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20 Weekend Getaways From Bangalore

Discussion in 'Destination Guides' started by Debapriya Deb, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. Debapriya Deb

    Debapriya Deb Active Member

    Are you on the lookout for an ideal destination to set out on a weekend trip from Bangalore? Or would you like to take your family to a short vacation at a place not too far off from the Bangalore city? Weekend getaways are the most sought after tourism destinations, especially for the residents of Urban India. And Bangalore being the hub of Indian Information Technology industry, the search for probable weekend destinations from Bangalore are expectedly quite high.

    Irrespective of whether you are planing for a solo trip or a family vacation or a fun-filled tour with friends, there are quite a few lovely places around Bangalore that can serve your purpose well. Let's find out the options at your disposal for a quick weekend trip from Bangalore city.

    Best Weekend Getaways from Bangalore - The Top 20:

    20. Mysore

    Distance: 140 KM
    Travel Time: 3 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1 or 2 Days
    Route: Bangalore - Ramnagaram - Maddur - Mandya - Mysore
    Destination Category: Historical, Religious, Art, Nature, Wildlife
    Best Suited For: Family or Educational Trips

    Fondly referred to as the Palace City, Mysore is a historic place that still has its royal charm intact. Millions of tourists from all over the world visit Mysore every year to get themselves enriched with a share of its rich heritage. Situated at a distance of 140 KM from Bangalore city, this charming, old-fashioned and unhurried place never ceases to amaze the tourists with its riches of historical marvels.

    Having said that, Mysore's claim to fame isn’t solely due to its royal inheritance. The erstwhile capital of the Wadiyar dynasty is equally known for the exquisitely crafted silk sarees and incensed sandalwood carvings. Mysore is also considered to be the cultural capital of the state. Add to that the unhurried lifestyle, art gallery, religious significance, diversified wildlife and not to forget, the sweet taste of Mysore Pak - you have a range of exclusive features to explore at Mysore.

    Besides its historical and geographic attractions, Mysore is also known for the Dussehra festival held every year in the month of October. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated with great fanfare and it attracts tourists from all over the world. All in all, the royal legacy, folk culture, rich biodiversity and pleasing climate throughout the year make Mysore a must visit place in the Indian sub-continent.

    Major Tourist Interests:

    1. Mysore Palace
    2. Chamundeshwari Temple
    3. Jagmohan Art Gallery
    4. Brindavan Gardens
    5. Mysore Zoological Park
    6. Saint Philomena’s Cathedral
    7. Railway Museum

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Elephant or Camel Ride inside the Mysore Palace compound.
    2. Tonga (Horse-Cart) Ride on the Palace Road.
    3. Boating in Brindavan Garden.
    4. Trekking in Chamundi Hills.

    19. Hogenakkal

    Distance: 180 KM
    Travel Time: 3.5 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Hogenakkal
    Destination Category: Nature, Adventure
    Best Suited For: Trips With Friends or Family

    Hogenakkal is the small village situated in the Dharmapuri district of Tamilnadu which is famous for its breathtaking waterfalls. Located at a distance of just 180 KM from Bangalore, the place is frequented by the technology professionals in huge numbers throughout the year. The mighty Hogenakkal waterfalls is often referred to as the Indian version of Niagra. It is not for nothing that many romantic songs in regional and Bollywood movies are shot on the backdrop of Hogenakkal falls.

    It's a spectacular sight to witness the Cauvery river dancing down and dashing against the rocks, giving rise to a continuous roar. After flowing along a plain terrain, the Cauvery suddenly drops off from an overhanging cliff onto a bed of granite boulders, creating a series of continuous waterfalls. The spectacle at Hogenakkal is spread over an area of 1 KM. There are a number of waterfalls throughout the area, with their heights ranging between 50 to 150 feet. There's is a sandy island surrounded by waters from all the sides where the tourists can enjoy ayurvedic massage, beach volleyball and delicious fish fries.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Cauvery Waterfalls
    2. Island Beach
    2. Melagiri Hills

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Coracle ride on Cauvery's turbulent waters.
    2. Trekking along the river bed to the Melagiri Hills.
    3. A game of beach volleyball at the island.
    4. Swimming at the sandy beach.
    5. A rejuvenating ayurvedic oil massage.

    18. Belur

    Distance: 220 KM
    Travel Time: 4.5 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 2 Days
    Route: Bangalore - Nelamangala - Herur - Channarayanpattana - Hassan - Belur
    Destination Category: History, Architecture, Nature
    Best Suited For: Educational Trips, Family Vacation

    Belur is a well known historic town set on the banks of Yagachi river in Hassan district of Karnataka. Famous for the 11th century Chennakesava temple, the place is frequented by tourists from all over the world for the exquisite craftsmanship of Hoysala architecture style.

    The historic structures and monements belonging to the medieval era, built with light green soapstone, intricately decorated with ivory and sandalwood carvings, are often compared with the sculptures at Khajuraho. The Kappe Chennigaraya temple is another classic example of Hoysala architecture. Rock carvings on the walls of the temple depict episodes from the Mahabharata, Ramayana and the Upanishadas. Veeranarayana Temple, Hoysaleswara temple and Kedareshwara temple are the other famous historical attractions located in and around Belur town. Along with its sister town of Halebidu, which is around 16 kilometers from Belur, you can be assured of a royal treat during your trip to the twin historical marvels.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Chennakesava Temple
    2. Kappe Chennigaraya Temple
    3. Veeranarayana Temple
    4. Kedareshwara temple
    5. Yagachi dam.

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Visit ancient temples scattered around the town.
    2. A picnic at the scenic Yagachi dam.
    3. Boating on the Yagachi river.

    17. Bandipur

    Distance: 231 KM
    Travel Time: 4 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1 or 2 Days
    Route: Bangalore - Ramnagaram - Maddur - Mandya - Mysore - Nanjangud - Bandipur
    Destination Category: Nature, Wildlife, Photography
    Best Suited For: Trips with Friends, Spouse and Kids

    Once the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of Mysore, Bandipur is now a national park famous for its diversified wildlife. Situated at a distance of 230 KM from Bangalore off the Bangalore-Ooty highway, the national park draws large number of visitors mainly due to the high possibility of spotting the elusive King of the Jungle - Royal Bengal Tigers. The park has a sizeable population of tigers and tiger sightings during forest safari is pretty common, which has contributed towards Bandipur's rise in popularity among wildlife enthusiasts and professional photographers.

    Bandipur National Park spans across an area of 874 square kilometers, providing shelters to several species of India's endangered wildlife. Bordered by Madumalai National Park towards the Tamilnadu end, this wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers, Indian elephants, gaurs, sloth bears, muggers, Indian rock pythons, four-horned antelopes, jackals, dholes, deers, chital, gray langurs, Indian giant squirrels and several other mammalian, amphibian and reptile species. Among the birds, you can easily spot peacocks, grey junglefowls, honey buzzards, red-headed vultures, Indian vultures, flowerpeckers, hoopoes, Indian rollers, brown fish owls, crested serpent eagles and changeable hawk-eagles to name a few. A wide variety of butterflies can also be spotted in this reserve forest area.

    There are lots of cottages and jungle resorts to cater to the tourists' accommodation. You can experience jungle camping and also stay in a tree-house during your Bandipur trip.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Bandipur Tiger Reserve
    2. Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Forest Safari inside the reserve forest area at Bandipur.
    2. Elephant Safari in the core areas of Bandipur National Park.
    3. Jeep Safari in the Madumalai section.
    4. Drive through the scenic Bandipur-Madumalai-Masinagundi stretch of Mysore-Ooty national highway.
    5. Jungle camping inside the forest area.
    6. Staying in a traditional tree-top hut made of bamboo.

    16. Hampi

    Distance: 343 KM
    Travel Time: 6.5 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 2 Days
    Route: Bangalore - Ramnagaram - Maddur - Mandya - Mysore - Nanjangud - Bandipur
    Destination Category: History, Architecture
    Best Suited For: Family Trips

    Located at a distance of 343 KM from the Bangalore city, Hampi is home to some of the finest rock carvings dating back to the medieval era. Once the sprawling capital of the Vijaynagar Empire in the 14th century, Hampi boasts of several marvelous architectural sites that were crafted to perfection.

    Spanning across an area of over 25 square kilometers on the banks of Tungabhadra river, Hampi's eternal attractions include ancient temples, sublime palaces, rock and stone-carved structures of various sizes and shapes. In Hampi, at every turn there is a sculpture and a story behind its existence. With its vast stretches of archaeological ruins, Hampi offers you the riches of heritage on a unique backdrop of boulder-strewn hills dotted with numerous monuments of the bygone era.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Virupaksha Temple (Constructed in the 7th century)
    2. Vittala Temple (Constructed in the 15th Century)
    3. Riverside Ruins
    4. Royal Enclosure Palace
    5. Hemakuta Hill Temples
    6. Hazare Rama Temple
    7. Lotus Mahal (Chitragani mahal)
    8. Sugreeva's Cave
    9. Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
    10. Hampi Archaeological Museum

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Cherish the beautifully carved ancient architecture and sculptures.
    2. Trek to the riverside ruins.
    3. Pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum.
    4. Catch the nocturnal and camera shy sloth bears in the Daroji Bear Sanctuary.

    15. Shivanasamudra

    Distance: 135 KM
    Travel Time: 3 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Ramnagaram - Maddur - Malavalli - Shivanasamudra
    Destination Category: Nature, Adventure
    Best Suited For: Trips with Friends, Spouse and Kids

    Shivanasamudra is famous for the spectacular twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki and Bharachukki - originating from the mighty Cauvery river. The Cauvery river bifurcates in to two segments and flows through the rocky ravines before dropping off over two different cliffs. The Eastern channel results in Bharachukki falls, while the Western branch, the bigger of the two, constitutes the Gaganachukki falls. Situated at a distance of just 135 KM from Bangalore, it can be an ideal destination for a quick trip far off from the hustles and bustles of city life.

    Gaganachukki view point offers a breathtaking view of the majestic falls. White waters flowing down from the height of 98 metres creates a misty appearance with its tiny droplets. Although it offers a truly magnificent view, the falls can't be accessed from that place. It can, however, be accessed from Darga Hazrath Mardane Gaib, from where you need to climb down a rocky pathway to reach the river bed. It can be dangerous, though - especially during monsoons.

    The other part, Bharachukki, equally impressive, if not better. It can be accessed after climbing down a stairway consisting of around 150 steps. It is an ideal place to take a dip in the inviting waters.You can take a coracle (a round shaped boat made of bamboo) ride on the huge pool of water to get close to the bottom of the falls. It can be a mesmerizing experience to lie down on the submerged rocks and cherish the beauty of scenic surroundings.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Gaganachukki Falls View Point
    2. Bharachukki Waterfalls

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Swimming in the crystal-esque waters at the pool beneath Bharachukki falls.
    2. Trekking along the rocky river-bed.
    3. Coracle ride near the Bharachukki falls.

    14. Ranganathittu

    Distance: 130 KM
    Travel Time: 2 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Ramnagaram - Maddur - Mandya - Srirangapattana - Ranganathittu
    Destination Category: Nature, Birdwatching, Wildlife
    Best Suited For: Trips with Friends, Spouse and Kids

    Just a couple of hours' drive from Bangalore, Ranganathittu is a bird sanctuary rich in its collection of native and migratory avian species. The place is considered as a bird-lovers' paradise with one of the highest bird population density in the country. Lots of tourists are attracted to Ranganathittu by the sheer pleasure of listening to melodious chirping of birds. Set amidst scenic natural surroundings, the place is known to attract large numbers of photography enthusiasts as well.

    Situated at a distance of just 4 KM from Srirangapatna off Bangalore-Mysore expressway, in the downstream of KRS, Ranganathittu Bird Sactuary is located on the banks of the river Cauvery. It consists of 6 tiny islets formed by the Cauvery river meandering around a rocky terrain. Surrounded by deciduous forests with lots of bamboo, eucalyptus, Terminalia Arjuna and various pandanus trees, you can spot a variety of native and migratory bird species including cormorants, darter, white ibis, spoonbills, open-billed stork, painted stork, egret, heron, stone plover, Indian cliff swallow and kingfisher to name a few. It's a delight to catch the winged visitors in their natural habitat and watch them making happy forays into the water.

    A leisurely boat ride along the course of the river can take the visitors within touching distance of a variety of migratory and native birds. Besides the avian species, there is the prospect of catching glimpses of the marsh crocodiles in their natural habitat on the banks of the Cauvery river. Bonnet macaque, otter, mongoose and palm civet are among other common mammals and reptiles found here at Ranganathittu.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Open-billed Stork
    2. Siberian Pelican
    3. Marsh Crocodile
    4. White Ibis
    5. Indian Mongoose
    6. Eurasian Spoonbill

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Boat ride on the Cauvery river.
    2. Short Nature Walks inside the sanctuary.
    3. Capturing photographs of various bird and reptile species.

    13. Yelagiri

    Distance: 167 KM
    Travel Time: 3 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1-2 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Natrampalli - Yelagiri
    Destination Category: Hills, Nature
    Best Suited For: Couples, Solo Trip, Trips with Friends

    Situated in the Vellore district of Tamilnadu, Yelagiri is a tiny little hill-station dotted with captivating view points, beautiful meadows and tranquil lakes. It may not be as famous as Ooty or Coonoor and might seem ordinary from the outside, but as you land at this place you would start to discover the natural aura that many of the popular hill-stations have lost due to uncontrolled commercialization.

    The charming hill station is a cluster of 14 hilly hamlets spread across an area of 29 square kilometres. Perched at elevation of 3460 feet above the main sea level, the drive to the picturesque destination is very scenic. You will encounter 14 hairpin bends that open up to spectacular mountain landscapes to take your breath away. At every twist and turn, there is a beautiful backdrop to revitalize your spirits.

    The beautiful rustic surroundings of Yellagiri are extraordinarily quiet, and hence it can be the ideal escapade if you are looking for peace and harmony. Surrounded by lush green plantations of pine, oak, coffee and cardamom plantations, you will be blown away by the subtle fragrances of fresh foliage. The lovely Punganoor Lake located at the heart of the town offers you opportunity to indulge in a romantic boat ride, while the view-points offer spectacular hawk-eye views of the surrounding plateau.

    Trekking enthusiasts can set on an adventure hike to the Swamimalai peak standing at an elevation of 4338 feet above the sea level. It also offers paragliding opportunity to the interested tourists. A 5 KM downhill trek from Yelagiri can take you to the gorgeous Jalagamparai Waterfalls. Formed by the Attaru River jumping off an overhanging cliff, the scenic surrounding of the falls serves as an ideal picnic spot. You can also opt for guided jungle sojourns at night to capture the true spirit of this idyllic weekend getaway from Bangalore.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Punganoor Lake
    2. Swamimalai Peak
    3. Velavan Temple View point
    4. Jalagamparai Waterfalls

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Boating on the Punganoor lake.
    2. Trekking to Swamimalai peak.
    3. Paragliding at Swamimalai Hills.
    4. Jalagamparai Waterfalls trek and picnic.
    5. Guided nightouts in the jungle.

    12. Ramanagaram

    Distance: 61 KM
    Travel Time: 1 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Kengeri - Bidadi - Ramanagaram
    Destination Category: Hills, Nature, Adventure
    Best Suited For: Trips with Friends

    Remeber Gabbar Singh from the all-time superhit Bollywood classic 'Sholey'? Ramanagaram aka Ramgarh is the place that used to be the den of Gabbar in Sholey.

    Located on the banks of Arkavathy river, Ramanagaram is surrounded by seven green-covered hillocks with their altitudes ranging between 2000 to 3050 feet above the sea level. It is situated at a distance of 61 KM from Bangalore and 85 KM from Mysore city along the Bangalore-Mysore Expressway.

    Ramanagaram is a favorite hunting ground for the trekkers from Bangalore and nearby places. Trekking to Revanasiddeshwara Betta, perched at an elevation of 3066 feet, is a major attraction here. It's an excellent place to learn rappalling and rock climbing. Guided trekking and rock climbing tours are organized by various groups throughout the year.

    Night trekking through the moon-lit trails of Ramanagaram can be a unique experience. If you are looking to indulge in angling and fishing activities, then head towards the huge Arkavathy dam, which is famous for housing different species of freshwater trouts like Golden Mahseer, Brown Trout and Cauvery Rasbora.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Revanasiddeshwara Betta
    2. 'Sholey' Shooting Spot
    3. Arkavathy Dam.

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Pay a visit to the 'Sholey' village.
    2. Trekking to the Revanasiddeshwara Betta peak.
    3. Night trekking and moonlight camping.
    4. Angling and fishing at Arkavathy dam.

    11. Pondicherry

    Distance: 320 KM
    Travel Time: 7 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 2-3 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Uthangarai - Chengam - Tiruvannamalai - Gingee - Tindivanam - Pondicherry.
    Destination Category: Beach, Adventure, Spiritualism
    Best Suited For: Honeymoon, Couples, Trips with Friends and Family

    A union territory of India, Pondicherry is a town tucked away along the Eastern coast of the Bay of Bengal, around 320 KM away from Bangalore. This popular beach destination used to be under the French colonial rule until 1954 and the town still resembles French subcontinental aesthetics.

    The sun kissed beaches are the main attractions at Pondicherry. "The French Riviera of the East" - as Pondy is commonly known as, is home to some fantastic beaches that can mesmerize the tourists. The Promenade beach is ideal for taking a romantic evening stroll. Auro Beach is ideal for catching breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset. You can also take a dip in the shallow water or laze around in its golden sand. The distinct crystal-blue waters at the Serenity Beach, bordered by swaying palm groves is just the perfect place to unwind. An evening stroll on the golden sands with your loved ones can remain engraved in the memory for a long time. It also offers several water sports activities to the adventure enthusiasts. Tourists can indulge in boating, canoeing and kayaking or even go on a ferry ride in a catamaran. Beach volleyball can be another exciting prospect.

    By far the most exotic beach in Pondicherry, the Paradise Beach is a long stretch of sandy beach with palm trees lined up on the shore to provide you cool shades. The beach can only be accessed by a 30-minutes ferry ride through the Chunnambar Backwaters and there is no human inhabitants on the beach. That's one reason why it is not littered by the human population. As a result, it managed to retain its unspoiled characteristic. The ferry ride through the backwaters is as exciting as the beach itself. Last but not the least, the Karaikal beach, situated at the confluence of Arasalar river, offers you the opportunity of boat ride and canoeing. There is also a Children's Park with lots of exciting rides.

    Besides the sea and sands, Pondy is also an abode of spirituality with the presence of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. A quiet evening spent at the Auroville can bring in a sense of spiritual enlightenment. The French connection and delicious continental foods are added bonus. All in all, Pondicherry is much more than just a typical weekend getaway. It offers an excellent blend of new-age cum old-world charm that's sure to fascinate you.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Promenade
    2. Auroville Beach
    3. Serenity Beach
    4. Paradise Beach and Chunnambar Backwaters
    5. Karaikal Beach
    6. Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville
    7. Ousteri Lake
    8. Sacred Heart Church

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Romantic evening stroll at the Promenade.
    2. Water sports at the Serenity Beach.
    3. Ferry ride in the Chunnambar backwaters.
    4. Canoeing in the Arasalar river.
    5. Spending a quiet evening at the Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville.

    10. Sangama & Mekedatu

    Distance: 100 KM
    Travel Time: 2 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Kaggalipura - Harohalli - Kanakapura - Sangama - Mekedatu
    Destination Category: Nature, Hills, Adventure
    Best Suited For: Trips with Friends and Family

    Situated at a distance of 95 KM from Bangalore city, Sangama is the place where the Cauvery and Arkavathy river meets. This excellent picnic spot is just a 2 hours' drive from Bangalore. You can take a refreshing dip and play in the shallow water of Cauvery at Sangama. You can also try your hands at angling and fishing.

    Adventure seekers can explore the lesser known trekking route to the gorgeous Chunchi falls. This route is a bit difficult to trek, as at times there's no apparent path to follow and you have to wade your way through the plants, shrubs and trees. Some of the huge rocks get quite steep at places making it difficult for new trekkers, especially the uphill climb while returning. It requires tricky footwork and good climbing skills to successfully negotiate the path to this lesser-known but beautiful waterfalls.

    Mekedatu is a Kannada word which literally translates to goat's leap. It's a further 5 KM ahead of Sangama. At this place Cauvery flows through a very narrow gorge, which, theoretically, even a jumping goat can cross with ease - hence the name Mekedatu. The place has to be accessed on foot trekking along the rocky ravines of Cauvery river. You may also trek up to the pictruresque Karighatta Hills which is known to house different species of endemic birds.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Cauvery-Arkavathy Confluence
    2. Chunchii Falls
    3. Mekedatu

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Play in the shallow but flowing waters of Cauvery river at Sangama.
    2. Trek to Mekedatu where the river flows through a narrow gorge.
    3. Trekking in the forested rocky terrains of the Karighatta Hills.
    4. Trek to the beautiful Chunchi Falls.

    9. Kemanagundi

    Distance: 273 KM
    Travel Time: 6 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 2-3 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Kunigal - Channarayapattna - Arsikere - Chikmagalur - Kemmanagundi
    Destination Category: Hills, Nature, Wildlife
    Best Suited For: Couples, Trips with Damily and Friends

    Situated at an altitude of 1434 meters above the sea level in the Chikmagalur district of western Karanataka, Kemmanagundi is famous for its undulating hills, vivacious valleys, enchanting waterfalls, tranquil lakes and diversified flora & fauna. The origin point of the Tunga and Bhadra rivers, Kemmanagundi is blessed with a number of waterfalls and streams to enhance its appeal among tourists.

    Considered as a trekker's paradise, Kemmanagundi is surrounded by the lush green Kuduremukh and Baba Budangiri Mountain Ranges. It attracts adventure-loving hikers in huge numbers for exploring its unchartered territory. Kemmanagundi is the gateway to the famous Mullayanagiri trek, which is the highest peak in Karnataka with an altitude of 6330 feet above the sea level.

    Moreover, Kemmanagundi attracts wildlife enthusiasts in large numbers. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and Kudremukh National Park offer you the opportunity to capture wild animals and birds in their natural habitat. Unbounded natural splendour and wholesome climate throughout the year have made the hill station a favourite with the nature-loving travellers of Southern India.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Raj Bhavan & Rose Garden
    2. Z-Point
    3. Shanti Waterfalls
    4. Hebbe Falls
    5. Kalhatti Falls
    6. Ayyanakere Lake
    7. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Trekking to the Mullayangiri Peak
    2. Trekking in Baba Budangiri mountain ranges
    3. Boat ride in the huge Bhadra Dam.
    4. Forest Sagari in the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

    8. Kunti Betta

    Distance: 130 KM
    Travel Time: 2.5 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Natrampalli - Yelagiri
    Destination Category: Hills, Nature
    Best Suited For: Trips with Friends

    Kunti Betta is a boulder-strewn hillock situated near Pandavapura town in Karnataka, around 130 KM away from the Bangalore city. The place has found mentions in the ancient Indian epic of Mahabharata. If mythology is to be believed, then the Pandava brothers had spent a few days in this region during their exile of 14 years.

    Kunti Betta ranks among the most popular rekking sites located close to Bangalore. Lots of young techies from Bangalore and Mysore can be seen exploring the place over the weekends. The landscape is scattered with monolithic rocks of various sizes. You can also spot a few abandoned caves during the trek. From top of the hillock, one can catch magnificent panoramic views of Tonnuru Lake surrounded by sugarcane fields and criss-crossing channels of water.

    Chunchanghatte Waterfalls formed by the Cauvery river is not too far away from the trekking route. If time permits, then you should explore the beautiful cascading waterfalls during your Kunti Betta trek.

    Many adventure seekers undertake the Kunti Betta trek at night. If you have never been on a night trek before, then it's a great opportunity to experience the thrills. If you are travelling in a group, then you can perhaps pitch your own tent on top of the hillock and enjoy overnight camping with bonfire. The place is known to offer spectacular views of sunrise - which can be the added bonus for spending a night in a makeshift tent house.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Kunti Betta Peak
    2. Prehistoric Cave Shelters
    3. Tonnuru Lake

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Trekking at night to the Kunti Betta peak.
    2. Overnight camping at the hill-top.
    3. Catch the spectacular sunrise from top of the Kunti Betta peak.
    4. Pay a visit to the scenic Chunchanghatte falls.

    7. Somnathpur

    Distance: 130 KM
    Travel Time: 2.5 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Ramanagaram - Maddur - Mandya - Somnathpur
    Destination Category: History, Architecture
    Best Suited For: Educational & Family Trips

    Somnathpur, a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore, situated at a distance of around 130 KM, off Bangalore-Mysore Expressway, is a place of great historical significance. It used to be a bustling town and an epicenter of art and culture during the Hoysala rulings between the 10th and 14th centuries.

    The primary attraction at Somnathpur is the historical Chennakesava Temple built on the bank of the Cauvery river during Hoysala regime in the 12th Century. Keeping the-then religious significance aside, this temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala Architecture. Taken care of by the Archeological Survey of India as a protected heritage site, it is considered to be the best preserved specimen of the distinct stone-crafted architecture that the Hoysala Kingdom was famous for. This is one of the three Hoysala architectural marvels (alongside Belur & Halebid) that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    A gem of an ancient structure, you will be awestruck by the finests of stone carvings that decorate the temple complex. The stone sculptures can be gazed at for hours and yet you would find it extremely difficult to turn your attention off the brilliant craftmanship. One could not but wonder and appreciate the skill and effort devoted to come up with such a fine piece of art-work that still stands intact after almost 900 years.

    6. Yercaud

    Distance: 229 KM
    Travel Time: 4 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 2-3 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Yercaud
    Destination Category: Hills, Nature
    Best Suited For: Honeymoon, Couples

    Perched at an altitude of 4970 feet on the Shevaroys Hills of the Eastern Ghats Mountain ranges, Yercaud, fondly called as the 'Poor Man's Ooty', is a quiant hill station situated in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. It takes around 4 hours from Bangalore to cover the distance of 229 KM - making it an excellent weekend escapade from the Bangalore city.

    Yercaued is beaming with nature's finest creations. Covered by a canopy of sandalwood, teak and silver oak trees, the hill station brings you serene valleys and picturesque landscapes. With breathtaking viewpoints, charming meadows, enchanting waterfalls, tranquil lakes and lots of offbeat trekking trails, Yercaud can be the ideal place to spend a memorable as well as rejuvenating vacation on the lap of Mother Nature.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Ladies Seat View Point
    2. Arthur's Seat View Point
    3. Yercaud Lake
    4. Tipperary View Point
    5. Killiyur Waterfalls

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Boating on the Yercaud lake.
    2. Trekking to the Tipperary view point and Killiyur Waterfalls.
    3. Catching the spectacular sunset from Lady's Seat view point.
    4. Short nature walks through the coffee plantations.

    5. Bheemeshwari

    Distance: 110 KM
    Travel Time: 2.5 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1-2 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Kaggalipura - Kanakapura - Muthathi - Bheemeshwari
    Destination Category: Hills, Nature, Riverside, Adventure
    Best Suited For: Trips with Friends

    Bheemeshwari is a wonderful hub of natural resources situated on the bank of Cauvery River at a distance of around 110 KM from Bangalore in Karnataka. While it can be the ideal spot for the nature lovers to savour the cherished beauties of nature, Bheemeshwari, with a lot of adventure prospects, is also an equally attractive place for the young and energetic souls.

    No more than a tiny village bounded by the mighty Cauvery river and surrounded by hillocks with lush forest cover, Mother Nature has bestowed Bheemeshwari with scenic landscapes, deep valleys, scintillating streams and exquisite waterfalls. On top of that, the picturesque village offers magnificent views of sunrises and sunsets that can blow you away. There are a wide variety of birds in this area, so bird-watching can be yet another great option.

    Apart from the riches of nature, Bheemeshwari is also an excellent destination for adventure seekers. The Bheemeswari Adventure & Nature Camp offers you a handful of thrilling activities. Canoeing, trekking and angling are just a few of the options to charge up the adventurist in you. The flowing waters of Cauvery and the isolated forests around the place compel tourists to go ahead with trekking and experience lots of fun. You may also set up your own tent on the riverside and enjoy a blissful camping experience.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Bheemeshwari Adventure Camp
    2. Galibore Fishing Camp

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Angling and fishing activities in the Cauvery river.
    2. Kayaking and Canoeing.
    3. Trekking in the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.
    4. Overnight jungle camping.

    4. Sakleshpur

    Distance: 221 KM
    Travel Time: 5 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1-2 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Channarayapattana - Hassan - Sakleshpur
    Destination Category: Hills, Nature, Religious, Heritage
    Best Suited For: Trips with Friends and Family

    Sakleshpur is a charming hill station located in the Hassan district of Karnataka. Tucked away between the lofty peaks of Western Ghats Mountain Ranges, the place boasts of scenic meadows, rolling hills, thick forest cover and pleasant climate throughout the year. Perched at an elevation of 3113 feet above the sea level, it is an ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore for the nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts.

    Sakleshpur is famous for the Kukke Subrahmanya temple that draws thousands of pilgrims every year. Tourists can visit the Manjarabad Fort, situated on a hill-top with an elevation of 3240 feet, to enjoy a wide-angle aerial view of the Western Ghats. Built in indo-saracenic style of architecture, this historical monument attracts history and heritage lovers as well.

    The 'Green Route Trek' is perhaps the most fascinating attraction for the adventure buffs at Sakleshpur. This 56 KM stretch along the railway trek passes through 58 tunnels, 109 bridges and 25 waterfalls - making it a must do activity while at Sakleshpur. Another famous trek in the region is the Kumar Parvatha trek - which is considered as one of the most challenging hikes you can explore in the entire karnataka. The second highest peak in Karnataka, the Jenukal Gudda is also a famous trekking hub. Cuddled by dense forest and coffee estates, you can catch a magnificent view of the Arabian sea along the Mangalore coast from the top of the peak. The Bisle Reserve Forest offers trekking and camping opportunity to the interested tourists.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Kukke Subrahmanya temple
    2. Manjarabad For
    3. Bisle Reserve Forest
    4. Kumar Parvatha
    5. Jenukal Gudda

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Trekking along the 'Green Route Trek'.
    2. Paying a visit to the famous Kukke Subrahmanya temple.
    3. Exploring the Bisle Reserve Forest
    4. Kumar Parvatha trek.

    3. Glenmorgan

    Distance: 284 KM
    Travel Time: 4.5 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 1-2 Day
    Route: Bangalore - Mandya - Mysore - Nanjangud - Bandipur - Gundalpet - Pykara - Glenmorgan
    Destination Category: Hills, Nature
    Best Suited For: Couples, Family Trip, Trips with Friends

    Glenmorgan is a quiet retreat to rejuvenate your body and soul. Located close to the famous hill station of Ooty, the place is surprisingly devoid of any tourist activities. It can be an excellent weekend getaway from Bangalore if you are looking for some tranquility and peace of mind.

    With its rolling green carpet of tea plantations, the Glenmorgan village is a picturesque hill retreat set on the backdrop of the Nilgiri Mountain Ranges. The beautiful countryside with tea and eucalyptus groves, untouched shola grasslands and breathtaking views of the lush green valley on a canvas of bright blue sky dotted with white clouds, Glenmorgan is literally a hidden paradise.

    One of the main attractions here is a 3 KM long mechanical ropeway that connects Singara to Glenmorgan. The hour long ride from the Singara Power House to Glenmorgan passes through the lush green deep valley and offers amazing view of the distant Nilgiri plateau. You can trek through the valley to reach the tranquil Glenmorgan lake. Surrounded by the riches of nature, the atmosphere around the lake is so serene that it will revitalize your soul.

    Then there's the wonderful sight of Pykara Waterfalls. Situated amidst greenery all around, the waterfalls sports a serene outlook. For wildlife enthusiasts, there's the Madumalai Tiger Reserve bordering the Glenmorgan village. Known for its rich collection of wild animals and native birds, a Jeep Safari ride can help you to get yourself familiar with different species of wildlife in their natural habitat.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Glenmorgan Lake
    2. Pykara Waterfalls
    3. Madumalai Willife Sanctuary
    4. Tea Plantations

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Trekking through the forested valley up to the Glenmorgan Lake.
    2. Mechanical ropeway ride from Singara Power House (Currently Suspended)
    3. Forest Safari in the Madumalai Wildlife Reserve.
    4. Visit to the tea estates to experience the plucking of tea leaves and manufacturing of tea.

    2. Wayanad

    Distance: 271 KM
    Travel Time: 6 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 2 - 3 Days
    Route: Bangalore - Ramanagaram - Maddur - Mandya - Mysore - Nanjangud -Gundalpet - Muthunga - Wayanad
    Destination Category: Hills, Nature, Adventure, Wildlife
    Best Suited For: Couples, Trips with Friends

    Situated at a distance of 271 KM from Bangalore city, Wayanad's claim to fame is due to the wealths of natural resources. With the dense forests, rocky terrains and meandering rivers, it is one place that caters to the ever increasing demand for nature lovers and adventure tourists. Nestled in the Western Ghats Mountin ranges in the North-Eastern side of Kerala, Wayanad attracts tourists with the prospects of trekking, camping, adventure caving, rafting, wildlife spotting and rock climbing.

    Dotted with several off-the-beaten-path treks, Wayanad is a paradise to the trekkers and hikers. Trekking to the Chembra Peak through the rolling shola grasslands is an enthralling experience. This day-long trek offers spectacular close-up shots of the scenic beauty that the region is blessed with. Mountain top overnight camping is a thrilling prospect here. Adventure loving tourists can stay at the top of the peak in temporary camps for a day or two and explore the surrounding areas. A trek to the Suchipara Waterfalls, situated amidst dense forests, can be a thrilling experience as well, while the rock climbers would find the magnificent Meenmutty Waterfalls to be an irresistable prospect. Accessible after a spell of 1.5 KM steep rock climbing, this 984 feet high cascading waterfalls is a treat to the eyes.

    The evidence of mysterious ancient culture attracts tourists to visit the Edakkal Cave. It is one of the world's most prominent prehistoric rock shelters that houses rock carvings belonging to the Neolithic and Megalithic ages. Located on a boulder-strewn hill, one has to climb up for more than a kilometer to reach the mouth of the cave, which in itself is a big challenge.

    That's not all though. The mighty Kabini River offers ample opportunities for kayaking and river rafting. The Kuruva Island, bounded by the tributaries of Kabini River, is a fabulous picnic spot rich in birds and orchids. Riding on a bamboo raft around the island can be a lot of fun. If you are fascinated by the tree-top bamboo huts, then Wayanad gives you the chance to experience the thrill. Quite a few resorts around Wayanad offer you the option to stay in a tree house. Finally, a Jeep Safari at the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary can be the fitting conclusion to a wholesome adventure package that you would remember for years to come.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Chembra Peak
    2. Suchipara Waterfalls
    3. Meenmutty Waterfalls
    4. Edakkal Caves
    5. Kuruva Island
    6. Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary
    7. Pookot Lake
    8. Banasura Sagar Dam

    Must Do Activities:

    1. Trekking to Chembra Peak, Suchipara Waterfalls, and Pakshipathalam.
    2. White Water Rafting on Kabini River.
    3. Overnight camping on top of the Chembra Peak.
    4. Rock Climbing near Meenmutty Waterfalls.
    5. Adventure caving at Edakkal caves.
    6. Wildlife Safari at Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary.
    7. Bamboo rafting around Kuruva Island.

    1. Coorg

    Distance: 242 KM
    Travel Time: 5 Hours
    Suggested Trip Duration: 2 - 3 Days
    Route: Bangalore - Ramanagaram - Maddur - Mandya - Mysore - Hunsur - Siddapura - Coorg
    Destination Category: Hills, Nature, Adventure
    Best Suited For: Honeymoon, Couples, Trips with Family & Friends

    Coorg, also known as Madikeri, is an ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore and Mysore. Surrounded by the mountains ranges of Tadiyendamol, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri belonging to the Eastern edge of the Western Ghats mountain ranges, it is an excellent tourist spot that attracts both nature lovers and adventure seekers in huge numbers. Fondly referred to as the 'adventure capital of Karnataka’, Coorg's diverse topography consisting of mountain peaks, hilly terrains, rocky ravines, dense forests and gurgling rivers offer a wide range of adventure activities suitable for the beginner as well as the expert level adventurous minds.

    Right from white water rafting to canoeing, kayaking, trekking, camping and microlight flying, you will have a handful of thrilling prospects at this lovely place. The Grade 1-4 rapids of the gushing Upper Barapole River serve as the ideal setup for an eventful campaign of white water rafting. The 3 KM long downstream stretch is dotted with rapids of varying difficulty that would test your rafting expertise. You can also experience a ride on a kayak or a canoe on the Kakkabe River.

    A must do activity at Coorg is the MicroLight flight. An awesome sky adventure, you will experience a huge dose of adrenaline rush on this 2-seater open aircraft which takes you to a height of over 3500 feet above the ground. This is strictly not for the faint-hearted souls and you are required to sign an indemnity form before taking the flight.

    When it comes to trekking, you will be spoilt for choices. Tadiandamol trek is a short but demanding trek which can take you on top of the second highest peak in Karnataka. Although it is just a 5 KM long trail, it takes an entire day to settle the distance owing to the extremely difficult terrain. Trekking to the Brahmagiri Peak through the dense tropical forest, with an overnight camping at the hill-top, can be a thrilling experience. Harngi Dam is an excellent camping site to pitch your own tent and also enjoy kayaking in the backwaters. Quad biking is another possibility at Coorg that can drive you wild. Being an adventurists, wouldn't you love to take a 250 CC quad bike off the road through forests and slushy tracks? If yes, then head straight to Coorg and have an intimate tryst with adventure.

    Major Tourists Attractions:

    1. Abbey Falls
    2. Namdroling Monastery
    3. Iruppu Falls
    4. Burude Falls
    5. Talacauvery
    6. Honnamana Kere Lake
    7. Raja's Seat View Point
    8. Madikeri Fort
    9. Tadiandamol Peak
    10. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

    Must Do Activities:

    1. White Water Rafting at Upper Barapole River.
    2. MicroLight Flying.
    3. Trekking to the Tadiandamol and Brahmagiri Peak.
    4. Wildlife Safari at Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
    5. Overnight Camping near the Harangi Dam.

    Hope you have enjoyed the virtual tours to some of the most attractive Weekend Getaways from Bangalore. There are loads of options at your disposal to plan for an amazing weekend trip to the mindblowing tourist destinations in and around Bangalore. Now it's time to replicate the same for real. So fellow Bangaloreans, where are you heading to over the upcoming weekend?

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  2. Vinaya

    Vinaya Member

    I have been to Bangalore, I have even stayed for two weeks. I was able to travel to Mysore but did not know Pondicherry was in the close proximity. I wish I had known about the getaways when I was in Bangalore.
  3. swalia

    swalia Guest

    I have been to Bangalore thrice but I haven't even seen all the places worth visiting in Bangalore. Whenever I go to Bangalore, I straight away head to the Art of Living International Center and spend all my time there. It is a paradise on Earth and my spiritual master's presence makes it all the more beautiful.

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