Latest posts by Meenakshi (see all)
The ultimate destination for party-lovers and youngsters, Bangalore is fast becoming an important tourist destination in India. The city is also known for being the nation’s information technology hub, in addition to housing superpowers like ISRO. The capital of Karnataka is known for its beautiful climate, famous eating joints and night clubs. The city also offers the finest cuisines and street food which is ideal for spending some time here. While touring the city, don’t forget to visit Cubbon Park, Vidhan Souda and Brigade Road, among a host of other important places. Bangalore is the most ideal place for trekking, as it offers a range of suitable landscapes and a favourable weather to carry out this activity. There are four locations which offer you the best experience and one must not miss trekking in these few places while on a trip to Bangalore.
One of the best opportunities for trekking is Tadiandamol Trek. The trek takes people to the lofty and magnanimous Western Ghat. It takes place in Coorg, a place in Karnataka. As people climb higher up the mountains, they will be able to see a transition in the vegetation, from dense and impenetrable jungles to grasslands. The place also happens to be the home to a rich variety of fauna. As people traverse through the mountains, they will also encounter many pilgrimage sites and waterfalls on their way. The program offers pick up and drop from and to the hotel. The itinerary involves a visit to the Chelavara Falls and ultimately to the trekking site. Tourists will be served lunch during the course of their activity. They will also be offered a beautiful dinner alongside a warm bonfire. The tour also comprises of activities like river rafting. People can go to pilgrimage sites like Bhagamandala also. However, before leaving for the trek, please ensure that the shoes are sturdy and have a good grip. Adequate water is also a must to keep oneself hydrated during the entire journey.
Another exciting tour across the lofty mountains is offered by Kumara Parvatha Trek. It promises to be challenging yet a memorable activity. A three-day trip, the trek starts from the mountain summit, known as Pushpagiri. It is known to be one of the most challenging terrains in South India. The trek starts soon after a coach picks all the tourists up from Bangalore and drives them to a small town near the base of the hill. The first stage of the trek takes people through an easily-negotiable path leading to Battar Mane. Then the next stage of the trek to Kumara Parthava begins. It is after crossing Kallu Mantapa that you encounter the most difficult part of the trek. With steep climbs and a difficult terrain, the trek becomes a real challenge. Trekkers are supposed to ascend and descend halfway down the terrain on the same day. Supplemented with a pleasing and filling lunch and dinner meal, the trek will be a great experience for everyone.
For a short but memorable trek, Kuntibetta Trek is ideal. The trekking takes place on Pandavapura, a hill where, legend has it, the Pandavas resided after their exile from Indraprastha. The beauty of the hill is enhanced by a lake that hides behind the hill, making the entire location very beautiful and picturesque. The trek may be a short one, but it does not guarantee that people won’t find hurdles. There are places where the terrain becomes especially difficult to cross. But then, that is the real fun of trekking – facing challenges. For people who desire to be a part of this trek, they will first have to pass a fitness test, since the climb is quite challenging. For the purpose of the trek, there are some essential things that everyone show carry – a water bottle and good quality shoes. People may also be subject to scorching sunlight, hence, carry goggles and sunscreens. A coach will carry the guests to the site of the trek. As one starts the trek, the beautiful view all around is sure to impress them. The lake at the summit of the hill makes the place look all the more beautiful. People will also encounter many bushy patches on the way and they will have to crawl through it. This just increases the fun of trekking here. Upon reaching the destination, relax and have a great time admiring the view from the top.
One of the most popular locations in the outskirts of Bangalore is Ramanagara. The place is known for being the shooting site of the legendary movie Sholay. It is for this reason that the place attracts tourists in great numbers. The place is filled with hills which gives it a beautiful scenic view. It is, indeed, an ideal destination for people who love trekking. Another interesting fact about the area is that when viewed from a particular angle, the hills in this region are said to resemble some Hindu Gods. Thus, this place is religiously very significant and sees a lot of devotees throughout the year. Ramanagara is also an ideal location for bird-watching, as one can find countless species of birds here, like Egyptian and Indian vultures. So as people trek, they can also watch out for some of the most amazing bird species that they might have seen. Leopards and bears can also be easily spotted in the hills.
Interestingly, many of the cliffs in this area have been named after the characters of the film Sholay. So it makes the experience all the more enjoyable. The climb isn’t particularly very treacherous, but people must watch out for some challenges on the way. It is important that guests carry water with them to keep themselves hydrated. They should also carry sun glasses and sun screen to protect themselves from the harsh sunlight. Good quality trekking shoes are a prerequisite for any trekking expedition. In order to do the activity, you need to be physically fit. So ensure that you don’t have any breathing problems. A quick warm up before embarking on the trek is recommended as it warms the body and preps it for physical activity.
These four are some of the best places for trekking in Bangalore. Tourists are at the leisure to choose from whichever trek or try out all of the sites, in case people are very passionate about the sport. It is indeed one of the best ways to spend a holiday in Bangalore.