Bangalore - Tourist Excursions
For excursions, Bangalore offers you excellent spots to move around and enjoy. You also have the number of options to choose from in the modes of transportation too. The city has sufficient options available ranging from tour operators to taxi drives where the driver can also act as a good guide. Starting from religious sites to natural marvels, you can choose any of the options Bangalore has for you. The gigantic Banyan Tree, the flora and fauna rich Banerghatta National Park, the picturesque Nandi Hills, the thrilling Mekadatu and so on. The list goes on and on.
Situated at a distance of about 60 kilometres from the city, Nandi Hill is a picturesque spot to visit. It is a popular health resort for the people of the southern plains of India, especially during summers. The shimmering lake and the green valley is a treat to the eyes. This popular summer retreat is located at an altitude of about 1,615 m above sea level.
The word Mekadatu literally means goat's leap in the local language. The name of the place has an interesting legend related to it. According to the legend, the holy river Arakavathi flows into a ravine narrow enough for a goat to leap across. Hence the name Mekadatu. The river Arakavathi flows through a deep gorge only to make the confluence with the river Cauvery where you can also visit the Hindu temple of Lord Sangameshwara.
Big Banyan Tree
As if the list above is not enough, Mother Nature seems to have bestowed all her love to this garden city of Bangalore. This is especially felt when you see the gigantic banyan tree spread over almost three acres of land. It is situated at a distance of about 28 kilometres west of Bangalore at Ramohalli. You must not miss a visit to this place to have a look at the tree.
Banerghatta National Park
Another natural retreat to visit in Bangalore is the Banerghatta National Park. Situated at a distance of approximately 11 kilometres from Bangalore, the park houses some of the exotic species of flora and fauna. If interested, you can also explore the nearby temples here. The Banerghatta National Park is also a birdwatcher's paradise for it has more than a thousand species of birds in it.