Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, also known as the Silicon Valley of India as well as the Garden City, is one of the most structured and developed cities in the southern part of the country. Every day, hundreds of IT professionals and engineering students flock to the city from all over the country to live their dream of great careers and greater achievements. But, its infrastructure and professional possibilities are not the only reason that make Bangalore a hot spot amongst visitors globally. The city’s surrounding area is enriched with nature and several scopes that make up for nice weekend getaways.
Some of the most popular one-day escapes around Bangalore, especially for the monsoon season are:
Distance from Bangalore – 265 kilometers
Main attractions – Nature, Western Ghats, Camping, Trekking, Microlight flying, Paragliding, Rafting, Wildlife.
Also known as the Scotland of India, Coorg or Kodagu is beautifully perched at an altitude of 1,525 meters on the Western Ghats. One of the most famous hill stations near the city of Bangalore, Coorg is also considered amongst the top choices for a monsoon trip. Though difficult to access because of the lack of a railway station or an airport, the hill station offers some of the most spectacular views of the Western Ghats. Mother nature is at her best here. Abbey Falls and Iruppu Falls are a must visit and if you are a trekker, you just can’t miss Pushpagiri, Brahmagiri, and Tadiyandamol. If you are a wildlife enthusiasts, Coorg houses three wildlife sanctuaries one national park, the Nagarhole National Park.
Distance from Bangalore – 130 kilometers
Main attractions – Twin Waterfalls
Considered among the top 100 waterfalls in the world and one of the best around Bangalore, the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki and Bharachukki together make the Shivanasamudra Falls and offer for a tranquil one-day tour from the city. The view of Gaganachukki waterfalls are best enjoyed from the Shivanasamudra watch tower. Bharachukki is slightly wider than its counterpart but both are equally awe-inspiring.
Distance from Bangalore – 146 kilometers
Main attractions – Waterfalls, Coracle riding, Trekking, Boating
Also referred to as India’s Niagara Falls, Hogenakkal Falls are one of the most spectacular waterfalls around Bangalore. It is also a very popular addition to most tour packages in and around the city. Hogenakkal has approximately 14 different channels and with drops ranging from 15 to 65 feet of height. The only way to reach here is take a boat ride since there is no direct land access. Visit during monsoon and winter and enjoy a weekend Coracle riding through these bewitching waterfalls on the Kaveri river.
Distance from Bangalore – 240 kilometers
Main attractions – Coffee plantation, Lakes, Wildlife Sanctuary, Trekking
Perhaps one of the least expensive tourist destinations in the south, Chikmanglur is where coffee was cultivated in India for the very first time. Laying at an altitude of 3,400 feet, Chikmanglur has a plethora of tourist attractions and activities to offer such as Hirekolale and Ayyanakere lake, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Mullayanagiri – the highest peak in Karnataka, and various outstanding peaks which are perfect for trekkers.
Distance from Bangalore – 400 kilometers
Main attractions – Waterfalls, Beaches, Temples, Wildlife Sanctuary, Flora and Fauna
One of the most attractive places to visit around Bangalore during monsoon, Uttara Kannada is regarded as a popular tourist destination in Karnataka. With its enriched flora and fauna, the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is an important attraction around the area. Apsara Konda Falls, Unchalli Falls and Bennehole Falls are some striking waterfalls in the district of Uttara Kannada while Gokarna, Karwar, and Devbagh are some of the most picturesque beaches around.
So, if only have a day or two around the city or looking for a break from it, a getaway to any of these locations can be highly rewarding. Happy exploring!