7 Best Weekend Getaways from Bangalore-Let’s Go Macha!

Whenever inquired about their weekend plans, most of my Silicon Valley friends debate for hours before coming to a conclusion of “where to?”. While hardcore party folk head for Pecos as getting wasted at vintage clubs is a must, the foodies opt for MTR at Lalbagh Road.

Although my personal pick to experience awesome weekends would be to drift a bit away; because nature calls! The city happens to dodge the grueling heat of the Indian subcontinent but these weekend getaways from Bangalore are way cooler..Righta..Righta!

1. Hampi

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Picture: travspire.com

When in the vicinity of Hampi, you will find yourself traveling back in time to the lost empire of Vijayanagara. The remains at Hampi reflect the architectural splendor of thirteenth century and boy, they are exquisite! Oh, and you have these cute elephants giving you blessings – sweet.

Picture: Rishi Ayyer
Picture: Rishi Ayyer

Hampi is one of the few places in India where wildlife and history coincide at adequate proportions. The sloth bear resort is famous among wildlife enthusiasts and is frequented in large numbers, by Indians as well as foreigners.

Things to do in Hampi: Coracle rides, Cycling, Rock climbing, Rappelling and Hot air ballooning.

Distance from Bangalore: 341 Kilometers

Travel Duration: 6 Hours

2. Coorg

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Picture: laxmisarath.com

If I would ever wish to romanticize with nature, adventures and history that cherishes the valor of warriors, Coorg will be my favorite point B from Bangalore. The awe striking hills of Kodagu are home to coffee plantations and embark the initiation of the Cauvery River. Let the “Scotland of India” bedazzle you with its lush greenery and milky white waterfalls.

Picture: Rishi Ayyer
Picture: Rishi Ayyer

Apart from the treats of nature, you can totally check out the vintage cars collection by a local coffee planter Mr. P.C Ahmed Kutty and the Buddhist temple that exhibits an eloquent vibe of spirituality.

Things to do in Coorg: Hiking at Pushpagiri, Rock Climbing at Honnamana Kere and White Water Rafting in Kaveri River, Check out the Vintage Cars Collection by P.C. Ahmed Kutty.

Distance from Bangalore: 284 Kilometers

Travel Duration: 5 Hours

3. Ooty

Picture: Samarghya Das
Picture: Samarghya Das

Remember the Bollywood numbers shot at a location with sky high trees that sprawled across hundreds of acres of lands? Celebrated Bollywood actors running around singing and searching for their better halves- the fog totally added to the suspense!

Picture: Bala Subrimanian
Picture: Bala Subrimanian

That’s Ooty for you. Despite being the most commercialized destination in Karnataka, Ooty still manages to screen the population from each other, giving everyone their time with self and it’s beautiful.

Things to do in Ooty: Visit St. Stephens Church, the Deer Park and Boating in Ooty Lake.

Distance from Bangalore: 267 Kilometers

Travel Duration: 7 Hours

4. Coonoor

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Picture: siliconindia.com

This destination is yet another epitome for the beautification caused by the Nilgiri Hills in southern India. Coonoor happens to be the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri range after Ooty.

Picture: Zeeshan
Picture: Zeeshan

The amalgamation of exotic hills topped by lush green plantations and towering trees makes Coonoor a breathtaking destination. It’s not just beauty that Coonoor is endowed with, the savory dishes and cheese of different kinds you’ll relish during your stay here! Don’t forget to jump on the trains that traverse here.

Things to do in Coonoor: Tea Factory tour, trek near Dholphins Nose Viewpoint, Picnic at Law Falls.

Distance from Bangalore: 285 Kilometers

Travel Duration: 6 Hours

5. Bandipur

Picture: Vineeth Viswanath
Picture: Vineeth Viswanath

How could you tell what one feels being into the wild if you haven’t been there at all! Established in 1974, the Bandipur National Park is a world heritage site by UNESCO and is home to numerous species of flora and fauna that are pretty rare. Ironically, the same region that was used as a private hunting reserve by the Maharaja of Mysore is now a reserve under Project Tiger, well done there.

Picture: Ujjwal John
Picture: Ujjwal John

If you’re among those who grew up watching too much National Geographic and wondered if you could ever encounter a tiger for real, here’s your chance. There are various resorts in Bandipur that organize safaris to help you get real close to the other guys.

Things to do in Bandipur: Cycling in B.R Hills, Go on a Safari in Bandipur National Park.

Distance from Bangalore: 218 Kilometers

Travel Duration: 5 Hours

Mysore

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Picutre: khongthe.com

If the term ‘Maharaja’ takes you only to Rajasthan, then you might want to point the compass a bit down south as Mysore was once ruled by lavish rulers who defined class and royalty at its best. For instance, the Maharaja of Mysore used to buy multiple units of Rolls Royce, the number could range from 7 to 28 units at one go, badass eh?

Picture: Ashok Saravanan
Picture: Ashok Saravanan

Visit Mysore to commemorate the rich history and cultural abundance, the city keeps on alluring you with its celebrated tradition. The Brindavan Gardens, the Mysore Zoo, the Sandalwood oil factory and the silk factory are some of the places you can head to. Aliased as The City of Palaces, Mysore has various home stays that make you feel like a king, at least for a while!

Things to do in Mysore: Visit The Mysore Palace, Royal Mysore Walks, spend the evening at Brindavan Garden, and dine at the Tiger Trail Restaurant.

Distance from Bangalore: 143 Kilometres

Travel Duration: 3 Hours

Wayanad

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Picture: dealnyou.com

When you see a place like Wayanad, you could easily figure that it’s close to nature. This pristine location accounts for the existence of human life in the region centuries Before Christ, the pictorial writings at the Edakkal Caves of Ambukuthimala are proof of the same. The Kabani River can be followed through by the trails or rafts that take you to places untouched by civilizations, a sight so rare and serene that it might send you chills of overwhelm.

Picture: Srikant
Picture: Srikant

When in Wayanad, drown yourself in the surrealism of greenery that surrounds and rain that sprinkles your soul fresh, it’s a monsoon lover’s paradise-no kidding!

Things to do in Wayanad: Check out the Edakkal Caves, Trek in the rain forest, Take a ferry ride in the Kabani River.

Distance from Bangalore: 272 Kilometers

Travel Duration: 6 Hours

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