Big Banyan Tree / Dodda Alada Mara
At a distance of 25 kms from Bengaluru City Junction and 32.6 km from Ramanagara, The Dodda Alada Mara literally translated to Big Banyan Tree is a giant Banyan tree located in the village of Kethohalli in the Bengaluru Urban district of Karnataka. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bengaluru.
Dodda Alada Mara is a single Banyan tree that is 400 years old and has spread over 3 acres of land. This tree is said to be the largest tree in Karnataka and the second largest in India. It has a circumference of more than 250m and has more than a thousand aerial roots. In last 10-15 years the main root of the tree succumbed to natural disease, and thus the tree now looks like many different trees.
At a distance of 50 Kms from Bengaluru (close to NH4 towards Tumkur), Shivaganga Hill lies at an altitude of 4599 ft and it is a good short trekking destination near Bengaluru and a popular tourist place to visit near Bengaluru.
There are also two Shiva temples, one very close to the foot of the hill, called Shivaganga Temple and another one on top of the hill, called Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple. The unique feature of the hill is that it looks like a bull from the East, a Ganesha from the West, a Linga from the South and a cobra from the North.
Ghati Subramanya Temple
At a distance of 58 km from Bengaluru City Junction, Ghati Subramanya is a popular pilgrim center located near Doddaballapur. This is one of the popular pilgrimage sites near Bengaluru and among the well known Bengaluru places of interest.
The Ghati Subramanya temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. Lord Subramanya is elder son of Shiva and Parvati. Subramanya is considered as lord of Snakes. It is believed that the idol of Shri Subramanya is self originated. The uniqueness of the temple is Sri Subramanya is facing east and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is facing west in a single idol. The devotees can view Laxmi Narasimha through a strategically placed mirror.
Sangama & Mekedatu
At a distance of 93 Kms from Bengaluru (via Kanakapura), 107 Kms from Mysore, Sangama and Mekedatu are two lovely places situated nearby. This is one of the famous weekend getaways from Bengaluru. Sangama is the place where Arakavathi river merges with River Kaveri. From this point, about 3.5 kilometers downstream, Mekedatu is a place where river Kaveri flows through a deep and narrow gorge.
Wine aficionados can treat themselves to a fun and informational wine tour. The salubrious weather and fertile soil of Bengaluru aids the growth of grapes. This in turn has led to the mushrooming of wineries around the city. One of them is the Heritage Winery.
On their tour, you can unravel what goes behind the makings of fine wine. Amble through the refreshing wine yards; learn how to see, swirl, sniff, and sip the drink from the experts. And to top it, get to indulge in a wine tasting session too!
Situated on the banks of the River Cauvery, the Shivanasamudra waterfalls are formed due to splitting of the river around ravines and rocks of the Deccan Plateau. The river also forms the Shivanasamudra Island during its course.
The Shivanasamudra waterfalls attract tourists from all over the country and the world because of its scenic beauty. Refreshing and relaxing, the Shivanasamudra waterfalls are the perfect location for a quick weekend getaway.
Wild Life & Bird Sanctuaries