Picnic Spots Near Bangalore

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 16 Picnic Spots Near Bangalore

1. Nandi Hills


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45 kms from Bangalore

Known For : Paragliding in Nandi Hills | Tipu's Drop | Tipu's Summer Residence

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: 61.3 km via Bellary Road

Best Time : October to June

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2. Savandurga


33 kms from Bangalore

Known For : Trekking in Savandurga | Corporate Excursion | Rock-climbing

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: 50.0 km via Mysore Road

Best Time : November to May

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3. 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.

Distance From Bangalore: 127.0 km via  MDR588

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4. Shivagange


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26 kms from Bangalore

Known For : Trekking in Shivagange | Temples in Shivagange

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: 52.3 km via NH75 and NH 48

Best Time : October to March

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5. Bheemeshwari


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81 kms from Bangalore

Known For : Cauvery Fishing Camp | Doddamakkali Nature Camp | Boat Rides in Bheemeshwari

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: 102.5 km via Mysore Road and Channapatna-Halaguru Road

Best Time : Throughout the year

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6. 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

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7. Hassan


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162 kms from Bangalore

Known For : Hoysala Temples at Mosale | Shettyhalli Church | Gorur Dam

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: 182.2 km via NH75

Best Time : Throughout the year

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8. Shivanasamundram


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88 kms from Bangalore

Known For : Activities near Shivanasamundram Waterfall | Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls | Shopping in Shivanasamundram

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: 132.7 km via Mysore Road

Best Time : August to February

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9. Yelagiri


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122 kms from Bangalore

Known For : Yelagiri Adventure Camp | Jalagamparai Falls | Nature park

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: 161.2 km via NH 44/NH 48 and NH 48

Best Time : November to February

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10. Kabini


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136 kms from Bangalore

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

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: 209.5 km via Mysore Road

Best Time : Throughout the year

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11. 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.

Distance From Bangalore: 157.2 km via  Bellary Road

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12. Mysore


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128 kms from Bangalore

Known For : Mysore Palace | Somanathapura Temple | Brindavan Gardens

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: 144.3 km via Mysore Road

Best Time : Throughout the year

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13. 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.

Distance From Bangalore: 138.3 km via Mysore Road

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14. BR Hills


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119 kms from Bangalore

Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary | Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple | Activities

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: 170.3 km via  Mysore Road

Best Time : April to October

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15. Anthargange


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58 kms from Bangalore

Known For : Cave Exploration | Trekking in Anthargange

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: 282.2 km via NH 48 and TH Road

Best Time : October to March

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16. Chikballapur


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67 kms from Bangalore

Known For : Vivekanand Falls | The Ranganatha Swamy temple | Kaivara

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: 58.0 km via Bellary Rd and NH 44

Best Time : Throughout the year

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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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