Nestled in the lush green tropical evergreen forests of the famous Nilgiris (the mountain range formed by the confluence of the Eastern and Western Ghats), Karnataka & its adjoining states are located right in the lap of nature. This is why they flaunt a mélange of spectacular topographical featuressuch as deep ravines and plateaus, which enhance the beauty of this region. Interestingly, despite of being located below the Tropic of Cancer and being characterized by a tropical weather, it has a plethora of hill stations which offer the idyllic retreat for urban dwellers from metropolitan cities like Bangalore. This blog brings out some of the hill stations near Bangalorethat you can explore to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city:
Nandi Hills (58 km)
Famous for its mesmerizing sunrise & sunset views, pleasant climate, relatively pollution free air owing to the fact that it has minimal traces of human influence, this pristine hill station is a popular tourist destination, especially during the months of October to June. Just one hour away from Bangalore, it houses quite a few places to see, including Tipu Sultan’s summer palace. It is also an adventure seeker’s delight as it has paragliding packages for visitors.
Horsley Hills (153 Km)
A relatively unexplored hill station, it is barely 3 hours away from Bangalore. It has a rich biodiversity and is a paradise for all the nature lovers and wildlife photographers. Some of the major tourist attractions include Horsley hill museum, Mallamma Temple and Highview Sight. The ‘Wind Rocks’ as well as the Gangotri Lake are equally stunning cartographic, features which are known to allure swarms of tourists.
Conspicuous for being an immaculate tourist destination bereft of any major commercial activities, Yelagiri is famous for its enthralling hills, captivating valleys and vibrant flower orchards. The fact that it is located at an elevation of 1,410 meters above sea level makes it the perfect spot for adventure sports like paragliding, rock climbing and hiking. It is famous for its annual ‘Yelagiri Summer Festival’. Some of its highlights include flower exhibition sand cultural programs.
Biligiri Hill (182 km)
Also called ‘Biligiriranga Hills’, this is another enchanting biodiversity hotspot located in the vicinity of Bangalore. The region houses Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary and Dodda Sampige Mara(which literally means ‘Big Champak Tree’ when it is translated in English). With an array of adventure sports like angling, river rafting, trekking &camping, this place is sure to give you an adrenaline rush!
Yercaud ( 216 km)
Located about 200 km away from Bangalore, Yercaud is a heaven for nature lovers. One can plan an impromptu road trip to this destination and explore its beauty. The road to Yercaud is not just scenic but offers a soothing climate throughout the year. With various view points, this hill station has now become a favourite among travelers.
Coorg (240 Km)
A hill station that’s slowly gaining popularity and 265 km away from Bangalore, Coorg is a must visit if you’re planning a peaceful weekend getaway with your partner. The coffee plantations of this destination are a treat for the eyes and the weather is just perfect to roam around the city. One can wake up to the view of misty mountains and explore some hidden spots to find that much needed calmness.
Wayanad (280 km)
Adorned by the stunning Western Ghats, lofty ridges, dense jungles, deep valleys and lucid lakes, Wayanad is a pretty hill town celebrated for its lush greenery and the rich diversity of flora and fauna. While it takes 6 hours to reach Wayanad by road, the journey is totally worth it! The nearest railway station to this rustic town is Kozhikode Railway Station. It is famous for housing an array of tourist attractions, including Chembra peak, Bandipur National Park, Meenmutty Falls and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
An ideal place for a sojourn along the way is Hotel Royal Orchid, Bangalore. Comprising of 195 well-appointed rooms with garden and golf views and ‘Infinity’ heated pool, it is the idyllic location to unwind with your family & friends.