Here is the list of 20 Top Trekking Destinations in Karnataka
Situated 60 km from Bangalore, Savandurga hill is one of the largest pieces of single rock formations in the Asian continent. Since it is located 1226 m above sea mean level, it has a steep slope which makes it capable of providing an adventurous trekking experience. Secluded from the city, the hills are an ideal place to spend some peaceful time with your loved ones. Trekking up to the hill within a serene environment is no less than bliss. Trekking enthusiasts are even seen camping for a few days at the top after completing the trek. Imagine how wonderful it would be to lie atop the hill beneath the quilt of stars!
The Anthargange mountain is a structure of small and big rocks coupled with natural springs and dense forest at the foot of the hill. This provides to be an excellent place for trekkers. 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.
Known For : Jog Falls | Water Sports in Jog Falls
The second-highest plunge waterfall of India, these magnificent falls are a major tourist attraction in Karnataka, the spellbinding view of which creates a truly memorable experience.
Best Time : July to December
Situated at a distance of about 100 kilometres from the capital city of Bangalore in Karnataka, Bheemeshwari is the perfect location to enjoy a number of activities in the wilderness. The area is blessed with lush greenery and the wild waters of the River Cauveri, and hence, has ample opportunities for nature walks, sightseeing and adventure sports. The highlight of a trip to Bheemeshwari, however, is no doubt the trekking experience that one can enjoy here. In fact, the area is a paradise for all trekkers. The terrain in the area is gentle and strewn with rocks, but slopes slightly at places, which attracts trekkers and adventure enthusiasts from all across the world to trek here.
Known For : Rafting in Bhadra River | Mullayanagiri | Baba Budangiri
If you love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the mornings, you are going to love Chikmagalur, which has a perpetual fragrance of coffee lingering in the air. Very famously known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’, Chikmagalur is situated in the foothills of the Mullayangiri Range in Karnataka and stands at an altitude of 3400 feet. Famous for its tall mountains, lush green forests and its tranquil environment (apart from its coffee production), Chikmagalur is a very popular tourist destination and is a quaint getaway from the busy life of the city.
Best Time : Throughout the year
Madikeri is an equally enjoyable destination for all those whose feet itch for trekking through its landscapes, high peaks and lush greenery interspersed by streams and threads of River Cauvery. A lot of trails here, experience relatively less footfall, leaving them untouched and pristine.
Trekking in Kemmanagundi is one of the most visually flattering and refreshing experiences, with sparkling green terrains, interspersed with waterfalls and streams. Trek you way to the Hebbe Falls and the Z point to have the most of your trekking experiences in Kemmanagundi.
Known For : Paragliding in Nandi Hills | Tipu's Drop | Tipu's Summer Residence
It is often said that 'the best places are off the beaten path', and Nandi Hills is a clear testimony to that. Located around 60 kilometres away from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one such tourist spot that has gradually been discovered by visitors over the years and has now become a well-known holiday spot. There are many day treks to summit Nandi hills which are perfect for beginners.
Best Time : October to June
Known For : Ramnagara Hills | Ramdevara Temple | Ramadevarabetta hills
Set amidst the challenging rocky hillocks and lush green surroundings, Ramnagaram is a popular weekend getaway for Bengaluru folks. Ramanagaram offers both day treks and night treks in Karnataka.
Best Time : November to February
Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary | Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple | Activities
The Biligiriranga hills, or the BR Hill as they are better known, are a bit of heaven between the Western and the Eastern Ghats, with a wonderful floral diversity and a vast variety of fauna as well.
Best Time : April to October
Maravanthe offers a good trekking trail for those who want some adrenaline rushing activity. Nestled on a beach, this area is called the turtle beach due to a resort that is stationed there. Enjoy splendid beach treks at Maravanthe. Best time to go for this trek in Karnataka is in the winter months between Nov - Feb.
Known For : Om Beach | Water Sports in Gokarna | Mahabaleshwara Temple
With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies. The amazing beach trek from Kudle beach to half moon beach is a very popular trek in Karnataka.
Best Time : Throughout the year
Known For : Gokarna: Mahabaleshwar Temple | Om Beach | Mirjan Fort
The beautiful town of Kumta situated amidst the marvelous wonders of nature is one of the most enticing places to visit in Karnataka. Lying on the coastline of Arabian Sea, it offers tantalizing beach treks in Karnataka, fascinating black rocks, intriguing temples and sprawling greenery, Kumta is all about relaxing, unwinding and solitude.
Best Time : October to March
Known For : River Rafting in Dandeli | Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary | Kavala Caves
Bestowed with the lush green forests and laying on the banks of the Kali river, Dandeli is truly a fascinating mix of wildlife, scenic beauty and adventure sports. Dandeli offers a multitude of Western Ghat treks in Karnataka.
Best Time : October to May
Known For : Dabbe Falls | Kodachadri | Jog Falls | Agumbe
Steeped in rich heritage and culture, this main city of Shimoga District derives its name from the words 'Shiv-Mukha' implying 'Face of Lord Shiva'. It is also home to stunning Western Ghat treks in Karnataka such a Kodachadri, Agumbe forest trek, Sharavathi back waters trek etc.
Best Time : July to December