Bangalore is India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ when it comes to the IT sector, and ‘Garden City’ when green spaces come into play. But there is much more to this buzzing metropolis than these monikers. With its diverse landscape encompassing lush forests, lakes and rocky mountains, there are a plethora of possibilities for the adventurous travelers. Besides, the more gentle outdoor activities like camping, cycling, and wildlife tour, it is possible to indulge in several thrilling adventure pursuits in Bangalore, from white water rafting to paragliding and rock climbing. Here are some of the exciting things to do in and around Bangalore, India, for outdoor enthusiasts.
With an abundance of vegetation, grasslands and rugged mountains, it’s no surprise there are numerous excellent places to go trekking in and around Bangalore. You can trek for as little as two hours or as long as one day (or more), with varying levels of difficulty. The easiest are Nandi Hills, Makalidurga hill fort and Madhugiri, while the more challenging treks are Skandagiri hills, Kunti Betta and Anthargange because of their length and fewer climbing aids. For a remarkable trekking experience - Savandurga, which is one of the largest monoliths in Asia - is perhaps the first choice. The trek to and from the hill is moderately difficult - via rugged terrain with rocky faces and no support - but the amazing view from the top of the monolith makes it worthwhile.
Savandurga Sunrise Trek with Manchanabele Dam Water Sports from Bangalore
Duration: 14 Hrs Duration
2. Explore the Anthargange (or Antara Gange) Caves
Literally meaning ‘Ganges from the deep’, Anthargange is a rocky hill located about 67 km (41.63 miles) from Bangalore. It comprises of a series of caves carved out of ancient volcanic rocks, complete with natural springs trickling down a formation of rocks. You can reach the caves via trekking, and the journey will take you past the thorny shrubs. Some of the caves are wide, while others are narrow and small - you might well have to crawl your way out. While you’re here, make sure to visit the ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The highlight of the temple is a spring emerged out of a rock - it flows throughout the year and is considered to be sacred by the locals. If you want to take things up a notch, go for rock climbing.
Address: Near Vibhutipura, Kolar, India
3. Cycling and rock climbing at Turahallli Forest
If you like the idea of pedaling through lush forests, grab your two-wheeled vehicle and venture off Kanakpura road to Turahalli Forest. Located about 17 km (10.56 miles) from Bangalore, Turahalli Forest is considered to be the city’s last surviving wilderness spot. There are no steep heights or curves, which makes cycling here an incredible experience. Plus, you’re likely to encounter different species of animals and birds, including mongoose, monitor lizards, babblers, and green horned owls while cycling. The forest also has a reputation for its craggy boulders, which makes it a perfect spot for rock climbing. There are granite rocks of various shapes and sizes, meaning both experienced and beginner climbers can have a go.
Address: Thurahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560062
Opening hours: 5am - 3pm
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4. Bird-watching at Thattekere Lake
If you’re an avid bird-watcher, Thattekere Lake should be on your bucket list. Situated about 46 km (28.58 miles) from Bangalore, the lake is home to a wide variety of birds, most notably kingfisher, kites, lapwing, little black cormorant, and stork. If you want some action, you can go cycling around the lake and enjoy the fabled scenery, complete with lush vegetation.
Address: Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru, India
5. Rafting adventure along the Cauvery River, Bheemeshwari
For those with a penchant for some water thrill, go for white water rafting. The best locale is the Cauvery river that flows through Bheemeshwari. The river has class III rapids, so it’s suitable for both rafting novices and pro. The drive out to the river provides the adventurers with some beautiful scenery. After the excursion, end the trip by visiting Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to diverse wildlife. Spotted deer, wild boars, elephants, kingfisher, heron, and giant Malabar squirrel are all prevalent here. There are many tour companies that offer rafting and wildlife excursion in the area - we recommend Bheemeshwari Adventure and Nature Camp that also offers accommodation in the form of luxury cottages and camps.
Bheemeshwari Adventure and Nature Camp
Address: Post Halgur Hobli, Malavalli Taluk, Mandya District, Muthathi, Karnataka 571421
6. High rope traversing at Bheemeshwari and Ramanagara
High rope traversing is an adventure activity that involves flying from one point to another destination point using a pulley suspended from a cable. You will be safely strapped into a harness, which is attached to a cable - and on the way, you will be able to soak in the beautiful views beneath you. This activity is ideal for thrill seekers who want to experience the rush of aerial adventure. Bheemeshwari and Ramanagara are the two best places around Bangalore where you can try this exhilarating and fun activity. Thrillophilia is one of the best operators to offer this outdoor pursuit.
Address: Bheemeshwari, Bengaluru, India
Address: Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India
7. Paragliding at Nandi Hills
The surroundings of Bangalore are beautiful from the ground, but it is difficult to beat the views on offer from up high. So, if you want to glide through the air, head to Nandi Hills, located at an elevation of 4,849 feet (1478 meters). The views are spectacular as the flight instructor takes the daredevils out across the hill for a 10-minute or 40-minute flight. The activity is held under KSTDC (Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation), and there are training sessions and courses held for all levels before flying.
Address: Chikkaballapur Taluk, Chikkaballapur 562101, India
8. Enjoy quad biking experience
For a gasoline-fueled adventure, opt for quad biking. There are muddy trails and rugged tracks on the outskirts of the city, which are perfect for indulging in this off-road adventure. One of the best adventure sports centers in Bangalore that offers this exciting experience is Dirt Mania. It offers tours that take passengers along the swampy tracks and through the jungles.
Dirt Mania Outdoor Adventures
Address: Kanakapura Rd, Nelaguli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082
Website: Dirt Mania Outdoor Adventures
Opening hours: 8am - 9pm
9. Go camping
Camping opportunities abound in and around Bangalore, with Manchanabele and Ramanagara being favorite spots among many. The pleasant weather and beautiful scenery, complete with lush forests, serene lakes, and rugged topography make them the amazing campsites that you can take advantage of. Just make sure to pack the right camping gear (and adventurous spirit, too).
Address: Mysore Road, Manchanbele Magadi T Ramanagara, Manchanabele 562128, India
Address: Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India
If the sight and sound of wild creatures appeal to you, then head to Bannerghatta National Park. It is remarkable for being home to India’s first butterfly park, plus houses a wide variety of animal species, including lion, Bengal tiger, white tiger, gaur, barking deer, bears, leopard, and more. Going on a jungle safari is the perfect way to see these magnificent creatures. The park offers a range of safaris, including lion safari, herbivore safari, bear safari, and tiger safari - whichever you choose, rest assured it is going to be a memorable and wild experience
Bannerghatta National Park Private Tour with Wildlife Safari
Duration: 8 hours
Enjoy some adrenaline-pumping experiences in and around Bangalore
Bangalore is famous for its pleasant climate, spectacular nature and IT sector. But that’s not all this Garden City has to offer. It also boasts an impressive range of activities to satisfy outdoor enthusiasts too. From trekking the rocky hills to cycling through lush forest and exploring the caves, read our list full of thrilling pursuits.
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