5 Must Visit Weekend Getaways Around Bangalore

January 7, 2015 5 Must Visit Weekend Getaways Around Bangalore @TheRoyaleIndia 914 0 0

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Our lives are not so perfect and weekend getaways are magical in giving us a break from the grind of mundane. Whether it is stepping out of Delhi to the snow-clad valleys of Chail, or driving down to Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai to enjoy the serenity, or perhaps exploring the sylvan suburbs of Bandipur away from hustle-bustle of Bangalore.

Deciding on a weekend getaway is exciting however equally challenging with a multitude of choices. You may want to consider a location which is within a preferred range of driving distance or offers an experience which best suits the mood. Bangalore fortunately is bordered by some fantastic destinations worth visiting. Let’s explore few such places:


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mysore palace @TheRoyaleIndia

Mysuru is a charming city at a distance of about 145 kms from Bangalore. If you have been in Bangalore for a while and still not been here, it is undoubtedly a perfect choice for your weekend. Culture rich palaces, spectacular gardens, vivid festivals are few of the features that make Mysore exclusive. Mysore Palace which is stunningly decorated by craftsmen is surely a treat to the spectators. You must also visit Chamundi Hills better known as “Nandi hills” for its breathtaking views and scenic beauty. Brindavan Gardens with its musical fountain and Shivanasamudra Waterfalls which is world famous should be paid a visit too, if you have time by your side.


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Bandipur National Park reserves a special place for its efforts towards Eco-conservation and is an exotic weekend place to get away from the tech clamor of Bangalore. It is well connected by road and you can comfortably reach there in approximately 4 hours.

Bandipur ropes in endangered species like Indian elephants, Indian rock pythons, sloth bears, gaurs, tigers, dholes, muggers, etc. The key attractions are tigers, leopards, Indian giant squirrels, sloth bears. Other bird species which are exhilarating to watch are Indian vultures, flowerpeckers and diverse variety of eagles. There are safaris which take you around the place in morning as well as evening and you could choose one based on your time preference.


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Church Pondicherry @TheRoyaleIndia

Another wise option to pick on when mercury soars in Bangalore is to escape to a more pleasant environment like Pondicherry. It is a spiritual drive for many while for others it’s the call from the beaches. It’s at a distance of 350 kilometers from Bangalore. The prominent attractions of this place are Promenade Beach, old Churches which were built around 18th century, Paradise Beach, Serenity Beach and Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, one of the wealthiest ashrams in India. If you have kids along, you could choose to visit Children’s Park & Dupleix Statue, 19th Century Light House, Governors Palace, Roman Rolland Library, French War Memorial, Legislative Assembly, and Pondicherry Museum. Another place worth driving to is Thirukaameeswarar Temple which is located about 10 km away from Pondicherry town and is admired as “Big temple”.


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Belur is a religious destination in Hassan district and is approximately 230 kilometers away from Bangalore. The prime attraction of Belur is the Chennakeshava temple complex where Chennakesava Temple is situated. The temple is centrally dedicated to Chennakeshava, which means ‘handsome Vishnu’ and is surrounded by a temple built by the Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana, called the Kappe Chennigraya temple. Other two shrines are used by devotees even today and there is a Pushkarni or stepped well to the right side of the main entrance. The temple is one of its sorts and is an example of Hoysala art. Belur was once capital of Hoysala Empire.


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ooty botanical gardens @TheRoyaleIndia

People not just from Bangalore but from far cities also fly across to this beautiful landscape in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which offers sprawling ecosphere and pine tree forests. You must have it on your wish list for sure if you haven’t yet been here. The approximate distance between Bangalore and Ooty is 260 kms. Ooty boasts about some great places to enjoy a fantastic picnic on the weekend, like Kamaraj Sagar Dam where many movies have been shot. The place also offers options of fishing. Other places in Ooty which have an eye-stealing view are Emerald Lake, Avalanche Lake, and Needle and frog hill point.

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