Apart from its amazing culture, nightlife and people, something that makes folks fall in love with Bangalore is the climate. Bangalore is one of the best cities to live in India. All year long Bangalore has the most welcoming and beautiful climate that makes people choose this small city in spite of the crowd and the traffic. To this fact, monsoons are no surprise. Monsoons are the beautiful time of the year and Bangalore is no exception here. However, there is much more beauty surrounding Bangalore than inside the city. Here is a list of places you can visit this weekend to enjoy the monsoons... All within 5 hours of drive from the city!
This place is THE weekend getaway for any person living in Bangalore or visiting there. Situated approximately 60 km from the city, Nandi hills gives you the best of nature all through the year. If you are a nature enthusiast or an adventure lover Nandi hills is your place for the weekend! Home to Tipu Sultan’s fort, these hills attract a large number of tourists with its mesmerizing beauty and diversified historical attractions.
Travel time : A 60 km distance from Bangalore city, you can drive up to reach Nandi Hills in 1.5 hours.
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This little town situated almost 250 km from Bangalore is the birthplace of coffee in India. Put up on the foothills of the Western Ghats, this beautiful paradise in a series of hills, rivers, and valleys is a treasure to the eyes. With moderate cool climate throughout the year, Chikmagalur is at its best during the monsoons. This town is also surrounded by a series of hill stations, most of which are scenic attractions themselves.
Travel time : It takes 4-4.5 hours to reach this town from Bangalore via NH47
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Traced from the Kaveri river, this falls is the most famous water body formed by the river. Situated in Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu, the falls is approximately 180 km from Bangalore. The water level here is the highest in the monsoon and attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year mostly from Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The falls has various water activities for tourists and water is also best known for its therapeutic nature. To most extent, tourists are allowed to bathe in the falls.
Travel time : Takes around 3-3.5 hours drive from Bangalore via NH44.
Very close to Bangalore, this place is famous among trekkers. Situated on river Arkavathy, Machanabele is a reservoir, that has given birth to a standing water body in which a number of water activities are held. A serene location, free from crowd and pollution, Machanabele holds its beauty when you look down from the hilltop. The dam is full during the monsoons making it an even more resort to the eye. If you are thinking of a quick getaway this monsoon, very close to Bangalore, this is your spot!
Travel time : Situated 40 km from Bangalore city, reach this place in one hour via the Bangalore-Mysuru expressway.
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These hills are located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, around 160 km from Bangalore. With the dense growth of Eucalyptus and other diversified exotic trees, this place is known for its ancient rock formations. Cool climate prevails for most of the year making it perfect for a variety of flora and fauna to co-exist here. If you are an adventure lover pack your bags this weekend and explore this beautiful series of hills.
Travel time : Reach Horsley hills in a 3.5 to 4-hour drive from Bangalore via Bellary Road.
Situated on the banks of Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is a small city in the district of Mandya. Also an island town, this little city is best known for its various temples. The waterfalls here that go by the same name, is at its fullest during monsoons and divides into two different falls namely Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. This twin falls add more beauty to the mother falls making it one of the most famous waterfalls in South India.
Travel time : 3-Hour drive from Bangalore via NH948 covers the distance of 135 km to the falls.
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Coorg is another beautiful hill station from the south-west of the country, known for its beautiful coffee plantations. One of the best places to travel to in Karnataka, from food to the scenic beauty, Coorg gives you best of experience! Coorg is also one of the most amazing places to visit if you love adventures and trekking. Looking out for a romantic getaway this monsoon? Coorg is where cupid says!
Travel time : Reach Coorg in a 5-Hour drive from Bangalore covering 260 km.
A mountain made up fully of granite rocks, Anthargange is a hill station famous for a series of caves and springs but most importantly the temple of Kashi Vishveshwara also known as the Kashi of the South. This mountain gives a beautiful scenic view during the monsoons and is very famous among campers and trekkers. Night trekking is a very predominant activity in this area.
Travel time : Situated 70 km from Bangalore reach this mountain within 2 hours via NH4.
A new and famous trekking spot in Karnataka, the Skandagiri hilltop is best known for its historical references. Home to a fallen mountain fortress, this hill is a paradise to trekkers, especially during monsoons and winter where you can see a serene view of the valley midst the clouds from the hilltop. Enjoy the monsoon rains on these hills just a few kilometers away from Bangalore.
Travel time : Reach Skandagiri in 2 hours via NH44 from Bangalore covering a distance of 60 km.
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Yet another famous spot for trekking enthusiasts, Savandurga is one among the largest monolith hills in Asia. Savandurga is formed by two hills- Karigudda (black hill) and Biligudda (white hill). These hills have the highest flora during the monsoons when they are covered by a sheet of greenery. The hilltop gives a great view of the Arkavathy river on the foothills. Also a home to various cave formations, Savandurga is yet another majestic tourist attraction in Karnataka.
Travel time : Situated 55 km from Bangalore, reach this hill within 1.5 hours.
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