The buzzing city has cool nicknames as it offers so much to a variety of people living in it. Be Garden City, Air Conditioned City or IT city, Bengaluru stands true to its given names. Apart from being home to MNCs and IT companies, there are various aspects around the city which define its history, natural beauty, culture and cuisine.
Things to do
For those looking for a wilderness escape, beach, treks and forest visits are the best places to do so. The state of Karnataka is blessed with a coastline and evergreen Western Ghats. One of the top treks that brings out the best of Western ghats is Kodachadri trek.
Kodachadri hills are located in the Mookambika Wildlife sanctuary in Shimoga district. The trek is known for its refreshing and surreal summit views. Located at 1343 m, this trek is considered to be the toughest trek in Karnataka.
One can travel via road from Bengaluru to the base village of Nittur(413km), either by private vehicle or local buses. The entire trek consists of waterfalls, streams, tropical rainforests and open green patches.
The Kodachadri trek is best done during monsoons when the terrain is slippery and prone to leeches and other insects hence rating it moderate on the scale of difficulty. The Moola Mookambika temple is situated in the premises from where the summit is just 2 kms away.
Apart from the scenic views, if one gets lucky they might spot wild animals during their trek. The summit view of mountains meeting the sea makes it worth the demanding climb and wash away all your exhaustion.
Moving towards the south Madikeri (Coorg) is a well known hill station in India popular for its pleasant weather and exquisite coffee plantations. Coorg is also home to Abbey waterfalls, Dubare elephant Camp, Tadiandamol trek, the largest Tibetan Buddhist learning center Namdroling, Madikeri Fort, Iruppu Falls, Nalku Nadu Place and many camping sites. It is 252 kms from Bengaluru which can be accessed by road and rail(Mangalore).
Coming to the historic city of Mysore. It is approximately 140 kms from Bengaluru. The historic city is well connected by road, rail and arrays to other main cities in India. This was a former province of Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore.
The beautiful palaces and heritage sites in the city adds value to its beauty and tourism. The palaces are still intact with their intricate details and designs depicting the royalty of the region.
It is the second largest city in Karnataka after Bengaluru residing the Mysore Palace, Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens, BRT Sanctuary, several galleries, museums and churches. The city is also known for its top quality silk and sandalwood.
Explore the city
Moving closer to the city of Bangalore, Ramanagara is here to offer the best of nature at just within 65 kms. The quaint quiet district of Ramanagara is known for its camping sites, trekking, relaxing resorts, National Parks and silk cocoon market.
The district is known to be the silk capital of India. Treks like Handi Gundi Betta, Huthridurga, Anjanadari hills, Narayangiri etc are perfect one day treks for a break from city life.
The resorts like Shilhaandara, Discovery Village, Hill view resort offer one day packages for family day out or corporate team outings. These packages also include meals, adventurous activities and tent stays.
Bengaluru itself has history and culture embedded deep in its roots. Some of it may be displayed in museums and art galleries around the city. Revisit history in KempeGowda Fort, The Bull Temple, Bengaluru Palace, The Government Museum, Karnataka Folk Museum, Thavakkal Mastan Dargah and St. Mary’s Basilica Church.
The city has more than 1200 gardens within its limits. Do visit the Electronic City, Whitefield and Koramangala areas and transcend yourself into a high-tech dimension.
Taste amazing foods
If you are looking to tingle your taste buds, Vineyards and Wineries are the best place to visit and spend your day tasting varied wines. There are one day packages at such Vineyards including wine tasting, factory visits, grape stomping and watching the sunset sipping red through your glass.
Some of the well known recommended wineries around Bengaluru are; Big Banyan Vineyard, Kinvah Vineyards, Bangalore Soma Vineyards etc.
Visit local markets
Lastly, to truly experience a place’s culture, you have got to visit its local markets and taste their cuisine. Shop at these street markets where you can find almost anything; Brigade Road near M.G Road, Commercial street, Jayanagar 4th Block, Chickpet Market, Shivaji Market and many more.
Do not forget to try the famous Bangalorean Filter Coffee, Bisi Bele Bhat, Idli Sambar, Bun Nippat, momos never ending finger licking dishes.