Bangalore is the hub of the IT revolution in India and the most favoured place for an entrepreneurial venture and is aptly named the "Silicon Valley of India". Situated at an altitude of 3000ft, the weather of Bangalore or Bengaluru is pleasant all year round. But that doesn't mean that one can't get exhausted by the hustle and bustle of life. The rat race is even rigorous here and every individual strives for excellence and success in this IT hub. But even the best car needs battery to run on and to replenish it we take it to a service centre. Similarly when your brain and body are in overwork mode you need to stop for a moment and breathe. Replenish your lost force by taking a weekend off away from your computer and explore the adventures around Bangalore.
BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK
A hunting ground of the Maharaja of Mysore, this wilderness amidst the towering Western Ghats is now a protected national park. Irony dealt a heavy blow as the place which was once a place for enjoying killing animals is now a place which protects the endangered fauna and flora.
One can go camping in the woods or take a room at the many resorts cropped up around the park. Take an open jeep safari into the heart of the sanctuary to spot fauna like gaurs, sambhals, sloth bears, panthers , tigers.
This is a small hilly range made up of scattered volcanic rocks and beautiful scenery. Only two hours away from Bangalore this place is ideal for rock climbing, rappelling, trekking, etc. One can also go cave hunting in the many natural caves formed around the boulders and the sides of the hills.
Situated near river Cauvery or Kaveri, Bheemeshwari is a great getaway where you can indulge in activities like trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting etc. You can also go fishing or angling at the Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see the famous Mahseer fish and more. Take an open jeep safari through the woods and maybe you can spot deer or the tiny kingfisher.
This beach town has a lot of mythological significance and beach beauty. It is said that Ravana was tricked by Ganesha to put down the "ling" presented to him by Lord Shiva. It's a beautiful place where you can enjoy camping, fishing, jet skiing, and star gazing.
It's an island in the middle of the Kaveri river and is shaped like an egg. One can enjoy rafting the rapids of Kaveri and go for a safari in the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.
MURUDESHWAR, NETRANI ISLAND
Murudeshwar is another beach town with a lot of significance for Hindus. You can enjoy the pleasant beaches here which are overshadowed by a gigantic statuette of Lord Shiva. Many resorts offer scuba diving experience at the nearby island Netrani. It is an experience one should have at least once in their lives. The underwater world is a heaven in its own right. You will see creatures so diverse and uncanny that you will forget all the ugliness of the competitive world.
The river Kaveri finds its origin here at Talakaveri. You can do a lot of fun stuff here like conquering mountains, crossing rivers, trekking through the jade jungles, etc. You should definitely visit the Iruppa Falls after trekking to the Brahmagiri Hills.
Enjoy water sports like fishing and angling in the backwaters of Kaveri where you'll see the large Mahseer fish, eels, catfishes,etc. You can also go river rafting in the Barapole River in Southern Coorg.
Another interesting experience you should totally try is visiting the elephant camp. You get to play, bathe, feed, and know these genteel beings at this camp.
Mysore is a historically important place and s rich with culture and heritage. It is also a fun place to spend your weekend doing rafting the river Kaveri, rappelling at the nearby hills, bungee jumping at one of the many resorts, hand gliding etc.
It's a popular spot for outings, picnics and trekking near Bangalore. The rugged terrain offers adequate challenge for a trekking expedition and for cycling tours. Another famous activity is chimney climbing and can be enjoyed at Ramanagaram. Apart from these one can climb the hills, enjoy rappelling, enjoy camping, etc. at this small town.
It's a scenic place and is ideal for trekking, cycling, hiking, etc. This is also one of the few places in India which offers Zorbing. You can also enjoy rappelling here and go boating on the Lake Gangotri while taking in the splendid scenes around you.