Bangalore is Garden City and Silicon Valley, but the adventurous citizens here love the hills, mountains and valleys of the real kind. They grab every opportunity to get away from the hectic lifestyle to experience the serenity that nature offers. Here are some of the Top Hill Stations around Bangalore to escape the heat and embrace bliss. Head to the hills!
Biligiriranga Hills, commonly called B R Hills, connects the Eastern and Western Ghats. Famous for the BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, a tiger reserve, its home to elephants, bison, deer, leopards and of course tigers. A 500 years old famous Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple is at the highest peak of the hill range, on the white cliff (biligiri) which gives the hill its name. Trekking, Camping, Jeep Safari, Angling, River Rafting, Bird Watching and Wildlife Photography are some of the activities offered here.
Distance from Bangalore: 182 km
Best time to Visit: October to May.
Nandi Hills also known as Nandidurg or Nandi Betta, is an ancient hill fortress, that resembles a sleeping bull. It’s at close proximity to Bangalore and therefore frequented by folks for day trips and picnicking. The hills gained popularity during the Tipu Sutan reign and later became a summer retreat for the British. Tipu’s drop, Tipu’s summer palace, ancient temples, Gandhi house, Amruth Sarovar are the popular attractions that can be visited in Nandi Hills. Cycle up the hill , take up a trekking trail or simply enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise.
Distance from Bangalore: 58 km
Best time to visit: October to June
Tucked away in Andhra Pradesh Horsley Hills remains one of the serene and unexplored hill stations. Visit the Koudinya Wildlife Sanctuary for sightings of wild dogs, bears, sambar deers, and panthers. The major tourist places around Horsley hills are Lake Gangotri, Highview Point, Gali Banda, Environmental Park and the Horsley Hills Museum. Zorbing, trekking and rappelling are conducted here. Thimmamma Marrimaanu – the world's biggest banyan tree, located close by is a natural wonder.
Distance from Bangalore: 150 km
Best time to visit: December to March
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Yelagiri in Tamil Nadu is still untouched by commercialization. Is a cluster of 14 hamlets that spreads across 4 mountains, which is mainly inhabited by tribals. Stroll around the orchards and flower gardens at the foothills, Enjoy some recreational boating Punganoor Lake, visit The Velavan Temple, Jalagamparai Waterfalls or go paragliding, rock climbing and hiking.
Distance from Bangalore: 170km
Best time to visit: September to May
Located in the Shevaroy range of hills, Yercaud derives its name from the lake located at its center. In Tamil, Yeri means lake and Kaadu means forest. The lake also happens to be the most popular tourist spot that’s enveloped by gardens and trees on all sides and boating facilities on the lake are provided. Emerald Lake, Anna Park, Lady's Seat, Shevaroy Temple, Small Lake, Bear's Point, Pagoda Point, Killiyur Falls 9especially during monsoons) and Botanical Garden are places of interest.
Distance from Bangalore: 228km
Located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, pleasant, temperate climate and abundant natural sights have made this hill station popular among tourists in the recent years. Chikmagalur literally means The Land of the Younger Daughter, is where coffee was first cultivated in India. Hikers frequent the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary where one can trek up the tallest mountain in Karnataka – the Mulyangiri. One could saili and kayak in the Bhadra River,take a coffee plantation tour, picnic at Hanumana Gundi Waterfalls or hike up Baba Budangiri.
Distance from Bangalore: 245 kms
The land of the Kodavas, also known as Kodagu, is located in the Western Ghats. Coorg with its misty hills, tea – coffee-spice plantations, fruit groves and breathtaking views is an ultimate holiday destination. There are a range of activities in offer. Spot wildlife on jeep safaris at Pushpagiri Wildlife and Nagarhole National Park, Trek & camp at Tadiandamol, the highest peak of Coorg, Iruppu, Abbey and Mallalli waterfalls captivate with their cascading glory, while Talacauvery, the origin of the River Cauvery, is a holy site thronged by devotees. The Dubara Elephant Camp is a must do.
Distance from Bangalore: 260 kms
Best time to visit: October to March
Ooty or Udhagamandalam is set amidst the Nilgiri Hills (Blue Mountains) of the Western Ghats was originally a tribal land occupied by the Todas. With magnificent mountains, lovely lakes, dense forests, and tea plantations make this a welcome destination. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, and Emerald Lake are popular places. Hiking to Doddabetta Peak could be tried but a ride on the mini-train of Ooty Mountain Railway which runs from here to Coonoor is not to be missed.
Distance from Bangalore: 265kms
Best time to visit: March to June
Wayanad stands on the lowermost edge of the Deccan Plateau. The name Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu which means the land of paddy fields. Cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices are produced here. Chembra peak, Banasura Peak, the Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Cave and Thirunelli Temple are few of the numerous attractions around Wayanad. Karalad Lake offers zip-line, angling, archery, paintball and water zorbing.
Distance from Bangalore: 280kms
Best time to visit: November to April
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