January 3rd, 2019 by Garusha Katoch

The weekend is fast approaching and you still have not made  plans?

Here is an idea: Pack your bags and hit the road for an exciting adventure.

Because we have compiled a list of tourist places near Bangalore so that you can get that much-needed  interval from the chaos and hullabaloo of the city.

28 Best Weekend Getaways From Bangalore Within 300 kms

    1. Bheemeshwari (95 km Away )
    2. Lepakshi (120 km Away)
    3. Shivanasamudra Falls (140 km Away)
    4. Mysore (160 km Away)
    5. Kabini (170 km Away)
    6. Yercaud (190 km Away)
    7. Chikmagalur (240 km Away)
    8. Ooty (252 km Away)
    9. Wayanad (278 km)
    10. Kanchipuram (278 km)
    11. Devanahalli Fort (37 km)
    12. Ramanagaram (48 km)
    13. Makalidurga (58 km)
    14. Nandi Hills (62 km)
    15. Kanakapura (64 km)
    16. Gandikota (283 km)
    17. Masinagudi (244 km)
    18. Mudumalai National Park (245 km)
    19. Shimoga (302 km)
    20. Savandurga Hills (49 km)
    21. Kudremukh (332 km)
    22. Sakleshpur (222 km)
    23. Tadiandamol (268 km)
    24. Shravanabelagola (144 km)
    25. Biligiri Ranga Hills (171 km)
    26. Hassan (183 km)
    27. Yelagiri (160 km)
    28. Kunti Betta (123 km)

1. Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari- One of the Best weekend Getaway From Bangalore within 300 kms

Resting on the banks of Kaveri River with verdant spaces and tranquil surroundings, Bheemeshwari makes for a great getaway. While it is ideal for a pleasant picnic with your family and loved ones, Bheemeshwari also has several adventure camps and fishing sites for those who want to indulge in sports like river rafting, kayaking, fishing and trekking.

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary is just the place to be. Surrounded by lush greenery amid the natural waterfalls of Barachukki and Mekedatu, it is abound with exotic flora and fauna. The rare Mahseer Fish is found in abundance here. For bird watchers, there are regular sightings of species like cormorant, ibis, and kingfisher.

Neighboring Kokrebellur Pelicanry, Sangam, and Doddamkkali are other key attractions you must visit on your trip.

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2. Lepakshi

Lepakshi - one of the best tourist places near Bangalore within 300 kms

This sleepy town along the Karnataka-Andhra border has a mythological connect. Legend holds that Ravana killed Jatayu here who was then granted moksha after Rama uttered the words “Le Pakshi” (‘Rise Bird’ in Telugu). And so, the town got its name.

The town still holds some 16th-century treasures, making it ideal for a quick getaway from Bangalore.

As you enter the village, a giant statue of Nandi, carved out of a single granite rock greets you. The main attraction is the Lepakshi Temple dedicated to Veerbhadreshwar. The sheer architectural brilliance of the complex is enough to have you spellbound. With famous frescoes and Vijaynagar murals, the temple is an exhibition of timeless art

Once you exit the main temple, there is the beautiful open-air Kalyana Mantapa, donned with distinctly sculpted pillars, believed to be the wedding spot of Shiva and Parvati.

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3. Shivanasamudra Falls

Shivanasamudra- One of the Best tourist places near Bangalore within 300 kms

This small island town is perfect for a one day trip from Bangalore. Surrounded by forested hills and verdant valleys, the town is located on the banks of river Kaveri. Having cut through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau, the river drops downstream to form the key attraction of the island- the breathtaking Shivanasamudra Falls.

Enjoy the calm of nature amid the roar of the cascading falls here. This spot is perfect for a little picnic with your family or friends.

Get in touch with your spiritual side at the architecturally beautiful Ranganatha Temple.

Adventure lovers and wildlife enthusiasts can head to the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary to enjoy the sport of trekking, fishing and rock climbing while exotic fish and birds occasionally surprise you.

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4. Mysore

Mysore- One of the Best Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

Boasting of rich cultural past and present-day urbanization, Mysore is a beautiful blend of traditional and modern attractions. From royal palaces and ornate temples to gardens and galleries, there is so much to explore in this ‘City of Palaces’.

On your way, do make a brief stop at Channapatna. Famous for its toy emporiums, the origin of some of the wooden toys can be traced back to the reign of Tipu Sultan.

Once you are in the city, explore its culture and history through the palatial monuments. Walk through the magnificent Mysore Palace. With intricate motifs, royal chandeliers and distinct furniture, the palace is a stunning spectacle of Dravidian, European and Roman architectural styles. Do visit the Jagmohan Palace as well.

About 2 kms from the Mysore Palace is the Karanji Lake. Flanked by the Chamundi Hills, with a butterfly park and an aviary in the vicinity, the lake grants you the much-needed solace. Enjoy boating in the lake as exotic birds like swans and pelicans flutter their wings in water to cool themselves. If you are lucky, you may catch a sight or two of a peacock.

Do include Chamundeshwari Temple, Mysore Zoo and Brindavan Gardens to your travel itinerary.
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5. Kabini

Kabini- One of the Best tourist places near Bangalore within 300 kms

If you are a wildlife enthusiast and seek a relaxing getaway in the lush green surroundings, head to Kabini.

With a stunning view of forested hills, rhythmic flow of Kabini River and cascading waterfalls, the Kabini Forest Reserve has a rich variety of flora and fauna. Enjoy coracle riding as a group of elephants take a swim in the water; or take a boat safari to catch sight of rare bird species. A hub of Asiatic elephants, you can also go for a joyful elephant safari to the rocky terrains and deep woods of Kabini.

An early morning jeep safari to Nagarhole National Park is perfect for families and children. Catch Bengal tiger, Indian bison, bonnet macaque, golden jackal, pangolin and other exotic animals in their natural habitat.

Book your afternoons for a visit to coffee estates and spice plantations in the town of Kutta. If you have time, drive to the Iruppu Falls in Brahmagiri Range. A small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lies at the base of this beautiful waterfall.

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6. Yercaud

Yercaud- One of the Best Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

Nestled among the Shevaroy Hills in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a quaint hill station near Bangalore, ideal for a weekend trip.

The key attraction of Yercaud is the Emerald Lake. Surrounded by dense woods and hills with a lush garden on its banks, the lake is a feast for the eyes. You can enjoy boating through the glimmering waters of the lake and capture envy-inducing pictures.

While in town, trek through the mystic thick forests to the Killiyur Falls.  The spectacular waterfall lies close to the Yercaud Lake and cascades down to the Killiyur valley offering an awe-inspiring view.

On the Eastern side of the Yercaud hills lies the famous Pagoda Point. A Rama Temple sits close to this spot. You can enjoy a picturesque view of Attur and Ayothiapattinam from this picnic spot.

Yercaud is famous for oranges and coffee plantations.  Close to one of these sprawling coffee estates is the famous Bear’s cave which ranks high on every traveller’s itinerary.

If you have a curious mind, drop by the Silk Farm near Lady’s Seat to understand and watch the making of silk right from scratch!

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7. Chikmagalur

Surrounded by sprawling coffee plantations and breathtaking view of the valley, Chikamagalur is an important economic and trade hub of Karnataka. But that is not all to it.

The town has several nature parks, wildlife sanctuaries, hill retreats and adventure sports sites.

Enjoying rafting in the wild waters of Bhadra River as the lush green Western Ghats cast shadow on you.

If you seek solace, drive to Mullayanagiri. Known for its peaceful ambience, the peak is nestled between Nilgiri Hills and the Himalayas. The area is popular among trekkers owing to its rugged rocky terrain.

Do include the caves in Inam Dattatreya Peetha and Bharath Wildlife Sanctuary in your travel itinerary. 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.

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8. Ooty

Ooty- One of the Best Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

Verdant hills, panoramic views and vast tea estates justify why Ooty earned the moniker of ‘Queen of Hills’. Driving through the town lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of lush pasture will pleasantly greet you.

With several key attractions to explore, plan your schedule to include most of them in your itinerary.

Go for a joyful toy train ride through dark tunnels and misty deep forests to discover the pristine treasure of the Nilgiri Hills. Take a stroll through the well maintained terraced gardens at Ooty Botanical Park. Several diverse varieties of flowers and trees are found in abundance here. A sole 20-million years old fossilized tree is a popular attraction of the gardens.

Capture the scenic beauty of Ooty with your lens at the Doddabetta Peak. Enjoy a trek to the Dolphin’s Nose to catch the breathtaking view of the Catherine falls and the confluence of Coonoor stream and Kotagiri stream. Gather your picnic baskets to spend a great time with your folks near Kamraj Sagar Lake. Ensconced between woodlands, the spot is great for a sweet picnic and also fishing.

Your trip to Ooty is incomplete without tasting its special white chocolate!

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9. Wayanad (278 km)


Located gorgeously over the Western Ghats, this rural paradise welcomes weekenders, adventure seekers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Expect to be mesmerized by the beautiful nature trails, cascading waterfalls, aromatic acres of coffee plantations, green rice fields, and abundant natural reserves. Apart from soaking in the natural grandeur, you can go for trekking in one of the many trails or visit a coffee plantation to taste freshly brewed coffee or take a wildlife tour to spot some elephants.

How to reach: Take an overnight train journey or hire a private car from Bangalore to reach Wayanad

Places to visit: Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Karappuzha Dam

10. Kanchipuram (278 km)

Regarded as one of the most loved religious spots in Southern India, Kanchipuram is thronged by devotees from every part of the country. They come here to seek divine blessings at the many Shaiva and Vaishnava temples. One can trace the existence of these Hindu temples till the 2nd-century. Apart from the religious significance, another reason why tourists visit this weekend getaways near Bangalore is for the famous hand-woven Kanchipuram silk sarees.

How to reach: You can either take the direct bus service or embark on the daily trains that ply between Bangalore and Kanchipuram

Places to visit: Kanchi Kudil, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Kamakshi Amman Temple, and Ekambareshwara Temple

11. Devanahalli Fort (37 km)

Devanahalli Fort
Devanahalli Fort

This historical mud fort was first built by Malla Byre Gowda of Avathi in 1501, which was later re-constructed by Hyder Ali in the late 18th-century. It is one of the popular weekend getaways from Bangalore, and day-trippers and history buffs come here in large numbers to explore this architectural marvel. In the 20 acres of this grand fort, you will find the chief residence of both Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan and lots of temples.

How to reach: Travel on NH-7 towards Hyderabad to reach the outskirts of Devanahalli

Places to visit: Raghabendraswamy Math, and Venugopalaswamy Temple, Siddheswar Swamy Temple

12. Ramanagaram (48 km)

The cult Bollywood movie Sholay is the reason why this small town rose to fame. Flanked by rocky hills this destination is not just for movie buffs but adventure seekers looking to try their hands on camping, caving, trekking, and rappelling, among others. Ramadevarabetta is the most popular hillock in this area where if you are lucky you can spot some an endangered bird species – Long Billed Vultures.

How to reach: There are regular buses that operate between Ramnagaram and Bangalore. Driving is also a good option.

Places to visit: Ramdevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary, Janapada Loka, Sholay Hills, and Kanva Reservoir

13. Makalidurga (58 km)


Makalidurga is a small village that is primarily known to for the fort built by Vijayanagara Kings. You can spot remnants of this fort, which is perched atop a hill from where you can get a birds-eye view of the surroundings. Rappelling, night trekking, and rock climbing are the main activities one can enjoy at this place.

How to reach: The best way to reach is by the daily train from Bangalore.

Places to visit: Makalidurga Fort and Shiva Temple

14. Nandi Hills (62 km)

Located at an altitude of 4,700 feet above sea level, Nandi Hills is a sought after destination for its mesmerizing views of the sunrise. Also called as Nandidurg, it is one of the most stirring weekend getaways near Bangalore, where you can admire the beguiling natural landscapes and significant historical monuments and shrines. Some activities that you can undertake here are cycling, paragliding, and nature walks.

How to reach: Regular buses are also available from Bangalore

Places to visit: Tipu’s Drop, Tipu’s Summer Residence, Amrita Sarovar, Brahmashram, Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple

15. Kanakapura (64 km)

With beautiful mountains engulfing the serene Hosadoddi Lake, this quaint destination is richly bestowed with landscapes that are perfect for an adventurous escapade. One can spot a wide variety of blooming flowers and lush green trees and animals like wild boars, wild dogs, and spotted deer. Trekking, picnics, and safaris are some things to do in this beautiful place.

How to reach: Regular private and public buses are available from Bangalore at regular intervals. You can also rent taxis or take your own car.

Places to visit: Mekedatu, Chunchi Falls, and Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

16. Gandikota (283 km)


Located gracefully at the banks of the Penna River, this place is often referred to as the ‘Arizona of India’, owing to the presence of the magnificent hidden canyon, which bears a stark resemblance to the actual Grand Canyon. Another attraction is the majestic Gandikota Fort that sits atop the beautiful gorge that lends the place an unparalleled mystical charm. Unwind in this weekend getaways near Bangalore by relaxing amidst the untarnished beauty of nature.

How to reach: You can take a direct train from Bangalore.

Places to visit: Gandikota Fort, Belum Caves, and Rayalacheruvu Lake

17. Masinagudi (244 km)

This weekend getaway near Bangalore situated at the foothills of Nilgiri Mountains is popular with tourists due its rich wildlife and biodiversity.  For this very reason going on a wildlife safari to spot the exotic and rare wildlife is the most sought after activity. The many forest resorts present offer packages for wildlife safaris as well.

How to reach: Regular buses and private taxis are also available from Bangalore or you can embark on day trains that ply from Bangalore

Places to visit: Maravakandy Dam and Theppakadu Elephant Camp

18. Mudumalai National Park (245 km)

Mudumalai National Park
Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai National Park is South India’s first national park that was established in 1940. Here you can spot 15 types of cat species along with other mammals and bird species, making it a treat for the wildlife lovers and photography buffs. To make the most of your trip, you can book a guided jungle safari that will allow you to view the wildlife in their natural habitat.

How to reach: Hire a private car or book a seat on one of the state-run buses to reach Mudumalai from Bangalore.

Places to visit: Mudumalai National Park

19. Shimoga (302 km)


This amazing place in Karnataka offers to the tourists stunning vistas of natural beauty. Its rich topography, culture, pleasant weather, and amicable locals welcome the tourists with open hands round the year. This small village is one of the promising weekend getaways from Bangalore and provides a respite from the daily monotonous city life. The presence of many water bodies makes this a destination for water sports like river rafting, boating or kayaking.

How to reach: You can hire a private taxi or travel by train from Bangalore.

Places to visit: Nagara Fort, Shivgange Falls, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Jog Falls, Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary

20. Savandurga Hills (49 km)

Situated 1226 metres above sea level, Savandurga Hills offers a promising weekend getaway from Bangalore. The hills are touted as one of Asia’s largest single rock formations, which provides an unparalleled rock climbing experience to the adrenaline junkies. Apart from rock climbers and nature enthusiasts, the hills are also visited by pilgrims who come to visit the temples of Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy.

How to reach: Take a bus to Magadi from Bangalore or hire a direct taxi to the Savandurga Hills.

Places to visit: Savandurga Hills, Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy, Narasimha Swamy

21. Kudremukh (332 km)


Known among locals for its splendid view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, the hill station of Kudremukh is famous for its unending scenic beauty. With its rolling meadows and swaying grasslands, this place boasts of being a rich biodiversity hotspot. Still untouched by commercialization, Kudremukh retains much of its ecological grandeur and is an enchanting place to visit. Perched at a height of 1,894 metres above sea level, the majestic Kudremukh Peak is a treat for trekkers, photographers, and nature lovers and is one of the offbeat weekend getaways near Bangalore.

How to reach: It is well connected by road with KSRTC buses plying regularly from Bangalore.

Places to visit: Janta Market, Kadambi Falls, Kudremukh Peak Trek, Hanuman Gundi Falls, and Kudremukh National Park

22. Sakleshpur (222 km)

Counted as one of the prime places to visit near Bangalore, Sakleshpur is a hill station that is famous for its rich biodiversity, spices, and coffee plantations. Enjoy the mesmerizing picturesque view of the slopping terrains and natural habitats the place has to offer along with a trek to the lofty Ombattu Gudda Peak, which is regarded as the highest peak in the Western Ghats range. A prominent feature of this hill is the nine continuous humps that are always covered in fog and mist.

How to reach: Sakleshpur is well connected to Bangalore via regular buses.

Places to visit: Jenukallu Gudda, Sakleshwara Swamy Temple, and Manjarabad Fort

23. Tadiandamol (268 km)

The winsome and scenic landscape of Tadiandamol in Coorg lures travellers from nearby cities. Considered as Coorg’s highest peak, it is surrounded by the Shola forests. Trekking to this peak is the most popular activity that tourists undertake. Once atop, you are presented with 360-degree views of the stunning forests and coffee plantations.

How to reach: The most economical way of travelling is by taking the daily plying direct local buses from Bangalore to Tadiandamol.

Places to visit: Tadiandamol Peak

24. Shravanabelagola (144 km)

This religious hamlet is thronged by spiritual seekers as well as leisure travellers from Bangalore. It is situated 3,350 feet above sea level, which ensures that the weather here remains pleasant most of the year. Shravanabelagola serves as an important pilgrimage site for the Jain community, who visit here to seek blessings of their gurus who reside here in the Mutts. The imposing statue of Lord Gomateshwara, which is the largest stone monolith in the world is situated atop a hill and can be seen from a distance. 700 steps need to be climbed to reach the top from where one can get panoramic views of the smaller hills and neighbouring valleys.

How to reach: There is no direct transport to Shravanabelagola. The best way is to hire a taxi directly to the destination or take the train to Pandavapura from where you can hire a cab.

Places to visit: Gomateshwara Temple, Chamundaraya Basadi, and Odegal Basadi

25. Biligiri Ranga Hills (171 km)

Biligiri Ranga Hills
Biligiri Ranga Hills

This beautiful hill range is located at a spot where the Eastern and Western Ghats converge, resulting in a diverse and rich ecosystem. The white hilltop houses a temple dedicated to the deity Biligiri Ranga, which gives the hill its name. The BRT Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place for nature lovers. Here you may be able to spot wildlife like gaurs, chital, leopards, wild dogs, and elephants. The place also provides ample opportunities for adventure sports like trekking, angling, rafting, fishing, and coracle boating.

How to reach: The best way to travel to BR Hills is via road as the place does not have its own train station.

Places to visit: Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, and Dodda Sampige Mara

26. Hassan (183 km)

The city of Hassan derives its name from its presiding deity Hassanamba, which in the Kannada language means ‘Smiling Mother’. This district in Karnataka served as the capital city during the reign of the Hoysala rulers, who also constructed the city. Hassan boasts of some renowned temple architecture and ancient monuments, that reflect the rich history and stories of the Hoysala architecture of 12th-century.

How to reach: It is well connected by road with regular buses and taxis. You can also embark on day trains that ply between Bangalore and Hassan.

Places to visit: Bisile Ghat, Hasanamba Temple, Gorur Dam, and Kedareswara Temple

27. Yelagiri (160 km)


With picturesque destinations, pleasant weather, beautiful parks and farms, misty mountains, pristine landscapes, and several sightseeing places, Yelagiri Hill ensures one of the best weekend getaways from Bangalore for backpackers. The rose and orchid gardens of Yelagiri present a sight to behold and etch an unforgettable memory on the visitors’ mind. Get your adrenaline thumping, as you enjoy a bunch of adventure sports like paragliding, rock climbing, trekking, and boating. The locals here are mostly engaged in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry activities and it’s interesting to observe their unique customs and habits.

How to reach: It is well connected by road with regular buses plying from Bangalore. The nearest railway station is Jolarpettai.

Places to visit: Punganoor Lake Park, Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Telescope Observatory, and Swamimalai Hills

28. Kunti Betta (123 km)

Add a new dimension to your next holiday, by visiting this astounding marvel known for night trekking and a host of other thrilling nature-bound activates. Kunti Betta is recognized by two rocky hills and the beautiful Pandavapura Lake. Located in Pandavapura, this town provides a glimpse of the short stay of Pandavas in this region and their mother Kunti, who developed a liking towards the hillocks. Besides trekking, rappelling and rock climbing are other adventurous things to do here.

How to reach: You can hire a private taxi or take your own car.

Places to visit: Kunti Betta Hills

So, what are you waiting for? Leave all your worries behind and head out for an exciting weekend near Bangalore.

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About Garusha Katoch

A journalist by education, a writer by passion and a film buff by night. When I am not offering an insight into the many treasure troves of your favorite travel destinations, I like to get my dose of Truffaut and Resnais. You can catch me in quaint cafes finishing my latest book or transforming every thing that happens in a moment into ink.