When clouds take the different shapes to pour the ponderous rain, the quench for adventure and the zeal for long rides rouse within us. The breeze of monsoons is so seductive that it sweep off one’s feet to explore the gorgeous side of blooming beauty of nature. What else could be the best time to chill out with your crazy gang of friends? Monsoon is the time when everything around us gets a life and you will miss a lot if you don’t step out of your comfort zone. Bengaluru being a ballpark with a close proximity to hill stations, the city has much more for you to explore in the midst of torrential rain. Come, let us take a look at the list of Monsoon Places in and near Bangalore on today’s article.
20 Scintillating Monsoon Places in and near Bangalore
Shivanasamudra Falls looks amazing when rain unleashes its power. With a fame of being called as the Niagra of Karnataka, Shivanasamudra falls outpours water like a flood. It is formed by river Cauvery which splits into two and it will plunge from the height of 320 feet after flowing through the thick forests of Karnataka. It is said to be the second biggest water fall in India and sixteenth largest in the world. The majestic look of Shivanasamudra during Monsoons is something you should not miss being in Bengaluru.
Distance from Bangalore – 100 km
Skandagiri (Kalavara Durga)
Trekking, exploring the rural life, embracing the clouds at the hill top, discovering ancient ruins of the fort, and the panoramic view of nature is what makes Skandagiri appealing for you during monsoons. It is noted as local’s favorite hangout place and as it is nearby, one can easily afford their time and money for it.
Where: Near by Nandi Hills and 3 km from Chikballapur
Distance from Bangalore: 70 km
The range of Western Ghats is the pride of Karnataka and Mullaynagiri being the highest peak we have in the state, you will enjoy the every bit and piece of it. Yes, quite a long distance from Bangalore but the real fun is in the journey, right? Mullayanagiri is exactly at the height of 6,330 feet and the shore of nature at the hill top can dematerialize everything you have seen or experienced before.
Distance from Bangalore: 264 km
Omkar Hills and Turahalli forest
Omkar Hills and Turahalli forest comes within the city where you can easily reach without having to spend long travel hours. A morning ride to these places especially during Monsoons gives you a kind of thrilling experience. Omkar hill is at 2800ft above sea level and houses Sri Dwadasha Jyotirlinga temple which is the main attraction here. You can also see Giant tower clock which is one of the biggest clocks of the world with each hand of clock weighing 40kg.
Turahalli forest is an 800 acre land of green lush and a deciduous woodland. If you are a bird watcher or a rock climber then you will fall in love with this place. It is also said it is a reserved forest for peacocks.
Distance from Bangalore: 40 km
If you are looking for a one day trip then you can certainly choose Muthati which is located around 1000 km Bangalore. The place is located on the banks of river Cauvery near a village called Malavalli. The main attraction of this Muthati is the historic Hanuman temple. The story goes like Hanuman find the lost nose ring of Sita in this place and so he is called by the name ‘ Muthetaraya.’
The forest range around is absolutely magnificent and you can explore the parts of Cauvery wildlife sanctuary. Tourists also try coracle rides but it is advised to be careful.
If you travel for about 2 km from Muthati then you can visit a spot called Bheemshwari Fishing camp. It is a fun filled place with activities like kayaking, fishing, rope walking etc.
Thottikallu falls is one such scenic place in Bengaluru that blossoms during Monsoons. It is an apt place for road trekkers and cyclists. Do not plan for this place with family as the road is unsafe. However, with a gang of crazy friends, thottikallu falls can be a great monsoon destination.
Where: Kanakapura Road
Distance from Bangalore: 36 km via NICE Bangalore Mysore Expressway
From Bangalore, if you take Bangalore-Tumkur highway and NICE Road then you will reach the beautiful Hesarghatta Grassland. As the name says, it is a place covered with lush grass and it looks like a romantic scene that comes in the songs of Shahrukh Khan movies. A walk in a row of trees listening to the chirp of birds will make you forget the noisy chaos of the city. A 4-5 minute drive from grassland, you will find Hesarghatta lake which is absolutely scenic and photogenic. You can also visit the nearby Nrityagram Dance village for some fun.
Distance from Bangalore: 37 km via Bellary Road
Sangama and Mekedaatu
Sangama is a conflux of two rivers – Arkavathi and Cauvery which can be enjoyed both during summer and monsoon. During summer, water will be less and you can easily walk inside but during the rainy season, water will be more with heavy inflow. There is a danger of crocodiles being watched here and so it is advised to be careful.
Mekedatu is an another beautiful water body which is located at just 4 km from Sangam. If it is summer, you can cross the Sangam by walking in the river and reach Mekedatu but during the rainy season, you will have to take boats. Once you cross the river, you can walk or take a bus to reach Mekedatu (Rs.50 per head).
The name Mekedatu comes with the fact that width of water is so less that a goat would jump across with ease. Meke (Goat) and Datu (Cross).
Distance from Bangalore: 90 km
Muthyalamadvu (Pearl Valley)
Muthyalamadvu is a multi stage waterfall where you can see the water flowing through the rocks plunging to a pond of water. It looks soulful during monsoon making it the perfect day out place. You can also enjoy the Niligiri plantation close to the top of the waterfall.
Route – Bannerghatta road – National park – Anekal – Muthyalamadvu
Distance from Bangalore: Approximately 40 km
The beauty of Hogenakkal falls is that the river Cauvery splits here into multiple streams and falls in multiple steps, thus making it absolutely scenic. The word Hogenakkal means ‘Smoking rocks’ and it is believed that water here possess medicinal qualities. Apart from the beautiful sight of falls, you can also enjoy Coracle boat ride from one end of the river to the other.
Distance from Bangalore: 180 km
Markonahalli dam is an awesome family picnic spot where you can enjoy the gigantic view of the dam and the surrounding environs. It is one the first dams in the world which is built using the Siphon system in early 1940 by Sir M Vishweshwaraiah. It is quite a large dam with 1812 meters in length and height is 22.25 meters. The specialty of this dam is that gates are always open and it continues to hold the enough amount of water.
Distance from Bangalore: 97 km
Other Monsoon Places in and around Bangalore
Dandeli – 400 km from Bangalore
Yercaud – 380 km from Bangalore
Agumbe – 280 km from Bangalore
Kuduremukh – 280 km from Bangalore
Ketty Valli, Ooti – 280 km from Bangalore
Chembra hills, Wayanad – 280 km from Bangalore
Tiger Reserve, Masinagundi – 240 km from Bangalore
Pyramid Valley – 37 km from Bangalore
Shivaganga Hill – 50 km from Bangalore
So, this was our list of best Monsoon places in and near Bangalore. If you have anything to add then please let us know in the comments below.