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iXiGOers Apr 11 2013

What are the top weekend getaways from Bangalore?

Jigyasha Prasad Apr 11 2013
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A melting pot of different cultures, Bangalore is a major commercial hub in India. The city is home to a plethora of attractions for the tourists, not only within the city but also around, which make for great weekend getaways. Just take a look at a few.

1. Nandi Hills (60 km from Bangalore)


Situated at a distance of around 60 km from Bangalore, a trip to Nandi Hills is a great way to revitalize yourself. This erstwhile retreat of Tipu Sultan, with small hills remaining enveloped in mist almost all the time, is thronged by tourists all year long for its pleasurable climate. The place houses the famous Nandi Temple and a point called Tipu's Drop, which offers panoramic views of the mist cloaked mountains and is a favoured site for enjoying breathtaking views of sunrise. Recently, paragliding has been started here, which gives quite a kick to adventure enthusiasts.

2. Srirangapatna (128 km from Bangalore)

At a distance of 128 kilometres from the city, Srirangapatna is a religious, historic and cultural hub situated on the Mysore-Bangalore Highway. Srirangapatna was the capital city during the reign of Warrior-Kings Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. This place has a plethora of tourist attractions including a fort, Daria Daulat Bagh (Summer Palace), Masjid-E-Ala or Jamia Masjid, a museum showcasing paintings, sketches and coins, Balmuri falls, Gumbaz (Mausoleum of Tipu Sultan), Colonel Bailey’s Dungeon and many famous temples. To know more about this place, check out the Srirangapatna Travel Guide.  

3. Mysore (140 km from Bangalore)

The beautiful city of Mysore is situated at a distance of around 140 km from Bangalore. The city, known for its rich cultural heritage and history, is a great weekend getaway from Bangalore. The home to the famous Tipu Sultan, the city houses a plethora of attractions including Mysore Palace, Zoo, Chamunda Devi temple, Brindavan Gardens, St. Philomena’s Church and Jayalakshmi Vilas along with the others. Check out the Mysore Travel Guide to know more about this city. 

4. Shravanabelagola (145 km from Bangalore)

Shravanabelgola is located in the Hassan district of Karnataka, around 145 km away from Bangalore. One of the most important pilgrimage cities in Jainism, the city is renowned for its skilled and unique architectural style. The imposing and majestic statue of Gommateswara Bahubali is the largest monolithic statues in the world, around 57 ft tall. Highly revered by the Jains, the statue is symbolic of the sculptural expertise of the Gangas of Talakkad. The name, Shravanabelagola originates from the Kannada language implying "White Pond of the Shravana", truly reflected in the beautiful pond in the middle of the city offering an astounding view of the hamlet. To know more about this place check out Shravanabelagola Travel Guide

5. Chikmagalur (203 km from Bangalore)

Known as the 'Coffee Land' of Karnataka, the beautiful town of Chikmagalur is situated at the foothills of the Mullayangiri ranges, at a distance of 203 km from Bangalore. This charming hill station near Bangalore is not only a major trade and commercial hub of the state, but also a delight for trekkers, explorers and nature enthusiasts. The must-visit attractions here include Kallathigiri Falls, Veerabhadra Temple among the others. A trip to Chikmagalur would surely be a memorable one. 

6. B R hills (203 km from Bangalore)

Soak yourself in the magic of this place, just at a distance of 203 km from Bangalore. Sharing its borders with Tamil Nadu, these majestic hills house the Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary. Be prepared to be surprised to see jungle inhabitants like the Shy Barking Deer, Chital and Sambhar and over 254 species of birds, walking around without any inhibitions. Also forming an important link between The Eastern and Western Ghats, BR Hills create the significant corridor for Asian Elephants and Tigers. Explore some rare species of fauna here, especially since the region itself shows variation in altitude and the different kinds of forests. A trip to B R Hills will offer you memories of a lifetime!

7. Bandipur National Park (235 km from Bangalore) 

Around 235 kilometres from Bangalore city, this park is an important Project Tiger reserve in India. Located amidst the picturesque landscape of the towering Western Ghat Mountains on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful and the better managed national parks of India. Part of the vast Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, it has a wide variety of fauna and flora including the threatened species of Four horned Antelope, Tiger, Elephant, Gaur, Panther, Sloth Bear, Crocodiles, Mouse deer, Python and Osprey along with various species of reptiles, birds, insects, butterflies and ants. Try to avoid this place during monsoons (June to September) as the roads and tracks become quite slippery. To know more about this place check out the page with information on Bandipur National Park for timings, how to reach, entry fee, etc. 

8. Coorg (247 km from Bangalore)

Coorg is located  about 247 km from Bangalore and is one of the best hill stations in the state of Karnataka. Rightly known as the "Kashmir of South" and "Scotland of India" due to its mesmerizing scenic beauty and old world charm, this hill station is a real visual treat for all its visitors. The hill station has some interesting treks such as Pushpagiri, Tadiandamol and Brahmagiri Peaks which are quite challenging and blessed with splendid natural beauty. Outdoor activities at Coorg are not only limited to trekking and you can enjoy angling and golfing at Coorg Golf Links (Bittangala), Golf Course (Pollibetta) and Mercara Downs (Mercara). It is an ideal summer retreat which promises some wonderful moments of relaxation and rejuvenation. You can even  plan your trip during monsoons as the place looks its best when it rains. To know more about this beautiful hill station check out Coorg Travel Guide. 

9. Tirupati (266 km from Bangalore) 

Constantly reverberating with the holy chant of Om Namo Narayanaya, the holy city of Tirupati is situated at a distance of 266 km from Bangalore city. A major pilgrimage city, it reminds one of delicious laddus distributed as prasadam and draws devotees from all over the country and abroad. The Venkateswara temple here is said to be the busiest in the world, eclipsing even  Jerusalem, Rome and Mecca with the number of pilgrims visiting it. The must visit places here include the famous Lord Venkateswara temple, TTD gardens, Silathoranam, Sri Venkateswara Zoo, Gurramkonda fort, Chandragiri Fort, Venkateshwara Museum along with the others. To know more about this religious destination see Tirupati Travel Guide. 

10. Hampi (372 km from Bangalore)

Hampi, the historic capital of the Vijayanagar empire in the 14th century, is at present a city of ruins and is situated at a distance of 372 km from Bangalore city. A UNESCO world heritage site, it is the home to around 500 marvelous historic monuments. Temples, imperial palaces and forts can be seen standing in pride holding tales of the past in every brick. The famous 'Hampi Utsav' that takes place in the first week of November is worth a visit. The festival is a cultural extravaganza of music and dance and to increase visual delight, the monuments and the ruins are lit up. To know about the places to see in detail, check out our Hampi Travel Guide.

What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to explore these wonderful places, truly great for weekend getaways from the busy city. 

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