At a distance of 18 km from Bangalore Railway Station, Turahalli is a sprawling dry and deciduous forest located off Kanakapura Road, Bangalore. It is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore, especially for nature lovers.
Turahalli is a perfect escapade from the hustle and bustle of the city into nature. Considered to be the city’s only surviving forest, the forest is sprinkled with huge rock boulders that make it a perfect spot not only to sit and relax but also to pose and take great pictures with the forest in the backdrop. In addition to that, the forest supports rich and varied wildlife, both in terms of flora and fauna. The trees are mostly eucalyptus among other species. The place is quiet, scenic, and surrounded by nature with a wide range of bird species.
Popularly known as Karishma Hills, this stretch of beautiful forest is perfect for a day trip if you are looking for a spot of fresh air, exercise, or even adventure. It has a nice view and a small Shani temple on top of a rocky hill. It is also among the few places within the city for natural rock climbing as there are several rocks of various sizes and shapes. Many climbers practice regularly, in preparation for local or international competitions.
Vehicles have been banned inside the forest except for cycles. So, the best way to enjoy Turahalli forest is to drive your vehicle up to the entrance, head out for a walk into the forest, and indulge in the rejuvenating environs of the forest. Cycling is the most popular activity in the forest as it is known for its very best cycling trails in the region. Since there are no eateries or food stalls, it is best advised to carry food along.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Activities in Turahalli Forest
1. Nature Walk
The wilderness provides the best landscape to take a long walk alone or in company. It is the perfect escape that is required to wander off from the city life in the lap of nature. Aside from the natural floral beauty, you can also spot several fauna species and diverse varieties of birds.
Trekking is a popular activity at Turahalli. It is considered most ideal for short hikes. You can trek up to any of the several hillocks from where you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the township below and gorgeous green surroundings around.
Cycling is the most popular activity at the forest. Turahalli Forest is also known for its very best cycling trails in the region. With a picturesque backdrop, these trails are easy to ride on. So along with exercise, you can also enjoy the scenery in the background.
The forest is a hub for various avifauna species. And hence, it is most loved by avid bird watchers who come here with their binoculars to spot the birds. Some of the birds that can be spotted here include black drongo, white-breasted kingfisher, pond heron, common iora, magpie robin and a lot more.
5. Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing is also a popular activity at the forest because of the presence of a number of huge rock boulders. Many climbers come here to practice their skills for several national and international competitions. While some also indulge in the activity for recreational purposes.
Lastly, picnic is a popular activity that people come here for. You can sit down with a basket of food alongside a brook and enjoy food amidst bounteous natural beauty.
- Carry a small first aid with basic medicines like band aid, relief sprays, dettol and pain relievers.
- Pack light, especially if you are trekking.
- Wear comfortable clothes and light trekking shoes.
- Carry some snacks to munch on and also energy bars and chocolates that provide instant energy.
- Also carry hand towel and wet wipes.
- Do not litter and carry trash bags if necessary.
- Also, carry a pair of binoculars so you can spot the diverse avifauna at the spot.