Top 15 Places to Visit near Bangalore during the Monsoon Season

The monsoon season is a time of great joy and excitement. There are numerous beautiful places to visit near Bangalore or Bengaluru during the monsoon season that will take you in the lap of nature. From the mesmerizing jog falls to the lush environs of Ooty, there is all the new dimension of attractions to be explored near Bangalore during monsoon. In fact there are some of the best monsoon treks in Western Ghats that could be undertaken at this time of the year near Bangalore.

Here are the top 15 places to visit near Bangalore

Jog Falls

Jog Falls: places to visit near bangalore

The Jog Falls is one of the best known waterfalls adorning the state of Karnataka. The falls have the distinction of being the 7th deepest in the world and second largest in India and are a great picnic spot.

The Jog falls are fed by the majestic Sharavathi River which then cascades down into four falls-Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket. Falling from a height of 253 m, the falls have an irresistible charm bedecked by its picturesque surroundings and lush verdure, which enhances its aura.

The falls were earlier known by the name Joger Gersoppa Falls. They are accessed by a wonderful 1400 step pathway, leading to the bottom of the hill from where you can have breathtaking views. The areas surrounding the falls are great for trekking and exploring. The deafening sound of the gush of the water along with the enveloping mist is thoroughly rejuvenating. The falls are well connected by roads and are a must visit place with your family and friends.

Plan your short escape to Jog Falls from Bangalore with this tour package

Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur

Often referred to as the “Coffee Land”, Chikmagalur is a beautiful haven of pepper estates, dense forests and coffee plantations. Located around 250 kilometers from Bangalore, the destination is wonderfully nestled in the Bada Budan Hills. The quaint town is full of most exotic views and is surrounded by streams, hills, valleys and rivers.

Encircled by rugged mountains and wild paths that wind through the serpentine hills, the place is also excellent for trekking and enjoying the rustic natural beauty and the music of nature. Other attractions, which enhance the beauty of the area and are worth exploring are the Mullayyanagiri range, Kemmmanagundi Hills, Muthodi National Park and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

Chikmagalur is widely perceived to be one of the must visit places in South India and its beauty naturally justifies this distinction.

Know more about Chikamangalur here

Skandagiri

Skandagiri: best places to visit near bangalore

This amazing place is a perfect escape from the urban chaos and into the lush of the nature. The site is home to many scenic views and also a bit of adventure. Trekking is one of the most famous activity here with routes full of most verdant delights and adorned with an ancient fort ruins which date back to 18th century.

Skandagiri is located around 60 kilometers from Bangalore and frequently visited by families and adventure hikers from the town. One of the special highlights at Skandagiri is the option of night trekking which is extremely popular with the youngsters.

The best time to visit Skandagiri is during the winter months when the whole ambience is surrounded in a magical mist and becomes exceedingly romantic.

Savandurga

Savandurga in Karnataka

The site of Savandurga is made up of two hills, Karigugga and Billigudda and is said to be one of highest monolithic hills in Asia. Located about 60 kilometers to the west of Bangalore, Savandurga is situated at a height of 1,200 meters above sea level. The site is a great place for groups and couples to enjoy secluded and peaceful spot while adventurers have their own excuse to visit it as one of the most excellent places to hike and traverse. At the foot of hills, flows the beautiful Arkavathi River whereas the wonderful Narsimhaswamy Temple is another draw.

The hill of Savandurga also has a number of natural caves which are worth exploring. In monsoons, it gets covered in mesmerizing greens which presents another facet of Savandurga. The place is also visited by pilgrims to visit Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy.

Shivanasamudra Falls

Shivanasamudra Falls

The sight of Shivanasamundra Falls is worth seeing in monsoons, during which the water swells up and show it itself with a gusto, being fed by the rain. During this time the falls literally appears like the great Niagara Falls, forming spectacular cascades. Falling from a stunning height of 320 feet, the charm of Shivanasamundra Falls is simply inescapable.

Before falling, the fall splits into two- Gaganachukki falls and Bharachukki falls which are about 5 kilometers apart. It is a wonderful spot to experience the majesty of the nature and feel the freshness of the cool sprinkles from the gush.

In addition to simply enjoying the ambience, visitors can also swim in the cool waters. A major highlight of the area here is the hydro plant which one of the first electric power projects in Asia.

Kunti Betta

Kunti Betta, Karnataka

Overlooking the city of Padavpura, Kunti Betta is a formation of two rocky hills, located about 100 kilometers from Bangalore. These hills were earlier known as French Rocks by the British and their name is based on a Mahabharata legend. It is said that the place is named after Kunti- the mother of the legendary warriors Pandavas and as they came about this place on their exile, she grew fond of its natural beauty.

The hills afford a magnificent view of the beautiful city below. And during monsoons, the surroundings enliven even further with flowers, lakes, farms as well as backwaters of Tonnur Kere.

Moreover, on your way up to the hills, you will come across Kunti Kola, which is a deep rock depression with a large footprint like formation, known in the local folklore as Bheemana Pada. In general, the place is an excellent destination to enjoy trekking, nature walks,

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills

Located approximately 60 kilometers from the city of Bangalore, Nandi Hills is an amazing tourist draw that has many attractions. The hills were once, one of the favorite Summer Retreats of Tipu Sultan and then the British. Famous for its exquisite sunrise and sunset points, the hills are also a favorite haunt for trekking and paragliding.

Besides, there are several places you can visit in Nandi Hills, including Amrita Sarovar, Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Nehru Nilaya, Tipu Sultan’s Residence, Nandi Temple and Bhramashram etc. On the other hand there is plenty of scope for adventurers too. Visitors can enjoy paragliding, cycling, biking as well as mountain climbing.

A destination that offers so much should be a must visit place. One can visit Nandi Hills during any time of the year, since each season has its own charm that beautifies the place in its unique way.

Dandeli

Dandeli

A destination blessed with many charms, Dandeli is a nature lover’s paradise, located at a distance of six and a half hour drive from Bangalore. There is something for every kind of visitor to indulge in. From visiting Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary to Kavala caves and from Kulgi Nature camp to Shiroli peak, a traveler can enjoy many things. Also for adrenalin junkies, there is a scope for jeep safari and trekking in the region. But white water rafting is the highlight of Dandeli which is extremely popular.

Located on the banks of the Kali River, Dandeli is abundant with dense forests and plenty of rainfall. Besides rafting and trekking, visitors can also enjoy rappelling, kayaking and angling.

Ooty

Ooty Hill Station

The charm of any place near Bangalore during the monsoon season is incomplete without the mention of Ooty. Sitting beautifully atop the Western Ghats, at a height of 2,240 meters above sea level, Ooty is a dream like place, especially as a honeymoon destination.

The surroundings are not only exotically lush, but the weather and sights literally enthrall your spirit to the point of intoxication. There are many attractions you can explore in Ooty. There is an exquisite Botanical Garden on the slopes of the Doddabetta peak where you can explore the floral wealth of Ooty, while you will certainly relish peaceful moments on the bank of Ooty, Avalanche and Emerald Lakes. On the other hand the charms of Pykara River, Madhumalai National Park, the Tea factory and Toda Huts are unique in their own way.

The sights of low-lying clouds, refreshing air and cool weather are amazing enough to make Ooty your favorite spot to visit during monsoons.

Plan your trip to Ooty from Bangalore with this tastefully crafted 5 days 4 nights Bangalore Mysore Ooty tour package.

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens

Beautifully exhibiting symmetrical design and well-manicured flora, Brindavan Gardens are world renowned for their creative appeal. Drawing a heavy influence from the Kashmir’s Shalimar Gardens, the Brindavan Gardens are embellished with lush gardens, exotic patches of trees, beautiful arrays of seasonal flowers, shrubs besides graceful streams and cascading waterways.

In the evening, the appearance of Brindavan Gardens become all the more resplendent with musical foundation, illuminating the skies. Another attraction is the man-made pond that lures you with all its charm. Visit this amazing man-made splendor to enjoy your monsoon holiday to the full.

Mandalpatti

Mandalpatti

Mandalpatti is a hidden gem of Coorg that house great draws for an excellent monsoon holiday. Located 20 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Madikeri which again is some 250 kms from Bangalore, Mandalpatti remains largely unexplored, lending it a virgin allure. This exotic, fog-covered mountain destination, changes its appeal completely during the monsoons, making it not only spectacular, but very much worth the trip.

Mandalpatti may have tricky climbs, slippery hill side and dangerous curves which may present an obstacle but nevertheless, magnificent views of the Pushpagiri Hills, the dreamy waterfalls and scenic locals very much compensates this stumbling block.

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Masinagudi

Masinagudi

To fully enjoy the amazing treat and views which the monsoons in India afford, then Masinagudi is a place to be. Located on the foothills of the exquisite Nilgiris, the place is brimming with most verdant lush.

Masinagudi is known for the largest tiger population in India and there are many areas restricted by the authorities. But this only enhances its allure and thrill to visit this place. Enjoy your holiday riding on the elephant’s back or revel in nature walks along the beaten tracks of the jungle. Accommodation options are also available in the vicinity to let visitors have a firsthand experience of the living in a jungle.

This amazing place can be enjoyed as a destination for a family vacation as well as a welcome escape with your friends.

Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak, Wayanad

Wayanad is one of the top destinations in Kerala, known for its exclusive beauty and exotic verdure. Chembra Peak, adorning Wayanad and located at a height of 2,100 meters above sea level is a perfect stop if you are a nature and adventure lover.

The peak is an ideal place to enjoy trekking. It takes nearly 3 hours to reach at top and the route will simply mesmerize your soul. There is also an amazing lake at the top, called Hridaya Saras, which is believed to have never dried up.

The best time to visit Chembra Peak is during the monsoons when everything freshens up with a new life. This is also one of the must visit places which will enthrall you to the core.

Nisargadhama Islands

Nisargadhama Islands

This beautiful, man-made island on the banks of the River Cauvery is an outstanding tourist spot. Surrounded by idyllic scenes, its situation near the verdant region of Coorg makes it perfect vacation hot spot for travelers and excursionists. One of its major highlights, the Eco Park, which is located approximately 2 kilometers from here, is accessed through a hanging bridge.

The island is enveloped by an exquisite forest of teak, rosewood and bamboo groves. The island also has a zoo, a deer park and tourists can also enjoy elephant rides, boat rides and have an experience of living in a tree house. The island is nevertheless a great stopover for a group or a family holiday. The best time to visit Nisargadhama Islands is between October and May.

Kudremukh and Coffee Estates

Kudremukh and Coffee Estates

One of the wonderful treasures of Karnataka, the Kudremukh and Coffee Estates have the promise of an excellent tourist destination with its immense beauty and wonderful attractions.

The region is adorned with charming dense forests, beautiful flowing streams, captivating waterfalls and alluring coffee plantations. The weather is salubriously perfect and there is plenty of opportunities to indulge in fun and adventure or just revel in elegant homestays.

Kudremukh is also perceived as a trekking paradise. The long walks with no definite trails is a unique adventure in itself. On the other hand, Kudremukh National Park and Bhadra National Park have their own charm. Overflowing with exotic natural beauty, the region of Kudremukh is one of the most awesome monsoon getaways situated near Bangalore.

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Mayank Chawla

Born in New Delhi, India, Mayank grew up admiring, perceiving and then embracing the vastly complex, colorful and paradoxical nature of the Indian Society, which further led him to accommodate and appreciate the tremendous diversity of world. This admiration brought him to travel writing to share his thoughts and personal experiences with readers and travel enthusiasts at large to make them enjoy the wonderful beauty of the world as he sees it. Mayank also reviews books and can be reached through his website at http://www.themayankchawla.com/.

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