Bangalore, a city and capital in the southern state of Karnataka, India is surrounded by beautiful hill stations. It will take just a day to visit these famous hill stations which when you visit you will be in the midst of the nature and also spend a quiet an excursion when you visit with family. Here are some of the nearby hill stations which one can visit from Bangalore as a short day trip.
a) Coorg: Aptly named as the Scotland of India, Coorg is situated around 265KMs from Bangalore. A journey to Coorg takes around 5hours and this is one of the most visited hill stations nearby to Bangalore. It is one of the top tourist destinations for Karnataka tourism and it is the place where the holy river Cauvery originates. Some of the popular places to visit in Coorg include Talacauvery, Madikeri, Abbey Falls, Dubare forest camp etc. Coorg is rich in flora and fauna due to its surroundings. It has 3 wildlife sanctuaries and 1 national park where you find some of the exotic wildlife. Adding to this, Coorg has pleasant weather throughout the year which makes it the best destination to visit. However, the rainy season must be avoided as this is one of the wettest places in Karnataka.
b) Chikmagalur:Chikmagalur is situated around 240kms from Bangalore and takes around 5hours to visit. One of the quiet places, Chikamagalur belongs to the Malnad region in Karnataka and is one of the famous for its coffee plantations. It is known to be the first place in Karnataka and it was Baba Budan who was a Muslim Saint who brought coffee seeds and planted here. Some of the places to visit in Chikmagalur include Baba Budan Giri, Mulliyangiri, Horanadu, Kemmanagudi etc. Just like Coorg, even Chikmagalur has pleasant weather all year round and can be visited during any months except Rainy season.
c) Sakleshpur: Located around 220Kms from Bangalore, Sakleshpur is one of the offbeat tourist destinations for people who visit Karnataka. However, this place should be included in your places to visit as the place as this has many coffees, spice growing regions. It has some beautiful and fascinating mountain ranges, rich in flora and fauna and is one of the lesser-known hill stations in Karnataka. You can visit Manjarabad Fort, Sakaleshwar temple, Agni Gudda hill etc when you visit the beautiful place of Sakleshpur.
d) Munnar: Situated around 500km from Bangalore, Munnar is one of the famous destinations in our neighbour state of Kerala. It is situated in Idukki District which is of hill stations and has one of the best flora and fauna in India. Munnar is the town known for its tea production and there are a majority of tea plantations owned by the TATA group of companies. Munnar has one of the highest peaks in South India and you can trek your way through here. There are many places to visit in Munnar and it has a scenic climate all year round. Also, don’t miss the spice and tea plantation tour when you happen to visit the tea regions in Munnar.
e) Kodaikanal: Located around 469kms from Bangalore, another hill station located in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a part of Dindigul district is one of the popular hill stations in South India. Often referred to as ‘Princess of Hill Station’, Kodaikanal is a popular place to visit during summer months to beat the summer heat. It is not extensively commercialised tourist destination and you can find the quaint surroundings with a cool temperate climate all year round. Some of the places to visit in Kodaikanal include Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Cascade Pillar rocks etc.