Bangalore – travel aid

August 17, 2006 at 2:52 pm 16 comments

Leaving Bangalore was hard. Specially when it had become a part of your life since the formative years. Back at 1996, when I arrived at the city as a mere 19 yrs old, little did I know that it would be the host for such a long time. The greenery was a soother. Rains an everyday battle. Back then it was a different place all together. Peaceful and less polluted; we, roamed around every little corner of the city sply on the week-ends. Frothing beers at nasa with eight/o/clock laser shows, jumbo roll at fanoos, late-night shows at Rex, Sagar bar at Ramiah nagar; the college days were filled with adventures and funs. And then a job at Hyderabad. Four desolate years in the nizam’s land never yielded the affection. So, back to Bangalore again in a desperate bid to come to the place I loved most. A year of rediscovering the place with so much of changes. And yet again, the call for another journey. To Pune. Bidding adieu to the loved ones, the relentless addas at IISC tea-board, bun-omlets at Sagar bakery at mathikere – was tough, I knew at once my flight landed on my soon-to-be-home city, the oxford of the east – Pune.

As an avid traveler, I would like to share my fav spots around Bangalore. Hope, you can use them…

Here, I have compiled a list of places around Bangalore that are worth paying visit over the weekends. The places here are ideal for the ones who want to go somewhere but do not have enough time to travel long distances. They require a max of 4-5 hours drive. So, wake up on a Saturday morning and drive out. Anyone who can contribute with some other noteworthy places, please add to the list.


Bannerghatta National Park (22km)
The park is situated in a picturesque surrounding with a variety of fauna, at Anekal Road. The main attractions are bisons, Elephants, Baboons, Panthers, Jackals and Lion taled Monkeys. The park has a snake park and lion and tiger safari.
Open 0900 – 1200, 1400 – 1700, Closed on Tuesday. It covers a 100 sq km, has a lion and tiger ‘safari’ in a ‘caged’ car. The park also offers elephant rides.


Channapatna (60km)
Channapatna is a wonder land of wooden toys. Every person in this town is involved in some aspect of making colourful lacquer wooden toys.

Mekedatu (98km)
It is a beautiful picnic spot were river Cauvery offers an unforgettable site. It tumbles down majestically through a deep ravine, on top of which is a chasm around 5meters wide, narrow enough for a goat to leak across. Mekedatu is on Kanakapura Road.

Ramohalli (28km)
A little away from the city is Ramohalli, a picturesque picnic spot, that boasts of a 400-year old sprawling banyan tree, spread over 4 acres. The region around Bangalore is dotted with gigantic rock formations, the two notable ones being Shivaganga (4599 ft. high) and Savandurga. The latter used to be a fortress and the hideout of Kempe Gowda.

Hesaraghatta (25km)
Hesaraghatta has an artificial lake, a dairy and a horticulture farm. Baoting & windsurfing are the other attractions. Also here is the famous ‘Nrityagrama’ where young dancers are trained al disciplines of traditional dance.

An interesting hill with four faces, rising to a height of 4599ft looks like a Nandi from the East, Ganesh from the West, A Linga from the South and Cobra with it hood spread from the North side. It is accessible by road.

The picturesque waterfalls, the Ganganchukki and the Bharachukki, cascade down 90 meters. These falls are the source of Asia’s first Hydro Electric Power Statin called “Shimsa”. The falls are in full splendour during July-August. The falls are 22 km from the Bangalore.

Hogenekkal Falls (140km)
These are also known as the ‘smoking rocks’ because of the mist. At the bottom of the 90ft water falls, one can ride in a coracle.

Devarayanadurga (60 kms)
This is a hill station of Tumkur road perched at a height of 3940 feet. A few kilometers from foot of the hills is a natural spring called “Namada Chilume”. On the Bangalore /Mumbai national Highway near Dobbospet (50km) take a right turn and proceed to devarayanadurga.


Kolar Gold Fields
98 Km east of the city and south of Kolar town. Prior permission is required to visit the field. Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, Banglore can arrange the permission. Visitors are Permitted only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from October to February. Children below 10 years are not permitted. It is world’s deepest gold mine. It is 2,400 meter below the surface and oldest in the country.

 Lord shiva temple at KolarF

15 kms from Mysore is the old capital of Tipu Sultan, Srirangapatna. Its fort bears witness to the Tiger of Mysore’s last battle against the British. His mausoleum, the Gumbaz, which sports ivory inlaid doors and the famous tiger-striped emblem is also nearby. Near Srirangapatna is the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

40 kms away from Mysore is the Somnathpur Temple, a star-shaped structure built in 1260 A.D, an outstanding example of Hoysala architecture.

49 kms from Bangalore city, Ramanagaram is famous for its rock formations, a great attraction for rock climbers. Ramanagaram is also an important silk cocoon market.

194 kms from Bangalore is Hassan, from where one can go to Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola is a famous Jain pilgrimage with a 17m high monolith of lord Bahubali standing tall.


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  • 1. alexmthomas  |  August 24, 2006 at 2:55 am

    This is amazing. I always tell others that India is rich in beauty. Bangalore alone has so many exotic places. I need to go travelling once. Really good of you to put the pictures up. 🙂

  • 2. sky  |  August 28, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    hubby and i enjoyed the lovely photos…makes me so excited about seeing it in person! a beautiful city and country, filled with every kind of geography and some many scenic vistas and architecture. thanks for posting. are you in bangalore often?

  • 3. surfryder  |  August 29, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    @ Sky: thanks so much. yes i do visit blore quite often. the soul is always there, wherever i live at the present.

    @ Alex: there are many more unexplored places around blore. Karnataka has a tremendous diversity when it comes to nature. but unfortunately, the state does a little to promote the tourism..

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  • 5. Lalitha  |  June 8, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    I have heard you can windsurf near Bangalore. Is it really true you can do it at Hesaraghatta?? Do they have the equipment or how is it??
    It would be nice if somebody can give me some information related to that. Thanks.

  • 6. surfryder  |  June 8, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    @ Lalitha: Not sure if there exists a windsurfing place in Hesaraghatta. But if you’re interested in paragliding then check out NIAS near Ramiah college of engg in mathikere. they allow general public once a week; probably during the weekend.

  • 7. Lalitha  |  June 8, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks for the info 😉 about paragliding, it is also something I`d like to try. But I don`t understand… windsurfing is mentoned in this same page…??…”Boating and windsurfing at Hesaraghatta”

  • 8. surfryder  |  June 9, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    @ Lalitha: that ‘windsurfing’ term is not technically used…it’s a generic description, as the area is very windy and breezy, one can take the pleasure of strong blowing breeze… 🙂

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  • 11. steve  |  October 3, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Do you usually hotlink to photos that you have no permission to use?

  • 12. steve  |  October 4, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Can you kindly remove the Kolar photo which you’ve stolen without permission from my website?

  • 13. surfryder  |  October 4, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    @Steve: i have removed yours; but, do u still call it ‘stealing’ when one is not reaping any commercial benefits out of it? nevertheless, my apologies! 🙂

  • 14. steve  |  October 6, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Well yes – you’re using my bandwidth from my website for which I pay, so your use (albeit small) is costing me money, which is coming from my “non commerical pocket”. Apart from which you’re breaking copyright law by using others photos with out asking for permission (Which I have to say I would freely give) – I just get annoyed when people use my images without asking. Much like people would get annoyed if I used their car without asking, but as it’s for noncommerical use – that would be ok? or would it be theft?

  • 15. Narendra  |  October 8, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Have you been dreaming of flying like a bird ? Then,try paragliding !!
    Here’s a video of a tandem paragliding flight,Enjoy !!!!
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