At a distance of 18 km from Bangalore Railway Station, Turahalli is a sprawling dry and deciduous forest located off Kanakapura Road, Bangalore. It is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore, especially for nature lovers.
Turahalli is a perfect escapade from the hustle and bustle of the city into nature. Considered to be the city's only surviving forest, the forest is sprinkled with huge rock boulders that make it a perfect spot not only to sit and relax but also to pose and take great pictures with the forest in the backdrop. In addition to that, the forest supports rich and varied wildlife, both in terms of flora and fauna. The trees are mostly eucalyptus among other species. The place is quiet, scenic, and surrounded by nature with a wide range of bird species.
Popularly known as Karishma Hills, this stretch of beautiful forest is perfect for a day trip if you are looking for a spot of fresh air, exercise, or even adventure. It has a nice view and a small Shani temple on top of a rocky hill. It is also among the few places within the city for natural rock climbing as there are several rocks of various sizes and shapes. Many climbers practice regularly, in preparation for local or international competitions.
Vehicles have been banned inside the forest except for cycles. So, the best way to enjoy Turahalli forest is to drive your vehicle up to the entrance, head out for a walk into the forest, and indulge in the rejuvenating environs of the forest. Cycling is the most popular activity in the forest as it is known for its very best cycling trails in the region. Since there are no eateries or food stalls, it is best advised to carry food along.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM