Bengaluru is a thriving IT city popularly known as Silicon Valley having a judicious blend of tradition and modernity. Fondly known as the “Garden City of India”, this vibrant city has a large number of elite pubs, multi-cuisine restaurants, pulsating discos, parks, museums, palaces and high-end shopping malls. Some of the places worth visiting in Bangalore include the beautifully landscaped Cubbon Park, Ulsoor Lake, resplendent Tipu sultan palace, and many other recreational joints.
There are few idyllic destinations in and around Bangalore which have retained their natural splendor and are yet to be explored. Their untouched beauty is enchanting and leaves the adventurous tourist spellbound.
Pack your bags to embark on these lesser known tourist destinations.
This is a vast stretch of deciduous forested land on the banks of the meandering river Cauvery and ideal for fishing. Galibore offers a perfect weekend retreat for ardent nature lovers and enthusiastic trekkers. It is located at a distance of nearly 102KM and takes approximately 2 and a half hour to reach by road. Galibore is a great place for trekking, fishing, angling as well as taking a refreshing nature walk. You can stay at the Galibore Nature Camp.
Small lush green hills near Bengaluru are a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Nandi hills is a splendid trekking destination which abounds in exotic flora and fauna. You can explore the beautiful surroundings of the misty hillocks. This is the best place to relax and unwind after a hectic time spent in the metropolitan city.
The verdant hillocks offer a welcoming retreat into the heart of Mother Nature’s abode. Nandi hills are blessed with an enjoyable climate throughout the year. The picturesque surroundings, dewy mountains and mist floating in the air is enchanting. You can see the early rays of the sun penetrating through the mist. Visit Yoganandeeshwara Temple on the hill that has a beautiful statue of Nandi (the bull) at the doorstep.
One of the best scenic offbeat places near Bangalore, this picturesque area is situated at the foothills of Savandurga. Located only 36 km away, it is a perfect getaway for a weekend. It takes only half an hour by road to reach the place.
Visit the Dam and experience the serene and beautiful surroundings. You can go swimming in the backwaters or trek on the rugged track of the surrounding hills and indulge in thrilling rock-climbing.
For the adventure lovers, Kunti Betta is simply amazing. This lush green hillock range overlooking the Pandavapura settlement is ideal for exciting night trekking and rock climbing. It is located only 130 km away and takes 2 and a half hours drive from the Garden City. Since no Hotel options are available, you have to stay at camps and tents for the night and embark for thrilling night treks.
This is a natural abode of exotic flora and fauna. You can click vibrant pictures of striking species of birds in the sanctuary ranging from the White Woodpecker, Grey Drongo, Hornbill, among a host of other birds. You will see elephants crossing the river in summer. Look out for Leopards and jackals as well. Stroll beside the gurgling stream, that flows all through monsoon and enjoy splendid views of Nilgiris. Mudumalai is nearly 229 km from Bangalore and it takes nearly 5 hours to reach this offbeat tourist destination.