With the revered monsoon showers finally beating a hasty retreat over Bangalore, the skies are clear and weather warm this October, perfect for that lazy, picturesque getaway you’ve been planning for months! Whether its strenuous, gritty treks that you enjoy, or reclining in front of serene, untouched horizons, check out this list of must visit places we have compiled for you.
1. SAVANDURGA HILLS
Touted to be Asia’s biggest monolith, with an altitude of over 4000ft, Savandurga hills are situated at a mere distance of 60km from Bangalore. A moderate trek, one can enjoy a spell binding sunrise, or choose to trek slowly, to view the golden-red sunset at the peak. With trekking banned in most months due to slippery rocks during monsoon or intense heat in summer, trekking Savandurga is best in October. Offering views of the plush green Magadi Forest, and watercolour painting like skies, this one is a must see.
Situated off the Bangalore-Tumkur Highway at a distance of 100kms, this is the perfect spot for bikers and those looking for a fun drive with friends. With beautiful roads and lush landscapes, the journey is as good as the destination. Siddarabetta offers sepulchral cavers formed by natural rocks, which are rich to explore. With a temple and mosque at the summit, celebrate diversity with this cavernous marvel.
3. VINEYARDS AT NANDI HILLS
While every person who considers themselves a Bangalorean has probably visited Nandi Hills, few can say the same of the rich vineyards situated at the foothills. About 40kms from the city, take a break to stroll amidst the harvest, watch the entire process of barelling and bottling the wine, and savour the different varieties offered through guided tours. Afraid of getting tipsy? Not to worry, kickback and enjoy a sumptuous lunch before you head back to the city.
The question is, are you a fan of ancient architecture or have you not visited Hampi yet? With quaint, mind blowing marvels from the 7th century, the awe that Hampi inspires cannot be put in words. Just five hours away, at Hampi one can hire a cycle and leisurely explore every crevice of this splendid city, with sculptures and royal complexes. Soak in Vijaynagar’s abundant culture, capture perfect pictures and let yourself be taken back by a few centuries. The air of Hampi seems to have resisted the dimension of time itself!
About eight hours away from Bangalore, this pilgrimage town is the ideal place to beat the bustle of city life and soak up on Vitamin C. Kudle, Gokarna and Om beaches are spectacular, and is the haunt of hippies, known for the beach parties. Listen to foreigners playing bhajans, interact with a diverse crowd of wanderers, and sleep in shacks at night, with the sound of waves in your ears. The stunning sunset of Kudle beach is a sight to behold, and experience Hindu mythology from the rapturous local folklore.
6. MUDUMALAI TIGER RESERVE
To explore wildlife in its raw habitat, there is no better place than Mudumalai. Just 240kms from Bangalore, this is a major ecotourism hub in Tamil Nadu, and over 240 species of birds and animals populate this dense belt. Jungle cat, sambar, spotted deer, tigers, elephants, gaur, etc can be spotted prancing around. When was the last time you held your breath, looking at a tiger prowling past your car? Bid adieu to the city and embrace the wild, set the inner animal in you free!
7. MALPE BEACH
400kms from Bangalore is the pristine, serene Malpe beach. With less crowd, and not much commercialisation, Malpe beach is said to be the Goa of the 90’s. Clean, calm waters allow some sea sport and surfing, while offering a safe environment for solo travellers too. With October being the best time to visit, let go of the stress of work and head west to Udupi, exploring its virgin beaches!
8. NETRANI ISLAND
Want to try snorkelling, but can’t visit the Andamans? Make a weekend trip to Netrani Island, an hour off the coast of Murudeshwar. With calm, turquoise seas, local fishermen guide you into the deep blue sea, snorkelling past bright, curious fish and corals. As you hear the sound of your breath in the mask, the gentle lapping of the waves, the sun on your back, and the crystal clear waters filled with marine life below you, contemplate the insignificance of the city troubles, and the beauty of the Arabian Sea!
9. ST. MARY’S ISLAND
Located off the Malpe coast, St. Mary’s Island is famous for it’s distinctive geological formation of columnar basaltic lava. The ferry ride to the island is breath taking, and the island itself is named by Vasco Da Gama, who first pegged a cross on the shore and named it after Mary. Untouched by shops, or vendors, tourists can lay on the wooden benches scattered across the island and admire the vast expanse of the horizon and it’s shimmering sunset. Live an islander’s life for a day!
Built during the 10th century by Chalukyas, and with famous monuments like the Gol Gumbaz, the stunning Ibrahim Rauza tomb, experience Hyderabad right here in Karnataka! Too hot to visit before October, the time is ripe to take in these ancient wonders. With it’s unique acoustic features, enter the Whispering Gallery and hear each whisper echo backwards into time. If Islamic architecture and mausoleums is your interest, there is no better place to head toward!
What are you waiting for? There is no better time to travel than right now. Grab that backpack, call friends and head towards the adventure you have been craving. Awaken the spirit of travel and wanderlust in you this October!