Bangalore is one of the best places to live in not just because of the myriad job opportunities it provides but also because of its amazing weather. This city is famous for its gardens, parks, pubs, malls, and theatre. But did you know it has some amazing places nearby which make for a perfect weekend trip on your motorcycle? Bangalore is in close proximity to some of the stunning beaches, hills, wildlife, waterfalls, etc. So tune your bikes and get ready to ride to these 7 exciting places for an exciting weekend away from the hustle of traffic.
- Nandi Hills
Nandi hills is a weekend getaway that is popular among bikers as it is located about 60 km from Bangalore. One can reach this place via Devanahalli road and watching the sunrise is the main attraction of this destination. Start early so that you reach Nandi Hills before sunrise. The Tipu drop is a great viewpoint from which you can take in the stunning views of the city. Apart from that you can take leisure walks, enjoy a picnic or go camping. Discovery Village, Nandi Hills has a good camping ground where you can pitch tents are laze around.
One of the most favorite for road trips near Bangalore and is a must-visit destination for bikers is Mysore. It is around 150 km from Bangalore and the distance can be covered in 3 hours and is a great place for a relaxing 2-day trip. On the way to Mysore from Bangalore, one can visit the Srirangapatna Fort and see the River Kaveri flow majestically. There are many places of interest in Mysore, among them is the famous Mysore Palace, the Chamundi hills, the St Philomena’s church and for the religious people there is the Nanjangud temple. The Mysore zoo is also a place that should not be missed. While you are in the city don’t miss out trying the Mysore Masala Dosa.
This is another popular destination for bikers and is in close proximity to the city. Sakleshpur is a hill station in the Hassan district in the Western Ghats and is at a distance of 220 km from Bangalore. It is famous for the coffee, tea, and spice plantations and the mountain ranges are trekkers and bikers paradise. Visit the famous star-shaped Manjarabad Fort built by Tipu Sultan in 1792, ride to the Manjehalli Waterfall, go on the green route trek for its adventures and stunning ride, or simply ride to soak in the scenic view of this hill station.
This ancient village which has the ruins from the Vijayanagar Empire was declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. This place is a popular place for bikers though the ride is about 350 km or about 7 hours from Bangalore. The roads are good and hence makes for a wonderful drive. The Bangalore-Hyderabad highway is the shortest route to reach Hampi and it is best to start early to beat the morning traffic in Bangalore. To check out all the places of interest, one has to stay for at least 2 days. Some of the places to visit are Viripaksha Temple, Tungabhadra river and the Vittala Temple.
If you are in the mood to visit a beach, then there are many places nearby Bangalore and among them is the beautiful beaches of Mangalore. This port city of Karnataka is 350 km from Bangalore and is a 7 to 8-hour drive on a motorbike. The roads are good and there are some amazing scenic views on the way to this place. While in Mangalore you can visit the St Aloysius Church, Someshwara temple and the Someshwara beach. Don’t forget to taste the local Mangalore cuisine while you are there, it is famous for fish curries and Neer Dosas.
- Kolli Hills
The Kolli hills or the Kolli Malai is an offbeat destination which is famous as a trekking spot. It is a perfect place for 2 days Outing in Bangalore and will fully refresh you. This group of hills is located in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu and is 258 km from Bangalore. To reach these hills one has to maneuver some dangerous hairpin bends. Once you reach there are a few places to visit like the Arapaleeswarar Temple, botanical gardens, Agaya Gangai Waterfalls and the Siddhar caves.
- Kabini River
This place is located 200 km from Bangalore and should take about 6 hours including one or two stops. The roads to this destination are in good condition especially the NH 275 until Mysore so that makes biking to this place an enjoyable trip. On the way is the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary which is the home of Leopard and Elephants. The Kabini river is enchanting and to get the best from this visit, there are many resorts like the Discovery Village resort in Kabini which offers a relaxing stay after your adventurous ride.
The above options make for a wonderful motorcycle trip around Bangalore, just pick one and ride away this weekend!.