Bangalore being the IT hub of India is one of the busiest cities in the country that makes it quite hectic to stay in the city and working all the time. Whereas this city is blessed with some great ideal weekend getaways around that offer a quick respite from the hustle bustle of the city. There is a wide choice for the travelers for a weekend getaway from Bangalore that ranges from relaxed Mysore to hilly Coorg as well as coastal Gokarna. Here is a list of some famous and lesser known destinations near Bangalore that will surely allow travelers to enjoy a respite from their busy scheduled city life.
Chikmagalur is a beautiful town located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range. It lies almost 250 kilometers from the city of Bangalore that takes approximately 4 to 5 hours to reach there. Chikmagalur serves as a home to beautiful hills, spectacular valleys and also the snow-white coffee blossoms, that’s why it is often called as the coffee district of Karnataka. This destination is very much calm, has a beautiful scenery and it also offers trekking opportunities at the Baba Budan hills.
Words are less to describe the beauty of Coorg. It is also referred as the Scotland of India because of its hazy hills, lush green valleys, stunning waterfalls and evergreen forests. This beautiful hill station serves as a paradise for all the nature lovers. Coorg is approximately 260 kilometers from the capital and it takes approximately 5 to 6 hours to reach there.
Mysore is the third largest city in the state of Karnataka and is known for its rich heritage as well as royal history. This city serves as the important center of art and culture that attracts tourist from all over the country. Mysore is approximately 153 kilometers from Bangalore and it takes almost 3 hours and 20 minutes to reach there. The key attraction of the city is extravagant Mysore Palace that blends Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles, and is dramatically lit at night. The travelers can also explore centuries-old Devaraja Market, that is popular for a wide variety of spices, silk, and sandalwood.
Gokarna is a small temple town that also houses four of India’s most pristine and secluded beaches. It is located approximately 8 to 10 hours’ drive away from Bangalore. It is also famous for its main temple and deity is Lord Shiva, who is also known as Mahabhaleshwara.
Ooty is basically located in the state of Tamil Nadu but is only 6 to 7 hours’ drive away from Bangalore. Ooty is known as the ‘Queen of hill stations’ and is also the capital of the Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist destination in South India,especially with the honeymooners.
Honnemardu is a lesser known tourist place located in the backwaters of river Sharavathi in Karnataka. It is a perfect destination for the adventure lovers who love water sports. It is located approximately 379 kilometers from Bangalore that takes around 6 to 7 hours to reach there. The visitors can also enjoy camping and try out water sports like kayaking and swimming. This place also offers some bird watching opportunities as there are abundant species of birds and butterflies that inhabit the area.
Chikballapur is located close to Nandi Hills, Vivekananda falls and many other attractions that make it a good one day getaway from Bangalore. It is located approximately 60 kilometers north of Bangalore and it used to serve as the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan. The visitors can visit The Ranganatha Swamy temple, Kaivara, Bhoganandeeshwara Temple and Chintamani on their visit to Chikballapur.
Shivanasamudra is a small city located just 140 kilometers from Bangalore that is popular for its waterfall with the same name. It is situated in on the banks of river Kaveri, and is essentially a hydro-power project site but is more commonly known for its waterfalls.
9. Biligiriranga Hills
Biligiriranga Hills or commonly known as BR Hills is a hill range situated in south-eastern part of Karnataka. This amazing destination offers a picturesque spot with a magnificent floral diversity and a vast variety of fauna as well to the tourists. It is located approximately 4 to 5 hours’ drive from Bangalore.
Shimoga or now referred as Shivamogga is a beautiful town located just a 5 to 6 hours’ drive from Bangalore. Shivamogga is also known as cultural capital of Karnataka. It is a colorful district that houses stunning landscape, waterfalls, green forests, river valleys and beautiful fields.