Bengaluru, our very own beautiful city is not just the IT hub and Silicon Valley of India , but also one of the most ‘travelled to’ destinations in the country. The weather here, which remains consistent throughout the year gets people in the North to envy the city. Our city is a traveler’s delight, where one can witness a fine mixture of architectural brilliance and natural getaways.
While the people in the Northern region crave to visit Bengaluru and the places around it, what does the city have in store for people residing there and looking for a day out? Streets like Commercial Street, MG Road, and Cubbon Park to name a few are always crowded whereas malls and restaurants have become a cliché!
Luckily for all of us, Bengaluru is surrounded by tons of places one can visit, to relax and get into the adventurous mode. Check out these places around Bengaluru. Rent a bike from the nearest bike rental, get on it and ride away to explore these places.
This place is simply devoted to dance. ‘Nrityagram’ means “The Village of Dance”, Dance is a way of life at Nrityagram. It is filled with soulful music where passionate artists rehearse and perform to the beats of it all the times. The school is set up by one of the most renowned Odissi dancers, Protima Gauri. It is a must visit for an art and cultural enthusiast. Located at a distance of 35 kms from Bengaluru, the place makes a person’s heart leap and dance in joy. One can also enjoy Hesaraghatta Grassland Cycling on their way back.
The flourishing greenery and the serene backwaters are just what you need for a peaceful weekend flit. Kerekaadu is the place of tranquility amidst turmoil. Gaze the stars, roast your marshmallows at the campfire and bathe in the moonlight at night. Go Kayaking or canoeing during the day. Kayaking sessions are conducted at the place too. Just make a booking and take off. It is only an hour’s ride from Bengaluru.
It is a must visit place for all Bengaluruans.
One can go trekking or rock climbing and rest on the small meadows amid the trees, explore the naturally formed volcanic rocks, caves and the enduring spring that flows through the hillocks, go abseiling or simply shout out “Kitne Aadmi The Re?”. ‘Antharagange’ in Kannada translates to ‘Ganges from the deep’.This place is 70 km away from Bangalore in the Kolar district. It has natural hot water springs and a temple at the top of the hill. It is probably one of the perfect holiday destinations that Enid Blyton would write a mystery or adventure story about. “Sholay–KitneAadmiThe Re”.
Ride along the curvy lanes to the misty mountains and experience the breathtaking sunrise. Our all-time favourite Nandi Betta, caters as the finest trekking destination and the most popular Sunday getaway. It, being at an elevation of 1478m from the sea level is the first choice for bike riders. Do not forget to visit the ‘Indian Paratha Company’ (IPC) for some sizzling yummy Parathas on the way back.
The beautiful long ride, the lovely scenic views, trekking trails, prolific greenery and the surrounding temples would make one feel “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”. Located on the banks of the river ‘Kaveri’, Shivanasamudra is a splendid waterfall located about 140 kms away from the city and is another excellent place to spend the weekend at. It literally translates to ‘Shiva’s Sea’. Drench in the waterfall and be the one with nature!
Go see the old and popular Mysore Zoo, the graceful goddess Chamundi and the mighty Mahishasura at Chamundi Hills, the soothing temples of Vontikoppal, the majestic Mysore Palace, the beautiful Butterfly Park, the exquisite Karanji lake and end the day with the fabulous musical fountain at the Brindavan Gardens. One can start early in the morning, visit the cultural heritages like Tippu Sultan’s summer palace and Ranganathittu bird sanctuary at Srirangapatna and then reach Mysore by late in the morning. The cultural capital of the State of Karnataka is one of the most picked spots for a day’s travel from Bengaluru.
The frondescence en route Chunchi falls is absolutely mind-blowing! Bring out those rugged jeans and trekking shoes, rent a bike and proceed. Feel the little droplets of the waterfall on your face, enjoy the downrush and melody. Located on the banks of Arkavati, near the Mekedatu Sangama, where three rivers join the flow, it is just 83 kms away from Bengaluru. Make a deviation off the trail towards the right to find another smaller waterfall that joins the main one later on. Chunchi is the place to visit post monsoon or during winter to experience the sight.
When all these places are just waiting to be visited, why wait? Walk to the nearest bike rental company, get a two wheeler on rent and ride away!