20 Essential Weekend Getaways from Bangalore: Discover the Best!
We all need a break from our corporate lives every once in a while. This is but natural. Fortunately, Bangalore offers a host of options for weekend getaways. Some of these can be covered in a day’s time whereas others will take up your whole weekend and then some. What we can assure you, though, is that there is absolutely no dearth of options and everyone will find something of their interest here!
Kodagu or Coorg which is located 276 kms from Bangalore is a picturesque and tranquil town endowed with much natural beauty and carpeted in velvety green. Its lakes, mist-covered mountains and streams make for an ideal weekend getaway. Coorg also provides a spectacular terrain for trekking. Adventure enthusiasts too will find their heart’s desire here with options of dirt biking, ATV rides and paintball. Coorg is dotted with coffee, tea and spice plantations and several resorts & cottages can be found located on these estates. They typically offer plantation walks, bonfire and barbeque, indoor and outdoor games and various adventure activities.
Re discover the beauty of being amidst nature on a sojourn to this hamlet which is around 280 kms from Bangalore. Known for its sprawling coffee plantations, this hill station offers the ideal getaway from city life. Catch a coracle ride that takes you on a smooth slide across crystal clear waters, or go trekking on Karnataka’s highest peak, the Mullayanagiri Mountain here.
Its location at the foothills of the Western Ghats makes Wayanad an ideal location to spend some time languishing in the lap of nature. Experience stargazing and bonfires, night camping and trekking in its wild environs. Companies are also present which offer adventure activities such as traversing, kayaking, zipline ,paintball etc. Wayanad is at a distance of 265 kms from Bangalore.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sakleshpur is tucked away in the hills, far from the madding crowd. Misty mountains, meadows, crisp air, sparkling streams, lush grasslands, silvery waterfalls and brooks make this rustic hamlet an ideal destination for those seeking to escape into nature. Distance from Bangalore is 223 kms.
The untamed environs of Masinagudi are teeming with wildlife. Catch sight of deer, bears and boars or ride an elephant through its undulating terrain. At the Elephant Camp, witness these pachyderms being bathed, fed, trained and tied. Also, take a stroll through the rolling tea plantations here which are famous for green tea. Masinagudi is located at a distance of 243 kms from Bangalore.
6. Narayangiri Trek
Ideal for a night trek, Narayanagiri is located deep in the Ramanagaram countryside and stands at a height of around 3845 ft. It is a picturesque hill fort with something to offer to every kind of traveler.
7. Anthargange Trek
Located at a distance of 68 kms from Bangalore, Anthargange is a popular destination among those who enjoy trekking and cave exploration. The Anthargange range is peppered with hillocks and caves, volcanic rock and boulders.
The location for the famous Ramgarh of Sholay fame, Ramanagara is located at a distance of about 50 kms from Bangalore city. These hills which served as Gabbar’s hideout offer a fantastic terrain for activities such as trekking. One can find a host of adventure activities here such as rappelling, traversing, rock climbing etc.
Located a short 50 kms away from Bangalore, Kanakapura offers a peaceful weekend getaway peppered with some adventure. At the nature adventure camp, one can indulge in water sports such as canoeing & paddle rafting.
Nestled on the edge of the Mulati Forest, along the shores of the Cauvery river, are the Bheemeshwari Jungle Lodges. Located 100 kms from Bangalore, this hamlet offers you a number of pursuits designed to challenge you and enliven your spirits!
11. Nandi Hills
Synonymous with Bangalore, Nandi Hills is an extremely popular weekend getaway for city dwellers. At an elevation of close to 1500 metres, the Hills offer breathtaking vistas of the city and offer great sightseeing opportunities too. Cycling expeditions and treks are popular.
Synonymous with camping, Manchinbele offers great camp sites in a beautiful location. Paintball, jumaring, tight rope walking and ziplining can all be undertaken here.
13. Tadiyandamol Trek
At a spectacular 5250 feet, Tadiyandamol offers sights of jungle canopies and rolling coffee plantations every step of the way. Early winters are ideal for a visit.
14. Shimoga / Jog Falls
Renamed Shivamogga, this destination has enjoyed the reputation of a place filled with natural beauty and splendor. Irrigated by the Tunga-Bhadra, Shimoga is home to a number of waterfalls and the ideal time to visit is the monsoons. On the edge of Shimoga is the Jog Falls, which is surrounded by forests, mountains and a dam.
Identified as a biodiversity hot spot of Karnataka, the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve stretches out along the forest-covered expanse of Bandiput. Bounded by Nagarhole, Wayanad and Mudumalai, Bandipur makes for an excellent base from which to explore these foresty destinations!
Although mostly reduced to a highly commercialized hill station now, Ooty still holds several charms. Head here to enjoy the annual flower show or the endless greenery, fine weather and winding mountain roads.
Located 35 kms from the town of Salem in Tamil Nadu, Yercaud offers landscapes bathed in dew and the picturesque Yercaud Lake with activities like boating on offer. Bangalore to Yercaud Distance 216kms
18. Yelagiri Hills
Sitting at a height of over 1400 metres above sea level are the Yelagiri Hills in Tamil Nadu. A breath of fresh air in every respect, Yelagiri is not as commercialized as Ooty or Kodaikanal and is 160 Kms away from Bangalore. Perfect for a day or two visit.
The term untouched wilderness describes this place well. Delight in a coracle ride on the River Kabini, and maybe even spot a tiger while you’re at it!. Reach Kabini in 3 hrs its just 215kms from Bangalore
Here’s one that misses our attention often in the search for weekend getaways from Bengaluru. Take in sights of architectural marvels or taste authentic masala dosa here! Mysore is just 156kms away from Bangalore.
So then, what are you waiting for?! Plan a trip to one of these fabulous getaways your next weekend, Bengalurean!