The Best Places in Karnataka for Wildlife Spotting

29 January  |  Adventure

The state of Karnataka is a haven for those who love wildlife. This state is quite famous for the many wildlife parks and national reserves that serve as weekend retreats for tourist and the people of the city. Here are some of the most captivating national parks where you can have a rendezvous with nature’s magnificent creations. 

  • Kabini

A paradisiac experience for those who love to surround themselves with nature, the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary serves as the habitat for almost two-hundred and fifty species of flora and fauna. Located near the Kabini River, this reserve is a part of the Nagarhole National Park. A safari through its vast terrains can bring you face to face with the largest herd of Asiatic elephants in the country or a group of spotted deer around the river. You can also find leopards, panthers, bison, chital and sambhar as well as a wide variety of birds. October to May is the best time to meet the alluring creatures at this sanctuary. So, look for the best resorts in Kabini and take the trip of a lifetime.  

  • Bandipur

One of the most sought-after weekend getaways for the people in and around Bangalore, the Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park is considered to be one of the only places in South India where you can see the fierce tiger. The park belongs to the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is spread across a vast area eight-hundred and eighty square kilometres. Around a hundred different species of animals and almost three-hundred and fifty species of birds call this park their home. This lush green land is also brightened by a horde of fluttering butterflies that can further enhance your wildlife-spotting experience. 

  • Bannerghatta National Park

Known as one of the most visited places tourist spots in Bangalore, the Bannerghatta National Park is a wide expanse of bio-diversity that supports the conservation of wildlife and their natural habitat. The park has an in-built zoo where young children and spot lions, elephants and sloth bears. The butterfly park inside the park’s area also offers a colourful welcome that will refresh your senses and make you fall in love with nature’s splendid beauty. 

  • Dandeli Wildlife Reserve

The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is renowned as one of the largest wildlife parks of Karnataka. The quiet expanse of this wildlife park is richly adorned with a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is one the best place to spot different species of deer, especially the barking deer, the spotted deer and the mouse deer. Other animals that you can witness roaming about the labyrinth of tall trees include bison, elephants, langurs and flying squirrels. Panthers, tigers and jackals are also a part of this rich habitat along with vibrant birds that fill the surroundings with their chirps. 

  • Dubare Elephant Camp

The Dubare Elephant Camp is the one place that offers you the opportunity to get up and close to the giant Asiatic elephant. The park, in Karnataka’s Kodagu district, works towards training these elephants and you can also pet and feed these beautiful beasts. If you are lucky, you might even get a chance to bathe these lovable animals. 

Get set with your cameras and take a trip to these amazing places to capture the raw exquisiteness of nature. 

Why Choose Discovery Village for A Team Outing

29 January  |  Team Outing

As one of the most fascinating resorts In Karnataka, The Discovery Village resorts are just a few hours’ drive from the fast-paced life of the city. They don’t only offer a place to stay during a weekend getaway but also strives to curate a spellbinding experience for corporate retreats as well. A treat to the senses, with its eco-friendly build, the resort offers a close tryst with nature through enthralling activities and amenities that are perfect for large teams and off-site gatherings. Take a look at some of the things that you can enjoy here: 

Relaxing Expanse of green In the midst of the city

The Resorts are located at places that have been carefully chosen to reflect the beauty of nature. Known for their serene environment, they are situated in the quiet and verdant terrains of Kabini, Masinagudi and the suburbs of Bangalore. The lush gardens and tranquil air allow guests to unwind and relax on their retreats. The vast area of the resort also allows a large group of people to come together, by escaping the mundane of everyday life and getting to know each other.

The Assortment of Adventure Sports that One can Experience

Discovery Village has been uniquely designed to bring guests close to their adventurous side. The different resorts are located around popular tourist’s spots that offer a wide variety of adventure activities that are specific to that particular area. Guest can trek through the verdant slopes of Nandi hills while they are enjoying a stay at the Discovery village resorts in Nandi Hills. They can go kayaking, canoeing or parasailing in Kabini or go hiking if they are in Masinagudi. The outdoor locations are ideal to have fun with outdoor games as well.

Activities that Bring Work-mates Together

All the resorts belonging to discovery village offer a wide range of activities that can be enjoyed with workmates and colleagues. They have team building activities that help in enhancing the skills of people. The activities and events also help in nurturing creativity and building smooth communication channels. Ice-breaking sessions are also part of the team-outing packages that these resorts offer. These small events also hone skills of planning and leadership. Apart from the activities, there are numerous games and adventure activities that people can try. Indoor and outdoor games are offered for teams. Along with these fun-filled events and activities, the destination is also quite popular amongst zorbing enthusiasts who can experience it with their team-mates. 

A Culinary Delight Along With Fun

The Discovery Village resort allows teams, who are out on an off-site retreat from work, to have the best culinary experience while they enjoy their time in the resort. The kitchens are equipped to serve sumptuous meals that are healthy and tasteful. The meals are power-packed with nutrients that allow people to be energetic while participating in various adventure activities. The best part about the cuisine at Discovery Village is that it is prepared from carefully chosen organic ingredients that are grown locally. They also offer a platter of all the local dishes that guests can give a try.

Are these luxurious resorts calling out to you? Well, you can always plan your office year-end parties to experience the paradisiac amalgamation of nature, and its impressive elements at Discovery Village. So, the next time you think you need a break from the monotonous routine of your daily life, book a stay at this eco-friendly resort and have the time of your life. 

Road Trips for the Spontaneous

29 January  |  Adventure & Travel

One of the advantages of living in Bangalore is the multitude of options for a road trip. From day trips to extended weekend getaways, there are many options for those who have wanderlust firmly fixed in their hearts.

Here are some great road trip options the next time you want to hit the road.

1. Mysore

An obvious choice for a good reason, Mysore is the cultural and historical bedrock of the state. With a great highway connecting the erstwhile capital to Bangalore, you cannot go wrong with this road trip. There are multiple places to visit within Mysore, from the Palace to the zoo to Chamundi hills. The highway also has many pit stops which ease any planning difficulties. While it is possible to visit Mysore in a single day, we recommend that you stay for the weekend and soak up some of the laidback atmosphere. The best part about Mysore is the drive filled with interesting side-attractions like the puppets of Channapatna or the delicious Maddur Vada at Maddur town.

Distance: 150 km

Best time to visit: Mysore is pleasant all your round though it does tend to get hot in the summer months. Dussehra is a big celebration for the city, with a large procession of elephants that is a sight to behold.

Time Taken: 3 hours.

2. Coorg

A great summer destination, Coorg is known for its expansive coffee estates and wondrous topography. Coorg is the ideal choice for an extended weekend with many options for the adventurous and languid alike. With multiple stay options from luxurious resorts to cozy homestays, there is an option for every budget. While there, do not forget to sample the local delicacies, especially the mouth-watering pandi curry.

Distance: 245 km

Best time to visit: Being in the hills of the Western Ghats, Coorg is a popular summer destination. However, each season has something to offer. The hills are vibrant during the monsoon while a bonfire in the winter is the perfect romantic getaway.

Time Taken: 5 hours 30 minutes.

3. Mekedaatu

Mekedaatu is a beautiful rock formation caused by hundreds of years of erosion by the river Kaveri. This picturesque ravine is well connected to Bangalore and can be reached within a few hours. You can park your car at Sangam, which is a few kilometres away. Here, you can take a coracle ride to cross the river and then either take a bus or walk to the rock formations. Do remember to take your camera since the rocks are a visual masterpiece.

Distance: 100 km

Best time to visit: It is best to visit just after the monsoon months as the river will be full during that time.

Time taken: 2 hours 30 minutes.

4. Lepakshi

Few places in India are archaeologically, religiously and culturally as relevant as Lepakshi. Located in the district of Ananthpur in the state of Andhra Pradesh, this village is perfect for Indian history buffs interested in understanding the significant relationship between religion and the Vijayanagar kingdom. In Lepakshi, travellers will find numerous shrines dedicated to the lords Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra all built during the period of the Vijayanagar Empire. Travellers in the region are also greeted by the historically relevant statue of the Nandi Bull made of granite, this is located only 200m from the Veerdabhadra temple. Not only is this city the center of a major Indian civilization, but it is also considered a bedrock in South Indian Hindu culture, the area also consists of smaller temples dedicated to gods like Papanatheshwara, Srirama, Raghunatha, and Durga. Another interesting part of Lepakshi that makes it the perfect spontaneous road trip is the wonderful puppet shows based on Indian mythology. Lepakshi can also be the perfect destination due to its proximity and its accessibility from Bangalore. The route between the two destinations is a national highway which is very well maintained and the closeness to the city makes it perfect for a getaway be it for a day or an entire weekend.

Distance: 123 km

Best time to visit: Lepakshi is located in an extremely climate sensitive state – Andra Pradesh. The best time to visit here is after the summer ends, so between the months of July – February is ideal.

Time taken: 2.5 hours

5. Ooty

Known as the destination for couples nationwide, Ooty brings together a perfect blend of nature, hospitality, and climate to make it one of the best spontaneous destinations from Bangalore. This mini paradise not only has a multitude of homestays and hotels that can be booked at the last minute for affordable prices, but it also has botanic biodiversity that is remarkable. This city is growing in popularity for being a hill station which means the climate is cool and pleasant year-round. The best road trips to Ooty from Bangalore are filled with mesmerising naturally green landscapes that will take your breath away. One of the most exciting parts of Ooty is the lake. This lake is an artificial manmade wonder that allows pleasure boating as an activity, this is perfect to do alone or with a loved one or family.

Distance: 279km

Best time to visit: Ooty is a popular getaway destination because of the cool climate year-round, it is a hill station that is filled with tourists in the spring due to the flowers on display or in the summer where people try to escape the heat for a weekend. This destination is great to travel around throughout the year.

Time Taken: 6.5 hours

6. Kabini

Kabini is one of the most nature-friendly destinations close to Bangalore, apart from the river and dam, the region is also famous for endangered wildlife. This is a destination that requires little planning with plenty of options like the jungle lodges, AirBnBs and the many resorts in Kabini. It is a perfect destination for a romantic getaway or just for those who want to get back in-tune with nature.

Distance: 210km

Best time to visit: It is best to visit just after the monsoon months as the river will be full during that time. The opportunity to see some of the wildlife is always better.

Time taken: 4 hours 30 minutes.

It is a common urge to escape the city of Bangalore for a weekend to recharge and get some distance from the intensity and hustle of daily life. The great part about it as a city is that it is located central to numerous magnificent destinations, be it beach cities like Puducherry or hills in the wilderness like MM Hills, everything is accessible from this region. For those interested in taking a break on a staycation, we recommend checking out some of the magnificent resorts in Bangalore or near the outskirts of Bangalore.

Adventure Sports for a Day out with FriendsTop of Form

16 January  |  Adventure

The Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is popular for its impeccable beauty and cultural dimensions. Apart from the mesmerising nightlife and overwhelming shopping experience, the city is also blessed with amicable climate conditions and topography. With the dense jungles, imposing waterfalls and gigantic hills present, the city offers great potential and scope for all kinds of adventure activities

Nothing is more fun than a day out with friends for adventure sports. Bangalore offers exactly the same through the following activities spread

  1. Hot Air Balloon Ride

    Get air bourne in a hot air balloon to enjoy the scenic views of Bangalore from the sky. The sheer thrill of being hundreds of feet above the ground and tranquillity in the high sky presents an unmatching exposure to your experiences.

Equipped with all safety standards, these balloon rides start from the Jakkur Airfield near Yelahanka Post.  This adventure ride is made available to you on every Saturday for around Rs. 2000 per person. Since there are no stressful activities involved, even kids and elders can enjoy this activity.

2. Parasailing

Get swept off your feet upto a height of about 300 feet above the ground. Parasailing available in the Jakkur Airfield near Yelahanka Post offers a thrilling experience of flying like a kite along with the breath-taking views of Bangalore city. 

In this aero adventure, you will be fastened to a parasail which will be tethered to a jeep. Once the safety standards are met and secure, the jeep starts moving forward, and you will slowly be lifted upwards. This airy adventure costs around ₹550-700. You can fly solo or ask for an instructor to accompany you.

3. Savandurga Trek

Considered to be the paradise of every adventure buff in Bangalore, Savandurga trek trail is located 60 km west of the Bangalore city. The trail is situated along the biggest monolith hills of Asia, Savanadurga Hills. Composed of hard-core trekking coupled with sports, trekking uphill takes you to a fortress. This fortress was built by Kempe Gowda II. The trek is 2 km long one-way and can be completed within a day. 

Even though the adventure is challenging, the hill has gentle slopes that enable novices as well to trek. You can also indulge in cave exploration and rock climbing in the Savandurga hills.

4. Trek Rock climbing at Devarayandurga

Opt for rock climbing and experience an adrenaline rush surrounded by the surreal views of lush green forests. Devarayandurga hills are a naturally formed haven for adventure junkies. This perfect setting for rock climbing is made available for you throughout the year. 

The rock climbing offered at Devarayandurga comes with world-class trainers and most modern pieces of equipment. It also gives you a calm and serene ambience away from the city noise.

5.River Rafting at Kabini

River rafting is a high-adrenaline sport of navigating through a river in an inflatable raft. You can go and enjoy this exhilarating experience with friends at Kabini near Bangalore. With a thrilling course and stunning views, Kabini is the ideal place for river rafting. For those adventure enthusiasts, river rafting is even more challenging in the monsoon season. 

A 4-hour journey from Bangalore city will take you to Kabini. You can safely complete the raft by following the instructions and adhering to the safety guidelines.

6. Caving in Anthargange

Anthargange, which means “The Inner Ganges”, is a popular hillock situated 80 km from the Bangalore city. You can go and explore the intricate natural caves in Anthargange all year around. Through the paths formed by volcanic rock formations, you can also witness the beauty of natural springs trickling down the hill.

With scenic beauty and adventure in every corner, Anthargange is a paradise for trekkers and explorers alike.

7. Cross-Country Cycling

Fitness buffs in the Bangalore city can transform their love for cycling into a cross-country adventure. Along with wandering through the city, cycling also provides great benefits to your health. Beginning from the city’s hub, you can peddle your way through the lanes and bylanes of neighbouring districts and ride all the way back. However, this invigorating cycling regime is mostly conducted towards serene destinations such as Thattekere lake in Kanakapura.

7. Zorbing at Discovery Village

Zorbing is a fun and adventurous experience of rolling down the slopes in a transparent plastic ball. This is a relatively new venture available at sports resorts in Bangalore. With no much skills or experience required, the sport is widely being participated in.

One of the best zorbing experiences near Bangalore is offered at Discovery Village near Nandi Hills. The adventure sports offered by the resort is not limited to zorbing only. It also provides activities such as cave exploration, rappelling, survival camping and many more activities.

9. Paintball Game

Enjoy the real-life experience of the battleground with your friends in the paintball arena. Various resorts including Discovery Village near Nandi Hills are providing this sport in their vicinity.  Paintball is a team sport where players disqualify opponents by shooting paintballs on them.

With obstacles and safety gears, the paintball game offers a thrilling experience with safety. The prices for Paintball begin at ₹350 per head.

10. Quad Biking

For motorheads in the city, the newest addition to adventure sports, quad biking is now available to be tried out. Various racing events are conducted with all the safety measures in place across many locations in Bangalore city. Generally, you can choose from different modern dirt bikes, starting from 200cc to 700cc powerful ones.

If you are up for more challenging rides, you can choose the nature trail ride. The cost for these rides starts at ₹1200 per individual.

There are many more locations where you can spend the day out for adventure in Bangalore. A visit to these destinations helps you relieve the stresses of the busy city life. The adventures in Bangalore are indeed endless. Every now and then, take a break from the hectic work schedule and spend some time with your friends to make memories that last.

Beautiful Bird-Watching Locations near Kabini

16 January  |  Adventure & Travel

On your next visit to the great outdoors, indulge in a relaxing hobby -the study and observation of birds! A popular pastime, bird-watching can have a soothing effect on your mind and may just be the break you are looking for. So grab your binoculars and get started right away to these bird-watching sanctuaries, Located in Kabini. It is a quick getaway from the city of Bangalore.

  • Kabini River Lodge

Kabini is 200 odd km from Bangalore and can be reached in 3-4 hours. It is a small hamlet which is in the Kodagu district, and one of the top places to see in Kabini is bird-watching spots on the river. It is situated alongside the banks of the river Kabini which is a tributary of the river Cauvery. There are many wonderful spots to witness beautiful species of both migratory and local birds.

  • Nagarahole National Park

One of the most famous national parks in Karnataka. Nagarahole National Park is located to the north west of Karnataka, is the best bird watching in Kabini. The two parks are separated by the river Kabini and is located in the Kodagu district of Karnataka renowned for coffee plantations and beautiful weather. Nagarhole National Park is a great place to visit with fellow bird watchers to witness over 250 variety of birds both migratory and domestic in nature. On any given occasion some of the most commonly sighted birds in Nagarhole are blue-bearded bee-eater, Malabar whistling thrush, Indian reed, Malabar trogon, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Malabar pied-hornbill, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Indian Roller, Woodpeckers to name a few.

  • Bandipur National Park

Located off NH-67 highway, Bandipur National Park is one of the biggest parks in Karnataka which offer a wide variety of flora and fauna. The park is around 70 km from Kabini and can be reached in an hour or so by road. There are many resorts in Kabini which visitors can stay in and set out to explore Bandipur during the day on safari. For bird watchers, this park is a paradise as it includes the elusive Osprey and Changeable hawk-eagle. The thick green forest foliage offers the perfect spots for many birds to nest and breed.

  • Kudremukh National Park

This mountainous range is in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and can be reached by road from Kabini in 3-4 hours. Lush green mountains and fantastic weather bless the region making it a great home for many migratory and local birds. Bird watchers head to this National park to watch rare birds such as the Imperial Pigeon, Great Pied Hornbill, and Malabar Trogon. There are as many as 200 species of birds here.

  • Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

A protected wildlife region in Mandya district of Karnataka, the Cauvery river passes through this wildlife sanctuary. It is located around 5 hours from the Kabini river and is home to tigers, elephants, leopards and wild boars. Apart from this, there are many species of birds which call this sanctuary their home including greater spotted eagle, white-rumped vulture, yellow-throated bulbul. This sanctuary is a wonderful day trip for those who love to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city.

  • Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Bird Sanctuary

Step off the usual trails and find the hard to see Rufous-bellied Hawk-eagle in this beautiful location near Kabini. One of the best things about bird-watching is that it is an activity that can be carried out in solitude or in a group. It is a passion to watch these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, especially the Rufous-bellied Hawk-eagle. The Biligiri hills are located south-east of Karnataka and is a day’s journey from Bangalore. These majestic hills are virgin hills and have dark, dense forests home to many animals and birds.

  • Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

The Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is in the Sagara district of Karnataka and is a day’s journey from Kabini. If you have stayed in one of the quiet resorts in Kabini, you can make a trip to Gudavi Bird Sanctuary to see the resident waterfowl. These birds are also migratory in nature and watching them fish, make a nest is simply beautiful. The little sanctuary is well preserved and surrounded by agricultural fields and dense forests.

  • Attiveri Bird Sanctuary

A small sanctuary located in Uttar Karnataka and is a day’s journey from Kabini. The small river sanctuary is well maintained and for those looking for a quieter spot to watch birds must visit this sanctuary. It is home to Indian and little Cormorants, barn swallow, black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill and many other species of birds.

  • Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

The largest bird sanctuary in the State of Karnataka, bird lovers cannot give this one a miss. It is famously known as ‘Pakshi Kashi’ or ‘Bird Paradise’, and it well deserves that title as it is home to 170 species of birds. It comprises of 6 islets on the banks of the river Cauvery and is in the Mandya District. The painted stork is one of the most commonly frequented visitors to this bird paradise, and more than 3 lakh visitors come every year to see these birds in action. Apart from this, there are also Pelicans, kingfishers, open-billed storks in huge numbers that come to the sanctuary every year.

  • Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary

The river Kabini provides the right amount of nutrition for many freshwater birds to thrive in leading to a dense bird population alongside the river. Another popular location for bird lovers which a day journey from Kabini is home to Grey Hornbill, Black-headed Oriole, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Racket-tailed Drongo, Black-naped Monarch and others. This little sanctuary is located in the Udupi district and is one of those offbeat spots for bird-watching. Witness majestic birds in action undisturbed in Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

5 Places To Cycle To Around Bangalore

08 January  |  Adventure & Travel

Bangalore, the IT capital of India, has something for everyone out there. With a report of 2012 stating that Bangalore is one of the most liveable cities in India along with a boom in the start-up world, Bangalore has been thriving with people from different walks of life.

The city is alive till late night, and there are innumerable malls, great eateries, some picturesque weekend destinations and yes great pubs for all the party people. But there are also some cool destinations for all the cycling enthusiasts out there. If you are new to the city, then it would be great if you could get in touch with one of these cycling communities. They organize frequent short tours in and around the city. With the Bangalore weather being pleasant all year these cycling trips are always rejuvenating.

Cycling Within the City Limits:

Cubbon Park which is officially known as the Raja Chamarajendra Park is located at the heart of the city. The park is accessible from MG Road, Kasturba Road, Ambedkar Veedhi Road, and Hudson Circle. The park is open at all times, and the motorable road within the park is closed between 5 to 8 pm for traffic, allowing morning walkers and cyclists a traffic-free happy space. Though early mornings during weekdays is good to enjoy few cycling rounds. The entire park is shut to traffic thus allowing cyclists a good time. In other words, Cubbon Park allows one of the best cycling routes that are available within the city!

Another good 3.3-kilometer stretch which is totally loved by cycling enthusiasts is the Ulsoor or the Halasuru lake route. Located on the east of Bangalore it’s a well-maintained stretch. You can either cycle inside the lake premises or around it, either way, it’s one of the best cycling routes inside Bangalore.

Now moving to places on the outskirts of Bangalore:

Hesarghatta lake area located 27 km from Bangalore is one of the most sought-after areas for cyclists. To reach this area, you would need to take the Hesarghatta main road and yes do start early if you want to give a miss to the traffic. This area is good to go for high-speed cycling or a leisurely one where you can soak in the beauty of it. However, don’t expect paved roads and cycling wouldn’t be entirely easy. This area is thus best for intermediate or professional cyclists. Also, because this has vast areas of open fields its best to carry food and water with you. To reach Hessarghatta, head out of the city on NH4 in the junction where NH4 meets ORR, and you will come to the main road. From there ride towards Nrityagram, ask for direction if you get confused or just used google maps. Once you reach Nrityagram, you would find lots of open areas to cycle to your heart’s content. Because of the terrain and the mud roads, this would be best for adventure cycling.

Another not to be missed place is the Turahalli forest area. This is just about 20 kilometers from Bangalore, off Kanakpura road and is loved by cyclists and nature lovers alike. One more reason to explore Turahalli is that it’s one of the few preserved forest areas near Bangalore. Vehicles are banned inside, and hence it’s a hotspot for cyclists. The terrain is quite rocky hence you need to be an expert cyclist to make the most of Turahalli. Apart from this you can even hike up the small hills in and around Turahalli and enjoy the breath-taking view of Bangalore city that it offers.

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills one of the most well-known destinations for cyclists, bikers and even car lovers. Nandi Hills is known to offer beautiful sunrise and sunset views along with a long drive/ride experience. People throng Nandi hills to enjoy the scenic beauty that it offers, some picturesque locations for good photography sessions and small food joints offering mouth-watering delicacies. Apart from these Nandi Hills has even become a much-loved spot for serious cyclists. To reach Nandi Hills, you would need to maneuver around 40 curves and a very steep 8 km terrain! Also, don’t forget to wear protective gear like helmets during this cycling trip. But once there you can enjoy the light breeze as it’s around 4500 ft above sea level and go for a leisurely trip. Just in case all that are riding tires you out don’t hesitate to opt for a room in one of the resorts in Nandi Hills. Lastly, do carry a bottle of sunscreen as if you end up being up there till noon it’s going to get really hot.

The Big Big-Banyan


The Big Big-Banyan- Tree Loop is another adventurous cycling route that a cycling lover must not give up. This area offers a good 50km cycling stretch and would tire you out quite a bit. But then again if you love cycling, you would love this zone. Once you manage to get out of the traffic on Mysore road, you would need to take a slight deviation towards the right just after the Big Banyan Tree and ride towards Tavarekere. Once there you would be transported to a serene, tranquil world which is thus rightly named as the ‘Pensioner’s Paradise.’ This area, however, offers few short steep climbs and therefore it’s advisable to wear helmets while cycling.


Cycling is a no doubt a thrilling experience and if you get the hang of it then nothing like some great cycling trips in and around Bangalore. They not only rejuvenate you and provides you with the must needed break, but you can even make new friends, meet different people and increase your social circle. So what are you waiting for go on grab your cycles and enjoy the adrenaline rush that Bangalore’s terrain offers!

 

10 Vantage Points In and Around Bangalore to Catch the Best Sunsets and Sunrises

08 January  |  Listicles


Who doesn’t love witnessing beautiful sunrises and sunsets? Capture the sun rising-bringing everything to life, presenting a panorama of colours in the sky. There is something about it that soothes your mind and imparts positive energy into your body and soul. For everyone who needs a quick break from the chaos of the city, this vision is quite rejuvenating.

Bangalore being the busy city that it is, has a handful of vantage points in and around the city, ideal for a quick getaway.

Anthargange

The mountain of Anthargange is situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka, about 70 km from Bangalore. It is at an altitude of 1712 meters and is an excellent trekking spot with its rocky boulders, caves and dense plantations. The viewpoint atop the mountain can be reached via a trek of moderate difficulty level. People often trek at night in order to experience the mesmerising sunrise experience that Anthargange has to offer.

Ramanagara

 

Remember the rocky terrains in the yesteryear hit movie, Sholay? That location is Ramanagara, around 60 km from Bangalore. Ideal for activities like bird watching, rock climbing, and rappelling as well, a lot of Bangaloreans prefer to drive down to this sleepy little town for a day of adventure. The place offers an amazing sunrise view. You can reach the viewpoint by climbing around 350 to 400 steps to the Ramadevara Betta Hilltop.

Narayangiri

The less explored trails of Narayangiri hills is perfect for a quiet getaway from the hustles of city life. This hillock is situated at a distance of around 70 km from Bangalore. It lies at the height of around 3500 feet and is often frequented by trekking enthusiasts. The trek progresses through the forests of Jalamangala. People usually trek the route at night under the guidance of an authorised guide, camp at the peak for the night with a bonfire. If you happen to doze off in between, you might as well wake up in time to witness the vibrant hues of the rising sun.

Skandagiri

Yet another popular trekking spot around Bangalore, Skandagiri is a mountain fortress located in Chikkaballapur of Karnataka. This place is approximately 62 km from Bangalore city. The peak is at an altitude of about 1450 meters, and the summit can be reached by a moderately difficult trek of around two to three hours. Skandagiri has old ruins of the fortress of Tipu Sultan which adds to the mystic appeal of the place. Known for night treks, people start trekking during the early hours of dusk in order to reach the top to witness the sunrise in its full glory.

Nandi Hills

An all-time favourite getaway destination of Bangaloreans, Nandi hills offers amazing sunrise views with a pleasant, cool weather, all year round. A drive of around 60km will take you to these hills located in the laid-back village of Chikkaballapur. As the roads to the hills are easily traversible, there is no need to trek to the viewpoint. A short walk will take you to the viewpoint, and you can enjoy the stunning views from the hills. The hills are well maintained with ample greenery around and good options for refreshments. There are a couple of resorts in Bangalore in and around Nandi Hills should you plan to spend a day or two in the area.

Kaikondrahalli Lake

If you want to spend an evening enjoying the sunset in Bangalore, head to Kaikondrahalli Lake in Harlur along Sarjapur Road. This small lake with a joggers track is a bird watcher’s delight due to the sightings of various migratory birds. With beautiful greenery around, the lake is a perfect spot in the midst of the city if you are craving some calm and quiet. You can wind up your evening by witnessing the breathtaking sunset colours and head to one of the many eateries around the area.

Hesaraghatta Lake

One of the largest existing lakes in Bangalore, Hesaraghatta Lake has a little bit of history surrounding it. This lake is a man-made freshwater reservoir spread over an area of 1620 hectares built in the year 1894. Located 18 km to the north-west of Bangalore, the lake is an excellent choice for a picnic spot within the city. Bird watching is one activity to engage in at the lakeside, not to mention the serene sunset experience by the banks of the lake. The spot is also known for poultry, animal husbandry, agriculture and horticulture research and development institutes.

Kanva Dam

Kanva Dam is an artificial lake reservoir 70 kilometres from Bangalore city. It was built by the damming of the Kanva River (a tributary of River Kaveri) for irrigational purposes. The reservoir which is surrounded by wooded hills is a good place to spend your weekend away from the city rush. The place is famous for its sunset. A lot of birds visit the dam making the place a favourite among bird watchers and photographers. Purushottama Theertha Cave temple is located around 3 km away from the spot. The famous rocks of Ramanagara where the film Sholay was shot is another attraction close by.

Turahalli Forest

Turahalli forest or Turahalli Park or Karishma hills is a small patch of forest within the city. The forest is situated around 20 km from Bangalore city off Kanakpura Road, overlooking the NICE road. Inside the woods, there is a rocky area with a hilltop viewpoint. This place is worth a visit to enjoy a nice view of the city and a quiet sunset.

Hebbal Lake

Hebbal Lake, being one of the oldest man-made lakes in Bangalore is known as a habitat for many exotic birds. The lake is situated in North Bangalore, along Bellary Road. Occupying an area of 150 acres, this lake also has a walking track around it which has been beautified with various flowering plants. Hebbal Lake is an excellent spot well within the city to relax and unwind while enjoying the sunset in the company of various birds living here.

5 Lesser Known Trek Spots near Bangalore

07 January  |  Adventure & Travel

The city of Bangalore has a lot to offer when it comes to adventure activities. Close to many wonderful trekking options, it offers treks that range from easy to the ones suited for the experienced trekker. You can choose single day trek or opt for a trek that is spread over an extended weekend. You can stay at a hotel and do small trek or backpack to lesser known places around the city. Book resorts in Nandi hills and get up–close and personal with nature. If you want to avoid the crowd or looking for some new experience, here are 5 lesser-known nature friendly places near Bangalore.

1. Kudremukh

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Kudremukh in Chikmagalur is ideal for those who are looking for a memorable adventure. Kudremukh is considered to be one of the most beautiful regions in Karnataka. The trails of the Malenadu region lead up to the origin of the Bhadra, Nethravati and Tunga Rivers. The trekking trails in forests to the background of gurgling water offer differing degrees of difficulty, making it ideal for everyone.

Truly a wondrous place, the land is filled with the wild orchids, and crisp mountain air is sure to rejuvenate you. This trek is best enjoyed over a long weekend. Be sure to pack a sturdy tent and comfortable hiking shoes.

You can take a bus or drive down to Chikmagalur. From there you can find local guides who will help you in your trek.

Distance from Bangalore to Kudremukh: 332km

Best time to visit Kudremukh: October to February

Time Duration: 7 hours

Difficulty: Medium

2. Handi Gundi Betta

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Located in the town of Ramnagar, this destination is perfect for those who aren’t used to hiking. This hill is not only an easy hike for adults and kids alike, but it is also famous for the location where iconic movie scenes were shot – Sholay. To start this trek, head to the village of Basavanapura, once you cross the railway station, your trek has officially begun. This is a great destination to take your kids, the hike is so easy and comfortable that it has earned the nickname, “Lazy Man’s trail.” This area is so well connected from two major metropolitan cities-Bangalore and Mysore, making this a safe and easy to reach region, as well.

Distance from Bangalore to Handi Gundi: 60 km

Best Time to Visit Handi Gundi: Between September & December.

Time Duration: 2.5 – 4 hours

Difficulty: Easy

3. Kumara Parvatha

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Possibly one of the most challenging treks in Karnataka, the Kumara Parvatha trail is located in Coorg. This is not a trail meant for beginners, which also means those who seek this trail are quite a few. This is a strenuous trail, so going unprepared is not recommended. The trail extends till 16km, and most of the trekkers commonly carry tents with them so they can set up camp under the canopy of beautiful stars surrounded by the Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary within which the trail is located. This is the third highest peak in Karnataka, and what makes this even more challenging is the fact that there is only one pit stop throughout the trail known as the Bhattaramane. To begin this trek, start at Kukke Subramanya.

Distance from Bangalore to Kumara Parvatha: 220 km

Distance of Kumara Parvatha trail: 15-17 km

Best Time to Travel to Kumara Parvatha: Between the months of September to February

Time Duration: Up to 2 days

Difficulty: Difficult, for experienced trekkers only

4. Savandurga Hill

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This is one of the largest monolith hills in the world, and one of the best hiking trails for beginners and experts alike, the trails for this trek are on two different hills – The Billigudda Hill and Karrigudda Hill. These two hills are monolith, which mean the route to the top can be done at a leisurely pace. An interesting part of this trail is that towards the end of the trek, you can find an ancient fort that was constructed during the time of Kempe Gowda II. The view from this fort can give hikers a mesmerizing view of the outskirts and skyline of Bangalore. The trail is very easy to access and getting lost here shouldn’t be a worry as most trail exits lead to either the city of Bangalore or one of the villages close to it. Getting to this area is also easy as numerous buses travel on this route to nearby regions. This trail starts just off Magadi Road.

Distance from Bangalore to Savandurga Hill: 60km

Time Duration: 2-4 hours

Best Time to Visit Savandurga Hill: This hill is easy to access year-round, but it is particularly beautiful during the spring months of February to April.

Difficulty: Easy

5. Madhugiri Hill

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Another large monolith hill in the state and the second largest one is Madhugiri. It is a great trail for beginners, that is family friendly and a great destination to get your kids started on hiking and trekking. The hilltop is rich in historical value with the famous Madhugiri Fort. The hilltop offers a view that honours rural India in all its grace and elegance. This Hill is also great for a recreational trek if you aren’t a hard-core trekker, as it does have well-designed trail full of signage.

Distance from Bangalore to Madhugiri Hill: 100 km

Time Duration: 2-3 hours

Best Time to Travel to Madhugiri Hill: This destination is great year-round and can be trekked on at any time during the year. We recommend the cooler months of October-December.

Difficulty: Easy, Beginners.

6. Nandi Hills

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Possibly the closest trek spot to the city, Nandi Hills is the perfect destination for both beginners and hiking enthusiasts. You can enjoy a leisurely trek with your kids or partner on this trail. Take-in the natural landscape and visit the numerous monuments like the old British cemetery, the Tipu summer home or the Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple – home to the famous Nandi statue the hill was named after.

Distance from Bangalore to Nandi Hills: 62 km

Time Duration: 1.5 hours

Best Time to Travel to Nandi Hills: This Weekend

Difficulty: Easy, Beginners.

These destinations may offer varying difficulties and beautiful landscapes that are unique to each location, but they, as with most hikes, need adequate preparation.

Tip: Remember to pack supplies that you may need like water, energy drinks, sandwiches, and granola bars. If you decide to go on a hike, always let an emergency contact know the location and route you are taking.

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