Charming Hill Stations Near Bangalore

Savandurga Hills

A weekend getaway is what all of us crave for after a hectic week. After all, the best way to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the alluring beauty of nature is to head to a nearby hill station. And if you are in  Bangalore, consider yourself lucky as there are plenty of hill stations located nearby which are perfect destinations to spend time away from the bustling cities. Owing to the well-connected roads and several transportation facilities, most of the hill stations in Bangalore are easily accessible.

Some of the most stunning hill stations near Bangalore that you shouldn’t miss are:

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Top 6 Places to Visit Near Bangalore:

  1. Nandi Hills
  2. Horsley Hills
  3. Savandurga Hill
  4. Anthargange
  5. Yelagiri
  6. Yercaud

1. Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills

A hidden paradise amidst natural beauty and mesmerizing surroundings, Nandi Hills is one of the best hill stations near Bangalore within 100 kilometres for a weekend getaway. Located at a short distance of 60 kilometres from Bangalore, Nandi Hills has some scenic viewpoints and houses few temples as well. The hill station has acquired its name from the statue of Lord Nandi built on the top of the hills. This pristine place is not just about pleasant weather and scenic beauty but tourists can indulge in enthralling activities like cycling and paragliding.

Major tourist attractions: Tipu’s Drop, Tipu’s Summer Residence, Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Amrita Sarovar and Brahmashram.
Best time to visit: October to June

 2. Horsley Hills

Horsley

It is an ideal location to enjoy the beauty of the hills and witness nature in its full glory. It is located near the Andhra Pradesh – Karnataka border at a distance of around 160 kilometres from Bangalore. Owing to its mesmerizing beauty, Horsley Hills is also referred to as the “Ooty of Andhra Pradesh”. This place is home to the oldest Eucalyptus Tree and the largest Banyan tree. Also, the place is adorned with lush green forests and more than 100 species of birds.

When in Horsley hills enjoy enthralling activities like rappelling, shooting, zorbing, trampoline, bow and arrow, wall climbing, among others.

Major tourist attractions: Gali Banda (Windy Rock), Eucalyptus tree Kalyan,  Gangotri Lake, Horsley Hill Zoo, and  Mallamma Temple.
Best time to visit: February to May

3. Savandurga Hill

Located just 50 kilometres away from Bangalore, Savandurga is one of the largest monolith hills in Asia. Savandurga hill is formed by two hills, Billigudda (white hill) and Karigudda (black hill). A trek to Billigudda is popular among tourists owing to its gentle slopes. The picturesque views from the top are a treat to the eyes and heart. This quaint hill station is a haven for trekkers, and adventure enthusiasts. Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swami and Narasimha Swami temple, located in the foothills, attracts thousands of tourists every year. Manchanabele Dam is a must-visit spot to enjoy several water sports.

Major tourist attractions: Billigudda trek, Manchanabele Dam Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swami and Narasimha Swami temple.
Best time to visit: February to May

 4. Anthargange

Another popular trekking spot located about 70 kilometres away from Bangalore, Anthargange is situated at an altitude of 1712 meters above sea level. Anthargange is renowned for trekking trails, clock climbing and cave exploration. There is a freshwater spring which flows throughout the year and adds to the charm of this place. Surrounded by lush green forests, this place is the epitome of beauty. Anthargange trek is a moderate trek and ideal for beginners to enjoy the beauty of the place and experience cave exploring. Tourists can also spend a night in the cave. Kashi Vishweshwara Temple is a famous temple that draws crowds from across the country.

Best time to visit: October to March

5. Yelagiri

Yelagiri
Yelagiri

This serene hill station situated in Vellore is a hidden treasure of South India. With numerous lake, both man-made and natural, sunset points, parks and temples, Yelagiri is a perfect destination to spend some quality time with your loved ones away from the hustle-bustle of the cities. Yelagiri is surrounded by dense forests which are home to different species of flora and fauna. This hill station is also a popular tourist spot for adventure activities like hiking, trekking, paragliding and mountain climbing. To promote these activities, the Tamil Nadu Government has started the Yelagiri adventure camp. This place remains less crowded throughout the year making it a perfect getaway near Bangalore. Also, Yelagiri is popular for the local honey which is known to be one of the purest kinds in the market.

Major tourist attractions: Yelagiri adventure camp, Jalagamparai Falls, The Punganoor Lake, nature Park, SwamiMalai Hill, Velavan Temple, Nilavoor Lake, The Murugan temple and Moksha Vimochana Temple.
Best time to Visit: November to February

6. Yercaud

Yercaud
Yercaud

This little town at a distance of around 228 kilometres from Bangalore is one of the best hill stations to spend your weekend. Nestled in the Shevaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is blessed with the enchanting beauty of nature and lovely weather all round the year. The major highlight of this place is the Summer festival which is dedicated to Lord Servarayan and is celebrated in May. Tourists can enjoy a plethora of adventure activities like boat rides, trekking and hiking.

Yercaud is also known for its different plantations. Some of which are coffee, cardamom, black pepper, guava, orange, jackfruit among others. With a rich diversity of flora, fauna and alluring beauty, Yercaud is a great choice for a relaxing getaway near Bangalore. 

Major tourist attractions: Emerald Lake, Killiyur Falls, Bear’s cave, Pagoda point,  Lady’s seat, Botanical garden, Annamalaiyar Temple viewpoint, Tippery Viewpoint, Anna Park and Shevaroy temple.
Best time to visit: October to June

There are numerous other hill stations near Bangalore like Chikmagalur, Coorg, Kemmangundi, Wayand, and Bellikkal among others. These breathtaking locations are ideal to enjoy a one-day getaway from Bangalore and spend your weekend in nature’s lap.

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