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.
8 Best Weekend Getaways From Bangalore Within 300 kms
- Bheemeshwari (95 km Away )
- Lepakshi (120 km Away)
- Shivanasamudra Falls (140 km Away)
- Mysore (160 km Away)
- Kabini (170 km Away)
- Yercaud (190 km Away)
- Chikmagalur (240 km Away)
- Ooty (252 km Away)
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.
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.
3. Shivanasamudra Falls
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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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!
So, what are you waiting for? Leave all your worries behind and head out for an exciting weekend near Bangalore.
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