If you are looking forward to exploring some offbeat locations near Bangalore over an extended weekend, then look no further than the regions near Kanakpura. The town of Kanakpura is easy to access from Bangalore via Kanakpura road or by taking the NICE road. The best places to visit near Kanakpura are accessible year round but are breath-taking during the monsoon when the rivers are swollen and the greenery is vibrant.
1. Arkavati River
The Arkavati River originates at Nandi Hills and merges with the Cauvery river at Sangama. Sangama and Mekedatu are the most awe-inspiring sights in the state of Karnataka. The two rivers at Sangama have different densities and colors and is a joy to cross after a particularly bountiful monsoon. Coracle boats dot the banks and will help you traverse for a nominal charge. 3.5km from Sangama is Mekedatu which is a narrow and deep gorge and is among the most popular Kanakpura tourist places. The river rushes across this point making it a lovely spot to view the might of nature.
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2. Kallahalli Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple
The Kallahalli Temple is also known as small Tirupati and houses a 7000-year-old idol of Sri Venkateshwara Swamy. One must visit this temple during the Maha Brahma Ratotsava or the Chariot Festival where the main idol is placed on a large and ornate chariot which is then carried across the area around the temple. It is said that Lord Venkateshwara leaves Tirupathi to traverse through time and space in order to become one with the idol at Kallahalli. Booking resorts near Bangalore gives you the flexibility to visit all these temples at your leisure.
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3. Turahalli Forest Viewpoint off Kanakapura road
A great place for the adventurous, Turahalli forest ideal for anyone interested in hiking, cycling, or rock climbing. This forest has managed to stay off the grid with only a few visitors making a beeline for the same. This means that there are no hawkers allowing the place to stay clean with no garbage littering the place. At the viewpoint is a small temple amongst some boulders and greenery and gives you stunning views of the city. Book the best resorts in Bangalore and plan your visit so that you can catch the sunset from this vantage point.
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4. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta
Popularly known as BR Hills, this site is a wonder of nature. With a delicate ecosystem that is protected by the forest department, the region is thriving with local flora and fauna. The best time to visit BR Hills is during the monsoon when there will be a fine drizzle to accompany your many walks through nature. However, you must take care to not walk around alone in the evening once it becomes dark, as there are predatory animals residing in the forest. Another place to visit in the hills is the temple which has stunning views of the area.
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5. Chunchi Falls Kanakpura
The Chunchi falls is located on the banks of the Arkavati River before Sangama. The area around the falls is covered by a deciduous forest which comes alive during the monsoon season. Near the waterfall is a watchtower from which you will be able to enjoy a 360 degree of the rocky terrain.
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Resorts in Kanakpura Road welcome travellers to the area with modern amenities which are designed to make your stay a memorable one.