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Awesome Places to Visit Near Bangalore

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Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, is a major technological hub in India, and well-known for beautifully planned parks and impressive architectures. Situated at over an elevation of 900 meters, it boasts of a number of beautiful locations in its vicinity, which can be visited over the weekends. There are a number of tourist attractions near Bangalore that play a major role in enhancing the tourism buzz around the city.

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11 Best Places to Visit Near Bangalore For Weekend Getaways:

  1. Mysore
  2. Coorg
  3. Coonoor
  4. Munnar
  5. Goa
  6. Kodaikanal
  7. Hampi
  8. Pondicherry / Puducherry
  9. Mahabalipuram
  10. Ooty
  11. Chennai

1. Mysore

Mysore - places to visit near bangalore

Mysore, the 3rd largest city of Karnataka is one of the most beautiful heritage tourist destinations close to Bangalore. It is situated at the foothills of the renowned Chamundi Hills. Extravagant Dussehra celebrations are what the place is famous for. Mysore features heritage that is almost 600 years old.

Popular Attractions – Visit Mysore to explore – Mysore Palace, Railway Museum, Chamundi Hills, Government Sandalwood Oil Factory, Karanji Lake, St Philomena’s Church, Lalitha Mahal, GRS Fantasy Park, and Mysore Zoo.

What to Shop for – A rich sweet dish called Mysore Pak, a traditional silk turban called Mysore Peta, silk sarees, and Mysore paintings.

Best time to visit – January, February, March, October, November, and December see pleasant weather.

Distance from Bangalore – Mysore is 143 km away, and it might take around 2 hours and 50 minutes to reach the destination by bus. So, it is the perfect one day trip.

2. Coorg

Coorg - places to visit near bangalore

Coorg is a picturesque hill station that is blessed with lush greenery, pleasant climate, pleasing scenic beauty etc. It is also popularly known as the ‘Scotland of India’ where one can enjoy a memorable vacation with family and friends. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, one can unwind here on the weekends in the most ideal surroundings. It features a number of amazing trekking locations which attracts numerous trekking enthusiasts. It is most beautiful during the monsoons.

Popular Attractions – Abbey Falls, Talacauvery, Raja’s Seat, Golden Temple, Iruppu Falls, Madikeri Fort, and Mandalpatti are the hotspots.

What to Shop for – Various fresh spices and rich blends of coffee

Best time to visit – January, February, March, April, May, October, November, and December are pleasing.

Distance from Bangalore – Coorg is at a distance of 276 km from Bangalore, and it might take around 4 hours and 50 minutes to reach the destination. Coorg trip can be a one day trip if you start quite early.

3. Coonoor

Coonoor - places to visit near bangalore

It is situated in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most popular hill stations nestled in the famous Nilgiri Hills. It is a renowned tourist destination due to its lush greenery and breathtaking surroundings. Situated at a distance of around 19 km from here is another beautiful tourist spot named Ooty. One can head to Coonoor for a peaceful weekend getaway with family and friends.

Popular Attractions – Major tourist attractions at Coonoor include Sim’s Park, Dolphin’s Nose, Lamb’s Rock, Law’s Falls, Droog Fort, Catherine Falls, and Wellington.

What to Shop for – Tea and south cotton fabrics

Best time to visit – January, February, and December are the best months

Distance from Bangalore – Conoor is 285 km away, and takes around 6 hours to reach.

4. Munnar

Munnar - places to visit near bangalore

Nestled at an altitude of around 16 meters above sea level, Munnar is one of the best places to visit in the state of Kerala. One can enjoy a refreshing vacation amidst peaceful and beautiful surroundings. It is one of those destinations that are popular since the days of the British Raj. Munnar is positioned in Devikulam Taluk on the beautiful Kannan Devan Hills. It features a wide range of flora and fauna. Some of the major attractions of the place include lush green surroundings, meandering streams, peaceful ambiance, pleasant climate etc.

Popular Attractions – TATA Tea Museum, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Kundala Lake, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Attukad Waterfalls, Top Station, Mattupetty Dam etc.

What to Shop for – Tea, coffee, spices, and homemade chocolates.

Best time to visit – Major tourism season in Munnar starts from January, February, March, September, October, November, and stays till December.

Distance from Bangalore – Munnar is at 469 km, and usually takes around 8 hours and 20 minutes to reach.

5. Goa

Goa - places to visit near bangalore

Goa, also known as the beach state, is a top tourist destination of India. The lifestyle of the place is influenced by the renowned and ancient colonial lifestyle. The serene beaches, the buzzing parties, and the various water activities that the place features attract a major number of tourists. This is also one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations. One can also try his/her luck in the various casinos that Goa features.

Popular Attractions – Fort Aguada, Pandava Caves and Arvalem Waterfall, Mangeshi Temple, Deltin Royale Casino, Dudhsagar Falls, Chapora Fort, Ashwem & Arossim Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Naval Aviation Museum, Mollem National Park, Tito’s, Fontainhas, Reis Magos Fort, and Arpora Night Market

What to Shop for – Cashew nuts, Coconut craft, Goan Feni, Goan hats etc.

Best time to visit – Major tourism season in Goa starts from January, February, March, April, October, November, and stays till December

Distance from Bangalore – Goa is at 567 km, and might take around 9 hours and 40 minutes to reach.

6. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal - places to visit near bangalore

Kodaikanal is situated at an altitude of seven thousand two hundred feet above sea level. It is a beautiful hilly town ideal for a weekend getaway to unwind. It is popularly known as the Princess of the Hill Stations and is conveniently nestled in the Western Ghats’ Palani Hills. The popular and rare flower species called Kurunji Flower blossoms here once in every twelve years. Kodaikanal boasts of a calm ambiance, beautiful locations, Kodaikanal’s pleasant climate throughout the year, and so on. The visitors can indulge in a number of sporting activities including boating, horse riding, trekking, cycling etc. Also, Kodaikanal houses various educational institutes that are popular worldwide.

Popular Attractions – Green Valley View, Bear Shola Falls, Kodai Lake, Berijam Lake, Devil’s Kitchen, Coakers Walk, Pillar Rocks, Thalaiyar Falls, Kodai-Palani Trek, Bryant Park, Silent Valley View, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, and Kurinji Temple.

What to Shop for –Kodai Cheese, Kodai chocolates, and spices.

Best time to visit – January, February, March, October, November, and December.

Distance from Bangalore – It is 464 km from Bangalore, and takes around 7 hours and 30 minutes to reach.

7. Hampi

Hampi - places to visit near bangalore

Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and among the best places to visit near Bangalore. It is a popular historical tourist destination of Southern India. Back in time, it was the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire. At present, it is one of the places that boast the ruins of the ancient palaces and forts. It is a destination of architectural delight that attracts tourists and visitors from all parts of the globe. It was constructed back in the fourteenth century by Harihara and Ukka. It is popular for its amazing palaces, holy temples, colossal forts, stables of royal elephants, large pavilions etc. It is also home to over five hundred monuments which feature an ancient story of its own.

Popular Attractions – Archaeological Museum, Hampi Bazaar, Royal Enclosure, Underground Temple, Monkey Temple (Hanuman Temple), Old Palace (Gagan Mahal), Riverside Ruins, Hemakuta Hill Temples, Vijaya Vittala Temple, Sasivekalu Ganesha, Queen’s Bath, Krishna Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Matanga Hill, and Daroji Bear Sanctuary.

What to Shop for – Stone artefacts, Lambani crafts, leather crafts, musical instruments, and banana fibre crafts.

Best time to visit – January, February, March, August, September, October, November, and December.

Distance from Bangalore – 341 km, and might take around 5 hours and 40 minutes to reach.

8. Pondicherry / Puducherry

Pondicherry - places to visit near bangalore

Pondicherry is one such peaceful travel spots that feature pristine beaches and colonial influence. It is one of the most fun-filled vacation destinations that take people away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The places offer various attractions that amaze the visitors. Pondicherry boasts a perfect mingling of culture, history, and architecture. While traveling from Bangalore, the place can be easily reached using the roadways.

Popular Attractions – Paradise Beach, Auroville, Serenity Beach, Raj Niwas, Park Monument (Aayi Mandapam), Pondicherry Beach, French War Memorial, Rock Beach, Chunnambar Boathouse, Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Old Lighthouse, and Ousteri Lake. The Pondicherry Botanical Garden, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Pondicherry Museum, Promenade, Bharati Government Park, Statue of Dupleix, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, Immaculate Conception Cathedral etc. are also other hotspots.

What to Shop for – Homemade art pieces, souvenirs

Best time to visit PondicherryJanuary, February, October, November, and December.

Distance from Bangalore – At 309 km, it might take around 4 hours and 40 minutes to reach the destination.

9. Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram - places to visit near bangalore

Mahabalipuram was founded between the seventh and tenth century by the Pallava Dynasty rulers. It was established as a seaport and is one of the best places to explore. Popular for its rich heritage, Mahabalipuram is known for its beaches and temples. It is a city that boasts of a variety of temples as tourist spots, the most popular one being the famous rock-cut temples. This beautiful place is popular not just for its rich and unique architecture but also for its peaceful beaches. The tourists can also indulge in several leisure activities while visiting the beaches of Mahabalipuram.

Popular Attractions – Major attractions in Mahabalipuram include Shore Temple, Alamparai Fort, Mahabalipuram beach, Covelong Beach, Sadras, Five Rathas, Tiger Caves, Arjuna’s Penance, Descent of the Ganges, Crocodile Bank, Varaha Cave Temple, Indian Seashell Museum, Krishna’s Butter Ball, Krishna Cave Temple, Ganesh Ratha Temple, Trimurti Cave, Sculpture Museum, Wide Beach etc.

What to Shop for – Stone sculptures and seashell items

Best time to visit – January, February, March, October, November, and December.

Distance from Bangalore – At 345 km, it might take around 5 hours and 30 minutes to reach the destination.

10. Ooty

Ooty - places to visit near bangalore

Ooty is also popularly known as the queen of hill stations. It is one of the most popular hill stations located close to Bangalore that can be visited over the weekends. It showcases the unspoiled beauty of nature that attracts a number of visitors each year. The toy train ride of Ooty is a must activity to be tried as it brings back the ancient world’s charm. The ride also offers amazing views of the beautiful natural surroundings. The ideal way to reach Ooty via Bangalore is via the roadways.

Popular Attractions – Most famous tourist places in Ooty include Ooty Lake & Boat Club, Botanical Gardens, Dodabetta Peak, Pykara Falls, Wenlock Downs, Emerald Lake, Pykara Dam & Reservoir, Sandynalla Reservoir & Pine Forest, Avalanche Lake / Sanctuary, Rose Garden, Wax World Museum, Raj Bhawan, Adam’s Fountain, Ketti Valley Viewpoint, Kalhatty Falls, and Kotagiri

What to Shop for – Tea

Best time to visit – April, May, June, September, October, and November

Distance from Bangalore – At 270 km, it might take around 6 hours to reach the destination.

11. Chennai

Chennai - places to visit near bangalore

Chennai is the cultural capital city of India. It is renowned for the deep rooted traditions and the rich cultural heritage that is evident in its temples and churches. Situated on the Bay of Bengal’s Coromandel Coast, Chennai is one of the major educational, commercial, and cultural destinations of Southern India. This city is a unique blend of contemporary luxury and old world charm. The city is an ideal one that features beautiful beaches, art venues, cultural destinations, landmark structures etc.

Popular Attractions – Chennai is a home of major tourist places like Marina Beach, Breezy Beach, Chennai Rail Museum, VadapalaniAndavar Temple, Birla Planetarium, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chepauk Palace, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Fort St. George, and San Thome Basilica. Other attractions are National Art Gallery, VGP Golden Beach, Parthasarathy Temple, Besant Nagar Beach, Madras Museum, Chettinad Palace, KalikambalTemple, AnnaiVailankanni Shrine, St. Thomas Shrine, Palatial House, Victory War Memorial, Anna Memorial, Victoria Public Hall, MGR Memorial, St. Andrew’s Church etc.

What to Shop for – Pure mulberry silk, Pandian bangles etc.

Best time to visit – January, February, October, and November, December.

Distance from Bangalore – 345 km, and it might take around 5 hours and 15 minutes to reach the destination.

So, now you surely have a clear idea about which places to visit near Bangalore are worth exploring. Based on your convenience, budget and interest, there are many hotspots to choose from as well.

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