Whether you’re in Bangalore for work or holiday, you’ll want to spend some time exploring the areas around the city. Here we’ve compiled a list of 30 amazing places you can visit in Bangalore within a budget of 1500 rupees. In fact, some of these places would cost you less than 300 bucks to visit! Take a look.
Wonderla is an amusement park located near Bidadi on Mysore Road. It is widely popular among all age groups for the exciting land and water rides it has to offer. Depending on the traffic conditions, it takes anywhere between 40 minutes to an hour to reach Wonderla from Kempegowda Bus Station (Majestic). The cost of the bus journey ranges from 40 rupees to 140 rupees based on the type of bus. Make sure you carry an additional set of clothes if you are planning to take the water rides. Entry to the park is priced at around 1000 rupees, inclusive of all the attractions (food and drinks to be purchased separately though).
2) Innovative Film City
Several hit movies have been shot here. There are a number of attractions and rides for the general public. Some of them include the Ripley’s Museum, Scary House, Mirror Maze etc. If you’re a photography or selfie addict, you’ll surely love this place.
Located near Bidadi on Mysore Road, a bit further from Wonderla, it takes around an hour to reach this place via BMTC buses. A return journey can cost you around 200 bucks. Tickets to the place are priced at around Rs. 600, although some online sites offer deal prices of Rs. 400.
3) Bannerghatta National Park
A large biological reserve with lots of things to do, you can easily spend a whole day at this park. There is a zoo, a butterfly park, a real safari and a mini-amusement park here. Entry fees are very nominal – Rs.80 for the zoo only or Rs.260 for a grand safari. Children get a 50% concession as well.
You can take a normal or an AC bus from KBS/Majestic for less than 100 rupees, and it will take about an hour to reach if there’s no traffic. Also be forewarned that the place gets extremely crowded on the weekends, so it’s best to reach early to avoid huge queues.
4) Savanadurga Hills
Savanadurga is one among the top destinations for trekkers and hikers. The Manchinabele Dam is also located close-by, thus making it a fun one-day outing. It is located around 45 kilometres away from the heart of the city. While you can take a local bus to Dodda Aalada Mara and then take an auto from there, it is advisable to travel in your own vehicle or a hired cab. Be sure to carry lots of drinking water.
5) Shivaganga Hills
Shivaganga (Shivagange) is located around 60 kilometres from Bangalore. You can reach there by taking any private bus going to Dabbaspete near Tumkur. From there you can take an auto. The place is very scenic and offers a lot of hiking avenues for adventure enthusiasts. Make sure you have a first-aid kit and plenty of water with you if you plan to go trekking.
The famous scenes from Sholay and Passage to India were shot in the scenic hills of Ramanagara. The area is also known for its vineyards and wineries that you can get a guided tour of. Located 50 kilometres to the south of Bangalore, you can reach this place through passenger trains or inter-city buses. Travel will set you back by not more than 100 bucks.
7) Nandi Hills
A hotspot for the city’s youth and the IT crowd, Nandi Hills attracts hundreds of visitors on a daily basis. People travel to this place to catch a glimpse of the sunrise, which is indeed a sight to behold. The roads are decent, so hiring a car or a bike is suggested. Be careful of the early morning fog, though. Also, carry a windcheater or a sweater along as the place tends to get quite chilly in the wee hours of the morning.
This place is famous for artistically crafted wooden toys. In the city, you’ll get the opportunity to meet and interact with local artisans and watch how these toys are made. It takes around 2 and a half hours to reach this spot by road. Trains are also available to the location.
9) Devarayanadurga Hills
This scenic hill station is located near Tumkur and provides an opportunity for adventure and nature lovers to climb to the top of the hill where there is a temple. Located at about 65 kilometres from Bangalore, you can reach it by travelling on a train to Tumkur and then hiring a rickshaw. It is better to carry food and water with you as there are no shops in the vicinity. A day’s trip should not cost you more than 800 bucks.
Antharagange is an underground cave temple located in Kolar, 70 kilometres from Bangalore. There are a few adventure groups in Bangalore offering a guided trekking trip (there’s even one at night!) for a little over 1300 bucks.
11) Sangama and Mekedatu
Located on the banks of the river Kaveri near Kanakapura, Mekedatu is roughly 100 kilometres from Bangalore. Mekedatu roughly translates to ‘Goat’s leap’ in the local language. It gets this name due to the fact that at this point, the width of the river reduces from over 150 metres to just 10 metres, which is small enough a distance for a goat to leap across.
Sangama is another place to visit on the way, a confluence of the Rivers Arkavathi and Kaveri. During summer, you can walk across the banks of the river as the water level is quite low. However, beware of crocodiles.
To reach Mekedatu, you need to take a bus to Kanakapura and then another one to Sangama and finally a third bus to Mekedatu. Thus, a one-way trip will cost you around 120 rupees. However, it is more convenient to hire a cab for the roundabout journey which may come up to around 1200 rupees.
12) Shivanasamudra Falls
Once a major source of power for the whole Karnataka state, Shivanasamudra falls has now lost most of its former glory. However, during the rainy season or perhaps just after, it’s still worth a visit. It is located around 140 kilometres from Bangalore. The ideal mode of transport would be a bike or a car, although you’ll have to be a bit careful as the road is quite bad at certain places. Preferably travel early in the morning as it can get extremely hot and sweaty at noon. There is a KSTDC restaurant and a guest house at the viewing spot, so you can even spend the night there. The cost of stay is around 600 to 1200 for a double bedroom depending on the season.
Bheemeshwari Jungle Lodges is a popular adventure camp located inside the Bheemeshwari forest. Best time to visit would be from August to February having gorges, waterfalls and dense forests. Some of the activities here include trekking, rappelling and kayaking. Some adventure clubs in Bangalore have an all-inclusive package that costs around 1500 rupees per person.
Located in Kolar, the Kotilingeshwara temple is a sight to behold. Although the name translates to ‘1 crore lingas’, there are not that many lingas in the temple. This place has one of the largest Shivalingas in the whole world. To reach this place, you can take a bus to Kolar, get down at Bharath Nagar bus stop and then take a rickshaw. The total cost of this journey, one way, will not exceed 150 rupees. Make sure you carry a hat or an umbrella as the place tends to be very hot and sunny.
15) Lepakshi Temple
Lepakshi temple is a popular tourist destination in Anantpur, Andhra Pradesh. It is located around 120 kilometres from Bangalore and the journey takes roughly 2 hours. There are several private buses that go to Anantpur and this should cost you no more than 200 rupees per head, one way. This place also houses India’s largest monolithic Nandi statue made of granite.
Probably one of the lesser explored destinations, Shivarapattana is a gold mine, or shall we say – a stone mine! This tiny village located 60 kilometres from Bangalore, consists entirely of families of artisans carve out various kinds of statues from blocks of stone. These statues are world famous and can be found in several temples across the globe. If you’re planning to buy a sculpture, make sure you bargain well and check the rates across all the shops as some of them can take you for a ride.
To reach Shivarapattana, which is near Malur, you’ll need to catch a passenger train from KR Puram towards Malur (MLO). This ticket costs Rs.10 From Malur, you can take a sharing auto to the Malur city bus stand, which again costs 10 bucks. Finally, you can board a bus to Shivarapattana, which costs another 10 bucks, thereby bringing the total cost one way to just 30 bucks! Be warned though that there are hardly any shops selling food items in Shivarapattana, so it’s better you eat well before you set out or carry something to eat.
17) Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
A haven for all nature lovers, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary has a lot to offer. Located near Shrirangapattana, the ideal time to visit this place is during winter, when you can catch a glimpse of various species of birds and mammals on a guided boat tour. As there are no lodging facilities available at the sanctuary, you’ll need to stay at Shrirangapattana or Mysore. A train from Bangalore to Shrirangapattana should cost you less than 40 rupees and another 40 rupees to reach the sanctuary by rickshaw. Thus, a round trip can be completed for around 160 rupees, with stay costing an additional 500 to 900.
Talakadu is a desert-like town near Mysore, consisting of over 30 temples most of which are now submerged under the sand. Legend has it that the town was cursed to be drowned in the sand when the queen died trying to save the town from the Wodeyars.
To reach Talakadu, which is around 140 kilometres from Bangalore, you can take a train to Mysore and then take a cab to reach the destination. The total cost of this trip would be around Rs. 450, one way.
19) Pyramid Valley
If you’re looking for a spot to meditate and become one with your inner self, the pyramid valley is a great place to go. There is a huge pyramid-like structure which you can enter. Note that this isn’t really a touristy spot – you’ll be forced to spend a few minutes in meditation by the volunteers. Avoid going there at noon, as it can be very hot. However, a very tasty vegetarian meal is provided free of cost during lunch time.
This place is located around 42 kilometres from Bangalore. Take a bus from Banashankari bus station towards Kembepalya. Get down at Kembepalya and take an auto for 2 kilometres. The total cost of the trip one-way would be around 40 rupees.
20) Art of Living International Centre
This is a huge campus located on Kanakapura Road, offering several avenues for relaxation and enjoyment. You can easily spend a whole day here getting to know yourself. There is a free guided tour of the campus on a bus, which you can register yourself for at the reception. It is highly recommended that you take this trip which lasts for about 90 minutes as it will take you more than 4 hours if you try exploring on your own. Free vegetarian meals are provided at both at noon and night. There is also a supermarket selling Ayurvedic and other wellness items.
To reach the place, you can take any bus going towards Harohalli on Kanakapura Road and get down at the entrance gate of the ashram. The cost of bus journey would be less than 24 rupees for one way.
21) Big Banyan Tree
Big Banyan Tree, also known as Dodda Aalada Mara is located at Ramohalli, around 33 kilometres from the heart of the Bangalore city. This is a giant 400+ years old Banyan tree covering over 3 acres of land. The tree has over 1000 aerial roots. City buses are available from KR Market and should cost no more than 40 rupees per person for a journey that takes around 45 minutes.
22) Bangalore Darshan
The tourism department operates a fully guided tour of top sightseeing locations in Bangalore. At 230 rupees per head, you get to check out some of Bangalore’s iconic places including Tipu’s summer palace, Lalbagh, Vidhana Soudha, Bull temple etc.
If you’d like to explore the city at your convenience, then you can also opt for the HO-HO buses introduced by BMTC. These Hop-on Hop-off buses are fully air-conditioned shuttle vehicles that keep plying on the roads. Fares for the HO-HO trip are 400 per head for adults and 300 for children.
Another place famous for its hills and scenic beauty, Chikkaballapura is slightly more than an hours’ journey by bus from KBS/Majestic or train. It should cost you around 30 rupees by bus and 15 rupees by train for a single journey. You can then use the local autos to get around.
24) Mysore Darshan
Several day tours to Mysore are arranged by the tourism department for the benefit of visitors. These fully guided tours are available for as low as 650 rupees per person. Most of the sightseeing destinations are covered under this trip.
At around 200 kilometres from Bangalore is the Kabini River. Several resorts, lodges etc. are present around the area, with a lot of adventure activities which can be undertaken. Some of the activities include Jeep Safari, River Cruise etc. A car or a cab would be the preferred mode of travel. You can take a train to Mysore and then opt for a cab, which would come up to around 400 bucks in total or you can take a cab right from Bangalore, which would come up to around 1300 one way.
26) JP Park
JP Park is a popular recreational centre within the Bangalore city limits. Located in Brindavan Nagar, Mathikere, this place is easily accessible by all means of public transport. This huge park has a large jogging and walking path, play equipment for kids, a lake with lots of catfish, a large musical fountain and a swimming pool. Entry to the park is free, however, there is a nominal charge for the musical fountain. But be warned that this place gets quite crowded in the evenings and weekends. The total cost of the journey from KBS/Majestic will be around 100 bucks by auto/cab or 19 rupees by BMTC bus.
27) Krishna Leela Park
Krishna Leela Park is located off Kanakapura Road in JP Nagar, although the place claims to be a theme park (still under construction), it is a great getaway if you’re planning to move out of the hustle and bustle of the city and spend the day in a serene environment. There is an ISKCON temple atop the hill. By auto/cab, it will cost you around 200 bucks, while you can also take a bus that goes to Kanakapura road, get down and Vasanthapura and take an auto from there. This would cost you around 50 bucks.
Yercaud is a hill station located in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. However, in terms of distance, this is a mere 200 kilometres. This is a good place if you intend to have a weekend trip. Several resorts and home stays are available at the place ranging anywhere between 300 Rupees a night to 1600 Rupees a night, depending on various factors including the season. There are direct private buses that go from Bangalore to Salem, after which you need to take another bus from Salem to Yercaud (30 kilometres). The bus fare for the one-way journey would come up to around 400 rupees. Be warned that as this is a place amidst nature, there may be no network coverage at certain places.
29) Hogenakkal Falls
Known as the Niagara of the South, Hogenakkal is situated in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. The name roughly translates to ‘smoking rocks’, derived from how a white smoky misty layer is formed when the water hits the rocks with force. Boating is allowed during the summer seasons.
Although you can take a bus to Dharmapuri and then use other means of transport, it is recommended you travel in your own vehicle or hire a cab for the entire journey, which may cost you around 1500.
30) Penukonda Fort
Located around 140 kilometres from Bangalore, Penukonda Fort is a famous medieval fort in Andhra Pradesh. This region was controlled by various Indian rulers until finally being captured by the British. There is also a 5-acre Kumbhakarna Garden here, with a giant statue of a sleeping Kumbhakarna. It is ideal to hire a cab to reach this place, which may cost you around 1000 bucks depending on the season.
How many of these places have you visited? Did we miss out on any spot? Have any tips for fellow travellers? We’ll be happy to hear. Let us know in the comments section below!