Road trips from Bengaluru

Photo of Road trips from Bengaluru by Hiran Mayi

Wassup Bengalureans! Ee corona kaladalli... sorry, in these tough times, I'm pretty sure we all missing hanging out with our friends. Especially those spontaneous road trips. We have been gifted with many places at reachable distances from the city and should hence be super thankful. Here are a few such sites you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Here's to a much-needed break!


Considered to be the most substantial monolith hills in Asia, Savanadurga is a hill off the Magadi Road. Savandurga is formed by two hills known locally as Karigudda (black hill) and Billigudda (white hill). This rocky delight is 1226 meters above sea level and provides a beautiful view from the hilltop. Take offbeat night trek to Savandurga and savor the nocturnal appeals of the destination.

Distance from Bengaluru: 60km

Photo of Savandurga Hill, Karnataka by Hiran Mayi


A small town known for its sericulture, hence nicknamed Silk City. Ramanagara was called Closepet in ancient times. The Closepet granites are a major geological feature of this region and are from the Lower Proterozoic era. The Bollywood blockbuster Sholay was shot at the surrounding hills, now called Sholay Hills. Sandwiched between Ramanagaram and Channapatna is the Kanva Reservoir. Head to Ramanagara to learn the art of sericulture or a picnic, whatever be the reason, you'll return happy.

Distance from Bengaluru: 50km

Photo of Ramanagara, Karnataka, India by Hiran Mayi

Manchinbele Dam

The mighty reservoir is built over Arakavathy River and proves to be the most sought out destination in recent years. It was initially constructed to help in farming and irrigation in the nearby fields. It serves as a visual treat for all bird watchers with some of the commonly seen ones being Kingfishers, Brahminy starling, Pied Bushchat, March Harriers, Purple Heron, and doves. One of the most popular activities conducted here includes kayaking, a comfortable yet enjoyable experience, especially for large groups.

Distance from Bengaluru: 40km

Photo of Manchanabele, Karnataka, India by Hiran Mayi

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills is an ancient hill fortress built by the Ganga dynasty and enlarged by Tipu Sultan. It believed that the hills are the origin of the Arkavathy river, Ponnaiyar River, Palar River, Papagni, and Penna River. This picturesque weekend getaway is not just a hiker's adobe but also houses several shrines, ancient caves, and heritage monuments. From paragliding, cycling along the trails to trekking up the hill and camping, the mountain offers everything an adventure lover would seek after. There are a couple of resorts built here, which makes Nandi hills a perfect spot for weddings, photoshoots, picnics, family and friends reunions, treks, basically EVERYTHING. Nandi Hills for any Bengalurean is what fish curry is to neer dose!

The first SAARC summit hosted by India was held at Nandi Hills in 1986

Distance from Bengaluru: 50km

Photo of Nandi Hills, Karnataka, India by Hiran Mayi