One Day Trips from Bangalore for Your Weekend Getaway!

by Sanchita Jhunjhunwala

Bangalore is one of the most tourist-friendly places. There are a number one day trips from Bangalore if you’re in the city just for a day. Even if you’re a localite looking for an escape, you can use these popular places for a getaway. One day trips from Bangalore or any city you live in are always the closest vacation spots to opt for. Also, road trips do make for just the perfect day-out.

You could be a student studying in Bangalore or someone who finds it hard to get some time off office but, everyone needs a vacation, don’t they? And, that is why one day trips from Bangalore are nothing but a must-take.

The climate of the city makes it quite the favourable place to visit and the places around are ideal too. So, without further ado, let us take you on a virtual journey to famous places to explore around Bangalore.

One Day trips from Bangalore to break the monotony

1.Nandi Hills

plan trip to nandi hills bangalore

If you can’t go to the hill stations up north, you can always explore places a little away from the main city. Nandi Hills is one of those places which look fabulous when the sun rises and sets. If you love that kind of a view, you need to take this weekend trip if you’re ever in Bangalore.

A day outing to the Nandi Hills includes the perfect combination of a drive, the hills, and sunrise (if you make it on time that is). Nandi Hills is located about 60 kms away from the city, and an early morning trip would be an ideal time to visit here.

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trip to chunchi from bangalore

Talk about weekend getaways and you can’t miss out on Chunchi. Chunchi accounts for one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bangalore. Situated about 90 kms away from the city, it is a 2.5-hour long drive. You can indulge in some adventurous activities during the monsoon and winter months. The 100 feet high waterfall goes through multiple layers and gradually forms a pool at the bottom.


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visit savandurga from bangalore

A day-outing to Savandurga is a little more than an hour drive from Bangalore. It is also amongst the largest monolith hills in Asia. Located at about 60 kms from the city, the hills are composed of two hills, popularly known as the white hill (Biligudda) and the black hill (Karigudda).

You could start with the temples and then go trekking or, take to other adventurous activities. The Manchanebele dam is an ideal destination for water sports and other similar activities.  It is also one of Bangalore’s popular trekking destinations. A trek up the hills is sure to get you a scenic view of the Akravati river.

4.Balmuri and Edmuri waterfalls

trip to balamuri and edmuri waterfalls

The waterfalls are located at a distance of 136 kms from Bangalore and are ideal trekking destinations for a weekend trip. The formation of these waterfalls is a result of the check dam across Kaveri river. The falls are a popular weekend getaway for the localities as well as for the tourists.



If you are someone who is fond of exploring, then Anthargange is a beautiful place to be. Not all trips from Bangalore include that of scenic beauties and waterfalls after all. Yet another popular trekking destination where you could indulge in adventurous activities like rock climbing, courtesy the boulders that make it ideal for practice.

A day-outing to Anthargange is an hour drive from the city. Situated about 67 kms from Bangalore via the NH4 which heads towards Kolar.


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Talk about a weekend getaway, and all you look for is a beautiful sight to sit by.  A day trip to Shivagange can get you a mix of both just about right; scenery and adventure. Shivagange is a hillock and is famous as both, a pilgrimage spot as well as for trekking. The name comes from the temple here which is that of Shiva, while Gange is the name of a spring nearby.

An ideal place for one day trips from Bangalore, the trekking trail is about 3 kms. The view from the top is a sight to behold. It is 60 kms from the city and an hour and a half long drive will get you there. Shivagange is also known as Dakshina Kashi owing to the sanctuaries it sports.

7.BR Hills

Biligiriranga Hills trekking

More suitable for a weekend trip, the BR Hills, also called Biligiriranga Hills are 185 kms away from the city. Since they are situated between the Eastern and Western Ghats, the flora and fauna are as vivid as it gets. The BRT wildlife sanctuary is a must visit and so is the spiritual Champak tree, known as Dodda Sampide Mara.

Not only do the BR hills have a picturesque surrounding, but also offer spiritual invigoration. The name Biligiriranga is derived from its white rock surface. They form a major part of the hill along with the Lord Rangaswamy temple at the top.

A tribe that resides in the hills, namely Soliga tribe hold their annual Ratha festival in April and it is a visual treat. For anyone who’d like to trek here, the site also offers accommodation to fit you in.

If you are fond of wildlife and want to know more about sanctuaries in India, check us out!


plan a trip to Mysore

One day trips from Bangalore also include a day’s journey to the city of Mysore. To check off maximum cities on your list, you must utilise your time in it. The city is famous for its palaces and temples. It is also a hub of all the tourists who are travelling to Coorg, Ooty, and places around.

Mysore is 143 kms away from Bangalore and it takes about 3 hours to reach here by road. A day-outing away from your city into another wouldn’t do much harm, would it?

9.Horsley Hills

Visit Horsley hills

If not anything, you need to enjoy the drive to THIS hill station. Situated at a distance of 153 kms from Bangalore, the journey is that of 3 and a half hours from the city. Full of lush greenery and a panoramic view, the Horsley hills are heaven on earth. Ask me and I’d take one day trips from Bangalore every chance I got.


Boating in Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari is located about 106 kms from the city and the travel time is a little more than 2 hours. Not only does it have exotic wildlife but also a lot of activities. In addition, its location between Shivanasamudra falls and Mekedatu making it one of the greatest trekking destinations too. Other activities include boating and fishing.

What makes it a great picnic spot is the nature. It takes you one step closer to nature while keeping you completely awed. Right from animals like elephants, monkeys and wild boars to birds like the cuckoo, it is a hotspot for wildlife. The Masheer fish, biggest tropical game fish known to man also inhabits the waters. Hence, Bheemeshwari also attracts anglers from across the globe.

So, the next time you are in Bangalore and wondering what places can be explored, you’ve got the answer right here. Having said that, if you are planning a trip with family you could use some tips on how to make it a smooth road trip to places unknown.

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