Camping in Karnataka is a riot of senses, the stunning views, the smell of coffee and sandalwood plantations, the cool breeze caressing your skin and the birdsongs interrupting the still silence of the forests, making it an experience like no other. With these camping trips, you are immersed in the rich biodiversity of the Western Ghats, letting you explore the forests and coffee plantations along with the views of the Sahyadri mountains.
But this is not all Karnataka camping is all about, you also get to chase some adrenaline rush while here with many of the adventure activities offered here. You can go ziplining over streams, rappel down rock-faces, conquer boulder walls with rock climbing, or ride the river’s ripples with kayaking. And if this doesn’t suffice your thirst for adventure, then you can head for a trek in the folds of the Western Ghats, to the summit of an ancient peak or a historic fort.
Here are the top campsites in Karnataka:
Sakleshpur is a beautiful hill station known for its natural beauty that consists of slopes of tea and coffee plantations, misty hills covered in dense forests and many streams and rivers. There is also the Hemavathi River that flows through the region. Camping here is a relaxing option for those looking to escape the hustle-bustle of the city and escape into the silence of nature.
Coorg, the most famous hill stations of Karnataka, is aptly named ‘the Scotland of India.’ While camping in Coorg, you’ll find the exotic beauty of the misty landscape covered in the slopes of the Western Ghats and dense forests of coffee, teakwood and sandalwood, giving the place a vibrant scent that is seldom found anywhere else. Camping here is perfect for those who want to get steeped into the lush greenery of the Sahyadris.
Ramanagara is known equally for its natural beauty and for its rocky landscape, owning it the name ‘Mecca of Rocks.’ Here, you’ll find the most adventure in Karnataka camping, with various rock climbing and rappelling down rock-faces. So here is a campsite near Bangalore that offers a heady blend of thrill and beauty of nature, making it a perfect place for those who are looking for some adventures.
Famous for its silk production, Kanakpur is located on the banks of Hosadoddi Lake and is a gateway into the lush Bananthimari State Forest. Here, you get to explore the rich culture along with stunning beauty of the place, all the while enjoying some quiet time with your loved ones away from the city.
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Day 1: Check-in and enjoy!
Day 2: Check-out
Day 1: Check-in and enjoy!
Today, you have to arrive at the campsite by noon and check into your tents. After freshening up, you head out to explore the campsite and the surrounding forests, or you can engage in some fun adventure activities at the campsite itself.
After a thrill-filled evening, you will then gather around a bonfire with your fellow campers and share stories. Post that, you’ll indulge in dinner. Post dinner, you’ll head into your tents for the night.
Day 2: Check-out
Today, you’ll wake up to the gorgeous misty morning and enjoy a hot breakfast. You can then relax at the campsite in the morning and play some outdoor games with your loved ones. However, you will have to check out of the campsite by 11:00 hrs. The Karnataka camping ends here.
The Karnataka camping package includes accommodation in alpine tents for 1 night on multi-sharing basis along with all basic in-tent amenities like a bed, mattress, blanket, etc. As for the meal package, the campsite will serve lunch and dinner on Day 1, and breakfast on Day 2.
Additionally, the package includes adventure activities like trekking, kayaking, swimming, etc. and all the gear required for the same. You also get access to many outdoor games like cricket, volleyball, etc. Thee cost also includes a bonfire, subject to weather conditions, and music.
Lastly, the cost includes all applicable taxes. Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged on an additional basis, as used.
The camping in Karnataka price does not include any kind of travel arrangements between your home city and the campsite. Nor does it include any kind of insurance, additional meals, personal expenses or any kind of costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, strikes, etc. Lastly, anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged on an additional basis, as used.
While trekking in Karnataka, the best time to go is during the months of monsoon and winter. During the monsoon season from mid-June to September, the landscape transforms into a green paradise with flourishing flora. This is the season when the nature of the Sahyadris and Coorg are liveliest, offering splendid views and exciting trails that can sometimes get slippery.
During the winter months, however, the landscape is misty and the winds are cool, offering perfect trekking opportunities without getting soaked. The forests are bustling and the views are green with mist flooding the horizons.
You can go trekking in Karnataka in the summer months, but the weather can get quite hot and humid, making it an uncomfortable experience.
Yes, camping in Karnataka is as safe as camping can be. The tents are waterproof and pitched at stable locations, and the operators take the utmost precautions to ensure maximum safety of the campers.
Additionally, the adventure activities are conducted under the supervision of experts who will cancel the activity if they deem it risky due to any reason like bad weather, etc.
Most of the trekking places in Karnataka are located near Bangalore, hence, you don’t need to go too far for trekking. Moreover, the tour operators provide travel arrangements between Bangalore and the starting point of the treks.
Though the pick-up/drop-off locations vary from operator to operator, they are always major landmarks within Bangalore that are easily accessible by local transport like bus, taxi, etc. Some tour operators even offer multiple pick-up points from where you can join the team.
The mode of transport can sometimes vary, but for most treks, it is via a private bus or SUV. Sometimes, for treks that are farther away, you might be taken to the starting point via trains.
Remember to check the ‘trip details’ and ‘additional instructions’ of the trip that you’re booking to know more about the pick-up points and mode of transport for your Karnataka trek.
For trekking in Karnataka, you should wear a comfortable t-shirt and trek pants along with a hat/cap and sunglasses. With that, you also need to wear trekking shoes that are broken-in, comfortable; make sure they provide good grip even in wet conditions.
Avoid wearing denim jeans or any other restrictive clothing that will make the trekking experience uncomfortable.
Ensure that you have a good pair of shoes and a trusty bag for any trekking in Karnataka. Carry at least two bottles of water per person and a few snacks. Do carry powerful sunscreen lotion or spray to save your skin, as well as an insect repellent. If you’re going trekking near Bangalore in the monsoon, carry the right rainwear. If you’re going trekking in winter, dress in layers to stay warm.
The preparation and fitness levels depend entirely on the trek that you go for. If you are going for an easy trek in Karnataka, then you don’t need any kind of preparation as long as you have basic fitness levels.
For moderate grade treks, you need good fitness levels, and you can start preparing for these treks a couple of weeks prior to the date. And for the challenging treks, you need prior trekking experience as well as decent fitness levels.
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