Are you someone who is stuck in the hustle bustle of the city of Bangalore? Are you looking for a break from your tedious schedule? Then worry not about the number of days that you would have to take an off for because a weekend is just enough to get the best of the break. Surrounding you are some the most alluring places of the city which would prove that Bangalore is ideal not just for its perks but also for the weekend getaways that it has to offer.
Below given are 9 places that you must visit near Bangalore during weekends to power up your weekdays.
A well-known hill station situated near Bangalore is the Nandi Hills which is great for short weekend trips. The pleasant climate appeals to the young and the old. The hill is located at a height of 4,851 feet above the sea level and offers a breath-taking scenic view of the city. Being an ancient hill they have a number of legends associated with it. The famous places to visit around are Tipu’s Drop, Tipu Sultans’ summer palace, Brahmashram, and the Nandi Bhoganandishwaraswamy Temple.
- Things to do: Cycling and Trekking
- Distance: 60 km
- Favourable time to visit: October to June
Being one of Karnataka’s most popular destinations, Coorg is just an overnight journey from Bangalore. It is located in the Western Ghats, with rich flora and fauna.Coorg is an ideal spot for tourists because of its pleasant climate, plantations, clean air, nature, and adventure sports. It also has a national park and three wildlife sanctuaries. The places to visit in Coorg are Abbey Falls, The Golden Temple, Dubare Elephant Camp, Irpu Falls and many more.
- Things to do: Elephant rides, River rafting, Trekking, Adventure sports, and sunset point.
- Distance: 260 km via NH 75
- Favourable time to visit: October-April
Hampi, a prominent destination for the tourists that dates back to being the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While most of its architecture is in ruins, it still has temples, civil and military buildings. The major attractions here are the VijayaVittala complex, Vijayanagara ruins and the Achyutaraya Temple. You don’t have to be a history buff to visit Hampi, its haunting and unreal ruins would make you linger here.
- Things to do: Rock climbing, Visit Art Galleries.
- Distance: 341 km
- Favourable time to visit: October-March
Deep into God’s Own Country, is Wayanad- a magnificent potpourri of nature. Lush greenery dotted with fields, lakes, gardens, and mystic mountains makes Wayanad one of the most exotic destinations of Bangalore. The places to visit here include Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Thirunelli Temple, Kuruvadweep, etc.
- Things to do: Trekking, Kayaking, Raft Building, Paintball, High Rope Traversing.
- Distance: 270 km via NH 212
- Favourable time to visit: September-May
The BH Hills or the Biligiriranga Hills is a cascade of green rolling hills connecting the Eastern and Western Ghats. The area around BR hillsis called as the BRT Wildlife Sanctuaryas it is a home to eco systems unique to both the mountain ranges.The site is declared as a tiger reserve. Its rich natural beauty is certain to give you a memorable time here. You can also take home the local handicraft as a souvenir.
- Things to do: Bird Watching, Wildlife Safari, Trekking.
- Distance: 190 km
- Favourable time to visit: All year round
Located on the foothills of Mullayanagiri range is Chikmagalur, a popular hill station and weekend gateway of Bangalore. It’s the coffee orchards found here that attracts the weekenders and travellers, enticing them through its earthly aroma. The cascading falls of Hebbe lie in the area of coffee plantations. The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to tigers, elephants, and leopards. To the North of Chikmagalur is Baba Budangiri, a mountain range with three large caves which are said to be holy. The trails through the forest and grasslands lead up to the Mullayanagiri Peak. The other place to visit is Kudremukh.
- Things to do: Coffee plantation tours, Camping and Trekking.
- Distance: 280 km
- Favourable time to visit: September-May
Yercaud is perfect for weekend trips as it is a peaceful and exquisite hill station. Yercaud is nestled among the Shevaroys Range of hills found in the Eastern Ghats which adds to its beauty. The Yercaud Lake has a boathouse surrounded by forests and garden. There is a luxury belt of flora and for fauna present here. The must visit in Yercaud include the Botanical Garden, Big Lake, Anna Park, Silk Farm, and the Servarayan Temple. Yercaud is famous for its orange groves, fruits, spice plantations and coffee.
- Things to do: Boating, Cave Exploring, Spice Plantation Tours and Trekking.
- Distance: 228 km
- Favourable time to visit: October-June
Are you looking for some peace and seclusion in your life? Then head to Yelagiri Hills. Unlike the other hill stations of South, you can experience the tranquility that this place has to offer amidst the breathtaking sceneries. The Punganoor Artificial Lake-cum-Park, YMCA Camp Centre, Swami Malai Hills, YASA Club are the must visits of Yelagiri Hills.
- Things to do: Paragliding, Boating, Shopping and Trekking.
- Distance: 158 km
Hogenakkal falls in one of the oldest waterfalls in the world. History says that a bath in the water of this falls cures a person from various kinds of diseases. The name of the falls is derived from the unique rock arrangement that is found around the fall. The waterfall with its milky water falling over the rocks is a sight to behold.Hogenakkal is often called as the Nigara falls of India.
- Things to do: Medicinal baths, Coracle boat rides, and Trekking.
- Distance: 135 km
- Favourable time to visit: December to February
Time you take some time out of your busy schedule to embrace the cool hilly breeze or to soak your legs in the waters of these amazing places. Select your type of getaway and get carried away into its beauty over the weekend.