The spirit of team building is not just confined within walls of the offices nowadays as outdoor activities related to team building activities have become a huge success and directly results in improving team bonding and relationships between employees. As more corporates are increasingly following the trend of taking teams out for adventure sports in and around bangalore, team members feel very relaxed and at the same time these exciting activities will help them get rid of their excessive work stress.
There are a number of popular adventure sports destinations where the employees can indulge in many stress buster adventure activities around Bangalore like Jumaring, Kayaking, Parallel Walk, rafting, Burma Loop, Trekking, Zip Lining, Multi Wire and Camping. Tired of spending lazy, dull weekends doing the same old things? It’s time to get your blood pumping. Here are 9 fun, exhilarating adventure sports that you can try out in Bangalore :
1. Quad bike racing – Adventure
The ultimate high for the aspiring speed demon, ATV racing is now a regular feature in corporate retreats as it’s also a great team building activity. Dirtmania ,a custom built track exclusively for quad bikes near Kanakpura, has a selection of ATVs ranging from the 200cc automatic vehicle for novices to the 700cc geared bike for pros. The experienced biker can also head to natural trails on the outskirts of Bangalore for some serious off road fun.
Dirtmania (Kanakpura road)
Trails : Rs. 1500- Rs.4000
Ontrack Laps : Rs. 400-1200 (depending on type of vehicle)
Play Arena (Sarjapur) – Charges for 3 laps person – Rs 150/- 400/- (depending on type of vehicle)
2. River rafting – Adventure
Best enjoyed during the monsoon, white water rafting is an exciting sport which requires a certain amount of physical fitness. There are many places in and around Bangalore where you can go rafting including Kabini, Kondaji, Barapole and Dandeli The closest of these is Bheemeshwari, a 3 hour drive from the city. The rafting course stretches across 8 kms of the Cauvery river, offering breath taking views of the valley and forests. The unpredictable current and sudden gradients make this an absolutely amazing experience.
3. Bungee Jumping – Adventure
A heady experience for those into extreme sports, bungee jumping camps in Bangalore see huge turn outs every year. Individual experts as well as groups like the Bangalore Mountaineering Club(BMC) hold jumps at Phoenix market city and Kanteerava stadium. The country’s first permanent, all year round jumping pad was set up on Palace grounds, with added facilities for those crazy enough to want to try the reverse bungee.
Tariffs for bungee jumping start at Rs. 1500 on weekdays and Rs.1800 on weekends
4.Wall Climbing – Adventure
Wait up Spider Man! Wall climbing is hugely popular in Bangalore, among both kids and adults. Climbing enthusiasts in the city have several options, starting from the 50 ft high artificial walls at Kanteerva stadium, Phoenix market city and Play X arena on Sarjapur road . Another option is the Springfields climbing wall on Sarjapura main road, set up by Urban climbers. Smaller bouldering walls are also found at Courtyard cafe on Double road and Equilibrium on Residency road.
Play Arena (Sarjapur)– climbing wall (3 attempts)- Rs. 150/- (Mon-Thu) & Rs.200/-(Fri-Sun)
Bouldering (30 min)- Rs. 125/-(Mon-Thu) & Rs.150/-(Fri-Sun)
5. Ziplining/Flying Fox – Adventure
Ziplining is an aerial trekking sport where you glide down an cable high above the ground via a harness attached to a pulley. Since gravity is the propelling force, courses can be setup between two platforms provided proper precautions and equipment are in place.Apart from periodic events in and around the city, resorts and clubs like Play arena and Guhantara have playable ziplining courses all year round. Ziplining is all the more exciting when done on natural terrain – between trees, rocks or over water. Popular locations around Bangalore include Ramanagaram and Bheemeshwari.
Tariffs : Play Arena (Sarjapur) – Rs. 1200/- (Mon-Thu) & Rs.1500/-(Fri-Sun) for 1 run
6. Zorbing – Adventure
What could be more fun than running around inside a giant plastic ball? A favourite with adventure freaks everywhere, zorbing has been a regular feature at many events in the Bangalore. Unfortunately, you can’t simply go rolling down MG road. Zorbing is better done on large stretches of open spaces on the outskirts of the city, preferably downhill. You can indulge in hydro zorbing (the more popular variant of this sport) in several resorts and clubs in and around Bangalore such as Discovery village.
7. Rock climbing and Rappelling
Want to be like Tom Cruise in MI-2? Rock climbing is a physically demanding sport which requires a certain amount of flexibility and stamina. Turahalli off Kanakapura road is frequented by both amateur and experienced climbers. Ramnagaram ,which is about 60 km from the Bangalore is ideal for rappelling. Adventure clubs such as Basecamp periodically conduct rock climbing events at these places.
Tariffs: Around 1500/- for rappelling( including transport, breakfast/lunch/dinner and safety equipment)
8. Parasailing – Adventure
More a joyride than an actual sport, parasailing lets you gently soar through the skies onto a literal high. Unlike paragliding, this is a relatively safe activity wherein the momentum of a speeding vehicle is used to lift the parasailer into the air . The pleasant experience and low physical exertion involved makes it popular among people of all ages. Parasailing locations in Bangalore include Devanahalli, Jakkur aerodrome and Hoskote lake.
Tariffs : Jakkur aerodrome ( weekends) : Rs.250/- per launch
Hoskote lake bed (Weekends 8 am – 4pm):Rs 300/- per launch
9. Trekking – Adventure
Bangalore is the perfect trekkers paradise – there are a host of scenic trekking spots around the city for a refreshing break away from the daily grind. You can also hook up with fellow trekking enthusiast in groups like the Bangalore Mountaineering Club. The nearby locations of Skandagiri , Bheemeshwari and Savandurga among others are ideal for light one day treks. The more hard core trekkers can try the more challenging terrain in Chikmagalur and Kumaraparvatha.
One day treks- 1000/- to 2000/- (including transport and food)
Two day treks/overnight – 2500/- to 3000/- (including transport, sleeping bags and basic vegetarian food.)
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HOW TO REACH – ADVENTURE, BANGALORE
Bangalore is extremely well-connected by regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai and most other important cities in India and also has international carriers flowing in and out of the Bengaluru International Airport, which is located about 40 kilometres from the main city. A taxi from the airport would take about 45 minutes to reach the city.
Bangalore is well-connected by a network of buses from cities like Goa, Mumbai, Pune, Coimbatore and Mangalore. The options range from regular buses to air-conditioned, Volvo and sleeper coaches. While some of the buses are run by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, there are also a number of private bus operators who run inter-city buses to and from Bangalore.
Bangalore has two important railway stations – Bengaluru City Railway Station and Yeswantpur Junction. Both railway stations have regular trains running from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and other major cities. For travelling within Bangalore, there is Namma Metro (with limited connectivity), which is an intra-city rail network set up by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation.
You can hire a cab or drive yourself to Bangalore from nearby cities. Driving to Bangalore is quite a delight thanks to the magnificent roads, excellent climate and beautiful countryside.