasant weather, rich wildlife, thrilling treks and trails, waterfalls, coffee, and more. It is a favourite summer retreat for many, as the temperature here is several degrees lower than anywhere else, even in the hot summer months.
Distance from Bangalore: 282.9 km
With abundant natural beauty, exotic wildlife, adventurous jungle trails, Wayanad is a home to many aboriginal tribes of Kerala. This tiny district still remains less-explored and pristine as compared to the other major destinations in Kerala, and therefore, is perfect for those with an avid wanderlust. Trek through the ancient ruins, mysterious caves, ravishing waterfall and stunning peaks for a travel memory that will forever be etched onto your minds.
Distance from Bangalore: 249.2 km
Located on the beautiful stretch of Mysore-Ooty highway, bordered on one side by the serene Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Masinagudi is a perfect place for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. It is a most popular place for enjoying the adventure stays at jungle lodges and tree houses amidst the exotic wildlife. Camping, trekking, bird watching, jungle safaris and other activities are also the prime attractions of Masinagudi.
Distance from Bangalore:229.6 km
Where elephants wander around idly and deers often stop to stare at the intruders, Bandipur is a perfect destination for that thrilling wildlife experience you secretly crave. With nature walks, exciting treks, wildlife safaris, and abundant natural beauty, Bandipur was once a private hunting ground for the Maharajas of Mysore. Located in the magnificent Western Ghats, the lush forests are home to rich flora and fauna. Take a trip to Bandipur and experience the mesmerising beauty that it is.
Distance from Bangalore:277.7 km
Queen of hill stations, Udhagamandalam is famously called Ooty. It is one of the most popular hill stations down south in Tamil Nadu. If you decide to take a road trip, the drive will be blessed with pleasant views as the roads snake through the Nilgiri Hills. The UNESCO Heritage Site - Nilgiri Mountain Railway will be the most picturesque railway journey you would have taken. Remember the Shah Rukh Khan starrer song Chaiyya Chaiyya? It was shot on the top of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
Distance from Bangalore:220.5 km
A tiny town in the Hassan district of Karnataka, Belur is an ancient land of kings, kingdoms and marvellous temples. Located on the banks of Yagchi river, Belur was the ancient capital of the Hoysala dynasty. The Hoysalas were known for their love of fine art and architecture and this is distinctly visible in the temples and monuments built by them. The temples exhibit a fine work of art and architecture and are truly a feast to the eyes. Head to Belur and travel back in time.
Distance from Bangalore:210.2 km
Halebidu is a twin town of Belur and an equally interesting place to visit, especially for those who have a keen interest in history, art and architecture. One striking feature of the temples and monuments here is that the walls are adorned by beautiful sculptures of celestial nymphs, which are believed to be homage to the timeless beauty of Shantala Devi, Queen of King Vishnuvardhana. The temples and monuments each have their unique stories etched in the stones of the structures here. Travel to Halebidu and unearth these spiritual and architectural gems.
Distance from Bangalore:343.4 km
Karnataka is land of heritage and home to many historical sites which, even in their ruins, retell the interesting stories from the past. One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, Hampi, was the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. The glory and richness of the kingdom can still be seen in the magnificent ruins, monuments and structures strewn across the region. Travel to this city of ruins for an experience that will transport to an era bygone.
Distance from Bangalore:216 km
The charming hill station of Yercaud, huddled in the Shevaroy hill ranges of the Eastern Ghats, is a perfect place to escape to with your loved one. With a pleasant weather, serene views and picturesque landscapes, Yercaud makes it to the list of popular romantic destinations in South India. Fondly called the ‘Jewel of the South', another striking feature of Yercaud is the Emerald Lake - a huge, natural lake, surrounded by lush green hills. Travel to this enchanting hill station and savour the quiet, romantic moments.
37. Yelagiri Hills
Distance from Bangalore:160.6 km
The most popular destination among the travel and adventure enthusiasts, Yelagiri, actually has something for everyone. Sitting cozily at the foothills of the Eastern Ghats, and surrounded by plenty of natural beauty, Yelagiri is a hill station in Tamil Nadu. Though not as popular as other major hill stations down south, Yelagiri is slowly making its way into the list of tourist destinations. You can enjoy activities and adventure sports such as trekking, paragliding and rock climbing at Yelagiri or simply sit back and enjoy nature at its best.
38. Mandargiri Hills
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Distance from Bangalore:62.5 km
Craving for a quick break? Craving for a waft of fresh air to fill your lungs? But do not want to travel too far? Want a quiet place? Don't worry, we've got this one for you - all you have to do is drive for just about 60 km out of the Bangalore city and voila! You'll reach just the place you wished for. Mandargiri is a less-explored, less-crowded and unpolluted place surrounded with beautiful hillocks and boulders. Travel to this beauty and experience the peace you have been craving.
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Distance from Bangalore:143 km
Famous for being a Jain place of pilgrimage, Shravanabelagola must be visited to witness its architectural and sculptural grandeur. It is also known worldwide for having the world's largest monolithic statue of Gomateshwara or "Bahubali" as referred to by the Jains. Shravanabelagola houses some of the most beautiful temples and shrine structures, called Basadi. If you have an eye for art, architecture and history, then you must visit Shravanabelagola.
Distance from Bangalore:226.2 km
With its rich flora and fauna, abundant natural beauty, extremely pleasant weather, Nagarhole is the ultimate wildlife destination one could visit! The Nagarhole National Park with its hot biodiversity, lush forests, verdant valleys, hills, waterfalls and streams is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the same. For the wildlife enthusiast or photographer in you, or simply for the love of travelling - Nagarhole is your go-to place!
Distance from Bangalore:215 km
With its enchanting scenic beauty, rich wildlife and abundant natural beauty, Kabini is an amazing place for anyone seeking peace and tranquility. Once a private hunting ground for the British, the Kabini Wildlife Reserve, which is a part of the Nagarhole Forest, is a popular destination among tourists, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Kabini, with its dense forests, hilly terrain, sparkling streams and glittering lakes, is a perfect spot for a relaxed holiday. For the more adventurous souls, there's a whole lot to do including jungle safari, elephant safari, trekking, boating, cycling, nature walks, birdwatching, wildlife photography and more.
42. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Distance from Bangalore:293.5 km
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is nestled in the lush greens of the Western Ghats between Chikmagalur and Shimoga - two most popular holiday destinations of Karnataka. Also known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, the forests boast a large population of tigers. Thrilling safaris can be taken to experience the wilderness. A small museum near the forest office showcases information about the numerous species of wildlife found here. A beautiful Bhadra river flows in its vicinity and is a serene spot to enjoy the sounds of the jungle.
43. T Narasipura
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Distance from Bangalore:141.7 km
Also known as Dakshin Kashi, Tirumakudalu Narasipura or T. Narasipura, is a popular tourist and pilgrimage destination. It is considered to be a highly sacred town as it is a land to the sangam or confluence of three sacred water bodies including a mythical lake. It has roots in many legendary and mythological chapters that one may find interesting. The city also has one of the oldest peepal trees, which is believed to be more than 2000-years-old and a wish-fulfilling tree. A road trip to T. Narasipura is known for its scenic drive.
Distance from Bangalore:310.8 km
Home to the country's second highest plunge waterfalls - Jog, Shimoga, also known as Shivamogga, is located on the banks of the Tunga river. The city opens up to the hills of the Western Ghats, therefore, is nicknamed as ‘Gateway to Malnad' and ‘Heaven on Earth'. With it unmatched beauty and stunning vistas, Shimoga is one of the major tourist destinations of Karnataka.
Distance from Bangalore:346.2 km
Located on the banks of the Tunga river, Tirthahalli is a scenic town located in the Shimoga district. Surrounded by thick, lush forests of the Western Ghats, this place is relatively an offbeat and less-explored travel destinations. Ideal for a romantic getaway, Tirthahalli is known for its scenic beauty. For those seeking solitude and peace, this is an ideal choice of destination where one can unwind and rejuvenate.
Distance from Bangalore:461.9 km
The untamed terrain of Dandeli in North Karnataka, is an ideal getaway for all the adventure seekers. It is full of dense forests, gorges, valleys and a roaring river Kali. For the adventurous souls Dandeli is the Mecca of adventures. White-water rafting, trekking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, jungle safari, rappelling - you name it and Dandeli has it! The thick forests of Dandeli, adding to the thrill, are home to the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. Being close to the Goa border, Dandeli is frequented by travellers from Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.
Distance from Bangalore:484.6 km
Once predominantly a temple town, Gokarna is an upcoming beach destination that is following the league of Goa. With its pristine beaches, serene landscape, good food and adventures, Gokarna is hub for travellers, backpackers, beach lovers and hippies from all over the world. Gokarna is a unique combination of temples and beaches that offer peace, tranquility, adventure and fun - all at the same time. It is a preferred beach destination for those who want to experience a chilled-out beach holiday but at the same time want to avoid crowds.
48. Dudhsagar Falls
Distance from Bangalore:547.8 km
Dudhsagar Waterfalls is a favoured destination among the adventurer and trekker community. The trek to the Dudhsagar Falls is considered to be one of the most thrilling ones. Located on the Mandovi river, this four-tiered waterfall is situated on the border of Goa and Karnataka. Falling from a height of 1017 ft, surrounded by emerald forests and hills, this glorious waterfall is a spectacular beauty.
PC: Sarthak Banerjee
Distance from Bangalore:401.4 km
Located in the Shimoga district amidst the serene ranges of Western Ghats, Sagara is an offbeat destination for travellers. The famous Jog Falls is located just about 30 km from here. Sagara is also home to some beautiful places like Ikkeri and Keladi; these places are known for their historical significance. The picturesque Honnemardu situated on the backwaters of river Sharavati, is located about 28 km from the city.
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Distance from Bangalore:457.4 km
Located in the lush, evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, Yana is a place packed with abundant nature and beauty. This village huddled in the forests, is famous for its unusual karst rock formations. Surrounded by thick forests and streams, two monoliths jut out of the surrounding, giving the whole landscape a very surreal look. So get into the Indiana Jones avatar and go explore the fantastically unique rock formations and caves of Yana.
Distance from Bangalore:404.8 km
Located in the heart of the Western Ghats, the city of Sirsi in North Karnataka is an absolute scenic beauty. Surrounded by lush forests, the region is home to numerous picturesque spots and stunning waterfalls. With a bountiful nature, there's a lot to see and do in Sirsi that includes trekking, cave exploration, nature walks, waterfalls, etc. The region is popular for its aromatic spices like cardamom, pepper and vanilla; and the city is also famous for its beautiful temples.
PC: Vinay Bhat
Distance from Bangalore:309.3 km
This place derives its name from a Kannada word which means ‘pearl', and rightly so, as Puttur is one such serene town that is offbeat, less-explored and less-crowded - which is nothing short of a ‘pearl' for a true traveller. With galore of temples, each with an interesting story to tell from the historic past, Puttur is a window to the rich heritage and culture of Karnataka. Take a long drive along the paths with the most scenic views and rest assured of a revering holiday.
PC: Ashwin Iyer
Distance from Bangalore:442.6 km
Located in the heart of the dense forests of the Western Ghats, Kodachadri is a glistening gem of a peak. It is the tenth highest peaks of Karnataka and has made it to the Karnataka Government's list of ‘Natural Heritage Sites'. Abundant natural beauty, sprawling emerald valleys, glorious waterfalls, stunning landscapes and a rich flora and fauna makes Kodachadri one of the most famous treks of the Western Ghats. So if you are a daredevil who loves challenges, put on your trekking shoes and head to this stunning peak, like now!
Distance from Bangalore:328.5 km
Situated on the banks of the Tunga river, Sringeri is a temple town in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. With its prime attraction being the Sringeri Mutt, it is a famous place of pilgrimage. The place is also famous for a number of beautiful and ancient temples, some with very interesting architecture and design. Bordered by the Western Ghats, Sringeri offers picturesque views of the surrounding valleys, hills and waterfalls. It is often a pit stop for those heading to the Jog Falls.
55. Kukke Subramanya
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Distance from Bangalore:280.4 km
Located in the Subramanya town in Dakshin Kannada district, Kukke Subramanya is famous temple dedicated to the lord of all serpents - Lord Subramanya, who is the son of Lord Shiva. The temple has an interesting architecture and a legend associated with it which roots from the Hindu mythology. The town is located in the Western Ghats with a backdrop of dense evergreen forests and the spectacular Kumara Parvatha - one of the most famous trekking destinations in South India.
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Distance from Bangalore:297.7 km
Dharmasthala is a temple town located on the banks of river Netravathi in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. It is a famous place of pilgrimage that houses an 800-year-old Shiva Temple. Even if you are not a religious person, you can still visit Dharmasthala to get a glimpse of the state's culture and heritage. If you have an inclination towards rare and unique collections, especially cars, you would cherish the visit to a museum that houses a rare collection of vintage cars.
Distance from Bangalore:351.6 km
A picturesque coastal strip between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Mangalore is a famous beach destination. With galore of beaches, most with spectacular sunset views, Mangalore is a paradise for beach lovers. It is home to numerous ancient temples and old churches; most famous being the Kadri Manjunath Temple. Something for the foodies - this land of beaches is also a famous food destination with its world class coffee, cashews and delicious cuisine.
Distance from Bangalore:403 km
This Konkani city is popular for its pristine beaches and awe-inspiring temples. Nestled between the majestic mountains of the Western Ghats and the expansive Arabian Sea, this land of legends is blessed with abundant natural beauty. It is famous for the Krishna Temple which has an interesting legend tagged to it. Its serene beaches are a perfect place to unwind and de-stress. Malpe Beach is a paradise for photographers with its dramatic views of sunset skies, and the backdrop of St. Mary's Island - which is believed to be the place where Vasco Da Gama first set his foot on his travel exploration to India.
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Distance from Bangalore:122.7 km
Discover the ancient myths and monoliths at Lepakshi, a village in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, just about 123 km from Bangalore. The temples and structures here exhibit the finest examples of art and architecture from the historic period of the Vijayanagara Empire. The Lepakshi Temple and a giant monolithic structure of Nandi is something you must visit to understand the rich heritage and culture of Karnataka. These archaeological marvels are listed under the Archaeological Survey of India. These monuments draw several historians, art and architecture enthusiasts and travellers every year.
Distance from Bangalore:148 km
The heritage town of Melkote is located around 50 km from Mysore. Galore of beautifully constructed temples from historic periods are spread across the town. The most famous ones are the Cheluva Narayana Temple and Yoga Narasimha Temple, beautifully located on the top of Yadugiri Hill. Melkote Wildlife Sanctuary is another major place you can visit; along with several animals, the sanctuary is home to more than 200 species of birds and hence, is a paradise for birdwatchers.