Are you heading to India, and looking for a one day trip from Bangalore? Whether you’re traveling as a couple, solo, or as a family, Bangalore is uniquely situated in an area that is surrounded by great one day trip options, no matter if you’re looking for idyllic nature settings, to visit beautiful mountains and vistas, or looking to connect with the history and culture of India and Bangalore.
To make planning your one day trip from Bangalore easy, we’ve included the best 20 day trips from Bangalore, along with detailed information on how to get there, what to do, and what you can expect to see once you travel outside of Bangalore!
Bangalore is a sprawling metropolis – a mega-city with nearly 13 million inhabitants that is located in Southern India. Formally called Bengaluru, Bangalore is perfectly positioned in a location that gives you access to two coasts, unlimited temples, massive monoliths, and some of the best scenery to drive in India. In fact, if there’s one area to explore in India where you can experience the massive, complex cities, as well as the beautiful natural settings in India, exploring on a day trip from Bangalore is the perfect way to experience India.
Cauvery River at ShivanasamudraOne of the most beautiful sites in Southern India, the Cauvery River forks and leaps over two impressive falls. From here, you can enjoy the gorgeous riverside of the Cauvery before heading to Talakadu for a great day at one of the best beaches in Southern India.
The trip is about three hours south of Bangalore, but this day trip is worth the time and scenery – even if you decide to stay overnight!
MekedatuIf you’re looking for a peaceful and serene picnic by the riverside, Mekedatu is a perfect place to visit outside of Bangalore.
A beautiful gorge flows through impeccable nature – all located only about 100 km south of Bangalore!
Revana Siddeshwara BettaThe site of the Temple of Lord Krishna, where Krishna is pictures as a small toddler in the midst of the beautiful Aprameya Temple. It’s a hill-top area just outside of Bangalore that’s easy to reach, fun to see, and one of the things you must see in Southern India!
The Hill at DevarayanadurgaOnly about an hour and a half northwest of Bangalore is the unique Devarayanadurga! An incredible place, Devarayanadurga consists of three temple-topped hills with ancient fortification.
RamanagaramForeign film buffs might be aware of an iconic Hindi movie called Sholay, but what they might not know is that this Indian classic was filmed just outside of Bangalore!
Explore the sites and city that made the movie famous – and only travel about 40 km outside the Bangalore city limits!
LepakshiLepakshi is ridiculously stunning, and only about two-and-a-half hours north of Bangalore. With some of the most impressive sculptures, monuments, and temples in all of Asia, (including the famous Holy Bull), Lepakshi is a city that traces itself back to the origins of the Mahabharata.
Personally, if there’s one day trip we believe you should make sure to do from Bangalore, this is the one.
Nandi HillsNandi Hills, also called “The Hills of Happiness”, is more than 1,300 years old, and features perhaps one of the most stunning views in all of India.
This ancient temple town is vast and powerful, full of heritage monuments, forts, hill stations, and scenic panoramas that simply have to be seen.
Tonnur Lake at MelkoteIf you’re looking for a town that is truly formed around the majesty of India’s temples, Melkote is the perfect spot. What’s called an actual “temple town”, Melkote features the beautiful Tonnur Lake – a wonderful place for a family trip and picnic.
AvalabettaTraveling to Avalabetta from Bangalore gives you the opportunity to visit the Dandiganahalli Dam, as well as more beautiful natural scenery and peaceful landscapes.
KrishnagiriEast of Bangalore is the neighboring district of Krishnagiri, the site of a massive expanse of forts, dams, temples, and natural scenery. Located close to Jawadu Hills, the one day trip from Bangalore to Krishangiri is more modern, but (like most of India) still possesses stunning evidence of history – including a hill-side monolith that’s famous in the area.
MadhugiriThe site of one of the largest monoliths in Asia, Madhugiri is a place to truly behold! Make sure to visit the fantastic temple of Narasimhaswamy, where wall murals of more than 500 years age are scattered throughout. Combine history, culture, and amazing scenery on a one day trip from Bangalore to Madhugiri!
ShravanabelagolaThe three hour drive west from Bangalore brings you to Shravanabelagola – a place full of beautiful temples, monuments, and what they’re most known for – Basadis. You’ll want to make sure to take your camera, as there you’ll find the largest statue of Bahubali in the world – a huge creation of nearly 60 feet in height!
This is a great one day trip from Bangalore, and sight of the majestic Someshwara temple. Antaragange is full of beautiful, classic Indian architecture, and is also a great site for caving and trekking. Spend time in the vast temples, and take your time to see all Antaragange has to offer.
Another wonderful spot along the beautiful Cauvery River, Muthathi is the perfect spot for a picnic and a scenic day.
Hiking in HaddinakalluAre you fond of the outdoors? This one day trip from Bangalore to Haddinakallu and Basaralu gives you the opportunity to hike vast hills, and visit wonderful temples dedicated to Indian deities Hanuman and Mallikarjuna in Basarlaru.
Karighatta HillJust a short way from Bangalore is Karighatta Hill, the site of great scenery and lovely hills. It’s famous in India as a location for photo and movie shoots, and gives yet another great location to enjoy along the famous Cauvery River.
Savandurga, located only about an hour west of Bangalore, is a stunning place that’s far removed from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore. It’s a beautiful drive, and you’ll be greeted by one of the largest monoliths in not only India – but in fact all of Asia!
The flora and fauna of the area is rich and diverse, and is most certainly a perfect place for shutterbugs and photophiles to explore India!
ChannapatnaLooking for something a little different? Looking for a fun one day trip from Bangalore that’s great for kids? Channapatna is a toy heaven, full of handmade wooden and lacquered toys. These are traditionally styled, elegant, and grand in design, yet perfect for kids.
The toys of Channapatna are unique, and really stand on their own as a special tradition in India and a gift for the children of Southern India.
Gudibande FortThis small village in Karnataka is the site of a temple in honor of Lord Shiva, and is actually a fortified city that is near the Andhra Pradesh Border. A bit longer of a drive from Bangalore, it may be hard to do in a day but is still plenty scenic enough to make the trip!
BettamugilalamLocated more than 3,000 feet above sea level, the view from Bettamugilalam is absolutely breathtaking. It’s a wonderful place of wildlife refuge, full of bending roads, natural water, elephants, and flora and fauna that is unbelievable. Located north on the Cauvery, you should absolutely make the trip from Bangalore to Bettamulilalam.
As you can see, Southern India is vast, expansive, and worth traversing. From one of the countries largest cities, Bangalore, there are innumerable opportunities from single day trips that include important heritage locations, temples, ruins, wonderful bodies of water, and natural scenery.
So, if you’re traveling to Southern India, pick up on a few of these ideas and take off on the perfect one day trip from Bangalore!