Bangalore, the capital of the southern state of Karnataka is populous all over the world as the “Silicon City”, the ‘IT Hub of India’. People from all over the country have made the city their homes. Hence after a tiring working week; many of the Bangalore residents are eager to find some Tourist Places Near To Bangalore for a weekend getaway.
“Bengaluru” as is it’s locally known has a wide variety of things to offer for the localities and tourists alike. The once pensioner’s paradise has made rapid expanses in the last decade to outgrow itself into one of the biggest, fastest growing metros in the country. The city is a centre for various tourist destinations which one can travel and catch a breath from all the hustle and bustle of the city and be back to work by Monday morning to go on with their routines for the rest of the week.
Here is the list of some of the off-beat weekend getaways from Bangalore, go on and explore them!
The list contains places that everyone is aware of, but haven’t been visited very often, get your travelling gears out, rev up those engines and head out, breaking the monotony! Happy travelling people!
5 Tourist Places Near To Bangalore :
Part of the famous Mudumalai National park biosphere, it is one among the five forests spread across the three states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Masinagudi is situated in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu is known for its tea and cardamom plantations. Waking up to the quaint smell of the eucalyptus trees with birds chirping in the misty hills is surely soothing to the soul and also romantic, to say the least. The elephant camp there has 29 elephants alongside with deer, boars and bears which are a common sight in the wild.
Masinagudi can be reached by road from Bangalore(228kms). The best season to visit is between October and May.
2. Wayanad: Tourist places near to Bangalore
The famous tourist destination in Kerala has many places to offer for the travellers. The long downwards trek through the winding forest paths to see the enchanting Meenmutty Waterfalls, the steep, adventurous climb to witness the Neolithic age Edakkal caves, the coffee plantations in Vythri, the largest earth dam in the world, Banasura Sagar dam. The exhilarating experiences and sights from the top of the Chembra Peak are all an experience of a lifetime. Wayanad offers lots of adventure sports for the adrenaline junkies like rappelling, kayaking, river crossing and much more. God’s own country surely keeps its reputation intact. Pack your bags and leave already, please!
Wayanad is 275kms from Bangalore by road and the best season to visit is between December and February.
Sakleshpur is a small town in Karnataka, popular for coffee and cardamom plantations with areca nut trees jostling for space in between. It is situated at a height of about 3000 feet above sea level, part of the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot as declared by the UNESCO. Kumara Parvat, the third highest peak in South India and Jenukal Gudda are the most commonly visited places in Sakleshpur. Also, there is 1000-acre coffee plantation that draws a lot of tourists. Sakleshpur is a place away from all the noise of the city; surrounded by mountains with streams, rivulets and waterfalls breaking the silence, inspiring many writers’ works with its nerve soothing peacefulness. If you want to tap onto some of that inspiration and do some soul searching, rent a tent by the river and stare at nature’s masterpiece.
Sakleshpur can be reached by road from Bangalore(233kms) and can be visited all through the year.
Situated around 35kms from the city of Salem in Tamil Nadu; exactly 28 hairpin bends to the top of the Shervarayan hills on the Eastern Ghats; and you have reached Yercaud!! The Anna park and the botanical park are both worth giving a visit and aren’t like any regular park in the neighbourhood.
The old Shervarayan Temple on top of the hill; and the trekking path that one has to undertake to reach the place is in itself a one of a kind experience. The breath-taking views; the boating ride in the Yercaud lake; camping and walking through the spice gardens and plantations will linger in your senses for a long time to come!!
Yercaud is 235kms from Bangalore and has excellent road connectivity. Yercaud is best suited to visited between February to June.
5. Fort Bekal, Kasaragod
The Bekal fort in Kasaragod, lying on the state borders of Karnataka and Kerala is one of the best-maintained forts in the south. The 300-year-old fort located on 40 acres is strategically placed; and appears as though it rises from the sea. The cool evening breeze after a sauntering; humid day exploring the nooks and crannies of the vast fort. Be it walking through the wide flight of stairs leading to the water tank; or the climb to the top of the fort that houses the observation tower is totally worth the strain; and is all in all one quirky trip to the Arabian Sea. The birding, boating and trekking in the nearby Mangrove Trails is a must for youngsters Kasaragod can be reached by road and rail from Bangalore is around 390kms. It is best to visit in the months of July to February.
The above 5 tourist destinations are some of the most underrated travel getaways from Bangalore; most of them still being untouched by the huge footfalls and have kept their connect with nature very much intact. Take a break from your hectic schedules and loosen up a bit, work can wait, life can’t! To great sojourns!!