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10 Fantastic Road Trips From Bangalore You Should Never Miss!

By Akshatha Vinayak

Once the famous garden city has now changed into silicon city. People here lead a busy life and surely need a break! For such people, there are several destinations around the city. And you should also try these road trips from Bangalore for a refreshing time.

Some tourist places are near and at a 1 or 2 hours distance from Bangalore. And there are many destinations which can be covered in a day from the city. Bangalore to Mysore, Coorg, Nandi hills, etc. are the popular weekend trips. They're worth exploring and should never be missed!

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills

Distance: 62km

Best Time: Year-round destination

An early morning drive from Bangalore to Nandi Hills will fill you with lots of memories. The hill station is a beauty; offers a mystical view of sun rise and sunset.

Route: Bangalore - Devanahalli - Nandi Hills

Photo Courtesy: Rambled musings

Mysore

Mysore

Distance: 180km

Best Time: Anytime

Mysore is popular weekend getaway from Bangalore. The enchanting aura of this city and tourist places attracts many. Road trip from Bangalore to Mysore is one of the best ones. You can also cover Srirangapatna on your way to Mysore or while coming back.

Route: Bangalore - Mandhya - Mysore

Photo Courtesy: Navaneeth KN

Bandipur

Bandipur

Distance: 219km

Best Time: November - February

Bandipur National Park is one of the top destinations for wildlife tourism. A scenic drive from Bangalore to Bandipur is very exciting. The forest reserve is magical tourist spot and ideal for weekend trips.

Route: Bangalore- Mandya - Mysore -Bandipur

Photo Courtesy: Ravi Jandhyala

Skandagiri

Skandagiri

Distance: 65km

Best Time: October - March

Skandagiri is one of the best trekking spots near Bangalore. It is situated in a village at Chikkaballapur. The view from the top is scenic and one can also go for night trekking here.

Route: Bangalore - NH7 (Hyderabad - Bangalore Highway) Off Bellary road.

Photo Courtesy: Kalyan Kanuri

Masinagudi

Masinagudi

Distance: 235km

Best Time: November-February

Masinagudi is another wildlife reserve which is located near Bandipur and Mudumalai National Parks. Bangalore to Masinagudi route is a bit difficult and adventurous. There are 36 hairpin bends in this journey. It is one of the must try road trips from Bangalore.

Route: Bangalore - Mysore - Bandipur - Masinagudi

Photo Courtesy: Alosh Bennett

Mekedaatu

Mekedaatu

Distance: 150km

Best Time: October - February

Mekedaatu is a rocky ravine where a stream of river Kaveri cuts across these rocks. It is one of the famous weekend getaways from Bangalore. Sangama is another place near to it where river Arkavathi merges with river Kaveri. Even Shivanasamudra waterfalls is near Mekedaatu.

Route: Bangalore - Kanakapura - Mekedaatu

Photo Courtesy: Nagarjun Kandukuru

Coorg

Coorg

Distance: 280km

Best Time: All Seasons except monsoon

The mystic hill station of Coorg is very popular in Karnataka. The coffee plantations, waterfalls and the Western Ghats drenches it with beauty. A road trip from Bangalore to Coorg via Sakleshpur is also an interesting idea!

Route: Bangalore - Hunsur - Bylakuppe - Kushalnagara - Coorg

Photo Courtesy: kiran kumar

Muthathi

Muthathi

Distance: 100km

Season: November - March

Kaveri river basin at Muthathi is pristine and calm. A day's trip to Muthathi and Bheemeshwari is a good one. In Bheemeshwari tourists can try some adventure activities and also fishing.

Route: Bangalore - Sathanuru - Muthathi

Photo Courtesy: Ashwin Kumar

Ooty

Ooty

Distance: 300km

Best Time: Any time except rainy season

The famous hill station of Ooty is alluring. It is one of the most frequented destinations in Tamil Nadu. A drive from Bangalore to Ooty is picturesque and thrilling!

Route: Bangalore - Mysore - Masinagudi - Ooty

Photo Courtesy: Dibesh Thakuri

BR Hills

BR Hills

Distance: 190km

Best Time: June - October

Biligiri Ranga Hills is known for Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the best road trips from Bangalore. It has a unique vegetation which connects the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats.

Route: Bangalore - Malavalli -BR Hills

Photo Courtesy: Vijay S

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