Lying on a grassy hilltop, in pitch darkness staring into a sky studded with a million stars twinkling like diamonds. Spotting shooting stars and secretly praying for your dreams to come true. Stargazing is magical and indeed a breathtaking experience. So Bangaloreans, if you wish to envelop yourself into a dreamy star-studded night, then you don’t need to step out of the state. We have here a list of 5 gorgeous stargazing spots near Bangalore so you can enjoy amazing views of the cosmos. Camping is also one of the best ways to vacation while social distancing.
Have you ever gone on a night trek? Clutching torches in your hand as you explore the deepest secrets of a hidden mountain cave and finally camping under the stars, is just one of the extraordinary experiences you can have in Anthargange. Situated 80km from Bangalore this place is perfect for a budget trip. The best part is you can enjoy the switching sight of uncountable stars in the sky at the Anthargange mountain. There are also a series of caves here situated at an altitude of 1712 m above sea level. So right from caving, hiking, chilling by the bonfire to ofcourse stargazing you can make infinite memories here, just like the star-studded skies. Mumbaikars can go stargazing at Bhandardara.
Bollywood fans! You can literally relive your favourite ‘Kitne Aadmi Hai?’ scene from Sholay on the rocky boulders of Ramanagara. Situated just 50km from Bangalore, Ramanagara is one of the most sought after destinations for adventure junkies. Morning treks at Ramnagara offer you a wide range of activities like rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking. But its the night treks at Ramanagara that steal our hearts. Go midnight rappelling, trekking and warm yourself up against a hot bonfire with your loved ones. For the showstopping event, sit quietly and meditate as you watch the black sky twinkling with cosmos, and forming beautiful constellations. This is definitely one of the most beautiful stargazing spots near Bangalore.
South India has many great stargazing spots, but Coorg definitely offers you an incomparable view of the night sky. The lofty peaks of Tadiandamol are one of the significant spots where stargazing is an absolute delight. The hill station located 260km from Bangalore is an adventurer’s paradise. The cool breeze, picturesque coffee plantations, seamless mountain peaks give you unrivalled beauty. So spend mystical nights here with your bae on the mountains as you huddle together near your tents, enjoying a filmy romance under a million twinkling stars. Another place you can visit in Karnataka for stargazing is Chikmaglur and yes, its a coffee lover’s paradise.
The ancient mountain fortress of Skandagiri is a great budget destination for night trekking near Bangalore. Drive down 68km from Bangalore with your tents, sleeping bags and torches in hand. Venture out for a night trekking experience here with an able guide. This is a great trek for beginners as the path is well marked out. You can explore the caves nested on the hill. Once you reach the summit light out a campfire and make the night interesting with some horror stories. As the night darkens, watch the stars come alive as you indulge in deep conversations with your loved ones. So who’s up for a stargazing experience of a lifetime?
5. Kunti Betta
Surrounded by the aroma of jaggery plants, Kunti Betta in Pandavapura promises you alluring nocturnal mysteries. The summit offers you picturesque views of the surrounding countryside and the backwaters of Tonnur Kere. So you can go for a carefree stroll or hike up the lush green grassy mountain of Kunti Betta to spot a night full of mystical stars unfold in front of you. This trekking destination also has different spots where spell-bounding stargazing can be done. Kunti Betta nestled 160 km away from Bangalore also has a historical significance. It’s believed Kunti, the mother of the five Pandavas resided here at this spot during their exile.
So here are the 5 best stargazing spots near Bangalore so you can enjoy a night trekking experience like no other. We suggest you must plan your trips in advance and stay clear off monsoon or cloudy skies. Use apps like Google Sky Maps, SkyView or Star Chart to help you locate stars and constellations. Bangaloreans, if you want a little more adventure then head to Hampi for stargazing, historic monument exploration and whatnot!