If you’ve just about had it with your monotonous routine of all work and no play, it’s time to change that and make a much-needed getaway. To help you zero in on a destination, here are 5 weekend breaks from Bangalore to consider.
Mysore | Distance from Bangalore: 151 kilometers by road
Mysore has all the trappings for a great weekend break from Bangalore. Deep-rooted in history and heritage, the Mysore Palace is undoubtedly the biggest draw here. Part of the palace remains the primary residence of the Woodeyars, the royal family of Mysore. Several areas of the palace are open to the public where visitors can admire its distinct Indo-Saracenic architecture and ornate interiors that boast of mosaic frescos encrusted with ivory and precious stonework, grand crystal chandeliers and a fine collection of artefacts. Chamundeshwari Temple and Brindavan Gardens are the other attractions in Mysore that definitely warrant a visit.
Yercaud | Distance from Bangalore: 225 kilometers by road
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city is a melting pot of cultures. Tourism is a big part of the city’s DNA especially given that it has all the necessary Fondly called the ‘jewel of the South’, Yercaud stands at an altitude of 1,515 metres above sea level in Eastern Ghats in Tamil Nadu. This charming hill station gets its name from the forests surrounding the lake here, which is the heart and soul of Yercaud. Where there’s water, you can expect to enjoy boating and other lakeside activities like picnicking and watching the rhythmic floating fountain in the middle of the lake. The forests of Yercaud have several trekking trails, waterfalls and vantage points for panoramic views of the delightful scenic beauty all around.
Coorg | Distance from Bangalore: 230 kilometers by road
You know you’re in Coorg when the sweet wafting aromas of coffee and cardamom fill the air. The ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg is an inviting hill station at a height of 1,170 metres above sea level in Karnataka. With nature’s best on offer, the undulating hills are speckled with cascading waterfalls like Abbey Falls and Iruppu Falls amidst the shades of green that envelope the stunning landscape. For spectacular views, head to Raja’s Seat and for some spiritual awakening, the Omkareshwara Temple welcomes everyone.
Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary | Distance from Bangalore: 232 kilometers
In the picturesque Nilgiri Hills bordering the states of Kerala and Karnataka, Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a declared tiger reserve spanning more than 320 square kilometers. The forests are home to several big cats including tigers, panthers and leopards along with other prolific wildlife like Indian elephants, golden jackals, sloth bears and gray langurs. You’re also likely to spot varied species of avifauna like crested goshawks and Malabar grey hornbills. For a wild weekend break from Bangalore, head to Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Wayanad | Distance from Bangalore: 260 kilometers by road
A gem in Kerala, Wayanad is renowned for the spice and coffee plantations that are abounding in the region. Picturesque and private, the hill station makes for a great weekend getaway from Bangalore for those seeking serenity in scenery. Along with the panoramic vistas surrounding you, Wayanad is known for its Ayurveda retreats where ancient wellness treatments will relax and rejuvenate every tired bone and frayed nerve in your body. For a soothing break from the chaos of city life, it doesn’t get any better than being in Wayanad.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.