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At a distance of 23 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bannerghatta National Park is the most famous wildlife park in Bangalore. Established in 1971, the park is spread over an area of 100 sq. km. This is the largest elephant reserve in the country with over 2500 Asiatic elephants. One of the main attractions of this park is lion and tiger safari. The other attractions of this park include its crocodile, snake farm and the butterfly park. Elephant safari is also offered in the park. The park also houses variety of birds. This park also houses a small museum which showcases zoological exhibits and also has a reptile park and a small theatre.Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.
At a distance of 43 Kms from Bangalore (towards Hosur on NH7, diversion at Chandapura after Electronic City via Anekal), Muthyala Maduvu is a small & cute waterfall. Also known as Pearl Valley, it is a popular picnic spot around Bangalore. Muthyalu means Pearls and Maduvu means Pond or Pool in Kannada. Situated in the midst of hills, nestled deep down in a valley, this secluded place makes a fascinating picnic spot. It is known for its verdant surroundings with water falling from a height of over 100 ft. Take a dive in this crystal clear water and feel one with nature. There are a couple of waterfalls in a small narrow valley. Overlooking these falls is a small shrine dedicated to Shiva, adding a religious touch to the place.Monsoons (Aug to Nov) is the best time to visit this place. A little walk over around 100 well laid steps from the parking place takes you to the falls. There is a restaurant and restrooms are available near parking place.
At a distance of 60 Kms from Bangalore (situated close to NH207 towards Chik Ballapur), Nandi Hills or Nandidurga is a popular tourist destination from Bangalore. With an altitude of about 1,478 meter, it is an ideal place for trekking and hiking.It gets its name from the ancient Nandi or bull which is meant to be the mount of Lord Shiva. These hills are the source of the rivers Palar, Arkavati and Pennar. It was one of the Tipu's summer retreats. There are about 1,200 steps laid from foot of the hill to reach the top. Bhoga Nandishwara Temple situated at the foot of the hills is a must see place which houses a 1000 year old sculpture of Nandi. Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace and Tipu's Drop, a 600 ft cliff from where Tipu Sultan used to throw his prisoners, offers a spectacular view of the valley. Amrita Sarovar Lake, ruins of Tipu Sultan's fort are other places to visit. There are also three temples dedicated to Sri Ugra Narasimha, Sri Yoga Narasimha and Sri Bhoga Narasimha.
At a distance of 83 Kms from Bangalore (near Haroshivanahalli after Kanakapura - diversion at Kanakapura via Halahalli), Chunchi Falls on the River Arkavathi is one of the famous weekend destinations around Bangalore.Water drops from a height of about 100 feet into a small pool creating a swimming pool with running water. It is an ideal place is swim, play & relax in water amidst naturally formed rock formations. This place is usually crowded on weekends.After Kanakpura, take a deviation towards Sangam and drive for about 25 kms and take another deviation at Halahalli and drive 5 kms to reach Chunchi falls. The route to Chunchi Falls is full of greenery. Limited public transportation facilities from Kanakapura, preferably, take your own transportation.Post monsoons and winter are the best seasons to visit.
At a distance of 71 Kms from Mysore, Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary is located in Mandya District of Karnataka and is about 20 km from Mandya. The name of the village is derived from Kokkare meaning stork and Bellur meaning village of jaggery. The Mandya district is famous for sugarcane fields and this village is famous for having large colonies of Painted Storks and Spot-billed Pelicans nesting in trees within the village. It is home to cranes, painted storks and pelicans. The best season to visit the migratory birds is October to March.
At a distance of 93 Kms from Bangalore (via Kanakapura), Mekedatu is a narrow gorge formed on River Kaveri.Mekedatu means goat's leap in Kannada. River Kaveri flows into a deep and narrow gorge, so narrow that a goat could leap over it and that is how it got its name. When reaching the gorge the river flows ferociously onto the rocks sculpting them into some amazing shapes. The river Kaveri flows through a deep ravine of just 5 meter wide, narrow enough for a goat to leap across.The best time to visit the place is during October to December. Only few shops selling cool drinks and snacks are available at the place. Sangam, just 3 km before Mekedatu, is the confluence of Kaveri and Arakavathi where there is a temple dedicated to Sangameshwara.A diversion is required after Kanakapura via Halahalli & Hegganuru towards Sangam to reach Mekedatu. Limited public transportation facilities from Kanakapura, preferably, take your own transportation.