12 Lesser known Hill Stations Near Bangalore

12 Lesser known Hill Stations Near Bangalore

There are many unexplored and non-commercial yet BEAUTIFUL Hill Stations around Bangalore waiting for you. Hill Stations are ideal holiday destinations from the British time or era when Kinds & kingdoms existed. Most of them are very popular like Ooty, Coorg, Munnar and Kodaikanal. However there are many not so known hill stations brimming with beauty waiting to be tapped by travel enthusiasts. Go ahead and plan your trip to these hill stations get dipped in its unspoiled charm.

1. Nelliyampathy

Nelliyampathy, one of the famous hill stations situated in the Western Ghats in Palakkad district,Kerala. The Pothundy Dam is a picturesque locale with facilities for boating and is a nice option as a picnic place. As the Ghat road winds its way up to Nelliyampathy through 10 hairpin bends, there are a viewpoints that offers a splendid view of the Palakkad. There are spectacular expanses of tea estates managed by different plantation companies. Seetharkundu near by has a 100 m high waterfall adding more charm to the green expanses.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Palakkad, about 52 km from Nelliyampathy.
Nearest airport: Coimbatore, about 55 km from Palakkad.

Distance: Its 450 Kms from Bangalore
Attractions: Pothundy Reservoir, Mampara Peak (Raja’s cliff), Seethargundu
Best Time: September to May, avoid Monsoon season.

2. Valparai

Valparai is a majestic hill station situated at 3500ft above sea level in the Anamalai hill ranges of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. It is also surrounded by ever green forests, tea and coffee estates. Dams, water falls  and sweet water  streams adorn the hill range. There are 40 hairpin bends on the way to Valparai which gives spectacular sights of the Aaliyar dam, carpets of Tea estates and thick forest dotted with wild animals. Its a home for the rarely spotted Great Hornbill.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Coimbatore, about 100 km from Valparai .
Nearest airport: Coimbatore, about 100 Kms.
By Road: Bangalore – Salem – Coimbatore – Pollachi – Valparai

Distance: Its 460 Kms from Bangalore
Attractions: Solaiyar Dam,  Monkey Falls, Aaliyar Dam, Loam’s View Point, Athirampalli Falls, Balaji Temple & Pancha Mugha Vinayakar Temple.
Best Time: October to May

3. Nilambur

Nilambur is located in Nilgiris range of the Western Ghats on the banks of the Chaliyar River. It is unique for wildlife, waterfalls, river and tea estates all engulfed in one offering wild life spotting, trekking and picturesque locations. Nilambur is also home to the oldest teak plantation in the world, called Conolly’s Plot. It is claimed that the world’s tallest or biggest teak tree is in the Nilambur Teak Preserve. The longest Hanging Bridge in Kerala, across river Chaliyar will take one to the Conolly plot, which is just 300 metres off the Calicut-Nilambur-Ooty State Highway. Kerala Forest Research Institute have the Teak Museum here.

Getting there:

Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport – 45 km.
Nearest Railway station: Nilambur Road Railway Station – 4 km

Distance: Its 283Kms from Bangalore
Attractions: Conolly Plot, Hanging Bridge across river Chaliyar, Bio Resources Park, Teak Museum, Adyanpara Falls, Banglavu Kunnu (Bungalow Hill), Nedumkayam in the Nilambur reserve forest (Elephant Training Centre) and Aruvacode Pottery Village.
Best Time: October to May

4. Kollimalai

Kollimalai located in the Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu at 1300m above sea level. It is named after its local deity and carries a long legend & history of the hills. Reaching this mystical hill station is a challenge as you needs to cross 70 hair pin bends to reach the top of the hills. This has kept many travelers at bay thus retaining its  pristine beauty.

Getting there:

By Road: Bangalore –> Hosur –> Krishnagiri –> Dharmapuri –> Salem –> Rasipuram –> Kalapanaikkampetty (on the Sendamangalam road) –> Kolli Hills.
Nearest Airport: Tiruchirapalli Airport – 90 km.
Nearest Railway station: Salem – 100 km away

Distance: Its 290 km from Bangalore
Attractions: Agaya Gangai Waterfalls, Siddhar caves, Mini Falls, Arappaleeswar Temple, Ettukai Amman Temple, Masi Periyasamy Temple and falls, Selur View Point, Boat House, Botanical Garden and Seekuparai viewpoint.
Best Time: All through the year

5. Amboli

Amboli lies in the Sahayadri Hills at an altitude of 690 meters it is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa. This hill station is relatively unexplored one and also birth place of river Krishna. There aren’t too many places to see or things to do but its quiet, unpolluted and the local residents are good natured and helpful.

Getting there:

By Road: Bangalore – Tumkur – Chitradurga- Davanagere – Hubli – Belgaum – Sawantwadi – Amboli
Nearest Airport: Belgaum Airport – 68 km.
Nearest Railway station: Sawantwadi – 28  Kms.

Distance: Its 578 Kmsfrom Bangalore
Attractions: Nagatta Falls, Hiranya Keshi, Shirgonkar, Mahadev and Narayan Gad, Bauxite Mines and Sea View Point..
Best Time: October to March

6. Kotagiri

Kotagiri is one of the popular hill stations located in the Nilgiris, near to Ooty. It is situated at a height of 1793m above sea level. It is protected by the Doddabetta range from the violent southwest monsoon and is not affected by mists which are so common at Coonoor. The lower elevation of the place makes it warmer than Ooty. The trekking trails in this region go through picturesque tea-estates and lush greenery, meadows and rivers.

Getting there:

By Road:
Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Airport – 105km.
Nearest Railway station: Coonoor- 21km away

Distance: Its 190km from Bangalore
Attractions: Kodanad View Point, Catherine Falls and Longwood Shola.
Best Time: December to May

7. Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills named after an erstwhile Collector of Cuddaph, W.D.Horsley is located at a height of 1.265 meters above sea level. Originally known as Eenugu Mallma Konda, it later renamed as Horseley Hills. Originally known as Eenugu Mallma Konda, it later became Horseley Hills. There is a APSRTC guest houses for accommodation and is just 150kms from the world famous Balaji Temple at Tirupathi.

Getting there:

By Road: Bangalore – Hoskote – Chintamani – Rayalpadu – Madanapalli – Horsley Hills
Nearest Airport: Bangalore International Airport – 175 km.
Nearest Railway station: Madanapalle Road – 13 km away

Distance: Its 165 km from Bangalore.
Attractions: Lake Gangotri, Highview seeing place, Gaalibanda, Environmental park and the Horsley Hills Museum.
Best Time: All through the year

8. Shivgiri

Shivgiri, situated in between the Yemmendoddi forests is an ideal escapade for weekend. The Yemmedoddi forests were the most favourite hunting grounds of the British. They used to hunt tigers, wild boars etc. Shivgiri is not veru commersialised and the dense forest and the isolation at the hill top makes it completelty detached from rest of the world. It is a excellent place to relax and unwind.

Getting there:

By Road: Bangalore – Tumkur – Tiptur – Arsikere – Birur – Lingdahalli – Shivgiri.
Nearest Airport: Bangalore Airport – 235 km.
Nearest Railway station: Birur Jn- 9 Kms.

Distance: Its 235 Kmsfrom Bangalore
Attractions: Madagadakere Lake, Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, Doddabale Siddaragudda Peak and Lord Shiva Temple.
Best Time: October to May

9. Kudremukh

Kudremukh is a hill range in Western Ghats of Chikmagalur district of Karnataka.  With vast stretches of green pastures, paddy fields, areca trees, waterfalls, lush green forests, huge mist clad mountains, hillocks with rivers and rivulets, makes Kudremukh fascinating and enchanting. Three significant rivers, the Tunga, the Bhadra and the Nethravathi have their origins here and Kudremukh National Park is the second largest declared Wildlife Protected Area in the Western Ghats. There are about 13 trekking routes in Kudremukh ranging from easy to tough

Getting there:

By Road: Bangalore –> Hosur – Krishnagiri – Dharmapuri – Salem – Yercaud.
Nearest Airport: Bangalore Airport – 340 km.
Nearest Railway station: Mangalore- 130 Kms.

Distance: Its 340 Kms from Bangalore
Attractions: Kudremukh Peak, Jamalabad Fort, Horanadu, Kalasa, Gangamoola, Hanuman Gundi waterfalls, Lakya Dam and Kudremukh National Park
Best Time: August to March

10. Kemmanagundi

Kemmannagundi is situated in Tarikere taluk, Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka at 1434 meters above sea level. The pleasant weather, dense forests, ever flowing springs, cool climate and the pristine beauty inspired the erstwhile ruling Maharaja of Mysore to build a summer palace here. Its a hill station maintained by Horticultural Department of Karnataka.

Getting there:

By Road: Bangalore – Tumkur – Tiptur – Arsikere – Birur – Lingdahalli – Kemmanagundi.
Nearest Airport: Bangalore Airport – 270km.
Nearest Railway station: Tarikere Jn- 33 Kms.

Distance: Its 270Kms from Bangalore
Attractions: Z-point, Kallathigiri Falls, Hebbe Falls, Honnamma Falls, Shanthi Falls, Bababudangiri, Jagara Pass & Jagara Valley, Shankar Sholapradesha and Rock Garden.
Best Time: August to February

11. Yelagiri

Yelagiri is another not so known hill stations of Tamil Nadu. Located at an altitude of 1410m  above MSL with 14 hairpin bends to reach the top. Road leading up are wide and well maintained making your journey a pleasent ride. The hairpin bends offer panoramic, breath taking views of the hills and its surroundings.

Getting there:

By Road: Bangalore –> Hosur –> Krishnagiri –> Thirupathur – Jolarpettai – Yelagiri.
Nearest Airport: Bangalore Airport – 145km.
Nearest Railway station: Jolarpettai- 21km away

Distance: Its 145km from Bangalore
Attractions: Punganoor Lake and Boating & Park, Herbal Farm, Jalagamparai Water Falls, Paran  (Telescope), Velavan Temple and Kodai Vizha Thidal Park
Best Time: All through the year

12. Yercaud

Yercaud is a hill station on the Servarayan hill range of Eastern Ghat in Tamil Nadu. It is perched at an altitude of 1,515 metres above sea level and is as enchanting and picturesque as the hill stations. Yercaud is also called as Jewel of the South or Shevaroy Hills. Servarayan temple is the highest point in Yercaud. The forest around Yercaud has pine & silver oak trees in abundance and dotted with caves & enchanting viewing points. Its known for its orange and coffee plantations.

Getting there:

By Road: Bangalore –> Hosur – Krishnagiri – Dharmapuri – Salem – Yercaud.
Nearest Airport: Trichy Airport – 165km.
Nearest Railway station: Salem- 21km away

Distance: Its 230 Kms from Bangalore
Attractions: Yercaud Lake, Lady’s Seat, Killiyur Falls, Servaroyan Temple, Bear’s Cave, Green House, The Grange building, Pagoda and Rose GardenPoint
Best Time: December to June

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