20 Epic Weekend Getaways from Bangalore
An escape from the bustling city is the best way to plan a weekend after a long work-week. Karnataka gives you some of the best options to plan such quick weekend getaways, either in the state or even touch the other states. Here are a list of places that you can plan for the weekend. Be it an escape into wilderness, waking up to a lovely hill view, a step in to art villages, being tucked away in the tranquillity of nature, Bangalore has an easy way out.
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A place that looks like it's sole purpose is to get you to appreciate the quiet and peace nature has to offer. Thankfully untouched by commercial organisations, Kabini has been safely protected with all its natural habitat, offering a complete 'into-the-wild' experience. Kabini is also a wildlife and nature lovers' best escapade. An early morning jungle safari at the Nagarhole National Park is one of the most recommended things to do when you're at Kabini, during which you also get to spot wildlife. Nature resorts tucked away in the wilderness and resorts overlooking Kabini River are the best options for a stay at Kabini.
Distance: 215 Kilometers
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A quaint village preserving the Newari culture, Bandipur is one of the beautiful tourist spots. The sight of 18th Century architecture that has occupied the town is such a delight to be welcomed to. Bandipur Tiger Reserve is one of the main attractions. The jeep safari and a jungle lodge stay, lets you spot some lovely wildlife and if you're lucky, even a tiger!
Distance: 230 Kilometers
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A perfect getaway for an art and heritage lover, Nrityagram, set up in 1990 is a small art village not very far from Bangalore. The entire village is of beautifully built mud houses and greenery with various art culture filling in on the routine life. The dance school at Nrityagram, which is famous for its classes and budding artist training sessions, lets visitors take a look into the life of an artist as a dancer or a musician. A group of talented artists who are focusing on the modern Gurukul way of learning the art of dance with an art village type of community. You also get to visit Hessarghatta which is not very far from Nrityagram.
Distance: 32 Kilometers
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Known for its adventure sports and scenic attractions, Dandeli is quite the tourist spot. White water rafting is one of the popular adventure sport. During rafting season, a whole lot of adventure lovers hit Dandeli for some fun rafting sessions. There are also forest safari trips available at Dandeli. Though it might seem crowded during rafting seasons, there is enough and more wild for nature lovers to be engulfed in.
Distance: 460 Kilometers
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Situated on the banks of the River Sharavati, Hommemardu is a lovely tourist spot. An island, tucked away in complete quietness and beauty, Hommemardu is a haven for Birdwatchers. Some of the rarest birds keep visiting the banks of the river. An overnight stay, would give a clearer and fantastic experience at the island. Water sports like boating and kayaking gives a whole different experience at Honnemardu.
Distance: 141 Kilometers
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Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu. Not too far from Bangalore, Ooty is a great getaway plan for a weekend. Apart from popular tourists spots like suicide point, one can hit dolphin nose, Coonoor a drive to Kothagiri, which are less crowded and perfect to spend time while you're in Ooty. Flower shows and Emerald Lake is one of the main attractions here. Stunning views of the hills, wandering along the quiant town perched between them and a laid-back day, are things that can easily make this a perfect getaway from a crowded city.
Distance: 278 Kilometers
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Masinagudi is a complete hub spot for nature lovers. The National Park lets you get on a safari to spot wildlife around. Very close to the Mudumalai National Park and Bandipur on the other side, Masinagudi is undoubtedly one of the best escapades into a peaceful jungle as opposed to a city of tall buildings and sky-scrappers.
Distance: 243 Kilometers
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A getaway from Bangalore totally lets you hit a state or two. Along the state of Kerala is the very scenic, perfectly perched among the hills, Wayanad. The refreshing lush green, lovely waterfalls on the way and monsoon rains, totally set a special vacation mode. If weather permits, trekking along the hill stretches of Wayanad is the best thing to include on your schedule.
Distance: 265 Kilometers
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One of the most loveliest Hill Stations in Karnataka, Coorg is the kind of place where time stands still and let you enjoy your getaway. The lovely coffee estates and hills towering over small towns in Coorg is such a sight to catch up on. During the trip one can also go on treks along the nearby hills. Catch up on the local food, coffee trail and a time of soaking up all the goodness Coorg has been offering.
Distance: 276 Kilometers
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Chikmagalur is known for its picturesque landscapes and amazing view points. Some of the best hills to trek along and great view points in Karnataka are very accessible from Chikmagalur. This lovely place, offers great options of not just trekking but also great road trip routes, waterfalls and scenic foothills in Karnataka.
Distance: 280 Kilometers
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Situated perfectly in between the lush green Kodagu and Wayanad, Bramagiri is one of the most attractive, frequent attempt by trekkers. At an altitude of 5270 odd ft, the view from the top, after a trek is an absolute delight. One of the routes to Bramagiri also has Nagarhole National Park crossing. As a perfect place to spot wildlife, Bramagiri adds reasons for wildlife enthusiasts to keep coming back for more.
But mostly trekkers avoid monsoon because of the leeches along the trails. Right after monsoons is the ideal trekking season at Bramagiri. There is also a temple at Thirunelli that is said to have been built by Lord Brahma himself and hence the name of the peak too.
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As one of the popular hill station destinations near Tumkur in Karnataka, Devarayana Durga is a great one day trek option for trekkers. The place also has quite a few sightseeing spots along the trek, including temples and beautiful springs. At an altitude of 3940 ft, the trek is quite a great adventure perfect for nature lovers. Every elevation along the way that leads up to the peak, either has an old temple or a calm, beautiful spring surrounding. The hill station also hosts one of the famous natural water springs, Namada Chilume.
The place is an absolute delight for Birdwatchers, photographers, history buffs apart from being one of the great trekking spots and a perfect weekend getaway.
13. Chembra Peak
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Tucked away atop Wayanad is the highest Chembra Peak, a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore. With dense forested trails, the peak is one of the most popular trekkers delight. While the climb is quite a challenge the trail leading up to the heart-shaped lake is such an interesting task. The lake is said to have never dried up. The trail up to the peak plays along, showing some of the most scenic view points and spots while on the trek.
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Manchinbele is one of the villages at Magadi. The place is known for its best spot for trekking and other water sports like kayaking, rappelling and more. As an ideal one day outing near Bangalore, the place offers some of the best activities apart from the trek.
The Manchinbele dam, is also one of the best sightseeing spots around. The place around 50 kms from the Bangalore city also lets the visitors get unwind with some fun activities like paintball, adventure sports, outdoor games and more. As an ideal place for corporate team outings, the backwater campsite organizes water sport events like kayaking and other activities like paintball, for teams that come in for outings.
15. Nishani Motte
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Nishani Motte gives the ultimate experience of trekking out in the wild, proving to be an avid trekkers delight. The name Nishani Motte is to describe the Nishani peak which happens to look like an ‘Egg’, ‘motte’ in Kannada.
There cannot be a better way of experiencing the beautiful Coorg and it’s tranquility amidst all the dense forest and lovely landscapes it stretches out to. At an altitude of 4,100 ft, the panoramic view from the peak boasts the stunning layers of Brahmagiri ranges. With just around 284 Kilometers away from the city, this place makes the best time away from the crowded city.
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The hill is not really far from Bangalore, it’s about 20 Kilometers from Ramanagara to be precise. Th hill also has a Laxmi Narayana temple that the trekkers can explore. This is also one of the ideal spots for group treks. On reaching the base of the hill at midnight takes two and a half hours to trek up the hill. One reaching the peak you can set up tents and camp out with a fun bonfire session too. By early morning you can descend after exploring the Narayanagiri Temple.
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Located at about 50 Kms from the city of Bengaluru, Ramagara rises to an altitude of 2450 ft. To be exact the place is on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, making it quite accessible for people who are looking for a quick getaway from the city. The spot is great for trekking and is also known for its Sericulture.
The hill at Ramanagara called Ramadeverabetta has been a picturesque view that has been quite an attraction for photographers and people from the movie industry. This was also made famous by the movie Sholay, with the stunning views the place offers.
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Sakleshpur is one of the scenic towns, not very far from Bangalore and is on the National Highway 48. The town has an average 3113 feet elevation and is frequently visited by trekking enthusiasts. Sakleshpur receives some of the heaviest rainfalls during monsoon. In fact, it is also one of the places that receives the most rainfall in Karnataka.
The Agni Gudda trek in Sakleshpur is one of the popular treks that trekkers have been frequently attempting in the past few years. The view from the top gives an absolute stunning view. As one of the perfect spots for trips and outdoor camping, trekking here is not very difficult.
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Gokarna is a quaint temple town in Karnataka, not too far from Goa. The town is known for its huge coastline and a number of beaches that have scenic rocky climbs. The beaches are pristine and hidden behind a frame of well placed hillocks that trek enthusiasts are keen on trekking to hit the beaches.
As a perfect weekend family getaway, Gokarna is also one of the hotspots for travellers, backpackers and beach bums. The beach trek trail shows some of the scenic beaches and mesmerizing coastal stretches. Among the other beaches, Kudle beach is the most well known and popular one. The trekker will get to trek up and down through the rocky beaches like Kudle beach, Paradise beach, Om beach, Half Moon beach, a desert beach called the Nirvana Beach and more.
20. Kaurava Kunda
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Kaurava Kunda is located about 75 Kilometers from Bangalore and is at an altitude of 820 ft. The name of the hill comes from the two great historical clans of Pandavas and Kauravas, as the hill is a doublet hill. The trek trail also shows shrine of Lord Shiva that the trekkers will be able to explore while on the trek. The trek is one of the perfect weekend getaways that practically works for a beginner trekker.