7 Best Day Treks & Hikes near Bengaluru

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Who doesn’t like a small getaway from their boring mundane lives and stress? Earlier around 5-6 years back, people often tended to go to party during weekends and restaurant outings to get away from their stresses. However, a lot of people now are taking things differently. People nowadays try connecting and interacting with nature more. A lot of natural activities like camping, rafting, trekking, mountain climbing, spring swimming, etc have become a rage in recent times. With the rise in popularity, many new trekking sites and hikes have come up in the subcontinent.

However, what most people like nowadays is a trek and hike site where it takes less time to experience the beauty and raunch of the magnificent hills and mountains. Nevertheless, there are a lot of such sites in and around Bengaluru. Here is a list of some of the best and most famous hikes and treks near Bengaluru to perfectly experience the beauty and grandeur of the Western Ghats.

1. Nandi Hills or Hikes:

Nandi Hills is undoubtedly one of the most famous trek sites near Bengaluru. The Nandi hills are one of the most exciting and breathtaking treks in Karnataka because of their splendid scenery. The Nandi Hills is around a 2–3-hour journey from Bengaluru City Centre and is situated in a series of hills comprising a small town at an altitude of 4841 ft. The remarkable tales about the secrets, history, culture and mythology of Nandi Hills weave its magic and makes it a must-visit for tourists planning to go for a day’s hikes. 

The beautiful sunrise and sunset from Nandi Hills are just a feast to the eyes. The major activities one can expect from this place include a number of them like trekking, camping, and cycling in addition to them, there are beautiful temples, lakes, and the famous summer retreat palace of Tipu Sultan which makes this place even more famous. The floating clouds from the top of Nandi Hills are a scene to behold and should be at least experienced once by everyone who wants to drown in the spotless sea of clouds.

2. Makalidurga Hikes:

The Makalidurga is another such famous spot for short-duration trekking in Bengaluru. Standing at a height of 4430 ft, the Makalidurga is a perfect choice for people looking for a short, enthralling trekking experience. The hikes of the Makalaidurga are mostly rocky and have multiple paths which lead to the top. It is a well-accessible place that lies around 60 km from Bengaluru city. It is a place that is best visited from September to February. Apart from the beautiful and splendid sceneries, the rich historic and cultural importance of Makalidurga makes it a must-visit.

 3. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta:

The Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta or the Ranganatha Swamy Betta is a very popular trek destination. Situated at a height of 3780 ft, it is one of the most comfortable treks near Bengaluru. The hill is named after the famous temple of Ranganatha Swamy at the top of the hill which also intrigues a lot of trek goers and makes this place a great experience on spiritual and cultural terms. 

The Bilikal Betta is around 60 km from Bengaluru and is easily accessible and is a perfect getaway for a short trip outside the city chaos. The place is also very famous for pilgrimage as every year lots of people flock to the hills in order to pray and worship at the Ranganatha Swamy Temple. A large number of trees and greens around the trek path makes it a calm and soothing yet thrilling experience.

 4. Madhugiri:

Madhugiri is a famous town in Karnataka which is famous for its second-largest monolithic rock hill in Asia. In recent times, Madhugiri has become a very famous trekking and hiking spot and people from far away visit this place for the enthralling trekking experience and to see the hill as well. Being at a distance of around 100 km from Bengaluru, it is much far from the chaos of the city and hence is a nice place for trekking and camping for people who are trying to find solace.  It lies at an altitude of around 3930 ft. A lot of people also come here for the fort that lies at the top of the hill and is a famous tourist attraction.

5. Devarayanadurga:

Devarayanadurga is another temple-clad rocky hill that is 70 km from Bengaluru. Famous for its temples of Lord Narasimha on the top and foot of the hill, it has hence become a sight of great pilgrimage as well. The hill is also an exciting spot for trekkers and hikers, with an elevation of around 3940 ft. This place has an ethereal beauty and the rocky surface makes it an exciting and thrilling climb for trekkers.

6. Anthargange:

The Anthargange is a very famous place in Karnataka for pilgrims and trekkers alike. A lot of tourists every year flock to the place. In order to witness the ethereal beauty and cultural significance of the place. Situated at a distance of 80 km from Bengaluru city, Anthargange is immensely popular for the Anthargange caves and temples. The trek is at an altitude of around 4050 ft and many people come to experience the serene beauty. The Anthargange caves are located at the top of the hill and take an hour’s walk from the temple. Thus making up most of the trek.

7. Savandurga hikes:

The Savandurga hike is extremely popular because of the feat it has achieved. This Hill is considered among the largest monolithic hills in Asia, placed above the Madhugiri in the list. The other temple-clad hill in Karnataka, much like many such hills in this list, is at an elevation of 4022 feet. Being at a distance of 48 km from Bengaluru city, it is highly accessible and one of the shortest treks. The Savandurga hills hold a great religious and cultural significance for the people all around. 

Not just this, this is also one of the most famous and exciting treks in all of Karnataka. Savandurga is a must-visit for people who are looking for spiritual bliss.

These places in this list are a few of the many such beautiful hills for treks and hikes in India. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and should not be missed at any cost!

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