Planning a short weekend getaway this summer vacation? Here are a few places to explore within 100 km of Bengaluru city.

Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary Located 87 km from Bengaluru in Kokkarebellur village, the sanctuary is great for a day trip. Take ample pics of painted storks, pelicans, and Indian pond heron, among others, and learn how local communities play an important role in conserving the flora and fauna.

Chhota Ladakh The white stone and the backdrop of the lake remind one of Ladakh — hence, the name. Only 61 km from the city, the place is actually a quarry that fills every monsoon.

Galibore Nature Camp If you wish to detox amid nature with a quiet river nearby, then this is the best one for you. You can enjoy a coracle ride (a bowl-shaped boat made of reed, saplings and hide) and fishing.

Sangama and Mekedatu Located at a distance of 93 km from the city, this is the bank where the Cauvery River meets the Arkavathi River. The place offers scenic views of green hills and beautiful blue skies.

Chunchi Falls Located 80 km from the city, the best time to visit Chunchi Falls is during the monsoon. The place offers picturesque views, a small trek and a church tower. Caution: The water is home to crocodiles!

Savandurga Perched at 1,226 meters above sea level, Asia’s largest monolith hill is just a drive away from Bengaluru. You can go trekking, camping and kayaking here.

Kanakapura At only a distance of 62 km from the city, Kanakapura is a relatively less crowded area. You can camp peacefully by the Kabbalah forest and watch animals such as elephants, leopards and bears.

Anthargange If you love stargazing, then this is the place for you. The place offers activities like trekking, stargazing, and exploring the natural cave formations. It is located 80 km from the city.

Skandagiri Watch fluffy clouds go by at Skandagiri, which was once an ancient fortress of Tipu Sultan. You will have to trek 8 km to reach the top of the fortress.

Nachikuppam About 75 km away from Bengaluru, Nachikuppam lies in the midst of the Krishnagiri hills. There are several camping sites in the area, and you can also visit some mango farms.