By Mekhala Kulkarni
Bangalore is a city of not only great history but excellently located geographically.Banglore is one the fastest growing city ‘s of India in terms of population .The Silicon valley of India, as it is called is also the city of startups and a city that has the most companies across the nation .It has a population of about 8.42 million and a metropolitan population of about 8.52 million, making it the third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India.With the growing population many want to explore Bangalore and the places around Bangalore . Lot of people who are new to the city usually wonder what are the places they could explore over the weekend. Most of us are familiar with Mysore, Ooty and the likes, but there are some places that are very interesting and quite untouched with the modern explorers, here is a guide that might make you curious to explore.
Dodda Aalada Mara – The big banyan tree
Located on the outskirts of Bangalore, this one hour drive on the Bangalore-Mysore road will land you under the shade of a 400 year old banyan tree. This is great location for a family picnic. Easily accessible, well connected to the city. One can take a bus from Majestic- the main bus station of Bangalore. Cool breeze, not too populated this is one of my favorite destinations.
This is the place where the famous ‘Sholay’ was filmed. About fifty kilometers away from Bangalore, this location is well suited for a weekend trek. Well connected by transport. This place in itself is well equipped with essentials. Away from the city yet near the city.
This is located in Mandya district and is about 100 kilometers away from Bangalore. Sitting in the lap of the union of three waterfalls- mekedaatu, gaganchukki, barachukki, the scenic beauty is breathtaking. This place also has ample space for fishing. There is also lodging facility available in cottages nearby.
A peaceful gateway, this place is bout 150 kilometers from Bangalore. Surrounded by hills, this place has serenity and peace engulfed in it. The place also boast of some tourist attractions like Punganoor artificial lake and park where one can take a walk when desired.
If the adventurous side in you wants to take a leap, paragliding is one such attempt.
A small weekend trek is something almost everyone would love to do. Situated about 60 kilometers from Bangalore, surrounded by hills around. This place is a perfect match for your interest in adventure and some history to go along with. The ruins here trace back to the 18th The trek level; being easy and road connectivity being easy. This is accessible to people of all age groups.
Located about 40 kilometers away from Bangalore. This is a scenic place. The river Cauvery flows swift cutting a gorge. This place requires specific guidance for it is prone to accidents. But once followed, it can be quite a relaxing tour. One can spot many species of birds around this place as well.