5 Best Tourist Places To Visit Near Bangalore In 2021

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In our busy lives, taking a small break is always a good idea to get refreshed and what’s better than a quick weekend trip. 

If you are in or visiting Bangalore, you can plan so many trips around the garden city. Like Forts, Hills, Waterfalls, National parks, Resorts, etc. 

Bangaloreans have many options for short trips.

If you are planning your weekend trips other than Bangalore, Vellore would be best option to choose. Here are the 5 best places to visit in Vellore.

While each destination has its beauty, Here’s a list of 5 best tourist places to visit around Bangalore for a weekend trip for sightseeing.

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills around bangalore

Nandi Hills is a hill station in Karnataka, and 62 kms from Bangalore counted as one of the best places to visit around Bangalore. It is a destination for trekking and hiking. 

Most of the Bangalorean visit Nandi Hills during weekends to relax and spend some time with nature

You can enjoy the spectacular view of sunrise from the hilltop and also visit Tipu’s Drop, Tipu Sultan’s Fort, Brahmashram, Muddenahalli.

During the Chola period, Nandi Hills called Anandagiri, meaning The Hill of Happiness. 

  • Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
  • Distance: Approximately 62km from Bangalore 
  • The time during the Year: Between September to February.

Wonderla Amusement Park

Wonderla Amusement Park near Bangalore

Wonderla is the best amusement and water park in India. 

It is located in Mysore road around 30km from Bangalore. It is one of the best places to escape from a dull day. 

Wonderla has the widest variety of rides for all the age groups includes water rides like watery coasters, fun pools, beach-like wave pools, rain disco, water slides and more. 

They also have crazy rides like a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, Drop zone, Maverick, Flash tower and more. 

Choose an online ticket booking option to avoid standing in line for a long time. 

  • Timings: 11 am to 5 pm ( Friday, Saturday & Sunday )
  • Distance: Approximately 30km from Bangalore

Bannerghatta National Park

Bannerghatta is a biological reserve with a pet corner, zoo, Elephant Sanctuarya butterfly enclosure, animal rescue centre, safari park and snake house. 

The park offers safari excursions (People go in caged vehicles), and you can catch a glimpse of various animals, including tigers, bears, deer, elephants as well as monkeys. 

The one best part of Bannerghatta National Park is the small, well-defined zones for animals, which almost guarantees you will spot animals. 

It is one of the best places for photography and the most popular tourist places in Bangalore. 

  • Timings: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm ( Tuesday is Holiday )
  • The time during the year: October to February.
  • Distance: Approximately 28km from Bangalore


Kotilingeshwara Temple

A couple of hours drive from Bangalore, and you get the peaceful temple premises. 

Kotilingeshwara is one of the Religious sites located in the village of Kammasandra in Kolar district and has one of the largest Shivalinga in the world measuring 108 ft tall and 35 ft wide. Lord Nandi idol installed over a platform which is 60 feet tall.

The main attraction is Lord Shiva and Lord Nandi idol, surrounded by lakhs of small lingas spread over an area of 15 acres. 

It is a place expected to have one crore Shiva lingas. 

People often take a day trip to Kotilingeshwara from Bangalore as it is just a one and half hour drive. 

If you are visiting places near Bangalore, make sure this one is on your list.

  • Timings: 7:00am to 8:00pm  
  • Distance: Approximately 95km from Bangalore

Channapatna – The City Of Toys

Channapatna - The City Of Toys

Channapatna is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore with kids. 

The town is famous for its colourful wooden toys, and thus it is also known as the Toy Land of Karnataka. 

Other than that, the town is home to the oldest temple of Varadaraja which depicts the brilliance of Vijayanagara empire. 

As Channapatna is famous for wooden toys, kids would love visiting this place, not only kids, and Art lovers will fall in love with this place and toys. 

  • Distance: Approximately 67km from Bangalore. 

Bangaloreans are blessed to have such beautiful places to spend weekends with family and friends. 

If you are in Bangalore, you will never fall short of options. Why late? Choose the best place and escape to enjoy. Happy trip.

By Eduction Rithika is a Computer Engineer,Teacher, Digital Marketing Trainer and Consultant from Bangalore. She is passionate about Handicrafts and Artwork, but a born Foodie and Traveller likes to explore different places frequently.


  1. Thanks for your blog and this looks informative. Nandi hills is my favorite spot to spend a day with, those stunning views amidst the clouds will be remembered in one’s heart forever. Whomsoever visited this place can recollect anytime to stay alive and active. And I would love to visit the other places which seems attractive.

  2. I would like to visit nandi hills.when i reached bangalore, nandi hills was the first spot i heard of.and my friends are also interested to visit nandi hills.thank you for letting us know the timings.

  3. One of my favourite weekend getaways, Nandi Hills. I suggest every travel lover to visit Nandi Hills before sunrise to experience the chills of the fog and hot maggi with coffee. My experience was really good thank you for you blog, will be waiting for more suggestions.

  4. Akshay Babu V P Reply

    Thanks for the blog, the blog is very informative for the person who likes to travel. Bangalore is one of my favourite place to visit.The blog gives me great information about the places to visit in Bangalore.Nandi hills is one of my favourite place to visit in Bangalore.

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