Updated: Jan 28
Bangalore, the nation’s most impressive IT hub, has its fair share of natural beauty spots to balance out the stress of the week. And believe us when we say that kids have an equally stressful life balancing their studies and hundreds of co-curricular activities. The very essence of spending hours playing outdoors and breaking window glasses with the cricket ball has now been replaced by virtually doing the same. Instead of letting children feel even more claustrophobic within the walls of a house, why not give them a stress-free break outdoors? Seek out more adventurous activities beyond the house walls, and watch them grow even more focused and energetic.
Trekking is one of the many ways to increase a kid’s fitness levels. It represents a perfect blend of physical activity and visual stimuli as it teaches children life lessons outside the classroom space. The adventurous enthusiastic kid can witness the most beautiful sunrise, and the nature buddy can observe the beautiful flora!
But are there places in a bustling city like Bangalore to get a much-needed break? DEFINITELY!!
We’ll give you a tour -
Nandi Hills- Situated about 4500 feet above sea level and at a distance of 35 km from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one of the best trekking places around Bangalore. Here, you can start your trek from either north or south end, as both ways present kids with mesmerizing views. Child friendly and easy to hike, do not miss out on the amazing viewpoints such as the Tipu Drop when you are here.
Makalidurga- Located at a distance of 10 km from Doddaballapura, Makalidurga is a hill fort and a pilgrim centre. With railway tracks to help you not lose your way, the trek becomes absolutely simple and interesting to carry on. It is a perfect trekking location for beginners as it introduces kids to the excitement of discovering hills, forests, and forts along the way. The top of the hill houses a temple and ruins of an old fort from where they will be able to learn about the history of the fort too.
Savandurga- Biligudda and Karigudda are the two hills in Savandurga. The top of the hill offers a magnificent view of the city’s outskirts. Trekking here is considered the safest and full of rich history. Did you know there are two old temples at the base of the two hills and a fort on top that was built by Kempe Gowda II?
Anthargange- Situated 70 kms away from Bangalore, this place offers a bunch of exciting activities. From trekking to cave exploration, watch your children surely enjoy to the fullest as they bend, crawl, twist and move through the trekking path to make their way to the top of the hill.
Turahalli- Probably one of the easiest hillocks to go trekking, Turahalli, situated near Kanakapura, is only an hour from Bangalore. Turahalli is probably one of the short, easy, and best spots to trek along with your enthusiastic kiddos. Make sure to enjoy the view and scenery of the city from the temple present on top of the hill.
Handi Gundi Betta – Handi Gundi Betta, present in Ramanagaram, is located at a distance of 60 km from Bangalore. The small hillock, known as Lazy man’s trial, is an ideal place for first-time trekkers. This trekking location is well suited for children as it gives them a peaceful trekking experience through the grass. Give your Bollywood fever a tug, and witness the shooting site of the legendary film ‘Sholay’ here! The trekker’s paradise suits various levels of expertise and provides children with a lifetime of experience.
Uttari Betta- Uttari Betta, or Hutridurga, is one of the most popular trekking trials. You will forget the exhaustion and effort of the trek after witnessing the serene beauty of the viewpoints here. The five-kilometre trek comprises historic fort walls and intricate stone steps. Did you know the hill fort is believed to house eight different gateways from the top to bottom? Also, don’t forget to visit the temple on top of the hill and enjoy the splendid view of the landscapes that house many hills.
Siddhara Betta- Located about 100 km from Bangalore, Siddhara Betta is one of the most visited places in Madhugiri. The place is famous among trekkers as the presence of rocky terrain and caves makes trekking a thrilling experience. Nestled amidst temples and rocky hills, the man-made stones all along the way make it easy for kids to climb. Surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque landscape, the site is well-known for bird watching to keep your kids entertained. Did you know it is also home to rare species of migratory birds like the Yellow-throated Bulbul?
Skandagiri Trek– Situated in the Chikkaballapur district at a distance of 61 kms from Bangalore, Skandagiri has one of the best trekking trails. While the trial is difficult owing to its steep turns and narrow path, you can always set up camp near the foot of the hill with kids and spend your weekend here. The early sunrise and fresh air make this place an unforgettable experience for kids.
Devarayanadurga- Located at a distance of 70 kms from Bangalore, Devarayanadurga is a hill station where Buddha Purnima is celebrated every year in March and April. Since the trek is categorised into different levels, children can choose which level to try. After every stage, you will get to notice a temple on the top. Try to visit the site during the festival with children to witness the celebrations of the locals here.
Research shows that trekking is an ideal activity for kids above 6 years. Not only will it make them more energetic, but it will help them grow sensitive towards nature. Looking for trained mentors to accompany kids on such treks? EdOutdoors helps students connect with nature and the outdoors by providing them with wonderful trekking opportunities. If you'd like to arrange a private trek for your group of kids (parents can accompany), do write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +91 888 404 5670.