Places to visit near Bangalore, this is my one day trip under 150 Kms from Bangalore.
This trip is to Nandi hills, unexplored Dandiganahalli Dam, Mysterious Lepakshi town, all these places never fail to amuse us in their own way and are perfect for a 1-day trip.
So I planned my next trip in which I will take you to places to visit near Bangalore towards Hyderabad highway
So lets start this Journey with a Smile and a deep calm breath
- Duration of the Trip – 1 Day
- Cost of the entire trip – INR 1500 for 2 people (depends on the Traveller how much they wish to invest on their Trip)
- Mode of Travel – Bike
- Travel Route – Bangalore – Devanahalli – Nandi hills – Chikkaballapur – Dandiganahalli Dam – Lepakshi – Bangalore
Day Begin at 4:40 AM
We started our early morning trip around 4:30 A.M, from Bengaluru to our first destination Nandi hills.
Nandi Hills is located on Bengaluru – Hyderabad Highway and is a very popular weekend destination for silicon valley residents.
Once you cross toll, you’ll find a lot of eateries selling Tea – Maggie – Bread omelet, so not to worry if you are leaving early from home as there are a lot of options available here.
The morning is breezy on this road, and a Cup of Tea with Maggie can be the best accompaniment. I had some of them and the taste was good enough to satisfy the morning hunger.
You can also spot a bunch of riders chilling on these roadsides.
Do visit these shops and support locals.
The Roads are excellent till the “Nandi Upchar” Restaurant post that roads are in good condition but, are not as better as the National highway one.
There are a lot of good Cafe’s on the road towards Nandi Hills, you can always hang out during your return to the city.
We reached Nandi hills at 6 AM. The trees were welcoming all the visitors by showering dewdrops. the weather was cold and made me nostalgic about my visit to Kodaikanal.
Nandi Hills is also known as Nandidurg.
The place is an ancient hill Citadel in the Chikkaballapur area of Karnataka state. It is 22 km from Kempegowda International Airport, and around 60 km from Bengaluru.
You can spot some old temples in this area. These hills are extremely rich in flora and fauna making it an exceptionally amazing place for birdwatchers and photography.
MUST TRY : On the top of hill, there are small eateries which sells bhajji’s and Salads.
There are a lot of small hidden places on this fortress I recommend do not just leave after Sunrise rather explore the places like Tipu Drop – Tipu Summer Palace, Amrita Sarovar. also behind the Summer Palace there is a small pathway for trekkers and a small temple for exploration.
After Exploring this beautiful hill, we started our return as we have 2 more great locations on our voyage to Places to visit near Bangalore.
TIP – On the way back, you can taste and purchase grapes directly from farms. Lots of farmer’s family sells grapes here, Also there are a huge number of grapevines in the area. Grapes taste delicious as they are fresh helping to practice farm to table concept.
After tasting the juicy grapes, We Left from Nandi hills towards Dandiganahalli Dam.
Dandiganahalli Dam, an unexplored location
Dandiganahalli Dam, undisclosed places around Bangalore, it is 42 Km drive from Nandi hills.
This is not a popular Places to visit near Bangalore and due to that it is less crowded.
Try to take the back road, it’s beautiful you will find yourself far away from the fuss of Bengaluru City.
The best thing is you can walk on the dam side as there are no restrictions on walking near Dam, but be careful as there are no lifeguards to save you.
Dandiganahalli Dam is covered with mountains and at the end of dam gate you find a small village.
Points to be taken care:
- The dam is the main source of water to nearby villages, please do not litter anything into it.
- The Dam has no eating joints nearby , so you can carry some food items or finish your Hi tea before visiting.
The dam is approachable by both 2 Wheeler’s as well as 4 Wheeler’s.
After spending quality time, we left towards Lepakshi, and took the Anantapur highway.
Take a left from kodikonda and driving further for 6KM, here we are at our third destination of the day on Places to visit near Bangalore.
LEPAKSHI with its Tales from History
Lepakshi is 90 Km from the dam, I would recommend taking the highway road from Chikkaballapur. It takes approximately 2 Hrs at moderate speed, and it is in the State of Andhra Pradesh.
We have taken good breaks, as the sun was emitting heat, and the temple remain close in the afternoon so we reached around 4 PM.
The Virabhadra Temple is the highlight of Lepakshi.
As per local legend, Lord Shiva and Parvati married on this spot where the Kalyana Mandapa stands.
Lepakshi means an ‘embalmed eye’ or ‘an eye drawn in paint’, even ‘the village of the temple of the exaggerated eyes’ – a reading that trounces the folklore of Rama trying to raise the wounded Jatayu by saying ‘Le Pakshi!’.
Places of Attraction at Lepakshi
Gigantic Monolithic Nandi
At 27 ft in length and 15 ft in height, it is a historical structure, seemingly India’s biggest monolithic Nandi. Its huge size and the perfectly proportioned body make it popular with visitors. It is carve out of one single stone.
The Temple is one of the most outstanding examples of the Vijayanagar architectural style. These architectures are designed by the artisans of the Vijayanagara empire, it has idols of Shiva, Ganesha, Nandi, Veerabhadra, Bhadrakali, Vishnu, and Lakshmi.
This Park is located near the Temple, there is a small ticket of INR 10 per person to visit the park which is on a hill top, one has to climb on top with stairs to get a birds-eye view of the Lepakshi village.
There are about 70 Pillars in the temple compound, one of them has a unique identity as the bottom of the pillar is not attached to the floor, a small cloth can easily pass through it, this architectural marvel is something which makes this temple rank into some of the mysterious temples of India
There is a multiface snake shivaling which is a very unique and rarely seen is located in the backyard of the temple compound , it is said it was constructed by the workers while they were waiting for their lunch to be prepared.
Paintings Carved on the Roofs
There are lot of paintings carved on the temple structure which depicts Vijayanagara architectural styles
The Giant Foot
There is one of the most stunning facts associated with the Giant foot, it is said to be of Goddess SITA while she was been taken away by Demon King Ravana, the Foot is said to have always the presence of water mysteriously coming from beneath the earth.
Some of the facts also say the Giant foot is of Lord Hanuman, as there are similar Footprints in Bengaluru’s bheema hajje, In the Industrial Suburb of Neelmangala.
After visiting Temple we had some delicious food at Andhra Mess with different tastes from the one you get in Karnataka.
This small peaceful village has moderate tourist inflow always, please try to visit during the early hours of Day or during sunset as the area becomes very Hot during Noon.
Also respect the place, the religion, the locals as the sentiments are attached to it.
Day is Getting over
with these experience we would like to conclude our trip on Places to visit near Bangalore.
We returned back to Bangalore and the entire 130 KM Journey was a discussion about the great History which was preserved in this Temple, we were relating the history and post reaching the city back the memory of the day created slideshows in the Brain the trip in the true sense was a TRIPLE “H” TRIP – HILL, H2O AND THE HISTORY.
Thank you !!!
Stay Safe, Stay Tuned, keep Surroundings Clean, Respect the Culture of the Visiting Place 🙂