Who doesn’t love witnessing beautiful sunrises and sunsets? Capture the sun rising-bringing everything to life, presenting a panorama of colours in the sky. There is something about it that soothes your mind and imparts positive energy into your body and soul. For everyone who needs a quick break from the chaos of the city, this vision is quite rejuvenating.
Bangalore being the busy city that it is, has a handful of vantage points in and around the city, ideal for a quick getaway.
The mountain of Anthargange is situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka, about 70 km from Bangalore. It is at an altitude of 1712 meters and is an excellent trekking spot with its rocky boulders, caves and dense plantations. The viewpoint atop the mountain can be reached via a trek of moderate difficulty level. People often trek at night in order to experience the mesmerising sunrise experience that Anthargange has to offer.
Remember the rocky terrains in the yesteryear hit movie, Sholay? That location is Ramanagara, around 60 km from Bangalore. Ideal for activities like bird watching, rock climbing, and rappelling as well, a lot of Bangaloreans prefer to drive down to this sleepy little town for a day of adventure. The place offers an amazing sunrise view. You can reach the viewpoint by climbing around 350 to 400 steps to the Ramadevara Betta Hilltop.
The less explored trails of Narayangiri hills is perfect for a quiet getaway from the hustles of city life. This hillock is situated at a distance of around 70 km from Bangalore. It lies at the height of around 3500 feet and is often frequented by trekking enthusiasts. The trek progresses through the forests of Jalamangala. People usually trek the route at night under the guidance of an authorised guide, camp at the peak for the night with a bonfire. If you happen to doze off in between, you might as well wake up in time to witness the vibrant hues of the rising sun.
Yet another popular trekking spot around Bangalore, Skandagiri is a mountain fortress located in Chikkaballapur of Karnataka. This place is approximately 62 km from Bangalore city. The peak is at an altitude of about 1450 meters, and the summit can be reached by a moderately difficult trek of around two to three hours. Skandagiri has old ruins of the fortress of Tipu Sultan which adds to the mystic appeal of the place. Known for night treks, people start trekking during the early hours of dusk in order to reach the top to witness the sunrise in its full glory.
An all-time favourite getaway destination of Bangaloreans, Nandi hills offers amazing sunrise views with a pleasant, cool weather, all year round. A drive of around 60km will take you to these hills located in the laid-back village of Chikkaballapur. As the roads to the hills are easily traversible, there is no need to trek to the viewpoint. A short walk will take you to the viewpoint, and you can enjoy the stunning views from the hills. The hills are well maintained with ample greenery around and good options for refreshments. There are a couple of resorts in Bangalore in and around Nandi Hills should you plan to spend a day or two in the area.
If you want to spend an evening enjoying the sunset in Bangalore, head to Kaikondrahalli Lake in Harlur along Sarjapur Road. This small lake with a joggers track is a bird watcher’s delight due to the sightings of various migratory birds. With beautiful greenery around, the lake is a perfect spot in the midst of the city if you are craving some calm and quiet. You can wind up your evening by witnessing the breathtaking sunset colours and head to one of the many eateries around the area.
One of the largest existing lakes in Bangalore, Hesaraghatta Lake has a little bit of history surrounding it. This lake is a man-made freshwater reservoir spread over an area of 1620 hectares built in the year 1894. Located 18 km to the north-west of Bangalore, the lake is an excellent choice for a picnic spot within the city. Bird watching is one activity to engage in at the lakeside, not to mention the serene sunset experience by the banks of the lake. The spot is also known for poultry, animal husbandry, agriculture and horticulture research and development institutes.
Kanva Dam is an artificial lake reservoir 70 kilometres from Bangalore city. It was built by the damming of the Kanva River (a tributary of River Kaveri) for irrigational purposes. The reservoir which is surrounded by wooded hills is a good place to spend your weekend away from the city rush. The place is famous for its sunset. A lot of birds visit the dam making the place a favourite among bird watchers and photographers. Purushottama Theertha Cave temple is located around 3 km away from the spot. The famous rocks of Ramanagara where the film Sholay was shot is another attraction close by.
Turahalli forest or Turahalli Park or Karishma hills is a small patch of forest within the city. The forest is situated around 20 km from Bangalore city off Kanakpura Road, overlooking the NICE road. Inside the woods, there is a rocky area with a hilltop viewpoint. This place is worth a visit to enjoy a nice view of the city and a quiet sunset.
Hebbal Lake, being one of the oldest man-made lakes in Bangalore is known as a habitat for many exotic birds. The lake is situated in North Bangalore, along Bellary Road. Occupying an area of 150 acres, this lake also has a walking track around it which has been beautified with various flowering plants. Hebbal Lake is an excellent spot well within the city to relax and unwind while enjoying the sunset in the company of various birds living here.