Wildlife Weekend Getaways From Bengaluru

Wildlife Weekend Getaways From Bengaluru
Head to these wildlife destinations for a budget weekend getaway, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Looking to unwind this long weekend? Head to these wildlife sanctuaries for a day of rejuvenation

Roshni Subramanian
September 28 , 2019
17 Min Read

The capital city of Karnataka has rightfully earned its name as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Endowed with a perfect climate throughout the year and a budding IT industry, Bengaluru is a melting pot of cultures. In a city that is constantly bustling, finding  a corner for solitude is not an easy task. But thankfully Bengaluru offers plentiful of options to explore in and around the city. So if you want to escape the endless traffic and chaotic city life, a last minute quick weekend plan is just a drive away. Turn your weekend mode on and go exploring!

Bandipur National Park

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One of the best known sanctuaries in India and an integral part of Project Tiger, Bandipur is the ideal nature retreat you’re looking for. Surrounded by the Kabini river, Bandipur occupies an area of 874 sq km. Home to India’ biggest biosphere reserve known as Nilgiri biosphere reserve, it supports a diverse variety of species including a fairly large number of tigers. About 215 km from Bengaluru, it’s 4.5 hours drive from the city. If tiger spotting is on your bucket list, try hopping onto the early morning or evening safari.

Distance: 215 km from Bengaluru

Bannerghatta National Park 

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Only few cities are blessed with the kind of scenic beauty that Bengaluru is bestowed with. And Bannerghatta National Park plays its part perfectly in accentuating the aesthetics of the city. One of the few wildlife escapes located in an urban setting, it is easily accessible and attracts hordes of tourists every year. Sprawling over an area of 25,000 acres of land, Bannerghatta National Park boasts of a varied range of wildlife and vegetation. It also houses the Bannerghatta Biological reserve that consists of an animal rescue centre, a snake house, a safari park and the country’s first butterfly enclosure.

Distance: 22 km from Bengaluru

Nagarhole National Park

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Officially known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it lies in the districts of Coorg and Mysore. With the Kabini river separating it from Bandipur sanctuary, Nagarhole borders the state of Kerala. Covering an area of 644 sq km, Nagarhole along with Bandipur forms the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Home to endangered species like elephants and tigers, this national park offers great safari experiences. A hotspot for wildlife lovers, sightings of animals like spotted deer, gaur, wild boar and sloth are common. Tourists can also enjoy boat safari along the river Kabini and spot marsh crocodiles and water birds.

Distance: 236 km from Bengaluru

Kabini Forest Reserve

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A perfect destination to get away from the urban chaos, Kabini’s lush greenery is irresistible. Just a few hours drive from Bengaluru, a trip to this quaint little place is quite easy on the pocket as well. For nature lovers and adventure junkies, Kabini offers a plethora of options to explore like jungle safari, trekking, boating and biking. Located in the Coorg district, Kabini has some of the best resorts. Though the region boasts of a pleasant weather all through the year, the ideal time to visit would be from October  to June. 

Distance: 220 km from Bengaluru

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary 

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 A Haven for bird watchers, Ranganathittu bird sanctuary located in Srirangapatna is the largest bird sanctuary in the state. Situated along the banks of the river Kaveri, over 170 species of birds frequent this place, including the likes of Painted Stork, Common Spoonbill, Asian Openbill Stork, Vlack - Headed Ibis and Wooly - necked Stork. This sanctuary serves as a breeding and nesting ground for a large number of migratory birds. The ideal time to visit this place is from June to November which is ideally the nesting period for water birds.

Distance: 130 km from Bengaluru

Kudremukh National Park

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Set in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, this is one of the unexplored gems of Western Ghats. The name Kudremukh literally means ‘horse’s head’. Located on hill top, the park has four ranges -  Kudremukh, Kerekatte, Kalasa and Shimoga. The lush forest is also surrounded by tea and coffee plantations that make for a serene view. Home to a variety of flora and fauna ranging from Eucalyptus to Grevillea Robusta and animals like giant flying squirrel, barking deer, Malabar giant squirrels and even mongoose, a trek through Kudremukh National Park is an absolute treat to the eyes. Though it’s an overnight journey from Bengaluru to Chikmagalur, a trip down to this paradise is sure worth the effort.

Distance: 333 km from Bengaluru

Dubare Elephant Camp

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Most people’s knowledge about Coorg is limited to its misty hills and coffee plantations. While the popular tourist haunts here are Talacauveri, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls and Madikeri Fort, Dubare Elephant Camp is a less frequented destination. Dubare is a training and conservatory ground for elephants. About 13 km away from Kushalnagar, this camp is run and maintained by the forest department. Tourists can enjoy an up close view of the enormous creature and can also volunteer to feed them under the supervision of expert naturalists. The ideal time to visit the camp is from September to March.

Distance: 253 km from Bengaluru


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