Want to lay in the lap of nature? Want to soak in every bit of the serenity and tranquility? Love to spend time under the sky, gazing out at the stars? If you’ve answered yes, then camping is your best bet! Be it an adventure-filled vacation or a peaceful outing, camping is stealing all the limelight as holidaying in a luxury hotel and a resort is so “vanilla.” Although spending a nice break in a fancy hotel has its own perks, but once in a while, it is good to get lost in nature that only camping can provide.
And if you are on a hunt for a peaceful location to camp at, it certainly might get confusing considering there are many resorts in Bangalore for camping. But, fret not. To help with your search, we have listed out some of the best camping sites in Karnataka, for a mind-blowing experience.
Situated in the western Indian state of Karnataka, Dandeli is a perfect place if you are looking for a digital detox. Boasting dense forests and multiple trails, the destination is non-commercial with very limited access to the mobile data/ network. Dandeli is home to the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, which features a plethora of animals including elephants, monkeys, black panthers, and a variety of bird species. There are other attractions like Kavala Caves, famous for its stalagmite formations, Kali River, Kali Tiger Reserve, and Anshi National Park located here.
- Nandi Hills
If you are looking forward to camping in Bangalore, or just an hour away from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is your best option. A hill fortress in the south Karnataka, India, Nandi Hills, also known as Nandidurg boasts a Tipu Sultan Fort, which was a summer retreat home for the 18th-century king Tipu Sultan. The attraction here features wall paintings and carvings made on stone. It is said that the prisoners held by the ruler, were thrown away from the Tipu’s Drop, which is now popular for its sweeping views, especially during the sunrise. While here, make sure to stay overnight at Discovery Village, featuring eco-friendly accommodations that offer a unique experience by providing all the modern amenities amidst a natural setting.
How amazing would it be to get to witness the most dramatic sunrise and sunset at Karnataka’s highest peak? Nestled in Chandra Drona Hill Ranges in the Western Ghats, Chikmagalur, trekking at Mullayangiri peak will satiate every ounce of your inner soul. And camping here is all the more interesting as you get to experience the encompassing scenic landscape. Although this destination is renowned as a trekkers paradise, it is also best used as a site for camping.
Nestled 280 kilometers from Bangalore International Airport, Gandikota is an unusual destination featuring a 13th-century fort alongside the Penna River. Renowned as the “grand canyon of India,” it is encompassed by untraversable hillocks and red granite boulders, a deep valley, and River Penna flowing 300 feet below. The prominent attractions here include Gandikota Gorge Viewpoint, Granary, and the Ranganatha Swamy Temple.
Experience the best of Coorg in Tadiandamol – the third highest peak in the state. Located in the district of Kodagu in Karnataka, Tadiandamol is untouched and is surrounded by the patches of Shola woodlands. Offering a unique beauty to all the visitors, this location is popular for camping, as well as trekking.
Encompassed by River Sharavathi’s backwaters, Honnemardu is an amazing spot for picnicking and camping. While here, take a coracle ride across the lake and savor the island’s beauty, or rent a kayak and go for kayaking. At the location, you can take shelter in the camps, prepare your meals, enjoy a bonfire, and pass out watching the stars. Also, go for a long stroll in the nearby forests and witness varieties of birds chirping and flying around.
A hill station in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats in Karnataka, India, Sakleshpur is a renowned destination for a weekend getaway from Bangalore. Surrounded by coffee, tea, and spice plantations, along with the magnificent hills, this quaint town boasts a pleasant atmosphere all year-round. With lush vegetation and flora and fauna, and featuring many adventure activities and camping sites, it is becoming quite a hotspot for the young generation.
A quiet hill station away from the hustle and the bustle of Bangalore, Kalpetta is situated along the Kerala borders. Surrounded by the rolling green hills and pristine landscape views, it makes it an amazing weekend getaway spot for nature enthusiasts. The plantations here of tea and coffee will calm your soul and re-energize your mind.
If you are looking to escape the city life, just for a while, camping at these aforementioned locations might just be your answer.