Are you really tired of Bangaluru’s traffic? And want to run away from it and the excruciating summer heat?
Well an easy solution to this is mountains as they do wonders to your mood and take all your stress away.
Below are the 15 places where you can be relieved from heat and traffic and relax.
1. Nandi Hills:
This is the most popular hill station also known as Nandi Betta situated 60 km away from the city, at the *brink* of Bangalore.
If you like to stay out late and do munching at midnight then this place is perfect for you as the food and beverages are available all night other than that if you want to smoke then you can enjoy sheesha too.
The gates to the hills open at 6 am, the roads are really good because of which you can even do cycling if you want to. You can enjoy the nature to the full by watching sunrise up close and getting amazed by the mesmerizing views that this hill offers.
This hill station comes under the district of Chikballapur and is situated 90 km away from Bangalore.
If you want peace and solitude then waste no time and head over to this place. At top of this place there is a small pond which enhances the beauty of the view.
There are many hotels located at the highway which are easily accessible to everyone. If you wish to have some picnic then head to Nandi hill with your food and spend a memorable time over there.
3. ANTARA GANGE
This hill station is about 70 km away from Bengalore. If you love to do adventure and explore nature then this is the best place that suits you.
There are many caves and rock formation that you can be amazed by. A tour guide is advisable as there are wild animals roaming in the surrounding.
Hike in Antara Gange is suitable in the morning because the temperature is really low. When going on Hike take your food with you from Kolar town.
Ooty also known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ and is the capital of Nilgiris district. Ooty is best for spending summer holidays. Taking a tour train ride and seeing the heart of Nilgiris is one of the amazing things to do in Ooty and in this tour train you can even visit the plantations of Coonoor which is a must thing to do.
Want to do some water fun? there is this huge lake in Ooty where you can boat pedal. You can also ride cycle and do horse riding around the lake. If you want to eat fresh then don’t miss the local fruits and handmade delicious chocolates.
Kodaikanal is a Tamil word which means ‘The Gift of Forest’. And it really stands on its name. If you want a perfect weekend *retreat* then this place is best for you. You can reach this place from Bengalore in just overnight. In Kodaikanal you can have Tibetan food, can cycle around lake which will soothe your mood and can even have a walk in the streets.
The top tourist attractions include Dolphin nose, Pinewood forest trails and Pillar rocks. If you are water loving person then make your back pack, put food in it and hop in a car and go to Berijam lake or Mannavanur lake and don’t forget to maintain the non plastic policy in these spots.
Munnar also called the ‘Emerald of South Asia’ because of the tea plantations covering large areas and between these tea gardens is the town of Munnar.
It is an overnight journey from Bangalore and the closest Railway station and Airport are Cochin and Udumalai respectively. There are lavish resorts situated in the middle of the tea estates because of which you can walk in these estates and can have the whole experience of processing of tea from plantation to your cup. Mettupatti lake is a famous lake where you can speed boat and can even see wild animals. There is a famous point called ‘Echo point’ situated on towards top station, where you can hear your own voice echo and you can also see the whole valley.
Yelagiri is 160 km away from Bengalore and is another amazing place to spend your weekend. In this place you can hike up to the station, can boat and stroll through the park which is connected to the lake and discover the beauty this place offers.
Yelagiri is not a place base on a large scale therefore you can cover all the places of interests in a day.
Yercaud was initially named as ‘Poor Ooty’ because of its past but its not like that anymore. Yercaud has a lot to offer to its tourists and locals. Here you can spend quality time gazing at nature’s beauty on the bank of Big lake, pay a visit to beautiful temple and can have an exciting roading action on ATV’s in the hills. To get rid of your tiredness you can go to the famous Kilyur falls and can lay in there and relax.
It is 200 km away from Bengalore and a perfect place for those who love to read books, get inspired by nature and wants to have complete peace because Sakleshpur offers all this to you. There are many resorts which offer trekking and exciting roading opportunities.
The must try food of this place are Akki Rotti and Chicken or Pork Curry. Volleyball is a famous sport that this place offers.
Wayanad is 270 km away from Bengalore. It’s a Hill station full of sceneries from pre Historic Edakkal cave times to Chembra peak’s hike. It’s a perfect place for short weekend trips with beautiful tree house as well as resorts to stay in. two main things to do in Wayanad are witness the sunset at Bansura dam and take a dive in Soochippara waterfalls.
Chikamaglur is about 250 km away from Bangalore a perfect place to beat the heat. If you love water falls then go to Hebbe falls and witness its magnificent beauty. Also visit Bhadra wildlife if you like wildlife and if you like trekking then you can trek to Mullayanagiri, Kemmangundi, Kudremukh and Baba Budangiri.
Coorg was coined as ‘Scotland of India’ because of its mesmerizing beauty.if you want peace then visit the Golden temple. You can also hike towards the famous Abbe falls and because Coorg is the main source of coffee you can have local fresh delicious coffee anytime.
Biligirirangana Hills abbreviated as BR Hills is 170 km away from Bangalore. It is home to Tigers and many exotic birds while visiting this place one has to be really careful so tourist guide is advisable. The name o this station has history attached to it. You can stay in the middle of the forest or you can take a ride thrugh the jungle. There is a temple on its peak where the view it offers is jaw dropping.
14. HORSLEY HILLS
This hill is approximately 150 km away from Bangalore
the places of interests here are Environment park, Mallama temple and Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. World’s largest tree Thimmamma Marrimaanu which spreads over 2.5 acres can also be witnessed there.
Kolli hills offer long windy roads with no commercialisation and has almost 70 hairpin bends. The important and fun places to visit in this hill are Akaashaganga Waterfalls, Kolli Pavai Temple, Botanical Garden, Siddhar Caves, Boat House, Koyilur view point and Santhana Parai Valley.