Karnataka is a land of many terrains. The Western Ghats form the spine of the state and they also feature some of the highest peaks of Southern India. Avid nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts love their road trips from Bangalore as they try to climb the lofty summits while exploring the natural beauty of the mountain range. With a convenient self drive car rental, such adventures can be arranged in the spur of a moment. Here are some of the highest mountains in Karnataka – perfect destinations for a weekend vacation.

Kudremukh and Mullayanagiri Peaks

The distinctive shape of the peak gives Kudremukh (Horse-Face) its name. The tree-less meadows of the summit jut out of the thick forest like a finger touching the sky. At close to 1900 metres, the peak is also a nice recluse for those who want to get away from the heat of the plains. There are many trekking and hiking trails in this verdant, picturesque region.  The sprawling jungles have many hidden waterfalls and provide habitat to a diverse array of wildlife. The trip from Bangalore to Kudremukh is a scenic 330-km route that also allows visitors to explore many other natural sights. 

Close to Kudremukh is the Mullayanagiri Peak, the highest in Karnataka at 1930 metres above sea level. The trek to the top of the mountain is a moderate one but needs a few hours to be completed comfortably. The charming setting of nearby Chikamagalur town provides the ideal base to spend the night for travellers who want to explore these mountains over a single weekend.

Mountains of Coorg

Another district that is known for its undulating and forested hills is Coorg. One of the most famous peaks here is Tadiandamol. It is said that on clear days, one can see as far as the Arabian Sea from its 1700 metre summit. The closest town to Tadiandamol is Virajpet, a quintessential Coorg town that would enamour the culture enthusiast. While not entering the forest trails, visitors can relax in the main town or visit the surrounding plantations. Another famous peak in the Coorg district is the Brahmagiri Mountain. Close to the peak, one will find the famous Talacauvery temple, built near the source of the mighty Cauvery River.

Bangalore to Coorg is a journey filled with eye-catching and mesmerizing views, with Mysore as one of the biggest enroute attractions. Other places of interest include the Tibetan monasteries at Bylakuppe and the wildlife of Nagarhole National Park.

Self Drive – Total Freedom

Travelling to these offbeat destinations is best done on one’s own terms. One can book self driven cars in Bangalore in a matter of minutes, by registering on app-based platforms like Zoomcar. Informed travellers prefer rentals because of the wide variety of vehicles available and the affordable rates. Even car owners opt for rentals, choosing SUVs to enjoy these drives into the mountains in total comfort. 24/7 on-road support adds a layer of security and travellers get to move around in complete privacy and freedom.