Bangalore being the IT capital of India is a city that is filled with companies of all kinds that mostly follow the 9-5 routine with weekends off. To break the fatigue of workers, companies are always on a lookout for activities that will rejuvenate their employees and give them a new, refreshed zeal to restart their work.
Luckily enough, Bangalore is surrounded by quite a few places that can offer nature or adventure or even better, a blend of both! Varying based on how long your team outing needs to be, read about the 8 different destinations you can plan for a team outing for a long weekend.
Camping At Manchanbele
Located at a distance of 40 km, Manchanbele dam is perhaps the quickest getaway from Bangalore. Situated on the river Arkavathi, the dam is a picturesque location which is spread with lush greenery and if you visit during monsoon, the misty and soft rainfall makes the place look simply enchanting.
Perfect for an outing with the entire team, you can conduct various recreational activities, such as kayaking, target practicing, tube rafting, trekking and of course camping overnight. Many services are available which give the entire package for a reasonable price.
Ramanagara, the town that got famous due to the shooting of the famous Bollywood movie Sholay, is now a popular getaway destination for Bangaloreans. Located at a distance of about 55 km from the city, Ramanagara is suitable for group outings, college trips or even just a long drive out of the city.
Rock climbing on these ancient granite outcrops is one of the most sought-after activities at Ramanagara. Plan for a day out on a weekend with the team, attempt rock climbing, take your binoculars for birdwatching and finally call it a day by camping at the site.
Officially known as Kodagu, Coorg is an enchanting place that is filled with the aroma of fresh coffee and spice plantations, hills with rolling meadows, misty climate, gushing waterfalls and thickets of forests. Offering an ideal escape into nature, Coorg is located 245 km from Bangalore that takes 5-6 hours to reach.
Plan a team outing of 3-5 days where you can combine touring the place as well as camping in the heart of nature. Visit places like Abbey Falls, Nagarhole
National Park, Talacauvery, etc. Along with camping, plan fun activities like archery, high rope traversing or just relax in a luxury resort.
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Trekking At Savandurga
Considered as one of the largest monolithic hills in Asia, Savandurga is a hill that is located around 60 km from Bangalore. For an outing that encourages the team to push their limits, trekking at Savandurga can be the ideal destination. The Savandurga hill is made of two hills known as Karigudda (black hill) and Biligudda (white hill) and is perched at an altitude of 4220 ft.
This challenging trek is usually made during the night by adventure enthusiasts. Along with the scenic beauty of Savandurga, witness a beautiful fort prison that belongs to the Hoysalan era, perched on the Biligudda.
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Dandeli is one of the most sought-after destinations for an adventure-filled outing. Located in the depths of nature, with river Kali flowing through lush greenery and forest thickets, Dandeli has everything adventurous to offer.
White water river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, nature walks, nature camps, birdwatching, trekking to Shiroli Peak or exploring the wildlife of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the activities that can be done at this small town.
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For a quick, fun-filled day out that has something for everybody, head to Wonderla, Bangalore's best amusement park. Wonderla is located 35 km from the city centre and is a great place to visit for a day.
This amusement park has innumerable high-thrill rides, land and water rides, that can be played by people of all ages. In fact, along with your team you can bring your family and kids since it also has a different set of rides exclusively for kids.
PC: Saad Faruque
Spread with lush green coffee plantations, one too many peaks and settled on the foothills of Mullayanagiri, Chikmagalur offers an ideal blend of nature and adventure. Some of the most popular peaks for trekking around Chikmagalur include Mullayanagiri, Kemmanagundi and Kudremukh trails.
Team outings to Chikmagalur can be exclusively made for nature with activities like bonfire, nature camp, barbecue and a little bit of trekking. Or it can be combined with adventures like ziplining, water rafting in river Bhadra, rappelling, quad biking, etc.
PC: Vikram Vetrivel
Adventures At Bheemeshwari
Bheemeshwari is a small town of Mandya district that is located about 100 km from Bangalore. This town is famous for adventure sports and fishing, since river Cauvery here is a spot for some of the finest game fish in the world called Mahseer fish.
Set against the backdrop of the Western Ghats, Bheemeshwari is a sought-after outing destination where one can indulge in adventures of any level of difficulty. Some of these include fishing, trekking, camping, nature camps, coracle rides, kayaking, etc.
PC: Rishabh Mathur