Bangalore is in a geographically convenient location that allows for many great day trips to make anyone’s Instagram feed the stuff of envy. With a variety of options to suit everyone’s needs, the city can be the ideal base for many road trips to spectacular locations.

With many services that allow friends and family alike to hire a car for rent or provide services like Self drive cars in Bangalore Bangalore is seeing an explosion of day trips that inspire homebodies to explore the great outdoors. Here are some of the best day trips from Bangalore for that next big holiday.

1. Nandi Hills

The staple drive for every Bangalorean, Nandi Hills offers a great drive and panoramic views of the plains below. With an ancient temple and fortress, there is much to explore in the area. The Tipu Sultan era fort is under massive state-sanctioned renovations making the trip for tourists a worthwhile visit. Plenty of eating options on the hill provide sustenance as visitors explore the exotic flora of the location. Attractions on the hill include Tipu’s Drop where condemned prisoners were thrown to their death. The hill also offers paragliding opportunities and is one of Karnataka’s only such offering. Nandi Hills is also a hotspot for cycling enthusiasts with many cycling from Bangalore.

2. Mekedatu

Located off the main Kanakapura highway, Mekedatu is a deep and narrow gorge through with the river Kavery flows. 3.5km from Mekedatu is Sangama which is where the Arkavati meets the Kaveri. At Sangama, boats are available to make the crossing safely as the water currents can get very quick especially during monsoon. On the other side of the crossing is a bus service that runs every half hour, though the distance can also be covered by foot. The gorge is named Mekedatu which means goat’s leap as it is said that herdsmen observed a goat leaping across while being chased by a tiger who did not attempt the crossing.

3. Savandurga

Located 60km from Bangalore, Savandurga is one of the largest monoliths in Asia. There are two temples located at the foothill – Narasimha temple and Veerabhadreshwara temple. Quite a few people visit the hill for picnics and cave explorations. It is also the site for many serious slab climbers from around the globe. The Manchanabele dam is located in proximity as well and offers many water sports for an adventurous and fun day out.

These places are best accessed with a self drive car. Bangalore has many options when it comes to this services including Zoomcar.

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