10 Early Morning Drive Destinations from Bengaluru!


It’s time for another guest post by long-time Zoomcar member Shrinidhi Hande.  Thanks once again to Shrinidhi for helping us build up this community! Check out his blog at www.enidhi.net


Don’t have all day to travel? Got just a few hours? Here are 10 destinations super close to Bangalore, which you can explore in under 4 hours. Leave very early in the morning, beat all the traffic, reach these destinations by sunrise time, spend an hour or so and be back in city by breakfast time and then ready to go to work! Sounds cool? Read on.

1. Big Banyan Tree & Manchanabale Dam: Off Mysore road and about 30 kms from heart of Bangalore city, Big Banyan tree (Dodda Alada Mara in Kannada) is a gigantic 400 years old banyan tree covering 3 acres of land. Few kms further is the Manchanabele dam, offering scenic views.

2. Kanva Dam: Again on Mysore road after Ramnagara, Kanva Dam is a small reservoir where you can drive your car close to the water, enjoy the scenic sunrise and come back. Kanva reservoir is about 62 kms from Bangalore city.

3. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta: some 15kms from Kanakapura and 75 kms from Bengaluru, Bilikal Rangaswamy betta makes a good four wheel drive uphill, to enjoy scenic views and thick fog if you’re lucky. Hilltop also has a small temple and few giant rocks. Be sure to take an SUV and not a small car/sedan.

.scorpio on a hill top

4. Nandi Hills: Just about 60kms from Bangalore, Nandi hills needs no introduction. Go there on weekday when crowd will be very less. Be sure to stop by at Tippu Sultan Guest house, located near the entrance of the hill.

5. Turahalli Forest Viewpoint: – Small viewpoint off Kanakapura road. More details in this post.

 evening sun at turahalli forest view point

6. Devarayana Durga: Just before Tumkur, DRD is a good hangout place.

7. Sunrise at Hebbal Lake: Hebbal lake, on the northern periphery of the city is worth spending few hours in the morning, listening to the chirping sounds of birds and enjoying the sunrise.

 closeup of sky-sunrise at Hebbal lake

8. Pearl Valley: Also known as Muthyalamaduvu, is worth a visit during monsoons for its deep valley and water stream. It is about 40kms from Bangalore city, near Anekal.

9. Pyramid valley: located off Kanakapura road, offers good place to meditate and refresh your mind and soul.

10 Tattekere: Tattekere is a small lake 45 Km from Bangalore off Bannerghatta. Thattekere lake bannerghatta

Need a car to head out to these awesome places? Rent a Zoomcar from your neighbourhood for 4-5 hours – Zoomcar locations are open round the clock, so you can enjoy your early morning drive and be back in city, even before others realize that you’re gone! Happy Zooming.

5 thoughts on “10 Early Morning Drive Destinations from Bengaluru!

  • March 17, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Kanakapura is a town in the state of Karnataka situated 55 km from the city Bengaluru. It is famous for the production of silk and granite, temples and church. There are many places to visit in Kanakapura and is an ideal for short trips.

  • August 1, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you very much for the post. We (my family and my neighbor’s family) decided to go for a short drive and i found this post via google search. We decided to drive to Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta. The drive was awesome particularly after taking the diversion from Kanapura. The tip to take a SUV was particularly very help since the last 8-10 kms road is definitely meant for a regular sedan. I’m an off-road junkie so the last few kms drive was indeed adventures. When we reached the top it was totally covered with fog with almost zero visibility and quite windy conditions which added to our excitement. Barring few villagers, there is no one who stays on the top. Thankfully we were carrying some hot tea/coffee and snacks. The kids had a very good time. There is a Gazebo on the top which most likely is built by the forest dept. The only disappointment was the temple was under construction so we could not enter in. Beware of wild animals particularly elephants since we spotted their dung at many places, so it is recommend to stay inside your car till you reach the top. To summarize, great trip and a must visit again.


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