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Weekend Getaways

Weekend Getaways are those places where one can go and spend their weekend. Some of these getaways or places are located at a very short distance from 100 to 500 kms. Some of these weekend places from Bangalore are Srirangapatna, Mysore, BR Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai, Tirupati, Ooty, Mangalore, Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Udupi, Kodaikanal, Dandeli, Karwar and Marwanthe.

Bangalore (100 - 200 kms.)

Bheemeshwari (Karnataka)
Bheemeshwari is located about 100 kms. south of Bangalore in Karnataka. Bheemeshwari, an ideal place for viewing wildlife has elephants, deer, wild boars, monkeys, jackals, crocodiles, otters and leopards. Besides viewing Wildlife, trekking, boating and Mahaseer fishing can also be enjoyed here.

Srirangapatna (Karnataka)
Srirangapatna is located about 127 kms south-west of Bangalore in Karnataka. Srirangapatna is Tipu Sultan's former capital. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Gumbaz, Jama Masjid, Dariya Daulat Bagh can be visited here. The Ranganathaswamy temple was built in the 9th century and belongs to Lord Vishnu.

Mysore (Karnataka)
Mysore is located about 139 kms south-west of Bangalore. Mysore, the city of palaces, was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars. Mysore is known for the palaces, silks and sandalwood, the delicious flavors of Mysore Pak and the famous Dussehra festival. Mysore Palace, Jaganmohan Palace, Sri Jayachamarajendra Zoo, Chamundi Hills and Brindavan Gardens can be visited here.

Bangalore (200 - 300 kms.)

BR Wildlife Sanctuary (Karnataka)
BR Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 235 kms. south of Bangalore. BR Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its elephants and rich biodiversity and spreads over an area of 525 square km. It is a treasure house of over 270 birds, sloth bear, wild boar, bison and elephant. Trekking, Jeep Safaris, Elephant rides can be enjoyed in this sanctuary.

Bandipur National Park (Karnataka)
Bandipur National Park is located about 215 kms. south-west of Bangalore. Bandipur National Park was set up in 1931 by the Mysore Maharajas and formed by extending the Venugopal Wildlife Park. This sanctuary has elephants, gaurs, wild boars, sambhars, spotted deer, wild dogs, tiger and leopards. Trekking, Jeep Safaris can be enjoyed in this sanctuary.

Nagarhole National Park (Karanataka)

Nagarhole National Park is located about 210 kms. south of Bangalore. Nagarhole National Park was recently named as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. It was the hunting preserve of the erstwhile rules of Mysore. This park covers an area of 644 square km. and lies between the Kabini River and the Bandipur national park. This park offers excellent wildlife watching facilities, trekking, Jeep Safaris and elephant rides.

Mudumalai (Tamil Nadu)

Mudumalai is located about 224 kms. to the south of Bangalore in Tamil Nadu. It is extremely varied with hills, valleys, ravines, watercourses and swamps and full of wildlife. It is famous for its population of elephant herds. It is visited for natural surroundings.

Yercaud (Tamil Nadu)

Yercaud is located about 227 kms. south-east of Bangalore. Yercaud is situated on the Shevaroyan Hill Range in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. It is a small, quiet hill station with a pleasant climate and can be visited any time of the year. Big Lake, Bear's Cave, Killiyur Falls, and Botanical Garden can be visited here.

Tirupati (Karnataka)

Tirupati is located about 225 kms east of Bangalore. Tirupati is home to the most famous and revered Sri Venkateswara temple, located 25 kms uphill.

Wayanad (Kerala)

Wayanad is located about 282 kms. south-west of Bangalore in Kerala. Wayanad is known for its lovely mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions.

Ooty (Tamil Nadu)

Ooty is located about 297 kms. south-west of Bangalore in Tamil Nadu. Ooty is situated at an altitude of 2240 meters above sea level. Ooty is alo known as the Queen of Hill Stations. Today, Ooty is well maintained and managed hill station, known for its good weather, boarding schools and beautiful spots. During summers Rose Garden is worth a visit. Ooty Lake, Union Church, Holy Trinity Church, Wenlock downs, Dodabetta Peak and Botanical Gardens can be visited here.

Bangalore (300 - 400 kms.)

Mangalore (Karnataka)
Mangalore is located about 357 kms. west of Bangalore. Mangalore, the district headquarters of Dakshina Kannada, is the entry point to Beach Country. Manjunatha Temple, St. Aloysius chapel, Mangala Devi Temple, Tipu's Battery, Jumma Masjid and the Ullal beach can be visited here.
Various becahes like Someshwar Beach, Surathkal Beach, Tannirbhavi Beach are also located here.

Hampi (Karnataka)

Hampi is located about 350 kms. north of Bangalore. Two local princes, Hakka & Bukka, founded Hampi in the middle of 14th Century. The city was sacked, pillaged and burnt in 1565 AD. Rocky hills and the Tungabhadra River dominate the terrain.

Coonoor (Tamil Nadu)

Coonoor is located about 314 kms. south of Bangalore. Coonoor known as the Queen of the Nilgiris, stands on a lower ridge of the main plateau at an altitude of 1839 meters. This picturesque retreat is covered by grassy meadows, tea bushes, and a profusion of sunflowers, marigolds and rhododendrons. Sim's Park, Droog Fort, Lamb's Rock can be visited here.

Red Hills Nature Resort (Tamil Nadu)

Red Hills Nature Resort is located about 325 kms. south of Bangalore. Red Hills Nature Resort is a 125-year-old British bungalow, located in the western fringes of the upper Nilgiri plateau in Tamil Nadu.

Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu)

Mahabalipuram is located about 330 kms. east of Bangalore in Tamil Nadu. Mahabalipuram is a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has various historic monuments built largely between the seventh and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Arjuna's Penance and cave temples can be visited here.

Pondicherry is located about 350 kms from Bangalore. Pondicherry, situated on the coast is an enclave in Tamil Nadu's South Arcot district. The French ruled this territory for 300 years, and today, it stands as a living monument of the French culture in India. It is the capital of the Union Territory of the same name and has three other enclaves including Karaikal in Tamil Nadu, Yanam in Andhra Pradesh and Mahe in Kerala. Pondicherry Museum, Auroville and Aurbindo Ashram can be visited here.

Bangalore (400 - 500 kms.)

Udupi (Karnataka)
Udupi is located about 406 kms. west of Bangalore. Udupi is where Madhwacharya, the profounder of Dwaitha philosophy, lived and taught 700 years ago. Madhwacharya established the eight Sanyasi Mutts at Udupi. It is one of the Mokshapuris highly revered in Karnataka and Kerala. Ananteshwar and Chandramoulishwar Temples, Pajaka can be visited here.

Maravanthe (Coastal Karnataka)

Maravanthe is located about 456 kms. north-west of Bangalore. Maravanthe is sandwiched between Arabian Sea and the Satuparnika River. The pristine beauty and peaceful surroundings of its virgin beach make it a favorite picnic spot.

Murudeshwar (Karnataka)

Murudeshwar is located about 455 kms. north-west of Bangalore. Murudeshwar is believed to have been sanctified by a piece of the Pranalinga of Mahabaleshwara thrown by Ravana. Bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, the place is a favorite picnic spot. The Murudeshwar Temple, Murudeshwar Beach, and Statue Park can be visited here.

Gokarna (Coastal Karnataka)

Gokarna is located about 486 kms. north-west of Bangalore. Gokarna, described as a Shiva Center, is named for the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers, which marks Gokarna. This place is known both as a pilgrimage center and a beach. The blue sea and clean sands make Gokarna an ideal vacation spot.

Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu)

Kodaikanal is located about 485 kms. south of Bangalore. Kodaikanal is situated at a height of 6854 feet above sea level, on the southern ridge of the Palani Hills in the Western Ghats. The hill town is renowned for its educational institutions. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste. Berijam, a starfish shaped lake, is one of the beautiful lakes of South India, spreads over an area of 24 hectares. Kurinji Andavar Temple, Perumal Peak, Kodai Observatory, and Kodai Lake can be visited here.

Dandeli (Karnataka)

Dandeli is located about 481 kms. north-west of Bangalore. Dandeli is a picturesque town set against the backdrop of the Western Ghats. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a tropical rain forest with steep slopes, picturesque deep river valleys and rich hilly forest terrain full of birds and wildlife and also known for its Watersports like White water rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing etc. and other adventure sports like trekking and cycling.

Bekal Fort (Kerala)

Bekal Fort is located about 415 kms. south of Bangalore. Bekal Fort is a circular structure, about 130 feet. high above sea level and spreads over a 35-acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea. This fort is more than 300 years old and was built in 1650 by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. The Archaeological Survey of India controls the fort. The archeologists making it an interesting excavation site unearthed coins and other historical artifacts.

Bangalore (500 - 600 kms.)

Karwar (Karnataka)
Karwar is located about 524 kms. north-west of Bangalore. Karwar is where the River Kali meets the sea. It is a stretch of pristine sands covered with graciously swaying casuarinas, and hallowed by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea. Karwar Beach, Sadashivgad Fort can be visited here.

Badami (Karnataka)

Badami is located about 502 kms. north-west of Bangalore. Badami, capital of the Chalukyas, is famous for its four cave temples. It is noted for two early inscriptions dating events in history in the 6th century.

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