The IT capital of India, Bangalore, has seen development take a quantum leap over the recent years. However, if you feel you need a break from the noise and hectic pace of the city, there are many places near and not so near Bangalore that can definitely give you what you need to relax be it a romantic weekend, a day trip or an adventure sports trip.
Take a look at our list of 20 places to visit around Bangalore, including hill stations, day trips, and romantic getaways.
Places to Visit Near Bangalore: Hill Stations
Approximately 250 kilometers from Bangalore is the misty and marvelous Coorg hill station. The largest coffee producer in the country and an area that experiences among the highest rainfalls in the nation too, you should ideally visit during the summer and winter months.
Tourism being a major contributor to the area, it is no wonder there is a lot to do around Coorg; nature trails, waterfalls, animal and bird sanctuaries, botanical gardens, tea and coffee plantations, ancient architecture and much more is enough to keep any visitor content.
Tips: Go white water rafting in the Barapole River for an exhilarating experience
- Distance: 264 kilometers
Perhaps one of the most well-known hill stations in Tamil Nadu, Ooty is famous for its great weather year round, too. The many lakes, both man-made as well as naturally occurring, are major attractions for visitors as there are many activities surrounding them to enjoy; boating, fishing, games, water sports, ride, restaurants and much more.
Visit the Ooty Rose Garden at Elk Hill and see over 2000 varieties of roses and other flowers.
- Tips: Take a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway for an experience of a lifetime!
- Distance: 273 kilometers
Set amongst beautiful granite hills, lakes, waterfalls and forests, this hill station, at an altitude of over 2000 meters above sea level, is blessed with awesome weather throughout the year and plenty of things to see and do.
Apart from the amazing water bodies, both naturally occurring as well as manmade, Kodaikanal has many historic sites; visit the ancient temple of Lord Murugan in the village of Poombarai or head into the pine forest for some peace and quiet with nature.
- Tips: Be sure to visit The Shembaganur Museum Of Natural History
- Distance: 464 kilometers
One of the most luxurious hill station resorts during the British Raj, Munnar is a home to magnificent tea estates dating back over a hundred years. Rolling hills, covered in blue Neelakurinji flowers and kissed by the misty skies will make you feel like you are in heaven.
Also visit the Eravikulam National Park, encompassing one hundred square kilometers and is a major tourist attraction in the area where you may get a chance to spot the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.
- Tips: Carmelagiri Elephant Park in Munnar is another world you cannot afford to miss
- Distance: 476 kilometers
Romantic Places To Visit Near Bangalore
Take your date on an adventure they will not forget; along the banks of the Cauvery, camping by the riverside could not be a better way to get to know one another. With plenty of activities to make sure there is not a dull moment; go boating in a traditional coracle or head out for some adventure sports like zip-lining and trekking in the surrounding wilderness.
Pitch your tent and spend the evening by the river, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.
- Tips: Early winter and spring months are the best months to visit for camping
- Distance: 221 kilometers
6. Amanvana Spa
Rustic yet luxurious bungalows, with private courtyards, comfy sofas, bathrooms with skylights as well as TV, Wifi and a mini-fridge, you may never want to leave. Set close to the Cauvery river banks, this super luxury spa and resort is the place you want to take your special someone for a weekend of pampering.
The underground spa has dozens of wellness treatments to choose and the garden path leads down to a private barbecue area by the river.
- Tips: Check out Namdroling Monastery for a spiritual experience
- Distance: 237 kilometers
Weekend Getaways Near Bangalore
If you’re looking to take a weekend trip around Bangalore, Bheemeshwari, in the Mandya district has got to be on your agenda. Located just over a 100 kilometers from Bangalore, amidst the Mekedatu, Gaganachukki and Barachukki waterfalls, the town is a picture of natural beauty with many fun things to do including fishing.
A number of cottages around have been converted into inns and hotels, run by locals and catering to the many tourists that visit throughout the year, are great to spend a night or two.
- Tips: Monsoons are the best time to enjoy the waterfalls
- Distance: 105.4 kilometers
8. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
With scores of bird species as well as beautiful surroundings, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary has got to be the most sought-after weekend location for any nature lover especially bird watchers.
Comprising six islets on the banks of the river Cauvery, this haven for wildlife was declared in the 40s and has since become a major tourist attraction and as such has also got plenty of visitor-oriented activities, restaurants, and hotels nearby.
- Tips: Visit from June to October when the forest is at its wildest
- Distance: 135 kilometers
9. Porcupine Castle
Don’t let the name deter you from checking out this amazing and luxurious hotel. One of the most spectacular views, overlooking more than 100 hectares of coffee plantations, this resort has quick access to the Coorg Golf Club 20 minutes away.
With every creature comfort and amenity imaginable, there is nothing prickly about this place; great comfortable, TV, Wifi, room service and much more. A great play area for kids and a pet-friendly policy makes this a perfect family destination.
- Tips: Book the rustic tree house room in advance; there are only two available
- Distance: 157.2 kilometers
10. Horsley Hills
At an altitude of 1265 meters, the weather here is great year round. Once known as Yenugu Mallamma Konda, Horsley Hills was named after the district collector decades ago. A popular destination for a visitor not only from Bangalore but surrounding regions too, Horsley Hills has adapted to the needs and wants of tourist over the years.
You will find many restaurants and hotels in all budget sizes as well as plenty of activities; rappelling, wildlife tours, a museum, trekking and even zorbing.
- Tips: Summer and winter months are best to enjoy the outdoors
- Distance: 273 kilometers
Best Places to Visit Near Bangalore: Day Trips
11. Bannerghatta National Park
Founded in 1971 and spread over 25000 acres, Bannerghatta National Park is abundant with sights to see and things to do. An extensive range of activities such as the Nature reserve, zoo, reptile enclosure, butterfly park, museum, botanical gardens and much more means an entire day of excitement and discovery.
Take a safari and get a chance to see some of the local wildlife up close; leopards, tigers, and lions don’t disappoint and make regular appearances to have their pictures taken.
- Tips: Safaris start at 10 am and the park is closed on Tuesdays
- Distance: 36 kilometers
12. Muthyala Maduvu
Around 40 kilometers from Bangalore, via the NH7, a diversion at Chandapura will lead you to the small but beautiful Mathyala Maduva waterfall. Situated relatively close to the city, this waterfall and the surrounding picnic area has become the go-to place for those looking to spend a day outdoors.
Take a dip in the crystal clear waters falling from over 100 feet in some areas or trek around and explore the many small shrines and temples. Park your car at the specially designated lot and take the steps up if you don’t want to take the unbeaten path.
- Tips: Go during the monsoon, late June to early November
- Distance: 40 kilometers
Located merely 60 kilometers from Bangalore, the ancient mountain fortress has a peak altitude of 1400 meters. Close to the Nandi Hills, the surrounding area is rich in culture and ancient architecture. Also known as Kalavara Durga, the ruins of this fort were once the summer home of Tipu Sultan.
Come here for a full day of adventure and sightseeing with trekking to the famous Papagni Temple amongst many other places to visit, such as the Prestige Golf Club, Grover vineyards, the numerous forts and temples around the locality.
- Tips: Be sure to visit the two caves on the way up to the peak
- Distance: 61 kilometers
Just under a 100 kilometers from Bangalore, the village of Avani, in the Kolar district of Karnataka, has quickly become a popular destination for visitors especially those looking for some ancient culture and maybe even some extreme sport. Apart from the historic temples and sites, the village has become in sync with what visitors want and as such many activities have cropped up over the year.
- Tips: Come to enjoy the Maha Shivaratri celebrations here done with great pomp
- Distance: 100 kilometers
Places To Visit Near Bangalore: Two Day Trip
Named after the famous Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, the town of Srirangapatna is the place Tipu Sultan used to spend his summers. The perfect combination of nature and history make this place ideal to visit for a couple of days of exploration and taking in the ancient architecture and scenery.
Pay a visit to the nearby Srirangapatna Fort, check-out Captain Bailey’s Dungeon and don’t miss the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary nearby. Easily accessible by train, too, Srirangapatna is only 30 minutes by taxi from Mysore Junction.
- Tips: June to October is the best time to visit the bird sanctuary
- Distance: 130 kilometers
A beautiful hill station made up of a cluster of smaller villages, Yelagiri near the town of Krishnagiri, on the Bangalore-Chennai highway, has got all you need for a weekend away from the city.
Between the Jalagamparai falls, the Punganoor lake and the Swamimalai hills, you could not find a more serene location to spend a couple of days.
- Tips: Festivals are held at the Velavan Temple all through July and August
- Distance: 159 kilometers
17. Brindavan Gardens
Close to Sriangapatna and Mysore, the Brindavan Gardens are a magnificent sight. Spread over a sprawling 150 acres and inspired by the Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir, the lush green lawns and flower-beds are as inviting as they are beautiful.
A dancing, musical fountain at the North of the garden is entertaining and unique; lit up after sunset, you must stay to watch. Boating, flower shows, and the luxurious Royal Orchid Hotel on the Southside make for a perfect day of activity and relaxation.
- Tips: You can get from North to South and back by a short boat ride
- Distance: 148 kilometers
Named after the local deity Hassanamba, the sleepy town of Hassan was established as early as the 11th century. Set on the banks of the river Yagachi, this town is perfect for a weekend break close to Bangalore. At the Yahachi dam, you can find many water activities like boating, fishing, rafting and more.
- Tips: Visit the Gorur dam nearby; one of the largest in the country
- Distance: 183 kilometers
With great connectivity via the National Highway Network, a road trip is a great option though most are also well connected by rail and some by air too. Should you have any questions about these recommendations, do let us know in the comments.