15 Best Weekend Getaways from Bangalore
Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, promises its residents a limitless number of weekend excursion opportunities. Because of its budding commerce and IT sectors, in addition to its mild climate, Bangalore is quickly becoming a hub for young professionals. Along with plentiful career prospects, Bangalore is well situated to allow for quick weekend trips.
For all of you Bengaluru newbies with a streak for exploring, here's your start point for your upcoming adventures!
Coorg stuns tourist with its thicket of teakwood and sandal wood forests and vast acres of tea plantations. It is known as the 'Sotland of India with its scattered villages and hamlets. Its charm lies in its beauty combined with small attractions and outdoor activities like white water rafting and trekking. As the season of festivities draw near, Keil Podu (weapon worship), Cauvery Shankaraman (return of the river goddess) and Huttara (harvest festival) are amazing!Distance from Bangalore: 245 KMs
2) Belur & Halebidu
Chennakeshava Temple: the most important and renowned temples there with a spell bounding architecture.
Hoysalawara Temple: Jain Temples, Kedareshwar temple and many more. It is a pious adventure into architectural marvels.
Popularly known as the jewel of south India, Yercaud's pride is its altitude. Lush greenery, extensive coffee plantations and picturesque view is what the traveler seeks. A few attractions here are the Yercaud Lake, The Lady's Seat that gives a panoramic view of the plantations, Killiyur falls, Bear's cave that is the lofty abode of Murugan and the Grange which has one of the finest and oldest architecture.Distance from Bangalore: 230 KMs
Some people find Ooty little far for their driving comfort and some might even find it too chilly. Masinagudi is a great option for Bangaloreans. Nestled in the foothills of the Nilgiris, Masinagudi enjoys a nice weather throughout the year and even monsoons are mild here – so Masinagudi is a good place to visit all-round the year. Besides the great view of the Nilgiris, one can spot wildlife here as Masinagudi falls at just the edge of Mudumalai National park.Distance from Bangalore: 245 KMs
5) B.R. Hills
B.R. Hills or Biligiriranga Hills is a protected wildlife reserve. The best part about this reserve is that it is at the confluence of the Western and the Eastern Ghats that makes it harbor some of the rarest eco-systems. The place has been declared a tiger reserve in 2011. It is a must visit for wildlife enthusiasts.Distance from Bangalore: 270 KMs
Badami is extremely famous for its rock cut temples. The Badami cave temples, Badami fort, Agastiya Lake and the Archeological museum are some attractions. The Bhoothnatha temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva's avatar has yet another story to tell. Aihole, located at the banks of the MalaPrabha River is another beautiful structure.Distance from Bangalore: 450 KMs
7) Bandipur National Park
Adding to the lush greens of Karnataka, the Bandipur National Park sits to compliment the Western Ghats and the Mysore-Ooty Highway. It is considered as one of the most well-managed national parks. It has a sizeable number of tigers, sambhar, chital, antelope, jackal, sloth bear etc. birds of huge varieties are important interactions.Distance from Bangalore: 225 KMs
A queen of hill stations in name, Ooty has one of the most mesmerising views of the two mountain ranges of the Nilgiris as they meet here. Discovering it's vast, green expanses is a challenge accepted by tourists eagerly. Other attractions are the Government Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Pykara, Doddabeta (the highest peak of the Nilgiris).Distance from Bangalore: 270 KMs
9) Horsley Hills
The Horsley hills form a majorly beautiful part of Andra Pradesh owing to mesmerising spots like the Mallamma Temple devoted to goddess Mallamma who used to heal people. The Hoesly hills are covered by vast expanses of eucalyptus, Alamanda, Gulmohar etc.Distance from Bangalore: 145 KMs
A popular weekend destination that is easily accessible from both Bangalore and Chennai, Pondicherry becomes a brilliant weekend destination. The town boasts of a systematic and planned structure but does not let you down on the enjoyment. A few places worth visiting are:
The promenade: this place is at the front of the sea over the rugged terrain of the beach. The food stalls and cafes make it a delightful experience.
Pondicherry Museum: a catch for art and history enthusiasts, the museum captures art, archaeological ruins and history at its best.
Auroville: it is a harmonious town in itself where different nationalities and cultures are allowed to mingle.
Surrounded by tea plantations, Coonoor becomes the second largest hill station after Ooty. Various attractions are:
Sims Park: It has a collection of over 1000 plant species, it is a Japanese style developed botanical gardens
Dophin’s Nose: provides a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills
Catherine Falls: is yet another beauty to behold.
12) Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park is an important protector of the carnivores like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, stripped hyena, wild boar and the Indian elephant. are major attractions in terms of flora. The place has a huge variety of woodland birds like scarlet minivet and Malabar whistling thrush.Distance from Bangalore: 225 KMs
Chikmagalur is a tiny and extensively productive district of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is a famous summer retreat. A few places of interest are:
Ariteshwar Temple: the temple is a specimen of Hoyasala Architecture and is built with black soapstine.
Bababudan Giri Range: one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.
Ballala Rayana Durga: this place gives an amazing view of the Western Ghats. It is basically the fort ruins.
There are a number of pilgrimages and reservoirs that together make Chikmagalur a must visit place.
Wayanad boasts of greenery and pure beauty. During monsoons Wayanad gets covered in a coat of vegetation which offers every shade of green. The Chembra peak is the tallest among many peaks and provides great trekking opportunities. Meenmutty waterfalls, Chethalayam falls, and Banasura Sagar Dam are a few mesmerizing attractions. It is captivating and breathtaking. Wayanad also has a wildlife sanctuary that boasts of grandeur.Distance from Bangalore: 275 KMs
A very popular tourist destination in Karnataka, Hampi stands as the place from where you behold the great Vijayanagar Empire. History and Architectural buffs are most welcome! Some of the attractions are:
Dasara Dibba: a beautiful stone platform located within the Royal enclosure.
Gejjala Mantapa: a religiously functioning structure in the earlier days.
Zenana Enclosure: the private place for Royal ladies.
And of course, the famed Stone Chariot at the Vijaya Vittala Temple.Distance from Bangalore: 340 KMs