Weekend getaways are a perfect way to get away from the city and rejuvenate. Here are seven of our picks:
NANDI HILLS: Nandi Hills, also known as Nandidurg, is a popular hill station located about 60 kilometers from Bangalore. Picturesque views and temples make it a popular destination for weekend getaways. One of the main attractions of Nandi Hills is the Nandi Temple, also known as the Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva's bull, Nandi and is believed to date back to the 14th century.
Another popular attraction at Nandi Hills is the Tipu's Drop, a viewpoint that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area. The viewpoint offers a stunning view of the surrounding hills and valleys, making it a popular spot for photography and sightseeing.
Nandi Hills also offers several trekking & hiking trails and the most popular trail is the one that leads to the top of the hill, where the Nandi Temple is located. The trek is relatively easy and takes around 2 hours to complete. Along the way, visitors can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and spot a variety of bird species.
The hill station is also known for Tippu's Summer Palace and the Amrita Sarovar. The palace was built by Tippu Sultan and is now a popular tourist spot, while the Amrita Sarovar is a beautiful lake that offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
SAVANDURGA: Savandurga is a hill station located about 60 kilometers from Bangalore known for the largest monolith hill in Asia and is a popular destination for trekking, hiking, and rock climbing. The Savandurga hill is divided into two peaks: the Billigudda (white hill) and the Karigudda (black hill).
The Billigudda peak is considered to be the easier of the two peaks to climb and is suitable for beginners while the Karigudda peak is more challenging and is suitable for experienced trekkers. The trek to the top of the hill takes about 3-4 hours to complete, and the views from the top are breathtaking. At the base of the hill, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha. The temple also serves as a starting point for the trek to the top of the hill. The surrounding area of Savandurga is also known for its beautiful natural scenery, including lush green forests, rocky outcroppings, and a variety of bird species. Savandurga waterfall and the Manchinbele Dam are nearby spots for picnicking and relaxation. It is best to visit during the months of October to March as the temperature is pleasant during this time, and the monsoon season has ended, making the trek a little more comfortable.
RAMANAGARAM: Famous for its rocky hills and temples, located 50 kilometers from Bangalore, Ramanagaram is known by several names such as Ramgarh, the silk city, the land of seven hills and Closepet.
Rocky hills are quite popular among rock climbers and trekkers as it is a challenging experience. Janapada Loka, an open-air museum is another attraction that showcases the culture and traditions of rural Karnataka. The museum features a collection of traditional houses, tools, and implements used by the people of rural Karnataka. Visitors can also witness traditional art forms such as Yakshagana, a traditional dance-drama, and Karaga, a traditional festival of the area.
ANTHARGANGE: Anthargange is a hill station located about 80 kilometers from Bangalore,. The name "Anthargange '' means "stream of the inner self," and it is known for its cave temples and trekking opportunities. The caves are located on a hilltop and are believed to have been used by ancient Hindu ascetics for meditation and spiritual practices. The hill itself is a volcanic hill and offers a great opportunity to trek and explore the rocky terrain. The trek is relatively easy and is suitable for people of all ages.
Additionally, the hill offers a beautiful sunset and sunrise view, making it a popular spot for photography and sightseeing. The location is also known for its star-gazing opportunities.
KANAKAPURA: About 60 kms from Bangalore, this place is known for temples, lakes, and adventure activities such as rafting and kayaking. One of the main attractions in Kanakapura is the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, a historic temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is also known for its annual festivals, such as the Karaga festival, which is celebrated in March or April and is an opportunity for visitors to experience the local culture and tradition.
Kanakapura is also known for its beautiful lakes, such as the Thonnur Lake, which is a popular spot for picnicking and bird watching. The lake is surrounded by lush green forests and offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
SKANDAGIRI: Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga, is a hill station located about 70 kilometers from Bangalore. It is known for its trekking opportunities, historical significance, and as a popular destination for weekend getaways and day-trippers from Bangalore. Skandagiri is a mountain fortress that dates back to the 14th century. It is believed to have been built by the Vijayanagara kings and was used as a military fortress during ancient times. The fort offers a challenging trek to the top of the hill that takes about 3-4 hours to complete. Along the way, visitors can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and spot a variety of bird species. At the top of the hill, there is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and Lord Ranganatha, which is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the region. The temple is believed to date back to the 14th century and is known for its intricate carvings and sculptures.It is also recommended to visit during the full moon night as the trek can be done during the night and offers a unique experience.
AVATI: Avati is a hill station located about 80 kilometers from Bangalore. It offers a challenging trek to the top, which takes about 3-4 hours to complete. Along the way, visitors can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, which includes lush green forests, rocky outcroppings, and a variety of bird species. At the top of the hill, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and Lord Ranganatha.
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