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Family Picnic Spots around Bangalore

Sankey Tank

Timings 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sankey Tank is an artificial tank or lake in the western part of Bangalore, near Malleshwaram and Sadashivnagar. It was originally built in 1882 by Col. Richard Hieram Sankey to supply potable water to Bangalore city. A sandalwood grove near the tank gave it the name Gandhadhakotikere. There are facilities for boating here between 10 am and 6 pm and you can also go swimming here. There are tr-lined walkways and small kiosks selling refreshments here. A separate tank has been built in the Sankey tank to make sure immersed idols do not pollute the rest of the water tank.

Ulsoor Lake

Timings 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Located towards the north-eastern side of Bangalore near MG Road, Ulsoor Lake was constructed by Kempe Gowda (who also founded the city of Bangalore. It spreads over an area of 1.5 sq km and has multiple islands on it. A huge Ganesha festival is celebrated at the Ulsoor Lake in the month of September every year. There is a bound swimming pool and a complex for recreational activities. Boating is a popular activity here, and you may stop at some of the islands on the lake. There is also a Gurudwara next to the lake, and it is the largest Sikh shrine in Bangalore city.

Hebbal Lake

Timings 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM Hebbal Lake is towards the north of Bangalore and was one of the lakes built by Kempe Gowda in 1537. It receives an inflow of sewage, and this has resulted in the growth of water hyacinth and typha in the shallow zone of the lake. Some plants were introduced here from Argentina to control the unbridled growth of Water Hyacinths in the lake. A desilting project gave rise to two islands in the lake, which then became the roosting places of several bird species, such as Eurasian Spoonbill, Pintail, Little Grebe, Spot-billed Duck among others.

Wonderla

If your group and you are looking at visiting an amusement park, Wonderla is just the place you need to visit. Located on the Bangalore-Mysore road, and just 28 kms from Bangalore city, Wonderla is an exciting amusement park for all age groups. It has many thrilling rides, proper lockers, wave pool and much more to offer.

Lap up various thrilling games such as Musical Fountain & Laser Show, Hang Glider, Pirate Ship, Net Walk and Wonder Splash among others.

Having entertained 6 million people in 7 years, Wonderla will not fail to amuse and entertain you, and make your one day trip an exciting one.

Innovative Film City

Innovative Film City is about 40 kms from Bangalore and is spread on 50 acres of land. It is an entertainment paradise, and has many things like the Dino Park, Themed restaurants, Cartoon city, food courts, an Aqua city, Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum etc.

This place can quench the thirst of all age groups as they have something to offer everyone. During your day outing at the Innovative film city, do not miss out on watching the 4D movie.

Bannerghatta National Park

Wildlife enthusiasts and Nature Lovers! Here comes a piece of news to thrill you. If spotting wildlife and feeling close to nature is what you like, then the wildlife safari at the Bannerghatta National Park can be the perfect day outing in Bangalore for you.

Normally not overcrowded, this place will be ideal for small groups, and for people who would like to watch wildlife closely.

Nandi Hills

For a refreshing experience and a short weekend break,you can head to the famous Nandi Hills. Around 60 kms from the main city, it is said to be the highest point of Bangalore.The drive to this destination is a pleasant one as you are flanked by scenic surroundings.

You will also come cross vineyards along the way. The ideal time to come here is during sunrise when it appears as if you are on top of the clouds. You can pay homage at the stunning 1300 year old Dravidian style Nandi Temple that is perched on the top.

Shivanasamudra Waterfalls

An ideal place to head to for a day from Bangalore is thescenic Shivanasamudra Waterfalls. It is a part of the Kaveri River that meanders through the terrain of Deccan Plateau and plummets in the form of waterfalls. It gets split into two at Shivanasamudratown.

Once here, take in the great sights of this splendid beauty and get soothed with the sounds of the cascading water that. Flanked by greenery,this is the very place where the Asia's first hydro-electric power station was set up. The best time to visit is during the monsoon when water flows at full force creating an ethereal mist around it.

Muthathi

Muthathi is a small village on the bank of Kaveri. Muthathi is located at a distance of 35 km from Malavalli. This is one of the fine picnic spots for nature lovers and anglers located at a distance of 80 km from Bangalore. The other attraction at Muthathi is Anjaneya temple. As per the legend, Sita, wife of lord Rama, lost her finger ring in this part of the river Kaveri and Hanuman twirled the river and found the ring.

Muthyala Maduvu (Pearl Valley)

Muthyala Maduvu is located at a distance of 45 km from Bangalore. For those wishing to relax for a day, Muthyala Maduvu would be the ideal choice. Situated amidst hills, nestled in a valley, this secluded place makes a fascinating picnic spot.

The attraction of this place is the water falls, formed by streams trickle of water gushing from a height of 90 meters. These jets of water at the bottom give an impression of a pond of pearls - Muthyala Maduvu in Telugu. Muthyala means Pearl in Telugu Language. There is also a small temple dedicated to Shiva which adds a religious touch to this place.

Mekedatu

The river kaveri squeezes through a narrow throat and deep in which a goat could leap. That's how Mekedatu takes its name. Only 3 miles from this spot is Sangam, the confluence of Kaveri and Arakavathi where there is a temple dedicated to Lord Sangameshwara. Mekedatu is located at a distance of 100 km from Bangalore city.

Ramohalli

Ramohalli is located at a distance of 28 km from Bangalore. This serene picnic place has a sprawling 400 year old Banyan Tree, which covers an area of 4 hectares! It is called 'Dodda Alada Mara' in Kannada meaning Big Banyan Tree. The tree with its vertical root system is considered the biggest tree in Karnataka. The main trunk has given life to several roots and branches with lots of leaves. Branches jutting on all sides have slanted towards the ground.