Bangalore is a great city, widely known for its Information Technology and buzzing nightlife. But on days you are not shuttling between home and work, going to the same old places in the city tends to get mundane. So, when weekends arrive, it is time for a refreshing change! With so many incredible places nearby, the best thing to do is choose a destination, switch off your phones and escape for a quick getaway.
Best romantic breaks within 300 km of Bangalore:
- Nandi Hills
- Kunti Betta
- Sangama and Mekedatu
- Kopatty Hills
- Tadiandamol Trek
- CoorgKumara Parvatha Trek
- CoorgBallalarayana Durga
- FortGrover Vineyard
- Thottikalu Falls
- Angsana Oasis Spa and Resort
- Golden Palm Resort and Spa
- Thattekere Lake
This hamlet is a popular weekend haunt in Karnataka. Enveloped in fog and mist, it lies in the middle of Coorg and Chikmagalur. Rolling hills filled with coffee and spice plantations guarantee a de-stressing weekend, and to those who prefer adventure, the Western Ghats offer their trekking trails for snooping about orchids, frogs and a variety of bird species.
Highlights of the town are the age-old Manjarabad Fort, Bisle Reserve Forest, Sakleshwara Temple, Agni Gudda Hill, Manjehalli Waterfalls and the Temple of Halebid and Belur.
Traveller Tip: Do not miss out on authentic Malnad meals.
Distance from Bangalore: 220 km
Best Time To Visit: During the dry months of November to April.
Go for: A relaxing getaway
2. Nandi Hills
To begin your weekend on a tranquil note, watch the sunrise at Nandi Hills. If you do not have the entire weekend to spend away, this place has enough you can do in a day to return home rejuvenated. The pleasant climate throughout provides ideal conditions for exploring the misty mountains and exotic flora and fauna in the region.
The Yoganandeeshwara Temple marks the top the hill, with a stunning statue of Nandi (the bull) at its doorstep. Major attractions include religious sites and adventure spots. Tipu’s Drop, Tipu’s Summer Palace and Fort (not open to the general public), Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy temple and Amruth Sarovar are popular sightseeing spots. For a thrilling experience, try paragliding and cycling.
Traveller Tip: Beware of the monkeys if you are carrying eatables with you.
Distance from Bangalore: 65 km
Best Time To Visit: Non-monsoon months from September to May.
Go for: A relaxing getaway
3. Kunti Betta
This hillock in the Pandavapura Taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. The rocky hills are surrounded by sugarcane and paddy fields, lined with coconut trees that sway in the direction of the light breeze. Although day hikes are also available, opt for night treks if you wish to go offbeat. The trek starts with a sharp ascent revealing a clear, mesmerising view of the Kunti Kund Lake from the edge. Depending on the kind of experience you are looking for, you can witness a beautiful sunrise or walk along the fireflies and stars to call it magical.
Traveller Tip: There are no shops nearby, so carry along food and water.
Distance from Bangalore: 125 km
Best Time To Visit: Winters – October to May.
Go for: Night Trekking
This destination has everything a nature lover could wish for! Located 6 km upstream from the Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, this remote place in Karnataka is perfect for experiencing the wilderness at its best. Hop on to a wildlife safari to spot leopards, elephants, sambar, spotted deers, the highly endangered grizzled giant squirrel and jackals. Go for some serious birdwatching to see birds like a grey-headed fishing eagle, spot-billed duck, small pied kingfisher, black-bellied river tern, osprey, pied crested cuckoo and many more flocking around. For more adventures, there are coracle rides, kayaking, rafting, angling, mountain biking and trekking.
Traveller Tip: If you have time, you can also plan a visit to the nearby Mekadatu, Sangam and Simsha waterfalls.
Distance from Bangalore: 105 km
Best Time To Visit: Between August and February.
Go for: Wildlife and adventure
Living at Galibore equals a real jungle stay. The biggest crowd pullers here are spotted deers, the endangered grizzled giant squirrels, marsh crocodiles, turtles and snakes that roam freely through the forest. It’s also the place to spot over 230 species of birds including the Fish eagles, green pigeons, kingfishers, Owls etc.
Activities like Coracle ride, nature walks, guided treks and rafting appeal to the outdoors and there is also night safari to take the adventure to the next level. For a laid-back weekend, you could lie back on a hammock and soak in the natural views.
It is truly in the middle of nowhere and once dusk sets in you get a feeling of being out in the wild. Do carry torches. The surroundings get pitch dark in the evenings and render the living in a jungle experience.
Traveller Tip: The area gets pitch dark in the evenings. So carry a flashlight.
Distance from Bangalore: 102 km
Best Time To Visit: Between August and February.
Go for: Night Safari
6. Sangama and Mekedatu
These two places are located just 4 km apart and are mostly covered in a combined visit.
The 150 meters wide Kaveri river meets Arakavathi at Sangama. The river is well-fed in monsoons and a Coracle ride is the best way to enjoy the place. There is also a KSTDC Canteen for snacks & lunch. After crossing the river, you can take a bus to reach Mekedatu. Here, the river narrows down to a width of 20 feet flowing ferociously into the deep, rocky gorges.
Along the way, you can also visit Trimurthy temple on Bangalore Kanakapura highway and take a 10 km diversion before Sangama to see Chunchi falls.
Traveller Tip: No transportation is available after 5:30 PM. So, take a private vehicle or plan accordingly.
Distance from Bangalore: 93 km
Best Time To Visit: Between September and December
Go for: Cycling and coracle rides
7. Kopatty Hills
Located in the Coorg district of Karnataka, Kopatty Hills are known for their greenery and natural beauty. Perched at the height of 1,375 metres, the vantage point offers sweeping views of the Erullivana valley. A 14 km-long route begins at the meeting point of Cherambane – Bhagamandala State Highway. Along with this trek, damp passages and dense forests suddenly spill out onto alpine meadows, carpeted in soft green grass and wildflowers. On the way, one crosses small mountain streams and abandoned houses to enter the flat table stretch of Mandalpatti that overlooks the Erullivana valley. Finally, after a ten-minute climb, one reaches the peak from where the panoramic view of the Western Ghats makes you forget all the exhaustion.
Traveller Tip: After the trek, you can head to Triveni Sangam located in the town of Bhagamnadala for a refreshing dip in its holy waters.
Distance from Bangalore: 295 km
Best Time To Visit: Between October and February
Go for: Trekking
8. Tadiandamol Trek, Coorg
Tadiandamol Peak is the highest in Coorg with a stunning green expanse hosting a thriving population of wildlife and rich flora. A 15km trek through the vibrant Shola forest will take you to the peak at an elevation of 1,748m.
The Kakkabe village serves as the base for the hike, with the aroma of coffee filling the air. The route begins with a curved road to the Nalakand Palace merging into a narrow trail that takes trekkers through dense jungles and several streams. Once you hit the fag end of the trail, a tiny clearing and incredible views of the surrounding hills lay waiting, with flowers blooming on either side. Sit on the ridge, take in the sights, the sounds, the smells of this spectacular vista. The peak’s crown is a good place to sack out for a bit or walk along for fun.
Traveller Tip: Have your anti-leech socks on all through the trek.
Distance from Bangalore: 274 km
Best Time To Visit: Between September and February
Go for: Trekking
9. Kumara Parvatha Trek, Coorg
At 1,712m, Kumara Parvatha is the second highest peak in Coorg. Being a part of the Pushpagiri range of the Western Ghats, it is immensely popular for its thick jungles. The 20km trek has to be done via a scenic route replete with flora and fauna. The climb has varying degrees of ascents and descents that pose a challenge even to the most avid trekkers. The trails are flanked by towering woods and there are signboards at short distances to ensure that trekkers stay on route. Towards the end of the trek, the dense forest cover gradually opens out to reveal a plateau and suddenly you realize that you are at the point you had set out to reach – the peak of the majestic hill. The summit of this mountain is not a cliche sight – a sharp rocky edge looking like a pillar, rather this peak is a serene flatland with a stunning view of the surrounding landscape.
Traveller Tip: Carry a good amount of water with you since there aren’t any water sources en-route.
Distance from Bangalore: 272 km
Best Time To Visit: October to Feb
Go for: Trekking
10. Ballalarayana Durga Fort
In the unexplored part of Chikmagalur in Karnataka, this fort is situated on a hill-top at an elevation of 1524 mt. It is known to have been there since the heydays of Hoysala Empire, built by the rulers in the 12th century. Overlooking the town of Sunkasaale, the structure is now in ruins, holding significance as a spot from where beautiful sunsets can be seen. An easy hike can be undertaken to reach the location of the fort.
The trek starts at Mundaje and goes onto the Bandaje Arbi, a popular site for setting up tents and camping overnight. From here, you can further proceed to reach the fort encompassed by a vast grassland clothed in various shades of green.
Traveller Tip: If you are short on time, you can trek to Bandajje Arabi Falls and back.
Distance from Bangalore: 300 km
Best Time To Visit: November to May. Avoid monsoons.
Go for: Trekking and Camping
11. Grover Vineyard
For the lovebirds who are both working and nevertheless want to plan a quick getaway together for the weekend, the Grover Zampa Vineyard is the perfect place to be in. Some of the best local wines are available here and you can go for a mini wine tour with your beloved. The extensive vineyards will provide you with the much needed solace and alone time, away from the hustle of Bangalore. Try to make it between the months of February to April, which the harvest season of the year. The vineyards are a burst of color with various species of grapes coming to full bloom and the air is rich and intoxicating with fragrance emanating from the wine press. You will also find some wonderful varieties of wine to bring home for yourself and your friends.
Traveller Tip: Carry your shades as you have to spend some time in the sun in the extensive grape fields
Distance from Bangalore: 43 km
Best Time to Visit: February to April
Go for: Wine tasting, of course!
12. Thottikalu Falls
The Thottikalu Falls will make for a wonderful getaway for couples who are looking for a honeymoon destination within a budget and also with not a lot of time to spare. It is hard to come by such a beautiful and scenic locale so close to Bangalore. The falls are quite secluded, which is why there will be hardly anyone from interrupting you as you spend some quality time with your partner. While it usually advisable not to visit any place during the monsoons, in case of the Thottikalu falls, the true beauty of the region actually comes alive just after the rains as it is a real sight to see the massive falls making its way down amidst all that lush greenery. Taking a bath under the falls will be surely one of the most wonderful thing that you two would indulge in.
Traveller Tip: Wear footwear with good grip to walk over the wet stones
Distance from Bangalore: 200 km
Best Time to Visit: Right after monsoons
Go for: A bath under the falls
It is a shame that how this gem of a place near Bangalore is hardly explored much but therein lays the charm. Also known as the Pearl Valley, the region is perfect for honeymooners who want to get out of the city and yet be close to it. The place gets its name from the stunning waterfall that is to be seen here, that drops from a massive height of 92 meters and the jets of water that are seen at the bottom resemble strings of pearl. The beauty around is mesmerizing and the view of the hills around offer a splendid vista. There are also a number of secluded trails where one can go walking hand in hand, just taking in the beauty of the place. You can also take a dip in the pool of water at the base of the waterfall and it will be one of the most romantic things you have ever done.
Traveller Tip: Be sure to carry comfortable footwear as you go for your long, romantic walks.
Distance from Bangalore: 41 km
Best Time to Visit: August to November, right after monsoon
Go for: A walk by the trails around the waterfall
14. Angsana Oasis Spa and Resort
There is no better time than a honeymoon to relax and with your partner by your side, you can indulge in some exotic treatments together. The spa resort is known for their lush grounds, great ambience and extreme attention to privacy, which is all what your honeymoon is about. The steam, sauna and Jacuzzi will rejuvenate your senses as you spend some quality time together unwinding, and soaking up the goodness. Do not forget to indulge in the luxurious scrubs and deep-oil massages which will surely be a great stress buster. All kinds of arrangements will be made for you, even if you have any specific request.
Traveller Tip: Book well in advance as the place is in high demand.
Distance from Bangalore: 28 km
Best Time to Visit: Round the year
Go for: Ayurvedic scrubs and deep oil massages
15. Golden Palm Resort and Spa
When it comes to spa, there is something truly exotic and sensual when you experience it with your partner. The milk bath here is exquisite and unlike anything that you ever experienced. It comprises of milk, honey and rose petals and will all your senses come alive and well as deeply nourish your skin. The dinner here is sumptuous and especially curated for romantics, complete with candlelight and wine. You will surely have the honeymoon of your dreams here.
Traveller Tip: Make your reservations well in advance
Distance from Bangalore: Less than an hour’s drive
Best Time to Visit: Round the year
Go for: Milk Bath
16. Thattekere Lake
The Thattekere Lake is great romantic getaway for couples who only want to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. The lake is home to many exotic birds and listening to them at dawn and sunset is the experience of a lifetime. The lake is located even beyond Banerghatta, where most tourists tend to stop, which is why this lake is quite secluded and is mostly popular among honeymooners who want to get away from the crowd. Kites, storks and kingfishers are to be seen in huge numbers and you can also have great time looking into the fresh water of the lake and see all kinds of colorful fish swimming. The early morning walk is especially exhilarating.
Traveller Tip: Be sure to carry your camera if you want to capture the birds
Distance from Bangalore: 59 km
Best Time to Visit: October to February
Go for: Bird watching.
If you are looking for something out of the way, and you both love the outdoors, then visiting Ramanagara would be the ideal honeymoon destination for you close to Bangalore. The little region has everything to offer, from verdant valleys to clear running streams, from rock climbing to stargazing. You will find that you have reached a whole new destination, when in reality you will just be about 47 km away from Bangalore. In fact, this can also be an ideal location for your second honeymoon. The hills around provide the perfect trekking trails, which are not too difficult for amateur trekkers and yet packs in enough adventure to give you wonderful memories. You can stay in tents and the last thing you will see is a sky full of stars as you drift off to sleep.
Traveller Tip: Carry adequate water and basic equipments for your trekking
Distance from Bangalore: 47 km
Best Time to Visit: From October to March
Go for: Trekking, Stargazing
For those who feel that the idea of a perfect honeymoon is to spend some time in the laps of nature rather than spend time shopping, Bheemeshwari is sure to be a treat for the eyes. The region is famous for adventure camping and for the couples who love to snuggle outdoors, the place has lots to offer. You can contact tour operators who will make all the arrangements for you. You can indulge in a variety of activities with your partner here like the trekking, rope climbing and archery. You can also take a romantic boat ride down the Kaveri River which flows right by and enjoy the sunset from the banks.
Traveller Tip: Carry something warm as the nights can be quite cold in winters
Distance from Bangalore: 102 km
Best Time to Visit: Anytime except the monsoons
Go for: Trekking and boating in Kaveri River
Camping in Kanakpura is another romantic thing that you can indulge in with your partner and the scenic beauty here is quite different from a lot of other camping sites around Bangalore. The beauty is here both rugged and romantic, so there is something on offer for everybody. The best thing here is you will be away from the hustle of the city but will get to enjoy all the amenities because of the very well equipped tents you can rent.
Traveller Tip: Slots are often reserved well in advance so make your bookings early
Distance from Bangalore: 63 km
Best Time to Visit: June to October
Go for: Camping
If it is a quick and exciting honeymoon you are planning because of time constraints, then head to Jakkur. There are many budget hotels here where you can stay which will give you all the amenities for a few days stay and some of them have well designed honeymoon suites as well. The most exciting part of your trip will be Micro- Light flying. The travelers are trained about the aircraft as they have control of the glider as well and it is surely going to be eventful as you fly together. You will be amazed at how wonderful everything looks from a height of 4000 m and your honeymoon will be something to remember.
Traveller Tip: Be sure to follow the instructions meticulously while flying.
Distance from Bangalore: 18 km
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Go for: Micro- light flying
These romantic getaways in Bangalore are sure to increase the love between both of you.
So, don’t let the boredom get to you and make the best of your weekend by chilling at these 10 romantic getaways near Bangalore. Simply put your feet up and relax!
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