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Top 10 Treks Near Bangalore for Safe Weekend Getaways

Top 10 Treks Near Bangalore for Safe Weekend Getaways

Confided inside the house and working on the laptops for longer hours with no scheduled time for meals. This is how work from home looks like for most of us. Tea breaks that would help us unwind the workload are no longer in existence. We believe all of us are craving to channel some fresh air into our lungs and cut loose from the ongoing chaos. Now with Unlock 4.0 taking place across the country, we have the privilege of moving around without much hustle. So, we have selected some popular and off-beat treks near Bangalore ( mostly within the state of Karnataka) where you can take your self-drive car to enjoy trekking and camping during weekends. Outdoor activities in the laps of nature like trekking and hiking are the safest things to do.

Please note that we are neither promoting travelling nor providing a guarantee for safety. If you wish to travel, make sure that you follow protocols set by the government and maintain social distancing. Most of the below-mentioned treks near Bangalore require only 2 days for a round trip.

1. Kodachadri Trek

One of the popular treks near Bangalore is Kodachadri Trek. It is fondly known as Jasmine of hills in South India. Standing tall at the height of 1343 meters, Kodachadri is Karnataka’s 10th highest peak. It is one of the very few treks in India that boast of views of mountains as well as a sea from the top. Arabian sea is visible from the top of the peak.

A view of shola forest as seen on Kodachadri Trek
Kodachadri- Views of Hills Covered in Mist and Paddy Fields.
Distance from Bangalore

Kollur is the nearest town from Kodachadri peak. It is 438 KM away from Bangalore, approximately 9 hours drive. The base of Kodachadri trek is Nagodi and Nittur village, both of them are approx. 409 KM from Bangalore.

Best Time to Visit Kodachadri Peak

Months between September to February.

Accommodation near Kodachadri Peak

Camping in Kodachadri is prohibited hence homestays are the best option. There are plenty of Homestays in Kollur, Nagodi as well as Nittur. 

  • Silver Hill Farm, Nittur
  • Simha Farms, Madodi
  • Alakananda Home Stay, Madodi
  • Antarvanam Homestay and Farms Resort, Kollur

How Difficult is Kodachadri Trek?

Kodachadri trek is moderately difficult.

How Long is Kodachadri Trek?

Kodachadri Trek is 14 KM long, including to & fro distance.

Days Required for Kodachadri Trek

Two days and one night are enough for a round trip from Bangalore.

2. Kudremukh Trek

Kudremukh peak is every trekker’s dream come true. It is Karnataka’s third-highest peak. The trek to Kudremukh is famous for its vast meadows, crystal clear water streams and the magical views from the top. This beautiful trek takes you to the height of 1892 meters. The literal meaning of Kudremukh is Horse’s face, and this name is because of the unique shape of the peak.

Distance from Bangalore

The nearest town to Kudremukh base camp, Mulloadi,  is Kalasa. It is 310 KM away from Bangalore, approximately 6 hours drive. Kudremukh is one of the easily accessible treks near Bangalore.

Best Time to Visit Kudremukh Peak

Months between September and February.

Accommodation near Kudremukh Peak

Camping in Kudremukh National Park is not allowed. But several homestays offer camping facilities near the entrance point. 

  • Bella Homestay, near Kudremukh Forest checkpoint
  • Raaje Gowda’s homestay, Mullodi
  • Sathis Mullodi house, Mullodi
  • Uttunga Homestay, Mudiegere

How Difficult is Kudremukh Trek?

Moderately difficult.

How Long is Kudremukh  Trek?

Kodachadri Trek is 18 KM long, including to & fro distance.

Days Required for Kudremukh Trek

Two days and one night are enough for a round trip from Bangalore.

3. Tadiandamol Trek

Tadiandamol Trek is another most talked-about trek near Bangalore. It is the fourth-highest peak in Karnataka. Being close to Bangalore, Tadiandamol trek receives a lot of attention from the trekkers. The trails offer the experience of walking amidst the purely surreal clouds. The height of the peak is 1780 meters.

View of Hills from Tadiandamol Peak, Coorg
Tadiandamol Trek is one of the most popular treks near Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore

Tadiandamol trek starts either from Kakkabe or Nalkanad palace. Kakkabe village is 260 KM away from Bangalore, approximately 6 hours drive.

Best Time to Visit Tadiandamol Peak

Months between October and February.

Accommodation near Tadiandamol Peak

Like most of the other treks near Bangalore, Tadiandamol also does not have camping facilities. Several homestays are available on the trail between Kakkabe village and Nalknad palace. 

  • Bhramagiri Homestay, Kakkabe
  • Soupernika Homestay, Yevakapadi

How Difficult is Tadiandamol Trek?

Tadiandamol trek is easy, but a few steep inclinations require a lot of endurance to climb.

How Long is Tadiandamol  Trek?

Tadiandamol Trek is 12 KM long, including to & fro distance.

Days Required for Tadiandamol Trek

Two days and one night are enough for a round trip from Bangalore.

4. Kumara Parvatha Trek

Kumara Parvatha Trek is the most challenging trek near Bangalore. The entire trail to reach the peak is covered over two days. This trek would put your endurance to test, but the views are worth the pain. Standing tall at 1700 meter of height, Kumara Parvatha opens up the doorway to a heavenly panorama.

Distance from Bangalore

The base point of Kumara Parvatha trek is Kukke Subramanya temple in Kodagu district of Karnataka. It is 281 KM away from Bangalore, approximately 6 hours drive.

Best Time to Visit Kumara Parvatha Peak

Months between September and March.

Accommodation near Kumara Parvatha Peak

There is only one homestay, Bhatta’s House, that is available midway to the peak. All the trekkers halt here for food and overnight shelter after finishing the first leg of the trek. There are plenty of homestays available at the base point as well.

How Difficult is Kumara Parvatha Trek?

Difficult.

How Long is Kumara Parvatha Trek?

Kumara Parvatha Trek is 22 KM long, including to & fro distance.

Days Required for Kumara Parvatha Trek

Three days and two nights for a round trip from Bangalore.

5. Mullayangiri Trek

Next on the list is Mullayangiri, the highest peak in Karnataka, standing 1925 meters tall. Located in Chikmagalur district of the state, Mullayangiri is famous for super windy weather and steep climbing that initiates adrenaline rush. The views are absolutely breathtaking from the hill cliff at the top as well as throughout the trek.

Distance from Bangalore

The base of Mullayangiri trek is Sarpadhari. It is 258 KM away from Bangalore, approximately 5 hours drive.

Best Time to Visit Mullayanagiri Peak

Months between September and February.

Accommodation near Mullayanagiri Peak

Camping is allowed near Mullayanagiri hills, but there is no water source nearby. Several homestays are also available on the trail between Kakkabe village and Nalknad palace. 

  • Thotadhahalli Homestay, Kaimara
A Boy & Girl standing at Mullayangiri Peak in Chikmaglur
At Mullayangiri Peak after an Exhilarating Trek.
How Difficult is Mullayanagiri Trek?

Moderately Difficult.

How Long is Mullayanagiri Trek?

Tadiandamol Trek is 8 KM long, including to & fro distance.

Days Required for Mullayanagiri Trek

Two days and one night are enough for a round trip from Bangalore.

6. Skandgiri Trek

Skandgiri is a one day trek near Bangalore that offers a surreal sunrise view from the summit at 1450 meters. Once you reach the top, you would find yourself walking amid the cotton balls of clouds. Skandgiri is a fortress hill, and it is believed that Tipu Sultan conquered the fort to fight against the British. However, the fort was later demolished by the British. One would see the ruins of the fort throughout the trail. We advise starting the trek before the dawn to witness the beauty of the night sky as well as the rising sun.

Distance from Bangalore

The base point of Skandgiri is Papagni Math. It is 62 Km away from Bangalore, a drive of just one hour and a half hours.

Best Time to Visit Skandgiri Peak

All-year-round.

How Difficult is Skandgiri Trek?

Easy.

How Long is Skandgiri Trek?

The total stretch of Skandgiri Trek is 5 KM, it includes to & fro distance.

Days Required for Skandgiri Trek

Only one day for a round trip from Bangalore.

7. Kumta Beach Trek

Many of us have already heard or finished Gokarna Beach Trek. But there is a trek that connects two towns, Kumta and Gokarna, and takes you through innumerable beaches. The long stretch of Kumta Beach Trek with a beautiful amalgamation of hillocks and coastlines is every photographer’s dream come true. It takes you through isolated beaches that are not accessible by roads that means no tourists at all and guarantees ultimate Nirvana. We advise covering the trek over two days.

Sea Shore of Arabian Sea in Gokarna at the Time of Sunset
The Entire Stretch has Such Beautiful Coastline.
Distance from Bangalore

The starting point for the trek is Kumta/Vanalli beach viewpoint. Vanalli beach is 465 KM away from Bangalore, almost 10 hours of drive. One can start the trek from Gokarna as well.

Best Time to Visit Kumta Beach Trek

Months between October and February.

Accommodation near Kumta Beach Trek

Take an overnight halt at Belekan beach after finishing the first leg of the trek. You can pitch your tents here or head to guest houses near the beach. We recommend Shanti Paradise guest house.  Once you reach Gokarna there are plenty of options for accommodation.

How Difficult is Kumta Beach Trek?

Difficult.

How Long is Kumta Beach Trek?

The total stretch of Kumta Beach Trek is 20 KM on one side.

Days Required for Kumta Beach Trek

Three days and two nights for a round trip from Bangalore.

8. Nishani Motte Trek

Nishani Motte Trek is one of another great weekend treks near Bangalore. The entire trail goes from inside of Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to hundreds of wildlife and plant species. The trekking trail is not well marked, so, we advise going along with a guide or understand the directions well before commencing the trek. At Nishani motte peak that lies at 1270 meters, one would witness the beautiful layers of Brahmagiri range.

Distance from Bangalore

The base point of Nishani Motte trek is Bhagamandala. It is 303 Km away from Bangalore, a drive of six and a half hours.

Best Time to Visit Nishani Motte Peak

October to February.

Accommodation near Nishani Motte Peak

You can enjoy camping in the Nishani Motte Forest APC Camp. Do not forget to inquire the forest department for the same.

How Difficult is Nishani Motte Trek?

Easy.

How Long is Nishani Motte Trek?

The total stretch of Nishani Motte Trek is 16 KM, it includes to & fro distance.

Days Required for Nishani Motte Trek

Two days and one night for a round trip from Bangalore.

9. Kurinjal Trek

Kurinjal Peak is one of the thirteen hiking trails on the fringes of Kudremukh National Park. We highly recommend Kurinjal Peak as it is one of the best beginner-friendly treks near Bangalore. The stretch till the peak is equally exhilarating as other treks but is less challenging. You will pass through many small streams of water, lush green meadows, and muddy pathways that finally lead to the majestic peak of Kurinjal at an altitude of 1159 meters.

A brook flowing at the foothills of Kurinjal Peak
A Beautiful Brook Flows at the Foothills of Kurinjal Peak.
Distance from Bangalore

Mullodi village is the base point for Kurinjal Peak. It is 324 KM away from Bangalore, a drive of 7 hours.

Best Time to Visit Kurinjal Peak

September to April.

Accommodation near Kurinjal Peak

As for most of the treks near Bangalore, trekking is not permitted here as well. There are plenty of homestays in close proximity with the trek start point.

  • Balgal Homestay, Balgal
  • Bhagavathi Nature Camp, Kudremukh National Park

How Difficult is Kurinjal Trek?

Easy.

How Long is Kurinjal Trek?

The total stretch of Kurinjal Trek is 14 KM, it includes to & fro distance.

Days Required for Kurinjal Trek

Two days and one night for a round trip from Bangalore.

10. Narasimha Parvatha Trek or Agumbe Trek

Agumbe is known as Cherrapunji of South India as it receives the highest rainfall in the country after Mawsynram and Cherrapunji. The high precipitation results in an unparalleled scenic charm in Agumbe. The rainforest in Agumbe is home to hundreds of species that are exclusively found here only. So, when you go for Agumbe trek, make sure that you a catch glimpse of blue-eyed bush frog and Draco (the Western Ghats flying lizard). Agumbe peak has an altitude of 1150 meters.

Distance from Bangalore

Agumbe trek has two trails, one starting from Kigga village and other from Malandur. The later has difficult terrain and can take up to nine hours to finish whereas the former is relatively easier and take up to six hours.

Kigga is 331 KM away from Bangalore whereas Malandur is 264 KM away.

Best Time to Visit Agumbe Trek

October to June.

Accommodation near Agumbe Trek

Though camping is not permitted inside the Agumbe rainforest there are plenty of homestays in close proximity with the forest.

  • Sringeri Homestay, Belandur
  • Nisarga Homestay, Agumbe
  • Male Mane Farmstay,  Agumbe

How Difficult is Agumbe Trek?

Moderately Difficult.

How Long is Agumbe Trek?

The total stretch of Nishani Motte Trek is 8 KM, it includes to & fro distance.

Days Required for Agumbe Trek

Two days and one night for a round trip from Bangalore.

Summing Up

There are many other treks near Bangalore that are equally exciting and exquisite. We have mentioned treks that are within the state of Karnataka so as to avoid the formalities at the state borders due to the pandemic. You can also go for Brahamagiri Trek, Kalchukki Trek
Baamikonda Trek and Kottebeta Trek.

We highly recommend to use self-drive cars and avoid public transport for travelling to the base of the treks. Also, please do not break the protocols set in place by the government in the light of COVID-19. Rest, we assume that everyone is already maintaining social distancing. Be a Responsible Traveller.

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Tanushekha Agnihottri

We have always been taught to complete graduation, get a job, get married, have kids and do exactly what everyone else is doing. But I'm on a quest to explore what lies beyond this vicious cycle of life. And nothing could be better than traveling to perceive a whole new meaning of life. I hope my stories will inspire you to chase all your long lost dreams.

5 Comments

  1. Pavan kumar

    19th Sep 2020 - 6:31 PM

    Great information .
    Thanks

    • Tanushekha Agnihottri

      9th Oct 2020 - 4:46 PM

      Thank you for reading Pavan 🙂

  2. Madhulika Agnihottri

    19th Sep 2020 - 9:26 PM

    Lovely description.

    • Tanushekha Agnihottri

      9th Oct 2020 - 4:47 PM

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  3. AMAN AKASH

    22nd Sep 2020 - 9:18 AM

    Unwind in the quiet greens of the Kudremukh forest on this holiday. Travel to the south trek and hike to the Doddabetta Peak for a spectacular view of the valleys curled along the mountains. Stroll through the Botanical Gardens and admire the mesmerizing Lake. Go for a sightseeing tour in explore Enjoy a beautiful sunset by the Kodai Lake and rejuvenate your senses in the chilling mist-laden greens of South Indian.. @man

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