Tourist Places Around Bangalore: Weekend Getaways
Bangalore – Silicon Valley of India – is a flourishing IT hub as the city houses technology biggies and MNCs. The city is also regarded as a concrete jungle of massive constructions and towering buildings. However, a picturesque drive to close getaways feature valleys, hill stations, historic places, and waterfalls. Here are some of the tourist places around Bangalore that offer a memorable vacation:
- Distance: 268 km from Bangalore
- What to Do: Sightseeing, Boating, Trekking, Hiking, Fishing
- What to See: Hills, Lake, Boating, Forests, Park, Trails
Ooty is a beautiful town located in the Nilgiri Hills at an altitude of 2240 m from the sea level. The natural setting of the place also makes it popular as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. The hilltown earlier served as a summer retreat for the British. It is also popular as a romantic getaway as the hilltown is blessed with natural beauty and landscape adorned with expansive tea gardens. Some of the places of interest in Ooty are Ooty Lake, Dodabetta Peak, Droog Fort, Lamb’s Peak, Mukurthi Lake, Avalanche Lake, and Kalhatty Waterfalls. For guests, there also are numerous Ooty hotels and resorts available to offer comfortable accommodation to meet the personal preferences of the guests.
- Distance: 260 km from Bangalore
- What to Do: Shopping
- What to See: Museum, Parks, Fort, Temples, Gardens, Wildlife Sanctuary, Local Markets
Devangere, situated at the foothills of the Western Ghats, is a popular tourist destination. The travel destination was once a hub of cotton mills and today, is also dubbed as “Manchester of Karnataka”. According to the State’s history, Devangere during the reign of Hyder Ali, father of Tipu Sultan, developed as a textile center. Some of the popular attractions of the place are Siruvani Falls, Harihareshware Temple, Marudamalai Temple, Clock Tower and St. Thomas Church. There also are numerous hotels praised for offering comfortable accommodation to the guests. Do not miss to taste South Indian cuisine at restaurants here.
- Distance: 296 km from Bangalore
- What to Do: Trekking, Bird Watching, Toy Train Journey, Sightseeing, Shopping
- What to See: Waterfalls, Tea Plantations, Hills, Flowers, Wildlife Sanctuary, Valley, Shopping
Coonoor is a retreat for nature lovers. The hill-town is cozily nestled in Nilgiri Hills blessing the town with a natural beauty to boast about. The undulating fields of tea plantation provide a soothing experience for the visitors. Along with nature lovers, the hill town is also a paradise for adventure lovers as they can indulge in activities such as hiking and trekking. To witness some of the unspoilt sights of nature, do not miss the Toy Train ride. Moreover, some of the popular tourist attractions in Coonoor are Catherine Falls, Sim’s Park, the Hidden Valley, and Lamb’s Rock. Hotels in Coonoor are praised for providing excellent accommodation meeting the requirements of the guests.
- Distance: 100 km from Bangalore
- What to Do: Climbing
- What to See: Hill, Temple
Nanda Hills are one of the very common weekend getaways from Bangalore as the trip does not require any extensive planning prior to trip. Nanda Hills are located at a very short distance of 100 km from Bangalore city. The thick cover of fauna bestows the place with natural beauty. A temple is located on the hilltop, which provides excellent vistas of the surrounding. Some of the popular attractions worth a visit are Tipu’s Drop, Tipu’s Summer Residence, Children’s Park, Paapagni, and Chikballapur. Thus, for guests looking for comfortable accommodation in the lap of nature, there are numerous hotels and guest houses available in Nanda Hills.
- Distance: 142 km from Bangalore
- What to Do: Trekking, Hang Gliding, Shopping, Climbing, Sightseeing
- What to See: Museum, shopping, Zoo, sightseeing places, Art Gallery, Gardens, Temple
Mysore is the living resistance to the British and the spectator to disobedience of Tipu Sultan. For visitors, wanting to taste the history of India, getaway to Mysore is advisable. The city was once the seat of Tipu Sultan, and thus, the time marks India’s colonial history. The Mysore Palace is one of the major attractions in Mysore. A part of the palace has been converted into a museum. Include visit to attractions such as Brindavan Gardens, Jagmohan Palace and Art Gallery, St. Philomenas Church, Mysore Zoo, Jayalakshmivilas mansion, and Karanji Kere, in the city excursion. Dussehra festival is celebrated with great pomp and show. There are numerous hotels and resorts that offer special festival accommodation packages in Mysore.
- Distance: 260 km from Bangalore
- What to Do: Trekking, Sightseeing, Rafting, Angling, Bird Watching
- What to See: Lakes, Waterfalls, Hills, Gardens, Valley, Water Parks, Botanical Garden
The natural setting of Coorg makes it get the name of “The Scotland of India”. The travel destination is located at an altitude of 3500 ft from sea level. This is one of the favorite weekend getaways from Bangalore as it combines green liveliness and supreme luxury of nature. The landscape undulating with wavy coffee plantations adorn the place. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Coorg are Iruppu Falls, Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort and Omkareshwar Temple. There also are numerous hotels in Coorg praised for offering a comfortable and memorable accommodation for guests.
- Distance: 372 km from Bangalore
- What to Do: Rock Climbing, Exploring History, Shopping
- What to See: Forts, shopping, Art Galleries, Temples
Hampi, erstwhile capital of Vijaynagar Dynasty (Karnataka), is one of the important historical weekend getaways from Bangalore. Today, one can find numerous monumental palaces and forts that stand tall amongst the remains. In the medieval era, Hampi also served as a flourishing commercial center. Some of the popular attractions in Mysore are Lotus Palace, Matanga Hill, Monolith Bull, Hampi Bazar and Old Palace. Further, to meet the personal preferences of the guests, there are numerous hotels available in Mysore, ranging from heritage to luxury and budget hotels.
So, next time when you visit Bangalore, make sure you plan for a trip to any of the above mentioned weekend getaways. There are travel operators and agents available who specialize in providing Bangalore weekend getaways packages.
December 6, 2013 Friday at 11:01 am