Bengaluru is known to be the silicon city of India and the capital of information technology or the IT world of the country. It is the house for numerous multinational companies and is also recognized as one of the growing economical cities on the world map. ’The place offers plenty of tourists’ attractions with rich history and culture. The Throne of Tipu Sultan and the rule of East India Company along with natural glimpses are some of the many things to mention. But these are most common places that everyone knows, now there are some of the unknown and least popular places in Bangalore city that you would like to know, which could turn out to be a wonderful day for you.
Let us list out some of the rarely known places for a road trip near Bengaluru which would make your day blissful
1. Renukamba Thatte Idli
A 60-year-old eatery on Mysore Road that serves absurdly soft, piping hot, oversized idli with some thick coconutty chutney. Mouthwatering foods served in this hotel could bring you to 100% satisfactory. Thatte Idli (Thatte means ‘Plate’ in Kannada – The language of the State of Karnataka, India) is one of the popular Idli varieties of Karnataka, apart from many other Idli varieties that are available across the state. As the name suggests, it is bigger than normal Idlis and the size is about 4 – 5 inches in diameter.
2. Thimmappana Betta
This place is a good option around Bangalore for a short ride, click photos and breathe some fresh air. There is little scope for trekking here as you find huge rocks everywhere and rocks are very steep to climb. All that you get here is a good view and excellent breeze. As with all places, even here, it is good if you visit early in the morning. Afternoons and early evenings may not be pleasant. You find huge rocks all around and they would get heated up late afternoon. Early mornings, the 2 huge rocks make it look like a perfect backdrop for you to click a photo of your bike. Currently, there is a very little crowd and hence you can take your bike on the huge rock.
Makalidurga is a hill fort situated near the village of the same name. It is 60 km north of Bangalore and 10 km after Doddaballapura on the way to Gauribidanur. The fort at the summit has an old temple of Shiva with Nandi and in legend, Markandeya Rishi performed penance here. Makalidurga Fort stands at the top of a huge granite hillock, huddled up amidst the chains of hills, formed like a valley close to Ghati Subramanya, a well-known pilgrimage center. It has a fort on top, at a height of 1,117m. It has become one of the trekking destinations for adventurers. Many people go for a night trek to this place.
Rasta Cafe is famous because of the long bike ride it gives, which is amazing. Located near Ramanagara it is famous because it is located on one of the most loved highways of Bengaluru- the Bangalore-Mysore road. It is a popular route amongst folks who love to enjoy long drives, which is a great spot to take a break while traveling on Bangalore-Mysore highway.
Located on the border of Karnataka and Kerala, Kabini, located on the banks of the Kabini River, is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka. The place is quite well-known for its stunning fauna and avifauna species. Home to a rich variety of flora and fauna species, Kabini attracts environment lovers from all around the world. It has a picturesque green backdrop encompassed by a large charming lake attracts large herds of animals and other wild animals. The main activities one can engage here in this wildlife tourist spot are boating in Kabini River, an Elephant Safari and a Jungle Safari.
Shivagange is a mountain peak with a height of 804.8 meters or 2640.3 feet and Hindu pilgrimage center located near Dobbaspet, in Bengaluru Rural district India. It is situated 19 km from the town of Tumakuru and 54 km from Bengaluru. The sacred mountain is shaped as a shivalinga and spring flows near locally called “Ganga”, thereby giving the place its name. It is also known as Dakshina Kashi and has various temples such as Gangadhareshwara temple, Sri Honnammadevi Temple, Malakal Teertha, Nandi Statue, Patalagang Sharadambe temple and several theerthas such as Agasthya theertha, Kanva theertha, Kapila theertha, Pathala Gange.
7. Horsley Hill
Horsley Hills or Horsleykonda or Yenugulla Mallamma Konda is a series of hills in Andhra Pradesh in Madanapalle taluka of Chittoor district and is about 9 miles from Madanapalle town. The local name of the hill was Yenugu Mallama Konda after a legend of a saintly old woman named Mallamma who lived atop the hill and was fed by elephants (yenugulu). W.D. Horsley, a British collector, built his home around 1870 after whom it is named. Before coming into existence as a hill resort i.e. before the advent of W.D.Horsley, this area was home to the tribes of Yanadis and Chenchus. They rear Punganur breed of cows for livelihood. Today, there are different communities of people on the hills. Some of them run small hotels and others work as jeep drivers for tourists. If you are looking for a road trip this would be one of your amazing movements.
Channapatna is located between Bangalore – Mysore highway. The happening place for the foodies and pit stop for a night outgoers. Hotels like Sahara Hotel, Taj Hotel, Zam Zam Hotel, Cafe Coffee day, Shero ki Hotel are a few of the famous food joints. Nice place for a bike ride.
9. Male Mahadeshwara
Male Mahadeshwara Betta is a pilgrim town located in the Hanur taluk of Chamarajanagara district of southern Karnataka. It is situated about 150 km from Mysuru and about 210 km from Bengaluru. The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Male Mahadeshwara is a Shaiva pilgrim center and one of the most powerful Shiva temples. It draws lakhs of pilgrims from the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The area of the present temple surroundings is 155.57 acres.
Yercaud is a hill station town in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It lies in the Shevaroy Hills, known for their orange groves, and coffee, fruit and spice plantations. Yercaud Lake has a boathouse and is surrounded by gardens and woods. On the lake’s eastern shore, Anna Park has local plants and a Japanese garden with bonsai. To the southwest, Lady’s Seat vantage point has a watchtower with a telescope.