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26 Places To Visit Around Bangalore That Are Perfect For The Weekend (2022)

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Thanks to its perfect location and geography, planning a quick road trip from Bangalore is never difficult. From breathtaking waterfalls to pristine hill stations and serene beaches, there are a number of places to visit around Bangalore, the silicon valley of India has a variety of options to satisfy distinct recreational needs.

Now a road trip can be with your family to grandma's house, a thrilling adventure with your best friends, or a romantic escape with your significant other through some jaw-dropping scenery!

But the best kind of road trips are the ones that give you the freedom to sit back and enjoy the ride. Here's a list of road trip ideas from Bangalore that you can take on the upcoming long weekend!

The Best Places To Visit Near Bangalore This Weekend

1. Chunchi Falls

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Thirty-second rundown: Around 89km from Bangalore, Chunchi Falls is in Kanakapura, Karnataka. You will have do a bit of rock climbing or crawling to get to the falls but when you get there the sight of water gushing down into a series of cascades is guaranteed to leave you spellbound.

Places to visit around Chunchi Falls: Chinin Falls, Galibore Fishing Camp, Mekedatu Falls

Round-trip fare for 12 hours: ₹1575 onwards

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2. Avalabetta Fort

Photo of Chunchi Falls, Madarahalli, Karnataka, India by Gunjan Upreti

Thirty-second rundown: Avalabetta Fort is in the Chikkaballapur district in Karnataka, and if you like to check out dangerous places, well, this could be your next destination. For explorers and adventurers, Avalabetta Fort offers enough opportunities for hikes. And for people with a keen interest in mythology, there's a small temple on top of the hill where the fort is situated and the priest there can enlighten you with the mythological significance of this place, so make it a point to speak to him.

Round-trip fare for 12 hours: ₹1575 onwards

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3. Makalidurga

Thirty-second rundown: An extraordinary destination for thrill seekers, Makalidurga gives trekking a whole new meaning. The place is guaranteed to delight you with its blend of hilly terrains, pathless trails, ruined fortress and wildlife. The cooler months of September to February are the best time for trekking in Makalidurga. A helpful tip is to carry sufficient water and food during the trek.

Other treks around Makalidurga: Anthargange Trek and Kaivara Trek

You can book an Ola Outstation from anywhere in Bangalore and find it at your doorstep within an hour at the maximum.

Round-trip fare for 12 hours: ₹1575 onwards

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4. Nandi Hills

Thirty-second rundown: Nandi Hills, also known as Nandidurg or Nandi Betta, is Bangalore's favourite weekend getaway within 200km. If you're an avid photographer and are moved by the delightful perspectives of mother nature, then Nandi Hills is the perfect getaway for you.

Places to visit in Nandi Hills: Nandi Temple, Tippu's Drop, Yoga Nandeeshwara Swamy Temple

Round-trip fare for 12 hours: ₹1575 onwards

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5. Masinagudi

Thirty-second rundown: A perfect combination of comfort and wild, Masinagudi is a whimsical place where nature is untouched and wilderness embraces you!

Places to visit around Masinagudi: Ooty, Gopalaswami Betta, Nilgiri tea plantations

Round-trip fare for three days: ₹7950 onwards

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6. Dubare Forest

Distance from Bangalore: 248.9 km

Thirty-second rundown: Known for its elephant camp on the banks of river Kaveri in Kodagu district, Dubare Forest is a perfect getaway from Bangalore for all wildlife lovers. At Dubare Forest, you can indulge in trekking, elephant rides, angling and stream rafting. All these activities are facilitated by wilderness hotels and resorts. Check it out here.

Places to visit in Dubare: Abbi Waterfalls, Harangi Dam, Nisargadhama

Round-trip fare for two days: ₹5300

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7. Sakleshpur

Thirty-second rundown: Mountains enveloped in mist and clouds at an arms distance, Sakleshpur is all about chatty locals, grazing cows and paddy fields. If you are keen on bird watching there are many that will come your and for nature lovers, trekkers and those with a love for the outdoors, this place is a paradise.

Places to visit in Sakleshpur: Manjarabadh Fort, Madikeri, Gorur Dam

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Round-trip fare for two days: ₹5300

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8. Kannur

Thirty-second rundown: ‘The Land of Loom and Lores’, Kannur is probably one of the best spots for a weekend getaway around Bangalore. Mid-way on the Mangalore-Calicut route, Kannur is renowned for its amazing climate and picturesque beauty.

With Lakshadweep Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on the east, the beaches of Kannur are extremely enchanting. For a long weekend, what can be better than the wind blowing in your face, near your ear, feeling the sand in between your toes and watching the small creatures on the sand?

Places to visit in Kannur: Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Fort St. Angelos, Payyambalam Beach, Dharmadam Beach

Round-trip fare for three days: ₹7950

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9. Antara Gange

Thirty-second rundown: From cave exploration to camping, bonfire, rock climbing, abseiling and rappelling, you can expect a multitude of experiences at Antara Gange

Places to visit in Antara Gange: Antharagange Caves, Kotilingeshwara Temple, Kolaramma Temple

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Round-trip fare for 12 hours: ₹1575 onwards

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10. Ramanagara

Thirty-second rundown: Remember the grisly dacoit Gabbar from the Bollywood blockbuster Sholay? Ramanagara is the place that was his lair in the movie. Encompassed by seven slopes, Ramanagara is every rock climber's paradise, and also a great weekend getaway from Bangalore within 200km. The territory around Ramanagara is also known for some of the world's oldest granite outcrops. So, if you love nature, Ramanagara will be a treat that is such a short drive outside the city.

Places to visit in Ramanagara: Kharkhaane Bande, Rameshwara and Sri Rama Temples

Round-trip fare for 12 hours: ₹1575 onwards

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11. Bheemeshwari

Thirty-second rundown: Situated between Shivanasamudra Falls and Mekedatu, on the banks of Kaveri, Bheemeshwari is an abode of serenity located about 100km from Bangalore.

If you're planning a trip to Bheemeshwari, then I suggest you stay at the Bheemeshwari Adventure and Nature Camp for some delightful nature experiences such as jungle camps, rope walking, kayaking and a host of other activities. The best time to visit Bheemeshwari is just after the monsoon, between August and February.

Places to visit around Bheemeshwari: Shivanasamura, Talakaadu, Somanathapura, Srirangapatna

Round-trip fare for two days: ₹5300 onwards

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12. Srirangapatna

Thirty-second rundown: Srirangapatna is the final abode of Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali, two of south India’s most admired rulers. Encased by river Kaveri, the town of Srirangapatna, for a brief period of time, was the capital of Mysore. Keep at least six to eight hours to fully enjoy the joys of Srirangapatna.

Places you can visit in Srirangapatna: Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tipu’s Death Place, Lal Mahal Palace, Gumbaz, Dariya Daulat Bagh

With Ola Outstation, you can pay for your ride at the end of your trip. You can also save yourself the hassle and worry of carrying cash with you by paying with Ola Money!

Round-trip fare for two days: ₹5300 onwards

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13. Mysore

Thirty-second rundown: One of South India's most acclaimed travel destinations, Mysore is known for its sparkling imperial legacy and it's World Heritage listed palace, the Mysore Palace.

Places to visit in Mysore: Mysore Palace, Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore Zoo, Railway Museum, Regional Museum of Natural History

Don't forget to taste authentic Mysore Pak while you're there. Make use of Ola’s free, in-cab Wi-Fi and search for the best place in Mysore for Mysore Pak.

Round-trip fare for two days: ₹5300 onwards

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14. Shivanasamudra waterfalls

Thirty-second rundown: One of the most popular places to visit around Bangalore, Shivanasamudra waterfalls are one of the most picturesque tourist places around Bangalore within 200 km. The island of Shivanasamudra divides river Kaveri into two parts that form two waterfalls—Gaganachukki and Bharachukki.

Places to visit around Shivanasamudra: Somnathpur, Mysore, Talakadu.

Round-trip fare for two days: ₹5300 onwards

15. Horsley Hills

Thirty-second rundown: Horsley Hills is a charming hamlet that makes for the perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore. The drive to Horsley Hills is absolutely mesmerising, with thick vegetation on both sides of the road. The hills are lush with dense forests and make for an ideal place to visit around Bangalore for nature lovers.

Places to visit near Horsley Hills: Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Environment Park, Mallama Temple, Galiband, View Point and the Gangotri Lake

Round trip fare for two days: ₹5310 onwards

16. Kanipakam

Thirty-second rundown: Kanipakam is one of the most popular pilgrimage places to visit around Bangalore. A small village located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Kanipakam is famous for the Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple (Kanipakam Temple). It is an ideal tourist place near Bangalore to visit over the weekend. The temple is a rare one with a self-manifested idol of Lord Ganesha—one that continues to grow in size!

Places to visit in Kanipakam: Varasiddhi Vinayak Temple, Manikanta Swamy Temple, Kaigal Falls, Sripuram

Round trip fare for two days: ₹5215 onwards

17. Lepakshi

Thirty-second rundown: A small village in Andhra Pradesh, Lepakshi is one of the most iconic heritage places to visit around Bangalore. Founded in the 16th century, Lepakshi is home to some of the finest temple architecture and paintings of the Vijaynagar era, including the monolithic statue of the Nandi.

Places to visit in Lepakshi: The temples of Papanatheswara, Raghunatha, Srirama, Veerabhadra and Durga, Lepakshi Nandi

Round-trip fare for three days: ₹7973 onwards

18. Shravanabelagola

Thirty-second rundown: Shravanabelagola in Karnataka is perhaps the most famous Jain pilgrimage place to visit near Bangalore. The Gomateswara Temple here, built on top of the Vindhyagiri Hill at an altitude of 3,347 feet, is the main point of attraction because of its statue of Lord Bahubali. This is supposed to be the tallest statue in the world carved out of a single block of granite! It stands at 58 feet.

Places to visit in Shravanabelagola: Gomateshwar Temple, Chamudaraya Basadi, Halebelagola, and Chandragupta Basadi

Round-trip fare for two days: ₹5300 onwards

19. Yelagiri

Thirty-second rundown: One of the most popular hill stations to visit near Bangalore, Yelagiri is a cluster of 14 hamlets that lie between four mountains. Orchards, rose gardens and green valleys surround these hills. It is also a popular destination for trekkers.

Places to visit in Yelagiri: Puganoor Lake, Nature Park, Jalagamparai Falls, and Velavan Temple

Round-trip fare for three days: ₹5800 onwards

20. Brindavan Gardens

Thirty-second rundown: Built in 1932, Brindavan Gardens are one of the most picturesque man-made tourist places to visit around Bangalore. The garden was designed by Sir Mirza Ismail, Diwan of Mysore, based on Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir in the Mughal style. Spread over an area of 150 acres, the Brindavan Gardens are amongst the best gardens in India.

Places to visit near Brindavan Gardens: Sriranganath Swamy Temple, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Srirangapatna Fort

Round-trip fare for two days: ₹5500 onwards

21. Bannerghatta National Park

Thirty-second rundown: Bannerghatta National Park is a treat for nature lovers everywhere. Boasting of a huge variety of flora and fauna, this park is spread over a massive area of more than 100 sq km and is one of the most popular day-trip places near Bangalore. What is unique about this place, is the number of establishments it hosts within its confines—country’s first butterfly park, a zoo, an aquarium, and historical monuments.

Places to visit in Bannerghatta National Park: Butterfly Park, elephant sanctuary, zoo, Uddigebande rock, jungle safari

Round-trip fare for one day: ₹550 onwards

22. Somnathpur

Thirty-second rundown: Somnathpur is well known for the beautiful Prasanna Chennakesava Temple—one of the three finest representations of Hoysala architecture that have been nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This is one of the most popular heritage places to visit around Bangalore. The temple is known for its minute and intricate carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing.

Places to visit in Somnathpur: Talakadu, Shivanasamudra Falls

Round-trip fare for three days: ₹5000 onwards

23. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Thirty-second rundown: Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a set of six islets on the banks of River Kaveri and is popular among wildlife enthusiasts as one of most interesting places to visit around Bangalore. The sanctuary is a breeding ground for many migratory birds from all over the world and is home to a wide species of native birds, including cormorants, darters, white ibis, spoon billed storks, egrets, herons, terns, swallows, and kingfishers among others.

Places to visit near Rangathittu: Daria Daulat Bagh, Gumbaz, Sri Ranganathaswamy, Balmuri & Edumuri waterfalls.

Round-trip fare for three days: ₹7500 onwards

24. Biligirirangan

Thirty-second rundown: Biligirirangan is a lofty hill station near Mysore. It is one of the most popular tourist places near Bangalore within 200 km, and rightly so considering that this place has a little something for everyone. It is considered to be the wildlife corridor that connects Eastern Ghats to Western Ghats. It is also a popular trekking and safari destination in addition to being a pilgrimage site thanks to the presence of the 500-year-old Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple.

Places to visit in Biligirirangan: Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, Dodda Sampige

Round-trip fare for two days: ₹5300 onwards

25. Mekedatu

Thirty-second rundown: One of the most popular weekend getaways near Bangalore, Sangama and Mekedatu are two places just four kilometers apart. Sangam is the place where the Arakavathi river merges into the Kaveri, while Mekedatu is the place where Kaveri flows through a deep, narrow gorge making for a picturesque sight. The place is known for its scenic beauty and geographic importance.

Places to visit near Mekedatu and Sangama: Muthathi, Bheemeshwari and Cauvery fishing camp, Chunchi Falls

Round-trip fare for two days: ₹3800 onwards

26. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

Thirty-second rundown: Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is a popular trekking destination for people living in Bangalore. In fact, it is one of the most popular tourist places to visit around Bangalore. At an elevation of 3780 ft, it provides a moderately difficult trekking trail that begins at Konala Doddi (about 6 km from Bilikal Betta) The hill, which is named after the temple of Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta, is surrounded by forests and is home to a number of wild animals that can be spotted during the night.

Places to visit near Bilikal Rangaswamy Bettta: Mekedatu, Chunchi falls

Round-trip fare for two days: ₹2600 onwards

If you've already decided to go on one of these places to visit around Bangalore, Ola gives you the facility to book an Ola Outstation cab well in advance! So pack your clothes, hiking boots and appetite and hit the road with Ola Outstation because road trips are best enjoyed with chauffeur driven, well-maintained and comfortable cars.

Happy road-tripping!

Check out the Bangalore travel guide to read more and find out about the best things to do in Bangalore.

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