Bangalore is well-known for its amazing weather and its cosmopolitan spirit. However, even with so many things to see, one of the best parts of this Garden City is the wealth of places to get away on road trips from Bangalore. With its great road connectivity, there is no shortage of exciting destinations to visit around the city. Road trip from Bangalore is a delight as Karnataka and the neighbouring Southern Indian states have lush and scenic landscapes. There are many sights to behold and things to do in Bangalore. Destinations to visit near Bangalore like Nandi Hills also offer a variety of cultural and natural attractions.
Made famous by its appearance (as “Ramgarh”) in the iconic Hindi movie, ‘Sholay’, Ramanagara is the ideal one day trip from Bangalore. The area is dotted with huge rocks, boulders, and caves which are exciting to explore. Ramanagara is also perfect for other adventure activities such as trekking, rappelling, rock climbing and much more. Since it is only 30 kms away from Bangalore, it’s ideal for those who do not have much time to spare.
# Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills provides an idyllic quick escape from the city and is one of the popular road trips from Bangalore. Located just 60 km away from Bangalore city, the hills also offer breathtaking views of the sunrise. There is something for everyone here. If you desire peace and quiet to rejuvenate, you can find it here. However, if adventure sports and adrenaline-pumping activities are your thing, that’s available too.
Located in the Kolar district just 68 km away from Bangalore, the ancient caves at Anthargange make it the perfect place for those are interested in trekking and cave exploration. The whole area is filled with hillocks full of boulders and volcanic rocks, which are perfect for a diverse range of adventure activities. You can also visit beautiful temples like Kotilingeshwara Temple, Lord Someshwara Temple, and Kolaramma Temple if you wish for a break from the trekking.
Skandagiri, also known as Kalwarbetta or Kalavara Durga, is a mountain ruin with the remains of Tipu Sultan’s fortress. It is believed that this site was used by Tipu Sultan as a base to attack and fight the British forces. It is located about 70 km from Bangalore. It is a popular destination for day trips as well as overnight treks, as the peak offers spectacular views of the sunrise. You can take a vehicle up to the Papagni Temple, but from this point, you have to make a steep climb to reach the summit. It is believed that the Hindu Goddess Parvati at the Papagni Temple bestows blessings on the trekkers.
Located 105 km away from Bangalore on the Kaveri River, Bheemeshwari is filled with serene beauty, with the perfect touch of wilderness. It offers lots of amazing adventure sports, from kayaking, rappelling, zip-lining, trekking, coracle riding, and even fishing. The lush jungle is filled with animals, so also make sure to go on a wildlife safari.
If you want to check out some other amazing ancient buildings close to home, visit Lepakshi in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. Located just 120 km from Bangalore, it is famous for its hanging pillars, the many temples, and the monolithic statue of Nandi. The site also has associations with the Ramayana legend. Lepakshi also has the Veerabhadra Temple that has beautiful architecture and exquisite sculptures.