Want to escape the grind of the Silicon Valley of India? Check out these top five popular vacation spots that are perfect for a quick weekend getaway.
Bangaloreans are spoilt for choice when it comes to fantastic food, drinks, and music in the city. But, after a dozen weekends of hitting the same pubs and dance clubs, it sorta gets monotonous. Worry not, here in this guide, you can find the list of top vacation hotspots that are just a stone’s throw away from the city.
Whether you’re looking forward to relaxing on the beach or losing yourself in the captivating aroma of coffee plantations, there are plenty of places that are perfect for a quick getaway from the city.
Fondly called “The Scotland of India,” Coorg is a popular hill station that’s just 265 km from Bangalore. The endless acres of coffee and tea plantations, the lush sandalwood and teakwood forests, and the misty hills make Coorg perfect for a weekend getaway from the city.
For the adventure seekers, Coorg has plenty to offer from white-water rafting, trekking, angling, and much more. One of the famous trek routes is the one to Talakaveri, the source of River Cauvery, where you can spot an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. With Coorg hotels available in all budgets from ultra-luxurious five-star resorts to homestays, this quaint hill-station suits all travellers.
The cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is a world apart from the urban, hectic lifestyle of Bangalore. Filled with plenty of palaces, temples, and heritage buildings, this erstwhile capital of the ancient rulers of the state is renowned for its old-world charm and culture.
With fireworks, enchantingly lighted palaces, and elaborate processions, Mysore attracts tourists from far and wide during the month-long Dussehra festival. Located at just 139 km from Bangalore, you can easily visit Mysore as a day-trip from the city.
Just across the Kerala border, around 271 km away from Bangalore, is the charming valley of Wayanad. Nestled among the majestic Western Ghats, Wayanad is still a home to several indigenous tribes. Teeming with lush flora and fauna, the evergreen forests and picturesque landscapes are perfect for trekking.
The luxury resorts with traditional Kerala spas make it a popular destination for honeymooners and young couples.
Nestled between the waters of the Arabian Sea and the majestic Western Ghats, Mangalore is renowned for its historical architecture. Nicknamed as “Rome of the East,” Mangalore gets its name from the Hindu Goddess, Mangaladevi. Rolling hills, swaying coconut palms, amazing wildlife sanctuaries, and lovely beaches make Mangalore the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Though Mangalore is around 346 km away from the city, you can easily make it a weekend getaway with the availability of cheap daily flights from Bangalore to Mangalore.
At the origin of the Western Ghats, Chikmagalur lies at the height of 3,400 feet above the sea-level in the Mullayanagiri range. If you love to lose yourself in the mesmerising beauty of lush landscapes and aromatic coffee plantations, then you’ll have a memorable time here in the “Coffee lands of Karnataka.”
Chikmagalur has plenty of tourist attractions like Ayyanakere Lake, Manikyadhara Falls, Belavadi, Hirekolale Lake, and the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Just around 240 km from Bangalore, it’s an easy drive here.
What’s your Fix?
With so many off-beat locations, just a few hours’ drive away from Bangalore, why spend your weekends in the concrete jungle when you can easily have a quick vacation? Pack your bags and hit the road!