Bangalore is well-known for its amazing weather and its cosmopolitan spirit. However, even with so many things to see, one of the best parts of the Garden City is the wealth of places to get away on road trips from Bangalore.
While there is no shortage of exciting destinations to visit around the city, here are five places you have to check out on road trips from Bangalore
Made famous by its appearance (as “Ramgarh”) in the iconic Hindi movie, Sholay, Ramanagara is the ideal one day trip from Bangalore. The area is dotted with huge rocks, boulders, and caves which are exciting to explore. Ramanagara is also perfect for other adventure activities such as trekking, rappelling, rock climbing and much more.
Distance from Bangalore: 50 km
2. Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills provides an idyllic quick escape from the city and is one of the most popular road trips from Bangalore. Located just 60 km outside the city, the hills also offer breathtaking views of the sunrise. There is something for everyone here. If you desire peace and quiet to rejuvenate you, you can find it here. However, if adventure sports and adrenaline pumping activities are your thing, that’s available too.
Distance from Bangalore: 60 km
Located in the Kolar district just 68 km from Bangalore, the ancient caves at Anthargange make it the perfect place for those are interested in trekking and cave exploration. The who area is filled with hillocks from boulders and volcanic rocks, which are perfect for a diverse range of adventure activities.
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Distance from Bangalore: 68 km
Skandagiri, also known as Kalwarbetta or Kalavara Durga, is a mountain ruin with the remains of Tipu Sultan’s fortress. It is located about 70 km from Bangalore. It is a popular destination for day trips as well as overnight treks, as the peak offers spectacular views of the sunrise. You can take a vehicle up to the Papagni Temple, but from this point, you have to make a steep climb to reach the summit.
Distance from Bangalore: 70 km
Located 105 km away from Bangalore on the Kaveri River, Bheemeshwari is filled with serene beauty, with the perfect touch of wilderness. It offers lots of amazing adventure sports, from kayaking, rappelling, zip-lining, trekking, coracle riding, and even fishing. The lush jungle is filled with animals, so also make sure to go on a wildlife safari.
Distance from Bangalore: 105 km
If you want to check out some other amazing ancient buildings close to home, visit Lepakshi in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. Located just 120 km from Bangalore, it is famous for its hanging pillars, the many temples, and the monolithic statue of Nandi. The site also has associations with the Ramayana legend.
Distance from Bangalore: 120 km
This historically rich town is located close to Mysore and is a popular destination for short trips. Srirangapatna is known both for its excellent bird sanctuary as well as being the final resting place of Tipu Sultan. Here, you can visit the famous rulers’ mausoleum, his palace, as well as the Srirangapatna Fort, and various temples and museums. It is also the location of the Triveni Sangam.
Distance from Bangalore: 128 km
8. Hogenakkal Falls
Said to be one of the oldest waterfalls in the world, Hogenakkal literally means “Smoky Stone”. It gets its name from the water that spurts out of the cascading falls when it hits the rock surface, giving the illusion of emitting ‘smoke’. It waters are also said to have medicinal properties. Make sure to visit during the monsoon when the Kaveri River (which creates the falls) is in its full glory.
Distance from Bangalore: 135 km
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Located in the Hassan district, 144 km from Bangalore, Shravanabelagola is an important Jain pilgrimage site. It is known for the massive 58-foot-tall Gommateshwara Bahubali statue, as well as numerous ancient temples and inscriptions. It is also said to be where the famous king Chandragupta Maurya died in 298 BC after becoming a Jain monk.
Distance from Bangalore: 144 km
10. Yelagiri Hills
Located in the Vellore district, the beautiful hill station of Yelagiri is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Apart from the many resorts and hotels in the area, it is also known for its excellent trekking opportunities. It is very popular among tourists looking for road trips from Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore: 158 km
The historic city of Mysore is one of the top tourist destinations in South India. Also known as Mysuru, it is filled with historic buildings and monuments that speak to its glorious past. Visit the beautiful Ambavilas Palace, the Chamundeswari Temple, and the Mysore Zoo.
Distance from Bangalore: 160 km
12. BR Hills
The Biligirirangana Hills (or BR Hills as they are popularly known) are located between the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats. This beautiful area filled with jungles is now also a tiger reserve and you can go on a range of jungle safaris and walks to see the animals and birds that live here.
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Distance from Bangalore: 181 km
13. Shettihalli Rosary Church
Located near the town of Shettihalli just 201 km from Bangalore is the magnificent Neo-Gothic Shettihalli Church. It was built in the 1860s by French missionaries but was abandoned after the construction of the Hemavati Dam in the 1960s. Now, during the monsoon, the church becomes mostly submerged leading to it being called “the Floating Church”.
Distance from Bangalore: 201 km
Along the Kabini River are a host of exciting activities and experiences. Experience the nature and untouched wilderness of the Nagarhole Forest, and one of the most popular road trips from Bangalore. Tigers, elephants, and deer are frequently spotted in the region. Coracle rides, jungle safaris, elephant rides, and nature walks are some of the most popular activities here.
Distance from Bangalore: 211 km
The second largest Tibetan settlement in India, Bylakuppe lies between Coorg and Mysore. It is home to several Buddhist Monasteries, as well as the stunning Tibetan Golden Temple (at the Namdroling Monastery). Bylakuppe is a truly offbeat destination for road trips from Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore: 218 km
Bandipur National Reserve is a popular tourist destination in Karnataka. It is surrounded by foliage and lush greenery. Here, you can find elephants grazing, and spot numerous other animals and birds on tours and wildlife safaris. Located at the foot of the Nilgiri Hills, it also has many opportunities for adventure activities, such as trekking, camping, and mountaineering.
Distance from Bangalore: 220 km
17. Belur & Halebidu
Located near the hilly region of Chikmagalur, lie the ancient towns of Belur and Halebidu. Crowds of history buffs throng to see the many ancient temples in what was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire. The Chennakeshava and Hoysaleshwara temples are especially fine examples of Hoysala architecture.
Distance from Bangalore: 220 km
Tucked away in the Western Ghats, Sakleshpur is known for its numerous tea, coffee & spice plantations. The clear mountain air flows through meadows with sparkling streams and gushing waterfalls. Sakleshpur is also the perfect destination to engage in some exciting adventure activities.
Distance from Bangalore: 223 km
Nestled in the lush green Eastern Ghats in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu, is the peaceful hill station of Yercaud. Amidst coffee plantations and aroma of spices that blankets the region of the Shivaroy Hills are a number of fascinating attractions, such as Anna Park and Lady’s Seat. It is popular with people on road trips from Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore: 228 km
Located just beyond Bandipur, the wild beauty of Masinagudi in Tamil Nadu is known for its excellent safaris. Here, you can catch a glimpse of tigers, elephants, bears, deer and boars roaming through the jungle. You can also visit the Elephant Camp to see how the elephants are trained and cared for.
Distance from Bangalore: 243 km
Chikmagalur is famous for its numerous coffee plantations. However, the rugged hills of are also filled with lush valleys, gushing streams and numerous peak such as Baba Budangiriand Mullayanagiri. It is an ideal getaway from city life and is also the perfect spot for trekking.
Distance from Bangalore: 250 km
There are lots of plantations and hill stations around Bangalore, such as Chikmagalur, Wayanad, Sakleshpur, and Coonoor. However, Coorg (Kodagu), located in the Western Ghats 250 km from Bangalore, combines the best of these places. Known as the “Scotland of Southern India,” it is filled with waterfalls, lush tea and coffee plantations, and delicious food. Don’t miss the fascinating Madikeri Fort nearby.
Distance from Bangalore: 260 km
Wayanad is a famous forest reserve just across the border in Kerala. Filled with lush green forests, waterfalls, and historic sights, it is also the location of the heavily protected Silent Valley. You can ride through the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, or go trekking to one of the numerous peaks in the area. Don’t miss the pre-historic Edakkal Caves.
Distance from Bangalore: 271 km
Surrounded by the Erramala Hills and the Penna River, Gandikota is a village located in Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its magnificent 13th-century fort and the Gorge Viewpoint that looks over the Gandikota Gorge. The stunning gorge has an uncanny resemblance to the Grand Canyon in America and is an unusual destination for road trips from Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore: 280 km
Located 280 km from Bangalore down the picturesque Mysore State Highway, Ooty has been one of the most popular hill stations in India since British times. Passing through the dense forests of Bandipur and Masinagudi and about 32 hairpin bends, the trip to Ooty (or Udagamandalam) is just as stunning as the destination. Filled with heritage homes, churches, beautiful lakes, botanical gardens, and pine forests, the most popular attraction is nonetheless the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Distance from Bangalore: 283 km
Hampi, located 350 km from Bangalore, was once the centre of the Vijayanagar Empire. Its many ancient monuments, including the massive Virupaksha Temple, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the Hampi Bazaar and explore the ruins of this once great city set along the banks of Tungabhadra River.
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Distance from Bangalore: 350 km
27. Jog Falls
At Jog Falls, four different cascades of water from the Shravathi River (Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket) thunder down from a height of over 830 feet. Together, they are the second highest waterfalls in India. The waterfalls are located in the Shimoga District and are a popular tourist destination for road trips from Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore: 408 km
This quiet town in north Kannada is a go-to destination for adventure lovers. The thick forests offer a variety of flora and fauna to explore through treks or wildlife safaris. However, the most popular activity here is white water rafting. Hurtle down 12 kilometres of gushing the Kali River to get your heart racing and an adrenalin fix that’ll last for days!
Distance From Bangalore: 460 km
One of the top hill stations in South India, Kodaikanal is known for its scenic beauty. Set amidst dense forests and enchanting waterfalls in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, it surrounds the beautiful (man-made) Kodaikanal Lake. Visit the vibrant gardens of Bryant’s Park, the massive Pillar Rocks, and the many picturesque churches in the city.
Distance from Bangalore: 460 km
Tall palm trees sway over the idyllic beaches of Gokarna. This small temple town has some of the best beaches in the country and is the perfect destination to unwind and relax. Though some of the beaches may be crowded, you can still find a quiet spot to enjoy the unspoiled and pristine ocean view.
Distance from Bangalore: 500 km
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Are there any other exciting road trips from Bangalore that we’ve missed? If so, be sure to share them in the comments below.