Bengaluru, commonly known as the silicon valley of India, is the fifth largest and one of the most liveable cities in India. This garden city has become a major IT hub in today’s time. The city is a blend of high-rise corporate complexes and historical monuments. Bangaloreans seem to get a bit of everything as this city has long stretches of trees and parks, famous heritage buildings, busy markets and newly constructed buildings. On weekends, one can discover some beautiful getaways near this city which are ideal to escape from monotonous corporate life.
Here is a list of top 5 weekend getaways where Bangaloreans can enjoy their weekends.
Coorg- Scotland of India
Coorg, which is officially known as Kodagu, is also regarded as the Scotland of India. It is an evergreen and one of the most picturesque hill station in Karnataka. The place is well-known for its breathtaking views, exotic scenery, lush greenery and weather which remains pleasant throughout the year. There are forest covered hills, spice and coffee plantations and exotic homestays which will surely make your experience memorable. You can visit this place to have a spellbinding weekend.
How to Reach: The place can be reached by bus or taxi as Coorg does not have its own railway station.
Distance: 264 Kilometers
Places to Visit: Must visit places are Abbey Falls, Talacauvery, Nagarhole National Park, Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery)
Things to Do: Sightseeing, river rafting, fishing, trekking
Best Time to Visit: January, February, March, July, August, October, November, and December
Puducherry – The French Riviera of the East
Puducherry, also known as Pondicherry, is a Union Territory of India and also a former French colony. It is one of the best places to visit in India if you want to get a glimpse of colonial heritage. French influence on the culture can be felt very well at this place. People from India and abroad flock to this town studded with beautiful beaches and tranquility in the air. It is also a center to learn the art of yoga, meditation, and spirituality.
How to Reach: Puducherry is well-connected to the rest of the country and can be accessed via air, rail and or road network.
Distance: 311 kilometers
Places to Visit: Paradise beach, Seaside Promenade, Chunnambar boat house, Auroville Ashram
Things to Do: Water Sports, Scuba diving, boating, spiritual training
Best Time to Visit: January, February, March, June, July, August, October, November, and December
Ooty- Queen of the Nilgiris
Ooty or Ootakamund is settled between misty mountains and cotton clouds and is known as the queen of the hills. One of the major attractions of this hill station includes the Nilgiris which are commonly known as blue mountains. There are striking winding roads, the hill atop gardens and miniature toy train which would provide you a spellbinding experience. Massive tea gardens can be seen on most routes. The natural scenery is extremely beautiful and appears like a painting.
How to Reach: Nearest airport to Ooty is Coimbatore Airport. The city is well-connected by rail route and bus and taxi facility is also available.
Distance: 274 kilometers
Places to Visit: Ooty Lake, Botanical garden, Nilgiri mountain range, Ooty rose garden, Kalhatti falls, tiger hills
Things to Do: Hand gliding, Trekking, mountain biking, toy train ride
Best Time to Visit: Winters are usually icy cool so the place can be visited between February and December.
Nandi Hills- Hillocks borrowed from heaven
Nandi hills are said to be the hillocks borrowed from heaven. These are small mounds near Bengaluru which serve as a great trekking destination. It is one of the most popular getaways for Bangaloreans. The place got its name because of the Yoganandeeshwara Temple which has an impressive statue of Nandi (the bull) at its doorstep. If you are a nature lover as well as an enthusiast you will be blissful to visit this place and view dewy hillocks and exotic flora and fauna.
How to Reach: The place is well-connected by rail route. Direct buses are available to the place from Bangalore. The nearest airport is Bangalore airport.
Distance: 62 kilometers
Places to Visit: Tipu’s Drop, Tipu’s summer residence, Amrita Sarovar, Nandi Temple
Things to Do: Paragliding, cycling, biking. Trekking.
Best Time to Visit: You can visit the place any season
Mysuru- City of Palaces
Mysuru has a rich heritage and a royal history. It is the third largest city in Karnataka and also an important center of art and culture. In the past few years, Mysuru has evolved as an upcoming IT hub. There are numerous gardens, galleries, temples, forts etc in this flamboyant city which serve as multiple attractions within it. The weather is exceptional throughout the year which makes it easy to explore the bustling markets, zoo etc.
How to Reach: Regular bus services are available from Bengaluru to Mysuru. The city has its own airport but as it is not fully functional one can access the Kempegowda International Airport of Bengaluru.
Distance: 146 kilometers
Places to Visit: Mysuru Palace, Somanathapura Temple, Mysuru Zoo, Brindavan Gardens, Karanji lake, Chamundeshwari Temple.
Things to Do: Sightseeing
Best Time to Visit: Weather in Mysuru is never too extreme so the place can be visited in any season.
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