Sometimes a break is needed! Not just from the city, but from the endless chatter and cacophony of all the electronic machines around us. From the due dates, the unpaid bills and maybe even from our own thoughts. If you have been feeling drained out lately or are just looking for some place to visit near Bangalore, we have something for you. No, not Coorg. Because to travel to this mystical land of beauty and sheer greenery, you will have to invest a whole weekend (or more).
This is why we have compiled a list of places located under 100 kms around Bangalore. From hidden villages to forgotten wildlife sanctuaries, there are plenty of places you can escape to if you don’t have the luxury of time. One day and your close group of friends (or not) and your backpack and off you go on some adventure around Bangalore.
Sounds like a plan? Let’s get started.
Channapatna for a vineyard tour
All the wine aficionados have something to cherish near Bangalore. Channapatna is the place to be if you love a good vineyard tour complete with grape stomping and wine tasting. Heritage Winery is located at a distance of just 60 kms from Bangalore. Right from the entire route to Channapatna Heritage Winery to the Winery itself, everything is a treat for weary souls of the city.
How to reach: Take the Mysore Road and it will take you around 2 hours to reach Channapatna.
Ramanagara, got its claim to fame after Sholay was shot here
And the best part about this place is the short distance from Bangalore. Located at a distance of just 49 kms from Bangalore, make a day trip to this lesser known yet whimsical land of hills and silk. Yes, this is the place in Karnataka where the lustrous fabric of silk is reared. The quality and the standard of the silk processed here has not only stood the test of time but is world famous for its fine quality.
Also, Ramanagara was the filming location of the iconic Bollywood movie ‘Sholay’. Several portions of David Lean’s ‘A Passage to India’ were also shot here. Not a big movie buff? There are fascinating trekking trails here along with some viable options for camping.
How to reach: It will take approximately an hour and a half if you head here via Mysore Road.
Big Banyan Tree or Dodda Alada Mara, a perfect picnic spot near Bangalore
Want to head out of the city for a picnic? Ditch the usual stops that a person usually goes to like an open garden or lawn and opt for something unique, something like under the shade of a Big Banyan Tree. What is so unique about a picnic under a big banyan tree, you ask. This tree located at a distance of around 30 kms from Bangalore is more than 400 years old and has become a huge attraction among the locals of Bangalore city. The catch is the beautiful canopy formed by a single big tree. The fourth largest banyan tree in the country, it is perfect for a day under the trees, literally. Just pack your lunch and you are all set to spend some time in peace.
How to reach: The shortest route is via Dodda Aladmara Road and Mysore Rd. It will take just a little over an hour to reach the Big Banyan Tree by car through this route.
Nrityagram, a rustic dance village
The sheer elegance and rhythmic melody of an Indian classical dance is unparalleled. If dance is one of your favourite hobbies or passions, Nrityagram should already be on your list. Located at a distance of just 38 kms from Bangalore, make a day trip to this dance village in Hessarghatta. Founded by Protima Gauri, an ardent lover of dance and art in general, this dance village was built with mud and other earthly elements to give it a rustic feel. People will feel connected to nature once they take a tour of this surreal dance village.
Some of the major classical dance forms which are taught at this village are bharatanatyam, kuchipudi and Odissi. Being a person who admires dance in all its forms, I can guarantee you that a spectacle of any of these classical dances will make your day.
How to reach: Take the NH75 as that is the fastest route. And it will take you around 1 hour 30 minutes by car. Alternately, you can also reach via Bellary Road.
Now, you don’t have any excuse to waste away a holiday just because every destination near your city is a weekend getaway. Get started on your plans for the next getaway from Bangalore. Not only you have destinations lined up but also because it has been scientifically proven that the anticipation of an upcoming vacation, their days at work become more exciting, thanks to all the anticipation.