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Top 5 Places for Solo Trip from Bangalore (2024)

Being an avid solo traveler, I always look out for places that are comfortable for solo traveling, especially for women. For me safety is the number one priority and I usually ensure that I travel to places that are safe and easily accessible from Bangalore. And after traveling solo for so many years, I have found these Top 5 Places for Solo Trip from Bangalore that are extremely safe and convenient.

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Top 5 Places for Solo Trip from Bangalore

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Mysore

Officially known as Mysuru, Mysore is a city in Karnataka state which was the capital of Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. Popular for its palace and Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) dam, Mysore was the seat for the last dynasty Wodeyar.

Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace

How to get to Mysore from Bangalore?

  • Airport – Mysore has a domestic airport of its own which is around 10 kilometres from the city. Air India is one of the airline providers that operate from Mysore airport.
  • Driving – Mysore is around 150 kilometres from Bangalore and the journey by road takes about 3 hours. The highway Bangalore to Mysore is a very nice highway to drive but beware of the traffic.
  • Train – There are frequent trains between Bangalore city railway station and Mysore. The train journey takes about 2 hours.
  • Bus – There are many buses, operated by private and government (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)), that run between Bangalore satellite bus stop and Mysore.

Things to do in Mysore

Mysore has a lot of things that offer to tourists and travelers.

You can also stop over at Srirangapatna before heading to Mysore.

  • Mysore Palace – It has one of the most beautiful and historical Mysore palace. A part of the palace is now a museum. The palace is open everyday between 10 AM and 5:30 PM and there is an entrance fee of Rupees 70 per person.
  • Mysore Dasara festival – An annual 10 days festival that happens during September/ October starting from the first day of Navrathri. The ticket starts from Rupees 500 and depending on the classes of the tickets, the prices go up.
  • Brindavan gardens and KRS dam – Started in 1927, the gardens are one of the must visit places in Mysore. The garden is open everyday between 6 AM and 8 PM and there is an entrance fee of Rupees 15 per person.
  • St Philomena’s church – Opened in 1936, St Philomena’s church is a catholic church and is built in Neo Gothic style. The church is open everyday between 8 AM and 8 PM and there is no entrance fee.

If you love non-vegetarian food, then try out the Hanumanthu Pulav.

Stay at Mysore

Mysore has accommodations for all kinds of travelers. Ranging from budgeted accommodations to luxurious resorts, the city has it all.

  • Golden Residency – I stayed at Golden Residency during my last visit to Mysore. It was a comfortable and decent stay.
  • Lalith Mahal Palace hotel (Recommended) – One of the most beautiful and luxurious stay in Mysore is the Lalith Mahal Palace hotel.
  • Brindavan Garden Resort and Spa – With spectacular views of Brindavan Garden, the Brindavan Garden Resort and Spa must be on your bucket list.
 

Chitradurga

With a backdrop story of a brave housewife who fought with the enemy soldiers, Chitradurga is very close to heart in every local Karnataka resident. Located on the valley of River Vedavati, Chitradurga is a historical town ruled by many rulers such as Chalukyas, the Hoysalas, the Nayakas and the Vijayanagara Emperors.

Chitradurga fort
Chitradurga fort

How to get to Chitradurga from Bangalore?

  • Airport – The closest airport for Chitradurga is Kempegowda International Airport which is around 200 kilometres from the town.
  • Driving – The town of Chitradurga is around 200 kilometres from Bangalore city and by road, the journey takes only 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Train – Chitradurga has a train station and there are trains between Yeshwantpur in Bangalore and Chitradurga.
  • Bus – There are many frequent buses, operated by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), between Bangalore and Chitradurga and the journey is only 4 hours.

Things to do in Chitradurga

Even though Chitradurga is a small town, there are a few things that you can do in 2 to 3 days.

  • Chitradurga Fort – Built between 11th and 13th centuries, Chitradurga Fort is a must visit in the town. The fort is open everyday between 6 AM and 5 PM and there is an entrance fee of Rupees 20 per person.
  • Chandravalli archaeological site – With a beautiful lake and cave, the Chandravalli archaeological site is an offbeat place to visit in Chitradurga. The site is open everyday between 9 AM and 5 PM and there is no entrance fee.
  • Ancient temples – Dating back to thousands of years, the town has many ancient temples such as Sri Uchangi Devi temple.
  • Jogimatti – At an altitude of 3803 feet, Jogimatti is a hill station which is around 10 kilometres from the city.
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Stay at Chitradurga

Chitradurga is a small town with limited accommodation options. There are no 5 star resorts or hotels and the maximum that the town has are the 3 star hotels.

  • Hotel Mayura Durga (Recommended) – Owned by KSTDC, Hotel Mayura Durga is perfect if you are traveling solo as it is right opposite to the Chitradurga Fort.
  • Hotel Ravi Mayur International – This is another 3 star hotel that you can consider staying at.

Murdeshwara

Murdeshwara is a temple and coastal town located on the west coast of India in Karnataka state. Known for its huge and tall statue of Lord Shiva, the temple town is centred around the Murdeshwara temple.

Murdeshwara beach
Murdeshwara beach

How to get to Murdeshwara from Bangalore?

  • Airport – The closest airport to Murdeshwara is at Mangalore. And the Mangalore airport is around 140 kilometres from Murdeshwara. You can either take a taxi or a local bus to reach Murdeshwara.
  • Driving – Murdeshwara is around 490 kilometres from Bangalore city and by road, the journey takes up to 9 hours 30 minutes.
  • Train – Murdeshwara has a train station of its own. And the train operating between Mangalore Mumbai Konkan is the one that stops at Murdeshwara train station.
  • Bus – There are many frequent buses between Bangalore and Murdeshwara. These are overnight buses and are perfect for travel.

Things to do in Murdeshwara

Even though Murdeshwara is all about the Lord Shiva and the temple dedicated to him, there are still a few things that you can do.

You can also extend your travel to Honavar when you are in Murdeshwara.

  • Scuba diving in Netrani Island – Just around 20 kilometres off the coast of Murdeshwara is Netrani Island. The ocean surrounding the Netrani Island is famous for scuba diving.
  • Murdeshwara Beach – The beach is very lively and active. It is buzzing with people, especially who are interested in water activities such as jet boating and water scooters.
  • Murdeshwara Temple – As I mentioned earlier, the entire town of Murdeshwara town is centered around this temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple has the biggest gopuram in Karnataka and is surely worth visiting.

Stay at Murdeshwara

Murdeshwara is a religious place and is usually very crowded during the weekends or festivals. Even though it has large crowd coming in, the town still has very limited accommodation options.

  • Rama Nagappa Shetty (RNS) Residency (Recommended) – Even though the rooms are very basic, they do have the best views of the ocean. I highly recommend staying at RNS Residency if you are going solo.
  • Seapearl homestay Murdeshwara – This is a homestay with good and spacious rooms. It is also very close to a private beach.
 

Sakleshpura

Located in the Western Ghats region of Karnataka state, Sakleshpura is a hill station famous for coffee, tea and spice plantations. It is a perfect place if you love nature, mountains and romantic weather.

Bettada Baireshwara Temple
Bettada Baireshwara Temple

How to get to Sakleshpura from Bangalore?

  • Airport – The closest airport to Sakleshpura is Mangalore International Airport. And this airport is around 100 kilometres from Sakleshpura. You can take a taxi from the airport or catch a local bus from Mangalore main bus stop.
  • Driving – Sakleshpura is around 220 kilometres from Bangalore. And by road, the journey takes up to 4 hours.
  • Train – Sakleshpura has a train station of its own and there are trains that travel between Yeshwantpur in Bangalore and Sakleshpura.
  • Bus – There are many buses that travel between Bangalore and Sakleshpura. And the bus journey takes around 5 hours.

Things to do in Sakleshpura

Sakleshpura is a place to relax and unwind. There are only a few things that you can do at the place.

  • Manjarabad Fort – Built in 1792 by Tipu Sultan, Manjarabad Fort is a star shaped fort which is very beautiful and unique. It was made star shaped because of the cannons that started to dominate the battles.
  • Bisle Ghat – Providing a great view of Kumara Parvatha, Pushpagiri, and Dodda Betta, Bisle Ghat is a trekker’s delight. It is also home to King cobras, Sambar deer, spotted deer, fox, peacocks and many more wildlife.

Stay at Sakleshpura

Sakleshpura has plenty of stay options. It has become so commercially popular these days that everyone heads to Sakleshpura.

  • Falling Water Resort by Travent Mug (Bucket list accommodation) – With high ceilings and hut shaped cottages, the Falling Water Resort is a picturesque resort.
  • Eco Valley Retreat Sakleshpura – If you are looking for an isolated and peaceful place, then the Eco Valley Retreat is for you.
 

Coorg

Officially known as Kodugu, Coorg is an administrative district nestled at Western Ghats mountain region in Karnataka state. Madikeri is the capital of Coorg which is also a hill station located at 1452 metres above sea level.

Madikeri Fort - Top 5 Places for Solo Trip from Bangalore

How to get to Coorg from Bangalore?

  • Airport – The closest airport to Coorg is the Mangalore International airport. This airport is around 150 kilometres from Coorg. You can either hire a cab or take a local bus to reach Coorg city bus stop.
  • Driving – Coorg is around 260 kilometres from Bangalore city and by road, the journey takes about 5 hours 15 minutes. The roads are in good condition.
  • Train – The closest train station is at Mysore and this is around 120 kilometres from Coorg.
  • Bus – There are many buses, operated by KSRTC or private operators, that travel between Bangalore and Coorg.

Things to do in Coorg

Coorg is breathtakingly beautiful. It is a place where every corner is spectacular and if you love nature, this is the place to be. There are many things that you can do when you are in Coorg.

  • Madikeri Fort – Known for its 2 life size elephant structures at the entrance, Madikeri Fort is a must visit. It also has a church built in Gothic-style architecture. The fort is open Tuesday to Sunday between 10 AM and 5:30 PM.
  • Raja’s Seat – Ideal for sunset views, Raja’s Seat is a viewpoint which is in the city. There is an entrance fee of Rupees 10 per person and is open everyday between 9 AM and 8 PM.
  • Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple – Locally known as Golden Temple, the Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple is a Buddhist monastery in Kushalnagar. The monastery is open for public everyday between 7 AM and 6 PM.
  • Abbi Falls – With picturesque beauty, Abbi falls is a popular waterfall in Karnataka. It is located 10 kilometres from Madikeri city and is of a height of 70 feet.
  • Tadiyanmol Trek – One of the moderate and lesser known treks in the Western Ghats is the Tadiyanmol Trek to the Summit. It is the sixth highest peak and the trek is around 14 kilometres return from Kakkabe.

Stay in Coorg

Coorg is a very popular destination. And hence the place has many hotels, homestays and resorts catering for all.

  • PK Ponnappa’s Court (recommended) – A wonderful homestay that I stayed in when I visited Coorg the last time. The hosts are absolutely beautiful people, very kind and friendly.
  • The Casiita – Located in Kushalnagar, The Casiita is a 3 star hotel that provides great comfort and decent accommodation.
  • Club Mahindra Resort Madikere – This is a 5 star resort that is raved about. Everyone who have visited Club Mahindra Resort in Madikere cannot stop talking about it.
  • Club Mahindra Virajpet – There is another Club Mahindra property in Coorg, located in Virajpet which is also equally beautiful.

Closing Notes

These are the places that form the Top 5 Solo Trips from Bangalore. You will surely enjoy each one of these places. Even though they are very safe, I still say that be cautious at all times, especially at night. And some of these places are close to forests and national parks, and there is abundant wildlife. So, do not venture out alone.

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