Bangalore is a chaotic city where life is just nothing more than a laptop, meetings, and presentations. Taking a detour from this hustle to rejuvenate ourselves is essential to keep our minds working creatively. Here we have curated 5-weekend treks from Bangalore which you can explore and explore the wanderer that does within you.
Nandi Hills is a small town located 60kms away from Bangalore. With prime historical importance and mesmerizing views, Nandi Hills is an escape from city life. You can trek to Horagina Betta and Channagiri. The trail to the top will make you discover a lot about the place itself. The 1.5 km trek takes about an hour and a half and is usually an easy trek for beginners as well. You can expect to see places such as Sri Gavi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple and Amrutha Sarovara, going further upwards you will reach the well-known Tipu’s drop point and Yoga Nandeeshwara temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The source of the river Palar can also be seen near the shrine of Nandi famously called Nellakai Nandi. You can reach Nandi hills via road.
Kudremukh Trek is a famous trek along the western ghats of the Deccan. Home to the third highest peak in Karnataka, Kudremukh Peak is named so, due to its uncanny resemblance to a Horse’s face. Kudremukh is a beautiful part of the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. This trek is located in the National Reserve Forest in Kudremukh. Along with rich grasslands and sumptuous wildlife, there are a plethora of activities that you and your group can do during the trek. From grand falls to small streams through the meadows, the rolling hills covered in misty clouds make this place not less than a paradise. The 18 km trek has to be completed in a day and can surely challenge one’s physical strength. You must reach Kalasa early in the morning by 7:00 am and begin the trek so that you’re back to the base by 6 pm. The trek is suitable for exercised trekkers and fit beginners. You can reach Kalasa by your vehicle or by cab.
A place that encapsulates the essence of rocky terrains, caves, wide boulders, and nature in its rawest form, Anthargange is surely one of the most beautiful treks from Bangalore. Located in the Kolar district of Karnataka, the 3km trek to the peak will take you through the exploration of caves. It’s best to start the trek early in the morning to catch glimpses of sunrise during the dawn. An overnight journey from Bangalore and a night trek to reach the summit by sunrise will surely reward you with a breathtaking view. Anthargange is a place where one can seek solitude away from the chaos of the city.
A perfect destination to get a hit of adrenaline rush and a plethora of activities to perform, Ramanagara is most popularly known as the Sholay Spot, where the shooting of the legendary movie Sholay took place. 50 km away from the city’s hustle, the 22 km trek will thrill you with its rocky terrains and cliffs, Ramanagara will engage you in rock climbing, cycling, and biking as well. You can also do paragliding and kayaking as well, the views you witness are stellar and mesmerizing. The 12-hour trek does test your physical limits but it surely is a rewarding trek.
The most talked-about spot due to its uniqueness is Savandurga Hills that is 60 km from Bangalore. Famous as Asia’s largest Monolith Rock Hill, it is one of the most adventurous treks along the Western Ghats. The uphill hike of 2kms usually takes 40-50 mins to complete and the incredible views of Magadi, Thippagondanahalli, Manchabele, and reservoirs along with the Arkavathi river will leave you awestruck. Walking through the rocky trail you will discover lunch greens covering the caves and tall canopies of trees. Located in the town of Magadi, the place can be reached by vehicle or by taking a public bus. Savandurga Hill is a wonderful gateway for wanderers to explore something unique.
Karnataka is not less than a gem when it comes to adventurous treks in the lap of nature. From rough plateaus to high cliffs one can experience various enthralling views. Every trek comes with a bulk of activities that are adventurous and exciting. One must surely plan an escapade in the lap of nature.