Bangalore also known as the start-up capital and the IT-hub, is famous for food, shopping, drinking, the generous climate and of course its traffic. But, did you know the city is blessed with a plethora of natural getaways? Well then time for some stunning road trips to spectacular hill stations within 300 km near and around Bangalore.
Here, we bring you a list of near-by hills stations that one can’t miss visiting. Also please leave your experiences and take on the following in the comment section below.
Nandi Hills, Karnataka
Nandi Hills (Credits: Holidayiq Website)
Distance from Bangalore: 61 km (approximately)
Nandi Hills, the hill of happiness is the best destination to find yourself amidst clouds and the nature. Also known as Nandidurg is the most popular tourist places and nearest hill station around Bangalore. It is the best place for a day’s escape. This particular spot has a trekking trail built in steps that will take you to the peak from in between the greens.
Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh
Horsley Hills (Credits Horsley Hills Facebook Page)
Distance from Bangalore: 165 km (approximately)
Best time to visit the Horsley Hills is between November to May and this place sees its peak season during the months from February to May. Apart from its scenic beauty including vegetation, lakes, forests and wildlife, Horsley Hills treats you with sports like ‘Zorbing’ which is rarely found in India. It is one of best destinations for holidaying during weekends.
Yelagiri Hills, Tamil Nadu
Yelagiri Hills (Credits: Yelagiri Trips Website)
Distance from Bangalore: 168 km (approximately)
Situates in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, Yelagiri Hills is surrounded by orchards, rose-gardens, and green valleys. Still on the verge of development, this hill station is evolving into a tourist destination with the promotion of adventure sports such as paragliding and rock climbing. Yelagiri is one of the famous places for trekkers in India and it provides a good number of trekking trails through thick reserved forests.
Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Yercaud (Credits: I AEG India Org Website)
Distance from Bangalore- 222 km (approximately)
Yercaud is a popular tourist destination majorly for its lake, floral and fauna. The temperature here never rises above 29 degree centigrade or goes below 13 degree centigrade. Yercaud is equally enchanting and picturesque as the hill stations on the Eastern Ghats and trekking here can be one of the most pleasurable experiences.
Chikmagalur (Credits: Trek Earth Website)
Distance from Bangalore: 243 km (approximately)
Coffee lovers can’t miss visiting Chikamagalur, one of the largest producers of coffee in India and is also known as the ‘coffee land’ of Karnataka. Other than coffee, this serene hill station is also known for its pleasant ambience, lush green forests and tall mountains. Chikmagalur attracts flocks of tourist during weekends mainly because of its cool climate and a number of tourist places within the town.
Coorg (Kodagu), Karnataka
Coorg (Credits: My Holiday Safari Website)
Distance from Bangalore: 252 km (approximately)
Another place for the coffee lovers, Coorg or Kodagu is well known in the world for coffee and is the second coffee production region in India, after the Baba Budangiri hills in Chikamagalur. This thickly wooded grandeur on the Western Ghats is considered the most beautiful hill station of Karnataka. Coorg has three wildlife sanctuaries and one national park- the Brahmagiri, Talakaveri, and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuaries, and the Nagarhole National Park, also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Few other popular tourist attractions include Bhagamandala, Nisargadhama, Abbey Falls, Dubare, Iruppu Falls and the Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Ooty (Credits: Ease Your Travel Website)
Distance from Bangalore: 265 km (approximately)
Ooty is located in the Blue Mountains of the Western Ghats and draws a large number of tourists every year. The lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees are indeed an amazing treat to the eyes. The hill station itself is a land of picturesque picnic spots.
Wayanad (Credits: Industrial Tour)
Distance from Bangalore: 287 km (approximately)
Wayanad, the land of paddy fields is a picturesque plateau nested among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the Eastern portion of North Kerala and on the sides of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. The culture of Wayanad is mainly tribal oriented. Though considered as backward, this district is perhaps one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the Kerala, with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices and other condiments. Few of the tourists attractions are- Chembra Peak, Neelimala, Meenmutty Falls, Chethalayam, Pakshipathalam, Banasura Sagar Dam.
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