Well, I would say that if you are stuck in a city like Bangalore, then consider yourself lucky! Thanks to its location, planning a weekend getaway from Bangalore is not too difficult. From breath-taking waterfalls to pristine hill stations and serene beaches, there are a number of places to visit around Bangalore.
Planning a speedy weekend getaway from Bangalore with your friends? Here are ten places you you should visit for a weekend trip!
Kabini is a treat for all the nature lovers out there. Rich in flora and fauna with a stunning view of forested hills, this is the best place for exciting activities and experiences.
Experience the nature and untouched wilderness of the Nagarhole Forest here. Tigers, elephants, and deer are frequently spotted in the region. Coracle rides, jungle safaris, elephant rides, and nature walks are some of the most popular activities here.
Distance from Bangalore: 211 km
Nestled in the lush green Eastern Ghats in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu, is the peaceful hill station of Yercaud, ideal for a weekend trip.
It offers a luxury bed of flora and is home to more than 3000 trees and 1800 shrubs. Further, wildlife like bison, deer, ant-eater, rabbits, hares, foxes, mongoose, squirrels, partridges, snakes, bulbuls, kites, sparrows, swallows and paradise flycatchers bustle the eyes of several wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.
Distance from Bangalore: 228 km
If you want to escape into nature, then there is no better place than the verdant hills of Chikmagalur. Surrounded by sprawling coffee plantations and breathtaking view of the valley, Chikmagalur is one of the prettiest destinations in Karnataka for a weekend getaway.
Enjoying rafting in the wild waters of Bhadra River or trek to Mullayanagiri or Kurinjal Peak, or visit the caves in Inam Dattatreya Peetha and Bharath Wildlife Sanctuary. Chikmagalur is always a good idea. Also, if you have time, take a day trip to Kemmanagundi to visit the Rock garden, Z point, Hebbe falls, Kalahasti falls, Bababudan hill town and the Shiva temple.
Distance from Bangalore: 250 km
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Whether you’re travelling with kids or it’s the pack-your-bags-overnight solo trip, Coorg is perfect for a weekend getaway.
Away from the hustle bustle of city life, this hill station is also known as the “Scotland of Southern India,” as it is surrounded by gushing waterfalls, lush tea and coffee plantations, and the food here is delicious . Don’t miss the fascinating Madikeri Fort nearby.
The major tourist attractions in Coorg are Talakaveri, the origin of River Kaveri, Nisargadhama, Iruppu Falls, Abbey Falls, Nagarhole, Bhagamandala and Omkareshwara Temple. Not only that, Coorg also has a plethora of activities for the adventure junkies like rafting, hiking, off-roading etc.
Distance from Bangalore: 260 km
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Just 5 hours away from Bangalore, this quaint hill station is the perfect choice for a spontaneous weekend getaway.
Expect to be mesmerized by the beautiful nature trails, cascading waterfalls, aromatic acres of coffee plantations, green rice fields, and lush green forests with some natural pools.
You can ride through the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, or go trekking to one of the numerous peaks in the area. Don’t miss the pre-historic Edakkal Caves. You will be spoilt for choices here!
Distance from Bangalore: 271 km
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Located gracefully at the banks of the Penna River, this place is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of India”. Take a loot at the picture below and you’ll know why!
Surrounded by the Erramala Hills and the Penna River, Gandikota is a village located in Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its magnificent 13th-century fort and the Gorge Viewpoint that looks over the Gandikota Gorge.
Another attraction near the fort are the two old temples and a masjid which represent themselves through the valuable remnants.
Distance from Bangalore: 282 km
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Often referred to as the ‘French Capital of India’, Pondicherry is a vibrant city which will make you feel take you have travelled back in time – thanks to its beautiful French colonies.
Spend some time at beach, explore its cozy cafes, get spiritual at Aurobindo ashram, or just take a leisurely stroll in the French colony. Pondicherry has it all to light up your mood!
Distance from Bangalore: 307 KM
Hampi – the ancient capital of the Vijayanagara Empire- is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that host several monuments displaying the bygone culture. Located on the banks of river Tungabhadra, Hampi is a must-visit for not just history and architecture buffs, but also for those who’d love to venture into bouldering.
Also, if you didn’t know, Hampi is split into two sides, one is the heritage side (monuments and temples) and other is Virupapur village side, popularly known as hippie island of Hampi due to its chilled-out vibes. There are some really cool hippie cafés there which can you explore on your trip to Hampi.
Distance from Bangalore: 350 km
One of the best weekend destinations from Bangalore, Munnar needs no introduction! Blessed with natural views, Munnar is an ideal hill station in Kerala, acclaimed for its tea homes, fascinating view and rough crests.
There’s a lot that you can do here. Camp under a starlit sky or hike up those trails with endless tea estates, Munnar will leave you speechless with its beauty. Echo Point, Atukkad Waterfalls, and Pothamedu View Point are some of the best places to visit in Munnar.
Distance from Bangalore: 467 km
Looking for a beachy place near Bangalore? Look no further, Gokarna is the place for you!
Gokarna is undoubtedly one of the best beach destinations in India. Unlike Goa, this small temple town is not too crowded which is a plus. You can reach this surreal destination in a 9 hours from Bangalore.
Head to Gokarna if you want some peaceful time to yourself. It’s always a good time to relax and chill at the beaches!
And to the adventure junkies, Gokarna has some pretty good night treks too.
Distance from Bangalore: 499 km
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