The best part of living in or visiting Bangalore is that, you can easily seek peace and natural beauty if you wish to escape the urban bustle! Kanakapura, for instance, is a charming attraction, thanks to its lush trees and sparkling rivers. Located at a distance of 55 km from Bangalore, it is a perfectly relaxing weekend getaway. From waterfalls and streams to parks, ancient temples, and tempting street food, much awaits you here. There are many places in Kanakapura that cater to adventure seekers too.

So, find out all about how to reach Kanakapura, when to visit, what to see, what to do and the nearby attractions.

Kanakapura Information, Bangalore

Location

Ramanagar District, Karnataka

(in the southern corner of Bangalore)

Distance from Bangalore

55 km

Driving Time

2 hours

Type

Town

Best Time to Visit

June to April

Traveller Tips

· Reserve a minimum of 2 days to explore the different spots

· Hire a taxi to travel around the town comfortably

Distance from Bangalore Airport

98 km via Mysore Road

99 km via Kanakapura Road

105 km via NH 44

Nearest Railway Station

Ramanagaram (24.5 km)

Channapatna (26.7 km)

Places to visit in Kanakapura, Bangalore

While Kanakapura is a small town, it has many tranquil and interesting spots for tourists. Here are some of them:

  1. Mekedatu: Mekedatu (in Kannada, it means goat’s leap) is apt for nature lovers as this spot is the confluence of River Kaveri and River Arkavath. The place has some mythological significance too, as some say that Lord Shiva leaped across the river in the form of a goat. You can relax here with loved ones under the cool shade of trees and also wade across the river when the water level is low.
  2. Chunchi Falls: This scenic picnic spot is nestled amidst dense trees and a rocky terrain. The falls are fed by the Arkavati River and water gushes down from a height of about 100 feet in the monsoon season. Exercise care while taking a dip in the water here.
  3. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta: Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta or “white hills” is the highest point in Kanakapura. It is at an elevation of about 3800 feet and popular among trekkers. The highest point offers a panoramic view of the town and here you can pay your respects at the Lord Rangaswamy Temple as well. The fact that the temple is situated under a massive granite rock attracts many tourists.
  4. Shivagiri Kshetra Shivalinga Betta: Apart from panoramic views, this place is known for its peaceful temple. So, both nature lovers and spiritual travellers can visit it.
  5. Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple: Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this temple houses idols of Lord Rama, Lord Ganapati, and Lord Vishnu. It is situated in a serene location and is believed to be about 150 years old. The pristine Dravidian architecture adds a special charm to the temple and attracts many history buffs.

Things to do in Kanakapura, Bangalore

Apart from visiting the popular tourist spots, you can indulge in different activities when you are in this picturesque town.

  1. Learn about sustainable living at Ragi to Raga: This retail space plus cafe plus art gallery has a wonderful stock of natural and organic products. It also conducts workshops on sustainable living. The cafe serves organic South Indian foods prepared with the finest ingredients sourced locally. Spending some time here can lift your mood and teach you about eco-friendliness.
  2. Enjoy a gig at the Circular Square: This is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a live music session or a play or learn something new. There is a library, cafe, and an open patio where you can spend quality time with your loved ones. Wi-Fi facility is also available. This place also conducts workshops and courses regularly on foreign languages, sculpting, handicrafts, fitness, music and dance. Coworking spaces are available for professionals and they are equipped with the latest technology too. A variety of events and meet-ups are held here to help people share their thoughts and feelings.
  3. Relish organic food at Cafe Vishala: This vegetarian cafe and patisserie is popular for delectable organic food and eggless pastries. Their pasta and eggless cheesecakes are a must-try too. Stylish artworks, a rustic ceiling made of wood, the wooden flooring and the green surroundings make this café a favourite haunt of many.
  4. Try fun-filled activities at Nature Adventure Camp: Located near Hosadoddi Lake and Bananthimari Forest area, this place is a favourite among nature lovers and adventure-seekers. It offers many indoor and outdoor activities and allows visitors to customize their itinerary as per their preferences and budget. Some popular outdoor options are trekking, rope and climbing activities, cave exploration, mud games, zip-lining, and boating. You can enjoy many indoor games too, such as chess, carom, table tennis, and foosball.
  5. Safari at Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary: Wildlife enthusiasts must pay a visit to this verdant green sanctuary on the banks of the Kaveri River, if they wish to catch glimpses of bears, wild boars, elephants, wild dogs and even leopards. Activities like fishing, trekking, rafting and bird-watching (herons, pelicans and kingfishers can be spotted often) will keep you engaged for long.

Attractions near Kanakapura, Bangalore

If you have planned a long stay at Kanakapura, you can also check out some other attractions near the town:

  • Skydream Adventure (18 km)
  • Arkavati River (18 km)
  • Pyramid Valley (23 km)
  • Urban Valley Resort (26 km)
  • Janapada Loka (29 km)
  • Innovative Film City (31 km)
  • Prani – The Pet Sanctuary (32 km)

Kanakapura is an ideal getaway from Bangalore, whether you want to connect with nature, pump up your adrenaline with some exciting activities or indulge in yummy organic food. Remember to capture some memorable photos when you are trekking, navigating a sanctuary, digging in at a café or simply admiring a waterfall. As there are many places in Kanakapura that will delight your eyes, chart out an itinerary that gives you enough time and breathing space.