6 Weekend Places to Visit around Bangalore
Planning for a weekend trip around Bangalore with family or friends? Bangalore itself is a beautiful city and there are numerous places to visit within the city. Bangalore located in the state of Karnataka and the state is rich in flora and fauna. From Bangalore, many tourist destinations that are rich in nature of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh can be easily accessible. Among them some, we have been listed out Best 6 Weekend Places to Visit around Bangalore for your happy weekend experience.
Located 135km away from Bangalore City, Shivanasamudra Waterfalls is a must visit place during the rainy season. Shivanasamudra is a town located in the district of Mandya, Karnataka. Shivanasamudra Waterfalls is on the banks of river Kaveri and Asia’s first Hydro-Electric Power Station has been set up here in the year 1902. Shivanasamudra Waterfalls divided into two waterfalls. The eastern stream of waterfalls called as Bharachukki and western stream of waterfalls called as Gaganachukki.
Waterfalls surrounding is covered with thick greenery and also of hill forest of Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. The beauty of cascading Gaganachukki waterfalls can be viewed from Shivanasamudra watch tower. The Hydro-Electric Power Station built in Gaganachukki waterfalls and compared to Bharachukki; Gaganachukki is not so wider waterfalls. The gushing waterfalls Bharachukki brings to mind the famous Niagara Falls.
Hogenakkal Waterfalls well-known as Niagara of India located 180km from Bangalore City. Hogenakkal is a small town on the banks of river Kaveri in the district of Dharmapuri. Hogenakkal Waterfalls surrounded with reserved forest of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu State. Hogenakkal Waterfalls is a most preferred weekend tourist place for locals and outsiders.
Not only viewing waterfalls, in Hogenakkal you can swim and go on a boat ride in basket looking bamboo made boats. Boating provided only while winter and summer months as the water flow will not be much compared during the rainy season. During the rainy season, people are not allowed to swim either at Hogenakkal Waterfalls due to overflow of water. The perfect time to Hogenakkal Waterfalls is during Off-Seasons.
Madhugiri Fort attracts thousands of adventure loving tourists from all over the world. For individuals who love trekking, Madhugiri Fort is a must visit weekend place. Located 100km away from Bangalore City, Madhugiri is a streep slope single hill and is Asia’s second largest monolithic rock. There are three gateways to Madhugiri Fort Diddibagilu, Antaralada Bagilu, and Mysore Gate. On top of the fort, there is ruined temple of Lord Gopalakrishna.
Other than adventure camping, Madhugiri Fort also has old temples and maidanahalli blackbuck sanctuary. You can visit old temples of Venkataramanaswami and Malleshwara. The temples are built in Dravidian style during the era of Vijayanagara dynasty. There is also a contribution of Hyder Ali to Madhugiri Fort. The greenery surrounded around Madhugiri Fort creates amazing and peaceful environment experience.
Bheemeshwari is a wonderful weekend outing for adventure and tranquil seekers. Located about 100km from Bangalore City, Bheemeshwari lies on the banks of river Kaveri in the district of Mandya, Karnataka. The other attractions of Bheemeshwari are its jungle lodges, nature camp, and viewing of wildlife. The main attraction of Bheemeshwari is a fishing camp which drives hundreds of tourist every day to Bheemeshwari.
If you are not an adventure lover, then go on a boat ride, view wildlife and enjoy the bliss of nature. Bheemeshwari is a natural habitat for the variety of animals and tropical Mahseer sporting Fish. The bamboo hut and Kaveri backwater makes Bheemeshwari ideal place for everyone to spend their weekend in nature. The environment of Bheemeshwari is splendid cool and any time of the year Bheemeshwari can be visited.
Antaragange located 65km from Bangalore City and is in the district of Kolar, Karnataka. Antaragange also called as Kashi of the South and is in the mountain ranges of Shathashrunga. Antaragange is well-known for trekking and also for its ancient Kashi Vishwanatha temple on a hillock. There are lots of caves and granite rocks around the ranges of mountain. In the temple of Kashi Vishwanatha, there is a pond where there is a continuous flow of water from the mouth of a Basava (stone bull). The source of water is still unknown. It is considered to be scared and believed that water from the mouth of a Basava will cure many diseases.
It is also said that, Lord Sri Rama had fought a battle in Antaragange rocky hills. There are beautiful must-visit places and temples around Antaragange. In Antaragange, one can do activities like Trekking, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Cave Exploration, and Camping. There will be numerous tourists visiting Antaragange for trekking and temple viewing. However, the perfect time for visiting Antaragange for trekking and other adventure activities is August to February.
BR Hills (Biligiriranga Hills) is a picturesque terrain of nature, located in the south-eastern part of Karnataka State. From Bangalore, it is 226km to BR Hills. Biligiriranga Hills is situated at 5091feet above the sea level. There are rare and variety of plants, trees, animals are found in and around the hilly terrain of Biligiriranga. In BR Hills, there is a famous temple of Lord Ranganatha on the peak of hill range on a white cliff. Lord Ranganatha and white cliff, gives the name to the hill as Biligiriranga.
The temple of Lord Ranganatha is a famous place for Sri Vaishnavites and every Friday special pooja will be performed to god. More than 800 species of flora and over 200 species of birds are seen in BR Hills. The wildlife seen in this hilly region includes tigers, panthers, leopards, wild pigs, antelopes, langur, sloth bears, sambar deer, bear, and chital. Because of eastern and western ghats, Biligiriranga Hills makes a perfect tranquil place to spend the weekend with loved ones in any season.
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6 Weekend Trips around Bangalore by Shubha Murthy