A few weeks ago, we brought to the limelight 15 places to visit within 100 kilometres of Bangalore, for those who were on a mini vacation to the Garden City, or for those who could extend their corporate stay at the hotels in Peenya, for a day or two to visit these mesmerizing places. However, if you aren’t sure of being able to go so far away to get a glimpse of the variety of tourist destinations Bangalore has to offer, we’ve come up with yet another list of places that can certainly be visited quickly on a short trip to the city. Listed below are 10 such places that you shouldn’t miss out on when you’re on a Bangalore spree.
Dodda Alada Mara (25 kms)
One of the most intriguing places, the Dodda Alad Mara, although is nothing, but a large banyan tree, is a place of huge interest around Bangalore. The reason behind the fascination around this banyan tree is that it is the largest tree in the state. More than 400 years old, with more than a thousand aerial roots, the circumference of the tree if 250 metres! Spreading over 2-3 acres of land, this one single tree alone, is one that you need to see to believe its majestic grandeur and beauty. Located in the Kethohalli village, just 25 kilometres from Bangalore, this giant tree is frequently visited by tourists. So, whether you are a nature enthusiast or not, a trip to this place will certainly be worth your time.
Wonder La (26 kms)
One of the most fun-filled places to visit near Bangalore, Wonder La is the nation’s biggest amusement and water park, which is admired by both kids and adults. Home to more than 50 different kinds of rides, both open and water sports rides, the park is spread over a massive area of 82 acres! Apart from the rides, there are also musical fountain, laser, and virtual reality shows that make the experience even more magical. There is also a dance floor with rain showers where you can beat the heat, while swaying to your favourite tunes. Solar heaters offer warm water here during the winters, thus making it a favourite spot for all seasons.
Nrityagram (30 kms)
The word “Nrityagram” itself depicts a place of dance. An extremely famous dance village in the state, Nrityagram is a place that aims to develop a traditional Gurukul for girls and women, who are taught all kinds of Indian classical dance here, including Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, and Mohiniattam. Made of rustic buildings, scattered across the vegetarian-covered landscape, the place offers a serene environment to escape, and enjoy the flavours of Indian culture.
Thottikallu Falls (32 kms)
A spot for nature lovers, the Thottikallu Falls are a sight to behold, especially during the monsoons, when the waterfalls enlarge. You can walk up the mud path, or take a two-wheeler up to the waterfalls. The area also offers amazing trekking and hiking opportunities for those who love adventure.
Guhantara (35 kms)
A heritage resort built within ancient cave complexes, Guhantara offers a quirky and memorable experience. With the ambience and architecture being heavily influenced by the caves, you’ll have a feeling of living under the Earth while you’re here! And, while you’re inside, you can also enjoy all the luxurious amenities that can make it a comfortable stay. You can also enjoy many indoor and outdoor games here like carrom, table tennis, snooker, cricket, badminton, and swimming. Other exciting adventures include ziplining, horse riding, segway, and quad biking. Furthermore, you can also relax and rejuvenate with the fish spa, Ayurvedic spa, and massage sessions available at the resort.
Innovative Film City (38 kms)
A popular theme park, the Innovative Film City is for people of all ages. You can spend an entire day at this 58-acre theme park, taking a tour of the Dinosaur Park, Cartoon City, 3D photo gallery, mirror maze, and lots more. Apart from these fun activities, the place also hosts excellent shopping and eating outlets.
Manchinbele (40 kms)
Known for many adventurous activities, Machinebele permits you to enjoy rock climbing, camping, kayaking, rappelling, canoeing, windsurfing, and a lot more. Along with these adventuresome activities, one can also enjoy the beautiful views of the natural surroundings and landscape at the local dam. And while you’re here, you can also access the backwaters, or trek up the Savandurga Hill.
Grover’s Vineyard (40 kms)
This vineyard offers excellent wine tasting experiences, and also some beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. Sprawled over an area of 410 acres, the vineyard offers a wide range of flora and fauna to explore. You can also spot many Asian Paradise Flycatchers, Bulbuls, Blue Capped Rock Thrush, Tawny Eagles, and Puff-Throated Babblers among other birds while you’re here. Then, you can move on to experience the 45-minute sessions of wine tasting, learning about the history of wine, techniques of winemaking, and the varieties of wines available.
Muthyala Maduvu (43 kms)
Muthyala Maduvu is a small, yet extremely beautiful waterfall, which is a favourite picnic spot for most people in and around Bangalore. This space is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts, to spend a peaceful and relaxing day away from the city. The mesmerizing view of the waterfall, taking the form of tiny streams running down the hills, gives the illusion of falling pearls, which is what gives the place its name. enjoy picnicking, bird watching, and photography here. Some other activities available here include trekking and hiking.
Ranganathaswamy Temple (44 kms)
One for the religious lads, who don’t forget to offer prayers, even while on vacation, the Ranganathaswamy Temple is the perfect place to go. Built by the Chola dynasty, this ancient temple has undergone several renovations over time, but yet remains home to the idols of Sri Ranganatha Swamy, and his consorts Sri Bhudevi and Neela Devi. Flocked by thousands of devotees every year, this temple is a popular tourist attraction in Karnataka.
This exhaustive list combines everything from water parks and theme parks to resorts, waterfalls, villages, temples, adventure sport spaces, and more; thus offering something for one and all. No matter whether you are on a vacation with family, or on a business trip, these places around Bangalore are sure to make your trip even more exciting. And, to make your trip a comfortable one, choose to stay at Kingston Hotel, one of the best hotels in Peenya, where you can expect great value, luxury, and service that is personal and par excellence.