Be a traveler, not a tourist. Be the one who loves to explore everything the world has to offer, be it the serene beauty of nature, the cultural variety in the world or a little travelling back in time to see what our ancestors have left for us to watch and cherish.
Let’s travel through some paces which are entirely different from one another. Pick your place of comfort or choose to be the one who likes to have a taste of it all.
6. Sangam – Visual delight and intense trekking
Mekedatu is about 90km from Bangalore. It’s close to Sangama. Sangama is where Arkavati River meets Kaveri river. At Mekedatu, the Kaveri runs through a deep gorge, just 10 m wide. The water ferociously gushes through this space, and it is a wonderful sight to see.
Mekedatu, meaning the goat’s leap, has the story to tell of a goat who leapt from one side of this gorge and crossed the river to escape from a tiger. The point where the goat leapt has widened due to erosion by the Kaveri River.
Attractions: This place is great for intense trekking. Tourists mainly come here to see the Sangam, which depicts a beautiful sight involving the 2 rivers. 5km before Sangam is the Chunchifalls, Arkavathy dam and great spots for picnicking. Upstream on the Kaveri is the Shivasamudra falls. The coracle riding is quite famous here.
7. Jakkur- Get a top view of the entire garden city!
The Jakkur aerodrome is an airport located in Jakkur, a suburb of Bangalore. It is the only dedicated general aviation field in Bangalore. Situated at 16.8 km from Bangalore, Jakkur is a place that lets tourists experience the thrill of flying over the skies.
Jakkur promises to not only fulfil your flying fantasy, but also pacifies your taste buds with some sinfully delicious chocolate. It houses a chocolate factory which was there since 2001.
Attractions: The Jakkur aerodrome provides tourists activities like parasailing and microlight flying.
Parasailing: The flyer will handle a manned kite in the shape of a parachute. This will be tied to a jeep. The flyer gets a panoramic view of a wide region around Jakkur.
Microlight Flying: This would be unbeatable, as the flyer would get to travel on an STOL ( Short Takeoff and Landing) aircraft and experience microlight flying. You get an aerial view of Bangalore sitting at the co-pilot’s seat feeling the controls of an aircraft.
The chocolate tour: Chocoholics will have their day coming to chocolate making factory at Jakkur. You get to tour and watch how the delicacies are made. They also arrange workshops on the same.
8. Nrityagram dance village- For the love of dance!
If you are the kind who is an ardent follower and lover of Indian arts, especially dance, then this place would leave you awestruck and in complete mental peace, at the same time. Late Protima Gauri, famous Odissi danseuse, is the mother of this dance village. This place would amaze you with the way of life the students and dancers here uphold. It is situated 35km off Bangalore on the Tumkur highway.
Attractions: The school practices the ancient gurukul routine. The mud houses and tree-laden paths will amaze you and give you an incredible sense of harmony. The students follow a self-sustainable means of living.
9. KokkareBellur bird sanctuary – Enjoy the happiness they spread!
Birds are blessed with the ability to create a happy and positive vibe wherever they go. Even if you are not a bird lover, visiting a bird sanctuary will get you going to a different, happy world.
Kokkarabellur is a small village located in the Mandya district of Karnataka. It is situated 83km from Bangalore. It is one of the 21 breeding sites existing in India. The village is named after the painted stork, or ‘kokkare’ as it is called in the Kannada language. The people of this village are emotionally connected to these birds and see them as family. The spotbilled pelicans are the main attraction. Villagers use their droppings as phosphorus and potassium rich manure.
Have a wholesome experience watching the real beauties of nature. This one will be different!
Attractions: Apart from the spotbilled pelicans, there are many other birds found like painted stork, little cormorant, black ibis, grey heron, black-crowned night heron and Indian pond heron. Birds nest in clusters of 15 to 20 pairs per tree and are thought to use the same tree every year.
10. Badami– Travel back in time
If you are a history buff and love travelling in time, this place is for you. Badami was the regal capital of Badami Chalukyas from 540 AD to 757 AD. It is located in a ravine fanked by sandstone hills. Badami has been selected as one of the heritage sites for HRIDAY- Heritage City Development and Augmentation Scheme of Govt. of India.
Badami is famous for its sandstone cave temples. It has numerous cave temples and each one is dedicated to a different God. It has sculptures on the walls talking about stories from history. The entire ambience of the place will leave you in awe of the perfection in which each minor construction has been done.
Attractions: Main attractions in Badami are cave temples, gateways, forts, inscriptions. The main spots to visit are:
- The Bhootnath temple, a small shrine, facing the lake, constructed in 5th century.
- Upper Bhootnath Temple located opposite the Badami Caves
- Badami Fort situated on top of the hill.
- Many Shivalayas including the MalegattiShivalaya with 7th century origins.
- The Dattatreya temple.
- The Mallikarjuna temple dating back to the 11th century, built on a star shaped plan.
- ADargah, a dome of an Islamic place of worship on the south fort side
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