7 One Day Escapes In Banglore From Your Monotonous Routine

  1. Ramanagara:

Ramanagara, Banglore

 

How to reach: 

  • It takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to get to this place which is located 48.9 kms from Bengaluru via Mysore rd NH275.
  • The rail distance is 33 km and can be covered by taking the direct train between Ramanagara and Bangalore.
  • Even though there are 11 trains which can take you to Ramanagara from Bangalore, it is best to catch the Chennai Express which takes just 33 minutes to reach Ramanagara and charges a fare of Rs. 65 only

What to do:

  • Sholay adventure cycling tour– This cycling tour of around 10 hours costs INR 3000 and gives you a chance to get the feel of the location, which depicted the playground for the remarkable Bollywood villain, Gabbar Singh!
  • You could also go trekking on the rocky hills of Ramanagara and enjoy wine tasting at one of the most mesmerizing vineyards of Ramanagara!

Where to eat: The Rangrez restaurant serves good North Indian cuisine at an average cost of Rs.250 for two people

 

 

  1. Nandi Hills:

Nandi Hills, Bangalore

How to reach

  • 50 km north of Bangalore (Hebbal road) leads you to the top of the hill. After passing around 40 curves, you reach the entry gate where entry tickets (costing Rs. 5/- per head) are issued.
  • Two wheelers are not allowed beyond this point as the road is not well constructed  whereas 4 wheelers are allowed to go ahead.
  • You can also choose to climb up the steps and get a first hand experience of a very large open tank, Tippus rock, Hanuman Temple etc.
  • All buses leave from Bangalore’s central bus station “Bangalore Majestic” or “Kempegowda Bus Station (KBS)“. As this is a local bus, tickets (charge around 46/- per head) are sold directly in the bus or you could book the seats from ticket counter at Majestic with Rs. 200/- per head.

What to do-

  • You can see the Tippu’s Drop, the place from where Tippu made his prisoners fall. However, it is now barricaded for public safety.
  • There is also a children’s park atop the hill.
  • There are temples dedicated to Sri Bhoga Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha and Sri Yoga Narasimha that you could visit if you fancy.
  • Meditation can be practiced at Brahmashram, a cool cave. It is said that Sage Ramakrishna Paramhamsa used to meditate here.
  • There is an availability of Paragliding from these Hills! There is usually a designated landing field so you have nothing to worry about.  
  • A lot of bicycling clubs in Bangalore are into organizing weekend cycling trips to Nandi hills. This package costs around Rs.1200.
  • You can also go for a wild trek on the backside of the hill.

Where to eat-

  • You can grab a meal at the Club Cabana resort for an average of Rs.1000 for two people, this resort also has a bar and water sports.
  • Although there is nothing special about the Ranjhitha hotel, it is the only restaurant on top of the hill, offering food @ INR 500 for two people.
  • Lipton vending machines, good food, and a nice bar is available at the hotel Mayura Pinetop, average cost for two Rs.800 and there is also an enclosure to sit and eat food safe from the monkeys and stray dogs around.

Tips for the trip-

  • It’s best if you are on top of the hill before sunrise. The wind, fog and clouds that blow towards you in the morning is just amazing.
  • Single person entry is not permitted, so make sure you go with at least one companion. Entry fee is 10 Rs per person (make sure you buy the ticket, where the bus arrives).
  • There’s a ticket for Rs 100 for parking cars (including entry ticket for all passengers) and Rs 20 for Two wheelers.
  • The entry and exit times are now limited to 6 AM to 6 PM to avoid crimes.

 

  1. Hogenakkal:

Hogenakkal

How to reach-

The distance between Bangalore and Hogenakkal Falls is 180 km and it can be covered in 3 to 4 hours, depending on the route you choose to travel on, and the flow of traffic. It is advised to take the Hosur road route though.

What to do-

  • The Hogenakkal falls are the most magical thing to see here, free of cost!
  • Boating charges are INR 500.
  •  After having seen the breathtaking falls, the next most attractive place of Hogenakkal are the Melagiri Hills. The place obviously has a lot of options for boating. A very unique kind of boat is available here, often referred to as basket-boat, since its slightly circular in shape.

Where to eat-

  • Being a small hill station, Hogenakkal doesn’t have a lot of choice when it comes to restaurants. However there are certain delicacies of the mountains that you can enjoy here, like ice creams and soups.
  • Make sure you visit Arusuvai Ashwanath for a meal at just Rs. 99 per person!

 

  1. Wonderla:

Wonderla, Banglore

How to reach-

  • You will find a BMTC Volvo for Wonderla from MGBS bus stand at every 30 mins. Also, 15 % discount on the ticket price is given to regular BMTC Volvo users.
  • Bus Fare: Rs. 80 to 150 (depending on the distance to and from Wonderla)
    Park timings and rates- Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM ; Sat-Sun/Holidays: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Weekday Regular Tickets- Adult : Rs. 920/- ; Child: Rs. 740/-
    Weekend Regular Tickets- Adult : Rs. 1,150/- ; Child: Rs. 920/-
    Weekday Fastrack Tickets- Adult : Rs. 1,840/- ; Child: Rs. 1,480/-
    Weekend Fastrack Tickets- Adult : Rs. 2,300/- ; Child: Rs. 1840/-

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What to do There are innumerable dry rides, water rides, high thrill rides, kids rides and all-new recoil rides available for visitors here. There are no extra costs involved as the entry ticket is all inclusive.

Where to eat- Wonderla Bangalore offers five multi-cuisine eateries to choose delicious food from (Greens, Chillies, Waves, Courtyard restaurant and Park View restaurant). There are also snack counters and coffee shops. Average cost of food will come up to Rs.800/- per person.

Tips for your trip-

  • Since scarfs or shawls ruin the experience of enjoying a ride and jeopardize safety, they aren’t permitted to be worn by the visitors.
  • Alternative arrangements for scarves or shawls can be purchased by guests from the park from INR 100/- onwards.
  • Make sure you carry your student ID as Wonderla loves students and offers special 20% discounts on their ticket!

 

  1. Kolar

 

How to reach-

  • By rail- Kolar is well connected to Bangalore via regular trains to the railway station Tyakal (TCL). You can buy a ticket for Rs.80- Rs.100 from the Bangalore railway station.
  • By road- You can easily get direct buses to Kolar from Bangalore. A ticket would roughly cost INR 250, depending on where you departure from. In case you want to venture out to Kolar in your car, it is about 69 km away from Bangalore on the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway No 4.

What to do-

  • Kolar is well-known for a few temples, particularly this one called the Kashi Vishveshwara temple at Antargange is worth paying a visit to. This is where water gushes out of a Nandi bull statue and streams throughout the year.
  • The Koti Lingeshwara temple is where there are infinite number of lingams.
  • The Kolar Gold Fields too were one of the major gold mines in India but closed in 2003 due to reducing deposits and increasing costs. The mine is considered the world’s second deepest gold mine and is supposed to have been mined for gold during the last 2000 years or so. Well, of course, it’s a must-visit!

Where to eat-

  • The Kamat Upchar restaurant is the only good place to eat at, on the way from Bangalore to Kolar. The food is nice for a price of Rs.300 for two people.
  • There are also other South Indian eateries like Vasudev Adigas, Maiyas, etc.
  • The very popular “Kolar CCD”, or, the Cafe Coffee Day at Kolar road is also a good place for you to stop by, spot some luxury cars and bikes, and sip hot coffee while enjoying a smoked chicken sandwich (average cost for two Rs.400)

 

  1. Chunchi falls:

 

Chunchi falls, located at a distance of approximately 100 km from Bangalore, is a waterfall on the banks of the River Arkavati and is named after a tribal couple Chuncha and Chunchi. It is en route to Mekedatu and Sangama.

How to reach- 

  • By Bus- There are no direct buses from Bangalore. You might need to change few buses and then take a tuk-tuk/ auto to reach the falls, which will be quite a tiring thing to do.
  • By Car- Commuting in your own car/bike or hiring a Zoomcar to reach the falls would be a good idea rather than public transportation.

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Best Time To Visit- August to February

What to do- The waterfall is quite popular for picnicking. After a short 10 minutes walk on different kinds of terrain you’ll get to the vantage point from where you can see the fall in fullforce.

Places to Eat- You won’t find any proper restaurants near the fall. It is advisable to carry food and water. However, few makeshift stalls selling buttermilk, coconut water, bottled water, fruits and dry snack items like chips and biscuits can be found on the way to the fall from the parking area.

Tips for the trip-

  • Swimming is prohibited due to strong underwater current and crocodiles.
  • The river water is not safe for drinking.
  • Avoid staying late at evening or night as it is highly unsafe.
  • Parking fee – INR 30
  • Entry : Free
  • Timings – 8AM to 5PM

 

  1. Bheemeshwari:

 

How to reach The distance between Bangalore and Bheemeshwari is 104.1 km and it can be covered in 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on the route you choose and the flow of traffic. The buses run by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) are available from Bangalore to Bheemeshwari fishing and nature camp. State bus fare is about Rs 100 and luxury bus fare is about Rs 300.

What to do-

  • There are a number of river based activities at Bheemeshwari Fishing and nature camp that you can enjoy, you can spend some time with the refreshing river waters of Cauvery and dip your feet in the cold water, you can try your hand at fishing accompanied by guides at the Bheemeshwari fishing camp, and you can also ride down the Cauvery river in a basket boat and see the natural views! There are many tour operators who conduct boat rides as part of the package tour to Bheemeshwari.
  • Normally, the fishing hours start from 6:30 AM and last until 10:30 AM in the morning times and the evening session starts at 4:00 PM and continues till 7:00 PM.
  • There are a number of land based activities too; you can enjoy trekking around the Basavana Betta and enjoy the panoramic view of the Cauvery river during the six-hour trek. One can also opt for short-distance treks in the early morning hours. The entire package costs around Rs.3000-4000 and river rafting alone costs Rs.1400 for a raft of four persons.

Where to eat- There are no places to eat around here so visitors are advised to carry their own food and beverages.

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