Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, is the capital of the southern state of Karnataka. It is well known for its historic buildings, amazing food and its tech industry.
The people of Bengaluru have everything that they will ever need in that one place. But people have always had this urge of moving from one place to the other and travel to their heart’s delight.
Hence, when they do get a chance, they move out of their homes and go for a vacation. Although today’s hectic and office-oriented lifestyle leave very little space for travel, there are close by places where they all escape to during the weekends.
You too must check out these destinations if you happen to be in the city. Down below are listed 5 such destinations:
Top 5 Most Visited Weekend Getaways from Bengaluru
Udhagamandalam or Ooty is considered one of India all-time best hill stations. It is buried into nature’s laps with beautiful mountains and valleys.
It is best known for its tea, chocolates and beautiful foggy hilltops. If in Bengaluru, one must surely make it a point to visit Ooty as well.
Apart from being entranced by its beauty, you could do various activities here like visit Wax and Chocolate Museums, be amazed at the Botanical Gardens and Rose Gardens, have a boating session at the Ooty Lake, take a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, etc.
Distance– It is around 141 miles from Bengaluru to Ooty. It would take you about 6 hours to reach your destination.
Best time to Visit– Time between March to June is the best time to visit Ooty.
Places to Stay– Sterling Holidays Elk Hill, Treebo Yantra Leisures, Sterling Resorts Ooty Fern Hill are some of the hotels you can stay at.
Similar to Ooty, Kodagu or Coorg is also a place wrapped up in beautiful hills and valleys. It is best known for its scenic beauty, wildlife, and variety of fauna, coffee plantations and vanilla bean plantations.
It is one of the most travelled to places in Karnataka. Its pleasant, slightly chill weather is the reason why many honeymoon couples love being here.
One can say that love is always in the air at Coorg. Some places to go to when in Coorg are, the golden temple, Abby falls, Namdrolling monastery, Dubare Elephant Camp, IrpuFalls, etc.
Distance– It is around 150 miles from Bengaluru to Coorg. It would take you 5 hours to reach your destination.
Best time to Visit– The time between March to May and December to February is the est time to visit Coorg.
Places to stay– KSTDC Mayura Valley View, Hotel Le Coorg, Heights Farm Stay are some of the hotels you can stay at.
Once a royal stronghold, today Mysore proudly displays its bygone royalty in the strong structured Mysore Palace. If at all you are a history enthusiast or love nature, this is the place for you.
Once there, you could visit the palace, go go-karting at Chamundi Hills, eat to your heart’s desire at Vinayaka Mylari and shop till you drop at Devaraja Market. Other places to visit would include, the Mysore Zoo, Brindavan Gardens, Jaganmohana Palace, Blue Lagoon and Rail Museum.
You could also visit the local sandalwood factory and buy yourself some soap or perfumes. The Mysore silk saris are one of the most coveted saris in India.
Distance– It is around 92 miles from Bengaluru to Mysore. It would take you about 3 hours to reach your destination.
Best time to visit– The time between October to February would be the best time to visit Mysore.
Places to stay– Regenta Central Herald, Country Inn and Suites, Raddison Blu Plaza are some of the hotels you could stay at.
The Indian city with a French taste, Pondicherry or now Puducherry is a Union Territory just a little farther away from Bengaluru. It would be a treat for any history buff to come and visit Pondicherry.
It was once colonized by the French,and till now, the people are holding on to the subtle little things that remind them and the tourists that visit about their former way of life. Once there you could spend a day at Auroville and experience bliss for a while, go for a boat ride at Chunnammar Boat House, ride a bicycle, etc.
Other places to visit are the Botanical Gardens, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Rock Beach, etc.
Distance– It is around 193 miles from Bengaluru to Puducherry. It would take you around 6 hours to reach your destination.
Best time to visit– Time between October to March is the best time to visit Puducherry.
Places to stay– The Sunway Manor, Le Royal Park, Le Pondi Beach and Lake Resort are few hotels where you could stay at.
Now this one is a beach destination. Although a little further away from the city of Bangalore, the food, greenery and beaches make it all worth it.
It is a very welcoming place with a friendly atmosphere. One could travel here alone with family or with friends. One should surely not miss the deliciously crisp banana chips that are locally fried.
You could surf at the Surfing Ashram, go to the Manasa Amusement and Water Park, and certainly try the seafood at Gajalee.
Other places to visit would include Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly park, Milagres Church, Someshwara temple, Mangaladevi Temple, etc.
Distance– it is around 217 miles from Bengaluru to Mangalore. It would take you about 7 hours to reach your destination.
Best time to visit– Time between March to May is the best time to visit Mangalore.
Places to stay– The Ocean Pearl, Treebo Papillion Palace, Hotel Poonja International are some hotels you could stay at.
We have now arrived at the end of this short list of 5 out of many places that you could go to from Bengaluru when you require a quick detox from your busy life during weekends.
Hence now if at all you have some time on your hands, you could take inspiration and head out of your house and explore areas around you.
All these places listed above are special in their own way and demand appreciation. Do visit and have a great time.