Top 10 Weekend Getaway Destinations From Bangalore
By Anit Jyothi GeorgeUpdated On May 16, 2019
Sometimes, choosing from many places to visit near Bangalore is not an easy task, especially when you plan the weekend trip.
Whether it is long holidays or short, travelling always makes our lives happier and healthier. If you're one of those people who want to venture the breathtaking landscapes and historical architecture near the Garden City, we just found some of the best places for you.
Karnataka has oodles of tourist attractions located a few kilometres away from Bangalore. Ancient sculptured temples, unparalleled landscapes, breathtaking waterfalls - Karnataka is nothing short of heaven with lots of majestic views.
If you're living in Bangalore, your weekends should not be ended up watching movies or eating the usual pizza. It's the time to explore more. We've selected some of the weekend getaway destinations from Bangalore. Here are the best 10 places near Bangalore to navigate in Karnataka.
1. Mysuru (Mysore)
Being the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is located just 150 kilometres away from Bangalore by road. Known as one of the cleanest cities in India, the beauty of Mysore is not just limited to magnificent palaces and other majestic buildings. Other spectacular places like Brindavan Gardens, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, Karanji Lake, St. Philomena Church etc make the city one of the best tourist destinations in Karnataka. However, Mysore Palace is a must-visit place in your Mysore Tour Package.
Road distance from Bangalore to Mysore: 150km (approx.)
Best time to visit Mysore: October to March
Stay at: Radisson Blu Plaza Mysore
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At a distance of about 350km from Bangalore, Hampi is an ancient village in Karnataka, situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River. This renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site is an abode of bygone ruins and fascinating landscapes. Surrounded by various monuments and temples along with the remains of Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi makes a beautiful tourist destination in Karnataka.
Road distance from Bangalore: 350km (approx.)
Best time to visit Hampi: October to February
Stay at: Royal Orchid Central Kireeti
3. Kurinjal Peak
Kurinjal Peak in Kudremukh National Park in Chikkamagaluru district is one of the most coveted trekking destinations in the Western Ghat region of Karnataka. The mesmerizing natural beauty in the midst of a lush green region is located at a distance of 330 km from Bangalore. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, Kurinjal Peak is a real magical experience.
Distance from Bangalore: 330km (approx.)
Best time to visit Kurinjal Peak: September to March
Stay at: Country Inn and Suites By Radisson Manipal
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One of the best hill stations in South India, Coorg is located amidst the misty landscapes of Karnataka. Nestled in the Western Ghats, Coorg's austere sights include deep valleys, dense forests and other tranquil sceneries. The most-visited tourist place is gaining popularity in recent years as it is the best road trip destination from Bangalore - a six-hour long road trip.
Road distance from Bangalore: 265 km (approx.)
Best time to visit Coorg: October to March
Stay at: Hotel Coorg International
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Gokarna, a small pilgrimage town in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka has grown into the top tourist destination over the years, thanks to its breathtaking landscapes and pristine beaches. The thriving vacation spot invites hoards of domestic and international tourists every year. One of the major attractions in Gokarna is the Mahabaleshwar Temple, housing the Atmalinga.
Road distance between Bangalore and Gokarna: 500km (approx.)
Best time to visit Gokarna: September to March
Stay at: Gokarna International Beach Resort
6. Shivanasamudra Falls
A waterfall is one of the most unique sights you can ever experience. Shivanasamudra waterfalls in Mandya district is one of the best waterfalls near Bangalore and a top tourist destination in Karnataka. Situated on the banks of Kaveri River, the Falls is ideally located slightly off the Bangalore-Mysore highway. The popular tourist destination with segmented Gaganachukki and Bharachukki Falls makes Shivanasamudra an ideal weekend getaway destination for most of the Bangaloreans.
Road distance from Bangalore to Shivasamudram Falls: 130km (approximate)
Best time to visit Shivasamudram Falls: September to June
Stay at: KSTDC Mayura Riverview, Srirangapatna
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During the British Raj, it was a private hunting area. Over the years, it turned into a gorgeous tourist spot that is rich in flora and fauna, making it one of leading wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka. Today, Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary attracts tourists from all over, thanks to various elements such as the abundance of wildlife, lush green vegetation and waterfalls.
Road distance from Bangalore to Kabini: 210km (approx.)
Best time to visit Kabini: October to March
Once known with its historical name Vatapi, the historical destination Badami is located about 500 kilometres away from Bangalore. Situated in Bagalkot district of Karnataka, Badami has got everything to steal the heart of its visitors. Breathtaking landscapes, cave temples, fortresses, carvings and other wonderful architecture make it a unique setting that has to be experienced individually.
Road distance from Bangalore to Badami: 510km (approx.)
Best time to visit Badami: October to April
Stay at: Clarks Inn, Badami
9. Biligiriranga Hills (BR Hills)
Better known as BR Hills, Biligiriranga Hills is a lofty hill range situated in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka on the eastern border of the Western Ghats. It's a wonderfully diversified tourist destination with a vast variety of flora and fauna in the Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary. Rich in natural beauty, the place you'll love to spend time with your dear ones.
Road distance from Bangalore to BR Hills: 170km (approx.)
Best time to visit BR Hills: October to April, June
Stay at: Hotel Mayura Biligiri
Kodachadri is considered as the most celebrated adventurous peaks in Karnataka with several reasons attached to it. Describing its beauty might sound poetic. Situated at an altitude of 1343m, the mountain peak in the Western Ghats is an ideal trekking destination in Karnataka. The place has got its spiritual significance as well. it's believed that Shankaracharya meditated on this hill and set up a temple at Kollur. The traveller can also see a 'Sarvajna Peetha' located on top of the hill.
Road distance from Bangalore to Kodachadri: 410km (approx.)
Best time to visit Kodachadri: October to February
Stay at: Paradise Wild Hills, Kodachadri