Bangalore, or Bengaluru, is surrounded by several beautiful hiking and trekking spots, ideal for day trips or weekend getaways. While Bangalore itself is a bustling city, the nearby hills and rocky outcrops offer a pleasant respite for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts. Here are some of the popular hiking places around Bangalore:
- Nandi Hills – A popular spot located around 60 km from Bangalore, offering panoramic views from the top. It’s best to start early in the morning to catch the sunrise.
- Savandurga – Located about 50 km from Bangalore, it is considered to be one of the largest monolithic rocks in Asia. There are two trails: Karigudda and Billigudda.
- Makalidurga – A hill fort located about 60 km from Bangalore, it offers trekkers an exciting climb and an old temple and fort ruins at the top.
- Skandagiri – Located near Nandi Hills, it’s another spot famous for night treks and catching the sunrise.
- Anthargange – Roughly 70 km from Bangalore, Anthargange is famous for its cave explorations and rocky terrains. It’s a combination of trekking and caving.
- Kunti Betta – Located in the town of Pandavapura, it’s known for its night treks and is around 130 km from Bangalore.
- Ramanagara – Just 50 km away from Bangalore, it’s famous for its rocky landscapes. It’s also renowned as the shooting location for the iconic Indian movie, Sholay.
- Devarayanadurga – A hill station located around 70 km from Bangalore, it’s home to natural springs and religious temples.
- Bheemeshwari – Located between the Shivanasamudra falls and Mekedatu, it’s a great spot for trekking and is also known for its jungle lodges.
- Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta – Located around 80 km from Bangalore, it offers a moderately challenging trek with a temple at the peak.
These are just some of the many options available to trekkers and hikers near Bangalore. If you’re planning to trek, always ensure you have the necessary permissions (if required), adequate supplies, and information on the weather conditions. It’s also always a good idea to trek in groups for safety reasons.