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Given the awesome climate that Bangalore and the areas surrounding it enjoy throughout the year, there is no shortage of places you can take a road trip to. However, what plays spoilsport is the poor conditions of most of the roads around the city. Nevertheless, there are numerous tourist destinations in a close proximity, and here is our pick for ideal destinations for road trips from Bangalore.

Here is the list of 35 Road Trips From Bangalore To Add To Your Safe Travel List

1. Shivanasamudram Falls, 135 km from Bangalore on road

Shivanasamudram Falls, 135 km from Bangalore on road
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Slightly off the Mysore highway and situated by the River Kaveri, Shivanasamudram Falls is a scenic waterfall around 140 kms from Bangalore making it ideal for a long drive from Bangalore. Reach early in the day, and chill by the silvery cascade.

Bangalore to Shivanasamudram Road : The drive to Shivasanamudram is approximately 135 kilometers long and along the NH 209.

Distance from Bangalore: 125 km

Best Time: August to February

3 Shivanasamudra Attractions

2. Sakleshpur, 220 km from Bangalore

Sakleshpur, 220 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Manjarabad Fort Sakleshwara Temple Bisle Reserve Forest

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Sakleshpur is a small hill station located in the Hassan district of Karnataka. It's a very lush, green place, owing to the fact that it is situated in the Western Ghats and is famous for its coffee plantations. With plenty of scenic beauty, Sakleshpur is a perfect spot for trekking and adventure activities. Add to it the perfect, year-round weather and that makes it an ideal road trip destination from Bangalore.

Bangalore to Sakleshpur Road Condition: The Highway is well maintained and one can have an enjoyable ride.

Distance from Bangalore: 221 km

11 Sakleshpur Attractions

3. Kabini River, 209 km from Bangalore

Kabini River, 209 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Jungle Safari, Kabini Elephant Safari Boating in Kabini

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Kabini is a river cabin and ecotourism dugout that promises greenery and wildlife, meadows and serenity, peace and tranquillity, while pampering and heightening your senses beautifully! Could you ask for more?

Bangalore to Kabini Road Condition: Take the NH 209, enjoy the good roads and cool breeze!

Distance from Bangalore: 164 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

8 Kabini Attractions

4. Bheemeshwari - 105 km from Bangalore

Bheemeshwari - 105 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Cauvery Fishing Camp Doddamakali Nature Camp Boat Rides in Bheemeshwari

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Fancy some fresh fish, nature’s beauty and a sweet ride? Drive to Bheemeshwari and relish the fine pickings of one of the top fishing destinations of the region!

Bangalore to Bheemeshwari Road Condition: The roads, 105 kilometres long (2 hours), are well kept and dotted with rest-stops and petrol pumps.

Distance from Bangalore: 102 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

8 Bheemeshwari Attractions

5. Nandi Hills, 60 km from Bangalore

Nandi Hills, 60 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Tipu's Drop Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Tipu's Summer Residence

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Some 70 odd kilometers from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is a popular destination among not just car and bike enthusiasts, but also among cyclists. One of the most popular road trips from Bangalore, head over if you want to breathe in the beauty of this lovely spot.

Bangalore to Nandi Hills Road Condition: The 60 km long stretch boasts of roads in good condition and less traffic.

Distance from Bangalore: 57 km

Best Time: October to June

12 Nandi Hills Attractions

6. Chikmagalur, 245 km from Bangalore

Chikmagalur, 245 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Kudremukh National Park Mullayanagiri Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

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Chikmagalur, the Coffee Land of Karnataka, is situated in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range. Other than coffee plantations, Chikmagalur is known for its tall mountains and lush greenery. Chikmagalur is also a great place for adventure seekers as there are some incredible trekking trails like Mullayangiri, Kemmanagundi Baba Budangiri.

Distance from Bangalore: 244 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

18 Chikmagalur Attractions

7. Skandagiri, 70 km from Bangalore

Skandagiri, 70 km from Bangalore

Also known as the Kalavara Durga, Skandagiri is an ancient hill fortress located about 70 km from Bangalore and is perfect for a one-day road trip. It's particularly famous for night trekking, and one can witness the spectacular sunrise from there before proceeding downhill. Bangalore to Skandagiri Road Condition: Most of the travelers usually follow the NH 44 to reach Chik Bellapur and from there they move to Pappagni Matt where after parking their vehicles, they start the trek. The roads are fairly decent with very few bad patches in it.

Distance from Bangalore: 59 km

8. Gandikota, 283 km from Bangalore

Gandikota, 283 km from Bangalore
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Go on a long drive from Bangalore to see the Grand Canyon of India! This site of natural beauty is a gorge formed by the Penna River and Erammala Hills. You can capture those Instagram worthy pictures here. Other than that, don’t miss the equally magnificent Gandikota Fort located at the top of the gorge. The history of the Gandikota fort dates back to the 12th century AD. Add Belum caves to the itinerary. Here you would see spectacular formations made of stalagmite and stalactite. The Belum Caves are also the largest cave system open to the public in the Indian Subcontinent.

Distance from Bangalore: 282 km

9. Avalabetta, 100 km from Bangalore

Avalabetta, 100 km from Bangalore

About 90 kms from Bangalore lies a small hillock called Avalabetta, ideal for road trips from Bangalore. The views from the top are extremely stunning, with rockiness and greenery around. Don't forget to pay a visit to the temples when you're there.

Bangalore to Avalabetta Road Condition: The road to Avalabetta has some occasional bad bits, but it's good for most of the way.

Distance from Bangalore: 92 km

10. Thottikallu Falls, 38 km from Bangalore

Thottikallu Falls, 38 km 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.

11. Mysuru, 150 km from Bangalore

Mysuru, 150 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Mysore Palace Brindavan Gardens Somanathapura Temple

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Mysuru (name recently changed from Mysore) is the third largest city in Karnataka. Because of the magnificent buildings and palaces of historical and cultural significance, Mysuru has been given the tag of the Cultural Capital of South Karnataka. The Mysore Palace, a World Heritage Site, is one of the premier attractions here. It is also a popular spot for a long ride from Bangalore.

Bangalore to Mysuru Road Condition: The distance from Bangalore to Mysore can be covered in approximately 3 hours. There’s a 4 lane state highway that connects the two cities. There is no traffic.

Distance from Bangalore: 143 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

36 Mysore Attractions

12. Coorg, 280 km from Bangalore

Coorg, 280 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Abbey Falls Talakaveri River Rafting in Coorg

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Considered by many as the best hill station in South India, Coorg is an ideal place for road trips from Bangalore. Also known by its ancient name Kodagu, it is located in a beautiful hilly setting surrounded by the forest slopes of the Western Ghats. Indulge in adventure sports activities like river rafting and trekking while here. Bangalore to Coorg Road Condition: The roads are very good, much to a driver's delight. To reach there, one can get on the Mysore highway and take a deviation post Srirangapatana, bypassing Mysore city on the way.

Distance from Bangalore: 268 km

Best Time: October to March

36 Coorg Attractions

13. Savandurga, 50 Km from Bangalore

Savandurga, 50 Km from Bangalore
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Climb, camp, chill! Just 60 kilometers away from Bangalore, Savandurga is one of the good long drive from Bangalore to calm those jittery nerves! Bangalore to Savandurga Road Condition: The roads are good overall, apart from a few stretches on and off. Just 50km.

Distance from Bangalore: 48 km

Best Time: November to May

3 Savandurga Attractions

14. Manchanabele Dam - 38 km from Bangalore

Manchanabele Dam - 38 km from Bangalore

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.

15. Biligiriranga Hills, 200 km from Bangalore

Biligiriranga Hills, 200 km from Bangalore
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Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Adventure Activities

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Popularly known as just BR Hills, this place is located in the South Eastern part of Karnataka, sharing a border with Tamil Nadu. Located at the confluence of the Eastern and Western Ghats, one can find a mingling of two different kinds of ecosystems. Most of the area is a part of a protected Tiger Reserve, i.e. the Biligiri Rangaswamy Sanctuary, making it a perfect destination for nature and wildlife lovers; and for anyone who's looking for a small road trip from Bangalore. 

Bangalore to BR Hills Road Condition: It's much better to take the Kanakapura route than the route via Mysore. The roads are very scenic, there is very little traffic and the road are in awesome condition.

Distance from Bangalore: 168 km

Best Time: April to October

5 BR Hills Attractions

16. Belur and Halebidu, 220 km from Bangalore

Belur and Halebidu, 220 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Belur Hoysaleswara Temple Yagachi Dam

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Belur and Halebidu are twin-towns in the Hassan district of Karnataka. They are known for their fascinating and intricate temple architecture. It’s a great weekend getaway for history buffs and even pilgrims. These temples date back to the Hoysala period in the 12th century AD. These sites are also in the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Distance from Bangalore: 211 km

Best Time: October to March

9 Halebidu Attractions

17. Srirangapatna, 130 km from Bangalore

Srirangapatna, 130 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Nimishambha Temple Dariya Daulat Bagh

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The riverine island on the river Kaveri is an architectural masterpiece of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles. The Ranganathaswamy temple, the major attraction of the walled city, is an important Vaishnavite pilgrimage site. Other than that, Srirangapatna has been the capital city of Tipu Sultan. The well-laid traditional baghs of the summer palace and Gumbad are now spaces for leisure and picnics.

Distance from Bangalore: 125 km

Best Time: July to March

16 Srirangapatna Attractions

18. Yercaud, 213 km from Bangalore

Yercaud, 213 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Emerald Lake, Yercaud Pagoda Point Botanical Garden, Yercaud

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Yercaud, the jewel of the south is indeed a jewel to be studded on the crown of your travel experiences. The name Yercaud stands for Lake Forest and is a hot-spot for several small plantations. Drive up there and have fun!

Bangalore to Yercaud Road Condition: Multiple lane roads and good road conditions dominate the 213 kilometers stretch to Yercaud!

Distance from Bangalore: 230 km

Best Time: October to June

20 Yercaud Attractions

19. Ooty, 266 km from Bangalore

Ooty, 266 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Emerald Lake, Ooty

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Nestled in the lap of the blue mountains, Ooty is one of the most relaxing road trips from Bangalore. Chill in the hills and go back to work on Monday, a happier person! Bangalore to Ooty Road Condition: The ride via the Bangalore-Mysore highway and thereafter the SH 66 is 266 kilometres long. A hilly drive into cooler climes is a surefire way to rejuvenate yourself!

Distance from Bangalore: 265 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

43 Ooty Attractions

20. Pondicherry, 310 km from Bangalore

Pondicherry, 310 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Aurobindo Ashram Auroville

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An Ex-French Colony, the culture and ambience at Pondicherry still reflects the remnants of its French Colonial ancestors. The food, the architecture, everything offers you a glimpse into the French Colony it was back in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a popular tourist destination in South India owing to its colonial-era buildings, churches and temples, and of course, the famous beaches. All these factors make it one of the best road trips from Bangalore.

Bangalore to Pondicherry Road Condition: The road from Krishnagiri to Chengam is especially bad. Even though it's 100 kms more, use the Mahabalipuram-Kanchipuram route.

Distance from Bangalore: 312 km

Best Time: October to March

44 Pondicherry Attractions

21. Hogenakkal Falls, 127 km from Bangalore

Hogenakkal Falls, 127 km from Bangalore
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Hogenakkal Falls is a scintillating waterfall that is located on river Kaveri in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. The place gets its name from Hogenakkal, which means 'smoking rocks', owing to the unique rock arrangement that exists around it. The gushing beauty of this cascade is one of a kind and is often quoted as being the "Niagara falls of India".

22. Lepakshi, 150 km from Bangalore

Lepakshi, 150 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Veerabhadra Temple Lepakshi Temple Nandi Bull and Paintings

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An important heritage and archaeological site, Lepakshi is a small village located in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for its Hanging Pillar, the monolithic statue of Nandi and its architecture which resembles that of the Vijayanagar State. History buffs and people interested in learning about India's ancient heritage should include this amazing place in their travel list. 

Bangalore to Lepakshi Road Condition:  Most of the route is through the 6 lane Bangalore-Hyderabad highway (NH 207). Hence, driving is a total pleasure.

Distance from Bangalore: 123 km

Best Time: September to February

4 Lepakshi Attractions

23. Sangam, 128 km from Bangalore

Sangam, 128 km from Bangalore
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Located at the confluence of the two rivers Arkavathy and Cauvery, Sangam is one of the ideal road trips from Bangalore. The rivers rushing and gushing through the smooth granite rocks make a very picturesque sight. Arkavathy Dam and other picnic spots are located quite close to this place and are popular among tourists.

Bangalore to Sangam Road Condition: Bangalore to Kanakapura 60kms, Kanakapura to Sangama 30+ Kms, Sangama to Mekedatu 4 kms, total around 100 Kms (one side). Road conditions are said to be decent.

Distance from Bangalore: 127 km

24. Wayanad, 265 km from Bangalore

Wayanad, 265 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Banasura Sagar Dam Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Chembra Peak

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A long and bumpy ride, but very scenic too - passing through the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary, you would be amazed by the beauty of the journey. Bangalore to Wayanad Road Condition: 265 kilometers away from Bangalore, Wayanad has good connecting roads and lovely scenic views all along them. Have fun on the road!

Important: Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary is closed for vehicles in the evening from around 7 PM to 7 AM.

Distance from Bangalore: 276 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

34 Wayanad Attractions

25. Coonoor, 290 km from Bangalore

Coonoor, 290 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Sim's Park Dolphin's Nose Ketti Valley

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Known for its tea plantations, Coonoor is the 2nd largest hill station in the Nilgiri Hills and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the South. The weather here remains cool and pleasant throughout the year. Taking a ride on the Toy Train line and birdwatching are some of the main things to do while here. It's about 300 kms from Bangalore and so, planning a road trip from Bangalore would be fairly easy.

Bangalore to Coonoor Road Condition: Roads are said to be in very good condition. Distance is about 290-300 kms.

Distance from Bangalore: 284 km

Best Time: October to March

17 Coonoor Attractions

26. Bandipur, 220 km from Bangalore

Bandipur, 220 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Gopalaswamy Hills Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

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Considered to be one of the best road trips from Bangalore, Bandipur is a paradise for all nature lovers and adventurers. As you step into the green, untamed wilderness of this place, you'll be enchanted by it. The Bandipur National Park is famous for housing the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger, but you'll also come across plenty of other flora and fauna species, such as elephants, and plenty of rare birds and plants.

Bangalore to Bandipur Road: The Bangalore – Mysore – Gundlupet – Bandipur route is a favourable route, mainly due to better road conditions as compared to other routes.

Distance from Bangalore: 217 km

Best Time: October to May

2 Bandipur Attractions

27. Hampi, 350 km from Bangalore

Hampi, 350 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Vithala Temple Lotus Palace

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Called the Forgotten Empire by several historians, Hampi is located in the ruins of the once-magnificent Vijayanagar kingdom. The terrain here is marked by rocky boulders and banana plantations. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also an important religious centre housing the Virupaksha temple and other old temples and monuments.

Bangalore to Hampi Road Condition: The road from Chitradurga to Hospet is in a bad condition. There is another route from Bellary to Hiriyur. This is an awesome route nothing less than main highway but with no divider.

Distance from Bangalore: 345 km

Best Time: October to March

31 Hampi Attractions

28. Ramanagara - 54 km from Bangalore

Ramanagara - 54 km from Bangalore
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Known For : Ramadevara Betta Ramnagara Hills Ramdevara Temple

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Set amidst the tall granite hills and lush green surroundings, Ramnagaram is a popular weekend getaway for the people in Bengaluru. The landscape surrounding Ramnagaram will seem familiar to anyone who is into Bollywood movies because it appears so frequently in the iconic movie Sholay. The old granite formation and boulders are where most of this movie was shot thus immortalising these hills forever.

Best Time: November to February

7 Ramanagaram Attractions

29. Anthargange, 68 km from Bangalore

Anthargange, 68 km from Bangalore
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Anthargange is situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range, about 70 km from Bangalore. The mountains at an altitude of 1712 meters from sea level with rocky boulders, small caves and dense plantations are one of the best getaways for trekking, rock climbing and cave exploration enthusiasts.

Best Time: October to March

2 Anthargange Attractions

30. Agumbe

Agumbe
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Located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, Agumbe is a small village often referred to as the "Cherrapunji of South India". This biodiversity-rich region has the highest rainfall in south India and the second-highest annual rainfall in India. Agumbe is an enriching experience as this hill station is blessed with picturesque beauty and trekking trails. It is one of the last surviving lowland rainforests. Agumbe served as the setting for India's very famous fictional town Malgudi in the TV serial Malgudi Days.

31. Shivanasamudra Falls

Shivanasamudra Falls
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Situated on the banks of river Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is primarily a hydropower project location but has gotten massive attention for its stunning waterfalls. Literally translating to 'Shiva's Sea', Shuvanasamudra is a picturesque town with rocky terrain and gushing waterfalls and is a popular tourist destination with Gaganachukki and Barachukki waterfalls being the ones you don't want to miss.

Best Time: August to February

3 Shivanasamudra Attractions

32. Kanakapura

Kanakapura

In the state of Karnataka, a beautiful city is nestled amongst trees and rivers, which is excellent for a road trip from Bangalore. This place is a hidden gem bountiful in greenery and waterfalls. Kanakapura is home to abundant flora and fauna. Some of the most common animals that can be easily spotted are wild boars, pigs, wild dogs and spotted deers. A lot of colourful birds can be seen perched on the trees filling the emptiness with their melodious chirpings.

33. Makalidurga Fort

Makalidurga Fort

Perched at an elevation of 3664 feet, Makalidurga Fort is situated around 60 kms from Bangalore. Nestled between green hills, and graced with picturesque surroundings, the fort can be reached after a small trek. There is also a Lord Shiva temple in the vicinity of the fort that is visited by the local people frequently.

34. Chunchi Falls

Chunchi Falls
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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.

35. Muthyala Maduvu (Pearl Valley)

Muthyala Maduvu (Pearl Valley)

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.

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FAQs on Road Trips From Bangalore To Add To Your Safe Travel List

How far is Hampi from Bangalore?

It is around 6 hours (345 km) and the roads are really good. 

How is the road from Bangalore to Chikmagalur?

If you go through Hassan the roads are great with no potholes and traffic. It will take roughly 4.5 hours to reach. 

Which are the best places for a weekend trip from Bangalore?

The best weekend getaways from Bangalore are Coorg, Chikmagalur, Kabini, Sakleshpur and Bandipur National Park.

Which are the best places for bike trips from Bangalore?

For a beautiful bike trip, one can visit Nandi Hills (60 km), Bheemeshwari (105 km), Shivanasamudra Falls (130 km), Hogenakkal Falls (140 km), Avalabetta (92 km) and Ramanagaram (47 km)

What are the best day-trips from Bangalore?

Best day trips from Bangalore are Nandi Hills, Mysore, Shettihalli Church (Hassan), Savanadurga, Anthargange, Bheemeshwari and Coorg. 

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