Weekend getaways from Bangalore
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Cosmopolitan Bengaluru is the number one city in the Indian deep south, blessed with a benevolent climate and a burgeoning drinking, dining and shopping scene. It’s not necessarily a place you come to be wowed by world-class sights but instead to experience the new modern face of India. In 2012, Bengaluru was declared 'The most livable city in India'. Lined with long stretches of trees and parks, famous heritage buildings, busy markets and newly constructed buildings, Bengaluru seems to have a bit of everything for everyone.
Munnar is a breathtakingly beautiful haven of peace and tranquility and is a idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, excellent picnic spot and trekking point - yes! This beautiful destination has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit and would wish never to leave. Munnar got its name from its strategic location at the confluence of three rivers – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala Rivers. 'Moonu' means 'three' and 'Aru' means 'river'. Munnar is such a beautiful place in Kerala, which cannot be portrayed in a single canvas. Everything and anything here will make you excited.
Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India located near Hospet town in the Karnataka state. Hampi is charismatic even in its ruined state, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are 500+ monuments. The main travellers’ ghetto has traditionally been Hampi Bazaar, a village crammed with budget lodges, shops and restaurants, and towered over by the majestic Virupaksha Temple.
Puducherry, commonly known as Pondicherry, is one of the union territories of India, offering magnificent French flavors. The city boasts of tremendous scenic beauty, portrayed by mesmerizing and impressive beaches. The territory was a French colony in early times and was renamed from Pondicherry to Puducherry in 2006, which is a Tamil word meaning "New Village". It constitutes of four tiny unconnected districts.
Coorg is one of the most affluent hill stations in Karnataka. With its natural splendor and exotic scenic environment. Nestled among the lush greeneries of the Western Ghats, Coorg offers unequal luxurious vacation period to its guests. Coorg is praised as the 'Scotland of India' and also renowned as 'Kashmir of the South' due to the majestic beauty and cool ambience of the hill station at an altitude in the range of 3500 ft above sea level.
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.
Udhagamandalam, sometimes abbreviated Udhagai and better known as Ooty, is a town, a municipality, and the district capital of the Nilgiris district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located 80 km north of Coimbatore.
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.
Kodaikanal is a hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. At 2,000 meters above sea level, it has a cooler climate than the plains below and is a popular holiday destination. The town centers around star-shaped, man-made Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest.
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.
Coonoor is a Taluk in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. It is an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris. It is also famous for its tea plantations and golf courses
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and are a fascinate the visitors. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at the Taj Garden Retreat, a sprawling old bungalow-turned-resort. Waterscapes, the backwater resort of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has independent cottages built on stilts, set amidst coconut groves and panoramic view of the backwaters.
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.
#18Nandi Hills -
Nandi Hills offers a surprise of breathtaking scenic beauty and excellent climatic condition. It has been a favourite picnic place for young enthusiasts on a weekend. The pleasant climate appeals to the old and the young alike. Lovers and honeymooners, in search of a quiet, beautiful place, and families on economised budget prefer Nandi Hills. Historians can find a wealth of information and the spiritual minded, peace and tranquility. Nandi Hills is a mere 60 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Nandi is also commonly called Nandidurga (Fort) because of the fort built here by the ruler Tipu Sultan. It is also perhaps called Nandi Hills because the hill resembles a sleeping bull (Nandi).
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.
Peermade is a small and pleasant hill station in the state of Kerala. The landscape of Peermade includes spectacular waterfalls, open grasslands and pine forests. Green mountains in Peermade is an ideal haven for anyone who wish to spend their holidays in tranquility. Peermade owes its name to the legendary Sufi saint Peer Muhammad. There definitely could be no more apt name for this serene town, a mere visit to which will evoke inner peace in you. A quite place tucked away from usual hustle bustle, the place is an invitation-incarnate, giving time to introspect, retrospect and explore the place and in the process- self. There are not many destinations as such but the natural beauty found here could give competition to the surrounding places. This sleepy hill paradise is equally famous for the trekking and other adventure expedition it hosts. It is not just conventional adventure sports like mountaineering, cycling and trekking that takes place here, but Peermade also has facilities for paragliding too.