Picnic Spots Near Bangalore

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To tone down this pressure of the daily routine, a little break is always required to soak back all the energy in. There are numerous places in and around Bangalore where one can go to enjoy a little getaway from the busy schedule and relax. One can see a variety of locations ranging from palaces, forts, hills, waterfalls to lakes and rock formations which took place naturally. We have provided a list of places near Bangalore which are worth a visit.

Here is the list of 29 Picnic Spots Near Bangalore

1. Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills
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Known For : Tipu's Drop Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Tipu's Summer Residence

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Nandi hills lie at a distance of 62 km from Bangalore. It is also known as Nandidurg and is a delightful place to enjoy a weekend getaway at. It is a famous trekking spot (ancient hill fortress). The place got its name from the beautiful statue of Nandi, the bull at the entrance of Yoganadeeshwara Temple. One can experience the sunrise from the top of the hill and also visit other places situated nearby including Muddenahali and Amrita Sarovar.

Distance from Bangalore: 57 km

Best Time: October to June

12 Nandi Hills Attractions

2. Shivanasamundram Waterfalls

Shivanasamundram Waterfalls
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This small town is famous for its waterfalls which have been formed by the Kaveri River. The river further splits into two segments giving rise to the formation of two waterfalls namely Barachukki and Gaganachukki. This town lies at a distance of 180 km from Bangalore and takes 3 hours 40 minutes to reach. Apart from the waterfalls, one can also go trekking in these rocky terrains or go fishing near the falls.

Distance from Bangalore: 125 km

Best Time: August to February

3 Shivanasamudra Attractions

3. Manchanabele Dam

Manchanabele Dam

Manchanabele Dam is built on the water of the tranquil Arkavati River. Located in the state of Karnataka, this place is visited by a lot of people because it is ideal to get away from the pell mell of city and enjoy some serenity in the lap of nature. Manchanabele Dam is replete with cool and clear water. This dam is also surrounded by lush green trees in small hills that makes the place look even more mesmerizing. The panoramic views of the sky and the earth can be best observed during sunrise or sunset. The place looks spellbinding during these two phenomenons as the different hues of the sky juxtaposed with the lush greenery and blue water is simply magical. Manchanabele Dam is a perfect place to visit to unwind and relax.

4. Thirthahalli, Karnataka

Thirthahalli, Karnataka

Thirthahalli is a quaint little town situated on the banks of river Tunga and is also a taluk headquarters in Shimoga District. Famous for the holy river Tunga and its significance to Indian mythology, Thirthahalli is a popular attraction near Shimoga. Set along the dense forests of the Western Ghats in Karnataka, Thirthahalli is a must-visit place for those who love the serenity of nature and Indian heritage. The area is also known to have produced some of the great Kannada writers such as Kuvempu, Ur Ananthamurty and M K Indira.

5. Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls

Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls

These waterfalls surrounded by lush greenery around are situated at a distance of 136 km from Bangalore. These waterfalls have been formed as a result of the construction of a check dam across Kaveri River to control the water flow. One can either play around in the water or take a long walk in the fields, thereby making it a perfect picnic spot. The waterfalls bring out a sense of freshness with a tinge of excitement amongst its visitors.

6. Hogenakkal Falls

Hogenakkal Falls

This place is famous for its waterfalls and is situated at a distance of 181 km from Bangalore. It is a place which should be present on your list of must-visit places around Bangalore. It is a small and beautiful village present in Tamil Nadu where the Cauvery River splits into multiple streams creating exquisite waterfalls. This place is also known as the Niagara of the East. One can enjoy coracle rides from one end of the boat to another and visit the Melagiri Hills situated nearby. The shooting of movies such as Roja and Raavan too has been done here.

7. Bheemeshwari

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Known For : Cauvery Fishing Camp Doddamakali Nature Camp Boat Rides in Bheemeshwari

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Bheemeshwari is situated at a distance of 106 km from Bangalore. It is very famous for its trekking, boat rides and fishing. It is one of the most beautiful places worth visiting for a day around Bangalore. It is also famous for its fishing camps, boating facilities, camping and trekking. Flora and fauna here are worth mentioning with all the exotic wildlife and a variety of beautiful birds. Don't forget to carry your cameras to this place and capture its beauty in addition to making memories.

Distance from Bangalore: 102 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

8 Bheemeshwari Attractions

8. Savandurga

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These hills have been recognised to be the largest in Asia. This place is one of the most frequently visited spots near Bangalore by tourists who want to visit the temples situated at the foothills. It is also a perfect place for one to try their hand at rock climbing. One can trek all the way to the top of the hill and get the extraordinary view of Akravati River. This place lies 60 km away from Bangalore and takes nearly 1 hour 20 minutes to reach. It is very famous for rock climbing and trekking.

Distance from Bangalore: 48 km

Best Time: November to May

3 Savandurga Attractions

9. Nrityagram, Karnataka - India's Only Dance Community Village

Nrityagram, Karnataka - India's Only Dance Community Village
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A dance village located near Hesarghatta in rural Karnataka, Nrityagram was conceptualized by renowned Odissi dancer Protima Bedi in 1990. Situated at a distance of only 35 kilometres from Bangalore, Nrityagram is "a community of dancers in a forsaken place amidst nature" in Protima Gauri's own words. Apart from the exceptional dance school, other offerings of this place is the beautifully made village which consists of mud houses, greenery and open spaces to give a calm and serene feeling to its visitors and students.

Best Time: February to Apr, October to December

4 Nrityagram Attractions

10. Thottikallu Falls

Thottikallu Falls

Thottikallu Falls is only 35 km away from Bangalore. The fall is more popularly known as TK Falls and locally as the Swarna Mukhi falls. The word Swarna Mukhi translates to ‘Golden Face.’ The venue is excellent for trekking or to spend an entire day away from the clatter of the city. Since this place is relatively close to Bangalore, college students and others often pay a visit to this place on weekends.

Distance from Bangalore: 35 kms from Bangalore

11. Janapada Loka

Janapada Loka

Janapada Loha is a very famous folk art museum situated at a distance of 52 km from the railway station of Bangalore. It houses a collection of masks, artefacts, folk music, videos of folk dances and costumes. The museum is spread over an area of 15 acres, and all the objects present are kept in three buildings- Lokamahal, Lokamatha Mandira and Chitrakuteera. Folk puppets, utensils, instruments, weapons and masks can be spotted in Lokamahal. On the other hand, a variety of baskets, utensils, earthen jars to store pickles can be found here. There is also an amazing amphitheatre present in the museum. The museum also has a lake which is present at the other end of the gallery along with boating facility.

Distance From Bangalore: 52.1 km via Mysore Road

12. Horsely Hills

Horsely Hills

Horsely Hills is a collection of hills and dense forests which are situated at a distance of 153 km from Bangalore. The place gives beautiful panoramic views of the hill ranges in the Eastern Ghats. This area is affluent in its flora and fauna and is a perfect vacation spot. One can go on walks exploring the beautiful viewpoints and scenery and also locate the World's biggest banyan tree situated near the Horsley Hills which is also spread over an area of 8 acres.

13. Shivagange

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Known For : Trekking in Shivagange Temples in Shivagange

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This exquisite beauty is located at a distance of 60 km from Bangalore. It is well-known for its scenic beauty and trekking in the hills. One is likely to discover his fun side as well as his spiritual side at the same place since in addition to being an adventure spot it is also a pilgrimage centre. The place has a Shiva temple near it and a spring named Ganga from where the place gets its name. The place consists of a trekking trail as well where people can enjoy a trek of about 3 km to the top of the hill. This spot has by far been recognised as the best picnic spots near Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 29 km

Best Time: October to March

2 Shivagange Attractions

14. Yelagiri

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Known For : Yelagiri Adventure Camp Jalagamparai Falls Nature Park

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Yelagairi Hills as the name suggests is famous for its hills and greenery. It is a small hill station which is situated in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. One can spend a relaxed, quiet, beautiful and an absolutely ideal weekend at the place and enjoy activities such as trekking, hiking, paying a visit to the telescope house, Punganoor Lake and Nilavoor Lake. This place gives time away from the noise of the city and space for one to unwind and relax.

Distance from Bangalore: 163 km

Best Time: November to February

13 Yelagiri Attractions

15. Mysore

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Known For : Mysore Palace Brindavan Gardens Somanathapura Temple

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Mysore is also known as the city of palaces which is why it has a vibrant cultural heritage. It is situated at a distance of 143 km from Bangalore. The place is famous for its palaces, gardens, galleries and temples including the Mysore Palace, Brindavan gardens, Jagmohan Palace and St. Philomena's Church. Mysore Pak is the traditional sweet of Mysore which is worth trying. All the facts about the place make it an ideal picnic spot near Bangalore and a place worth visiting.

Distance from Bangalore: 143 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

36 Mysore Attractions

16. Big Banyan Tree

Big Banyan Tree
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The Big Banyan Tree or locally called as the Dodda Alada Mara is a 400 year old banyan tree in the village of Kethohalli near Bangalore. Sprawling over a vast 3 acres of land, the tree is one of the largest of its kind. In the 2000s, the tree got infected with a natural disease and the chief roots died of contamination. Ever since, the giant tree looks like an amalgamation of several smaller trees, with its roots still multiplying in number and size. Awning with at least a thousand aerial roots, Alada Mara covers a circumference of more than 250 metres.

17. BR Hills

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Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Adventure Activities

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Situated at a distance of 185 km from Bangalore and famous for trekking, fishing and handicrafts, the Biligiriranga hills commonly known as BR Hills are located between the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats. The place is a natural beauty and has varieties of flora and fauna present. Some other places worth visiting here include BRT Wildlife Sanctuary and Dodda Sampide Mara (which means big Champak tree). This ancient site comprises of trees which are thousands of years old.

Distance from Bangalore: 168 km

Best Time: April to October

5 BR Hills Attractions

18. Kabini

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Known For : Jungle Safari, Kabini Elephant Safari Boating in Kabini

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This area has plentiful and a variety of wildlife as well as a biodiversity-rich in flora and fauna. This place was at one time the private hunting ground for the British to see which people flock in from various parts of the country and abroad. You can also go for jungle safari or elephant safari here which is pretty much enjoyable. Boating and visiting the Kabini Dam nearby is another option which can be availed. This place famous for its wildlife is situated at a distance of 154 km from Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 164 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

8 Kabini Attractions

19. Ramnagara Hills, Ramnagaram

Ramnagara Hills, Ramnagaram
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Cited to be one of the earliest rock climbing sites in India, Ramnagaram is an almost essential destination for rock climbers. With popular hills like Ramadevarabetta, SRS betta and Thenginkalbetta, Ramnagaram has an average altitude of 747 meters and it has several tall gigantic hills which are famous for many short rock climbs, typically 1 to 2 pitches in length.

Distance from Bangalore: 48 km

20. Chhota Ladakh

Chhota Ladakh

Located at a distance of around 60 km from Bangalore, Chhota Ladakh (also known as Dodda Ayur) is a tiny abandoned quarry that has been filled with rain water and is flanked by solid rocks. It has a slight resemblance to the Ladakh landscape. The place is best known among the bikers who go here to enjoy a nice bike ride. However, it is recommended that you go only during early morning or in the late evening since the harsh sun gets unbearable during the day with no nooks to hide.

21. Anthargange

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Anthargange which is famous for its trekking and caving is situated at a distance of 70 km from Bangalore. It is a beautiful hill range thereby making it ideal for trekking. The place has numerous caves which have been formed by rocks. It is a perfect place for adventure and thrill lovers. The ones who love studying ancient history and artefact are likely to have a fruitful time here with all the caves formed from rocks present.

Distance from Bangalore: 67 km

Best Time: October to March

2 Anthargange Attractions

22. Muthyala Maduvu (Pearl Valley), Bangalore

Muthyala Maduvu (Pearl Valley), Bangalore

Muthyala Maduvu, popularly known as Pearl Valley is located around 40 kilometres away from Bengaluru and around 5 kilometres from Anekal. This beautiful picnic spot is located within a valley which is nestled amidst the hills. Pearl Valley is rich in flora and fauna, and houses many exotic species of birds, owning to the waterfall. The main attraction of Pearl Valley is a mesmerising waterfall and drops of water falling from the rock surfaces creates an illusion of a pearl-like appearance, hence the name ‘pearl valley’. For trekkers, this is a great option as the dense forest through the mountains, offers great adrenaline rush. The only thing to beware of are the monkeys in this area.

23. Chikballapur

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Known For : Vivekanand Falls Ranganathaswamy Temple Kaivara

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This place which lies at a distance of 59 km from Bangalore is covered by five hills which make the place famous for its sightseeing and rock climbing. It takes nearly 1 hour to reach Chikaballapura from Bangalore. The place appears like a scenic beauty where can relax and explore. It is a famous place known for its silk industry. The best way for the family to enjoy is by indulging in fun activities such as rock climbing together and visiting the temples nearby.

Distance from Bangalore: 76 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

8 Chikballapur Attractions

24. Janapada Loka, Ramnagaram

Janapada Loka, Ramnagaram
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Janapada Loka translates to 'Folk World', and as the name suggests, is dedicated to promoting, preserving and propagating the very vibrant folk art and culture. It is located in the Ramanagara District, just off 53 km from the Bengaluru - Mysore Highway. The Karnataka Janapada Parishath took up the initiative of establishing Janapada Loka, not only to conserve the slowly diminishing ar but to educate and inspire the generations with its poise, power and sheer beauty.

25. Skandagiri


If you thought that trekking is an activity only to be done in the morning, you are certainly wrong. Skandagiri, a hilltown near Bangalore, gives you the opportunity to trek and explore the hills in the night while the moon is casting its light. Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga, is at an elevation of 1450 meters surrounded by the Nandi Hills. The hill has a ruined fort on the way which makes the night trek even more interesting by adding the element of horror. And the best part is that you can spend the night at the hilltop under the star. Not to forget the bonfire that is especially lit for the trekkers to sit around and enjoy the warmth. The serenity of the night will make you feel at ease.

26. Chunchi Falls, Bangalore

Chunchi Falls, Bangalore
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Chunchi falls, is an almost 50 feet high cascade of falls, which is fed by the river Arkavati. Located at a distance of 83km from Bangalore, Chunchi Falls lies en route to Mekedatu and Sangama in Karnataka. Mekedatu is a rocky valley, while Sangama is the meeting point of three rivers. This spot is extremely popular as a picnic spot. It derived its name from a tribal couple, Chuncha and Chunchi. These falls are a perfect way to escape the grind, as they are tucked away from the commercialisation and are usually deserted.

27. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Srirangapatna

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Srirangapatna
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Located in Karnataka, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Srirangapatna is a haven for bird watchers as it houses a wide array of bird species. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the state and comprises of six small islands on the banks of the river Kaveri. The scenery of the local vegetation and landscape, coupled with the colourful species of birds makes it a unique learning experience for visitors of all ages and interests. This destination offers many things to do for its tourists; the most popular ones include bird watching, boating, and some good old nature photography.

28. Hassan

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Known For : Hoysala Temples at Mosale Shettihalli Church Bhagwan Bahubali Statue

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This place is famous for its mysterious temples and monuments. It lies at a distance of 187 km from Bangalore. This place poses as one of the most ideal weekend picnic spots near Bangalore due to its natural history and cultural heritage. There are numerous monuments and ancient structures present in the town which is why the place is also referred to as the temple architecture capital of Karnataka. Some must-visit places of the village include Ramanthaour temple, Gorur Dam, Hoysala Temples and Shettyhalli Church.

Distance from Bangalore: 183 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

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29. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is almost 16 kilometres from the town of Kanakapura is a great trekking destination for a day trek. It is one of the highest hills in the neighbouring area with an elevation of 3780 feet, the hill also houses a temple devoted to Lord Rangaswamy that is constructed under a large white granite monolith. It is one of the most striking features of the hill with the hill drawing its name Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta from the rock. The hill is also a great place for a trekking excursion, it is relatively unknown to tourists and hasn’t been heavily commercialised yet and is perfect if you are seeking to explore the hills at your own pace and unwind over the weekend away from the crowds. The pinnacle offers the best views of the neighbouring hills.

There are numerous places around Bangalore which are worth visiting. These small hill stations pose scenic beauty which is endearing to the eyes. Being surrounded by these famous picnic spots makes Bangalore a must-visit place. Since these areas are all quite accessible, one can easily head out on the weekend and enjoy a relaxing getaway. So, do your homework, make a list, pack your bags and head out to these destinations to discover yourself.

This post was published by Saumya Bansal

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