Weekend Getaways Near Bangalore
Bangalore in India has so many interesting and scenic destinations in vicinity. These weekend destinations are a perfect getaway for the enthusiastic travelers. So if you are in Bangalore or live nearby, explore these amazing places on the weekends:
Kudremukh is a small hill station in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. It is well-known for its picturesque view of the mountain which resembles a horse face and the beautiful Kadambi waterfalls.Kudremukh is Karnatka's second highest mountain peak after Mullayangiri. As per forest rules, trekking to the Kudremukh peak is permitted from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.
At an altitude of 1434 meters, Kemmangundi is a beautiful and picturesque hill station with breathtaking views of the valleys amidst mountain streams and lush vegetation. This hill station in Chikmagalur district has the tallest peak in Karnataka which is known as Mullayanagiri. The place is ideal for adventure seekers as it offers activities like camping, trekking, hiking and rock climbing. The main attractions of Kemmangundi are Raj Bhavan, Z point, Rock garden, Hebbe Falls, Kalhattagiri Falls, Baba Budan Hill and Bhadra Tiger Reserve.
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This scenic hill station is famous for its magnificent hills, beautiful landscapes and colorful scenery. Honnamana Kere is a popular holy place. Another place worth visiting is Malllalli Falls.
Madikeri is a small hill station in Karnatka which has the beautiful Abbey Falls. One can also visit the ruins of the Madikeri fort, Omkareshwara temple, Dubare Elephant Camp, St. Mark's Church, Raja Seat and Nisargadhama garden.
Located at a distance of 150 kms from Bangalore, this is an important holy place for Jains. It is famous for its temples, ancient structures and relics. The Gommateshwara Bahubali statue at Shravanabelagola is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of Jains.
Now in a ruined state, Hampi was the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site .It is about six hours drive from Bangalore. One can explore the ancient structures and architectural marvels. The Virupaksha temple at Hampi is the oldest shrine and the principal destination for tourists. Reliefs of Jain temples at Hampi includes Hemkut Jain temples, Ratnantraykut, Parsvanath Charan and Ganagitti Jain temples which were built during the fourteenth century.One can also visit the Tungabhadra Dam. You will need 3-4 days if you want to explore this ancient city to the fullest.
Shimoga has so many scenic mountains, dams, reservoirs, palaces, sanctuaries, temples, the 500 years old Ikkeri temple, the Varadhalli hillock and the renowned Jog Falls. Lush green paddy fields, arecanut and coconut groves make it a sight to behold.
This small town has ancient temples, mosques and museums. It is on the way from Bangalore to Ooty.
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Bandipur National Park
This is a great weekend getaway for wild life enthusiasts and photographers. It was established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger. It supports a good population of endangered and vulnerable species like Indian elephants, tigers, gaurs, sloth bears, four-horned antelopes, muggers, dholes, jackals and Indian rock pythons.
This popular hill station nestled in the Nilgiris is famous for its peaks, beautiful gardens, lakes and waterfalls. Known as "Queen of Hill Stations", Ooty is blessed with lush green forests, scenic landscape, pristine lakes and beautiful tourist attractions. Various popular tourist attractions in Ooty are the Rose Garden, Botanical Garden, Ooty lake, tea gardens and coffee plantations, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Pykara fall and mini garden etc.
Kabini River Cabin
It’s a great place for a laid-back holiday where you have the options of boating on the Kauvery river to experiencing the rich flora & fauna at the Kabini and Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuaries. It beckons with the promise of elephants, gaur, deer and tiger.You can also visit the Kabini dam and experience the Elephant Safari. Situated in the heart of elephant country, it echoes with the call of the wild.
Located in Karnataka,, this small beach town offers diving facilities and is famous for the ancient fort of Murudeshwara and the Murudeshwara temple which is surrounded on three sides by the Arabian Sea. This magnificent shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple boasts of the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. The sheer magnanimity of the statue fills one with a sense of awe.
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Jog falls (Shimoga, Karnataka)
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