City Escapes: Best Day Outings in Bangalore

City Escapes: Best Day Outings in Bangalore


Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, is a vibrant city with a mix of history, culture, cuisine, and entertainment. While the city is known for its tech parks and startups, it also offers some amazing escapes for a quick day outing away from the hustle and bustle. Here are some of the best day outings in Bangalore for when you need a break from the daily grind:


Nandi Hills

Located about 60km north of Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one of the most popular getaways from the city. Perched at 4,851 feet above sea level, this hill station offers breathtaking views of the rising and setting sun. Take a scenic hike to the top of the hill to see ancient temples like Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. Don’t miss the Giant Nandi statue, one of the iconic attractions in Nandi Hills. For adventure lovers, paragliding is a popular activity offered here. 


Bannerghatta National Park 

Bannerghatta National Park, located 22 km south of Bangalore, is a wildlife and nature reserve spread over 104 sq km. Safaris through the dense forest give visitors the chance to spot animals like tigers, lions, leopards, deer, bison, and elephants up close. The Butterfly Park is also worth visiting to see a wide variety of colorful butterflies in their natural habitat. Other attractions include a reptile park, an aquarium, a zoological park, and a museum. This is a perfect place for both nature lovers and families.


Wonderla Amusement Park

For a fun-filled day packed with adventure, Wonderla Amusement Park is just 30 km from Bangalore. This massive amusement park has over 60 thrilling rides for all ages. Some of the most popular rides include the roller coasters, water slides, lazy river, wave pools, and rain disco. Wonderla also hosts live entertainment shows and musicals. With food courts, locker rooms, and clean facilities, it makes for an enjoyable day out. 


Cubbon Park 

Right in the heart of Bangalore’s MG Road area lies Cubbon Park, a sprawling 300-acre park established in 1870. The lush greenery, flowering plants, graceful trees, and manicured lawns make it the perfect place for a relaxing stroll or family picnic. Historic attractions within the park include the State Central Library, Attara Kacheri, and Queen Victoria Statue. The park also houses the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum which is great for kids. 


Lalbagh Botanical Gardens

Spread over 240 acres, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful green spaces in Bangalore. Take a stroll through diverse exotic and tropical vegetation, graceful trees, flowering plants, and a lake. Don’t miss the famous Glass House modeled after London’s Crystal Palace. This botanical garden also hosts an annual flower show in the Republic Day week, which is a spectacle of colors and floral arrangements. The best time to visit is early morning or evening for a breath of fresh air.


Innovative Film City 

Located near Bidadi, Innovative Film City spans 58 acres and is a major tourist attraction designed like a film studio. Experience different film sets, enjoy amusement park rides like go-karting and haunted house, or visit the dinosaur park and aquarium. There are also shows, interactive activities, and street performances. With so much to do, it makes for a full day of fun not just for kids but people of all ages.



Located 50km from Bangalore, Ramanagara is popular among rock climbing enthusiasts. It has huge granite rock outcroppings, the perfect place for climbing. Janapada Loka, a folk-culture museum set up by the government, is also worth seeing in Ramanagara. The town has gained more fame after being featured in movies like Sholay. Go rock climbing or simply enjoy the scenic natural surroundings in Ramanagara, away from the commotion of Bangalore.


Savandurga Hills

Savandurga Hills located about 60 km from Bangalore near Magadi is ideal for trekking and hiking enthusiasts. The hills consist of two large monolithic rock formations – Billigudda and Karigudda. The peak offers stunning views and a challenging climb. There is also a 17th century fort and temple ruins atop the hills for those interested in history. Savandurga is amongst the largest monolith hills in Asia and makes for a rejuvenating day trip from Bangalore. 


Shivanasamudra Falls

Situated 120 km from Bangalore, Shivanasamudra Falls is among the best waterfalls in Karnataka cascading down from a height of 300 feet. Formed by river Kaveri, the twin waterfalls – Gaganachukki and Bharachukki are a gorgeous sight especially during monsoons. Take a dip in the waterfall or simply enjoy the splendid views and surroundings. There is also a hydropower project nearby that offers guided tours. The Shivanasamudra Falls make for scenic nature outing from Bangalore.


Big Banyan Tree

The Big Banyan Tree in Ramohalli, just 28 km from Bangalore is a 400 year old majestic tree spread over 3 acres of land with extensive aerial roots. Take a walk around the tree and admire its massive canopy. There’s also a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva under the banyan tree. The surroundings are ideal for picnicking amidst natural beauty. It’s the perfect place to unwind or enjoy time with family.  


Bangalore offers a plethora of places for quick day trips - from nature escapes to amusement parks to historical sites. The scenic Nandi Hills, Bannerghatta National Park, Ramnagar Rocks and Savandurga Hills allow you to enjoy nature’s beauty. Waterfalls like Shivanasamudra and theme parks like Wonderla provide adventure and fun. For history and gardens, visit Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and Cubbon Park. These day outings provide the ideal respite from Bangalore’s busy pace.

sunil choudhary

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