Bangalore is no doubt one of the best cities in India to live in. With balmy weather throughout the year and unpredictable rainfalls that immediately cool down the temperature, living in Bangalore is a boon. Gardens, parks, theatres and pubs are the places the city heads to during a weekend
However, for a biker, weekends mean a new adventure. Exploring every nook and corner of every place possible is an exciting thought for every biker. Luckily for the folks living in Bangalore, the city is surrounded by many places that offer the perfect relief from the routine hustle bustle.
Pull out your riding gears and plan a weekend off to any of these 10 places near Bangalore, that are perfect to go to on a bike trip.
Settled on the foothills of Mullayanagiri, Chikmagalur is a beautiful destination that is popular for the coffee estates galore that colour the town green. Its balmy weather makes the town a favourable place for a quick vacation.
Chikmagalur is located 245 km from Bangalore that takes around 5 hours to reach by bike. On the way, you can stop at Ramanagar, Nelamangala and Hassan for a break while taking in the beautiful green vistas of the place.
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Located at a distance of 285 km from Bangalore, Wayanad is a beautiful hill station of Kerala that makes for a perfect getaway into the arms of nature. Lush greenery that spreads across the Western Ghats coupled with a foggy and beautiful weather will instantly rejuvenate your mind.
The journey takes about 7 hours to be completed. You can extend your stay in Wayanad by visiting places like Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Kuruva Island, etc.
If riding till Chikmagalur seems strenuous or if you're short of time, head to Hassan, the city rich with heritage of Hoysala rulers. It is located about 190 km from Bangalore and it takes 4 hours to reach the city. Try the local cuisine or stop at Ramanagar for some delicious thatte idly on your way.
With picturesque greenery that accompanies you on your way, you may also visit the temples galore of Hassan, such as Lakshmidevi Temple, Someshwara Temple, to name a few.
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On of the most favoured destinations of Bangaloreans is Mysore, since the beautiful city is located just 4 hours away from Bangalore. It is a popular tourist destination that has quite a few places of interest.
Rich with the heritage of the Kingdom of Mysore, ruled by the Wodeyars family, Mysore is a glorious city that is home to the Mysore Palace. Revel in the magnificence of the palace and visit other places like St Philomena's Church, Mysore Zoo, Chamundi Hills, etc.
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A drive through the scenic Agumbe Ghat that is lined with thickets of forests, especially during monsoon can be one of the most refreshing experiences for a biker. Agumbe is known as Cherrapunji of the South due to the rainforests and waterfalls trickling through these forests.
Agumbe is located 355 km from Bangalore and it takes about 7-8 hours to reach the town. A drive of a few extra hours from Chikmagalur will take you to Agumbe. Pack your bags to Agumbe and visit the temples and waterfalls galore.
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Located 350 km from Bangalore, Mangalore is a major port city of Karnataka. To reach this beautiful city, it might take 7-8 hours on bike. You can stop at Shravanabelagola while you're on the way, one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Karnataka.
The city is dotted with beaches, palm trees, hills and streams of water. Some of the places you need to visit in Mangalore include Someshwar Beach, St Aloysius Church, Panambur Beach and temples galore.
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An offbeat hill station of Tamil Nadu, Yelagiri is a quaint and quick escape from Bangalore since it is located just 160 km from the city. It takes about 3-4 hours to reach Yelagiri which is located in TamiJohirsuresh1998l Nadu. With garden valley, rose gardens and orchards spread all across the hill station, Yelagiri is a great place to ride to.
Some of the places to visit in Yelagiri include Punganoor Lake, Murugan Temple, Government Silk Farm, to name a few. Trek to the Swamimalai Hills to spend some more time amidst nature.
Located at a distance of 220 km from Bangalore, Sakleshpur is one of the most favoured destinations for bikers. Its proximity to the city along with being a hill station makes it a popular place of attraction.
Trek up the Jenukal Gudda and through the green route, get a fantastic panoramic of the region at Bisle viewpoint and relish nature's beauty at Manjehalli waterfalls in Sakleshpur.
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Kolli Hills is a quaint group of hills situated at a distance of 257 km from Bangalore in Tamil Nadu. Mainly known for trekking, a journey to Kolli Hills on your bike will be a refreshing one. It takes about 5 hours to reach this serene and secluded place.
Relatively an offbeat destination, you can plan on trekking the Kolli Hills for an elaborate weekend getaway. Trekking through Kolli Hills will take a day or two, depending on how slow or fast you trek. You can view the magnificent Agaya Gangai waterfalls at the end of your trek upwards.
Coimbatore is a city surrounded by Western Ghats, located 365 km away in Tamil Nadu. With proper and well-maintained roads, a 7-hour ride to Coimbatore might seem hardly strenuous. You will cross beautiful places like Hosur, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Salem on the way.
Places of tourist interest that you can explore in Coimbatore include Marudhamalai Hill Temple, Ayyappan Temple, Vydehi Falls, etc.