Five famous one-day trekking destinations near Bangalore

Trekking has become a popular weekend activity in Bangalore, particularly among people craving an adventure and a quick refreshing vacay in the outdoors away from the bustling city and maddening traffic. It is seen as the best way to burn off a few calories as well as get relieved from the stress of hectic work schedules. Fortunately, the Garden City of Bangalore is blessed with so many hills, mountains, forests, and plains that offer myriad trekking opportunities. And the best part about most trekking destinations near Bangalore is that they are just a couple of hours away from the city. Here are the popular trekking places near Bangalore!

Nandi Hills:

Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is undoubtedly a popular trekking destination near Bangalore, and the drive to the Nandi village is an equally desired short road trip from Bangalore! The trek to the top of the hill, where the summer palace of Tipu Sultan resides, constitutes of 1,200 well-laid stone steps. Hence, this easy trek is recommended for beginners as well! Check out the 500-year-old Sri Gavi Veerabadhra Swamy temple and the beautifully constructed Amrita Sarovar along the way to the summit, and don’t miss the sunset views from the top!

Altitude: 1478 m

Distance from Bangalore: 60 km


The beautiful district of Ramanagara is surrounded by seven hills, namely Shivaramagiri, Yatirajagiri, Somagiri, Krishnagiri, Revana Siddeshwara, Jala Siddeshwara, and Sidilakallu. Ramanagara is not only famous as a trekking place near Bangalore but also as a destination for other interesting activities like rock climbing, rappelling, high rope traversing, camping, bird-watching, etc. Apart from these seven hills, Ramagiri hill at Ramanagara is another popular one-day trek near Bangalore. The celebrated Bollywood movie Sholay was shot here.

Distance from Bangalore: 55 km

Savandurga Hill:

Savandurga Hill on the Deccan Plateau is one of the largest monolith hills of Asia. It is a popular trekking destination near Bangalore, known for its steep and challenging trails. There are two trekking trails (Karigudda and Billigudda) to reach the hilltop, from where you can catch the sweeping views of the Arkavathi river. All the avid trekkers prefer the tough Karigudda trail. Go trekking at night and relish the thrilling experience!

Altitude: 1226 m

Distance from Bangalore: 65 km


The trek to the Makalidurga hill fort, perched on a huge granite hillock, is considered one of the difficult treks near Bangalore. Yet, the fact that there is no defined trail to the peak is what allures the adventure seekers to take up this trek. Moreover, the beautiful view of lakes, curvy roads, railway track passing through the base of the hill, and the tranquility of the place makes the difficult trek worthwhile! An old temple of Lord Shiva at the hill fort is another attraction here. Night trekking is also popular at Makalidurga.

Altitude: 1350 m

Distance from Bangalore: 60 km

Ranganatha Swamy Betta:

Ranganatha Swamy Betta, one of the famous trekking destinations near Bangalore, is a part of the Eastern Ghats and is situated near Kanakapura town. Also known as Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta, the names of the hill are attributed to the hilltop Ranganathaswamy temple and the white rocks (Bili means white, Kallu means stone in Kannada) situated near the summit. The trekking trail takes you through a thick forest full of shrubs, and the pleasing weather keeps you going to the top, from where you can enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding Kanakapura range!

Altitude: 1552 m

Distance from Bangalore: 60 km

                   Along with the above destinations, the other popular one-day treks near Bangalore are Skandagiri, Devarayanadurga, Anthargange, Channnagiri Betta, Kunti Betta, etc. Add these interesting treks to your Bangalore itinerary the next time you visit this city. For cheap flights to Bangalore, visit!