Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-07-02 16:34 Bengaluru: Had a busy week? How about enjoying quick getaways in this beautiful weather? Most of us – during rainy season – hate to venture out in rain. But here are a few places, a must-see during monsoon and a perfect spot for a new you. Chunchi Falls: Located near Kanakapura, the falls is en route to Mekedatu/ Sangama road – just 90 kms away from Bengaluru. Fed by Arkavati river, the falls is very scenic with lot of greenery around. Visiting during rainy season is a sheer treat. However, it is better you take your own vehicle to the falls. Once you reach the falls, it is ideal to walk. But beware of warning signboards. Don’t forget to carry our own water bottle, some snacks and other basic needs. Makalidurga: Situated just 10 kms from Doddaballapur, Makalidurga is a hill fort near the village of the same name. Huddled up by the chain of hills, Makalidurga – from top – offers a beautiful view of villages and an absolute scenic beauty. It is the favourite among trekkers. However, for adventure-souls the spot serves right for trekking during night. The makalidurga trek begins from the railway station, however, you can take your vehicle (two-wheeler) up to the foot. Be it family or friends get together, visiting Makalidurga is the best place to have some fun and adventure. Mekedaatu and Sangama: Notably, these two are the most popular getaways near Bengaluru. The ferocious flow of Cauvery river that bounces from gorges provides a wonderful sight. The gouging pits on the rocks make this a rocky riverbed. While it is not only slippery but is also dangerous to trek to the falls. However, you have access to vehicles that will take you to the falls. But one must follow warning boards erected over there. Savandurga Located West of Bengaluru on Magadi Road, Savandurga is unique – it is Asia’s largest and massive monolithic hill. What more, it offers an ideal getaway, especially for those who swear by adventure. If you are passionate about rock climibing, this is the place to explore. Wrapped in dense greenery, Savandurga is picknickers’ first choice. Also, there is Manchanabele, great place for watersports. With buses aplenty, it is easier to reach here. Kanva Reservoir An artificial lake formed from after building a dam across Kanva river, Kanva reservoir is a treat to tourists. Nestled in greenery and wooded hills, the reservoir is the picture-perfect location for some family time. Located 69 kms away from Bengaluru, the reservoir also houses some ancient temples prominent being Purushothama Thirtha Gavi, considered a signficant pilgrimage centre for Madhwa Brahmins. Since there are not much buses, one has to depend on private vehicles to reach here. A little away is Janapada Loka, cultural hotspot. Devarayanadurga Just 70kms away from Bengaluru, this is a hill station one must visit during rainy season. As the name suggests, the place was once a fort is now a trekkers’ paradise. Set in the backdrop of huge rocks and forest, Devarayanadurga can be reached through Tumakuru. In fact, one can climb up the fort that are marked by steep and sharp stairs and enjoy the breeze atop the hill. Also, one can pay visit to famous Yoganarasimha and Bhoganarasimha temples located on top of the hills. At the foothills, there is Namachilume. Lore has it that Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana had a stop here while they were on their way to forest. As Sita was thirsty, Rama piereced a huge rock and there sprang a spring that quenched Sita.