7 Best Hill Stations near Bangalore

With the fast pace of life in Bangalore, there is no doubt that hard-working professionals in the Silicon Valley of India will need a break from the city crowds. We bring to you a list of 7 of the best hill stations near Bangalore, that will not only provide you an escape from the city, but also provide you with a chance to completely rejuvenate yourself.

1. Coorg, Karnataka - Scotland of India

best hill station near Bangalore - Coorg

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At a distance of 267 kilometers from the city, lies one of the best hill stations near Bangalore. Also known as Kodagu, Coorg is a picturesque town that is a must visit during the monsoon season, between June to August. The emerald green beauty of this town can give a run to even some of the best hill stations in the world, so much that Scot coffee planters themselves compared it to their beloved country.

The sparkle of the dancing Abbey and Mallalli Falls, the tranquility of the Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple, the piousness at the origin of River Kaveri, a trek to the top of the sky-scraping peak of Tadiandmol; all of these just make Coorg an unforgettable experience. Just hop in your car, and say good bye to the rush of Bangalore, and drive your way to a peaceful weekend at Coorg.

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2. Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of Hill Stations

Ooty - hill station close to Bangalore

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One of the best hill stations in India, Ooty even enchanted our former Prime Minister, Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru. About 270 kilometers from Bangalore, a scenic journey for about 8 to 10 hours, will land you in this stunning hill station amidst the lush Nilgiri Hills. The weather is pleasant all around the year, thus you can visit this pretty town any time.

A leisurely boat-ride in the Ooty Lake, a walk around the picture-perfect tea estates, watching golden deer at the Deer Park, a hike to Doddabetta Peak, a picnic among velvety roses at the Government Rose Garden, and a ride to Coonoor aboard the mini-train, are some of the must-do things when in Ooty.

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3. Wayanad, Kerala - Green Paradise

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In God’s Own Country, is a paradise that will definitely mesmerize you. Between November to April, when the country bids adieu to the monsoons, take a road trip to one of the best hill stations near Bangalore. 275 kilometers from the city, the ruggedness of the surrounding Western Ghats, adds in to the exquisite beauty of Wayanad.

This cozy little town packs in a variety of attractions that will completely rejuvenate you, like the pristine Sentinel Rock Falls and Kanthanpara Falls, the charming Pookot Lake, the lush green Kuruva Island and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, the majestic Chembra, Banasura and Brahmagiri hills, and the sanctimonious Thirunelli Temple. For those seeking for a bit of an adrenaline rush, there are wildlife watching expeditions and river rafting open for you. Wayanad is a complete package.

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4. Chikmagalur, Karnataka - Land of Coffee

Chikmagalur - within 300 Km from Bangalore

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This Coffee Land of Karnataka is one of the most popular hill stations near Bangalore. After tackling all the insane traffic in Bangalore, take a break and board a train for a charming ride to Chikmagalur. The hill station is merely 277 kilometers from Bangalore, and it is totally worth the trip. The climate is pleasant here at any given time, so you can head to Chikmagalur any time of the year.

There are various peaks along the Baba Budan Giri range, that you can hike for a panoramic view from the top that will just take your breath away. The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the highlights of Chikmagalur, with over 1200 species of birds making the gorgeous forests their home. You can even go mountain-biking, island camping, sailing and kayaking, while in Chikmagalur. And don’t forget to sip on some exotic coffee, the taste will definitely be one you will carry back home.

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5. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu - Poor Man’s Ooty

Yercaud within 300KM from Bangalore

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Yercaud may be called Poor Man’s Ooty, but it is rich in nature's bounties. Amidst the Shevaroy Hills, lies this pretty-as-a-picture town just 228 kilometers from Bangalore, that can deceive of you of its beauty by its size. The climate of the hill station is enjoyable all through the year, but the months from September to April is the best time to visit this small hill town.

There are a lot of things you can do while in Yercaud. You can take a boat ride in Yercaud Lake, hike up Servarayan Hill to take the blessings from God Servarayan and Goddess Kaveri, find out how silk is made at the Silk Farm, look at the town through the telescopic at Lady’s Seat and enjoy the dancing Kiliyur Waterfalls. Just take a day out from your busy life, drive down from Bangalore and enjoy the gifts of nature here at Yercaud.

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6. Munnar, Kerala - Kashmir of South India

Munnar, most visited hill station close to Bangalore

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At a distance of 476 kilometers from Bangalore, Munnar is one of the most unique hill stations in India. Known as the Land of Three Rivers, due to the convergence of the rivers Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly here, Munnar is quite a getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle. The atmosphere is a romantic and dreamy one, with fresh air and greenery to add to it. While there are many activities to do in Munnar, strolling in the tea estates and lush green forests will definitely get in touch with your inner self amidst nature. Check Out : Best Resorts in Munnar

There are many wildlife sanctuaries in the surrounding forests, where you can go and spot exotic animals like Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Grizzled Giant squirrel and Nilgiri Langur, as well as, Elephants. The most unique thing about this hill station is that every 12 years the hills turn blue with Neelakurinji flower in full bloom. This phenomenon is the reason why these hills are known as Nilgiris. While it is chilly here all the time, the best time to visit Munnar is during summers from March to May, to beat the city’s heat.

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7. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - Princess of Hill Stations

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Kodaikanal translates into "The Gift of the Forest", and once you're here, you will indeed agree with the name. About 459 kilometers from Bangalore, Kodaikanal is a haven of grasslands, eucalyptus trees and shola forests. The Kodaikanal Lake, while man-made, is a striking feature in this hill station near Bangalore. You can not only boat in the lake, but also hire bicycles and enjoy a ride around the lake. The Byrant Park is another stunning place to spend some leisure time in, with the dahlias and water lilies giving a treat to your senses.

Other natural locales like Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Dolphin's Nose, Berijam Lake and Pambar Falls are all a must-visit in this scenic hill station. For those who are all about gaining knowledge about nature from scholars, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History and Kodaikanal Solar Observatory is where you should head to. All in all, Kodaikanal has something for everyone.

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So don't wait any longer and go ahead and take that much needed R&R you’ve been longing for. These hill stations are just what the doctor prescribed for your overall well-being!

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