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Top 5 must see excursions around Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Updated on October 12, 2015

Shivanasamudra Falls

The Sivasamudram Falls forms from the Kaveri River and drops off to form waterfalls. The island town of Shivanasamudra which is in Mandya district of Karnataka divides the river into twin waterfalls and it is 120Kms from Bangalore. This creates the fourth largest island in the rivers course. A group of ancient temples are located here and there likely was a village.Twin water falls are there namely Gaganchukki Falls (Western stream) and Bharachukki Falls (Eastern streams). They are one kilometer apart from each other. If nature attracts you like a magnet then you will definitely regret if you miss this place.The falls are at their best during the monsoon season i.e. from June to September. These are also known as Siva Samudram literally meaning Shiva’s Sea. Watching the river falling down into a cloud of foaming spray is a breathtaking experience. These falls are the second biggest waterfall in India and the sixteenth largest in the world.

Gaganchukki Falls

Gaganachukki Falls
Gaganachukki Falls
Barachukki Falls
Barachukki Falls

Nandi Hills

Nearest to Bangalore and nearby Bangalore international airport is the picturesque hill Nandi Hills.Nandi is also commonly called Nandidurga (Fort) because of the fort build here by the ruler Tipu Sultan. It is also called Nandi Hills because the hill resembles a sleeping bull (Nandi) the vehicle of Lord Shiva and it has a big idol of Nandi Bull on it. Approximately 60Km from Bangalore city, its a must visit place if you want to enjoy serene landscape of nature and you believe trekking is full of fun. It has a beautiful place with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva on hilltop and the fort of Tipu Sultan where you can spend night also, but only after prior permission from Karnataka Government. However its better to go in groups as its really peaceful and place full of solace, which might be an issue if you don't like to feel alone. Beware of monkeys there as at times they snatch the food items if they find someone alone.

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills

Somnathpur Temple

Somnathpur temple also known as Prasanna Chennakeshava Temple is around 140Kms from Bangalore. Intricate architecture and marvelous sculptures of this ancient temple will mesmerize you with each step you move in it. This star shaped temple has sixteen different ceilings is actually devoted to Lord Keshava, incarnation of Lord Krishna. Three idols of Lord Krishna are there, inside the main temple in three sanctums namely Lord Kesava, Lord Janardana and Lord Venugopala. Divinity is in the air, tranquillity of temple will make you establish a conversation with your soul.

Somnathpur Temple

Keshava Temple
Keshava Temple

Mysore

Its a royal city associated with the Tipu sultan and the Wadiyar dynasty who ruled it for around 500 years. Picturesque place with lot of places of explore including Mysore Palace, Tipu Sultans's Fort also known as Dariyai Daulat and Chamundeshwari temple. Other places to explore are Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Nimishamba Temple and Bridavan garden, So you can say its a two day tour or one can say its best weekend getaway from Bangalore..

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace

Bheemeshwari

Its a small town in Mandya district and its around 100 Kms from Bangalore.Its between the Shivanasamudra Falls and Mekedatu Falls on River Cauvery. Best known destination as fishing hub also called ‘Angler’s Paradise’ where Mahaseer fish's natural habitat is there. Dense forest is around it is home to a number of wild animals such as elephants, monkeys, wild boars, jackals, otters, crocodiles and leopards.Lot of tourist activities like camping, fishing, trekking, boating and river rafting are available there.Doddamkali, Galibore, Mekedatu, Sangam and Kokrebellur are few places withing 20 Kms from Bheemeshwari are unexplored ideal places for camping and this adventurous place will fill your blood vessels with thrill and tremor.

Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari
Bheemeshwari

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