We’re in July, the rainiest month of the year, which means it’s a great time to go trekking, camping and do all kinds of monsoon adventure activities. Here’s a shortlist of camping trips and treks in and around Bangalore.

Uttari Betta Sunrise Trek

Gaze at the spectacular view from Lord Shankareswar’s temple as you walk past the lush green landscape. The temple is the mid-point of this 5km trek to the peak of Uttari Betta. The meeting point for trekkers is Kalamandir.
When: Friday, July 5 at 11pm to Saturday, July 6 and Friday, July 12 at 11pm to Saturday, July 13.
Where: Kalamandir, Anand Nagar, Aswath Nagar, Marathahalli.

Ramanagara Sunrise Trek

Trek overnight to the top of Ramanagara hill to see the sunrise. Have breakfast before this scenic view before heading back to the city. The meeting point for trekkers is Kalamandir.
When: Friday, July 5 at 10.30pm to Saturday, July 6 and Friday, July 12 at 10.30pm to Saturday, July 13.
Where: Kalamandir, Anand Nagar, Aswath Nagar, Marathahalli.

Go Wild in Dandeli

Spend the weekend in Dandeli, a lovely wildlife sanctuary located 462km away from Bengaluru, where you can go river rafting, kayaking, rappelling, angling, coracle riding and more. The meeting point is Gopalan Arcade.
When: Friday, July 5 at 8pm to Monday, July 8 at 5pm and Friday, July 12 at 8pm to Monday, July 15 at 5pm
Where: Gopalan Arcade, Mysore Road, Kenchenhalli, RR Nagar.

Gokarna Monsoon Chill

Frolic in the unexplored white sand beaches of Gokarna and see sights such as Mirzan Fort, Vibhooti waterfalls and the Yana caves during this two-day camping trip. The meeting point is the Tin Factory.
When: Friday, July 5 at 3pm to Saturday, July 6.
Where: Tin Factory, Srinagar – Kanyakumari Highway, Pai Layout, Mahadevapura.

Cycling and Kayaking at Savandurga

Cycle for 20km from the base of Savandurga hill to Manchinbele Dam, where you can swim or go kayaking. The meeting point for this day-long trip is Kalamandir.
When: Sunday, July 7 at 6.30am and Sunday, July 14 at 6.30am.
Where: Kalamandir, Anand Nagar, Aswath Nagar, Marathahalli.

Kodaikanal Backpacking and Camping

Go camping to Kodaikanal during a lazy monsoon weekend. Go on a short trek starting at the campsite and take a dip in the lake.
When: Friday, July 12 at 6pm to Monday, July 15 at 5am.
Where: The first pick-up point is Hebbal Junction, Nandhini Milk World, Shop No. 1, Police Station Road, 3rd Main Road, Bayanna Layout, Hebbal.

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