I received just too many queries from girls for the upcoming long weekend. Although the Meetup group already devised a plan sometime back last month, I’m gonna throw some ideas for who haven’t.
You can always count on various trekking planners that Bangalore is so full of. BTC, Thrillophilia, Lets Go Hiking, Bangalore Adventure & Climbing Meetup, Hiking Meetup, Bangalore Ascenders to name a few.
These planners offer you a proper package comprising of pick-up + drop to locations closest to you, basic trek guidance, may be tents/gear if required and post-trek Breakfast.
Most Bangaloreans who own vehicles choose to drive themselves to the various trek points, the more the merrier. But if you do not have such options to favour you, opting for any of trek packages is the best bet. You might not need so much help doing the trek and coming down as such, but having the transport arranged to the trek location is totally worth it.
Now Bangalore has many many hills around it for a trek, but not all fit well to the summer time! Night-trek options are always better for a hot hot summer. You need to start late at night, at around 11-12 am, and start your ascend by 3 am. You reach the top for a beautiful sunrise, descend back just in time for a hearty breakfast.
Treks around Bangalore (40 – 150 km)
1. Skandagiri: This was one of my first treks around Bangalore, and a great choice to begin with. This one is famous for a moon-lit night trek, where you literally will not need even a pocket-torch if the full moon is on the watch 🙂
Unfortunately, most people couldn’t understand this when we last went with Thrillophilia for this night trek. Blind people I tell you! full-moon night went completely went unnoticed for these ignorant dumbheads – kept shining their silly torches into our path and our faces. Morons. If you go there – please choose to do so on a full-moon night, and try respect the natural light. Pretty please.
2. Antargange – This one is known for its caves, and definitely a fun trek with lots of boulders and huge rock to climb. On this one, we started at 3 am, it has a temple at its foot, and while descending we decided to take a non-trail route. Finding our own route. It was bloody tough. But fun as well. Lot more pressure on our knees cause of that.
3. Kunti betta – This was super fun, it has a naturally formed huge rock slide at the foot, that you will find the village kids playing at.. This has a temple campus as well at the foot. Reaching the top, there is a protruding cliff where you can hang out at. You will find many pics of that online.
Places I would not recommend for summers are Savana Durga, Makali Durga, Ramanagara(‘Sholay’ land) & Madhugiri. Sep-Jan would be a better time for these, as they are very rocky and tough to ascend when hot.
Treks around Bangalore (300 + km)
1. Tadianamol (Coorg) – This is undoubtedly the first choice of Bangaloreans, be it in monsoons or summers. But you can add the Coffee flower bloom charm to this little trip, and it’ll sum up for a pleasant long weekend, accompanied by traditional Coorg cuisine at a nice homestay 😉
2. Kodachadri (Shimoga) – Has a beautiful landscape as the pictures from google will make it evident immediately. This happens to be a good choice in summer too.
3. Kemmangundi (Chikamagaluru) – Serene landscape as I’ve been told by friends, dense forest. Club it with a relaxed homestay experience and traditional local food. Avoid Mulayangiri, nothing much to its credit. On way to BB hills you may want to stop by your vehicle and check out the neighbouring landscapes and hills instead of the tourist clad famous spots.
For summer treks as I mentioned earlier, you need to be very early. As day heat is just a killer!
In case trekking doesn’t interest you, following places may turn out to be a cooler ground in summers. Nope it isn’t Wayanad, or Valparai or Ooty either! Recently some friends who visited reported them to be quite hot for a hill station in summer. Munnar may still be cooler, my guess. Kodaikanal may be? But the crowds will be a turn off for sure.
I will rather suggest you to go off and use the opportunity to spot some wild animals i summer. You know that right? summers bring out wild animals more often for you to spot them than in other seasons..
Masinagundi (near Mysore): Many friends have suggested this place to me time and again. There are many resorts, that are within and near by jungles, so you can literally have tea and breakfast, while gazing at deers grazing in the vicinity!
Nagarhole National Park (Kudremukh): The resorts here are mostly expensive, and Kabini being the ideal one. You can also look for other resorts for a lesser price, but afaik, this is the only resort that gets you closest to the National Park, and better experience. But I don’t want to sound like they paid me for it 😛 .. try stay inside/near the forest to experience some exciting strolls.
Bandipur is also an option, though my estimation says it will be quite hot in those jungles too.
I found this simple easy map to denote various well-known destinations around Bangalore on one of Bangalore travel groups: