As a matter of fact Bengaluru is possibly one of the best cities for travellers to stay in India, which is contested, celebrated and relished by the wanderlust generation all across the country.
But irrespective of what the consensus is, it can be agreed that the garden city has one of the best access to the Western Ghats.
Which means that one's hunt for the beautiful yet challenging places to go trekking near the city does not have to end at guided treks. One can very well take on these trails all by himself/herself. All you would need is to carry some basic camping equipment, which is not mandatory though, and a thirst for adventure.
So, have a look at some of the treks around the city which one can easily undertake all by himself/herself. What are you waiting for? Head to these places soon!
The trek to the summit of the Kopatty Hill in Coorg is rather a quick and fulfilling one, which you and your buddies can easily go for by yourselves, as it does not require for you to camp.
The hill top can be reached after a trek of 3 hours and the descent through lush forests and grasslands will take you lesser time than the ascending.
The trek begins from the Maha Vishnu Temple here, which is a short walk from the Kopatty Bus Stop. Kopatty is located at a distance of 290 km from Bengaluru.
PC: Leelavathy B.M
Bandaje Arbi Falls
The trek to Bandaje Arbi Falls and Ballalarayana Durga fort is a rewarding one with two wonders; the first is the majestic waterfall and the second is the historic fort of Ballalarayana Durga.
One can attempt both of these in one single day, but trekkers prefer to camp at the Bandaje Falls overnight and head to the Ballalarayana Durga fort the next day.
The trek begins from Ujire, from where you can head to Gowdara Mane and then on further. Ujire is around 308 km from Bengaluru.
PC: Sumesh Always
The trek to Kodachadri offers several trials to those who love to scale heights. One such trail begins from Karekatte, which is quite simple and offers a more scenic climb.
Another trial begins from Sampekatte, which is slightly tougher to ascend, and another one from Marakuttaka, which takes you through the Hidulmane Falls.
The trek begins from Karekatte, which is located on the Nittur-Kollur road. Karekatte is located at a distance of 497 km from Bengaluru.
PC: Ashwin Kumar
Kumta To Gokarna Beach
The trek from Kumta to Gokarna Beach is probably one of the most hidden and beautiful beach trekking routes in the state of Karnataka.
The trek takes around 10 to 12 hours to complete. One can begin their expedition from Kumta Beach and make a night halt at Heaven Beach, which can be reached after the Kagal Fort.
The beauty of the Arabian Sea would give you company until you reach the destination of Gokarna Beach. The trek begins from Kumta, which is located at a distance of 470 km from Bengaluru and has plenty of buses that operate to and fro from Bengaluru to Kumta.
Ettina Bhuja is a mild challenging trek, to an ox hump-shaped hill which in Kannada is written as "Yettu" meaning an 'Ox' and "Bhuja" meaning shoulder.
Located on the Charmadi Ghats, the trek is a brilliant route for beginners who can reach here over a long weekend from the garden city.
The trek begins from Shishila, which one can reach by taking a bus from Dharamasthala to Kokkadaan and from there by jeep to Holegundi. Holegundi is located at a distance of 290 km from Bengaluru.
One of the best weekend treks from Bengaluru is the trek you could take to Makalidurga. Makalidurga is located at a distance of 60 km from the city and is frequented by those aspiring and professional rock climbers who find this experience truly worthwhile.
The trek comes to an end at a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and near the Gunjar lake. The trek begins from Dodaballapur, which is located close to the Makalidurga Railway station.
PC: Sakeeb Sabakka
If you would love to add a spice of adventure to your mundane life, head to Amedikallu which is a bit more towards the challenging treks of the region, as there are only a few steep rocky inclines which turn slippery during monsoon. The trek begins from Shishila that one can reach by taking a bus from Bengaluru and then a jeep to Kombaru.
Shishila is located at a distance of 370 km from Bengaluru.
Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta
Bilikal Ranganathaswamy Betta or BR hill is a great option for a weekend trek. Situated at a distance of 60 km away from the city, the summit of the hill hosts the ancient Ranganathaswamy temple, which trekkers can reach after trekking through a well-paved trail.
The trek begins from the Maruti Temple at Konnala Doddi, which is located at a very close proximity to Kanakapura.
For the adventure lovers, the search for an ideal trekking place near Bengaluru ends at Mullayangiri, which is considered as the highest peak in Karnataka.
The route, although has a few rough patches, is a mild challenging one and adds on to the breathtaking scenery of Chikmagaluru. The trek begins from Sarpadhari and is located at a distance of 267 km from Bengaluru.
PC: Riju K
At a height of 5740 ft, Tadiandamol is the tallest peak in Coorg district, which is a paradise for trekkers who would love to scale in a day or on a long weekend trip from Bengaluru.
Although one can easily ascend and descend the peak in a single day, camping at the peak is often recommended to the trekkers who visit this place.
The trek begins from Kakkabe, which is easily accessible from Madikeri. Kakkabe is located at a distance of 266 km from Bengaluru.