7 must-try adventure activities in and around Bangalore

With the growth of the millennial populace in Bangalore, the demand for adventure sports as a weekend activity has also grow. Here is a list of seven must-try adventure activities in and around Bangalore.

With the growth of the millennial populace in Bangalore, the demand for adventure sports as a weekend activity has also grown. Fortunately, Bangalore city is blessed with quite a few places that offer an excellent opportunity to experience that adrenalin rush you crave. Some of these destinations are a few hours' drives away, which also makes it the perfect weekend getaway. Here is a list of seven must-try adventure activities in and around Bangalore.

1. Trekking

Karnataka's landscape offers many excellent trekking spots around Bangalore. Some popular ones you may want to try are Nandi Hill, Ramanagara, Skandagiri, Makalidurga, and Savandurga Hill. The easiest and most frequented one in Nandi Hills which many activity resorts in Bangalore often promote. The trek is easy, the view exquisite and the terrain steady. The Savandurga Hill is a definite must-try trek. Located about 50 kilometers away from Bangalore, this trek is of moderate difficulty and interestingly, one of the trekking trails here goes through an old fort that belonged to Kempe Gowda. Unless you're experienced, it is recommended and safer to go with a guided trek. If you are up for a challenge, go trekking at the Dudhsagar Falls on the Mandovi River at the border of Goa and Karnataka. Its curvy pathway and challenging route make this the ultimate trek for anyone who loves accepting challenges.


2. Parasailing

If you wish to try your hand at parasailing, you do not have to go far as it is offered right in Bangalore at the Jakkur Airfield. There are three types of parasailing activities for you to take your pick from; tow vehicle parasailing, winch boat parasailing and platform parasailing.

The parasailing ride lasts for around 20 minutes with a trained professional or solo and is priced around 600 Rsper head for a ride.


3. Dirt Biking

Since Dirt Biking picked a few years ago, Bangalore was quick to open two custom-designed dirt bike tracks that offer the sport with all the modern biking facilities to the thrill and fun quotient to your biking experience. You can go to any of the dirt-biking tracks in Bangalore, on the weekends or during weekdays. You may want to consider hiring a quad bike, which is bigger than the normal dirt bikes for a better experience.

4. Paragliding

You can fly freely at 4581 feet above sea level, paragliding at Nandi Hills; all you have to do is reach there and experience it with a co-glider, who is a professional. Slots from 10 minutes to 40 minutes are allotted for the flight, depending on the rush. Apart from various organizations offering paragliding courses, individual trainers are also present here to help you let the adrenalin rush takeover as you gently glide like a bird, spiraling over the picturesque valley with nothing but the chilling wind in your face. Anyone above 12 years of age and more than thirty kilograms can try paragliding.

5. Paintballing

Suit up in your protective gear, put on your helmets, load up on paint pellets and get ready to paintball at one of the many areas in Bangalore that offer paintballing for a truly exciting and exhilarating experience. You can compete either individually or as a group tagging your opponent with capsules containing a water soluble-dye shot through a paintball gun. When played outdoors, it is a great way to distress and unwinds. Adults, corporate groups and families alike enjoy paintballing. There are a few resorts in Kanakpura road that offer this activity, but the packages offered at The Discovery Village Resort are comprehensive and offer paintballing amongst many other activities and could be an option you could try.

6. Cave Exploring

People often go to Anthargange for trekking, but the unique part of this trek is rocky hills and beautifully carved caves. Exploring these caves when combined with the trek makes for quite an adventurous weekend. The intricate carvings in the caves and the challenging pathways that lead to them keep your heart pacing. Although the trek may be easy, it is the curves and bends inside the cave that needs astute attention. It is advisable to book a guided tour or hire a local guide before heading out to explore the caves.


7. Rock Climbing

If you are looking at trying your hand at rock climbing in the outdoor, the ideal location for t is at Ramanagara, located about an hour away from Bangalore. Optionally, you can also try it at Badami, near Hampi, and a few indoor wall-climbing facilities in Bangalore.

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