Weekend getaways from Bangalore
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Bangalore or popularly reckoned as Cosmopolitan Bengaluru is one of India's most progressive and developed cities, blessed with a benevolent climate. Having evolved gradually from being the Garden City to the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is the third largest and one of the most livable cities in India. The city reflects a blend of old and new - some parts with historical monuments are still kept intact, and in others, you can see the high-rise corporate complexes. Bengaluru seems to have a bit of everything for everyone, lined with long stretches of trees and parks, famous heritage buildings, busy markets and newly constructed buildings. Bangalore or Bengaluru seems to have something for everyone.
The most sought after tourist destination in South India is the mystic town of Munnar. The name comes from the confluence of the 3 rivers in the Western Ghats range. It is an exquisite hill station favoured by globe trotters due to its never ending tea plantations and cool climate. The picture perfect town in God's Own Country gives tranquility with its aromatic plantations and peaceful ambience. The sprawling natural resort has gushing falls, rolling hills and pristine valleys, with soothing greenery and picnic spots. It is a haven for shopaholics with rich spices and souvenirs. This blissful location has everything to keep you entertained.
Hampi is a village located in north Karnataka. Also a very famous temple town, Hampi as a whole is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The name 'Hampi' is derived from 'Pampa', the ancient name for Tungabhadra river. Obviously, the town is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Hampi is the abode of ancient temples, palace ruins and other structures. Every monument has a rich history behind it. The most significant temple is the Virupaksha temple, a beautifully and exquisitely carved temple, which was dedicated to the deity of the once-powerful Vijaynagar empire. The entire town of Hampi is enclosed by massive boulders of various sizes. This ancient site has attracted many tourists from across the globe to revel in its historic glory.
Search for the French flavours in India will take you to this beautiful city of Puducherry, locally known as Pondicherry. The old French territory holds the impact of colonisation with beautiful French architectures and delicious food. Pondicherry boasts of tremendous scenic beauty, portrayed by mesmerising and impressive beaches. The older part of Pondicherry is a intense contrast to the common South Indian culture and gives you different feel than the surrounding South Indian cities. This tiny French part of Pondicherry is crafted with small houses, hotels, cafes, street-side shops selling an alternate world of French to the Indians.
Popularly known as the ‘Scotland of India’, a quaint hill station tucked away in the mist topped hills of Western Ghats is Coorg. Also known as Kodagu, it lures tourists with its scenic charm and alluring atmosphere, giving a perfect chance to rewind and relax. The mystical hills, cool breeze and rich aroma of coffee and spices are sure to engulf your senses. It has rich cultural and historical heritage with imposing mountains and beautiful landscapes. It is the adventure capital of Karnataka offering exciting activities to keep you engaged. This bird watching paradise is a must visit for all nature buffs and the perfect relaxation getaway.
Mysore is soaked in rich colonial as well as royal history. The beautiful historical buildings and tree-lined boulevards lend the former capital of the state of Mysore a stunning appeal. For nature lovers, the hotspots would be the Brindavan Gardens, where you must witness the beautiful musical fountain show and the Karanji Lake where you can enjoy a round of boating. If you love shopping, you are sure to find many options in Mysore to please you. For starters, Mysore offers beautiful handicrafts made from sandalwood and rosewood. Sweet lovers are in for a real treat with the sinful Mysore Pak dripping with ghee waiting to be devoured.
Ooty, also called Udhagamandalam, is a small hill town located 80 km north of Coimbatore, at an altitude of 2240 meters above sea level. It is situated on Nilgiri Hills, it is the most popular hill station in South India with picturesque landscapes, babbling streams and tea plantations. The fir, pine and eucalyptus vegetation and the scenic beauty not only enchants you but also offers solitude. Being a weekend gateway since the colonial era, it is well connected by all kinds of transport. It has a subtropical highland climate which keeps the weather pleasant. The area is a blend of colonial charm and traditional culture with landscaped vistas, a true paradise on Earth.
Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the Tamil Nadu state. It's home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost. Religious sites include Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods, and St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church.
Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Wayanad was formed by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Wayanad has the highest number of tribals in Kerala, who have their own dance styles including famous fire dance. A major portion of the district is covered by coffee.
The history of the district is inevitably intertwined with the history of the city of Kozhikode. The district has a generally humid climate with a very hot season extending from March to May. The rainy season is during the South West Monsoon, which sets in the first week of June and extends up to September.
A charming hill station resting in nature's lap is Kodaikanal. The name translates to 'The Gift of the Forest'. The granite cliffs, valleys and amazing lake make the place a popular weekend getaway along with it being a famous honeymoon destination. It has panoramic landscape with the dense forests. Also known as the Princess of Hill Stations, the misty and chill weather and wooden forests will leave you in a state of tranquility. You can enjoy trekking, horse riding, boating in the artificial lake at the heart of the city or simply enjoy the romance in the air with your loved ones. This quaint hill resort needs to be ticked off every traveller's bucket list.
It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries : rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic, and constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture where in Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible. They are constituted by cave temples, monolithic rathas (chariots), sculpted reliefs and structural temples. The pillars are of the Dravidian order. The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art. They are located in the side of the cliffs near India's Bay of Bengal.
Sitting above the southern plains, smaller and quieter than other hill stations is Coonoor. It is the second largest hill station in NIlgiri Hills at 1930m. Coonoor is a blissful destination to get a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and falls. It is a dream come true location due to its colonial culture and amazing scenery. The rolling hills and plantations in Coonoor with dewdrops covered tea leaves ensures that you are left enchanted. Admiring the mist covered peaks and gushing falls with aromatic fragrances tingling your nose buds will leave your hair on edge. Coonoor is an ethereal haven of bliss will keep you engrossed in the flavours of fun and calm.
A popular tourist haven nestled in the Kerala waters is the serene village of Kumarakonam. Located amidst a bounty of coconut groves and scenic calm hues, the visitors will be fascinated by the blue hue lapping the houseboats. The cluster of little islands is an enchanting backwater resort. Laced with canals and houseboats, the vibrant countryside is an ornithologist's paradise with flocks of migratory birds. The experience of the ride in the kettuvallams translating to the houseboats, admiring the scenic backdrop will rob your heart. The radiant landscape, dancing palm trees and verdant boats gives you the quintessential vacation that you have been yearning for.
Presenting a potpourri of Tamil and Kerala culture in the beautiful state of Kerala is the versatile city of Palakkad. Also known as Palghat, the city presents a vast expanse of rolling green plains and a mind blowing scenic beauty, and popularly known as the granary of Kerala. Palakkad in Malayalam translates to the verdant and beautiful stretch of forests with the sweet scented flowers of the Pala tree. It is the getaway to Kerala with amazing views of valleys, hills, forests and streams with forts, sanctuaries and parks to entertain tourists. The stunning sights of Palakkad amidst the lush green backdrop should not be missed by any ardent traveller.
In Kannada, Kudremukha means ‘horse’s face’ and the place gets its name from a peak that resembles the face of a horse. There are dense forests around the town and wildlife spotting is popular, even though the forest cover makes it difficult to spot animals easily. You need to go deep in the jungle to catch a glimpse of the wildlife. The trekking trails through dense forests and tropical riverbeds with varying degrees of difficulty, attract those seeking an adrenaline rush. You can see rare orchids and enjoy the fresh mountain air as you explore the grassland.
From the town of Nenmara in Palakkad district, the cloud-caressed peaks of the majestic Nelliyampathy hill ranges are a sight to behold. The height of the hills ranges from 467 m to 1572 m. To reach Nelliyampathy, one has to take the road starting from Nenmara that proceeds to the Pothundy Dam. There are about 10 hairpin bends that have to be negotiated on the way to Nelliyampathy. The Pothundy Dam is a picturesque locale with facilities for boating and is a nice option as a picnic place. As the Ghat road winds its way up to Nelliyampathy, at certain places there are viewpoints from where the vast stretches of Palakkad district are visible with its extensive paddy fields forming a verdant carpet. It also offers a splendid view of the Palakkad Gap, which is a geographical phenomenon in the Western Ghats formation in this region, bringing into view, parts of the adjoining State of Tamil Nadu.
Vagamon is not just any other verdant spot. Of course, you can get grassy hills, velvet lawns and cool mountain air in many other places but not the Vagamon kind; not just this exciting blend of religious mysticism and European legacy. Like a lot of other beautiful things in life, Vagamon too has to be experienced, not read about or its stories merely listened to. What you've got to do is get yourself some means of transport, head straight for Idukki district and then on to Vagamon. Once there, try taking off your shoes, closing your eyes and just listening to Vagamon. And when you're through with the mystic getting to know session, you could take a trek across the chain of three hills - the Thangal hill, the Murugan hill and the Kurisumala, important for Muslims, Hindus and Christians respectively. And don't miss the nice, little dairy farm of the Kurisumala monks.
Yercaud is a hill station situated on the Shevaroys Hills of the Eastern Ghats, located in Salem District of Northern Tamil Nadu. The abundance of trees that happened to be near the lake made the locals to name this area as Yeri – Kaadu meaning Lake Forest. Later on, the name turned out to be Yercaud. It is popularly known as 'Jewel of the South'. Yercaud region, includes the predominantly short and rocky hills that welcomes all travellers with its cool climate & pleasant surroundings. Scenically, it is an enchanting hill station with trekking as the most enjoyable way to spend time along friends and family. The popular points of interest here are Yercaud Lake, Killiyur Falls, Pagoda Point, Bear's Cave etc.
#19Nandi Hills -
The delightful climatic conditions and breathtaking scenic beauty making Nandi Hills a favourite weekend getaway for young travellers. Nandi hills has lots of surprises for everyone, it offers quiet time to the lovers and honeymooners, cheerful and budget travel for families nd event the Historians can find a wealth of information and the spiritual minded, peace and tranquility. Being close to an metro city, merely 60 kilometers from Bangalore, Nandi hills is the loved destination for leisure travellers. Nandi is also commonly called Nandidurga (Fort) because of the fort built here by the ruler Tipu Sultan. It is also a hot spot for Paragliding that you cannot miss out if you are here.
Yelagiri Hill is one of the popular hill stations of Tamil Nadu. Situated amidst four mountains well known for its salubrious climate prevail throughout the year. Tribal people live in villages in these hills. If you travel the winding Ghat road that has 14 hairpin bends you can reach the Yelagiri hilltop. The hairpin bends offer panoramic, breathtaking views of the hills and its surroundings. The seventh bend is significant, since it offer the view of the slopes of the mountain and the green forests that carpet the hill. Yelagiri comprises 14 small villages. The tribal people who live here are engaged in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, etc. Their customs, habits, and the structure if their houses are very unique and attract tourists.
Places to visit near Bangalore
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