Best Trekking Locations in Bangalore: Nature trails and treks of a lifetime

by Vinodkumar Sankranthi
trekking in Banglore

Fresh breeze, stellar views, breathtaking serene landscapes, calm mind, and a happy soul; not your everyday kinda thing but wouldn’t it be great to experience it once in a while? For all the times you binge-watched series or stayed home on the weekends. For the times when you successfully ditched plans with your friend or family but ended up partying anyway. And for the times when you were the epitome of procrastination (Well, don’t be a sloth, there’s a reason they are famous). Don’t you ever wish you could have ventured into the unknown, maybe go on an adventure or something? Maybe had a chance at exploring exquisite places? Suit up, Soldier, for this is your call to heed and quench your thirst for nature trips. While you are at it, do plan and book ahead.

Do check out our page for discount coupons for MakeMyTrip hotel booking and save on your trip. Makemytrip is no doubt one of the best online travel websites for hotel booking in India.


For all the adventure junkies out there, the calm spirited souls, and the people in between the two who would love to have a bit of fun; here’s your chance to plan a trek of a lifetime. Love nature trails, beautiful scenery, and unexpected greetings by small beings? And, if you stay in and around the city of Bengaluru, this article is just for you! It’s time to take you trekking in Bangalore and maybe even away from the city; the busy city which is known for its vibrant life, cultural diversity, delicious food, and welcoming people. Be it a one-day trek or an overnight stay, we have listed the most famous trekking spots in Bangalore.


So, what’s on the list?

  1. KumaraParvatha
  2. Narayangiri
  3. Ramanagara
  4. Nandi Hills
  5. Kunti Betta
  6. Bheemeshwari
  7. Kodachadri
  8. BR hills
  9. Yana

Top Trekking Locations in Bangalore

1. Kumara Parvatha

Kumara Parvatha

Kumara Parvatha happens to be one of the best places to visit near Bangalore within 300 km. Situated at the edge of Dakshina Kannada and Coorg, this hill is nestled away amidst the lush green forest and is one of the highest peaks in Karnataka. One is indeed bound to be mesmerized by the valley of flowers, en route. This trek is a long and strenuous one, be prepared for challenges on your way but rest assured this will be all worth it. This place falls under the list of night trekking in Bangalore for you need two days for this trip.

Distance from Bangalore: 280 Km
Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult
Trek Type: Night
Best Season to Visit: October to February

Itinerary, stay, travel and other options for Kumara Parvatha.

2. Narayangiri


Located near Ramanagara, Narayangiri is another marvelous trekking spot near Bengaluru that is sure to take your breath away. With 3800 feet of height, this hill is one of the lesser-touched ones in the state. Natural caves, magnificent valleys and beautiful blue skies are the major attractions of this place. It will take around 3 hours to reach the top of the hill and once you reach there, you will be out of words looking at the stunning view from the top.

Distance from Bagalore: 76 km
Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate
Trek Type: Night
Best Season to visit: September to March

3. Ramanagara

Ramanagara trek

Looking for a quick and impromptu getaway? Then Ramanagara is your best bet as it’s one of the places to visit near Bangalore within 100 km. They say unplanned trips are the best, it does hold true.  The Ramanagara hill is a perfect spot for every adventure enthusiast. With pristine, less travelled routes to majestic hills, one can trek and go abseiling on the huge mountains. This place is known for having one of the best trekking camps in Bangalore.

Ramanagara 1

Distance from Bangalore: 50 – 55 Km
Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate but tricky.
Trek type: One-day/ Night ( Ideal spot for camping, bonfire and night treks)
Best Season to Visit: September to February

Itinerary, stay, travel and other options for Ramanagara.

4. Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills

The famous Nandi Hills near Bangalore is an ideal weekend getaway place for one-day trekking. Unmatched with beautiful views and challenging trails, this trek is indeed venturesome. Nadi Hills is preferred and happens to be one of the favorite trekking spots in Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 57 Km
Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
Trek Type: One day
Best Season to Visit: June to August/ Anytime

Note: Decent stamina for the trek is a challenging one.

5. Kunti Betta


Sunrise, pretty views, a breath of fresh air, and a gush of an adrenaline rush; that is what you experience when in Kunti Betta. Being one of the best day trekking places in Bangalore, Kunti Betta has successfully managed to impress the thrill-seekers. Witness an aura of positive energy, picture-perfect scenery, and calm surroundings.  The Kunti Betta night trekking indeed does have a lot to offer, go ahead, plan and trek soon to this mesmerizing place.

Distance from Bangalore: 124 Km
Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
Trek Type: Day
Best Season to Visit: October to May

6. Bheemeshwari

bheemeshwari nature and adventure camp

The list cannot be complete without mentioning Bheemeshwari, which is the favourite trek of every trek lover in and around Bangalore. Apart from the mountain lovers, the place also attracts many fishing fanatics as it is located on the banks of river Cauvery. Bheemeshwari truly personifies the beauty of mother nature with glorious mountains, heart-warming sunsets and orange skies. So, if you are planning to trek this hill, don’t forget to carry basic trekking essentials with you!

Distance from Bangalore: 105 km
Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
Trek Type: Day
Best Season to Visit: November to February

7. Kodachadri


The Kodachadri summit boasts a graceful stretch of lush green forests, enveloped in peaceful surroundings.  Wrapped with elegant beauty, this place is worth every visit. Less traversed forests, charming waterfalls, intriguing jungle trails, and scenic landscapes is what Kodachadri has in store for you. Nested within the core of the national park, this Natural Heritage has immaculate wildlife and biodiversity.  Trekking at night is a better option as you can camp in the heart of the forest. What a treat.

Distance from Bangalore: 420 Km
Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trek Type: Night
Best Season to Visit: October to February

Itinerary, stay, travel and other options for Kodachadri.

8. BR Hills

Biligirirangan Hills

Reckon that your trek list is complete? Well, not yet. Biligirirangan Hills definitely deserves a mention. BR hills is one of the prominent tourist places near Bangalore within 200 Km. Tranquil surroundings, exquisite wildlife, and gushing rivers, there’s so much more to this place that you can’t miss. Adventure junkies, listen up, you can go river water rafting, camping, trekking and maybe even go on a jungle safari.

Distance from Bangalore: 180 Km
Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trek Type: Day
Best Season to Visit: October to May

9. Yana


A trek to Yana is much looked forward to.  It’s better if you hit the road for this place as it will leave you awestruck. With a view to picturesque landscape on both sides and a long drive through the majestic western ghats forests, what more could you ask for?

Distance from Bangalore: 465 Km
Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult
Trek Type: Day/ Night
Best Season to Visit: August to October

Trekking Essentials

While you plan your next trek with your friends, don’t forget to arrange a few trekking essentials in advance. While you choose the place you want to explore from the above list, we also give you the leverage to pack your bags by going through the below list. Below are a few must-have trekking essentials to make your trek an easy yet memorable one!
trek essentials

  • Water bottles
  • Trekking shoes or shoes with a good grip
  • Energy bars, snacks, dry fruits, fruits, and whatever you need ( pack light)
  • Clothes, toiletries and other essentials
  • Caps and umbrella
  • Sunscreen and moisturizers
  • Insect repellents
  • Extra pair of socks and handkerchiefs
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack to take them all
  • And other necessary essentials that you might need.

Final pointers, before you head away on your trek, do check if the place needs a forest permit. For night treks, we suggest you book your accommodation/ camp stay prior. For those who face a few health problems, do take necessary precautions. Nevertheless, wish you a wonderful trek.

Well, don’t just sit there, pack up and trek away.

Image Courtesy

<div class='toc'><ul><li><a href=#Top-Trekking-Locations-in-Bangalore><b>Top Trekking Locations in Bangalore</b></li><p>  <a href=#1.-Kumara-Parvatha>1. Kumara Parvatha</p><p>  <a href=#2.-Narayangiri>2. Narayangiri</p><p>  <a href=#3.-Ramanagara>3. Ramanagara</p><p>  <a href=#4. Nandi-Hills>4. Nandi Hills</p><p>  <a href=#5.-Kunti-Betta>5. Kunti Betta</p><p>  <a href=#6.-Bheemeshwari>6. Bheemeshwari</p><p>  <a href=#7.-Kodachadri>7. Kodachadri</p><p>  <a href=#8.-BR-Hills>8. BR Hills</p><p>  <a href=#9.-Yana>9. Yana</p><p>  <a href=#Trekking-Essentials>Trekking Essentials</p></ul></div>

Related Posts


Dinesh November 22, 2019 - 10:55 am

my next target will be Yana and BR hills.. Oh man i really Appreciate for the you work .. its really cool …….thanks

Jaya Dwivedi February 12, 2020 - 12:53 pm

Hey Dinesh, glad you liked the article! Hope you’ve covered Yana and BR Hills by now :)


Leave a Comment