15 Fabulous Places To See In A Day Around Bengaluru

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In a busy city like Bengaluru, the hectic work schedules might get the best of you but make life monotonous. A small break is always good to rejuvenate and what’s better than a quick weekend getaway. You can plan so many trips around Bengaluru. From palaces to forts, natural rock formations to hills, lakes to waterfalls, there’s almost everything around Bengaluru, to satisfy the traveler in you. Bengalureans are lucky to have so many trip options.

Here’s the list of best places to see in a day around Bengaluru:

1. Chikballapura

Chikballapura near Bangalore
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Famous for: Sightseeing and rock climbing
Distance from Bengaluru: 59 kms
Travel Time: 1 Hours 8 minutes

This closest picnic spot near Bengaluru is a place surrounded by five hills and is famous for trekking, hiking and exploring the natural beauty. This place is also known for the silk and incense industry. You can try rock climbing and also visit the temples nearby.

2. Shivagange

Shivagange is one of the best places to see in a day near Bangalore
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Famous for: Scenic beauty, Trekking, and hills
Distance from Bangalore: 60 km
Travel Time: 1 Hour 20 minutes

Shivagange is a hillock situated near Bangalore, famous as an adventure spot and Pilgrimage center. There is Shiva temple here and a spring nearby named ‘Ganga’, from which the place derives its name. This place has a trekking trail and you can do a 3km trek to the top of the hill. It is one of the best one-day picnic spots near Bangalore.

3. Savanadurga

Savanadurga is the largest monolith hill in Asia and a popular picnic spot near Bangalore

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Famous for: Rock climbing and trekking
Distance from Bangalore: 60 kms
Travel Time: 1 Hours 20 minutes

Savanadurga is considered to be the largest monolith hill in Asia. The Savandurga hills are one of the most frequented picnic spots near Bangalore by tourists who come here to visit the temples located at the foothills. This a perfect place for adventure enthusiasts to try rock climbing. You can also trek to the top and view the Akravati River.

4. Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills is amongst the popular places to see in a day around Bangalore
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Famous for: Hills, Trekking, Sunrise
Distance from Bangalore: 62 km
Travel Time: 1 Hours 18 minutes

Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is a popular weekend getaway near Bangalore. This ancient hill fortress is famous for trekking. This place derives its name from the stunning statue of Nandi (the bull) at the doorstep of Yoganandeeshwara Temple. You can view the beautiful sunrise from the hilltop and also visit other places like Muddenahalli and Amrita Sarovar.

5. Anthargange

From our list of places to see in a day around Bangalore, Anthargange is the unexplored trekker’s paradise
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Famous for: Trekking and Caving
Distance from Bangalore: 70 kms
Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Number five on our list of places to see in a day around Bangalore is the unexplored Anthargange, the beautiful hill range near Bangalore. This place has lot of caves formed by rocks. This is an ideal place for thrill seekers as you can go for a trek, try rock climbing and caving. This place is perfect for those interested in spelunking as the rock formations have formed several caves worth exploring.

6. Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari is one of the most beautiful places to see in a day around Bangalore.
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Famous for: Trekking, boat ride and fishing
Distance from Bangalore: 106 km
Travel Time: 2 Hours 11 minutes

Bheemeshwari is one of the most beautiful places to see in a day around Bangalore. Bheemeshwari is famous for its fishing camps and has facilities for boating, camping, and trekking. This place is also famous for its exotic wildlife and beautiful birds.

7. Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls


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Famous for: Waterfalls, Greenery
Distance from Bangalore: 136 kms
Travel Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

These beautiful falls are formed due to the construction of Check Dam across Kaveri River to control the water flow and are surrounded by lush greenery making it an ideal picnic spot. You can play around in the water and take a walk along the green fields.

8. Mysore

Mysore palace is a beautiful picnic spot near Bangalore
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Famous for: Palaces, Gardens, Temples and Galleries
Distance from Bangalore: 143 Km
Travel Time: 2 Hours 50 minutes

Known as the city of palaces, this place has a rich cultural heritage. Some of the must visit places are Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, Jaganmohan Palace and St. Philomena’s Church. You should also try the traditional sweet of Mysore known as ‘Mysore Pak’. Mysore Palace is an ideal weekend picnic spot near Bangalore.

9. Horsley Hills

Horsley hills is amongst the many beautiful places to see in a day around Bangalore
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Famous for: Hills and dense forests
Distance from Bangalore: 153 kms
Travel Time: 3 hours 23 minutes

This quaint hill station has unspoilt beauty and beautiful panoramic views of the hill ranges in eastern ghats. This area is rich in flora and fauna and ideal for a quick weekend getaway. You can visit the various viewpoints to enjoy the beautiful scenery and also see the ‘World’s biggest banyan tree’, which is located near Horsley hills and spread over 8 acres.

10. Kabini

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary near Bangalore
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Famous for: Wildlife sanctuary
Distance from Bangalore: 154 kms
Travel Time: 3 Hours 5 minutes

This area is abundant in wildlife and has a rich variety of flora and fauna. Once a private hunting area for British, this place attracts tourists from all over the country. You can go for a jungle safari or an elephant safari. You can also go for boating and visit the Kabini dam nearby.

11. Yelagiri Hills

Yelagiri Hills is an amazing picnic spot near Bangalore
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Famous for: Hills and greenery
Distance from Bangalore: 158 Km
Travel Time: 3 Hours 5 minutes

Yelagiri is a small hill station in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. This place is quiet, beautiful and ideal for relaxed weekends. You can do hiking, trekking and visit the telescope house, Punganoor lake, and Nilavoor lake. Yelagiri Hills is amongst the many one-day picnic spots near Bangalore where you can relax and unwind away from the bustling city.

12. Shivanasamudram

Shivanasamudram is famous for its majestic waterfalls
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Famous for: Waterfalls
Distance from Bangalore: 180 kms
Travel Time: 3 Hours 40 minutes

Shivanasamudram is a small town, which is famous for its waterfalls formed by river Kaveri. The Kaveri river splits into two segments forming beautiful waterfalls known as Barachukki and Gaganachukki. Apart from the waterfalls, you can also try trekking in the rocky terrains of Shivanasamudram and try fishing near the falls.

13. Hogenakkal Falls

The Niagara of the East
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Famous for: Waterfalls
Distance from Bangalore: 181 kms
Travel Time: 3 Hours

Hogenakkal falls has to be on your list of places to see in a day around Bangalore. Hogenakkal is a small village in Tamil Nadu where the river Cauvery splits into multiple streams creating beautiful waterfalls. This place is sometimes called as ‘Niagara of the East’. You can enjoy the coracle ride from one end of the boat to another, and also visit the nearby Melagiri Hills. Many famous movies like ‘Roja’ and ‘Raavan’ have been shot here.

14. BR Hills

BR hills is an amazing weekend picnic spot near Bangalore ideal for trekkers
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Famous for: Trekking, fishing, and handicrafts
Distance from Bangalore: 185 km’s
Travel Time: 4 Hours 20 minutes

The Biligiriranga Hills, or the BR Hills as they are better known, are located between the Western and the Eastern Ghats. This place is blessed with rich natural beauty and various varieties of flora and fauna. The places which you must visit while here are the BRT Wildlife sanctuary and Dodda Stampede Mara, which means big Champak tree. This is a spiritual site which holds a thousand-year-old tree.

15. Hassan

Shettihalli church in Hassan near Bangalore
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Famous for: Mystery of Temples and monuments
Distance from Bangalore: 187 kms
Travel Time: 2 Hours 50 minutes

An ideal weekend picnic spot near Bangalore for the history & cultural buffs, the city derives its name from its presiding deity Goddess Hassanamba. This place has many monuments and ancient structures and is often referred as the temple- architecture capital of Karnataka. Some of the must-visit places are Ramanthaour temple, Gorur dam, Hoysala temples and Shettyhalli church. The Shettihalli Church is unique because it is submerged in water during monsoons and emerges back after the monsoons.

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