Willie at Kodi Lake

Travel with your fur baby in and around Bangalore

One cannot have a better travel buddy than their fur babies. Pets, especially dogs are wonderful to travel with and they definitely are a person’s (man and woman) best friend. Be it for emotional support or as a great travel companion, dogs can be anything and perfectly fit the bill.

Willie, my cute and fur baby, a golden retriever with loads of energy, has always been one of the best travel buddies I have ever had. Even though I wish I had travelled more with him when I had the time, I still managed to go to places in and around Bangalore.

In this post, I would like to highlight some of the places in and around Bangalore where you can travel with your pet and have the best of times with it.

This post is also an ode to my darling baby Willie as today (9 August) happens to be his birthday.

Willie at Kodi Lake
Willie and Raksha at a lake

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Travel with your fur baby in and around Bangalore

Bangalore has plenty of places around that can be visited in a day, refer One day trips from Bangalore section for more details.

Remember!! Be a responsible pet parent. Make sure to take care of your pet and others while traveling with your pet. Ensure everyone's safety.

Lakes in Bangalore

Bangalore is known for its lakes. In fact, the city is called City of Lakes. And some of these lakes make an awesome outing for your fur babies. This lake (unfortunately, it has no name), near Hosakote, is one of the few lakes which are not commercialised and still has the village vibes.

Remember!! Make sure to keep your pet on a leash. Only remove the leash when you think it is safe for your pet and does not have a rule that states that the pet needs to be on a leash.

This lake was Willie’s first outing and he surely had a great time at the lake. He was intrigued by the buffaloes that were bathing in the lake. I think this was probably one of his best trips. There were also crooked walls (more like ruins) around the lake, which served as an exercise and fun point for Willie.

Willie at Kodi Lake
Willie at a lake in Bangalore

Bagaluru Lake

Bagaluru lake, almost close to the Bangalore airport, in Bangalore is another beautiful lake where you could visit with your pet. The distance between Bagaluru lake and Bangalore city is about 25 kilometres and takes around 1 hour to drive.

Remember!! Train your pet well so it does not harm or destroy any of the nature. Also, make sure to clean up if your pet dirties or messes up the surroundings.
Willie at Bagaluru lake

Willie visited the Bagaluru lake when the lake was not commercialised and there was very little development work around the area. There was plenty of space for him to run around and play with sticks.

Bagaluru lake was on the verge of going extinct but has now been revived because of the treated water from the city.

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Willie at Bagaluru lake
Willie at Bagaluru lake

Tippagondanahalli (TG Halli) Reservoir

Absolutely amazing place to travel with your pet is the Tippagondanahalli Reservoir. It is a man made reservoir, located on the confluence of Arkavathy and Kumudavathi Rivers. A late afternoon or an evening picnic is a great way to spend at the reservoir.

When you are in Tippagondanahalli reservoir, make sure to visit the Big Banyan tree or the Dodda Alada mara as the locals call.

Remember!! Make sure to check with the locals if swimming is allowed. As it is a reservoir, only certain parts of the water (like puddles formed) where water is not used is where swimming is allowed. Also, make sure to check if your pet is comfortable in the water before allowing it to swim alone.

Willie swam in the puddle for the first time. He also played around the area digging and finding sticks and stones. Visiting the Tippagondanahalli reservoir did make an awesome one day trip from Bangalore.

Willie in a puddle near T G Halli Reservoir
Willie in a puddle near T G Halli Reservoir

Srirangapatna

Srirangapatna is a small town on the way to Mysore from Bangalore. It is a beautiful town that has plenty of farms and spaces. Trip to Srirangapatna makes a great road trip with your fur baby. The distance between Bangalore city and Srirangapatna is around 135 kilometres and takes 3 hours 10 minutes by car.

Remember!! If your pet has motion sickness or is scared to travel by car, be patient. Try habituating your pet with road trips by taking it for small distances and then once it becomes comfortable, then trying out longer distances. On long distances, make sure to take regular breaks in between.

Willie travelled to Srirangapatna by car. He had motion sickness and hence he could not travel for long distances in the car. However, he slowly was getting used to traveling by car and the longest distance he travelled from Bangalore was to Srirangapatna. Even though he was stressed in the beginning of the drive because of traffic around, he became at ease once the car hit the highway. I visited my aunt’s house so he can be relaxed rather than staying at a hotel or a resort for the night.

Willie in Srirangapatna

Closing Notes

I agree that in India, we do not have too many places where we can freely take our pets. However, there are a few places where we still have the freedom and travel with our fur baby responsibly. Cubbon Park in Bangalore is another place where one can go with their pets. In fact, there are pet clubs organised by people with pets, who meet at the parks to have some fun and exercise.

Do you have a pet? Is your pet the best travel buddy you have had? Let me know in the comments below.

12 comments

  1. Your travel buddy is so adorable Raksha. I lived in Bangalore for 2 years and saw people walking with their pets in Cubbon Park sometimes. Lovely Post and Happy birthday to Willie.

  2. Happy belated birthday to Willie! He is so cute! I had a golden growing up! They are the best dogs in the world. It’s good to know about some of the dog-friendly places around India.

  3. Travelling with a pet seems to be so much more popular and acceptable in North America right now. Good to know you found lots of spots to visit in Bangalore with Willie. I am sure the outdoor locations were great spots to run around and play. Good reminder to check about whether swimming is allowed. My son’s dog loves the water and we keep her leashed until we are sure or she would surely just jump in.

  4. I also travel with my fur babies. They’re the best companions. The sad part of travelling sometimes comes when I have to leave my furry friends behind just because they are not allowed in the premises. Willy looks confident and handsome! Belated happy birthday to him!

  5. Wiliy looks adorable! I’m glad you could found outdoor places around Bangelore to take him with you. I hope he will adjust well in the car better the more you take him around. So one day, he will say bye-bye to car sick.

  6. Your fur baby is super cute. I don’t have a dog and hence, possibly have never noticed where they are allowed. Lakes for sure work in Bangalore. Maybe, you should try taking him a little along the Tumkur road where are some lovely hiking spots. I recall seeing some pets there too.

  7. Willie is a cutie for sure! Adorable photo of him with the stick and I bet he was very intrigued by the buffalo. Such a bummer he got car sickness, I know how much dogs love riding in the car with the window down. I like the idea of organized pet clubs to get together and let the dogs play while chatting and socializing. We have dog parks in the US and you do get to know people and dogs become fast friends.

  8. I recently came from Myrtle Beach and it was so fun to see all the dogs having fun and swimming in the water. I don’t have a dog, but am planning on getting one soon and will definitely be traveling with. This is good to know when I make it to Bangalore. What useful information!

  9. Willie is so cute and you both look quite lovely! Its good that you find places in Bangalore to explore with Willie. The lakes are sure a great place to take him. Hope you have more fun travelling with him!

  10. Yes it is very important to train the pets well so that they don’t spoil the beauty of places they visit or that matter also not trouble other people. Willie seems to enjoy his swim in TG Halli Reservoir. Also it is good to know that Bagaluru Lake is now revived.

    • Yes I agree. It’s also for the safety of our pets that we definitely need to train them so they do not interact with strangers.

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