Looking for Places to visit near Bangalore? Craving to step out of maddening crowd of the city? Wondering where do tourists go for a weekend getaway from Bangalore? There are numerous tourist places to visit around Bangalore within the range of 100 kms or even less. These are apt for day trips and if the time permits for a night stay or more on those long awaited weekends.
Here are 5 Most Popular places to visit around Bangalore within 100 kms
One of the places to visit around Bangalore to indulge in fun with family or friends is Chunchi Falls. Off the beaten track, just a few hours’ drive from Bangalore it is nestled on the banks of River Arkavati.
For the adventurous spirited a short 10 min walk to the vantage point brings you to the lovely view of the waterfall. The ‘watch tour’ is a perfect spot to soak in the 360 degree aerial view. You will see the magnificent waterfall tucked between rocks and trees falling from a 100 feet height forming various tiers, creating a pool where is falls.
Chunchi Falls – Image Source
Tips: Wear adequate walking gear as you will cross rocky terrain with mud, gravel and sand on the walk up the vantage point. The walk up could be slippery at places.
The last 10 kms to Chunchi falls you could encounter bumpy roads.
Entry is free, swimming is prohibited and carry your own water bottles and picnic food. Leave before the sun is down.
Distance: Bangalore to Chunchi Falls: 89.3 km via Kanakpura Road (2 h 33 min).
Via NH275 : 109.6 km (2 h 58 min).
One of the top tourist places to visit around Bangalore is Bannerghatta National Park a popular wildlife park spread in reserve forests. It is also a popular road trip, albeit a short one, from Bangalore and places nearby.
The main attraction for travelers is the wildlife elephant’s corridor, leopards, lions, Bengal tigers, deer, variety of birds and butterflies. It is a treat for photographers.
The park is visited mostly by the kids as they love the wildlife. The park has a zoo, an aquarium, a crocodile park, a museum, a snake park, a safari park and a butterfly park.
Bannerghatta National Park – Image Source
Tips: The timings are fixed and you will be asked to pay a nominal entry fee.
Distance: Bangalore to Bannerghatta National Park is 23 kms (1 h)
For those adventure freaks looking for places to visit near Bangalore Anthargange is the obvious choice. An epitome of natural beauty, situated in Kolar District 1226 m above sea level Anthargange is full of volcanic rock formations and natural caves.
The trek uphill is meant for trekkers and campers who love adventure activities like rappelling, rock climbing and high rope traversing. The initial trek is easier with 200 steps leading to a temple after which it is a steep winding adrenalin pumping climb. The view and the experience on reaching the top are both enthralling.
Anthargange – Image Source
Tips: You will not find any shops in the vicinity. Beware of monkey menace while you are night camping after a tiring trek.
Distance: Anthargange is 80 km from Bangalore (2 h) and 4 km from Kolar (10 min)
Kolaramma and Someshwara temples are located in Kolar (also famous for Gold Mines) are frequented by devotees and tourists looking for historical places to visit near Bangalore.
The Someshwara temple is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva (built 14th century). It has beautiful carvings on numerous pillars with a mahamandapa. It is popular for its stepped temple tank and a temple tower made of stone carved into a ‘mahadwara’ (Huge Gate).
Just 100 m away is the Kolaramma Temple (built 5th Century) belongs to the Ganga Dynasty. Kolaramma is a deity of Goddess Durga.
You will be astonished to find several intricate stone carvings and inscriptions from the 11th Century (Chola Rule) found here.
Kolarmma Temple at Kolar – Image Source
Tips: March to April are the months recommended to visit the temples when the ‘Karage Festival’ is celebrated.
Distance: Bangalore to Kolar is 80 km (2h).
A perfect weekend getaway and one of the places to visit near Bangalore is visited by numerous nature and trekking lovers is the picturesque Devarayanadurga.
The hill is situated at an altitude of 3940 ft with two temples Yoga Narasimha (located on top of the hill) and Bhoga Narasimha (located at the bottom of the hill) as the main attraction.
One can even drive upto the hill top to indulge in the astounding view from the peak. Devarayandurga is popularly known for its natural water springs like Namada Chilume, Ramatirtha and Dhanushtirtha. Adjoining are the statues of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana in a cave.
Devarayanadurga – Image Source
Tips: Plan to visit around month of Chaitra (May) when the annual Narasimha Avathara day is celebrated.
Distance: Bangalore to Devarayanadurga 72km (2 h).
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