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Tours and thrills in and around Bangalore

Blending traditional and international together, India’s commercial and financial melting pot, Bangalore ranks among India’s list of most developed cities, today. Home to IT hubs, major events, world-class restaurants, shopping avenues, there are innumerable weekend getaways near Bangalore that are ideal for traveling alone or with friends, family, partners or colleagues. To spend some quality time from the bustling city life and to get back invigorated, there is nothing to beat a weekend trip, away from the city.

For those who chase the ultimate thrills, white water rafting, micro light flying, scuba diving and snorkeling, parasailing, mountain biking and rock climbing among others await. For those who enjoy the serene and splendid nature, hills, waterfalls, parks, caves, sanctuary and lakes offer the perfect spots, for sublime treks. Then there are wine tours for the connoisseurs and the foodies can relish the traditional and continental cuisines at Michelin star restaurants and hotels or enjoy savory treats at roadside eateries. For spiritual pilgrimages, there are historically famous temples. The weekend getaways from Bangalore offer options in galore for everyone and a few are mentioned here.

Mysore

The Royal city with architecturally imposing structures that reflect the regime of Tipu Sultan to the Wodeyars, Mysore has royal specimens scattered across the city. The city’s magestic setting with the citadels, the market places, world renowned temples like Shri Chamundi Temple atop the Chamundi Hills, Railway Museum, the stunning Mysore Maharaja palace, the sprawling Brindavan Gardens with its dancing fountains, the brilliantly built St. Philomena’s Church, Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery and the culturally and historically famous town of Srirangapatna make Mysore one of the must visit weekend getaways Bangalore city has nearby, for travelers.

Coorg

Located 276kms away from the Bangalore city, Coorg that is resplendent with idyllic nature offers Bangalore weekend getaways that are filled with adventure amidst lush green setting. The cascading Iruppu Falls, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary that is also a World Heritage site, spectacular Burude Falls, Honnamana Kere Lake named after the Goddess Honnamana, the coffee plantations, Tadiyandamol Peak which is 1748m above sea level, Namdroling monastery, Abbey Falls, Bhagamandala temple, Nagarhole National Park, Talacauvery where the River Cauvery originates and Brahmagiri Wildlife sanctuary among others make Coorg the most preferred destination during weekends. In Coorg, you can engage in bird watching, angling, white water rafting and trekking or any other kind of adventure sport that drives away the blues.

Coonoor

Weekend getaways near Bangalore to unwind with family or colleagues and to get a few post card-worthy shots of nature at it best has to be, to Coonoor. A six hours drive from Bangalore invites you to the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats, at an altitude of 1930m. Thirteen kilometers away from Conoor, you can visit Ooty, the Queen of hill stations in South India. Ooty’s Sim’s Park with over thousand species of flora, the Lamb’s Rock that offers a breathtaking view of the hills, Law’s Falls, Dolphin’s Nose and Catherine Falls are great for picnic. The panoramic view of remarkable natural ambience is a striking contrast to the rush of the city life. From Coonoor, the tourists can get to Masinagudi for a National Park safari and camping in the forests.

Wayanad

An integral part of the Forest reserve, Wayanad’s hilly ranges offer extensive areas of spice plantations, pre-historic caves, rare wildlife, waterfalls and just beautiful sceneries, everywhere. Weekend getaways from Bangalore are incomplete without a trip to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Kuruva Dweep, Pookot natural fresh water Lake, Banasura Dam, Chembara Peak, Soochipara Falls and the military town of Tipu Sultan, Sultan Bathery. To make the experience even more wonderful, the home stays at Wayanad are worth every dime.

Anthargange

Seventy kilometers away from the city in Kolar district, at 1712 metres above sea level, Anthargange Mountains can be found. With their rocky boulders, dense plantations and small caves, the mountains are best suited for the adventure and exploration aficionados’ weekend getaways Bangalore as they can indulge in rock climbing, trekking and cave exploration unbridled.

Nandi Hills

Bangalore weekend getaways for trekking, mountain biking, paragliding or sight seeing, to Nandi Hills are exhilarating. Nandi Hills houses the intricately carved and designed Nandi temple dedicated to Yoganandeeshwara and Bhoganandeeshwara, Tipu’s drop, Muddenahalli museum, Lake Amrita Sarovar formed by Perennial springs, Tipu’s Summer Residence and Brahmashram cave that was Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s abode during meditation. Apart from this, you can partake in the intoxicating wine tours at Grover Zampa Vineyards in Nandi Hills, where you can learn the history of wine making, experience the art of wine making and treat yourself with wine tasting which leaves you wanting for more.

Pondicherry

A little over 307 kilometres away from Bangalore, Puducherry or Pondy reflects the pervading French influence. Pondicherry features as a prominent destination for Weekend getaways near Bangalore that has a wide spectrum of places to visit from Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram, beaches, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Thirukameswarar Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Ousteri Wetland and National Park, Chunnambar Boat house to the French War Memorial.

Hogenakal Waterfalls

Hailed as the ‘Niagara of India’, Hogenakal Waterfalls is definitely one of the most sought after weekend getaways from Bangalore. Splendid and gushing, the medicinal baths and boat rides of this place amount to thrilling experiences.

Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is the most popular choice among weekend getaways Bangalore. Located amidst hills, falls, lakes, museums, temples, caves and verdant nature, Chikmagalur allows tourists to experience their share of adventure and relaxation. Significant places in Chikmagalur include the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary that is abode to Kemmangundi, Hebbe and Kalahatti Falls, Baba Budan Hills, Kallathigiri Mountain, Datta Peeta, Mullayanagiri. Kundremukh National Park is another attraction of Chikmagalur along with Ayyankere Lake, Jogigundi Falls, Coffee Museum and Shringeri Sharada Peetha. From Chikmagalur, you can access Hassan district which has Hoysala Empire’s architecturally brilliant structures, Sakleshpur, Agumbe Village, Mangalore, Nagarhole National Park, Bandipur National Park and Madeikeri Fort. Sight seeing, Kayaking, rafting, angling, quad biking, mountain climbing, trekking, golf or rapelling, you can plunge into action during your Bangalore weekend getaways in Chikmagalur.

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