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    Early morning at Doddamakali, near river Cauvery

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    For the people of Bangalore, sitting at home on a day off should not be an option—not  while these breathtaking offbeat places near Bangalore are waiting to cast their spell. As you go through our list of the lesser known serene destinations near Bangalore, pack your bags to embark on a truly blissful weekend retreat.

    1. Gandikota

    Gandikota Fort along the Pennar river

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    Gandikota, a small hamlet on the right bank of Pennar, is one of the best offbeat places near Bangalore for a day out. Glamorised by a fort made of red stones, bordered by deep and rocky gorge — it is a perfect place to feel the “Indian Grand Canyon” effect.

    Distance from Bangalore: 280 kms

    How to reach: 5.5 hours by car. One can travel by train till Muddanur, the nearest railway station. APSRTC buses ply to Jammalamadugu from  Bangalore. From Jammalamadugu private and APSRTC buses go to Gandikota.

    Things to do: Explore from the viewpoint of Gandikota Fort and Gorge; visit Ranganatha Swamy temple and Madhavaraya Temple

    Best Places to stay: Royal County, Ziara Hotel and Sri Srinivasa Residency.

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    2. Gudibanda

    Gudibanda Fort enclosed in grand walls and gates is an ideal offbeat destination near Bangalore

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    If you have taken an unplanned break for some family time, drive to Gudibanda — a perfect name among the best offbeat places near Bangalore. The 400 years old Gudibanda fort built by Byre Gowdas, is an ideal destination for a perfect day out.

    Distance from Bangalore: 78 kms

    How to reach:  Close to an hour by car

    Things to do: Visit Gudibanda fort, hill and lake. Explore the surrounding villages of Nicchanabandahalli, Bramharahalli and Chinna halli.

    Best places to stay: It is a place for a day trip, no stay options available.

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    3. Manchinbele Dam

    A majestic view of the Manchinbele Dam at the foothills of Savandurga

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    Rocky boulders, dense deciduous forests and serene backwaters sum up the backdrop of Manchinbele Dam. Another name among the best offbeat places near Bangalore, this dam is situated at the foothills of Savandurga. It is an ideal destination for a long weekend drive from Bangalore.

    Distance from Bangalore: 36 kms

    How to reach:  Half an hour by car.

    Things to do: Visit the Dam to witness its serenity; go swimming in the backwaters; trek on the hilly tracks and indulge in rock-climbing.

    Where to stay: The place is very close to Bangalore, so no stay options are prevalent.

    4. Kunti Betta

    Kunti Betta and its hills is among awesome offbeat places around Bangalore

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    For the adventurists, Kunti Betta is impeccable.  Being a hillock range overseeing the Pandavapura settlement, this place is famous for trekking and rock climbing. Precisely, Kunti Betta is among the few offbeat places around of Bangalore that offer options for night trekking.

    Distance from Bangalore: 130 kms

    How to reach:  2 and a half hours drive from the Garden City.

    Things to do: Night trekking, camping and rock climbing

    Where to stay:  Hotel options are not available. Adventure and nature clubs that organise night treks provide camps and tents for the night stay.

    5. Doddamakali

    Early morning at Doddamakali, near river Cauvery

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    Good news for nature lovers! Doddamakali is a place surrounded by charming landscapes and is a perfect site for nature camping. Also called “bird’s paradise”, this offbeat place around Bangalore  is located near river Cauvery. Tranquil and rugged topography has made it one of the most preferred names in the list of famous offbeat places around Bangalore.

    Distance from Bangalore: 114.6 kms

    How to reach:  2 and a half hours drive from Bangalore.

    Things to do: Trekking, fishing, angling, camping, rock climbing and coracle ride.

    Where to stay:  Doddamakali Nature Camp

    6. Galibore

    Galibore Nature Camp, on the banks of Cauvery

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    Galibore, a deciduous forested land on the banks of Cauvery is most famous for its nature camps — especially fishing camps.  The place offers a perfect weekend retreat for nature lovers and trekkers.

    Distance from Bangalore: 102.3 kms

    How to reach:  2 and a half hours drive from Bangalore.

    Things to do: Trekking, fishing, angling and nature walk.

    Where to stay:  Galibore Nature Camp

    7. Devanahalli

    Beautiful insight of the Devanahalli Fort

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    A small fort town located very close to the garden city of India, Devanahalli is famous for its century old temples and has gained fame for being the site of Bengaluru International Airport. The area is under vast urbanisation process with forthcoming business park, IT Park, Science Park and Aerospace Park.

    Distance from Bangalore: 40 kms

    How to reach:  An hour drive from Bangalore

    Things to do: Visit Devanahalli fort and Venugopalaswamy Temple

    Where to stay:  No stay options available

    8. Bylakuppe

    The Golden Temple in Bylakupp is another name among the best offbeat places around Bangalore

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    Bylakuppe is the Tibetan Refugee resettlement of Mysore district. The Golden Temple in Bylakuppe is a place for Tibetan expatriates. It is also a learning and preaching hub for Tibetan Buddhism in South India.

    Distance from Bangalore: 214 kms

    How to reach:  Take a train or flight till Mysore which is 50 kms from Bylakuppe. A 5 hours drive from Bangalore.

    Things to do: Visit Golden Temple; explore Sera Je Monastery, Sakya Monastery and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery; try retail therapy at Tibetan shops;  indulge in authentic and delicious momo and thukpa tasting.

    Where to stay:  Bota Royal Hotel, Eco Habitat and Hotel Kannika International.

    9. Nrityagram

    Dancers at Nrityagram, the modern Gurukul

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    Diversity spices life and if anyone is looking for it, Nrityagram is the place to be.  Nrityagram- India’s first modern Gurukul will enrich you with vibrant colours of Bharatiya Nritya.

    Distance from Bangalore: 30 kms

    How to reach:  Half an hour drive from Bangalore

    Things to do: Explore the modern Gurukul set up and try to value the classical bonding of Guru and Sishya (teacher and disciple). Also visit Hesaraghatta Lake.

    Where to stay:  No stay options

    10. Karighatta

    The temple of Vishnu embraced in Karighatta hill

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    Karighatta is an ancient hill near Srirangapatna. It encloses an age old temple of Visnu and river Lokapavani, a tributary of Cauvery.

    Distance from Bangalore: 125.4 kms

    How to reach:  2 and a half hours drive from Bangalore

    Things to do: Visit Vishnu temple atop and chill out by the river bank.  Plan a family picnic while you are coming here.

    Where to stay:  Mayura River View, Young Island and Amblee Holiday Resort

    Once you are done with Coorg, Yelagiri and Mysore, try these offbeat places to visit in Bangalore and around. These 10 unique destinations will enrich your experiences with most cherishing memories.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Offbeat Weekend Destinations From Bangalore

    Q. What are some of the best weekend destinations near Bangalore?

    A. If you are living in Bangalore, you can easily visit Devanahalli Fort which is just 37 km from Bangalore. Apart from that, there are other places like the Nandi Hills, Doddamakali, Galibore, Karighatta, Nrityagram and Ramanagaram.

    Q. Where can I go trekking near Bangalore?

    A. There are various trekking spots near Bangalore. Like the Nandi Hills, Makalidurga, Anthargange and many more. You can choose a place according to your varied taste.

    Q. What is the best time to visit Bangalore?

    A. The climate of Bangalore is moderate throughout the year. But it attracts tourists during the month between September and February as the climate is most enjoyable during that time. Apart from that tourists visit the city throughout the year.

    Q. How to reach Gandikota from Bangalore?

    A. The distance between Bangalore and Gandikota is 280 Kms. It is a 6hr journey by car. You can travel by train until Muddanur, which is the nearest railway station to Gandikota. Or else you can travel by bus till Jammalamadugu and then change for Gandikota.

    Q. What adventures can one try during a weekend in Bangalore?

    A. In Bangalore, you can try trekking at Savandurga Hills, you can try rock climbing at Ramanagara, and dirt biking at Shapur. Moreover, The Big Rock Motopark in Shapur has a great track. Or else you can try river rafting at Dandeli.

    Q. What is the distance of the Manchinbele Dam from Bangalore?

    A. The distance of Manchanabele Dam from Bangalore is roughly around 37 km via Mysore Road. It is a few minutes above an hour’s journey by car.

    Q. What are the best places to stay in Bangalore?

    A. Rajajinagar, Malleshwaram or Richmond Town are some of the best areas to stay in Bangalore. The accommodations in these places are posh and classy.

    Q. Which areas of Bangalore house economical hotels?

    A. The areas of Bangalore like Marathahalli, Bellandur, and Yelahanka have the most economical hotels. You can find good accommodations at affordable prices.


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