India is full of beautiful places. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains and oceans on all sides, it offers abundant beauty everywhere. One such beautiful Indian city is Bangalore. Bangalore (now known as Bengaluru) being the capital of the state of Karnataka and the IT hub of India, a lot of cosmopolitan crowd lives here. To break-free from the stressful routine life of the capital city, there are a lot of places near Bangalore that serves as the ideal getaway.

Here’s a list of the best hill stations near Bangalore:

Ooty

Known as the queen of hill stations, Ooty can please people of any tastes. From the busier town center to the greener, quieter areas that has earned the well-deserved comparison with the English country sides, Udhagamandalam or Ooty is the most visited hill station by the people of Bangalore. The town is bustling with people in the summer months of April to June when most of the people of Bangalore and other neighboring cities come here to seek respite from the heat.

Distance from Bangalore- 265kms

Places to visit
Tribal research Centre museum
Thread Garden
St. Stephen’s church
Doddabetta lookout

Coonoor

Sitting high on the southern plains in the Nilgiri mountain ranges, Coonoor is a small and quieter getaway than the busier hill station of Ooty. Although the activities carried out here are almost the same, it is still not much explored by tourists. It is mainly preferred by people looking for a relaxed vacation in the lap of lush green mountains. People looking for some quality time and peaceful environment away from heavy traffic and busy streets come here to relax.

Distance from Bangalore- 288kms

Places to visit
Dolphin’s Nose
Sim’s Park
Highfield Tea Estate
Catherine falls

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Coorg

Abundantly rewarded by nature with acres of plantations and emerald landscapes, Coorg beckons people from neighboring places and other parts of the country in search of nature’s pristine beauty and peaceful environment. Coorg is also a major spice and coffee production center. People come here for adventure activities and bird-watching. It’s pristine beauty and natural magnificence cast a spell on every visitor. It’s abundant natural beauty makes it one of the best places to visit in Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore- 252 kms

Places to visit
Madikeri
Bylakuppe
Kakkabe
Namdroling monastery
Golden temple
Nalakunad Palace

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Yelagiri Hills

Yelagiri hills are famous for high mountain peaks and greenery all around. Visitors generally prefer to go Athanur, the main town of Yelagiri hills. The place is loved by trekking enthusiasts. The Punganur Lake attracts many tourists in search of peace and solace, from different parts of the country. Velavan temple is another place of great religious importance encouraging tourists to visit this beautiful hill area.

Distance from Bangalore– 166kms

Places to visit
Pungamur Lake
Velavan temple
Trekking and hiking activities

Wayanand

While Wayanand literally means land of paddy fields, it is a beautiful place for natural beauty seekers. Nestled amidst lush green plains, quiet flowing rivers, picturesque hills and exotic tea gardens, Wayanand is a perfect place to relax and unwind. Offering abundance of natural beauty and pristine scenery, Wayanand is flocked by tourists all-round the year due to its moderate climate.

Distance from Bangalore- 271kms

Places to visit
Banasura Sagar Dam
Kabini River
Banasura Peak
Chembra Peak

Kodaikanal

Living the gift of natural beauty to the fullest, Kodaikanal is located in the state of Tamilnadu and is frequently visited by people from Karnataka and other neighboring states of India. Majestic grasslands, eucalyptus forests, beautiful waterfalls cascading from the mountains are just some of the breathtakingly beautiful attractions of the hill station. It is a major summer retreat for tourists for its cool weather and calm environment.

Distance from Bangalore– 463kms

Places to visit
Berijam lake
Coasker’s walk
Chettiar park
Moir’s point
Silver cascade waterfall
Bear Shola falls

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Kotagiri

A very scenic hill station that boasts of red dirt tracks, tea factories, sprawling estates, trekking trails and waterfalls, Kotagiri is located just 19 kms north of Coonoor but is often missed by tourists due to lack of information. The beauty of Kotagiri is still virgin and offers beautiful green landscapes and sightseeing spots. January to May is known as the best time to visit the place.

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Distance from Bangalore– 393 kms

Places to visit
Kodanand View point
Catherine falls
Csi Wesley church
Longwood Shola
Elk Falls
Rangaswamy Pillar
Rangaswamy Peak

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Kakkabe

Witness one of the most un-spoilt hill stations of India carpeted with thick forest and located at a height of 905 meters. This small town makes its mark in the map by being the largest producer of honey in the entire south-east Asia and a big producer of coffee. Don’t forget to witness the spectacular view of Arabian sea at its highest point. You can enjoy bird-watching here as well.

Distance from Bangalore– 244kms

Places to visit
Kudremukh peak
Kudremukh national park
Hanuman Gundi falls

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Ketti Valley

Another beautiful abode of nature with a climate so perfect, it is often dubbed as the ‘ Switzerland of India’, Ketti valley enjoys abundance of natural scenic beauty with moderate climate throughout the year.

Distance from Bangalore– 294kms

Places to visit
Pasteur Institute
Dodabetta tea museum and factory
Doddabetta Peak

Chikmaglur

Popularly known as the ‘Coffee land of Karnataka’, Chikmaglur is a beautiful hill town located close to the city of Bangalore. It is a delight for the adventure enthusiasts with awesome trekking sites. The lush green thick forests and cascading beautiful waterfalls makes it a must visit place for one and all.

Distance from Bangalore– 203kms

Places to visit
Veerbhadra temple
Kallathigiri water falls
Bhadra wildlife sanctuary

With close proximity to the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Bangalorians have a lot of options to go for a trip to beat the routine. Varied climate conditions and picturesque locations offers perfect advantage for the locals to indulge in relaxation and other enjoyable adventurous activities.

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