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There is plenty of outdoor activity possible around Bangalore.


Some of the richest forests of South India are just a 5 to 6 hour drive from Bangalore –which include the Bandipur National Park and the Rajiv Gandhi National Park at Nagarhole. These are excellent Tiger and Elephant habitats.

During the dry summer months of January through April herds of Asiatic Elephants, often in the hundreds, can be seen by the banks of the Kabini reservoir, which is surrounded by forests . An unforgettable sight for any wildlife enthusiast!

The largest population of the Asiatic Elephant can be found in Bandipur, Nagarhole,B.R.Hills, Mudumalai and Wyanad all of which form the Nilgiri Bio-sphere.

Tiger, Leopard and the Wild Dog are the three predators to be found in these forests. For these predators there are several prey species like the Gaur (the largest wild cattle in the world) often and erroneously referred to as the ‘Indian Bison’, the Sambar Deer, Chital or Spotted Deer and Muntjac or Barking Deer. The lesser cats, Sloth Bears, Striped Hyaena, Wild Boar, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Langur and Bonnet Macaque are some of the other mammals, which inhabit these forests. Marsh Crocodiles are often sighted in the Kabini reservoir. Birds, reptiles, butterfly and insects, these forests have them all.


While there are several rivers around Bangalore none can compare with the beauty of the Cauvery. This river, which originates in the hilly region of Coorg district flows south and east to the Bay of Bengal. Most
of the other rivers of the region like the Kabini, Lakshman Tirtha, Shimsha and Arkavathy are tributaries to the Cauvery. Apart from meeting the drinking water and irrigation needs of the two states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the Cauvery has some of the biggest Mahseers , the legendary sport fish of India. It also offers the thrill of river rafting during the Monsoon rains of June to September when the rocky riverbed transforms to white water rapids.


Bangalore situated on the Deccan Plateau is about 3000 feet above sea level, but the mountains of the Western Ghats and the Nilgiris rise to 6000 to 8000 feet and these high lands offer plenty of opportunities for trekking, camping, rafting, birding, and photography. Campsites on private plantations offer not just a hassle free camping experience in a scenic environment but some creature comforts like clean restrooms! Plantation Home Stays afford the opportunity of experiencing the hospitality of Coorg and Wyanad, walks and drives through spice and coffee country, tasting the local cuisine, and exploring the environment. There are Home Stays that cater to the tranquility and luxury seeking traveler and those that welcome the backpacking adventure seeker.


To experience the outdoor world around Bangalore it is important to specify your outdoor interest and activities. These are some suggestions:
  • Wildlife is best observed in the dry and warm months of February thru’ April.

  • Mahseer fishing in the river Cauvery is best from November to April.

  • Trekking, Camping and Plantation Home Stays are best during the South Indian winter months
    of November thru’ February.

  • River Rafting is a Monsoon activity in South India as the monsoon rains feed the rivers.

  • Birding can be a year round activity but is best after the monsoons are over in November.
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