picnic spots info

"Nandihills is the best place i have seen near bangalore in winter season"..phani varma..

Nandi Hills - 60 Kms. via Devanahalli. A well-known summer resort. Tipu's Drop is an attraction here. Cottages are available here. Contact : Director of Horticulture, Lalbagh, Bangalore. Tel : 6672231. During season (July to February) contact the Special Officer, Horticulture. Nandi Hills. KSTDC's Hotel Mayura Pine Top has restaurant and accommodation facilities. Contact KSTDC (HO). Phone : 2212901 / 902 / 903.

Vishwashanti Ashram-25 Kms. From Bangalore on Tumkur Road. This spot is still a well kept secret as far as tourists are concerned. Vishwashanti Ashram houses the tallest statue of Vitthala, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Big Banyan Tree (Ramohalli)-18 Kms. from Bangalore on the Mysore Road. The famed Big Banyan tree spread over nearly four acres is located here. The tree has an awe-inspiring appearance and consists of a vertical root system forming a pleasant complex. Age of this massive tree is around four hundred year.

Nrityagram Dance Village-30 Kms. From Bangalore via Tumkur Road towards Hessarghatta. This dance village is founded by one of the finest odissi dancers of India - Protima Guari. She built this unique village for classical dancers around the norms of a traditional gurukula, the system of education of ancient India. Here students from all over the world are trained in various Indian dance forms including Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi. Every year, in the first week of February, Nrityagram conducts the Vasantha Habba or the festival of spring. This institute is now managed by Ms. Lynne Fernandes, after the demise of Ms. Protima Gauri Bedi. Leading musicians and dancers from all over the country participate and this brings the students as well as the connoisseur and common man in touch with the best musical talents in the country. You can also stay here overnight to get the feel of this rustic Indian charm. It is situated at Hessarghatta, Bangalore rural district. Phone : 8466312 , 8466313 , 8466314.

Shivaganga - 60 kms from Bangalore via Tumkur Road. There are temples dedicated to Gangadhara and Honnadevi. There is a fresh water spring called Pathala Ganga. Regular KSRTC buses are available from Tumkur (20 kms) and Bangalore.

Mekedatu (Goat's Leap) - 98 kms from Bangalore via Kanakapura Road. The river Arkavathi flows through a deep gorge. The Sangameshwara temple is at the confluence of the river Arkavathi and Cauvery. The river flows in a ravine over which a goat can easily leap. Hence the name Mekedatu

Bannerghatta National Park - About 18 kms from Bangalore is this beautiful national park. The major attraction is the lion safari, which is a wild stretch of forest set apart for animals. A safari van is also available to tour the park. Tuesday is weekly off and this park is open from 09:00 to 17:00 on all other days. There is also an elephant ride available for children. Phone : 3344686 (Forest Department)

Ghati Subramanya - 52 kms from Bangalore via Doddaballapur (17 kms from Doddaballapur). Nearest railway station is Makali Durga on the Bangalore - Guntakal line. The famous temple of Lord Subramanya is situated here.

Devarayanadurga - 79 kms from Bangalore via Tumkur. A hill resort. At the foot of the hill there is a natural water spring (Take a deviation at 10th milestone). There is an artificial lake that spreads over nearly 1000 acres. The Indo-Danish Dairy project and Government Horticultural and dairy farms are located here. Accommodation : Traveller's Bungalow under BWSSB, Bangalore.

Muthyala Maduvu (Pearl Valley)-44 kms from Bangalore via Brigade Road-Hosur Road-Anekal. A picturesque picnic spot with a waterfall which is 300ft. high. There is a Traveller's Bungalow 6 kms from Anekal Town on the Hosur Road. For reservations contact Block Development Officer, Anekal.

Whitefield - 16 kms from Bangalore. Sri Sathya Saibaba Ashram is here. A large number of devotees come here from all over the world, for his darshan and blessings whenever he visits the Ashram.

Savanadurga -58 kms from Bangalore via Magadi Road. A hill fortress which was the hideout of Kempe Gowda. There is a temple dedicated to Narasimhaswamy and Veerabhadraswamy. Accomodation is available at the Traveller's Bungalow.

Kanva Reservior - 69 kms from Bangalore via Mysore Road. KSRTC Bus Service Available from Bangalore to Ramohalli-Ramanagaram Kanva Reservoir. For accommodation in Traveller's Bungalow, contact Assistant Executive Engineer, No. 2, Sub Division, Channapatna.

Shivanasamudra - 120 kms from Bangalore on Mysore Road. Home for two beautiful waterfalls Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. This has Asia's first hydroelectric power station built in 1905.

Kolar Gold Mines-120 kms from Bangalore. Kolar is as rich in history as it is in gold. The gold mines here are the deepest mining pits in the world, reaching down to a depth of about 10,000 feet below the surface of the earth. The Secratary, Kolar Gold Mining Undertaking, K.G.F., may be contacted for permission to visit the mines. Bharat Earth Movers factory is also situated here.