There are many interesting tourist places near Bangalore, whether you're after an escape from city life or are a newcomer who wants to spend a day enjoying the abundant beauty of Mother Nature. These tourist attractions are listed in order of their distance from Bangalore. Do note that this article has two pages, so don't overlook clicking on "Next" on the bottom right hand side to read the full contents.
1. Bannerghatta National Park
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Located 22 kilometers (14 miles) from Bangalore, this beautiful national park is home to one of the richest natural zoological reserves, with 10 reserve forests within its boundaries. It's situated in picturesque surroundings and has a wide variety of fauna. Among the attractions are the crocodiles, picnic corner, a serpentarium, pets corner, and lion safari. The Butterfly Park here is the first one in India. Elephant rides are also possible, usually on weekends.
2. Dodda Alada Mara
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Dodda Alada Mara is a big banyan tree, located 28 kilometers (17 miles) from Bangalore at Ramohalli. This gigantic tree is assumed to be 400 years old, sprawling over 3 acres.
3. Neeladri Amusement ParkThis amusement park, 28 kilometers (17 miles) from the city, is a combination of a water park and a theme park. It's set on 30 acres of sprawling landscape, located off Hosur Road, behind Electronic City .
Wonder La, the amusement park, is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Bangalore, on Mysore Road. Incorporating the latest technologies, the park offers several excitements to visitors. Its features also include dry rides and wet rides. This can be an ideal place for spending weekends not only for the kids, but for all age groups. A resort opened there recently.
5. MuthyalamaduvuThis famous picnic spot, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Bangalore in Anekal, has an enchanting waterfall and a small temple. It's also known as Pearl Valley. Muthyalu means "pearls" and maduvu means "pond" or "pool" in Kannada, the local language of Karnataka.
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Located 49 kilometers (30 miles) south west of Bangalore, Ramanagaram is a great place for adventure seekers and rock climbers. Another attraction in Ramanagaram is the silk cocoon marketing center.
Shivaganga, located 56 kilometers (35 miles) from Bangalore is an interesting hill with four faces and a height of 4,600 feet. It's also known as Dakshin Kashi. The hill looks like a Nandi
from the east, Ganesh
from the west, a linga
from the south, and cobra with its hood spread from the north side. The hill has two famous shrines, dedicated to Lord Gangadeshwara and Goddess Honnadevi, and a fresh water spring called Pathala Ganga.
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Situated 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bangalore, this place is famous for the Savandurga Hill and the temple. Savandurga is formed by two hills known locally as Karigudda (black hill) and Biligudda (white hill). It's believed to be one of the largest monolith hills in the world.
9. Nandi Hills
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Nandi Hills, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bangalore, is a beautiful hill fortress. It was one of the popular retreats of Tipu Sultan, known as the Tiger of Mysore. Tipu's Drop, a 600 meter high cliff face, provides a magnificent panoramic view of the beautiful terrain. Nandi Hills is a highly popular getaway destination of Bangaloreans to beat the heat of the sun during the summer. Those who reach the top of the hill by climbing the 1,175 steps are rewarded with a splendid view of the city.
10. DevarayadurgaDevarayadurga, 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Bangalore, is a hill station in Tumkur. It's a good place for trekking and rock climbing. Apart from Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple built in Dravidian style, Namadha chilume -- a natural spring coming of the surface of the rock -- is also there.