Life can seem too chaotic at times to have a vacation that lasts more than a few days. And this condition demands a day trip or a 24-hour trip that is essential for the rejuvenation of the soul. This type of trip can be taken any given day, whether it's your weekend or a fake sick leave. All it takes is 24 hours from your routine life. A one day trip from Bangalore can be enjoyed by exploring the countryside of the city, which has many more experiences to share than words can describe, can also be a cost-effective trip. Here we are about to explore a few iconic nearby locations of Bangalore, Karnataka for travellers who would love an escape from monotonous schedules.
7 Destinations For One Day Trip From Bangalore:
1. Nandi Hills
60 kilometres away from city lights, there lies a beautiful town with a stunning landscape immersed in cold weather and a home to shrines, monuments and temples. This perfect one day trip destination is known as Nandi Hills, located in outskirts of Bangalore. This location was once used as a summer retreat by Tipu Sultan and his house was called Tashk-e-Jannat, located at an elevation of 1,450 metres. Its marvellous architecture attracts tourists from around the world in the present day. Several traces of his legacy can be found in the region.
The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his companions - Parvati and Nandi, is one of the oldest architectural wonders and pilgrimage sites that can be visited in the prime location. Nandi Hills is well known for its amazing viewpoints and greenery. Apart from this, the place is famous for sports and activities like its trekking trails, cycling routes and paragliding.
Best time to visit: Between the months of September to February.
If you are a movie-buff and Sholay is on your list, you will probably remember this place from the iconic scene of Gabbar in the Rocky Mountains from the movie. Ramanagara is 50 kilometres away from the main town of Bangalore and is often used for team outings by the working professionals of the city. Ramanagara is famous for its Mysore-Pak and is additionally known as the Silk City for its Silk and Cocoon industry.
This place has seen and was governed by many rulers in the past such as Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara, Mysore lords, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Ramanagara leads tourists into the massive Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary along with many sightseeing locations such as Mekedatu, Chunchi Falls, Savandurga, Ramadevara Betta Hills and more. Tourists can also enjoy camping and trekking activities in the region.
Best time to visit: Between the months of November to May.
Situated on the banks of river Arkavati, Kanakapura is a destination amidst forest, waterfalls, lakes and mountains, located only 69 kilometres away from Bangalore. The place is surrounded by Turahalli Forest, which makes it a perfect camping location for wildlife lovers. You can explore the rich flora, fauna, landscapes, temples, waterfalls and various activities in Kanakapura.
The city is famous for its quality Silk and Granite. Major tourist attractions in the city are its Resorts that follow jungle themes, Kabbaladurga, Innovative Film City, Pyramid Valley, Bananthimari hill, Shivagiri Kshetra Shivaldappana Betta and more. The summers in the region are rainy and winter sees lesser rainfalls, which makes the Kanakapura offer a tropical climate throughout the year. Kankapura provides the best destinations for Rock Rappelling, Zip Lining, Canoeing, Camping, Trekking etc.
Best time to visit: Between the months of October to April
Skandagiri is also known as Kalavara Durga, located about 3 kilometres from Chikballapur and 60 kilometres from Bangalore. The location is well known for its trekking activities. A 2-hours trekk from Skandagiri can lead you to reach at the top of the hill where lies the remains of an 18th-century fort built by Tipu Sultan and an abandoned temple for your exploration. Top of the hills presents mesmerising views of forests and mountains all around along with the beautiful views of the basin below.
Skandagiri is surrounded by the infamous Nandi Hills and lies at an altitude of 1450 metres. The best and the unique fact about this place is, it offers day as well as night trekking experience to its tourists, being one of the best trekking destinations in Bangalore. Grover Zampa Vineyards, Ghati Subramanya, Nrityagram, Papagni Mutt, Nehru Nilaya, Bheemeshwara Temple, etc. are some major tourist attractions in Skandagiri that will let you have the best one day trip in the countryside of Bangalore.
Best time to visit: Between the months of November to March
Savandurga is about 50 kilometres away from Bangalore and is known for being the large monolith hill that rises 1226 metres above sea level. It forms a part of the Deccan plateau and consists of volcanic rocks like peninsular gneiss and granite. Savandurga is an ideal destination for rock climbers and cave explorers.
Top of the hill provides the view of two major water attractions: Arkavati river and the Perennial Lotus ponds. Savandurga is considered to be one of the largest rock formations in the entire Asia. Manchanebele dam (popular for views, water sports and other adventurous activities), Thippagondanahalli reservoir, Billi Gudda, Karigudda, and temples in the surrounding area are the attractions in the region that must be explored for the thrilling day trip.
Best time to visit: Between the months of November to May
6. Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary
The infamous Bird Sanctuary of Kokrebellur, is located at about 87 kilometres from Bangalore and is 12 kilometres from Maddur towards Halagur. The location is the home to the largest number of painted storks (Mycteria leucocephala) or Kokkare (in native language). You can find spot-billed pelicans apart from painted storks in large numbers in the region. Both birds are classified to be near threatened in the IUCN Red List.
The village, Kokrebellur is one of the 21 breeding sites of spot-billed pelicans and painted storks. These birds are the reason for major tourist attractions in the Sanctuary. Along with them, Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger), Black Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax) and Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii) are among other beautiful breed of birds that can be seen in the Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary.
Best time to visit: from November to June
7. Bannerghatta National Park
About 21 kilometres away from the lavish city, in the outskirts of Bangalore, is a zoological park with varieties of flora and fauna for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. The park encloses a butterfly park, an aquarium, a children's park, a crocodile park, a museum, fenced forested elephant sanctuary, rescue centre, champaka dhama swamy temple, suvarnamukhi hills and a zoo in addition to a massive reserved forest area.
Bannerghatta National Park is the only biological park in India which is in proximity to the city. The Sanctuary is sponsored by PETA India. This place also offers short trekking and hiking expeditions along with jungle safari where you can get a glance of elephants, lions, bengal tigers, white tigers, deer, sloth bears, zebras, panthers, rhinoceros, bisons, porcupine and other amazing wildlifes. Additionally, you can explore the wide range of faunas in the Sanctuary.
Best time to visit: from October to February