Looking for a relaxing weekend, away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Want to rejuvenate but can’t afford more than a couple of days? There are quite a few locations around Bangalore that can be enjoyed over the weekend which will take add just the zing required to your humdrum life. Get away from the concrete jungle and relax in a real jungle at any of those forest reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air in Ooty or Kodaikanal or Nandi Hills. Get a taste of locally grown coffee or spices in Chikmagalore or just revel in the local culture in Mysore. There’s everything for everyone in Karnataka, just a few hour’s drives from Bangalore!

Coorg is paradise! Set among pristine hills, this enchanting hill station is ideal for a weekend getaway. Aptly named the Scotland of India, Coorg has everything to help you relax or rejuvenate or have fun. Coorg is a 6-hour drive from Bangalore and you can reach there either via Mysore or via Bidadi. You can also catch a train or a flight to either Mysore or Mangalore and then take a car to Coorg.c

Places to Visit: the most famous sightseeing point in Coorg is the Abbey Falls. About 10 kilometres (about 7 miles) from Madikeri, these stunning falls are located amidst coffee plantations and cardamom estates. Various small streams come together to fall almost 70 feet into the mighty Kaveri river. A hanging bridge has been built across the gorge which can be crossed to reach a Kali Mata temple on the other side. The best time to visit these falls is during the monsoon.

The Dubare Elephant Camp in the Dubare Reserve Forest is home to several elephants that have been taken in after the Karnataka government decided to stop wood cutting and logging. You can watch the elephants bathing in the river, feed them and even have a ride on them. A ride into the forest reserve will give you a view of even more animals such as the gaur, the wild dog, partridges, sloth bears, and leopards. Located about 30 kilometres (23-25 miles) from Madikeri, the Dubare Reserve Forest has other activities such as trekking, fishing, bird watching, and river rafting.

The Namdroling Monastery or the Golden Temple is about 34 kilometres from Madikeri. It is the second largest Tibetan settlement in India after Dharamshala and is the largest teaching centre of Nyingmapa. The temple is decorated with colourful paintings of gods and demons, beautiful motifs, intricate designs on the walls, landscaped gardens, and a 40-feet high statue of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Shakyamuni and Amitayus.

The Mallali Waterfalls is one of the tallest waterfalls in South India. Surrounded by green hills, forests and valleys, these majestic falls are about 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Somwarpet town at the foothills of Pushpagiri hills.

The Raja’s Seat is an elevated platform from where the kings of yore loved to watch the sunset. It offers a breath-taking view of the valley with its green paddy fields and the majestic mountains in the distance. Try to catch an early sunrise or a sunset as this place is just a couple of miles from Madikeri.

If you haven’t got your fill of waterfalls yet, head to the Chelavara Falls located about 43 kilometres (26 miles) from Madikeri. These gushing 150-foot high waterfalls will take away your breath, literally, as there is a 10-minute trek to reach it. While in Madikeri, don’t forget to visit the 18th-century Omkareshwara temple and the 17th century Madikeri Fort.

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Hampi City Tour

Hampi is about 350 kilometers (220 miles) from Bangalore. You can reach Hampi either by a 6-hour car ride or by train to the nearby Hospet Junction. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is like an open museum showcasing age-old monuments dating back to the 14th century when this small town was the centre of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire. Once a prosperous part of the country, Hampi has been subjected to various foreign invasions over the years, leaving a trail of ruins spread across nearly 16 square miles! Parts of the forts, shrines, temples, royal complexes and water structures can still be seen, standing testimony to what was a majestic past.

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Chikmagalur

About 243 kilometers (150 miles) from Bangalore is the quaint and beautiful town of Chikmagalure that is home to some of the finest coffee plantations in the country. With a moderate to cool climate throughout the year, Chikmagalur is a favourite for those looking to get away from the dusty city climate even for a couple of days.

Places to visit near Chikmagalur are Shravanabelagola, an ancient town housing the world’s largest monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara, the Gorur Dam across river Hymavathi, the Shettihalli Rosary Church (the Drowning Church of Karnataka), the Manjarabad Fort, the Halebeedu temple, the Yagachi Dam and the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Sakleshpur

Located at an elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level, Sakleshpur has many wonderful retreats that offer a great chance to unwind and relax. Those looking for an adventure can go trekking and camping across the Railway Bridge Trek, the Pandavar Gudda or the Jenukal Gudda hills. Some of the places to visit near Sakleshpur are the 600-year-old Sakleshwara temple, the Manjarabad Fort, the Agni Gudda hill, the Bisle Ghat, the Bisle Reserve Forest and the Manjehalli waterfalls. Sakleshpur is just a four hour drive from Bangalore at a distance of 220 kilometers (136 miles).

Wayanad

Wayanad in Kerala state is located high on the Western Ghats so the average altitude of the entire district ranges between 700 and 2100 meters above sea level. Because of its topography, this place has a number of wildlife sanctuaries, forest reserves, waterfalls, and plantations of exotic spices, coffee, tea, bamboo, honey and rare herbal plants. Some of the places that you can see in and around Wayanad during a weekend are: the Chembra Peak, Banasura Sagar Dam, Kuruva Island, Sulthan Battery Jain temple, Pookode lake, Eddakal Caves and the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary. Wayanad is about 282 kilometers (175 miles) from Bangalore and will take 6 hours drive to reach by road.

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Mysore

Located 145 kilometers from Bangalore, Mysore is one of the best weekend getaways from Bangalore. A melting pot of cultures, Mysore offers a wide range of options in terms of temples, museums, monasteries, markets, food tours, bike tours, and of course the world-famous Mysore palace!

The best places to visit in Mysore are the Somnathpur temple, the Chamarajendra zoological park, the Mysore palace, the Namdroling Nyingmapa monastery, the Chamundeshwari temple, the Srirangapatna temple, St. Philomena’s church, the Mysore Sand sculpture museum, the Jayachamarajendra Art Galley, the Nandi Temple, the Brindavan Gardens, the Jaganmohan Palace, the Kishkinda Molika bonsai garden, the Sea Shell Museum, and the Folklore museum. Not a bad idea to extend your weekend and see a lot more of this amazing city!

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Skandagiri Hills

Just 70 kilometers (about 43 miles) from Bangalore are the majestic Skandagiri Hills at an altitude of about 1400 meters. This place is idyllic for adventure lovers because it is great for trekking, camping, birdwatching, and paragliding. There is an ancient stone temple and an old fort at the top where you can relax after the trek. The best time to trek here is during the night or very early in the morning, ending with an awesome sunrise. Starting at the foot of the hill, the trek is quite short at just 5 kilometers (3 miles) to the top. Get a lot more from you trek by leaving the planning to us @ www.xeniacities.com

Kabbaldurga

About 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Bangalore is the Kabbaldurga hill, which is also a paradise for trekkers. The 3-kilometer trek up the hill is considered a bit adventurous and is best enjoyed during a full-moon night. There is a temple dedicated to goddess Kabbalamma and an old fort at the top of the hillock. Get in touch with www.xeniacities.com for special weekend trekking packages.

Savandurga night trekking

Considered one of the largest monolithic rock formations in Asia, the Savandurga hillock is actually a combination of two hills: Billigudda and Karigudda. The view from the top is breathtaking, with the forest region of Magadi at its foot. Once can see the ruins of an old fort at the top because this hill was actually a fort prison during the Hoysala empire. Savandurga is just 54 kilometers or 33 miles from Bangalore.

Nandi hills

Nandi Hills or Nandi Betta or Nandi Durg is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bangalore and about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Chikballapur town. This is a favourite haunt for sport enthusiasts as it’s great for paragliding, cycling, and biking. The most popular destination here is the Tipu’s Drop which is a cliff at a height of 600 meters that offers a panoramic view of the city. There is Tipu Sultan’s summer residence, the beautiful Amrita Sarovar or the Lake of Nectar, and the Muddenahalli museum. If you are looking for some tranquillity, head to the Brahmashramam, a cave-like structure where Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was said to have meditated.

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Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari is known for the popular Mahseer fish found in the waters of River Cauvery. One a spend a quiet weekend fishing here in any of the various fishing camps. The surrounding lush forest area is home to elephants, monkeys, wild boars, jackals, otters, and leopards. Enjoy boating, river rafting, and trekking either in Bheemeshwaram or in the nearby Doddamkali which is about 7 kilometers away and popular for birdwatching. Bheemeshwari is about 103 kilometers (64 miles) from Bangalore.

Ramanagara

About 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Bangalore is another popular destination for tourists. Popular for trekking, camping and rock climbing, Ramanagara actually has seven major hills which beckon you for a thrilling adventure. The Ramadevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary was developed here to protect the vultures from near-extinction a few years ago so one can easily spot these majestic winged creatures here. Other attractions here are the Janapada Loka, an open air theatre that still airs plays and folk music, the Kanva Reservoir, and the small scale industries that sell pure silk weaves. Think adventure trekking, think www.xeniacities.com!

Shivasamudram Waterfalls

The Shivasamudram waterfalls are said to be the second largest waterfalls in the country. Set in pristine surroundings, the might river Cauvery divides and falls in two different segments: the Ganganachukki falls in the eastern side and the Bharachukki falls on the western side. The clock tower offers a view of the branching of the falls. Things to do and places to visit near Shivasamudram falls are the tokari boat ride that takes you to the center of the waterfall, the Kaveri wildlife sanctuary, the Ranganathaswamy temple, the Shimshapura falls, Shakti Devati temple and Sri Someshwara Temple. Sivasamudram falls are located about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Bangalore city.

Ooty, Masinagudi and Bandipur national reserve

Ooty, traditionally called Udhagamandalam, is one of the most popular tourist destinations and hill stations in South India. Even though the best time to visit Ooty is in the summer, it is much better during other seasons as it will be less crowded. The most popular places to visit in Ooty are the Emerald Lake, the Avalanche Lake, St. Stephen’s Church, Shooting point, Ketti Valley view, the Botanical gardens that are home to over 2000 varieties of roses and some very rare flora and fauna, the Doddabetta peak, Lady Canning’s seat, Elk Hill, the WW-II memorial, and the Mukerti National Park and lake.

Located in the Nilgiri district of Tamilnadu, Masinagudi is about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Ooty. It is ideal for those looking to stay close to nature even for just a couple of days. Set among hills and forests, Masinagudi has a lot to offer in the form of national forests, waterfalls, wildlife safaris, elephant camps and resorts set right in the forest or on the banks of gushing rivers. The best way to enjoy this area is to stay in one of the many jungle retreats or resorts. Some of the best places to visit around here are the Maravakandy Dam, the Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, the Moyar River, the Theppakadu elephant camp, the Pykara lake and the Pykara falls.

42 kilometers from Ooty is the Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park, am 874-square kilometre forested reserve that is home to tigers, elephants, spotted deer, gaurs, antelopes and various other protected species of animals as well as flora and fauna.

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Yercaud

Yercaud is about 215 kilometers (133 miles) from Bangalore and the closest railyway station is Salem in Tamilnadu. Situated about 5000 feet above sea level and spread over 382 square kilometres, this is a popular destination for those looking to spend a quiet weekend. If you still want to get out for a little while, there are a few places to visit like the Yercaud Lake, Pagoda point, Killiyur falls, Kaveri Peak, Lady’s Seat, Arthu’s seat and Servarayan temple.

Biligirirangana Tiger Reserve

About 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Bangalore and 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Mysore is the Biligirangana tiger reserve. Set among the Biligiranga Hills in the Chamarajanagar district among the Eastern and Western ghats, these hills are home to various ecosystems and are great for trekking. The famous Biligiri Ranganatha temple is atop this hill from where one can have an amazing view of the valleys around. Another attraction here is a 600-year old massive champaka tree which is revered as a sacred tree and worshipped during the annual Shivrathri festival. There are safari rides available into the forest reserves where once can catch a glimpse of a wild elephant or a leopard. Contact www.xeniacities.com for best offers to have a great weekend at the Biligirirangana Tiger Reserve.

Yelagiri Hills

Yalagiri is another hill station located about 180 kilometers (112 miles) from Bangalore. Located in the Vellore district of Tamilnadu, Yalagiri is actually a cluster of 14 hamlets spread over an area of 30 square kilometres which are occupied by tribals. There are several orchards and rose gardens, a nature park, the Punganoor lake backwaters, the Jalagamparai waterfalls, the Swamimalai hill, the Velavan temple, Nilavoor Lake, Government silk farm, and the Vainu Bappu/Kavalur observatory to visit around Yalagiri.

Belur-Halebidu

The most famous landmark in Belur is the 12th-century Chennakeshava temple which is a testimony to the glorious past of the region. The temple is particularly known for its sculptures, reliefs, architecture and art depicting the ancient epics and mythological stories.

Halebidu was once the flourishing capital of the Hoysala empire until the 14th century. About 220 kilometres (136 miles) from Bangalore, these two cities are a must-see for anyone wanting to spend a quiet yet informative weekend. The best way to reach Belur and Halebidu is to catch a train to Hassan which is just about 27 (16 miles) and 38 (23 miles) kilometres from Halabidu and Belur respectively. KSTDC runs weekend trip buses to Belur, Halebidu and Shravanabelagola, which has the tallest monolithinc stone status of Gomateshwara in Asia. Book your weekend tour to Belur and Halebidu through Xenia Cities.

Kabini

An awesome getaway that is popular for kayaking, bird watching, cycling, or just relaxing amidst the lush greenery, Kabini is home to some 300 species of birds, elephants, deer and many other animals. Be sure to book a Kabiini jungle safari through www.xeniacities.com and get set for a weekend right in the lap of nature!