Ahh.. long drives! Whenever I think about road trips, the Bollywood fan in me starts visualizing a vintage car running along the scenic roads of Spain - yeah you guessed it right. It's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and if you've watched it, I know you can totally relate, right? (You gotta stream right now if you haven't yet!!!).

While such long drives might be too far stretched a dream during the pandemic, staying in Bangalore isn't too bad, if you ask me. The highways are so scenic that you cannot but go road-tripping every other holiday! And we aren't making this up! You can trust us with the destinations for a convenient travel and stay experience!

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Here are some destinations that are good for long drives near Bangalore

1. Kabini Forest - A Nature Retreat That's Good for Long Drives Near Bangalore

How about taking a road trip to be close to nature? Time and again, I've found myself going back to experience the calming breeze and the shade of trees by the riverside of Kabini. If you haven't yet been there, I highly suggest you add Kabini to your itinerary for your next road trip from Bangalore.

What's Unique About Kabini Forest

You can explore the backwaters here on a boat and spot a myriad of birds around the area. Photographers, you are going to love it! You should consider taking the cruise at sunrise or sunset because that's when the ambiance gets really magical!!

Of course, that's not all. You get to be really really close to wildlife on this getaway. I mean, you wouldn't want to put down a jeep safari in the forests of Kabini to spot a tusker or leopard or tiger, right?! Imagine how thrilling it will be to have a wild life animal stand right in front of your jeep. It's as adventurous as it could get, I tell you! You'd feel like you are inside a Nat Geo episode yourself.

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 4 hr 52 min (205.9 km) via Mysore Rd

Food and Accommodation: Check out this beautiful Riverfront Resort in Kabini for your next weekend's getaway from Bangalore.

If you’re interested in booking this riverfront retreat, click here to find the best accommodation for a blissful stay.

Road Conditions: Most of the roads are in great conditions but as you get closer to Kabini, they become a bit bumpy and full of pebbles during the rainy season.

Nearest Petrol Pump: Sargur

Best Time to Visit: October - February: Winters are great weather-wise and for bird sightings. However, to see more wildlife, sometime in the summers is better as many animals come out of their hideouts in search of water.

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2. Chikmagalur - Embark on Long Drives Near Bangalore for A Sip of Authentic Coffee

Think about this. You're taking a drive through the lush green valleys and the aroma of coffee whiffs past you as you make way through the dreamy mists! Isn't it so charming, so romantic, so soothing?! That's what fascinates me about Chikmagalur. And coffee lovers, this is one of the long drives near Bangalore which is a total NO BRAINER for you!

What's Unique About Chikmagalur

The backdrop of the Mullayangiri ranges will take over your heart in Chikmagalur. Along the way, you'll see many small streams and waterfalls. Once in a while, you can get down with your partner or friends and take pictures on the road with flowing streams.

The cold winds gushing against you will only add to the awesome feeling of a road trip. Put some good Bollywood music on the car stereo, maybe a cup of coffee or tea along the way, and voila! Enjoy the Hebbe Falls while you are in Chikmagalur.

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 4 hr 2 min (243.2 km) via NH75

Food and Accommodation: Chikmagalur has many hotels, homestays, and resorts to suit your budget.

Road Conditions: While the drive from Bangalore to Chikmaglur is mostly a smooth one, within the hills of Chikmagalur, the roads aren't great at several. They are often narrow and have steep curves.

Nearest Petrol Pump: Chikmagalur

Best Time to Visit: With cool and pleasant weather all year, it is one of the hill stations you'd want to rush to during the summers. The monsoon is a very romantic time to see the green valleys in their full glory.

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3. Gandikota - Witness the Grand Canyon of India On A Long Drive Near Bangalore

Let's accept this: we all have dreamt about visiting the massive Grand Canyon in the US. To top it off, my lifelong dream is to take a road trip through Arizona and behold landscapes like the Grand Canyon, which have always fascinated me.

Now, the pandemic may have delayed that dream, but let me tell you that you can visit a very similar place in India itself. Have you heard of Gandikota? It is known as the Grand Canyon of India and is located in Andhra Pradesh. So, if you were thinking about heading out on some adventurous long drives near Bangalore, Gandikota should top your bucket list.

What's Unique About Gandikota

Along the drive, you see the rugged beauty of India's plateaus, unlike the lush green valleys of the Western Ghats. To reach the Grand Canyon of India, you can take the Bangalore—Hyderabad highway and visit the Belum Caves. Did you know the Belum Caves are the Indian subcontinent's largest and longest cave system open to the public?

From here, you can make your way to Gandikote village (yes, it is named after the canyon). Here, you can explore the Gandikota Fort and learn about the region's rich history before you head towards the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon of India. And the best part is you can even camp at the canyon!! I can only imagine the views you'll be waking up to!!

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 5 hr 33 min (280.0 km) via NH 44

Food and Accommodation: Options for hotels are limited in Gandikota (last time I checked, there was just one). So, either make your bookings weeks ahead or carry your own tent, as most visitors do.

Road Conditions: There are a few rough patches on this drive, so be prepared for a crazy ride.

Nearest Petrol Pump: Jammalamadugu

Best Time to Visit: October - March with temperature not soaring like in the summers. Winter is a good time to visit Gandikota from Bangalore

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4. Mysore - A Peak Into The Charming Royal City On Long Drives Near Bangalore

Need your dose of culture and history during your long drives near Bangalore? Then, you will love the road towards Mysore. This drive is not only one of the most scenic ones in South India but also passes various tourist places where you can make pitstops. You can hike to Ramadevara Betta, visit the toy village of Channapatna, or whet your appetite at any of the cute cafes and eateries along the way.

What's Unique About Mysore

Once you reach Mysore from Bangalore, there is so much to explore! First of all, the very famous Mysore Palace. You might not like the crowds, especially if you visit during the sweltering summers, but trust me, it is so worth it! The sheer magnificence, ufff!

When it lights up in the evenings, that is a view you won't want to miss capturing! You'd also love how beautiful the Vrindavan Garden is. Also, make sure you do not come back without seeking blessings at the Chamundeshwari Temple or spending a quiet evening at Karnataka's largest lake, Karanji Lake.

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 5 hr 33 min (280.0 km) via NH 44

Food and Accommodation: Mysore is a popular tourist spot. So, you'll get loads of options for hotels, hostels, and resorts as per your budget. So many good restaurants around the town too. And you gotta try out the street food here! So Yum!

Road Conditions: The Bangalore Mysore is one of the most well-designed highways in India. Your journey would be very smooth and comfortable.

Nearest Petrol Pump: Mysore

Best Time to Visit: October - March when the mercury dips.

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5. Hogenakkal Falls - Witness the Surreal Waterfall For A Refreshing Weekend Near Bangalore

You're probably wondering, "Waterfalls near Bangalore?" Oh, YES, let me tell you that there are so many just a few hours' drive away! One gorgeous waterfall near Bangalore is the Hogennakal waterfall, and you should totally add this to your bucket list for long drives near Bangalore.

What's Unique About Hogenakkal Falls

The Cauvery River meanders through the gorges as it enters Karnataka from Tamil Nadu, and you'll be mesmerized by its gushing beauty. Several streams—14 to be precise—are spread around the area! Just look at the picture above and tell me if it doesn't make you want to visit it right away.

There are several viewing decks in the area from which you can watch the waterfall and take panoramic pictures. Take a coracle ride and feel the misty waterfall sprinkling all over you! I'm sure you'll keep exclaiming, "WOW!" And in case you were wondering what Hogennakal means, it is "hoge" or smoke and "kal" or rocks. So, what you'll see are "Smoky Rocks" - a glorious visual treat!

Time and Distance from Bangalore: 3 hr (127.1 km) via MDR588

Food and Accommodation: Freshly cooked fish from the river are a hit among tourists here. For a stay, you would find good resorts some 30 - 40 km away. Before that, options are limited.

Road Conditions: The roads are in good condition, although that may not be the case during monsoons. They do get a bit narrow after Anchetty.

Nearest Petrol Pump: Dharmapuri

Best Time to Visit: Monsoons unveil the full glory of the Hogenakkal Falls. However, coracle rides may be stopped during this time for safety purposes.

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Wrap Up!

If you're a true wanderlust and travelling is your lifeline, you'll love exploring these scenic destinations near Bangalore. They offer the most scenic views, architectural wonders, diverse activities, and authentic local cuisines for weekend getaways away from cities.

But which one is the best? Hmm... none! Every destination is good and has something unique to offer for a memorable sensory experience. Besides, a true traveller doesn't compare destinations, right?

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