1. Manchanabele Dam, Bangalore
Manchanabele Dam is Located at about an hour’s drive from Bangalore city centre, Manchanabele Dam is built across the Arkavathy River and caters to the water needs of the nearby town of Magadi. A lot of local and even travellers plan a trip to this site owing to the fact that it is away from the hustle-bustle of the city and offers a serene environment for people to unwind. Trekking, picnics, birdwatching, boating, camping, mountain climbing and rappelling are some of the activities to indulge in at this dam.
- Entry Fee: N/A
- Timings: 24 hours
- Nearest Metro Station/Bus Stand: Manchanabele Dam Cross Bus Stand (1.1 km)
2. Thottikallu Falls
Thottikallu Falls common for college-going kids and other people in Bangalore to plan a weekend getaway to TK Falls (also known as the Swarna Mukhi Falls). About 35 km from Bangalore, Thottikallu Falls is an excellent place for trekking enthusiasts or just those who want to get away from the clatter of the city. Feel free to take a shower in its cascading waters after the strenuous trek or simply relax here.
- Entry Fee: N/A
- Timings: Morning till Evening
- Nearest Metro Station/Bus Stand: Kuppareddy Kere Bus Stand (5.9 km)
3. Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills is Located around 60 kilometres away from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one such tourist spot that has gradually been discovered by visitors over the years and has now become a well-known weekend getaway.
Featuring beautifully carved arches and majestic pillars with intricately painted walls and ceilings, Nandi Hills is scattered with shrines and monument and is surrounded by mesmerizing views, making this place no less than a hidden paradise. Situated at a height of 4851 feet above sea level, you can see a convoy of weekenders from Bangalore during early hours catching the glimpse of sunrise.
4. Chunchi Falls
Chunchi falls, is an almost 50 feet high cascade of falls, which is fed by the river Arkavati. Located at a distance of 83km from Bangalore, Chunchi Falls lies en route to Mekedatu and Sangama in Karnataka. Mekedatu is a rocky valley, while Sangama is the meeting point of three rivers. This spot is extremely popular as a picnic spot. It derived its name from a tribal couple, Chuncha and Chunchi.
On the way to Chunchi Falls, travellers also come across a watchtower which enables them to devour a panoramic 360-degree view of the rocky terrain adorned with deciduous forest. If you are an adventure junkie, then you can trek down to the falls to soak in the beauty of the surroundings.
- Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Time Required: 1-2 hrs
- Entry Fee: No entry fee,
Parking Fee: INR 3
5. Big Banyan Tree
The Big Banyan Tree or locally called as the Dodda Alada Mara is a 400 year old banyan tree in the village of Kethohalli near Bangalore. Sprawling over a vast 3 acres of land, the tree is one of the largest of its kind. In the 2000s, the tree got infected with a natural disease and the chief roots died of contamination. Ever since, the giant tree looks like an amalgamation of several smaller trees, with its roots still multiplying in number and size. Awning with at least a thousand aerial roots, Alada Mara covers a circumference of more than 250 metres.
The humongous tree is a scintillating example of nature’s marvels. Tourists from all over India gather here just to soak in the impeding sunlight amidst the labyrinth of its enormous roots. The tree has also been believed to symbolize the holy trinity of the Hindu gods- the roots, stem and branches represent Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. Over the years, the big Banyan tree has been a witness to the state’s development, and is maintained and managed by the horticulture department of Karnataka. The area has been fenced, has neat little pathways and brightly painted cement seats and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions of Bangalore.
- Timings : 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Time Required : 2 – 3 hrs
- Entry Fee : No Entry Fee