The art of camping is to blend in with nature and break away from the monotony of mundane life. The mind-boggling traffic and hectic life in Bangalore means its residents are always on the lookout for a quick getaway. Finding a casual job in this IT city can be tough, but not on a weekend. All around the periphery of India’s “Silicon Valley” are rolling hills and lush forests that provide plenty of options for a break.

Savandurga
Considered one of the largest monolithic hills in Asia, Savandurga is located at a distance of almost 60 km from Bengaluru on the Ramanagaram-Magadi road. A favorite among hikers, this hill, with its granite cliffs, offers many adventure activities such as abseiling, rope crossing and camping. The hills are frequented by pilgrims who come to visit the Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temples. Comprising the Bilidurga and Karidurga hills, the place has historical significance since the period of the Hoysala Empire.

Savandurga Hills Shutterstock

Ramanagara
Popular for being the location where Sholay was shot, this hilly terrain offers great views on all four sides. Its rugged topography and arid landscape have made Ramanagara a hotspot for adrenaline junkies. You can choose to enjoy the view while finding your way during the day or take a fun night hike under the moon. This idyllic destination is only 50 km from Bangalore and its proximity to the city makes it all the more attractive.

Kunti Betta
Kunti Betta is a small hill near the town of Pandavpura in Mysore. Located at a distance of about 130 km from Bangalore, it is a long drive. Once you reach the base of Kunti Betta hill, climb a flight of stairs before beginning the hike to the top. A bare mountain with few trees or springs in the way, the hills are almost free of wildlife. One can pitch a tent almost anywhere and wake up to a magnificent view of the sunrise.

Wake up to the best sunrise in Sakleshpur
Wake up to the best sunrise in Sakleshpur Shutterstock

Sakleshpur
With the view of the verdant Western Ghats as a backdrop, Sakleshpur is an attractive place for campers. At a distance of 220 km from Bangalore, this small town has a picturesque setting of grasslands and hills covered with coffee plantations. Spread over a wide area, Sakleshpur is listed as one of the 18 most diverse sites for exotic flora and fauna in the world. It’s one of those places where you can camp anywhere and wake up to a beautiful view. These misty hills are perfect for long walks, jeep safaris, trekking and biking, all set up by local tour guides.

Doddamakali
Located on the banks of the Cauvery River, Doddamakali is a peaceful getaway from the chaos of the city. 130 km from Bangalore and 6 km from Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, Doddamakali has lovely meadows and a small riverside beach. It is an untapped paradise for those who like to be in the middle of the wilderness. The area is great for bird watching and even a quiet bonfire under the night sky.