Beloved Bangalore is the place to be. With good reason! Aside from its absolutely gorgeous, unmatched weather, this sassy metropolitan town is surrounded by plenty of exciting destinations – for weary city dwellers longing for a quick last minute getaway or to simply enjoy those marvellous temperature dips at this time of year! We have put together 10 of our favourite weekend destinations for a fantastic winter getaway from Bengaluru. Are you ready to hit the road for your incredible weekend break?
A glorious sea, sand and surf holiday is a coveted one for many in the winter!
Gokarna enjoys dual status as a (non-commercialized) beachy getaway and sacred Hindu pilgrim town – a fascinating allure for most kinds of tourists but a raging hit among backpackers. The destination boasts a string of pristine, unsullied beaches and waterfalls. Most tourist accommodation is likely to be found along its several stretches of blissful coast in precious thatched bamboo huts. Rest assured you may be on your way to inner peace here!
Distance from Bangalore: 516 km
Surathkal Beach is unspoiled and psst, kind of undiscovered so far! It is blissfully free of the crowds flooding the other beaches. The lighthouse in the back and the unexpected patches of fresh green in the fine sand sure add a unique charm to the beach. The choppy sea waves typically brought on by monsoons are no longer a worry at this time.
Distance from Bangalore: 350 km
Nature & Wildlife
Take it all in: them sights for sore eyes!
The gorgeous waterfalls, rapids and dense forests of Bheemeshwari come together in a really unique way for some splendid sights. Located between Shivanasamudra Falls and Mekedatu on River Cauvery, Bheemeshwari has a quality that lends itself to all kinds of fun activities for a fabulous weekend – including some delightful bird spotting. Spoil yourself silly and indulge in some exciting water sports such as fishing & river rafting, go wildlife spotting of jackals, crocodiles and leopards, and trek in and around the different trails for a complete experience.
Distance from Bangalore: 110 km
Explore 55 acres of enchanting Kabini (aka ‘Forest of Bagheera’) on a special jungle and elephant safari. A good bet for a memorable vacation!
The region of Kabini is touristed for its wildlife, à la Kabini Wildlife Reserve – a part of the Nagarahole Nature Reserve, located on the banks of its quaint namesake river. It is home to a rich variety of flora, avifauna and fauna species. The region has the largest concentration of Asian Elephants! Spot huge herds of elephants, barking deer, langurs and macaques, sloth bears, panthers, crocodiles, tigers and wild dogs. That’t not nearly all. The vast, stunning varieties of thriving life in Kabini at only a measly distance of 230 kms make it an attractive and high popular destination for a weekend trip. You can look forward to a weekend of camping, birdwatching, boating and many photo ops. Vivid grasslands, dense forests, hilly regions and lakes and streams make up the natural terrain here. If that wasn’t enough, you never quite run out of things to do here – nature walks, jungle treks, cycling, bonfire nights and trips to local villages are all possible!
Distance from Bangalore: 230 km
When the hills beckon:
Go here for world class coffee and delicious local Coorgi fare! At just a 5 hour drive from Bangalore, Coorg is the Scotland of India. Need we say more? One of its main attractions is Abbi Falls, where several streams combine on the steep slopes of the Western Ghats before hurling into Cauvery river.
Distance from Bangalore: 260 km
Kotagiri is a popular hill station in the Nilgiris besides Ooty and Coonoor. Soak in the colonial flavour of the town in its churches, tea estates and dilapidated bungalows. Kotagiri also offers plenty of opportunities for leisurely strolls, trekking and rock climbing. The most popular trekking trails in Kotagiri take you on a peaceful adventure through meadows, tea plantations and Moyar River.
Distance from Bangalore: 395 km
Speaking of adventure…
Traditionally famous for its super fun trekking activities, Sakleshpur is the ultimate favourite escape from Bangalore. The Green Route Trek usually begins on the railway track starting from Sakleshpur to Kukke Subramanya. The route passes through lovely forests, tunnels and waterfalls. Its amazing proximity to numerous other travel hot spots makes it an ideal base to holiday from. Surprisingly close is Madikeri, at just 98 km (2 hours) away, to the south of Sakleshpur. 60 km to the north is Chikmaglur. Head westwards and Dharmasthala is just a 90 minutes (77 km) drive, while Shravanabelagola is just 2 hours (90 km) away to the east.
Distance from Bangalore: 250 km
Take a break from the maddening hustle and bustle of the big city and board the train for a charming ride to Chikmagalur, a popular trekking haunt with a number of hot spots within its space and right around — from pilgrim places and coffee plantations to wildlife spotting and adventure sports locations. Hill stations, well-known temples, beautiful waterfalls and national parks – Chikmagalur has them all! Make sure you hike to the top of the Baba Budan Giri range, from where you get a view that just takes your breath away. You can even go mountain-biking, island camping, sailing and kayaking.
Distance from Bangalore: 250 km
Unmissable in Hogenakkal: a rejuvenating healthy oil massage by the river!
You heard that right. Hogenakkal is endearingly called the ‘Niagara of India’. The way to Hogenekkal falls is naturally endowed with beauteous mulberry fields, titanic-sized protector deities (Aiyanars) made of terracotta and the gushing sound of river Cauvery. Coracle rides and medicinal baths make Hogenakkal Falls a more immersive experience than other large waterfalls in the country. Cauvery here flows through a forest known for naturally growing herbs believed to give the water its curative properties. Look on as courageous children exhibit their diving skills from tall altitudes, leaving spectators feeling only awe. Hogenakkal Falls is now a very popular tourist attraction in the south of India.
Distance from Bangalore: 180 km
For a taste of heritage..
This ancient town and UNESCO heritage site is magical with its architectural splendours and paddy fields. Hampi is a laid back village that was the last capital of Vijayanagar, one of the greatest Hindu kingdoms in India’s history. Watch for some extremely captivating ruins, curiously intermingled with large boulders dotting the landscape. The most striking monument is the Vittala Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Its main hall has 56 pillars that make musical sounds when struck. Enjoy a fascinating lesson in history!
Distance from Bangalore: 350 km