It's Raining Adventure

Bangalore is not just blessed with great weather; it is blessed with great places to go out to. And the monsoons make the perfect time to backpack into the hills for a hike or toodle down to a river for some heart-stopping rafting.

The outdoors are not just good for fitness � a gym can never offer you the mental toughness you gain from beating a mountain � but are also great for the mind as well.

Try these activities around Bangalore this season:

Hiking/ Trekking: Malavali, Mandya
Lots of well organized treks and hikes available. Great for kids.

Mountain Biking: Ragehalli Village, Bangalore
About an hour's drive from Bangalore, Ragehalli Village offers some pretty interesting terrain to do a variety of mountain bike rides with different skill levels.

Rafting: Barapole, Coorg
Coorg is a paradise for adventure seekers. You can trek, hike through wild life sanctuaries or go mountain biking.

Rock climbing/Bouldering: Ramanagara
About 50 km from Bangalore, Ramanagar was made famous by Sholay. It is a silk centre but is known amongst rock climbers as having some of the oldest granite outcrops anywhere in the world.

Nature walks: Malenadu - Agumbe
Blessed with 8,000mm of rain � next only to Cheerapunje � is the 7,000 acres of private forest at Malendadu that supports a variety of habitats. Regular trips until August.