If you are studying or working in Bangalore, days can be mundane and tiring. A refreshing and calming trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city is the perfect medicine to get you recharged. Bangalore being the garden city is a greener and less polluted city among the lot, but believe me you, we just need an excuse to skip the city traffic and spend some great time with our friends and family or maybe just with ourselves. It doesn’t matter if you are a student and want to travel on a budget or you are an employed person who just Is looking for a leisure time with the family or friends these places are perfect for all. From scenic nature spots to leisure outings to lakes and heritage sites there’s an array of escapes to choose from. So take your friends out or your family or just ride solo. So just grab your bag packs, get ready and ride to these beautiful escapades as these destinations are enjoyed best when you are up close.
If we talk about weekend getaway or a day trip from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is the first place that comes to our mind. This picturesque natural beauty is located just 58 kms away from the city. This place was formerly the summer retreat of the famous ruler Tipu sultan which can still be found in Nandi Hills. Nandi Hills is also home to some famous temples and shrines dedicated to Lord shiva and Nandi.
Nandi Hills is also famous for its trekking trails, cycling routes and adventure sports such as Paragliding. Camping amidst the cloud is also quite famous here. The best way to reach Nandi Hills from airport is by taking a hired cab and from the city you can find multiple options such as taxis, buses, rented bikes etc. The fortress is open from 6 in the morning to 10 at night and the entry fee is INR 10 per person.
Situated about 120 kms from Bangalore, Lepakshi is a perfect one day road trip. Lepakshi is famous for its Vijayanagara architecture which is reflected in its temples and monuments. It is a great place to visit with your family and kids. A large number of tourists visit this place during the Saivite festivals and Maha Shivratri as this place is home to the famous Veerabhadra temple and the monolithic Nandi statue. You can plan a getaway and picnic in this scenic town away from the city chaos.
Popularly known as the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is a place that beautifully blends history, culture and nature making Mysore a dream destination for travel enthusiasts. And being in Bangalore or any part of Karnataka, Mysore cannot be missed. At just 140 kms away from Bangalore, Mysore is a perfect one day trip with family or with friends or also if you want to spend some time with yourself. Mysore palace, the second most visited palace in India after Taj Mahal is a must visit if you are in Mysore. The best way to reach Mysore is through Bangalore, you can find hired cabs to reach Mysore from any point in Bangalore.
Once ruled by Krishnadevaraya, it is said to have been named after its ruler. Located at 100 kms away from Bangalore, Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu is a small quaint town surrounding the Krishnagiri dam. Krishnagiri is an apt place if you are looking out for a day out with your kids. At the same time, if you are looking for a day out just to break away from the city hustle and also craving for some really good and fresh fish fry, then this is the place for you to be. A small town surrounded by the green landscape, is one such place where you can sit for some time and relax your mind and soul. The best way to reach Krishnagiri is either to take a bus from Bangalore to Krishnagiri and the other way is to take a hired cab or ride a bike till the dam.
Located at just 80 kms away from Bangalore, Devarayanadurga Hills is famous for its beautiful forest road that leads to the top of a hill. Devarayanadurga is a small temple town in the district of Tumkur. This rocky hill surrounded by forest and hilltops on all sides is dotted with several small temples. Particularly famous for its sunset view, Devarayanadurga is a 2 hours drive away from Bangalore.
When you visit Tumkur, you can also visit the famous Mandaragiri hills which is around 20 kms away from DD hills. It is famous for its colourful peacock fan structure surrounded by several hilltops and forest land.
Halebidu, literally meaning, ruined city or old city, is a town located in Hassan district of Karnataka in the midst of a valley east of Western Ghats and surrounded by low-lying mountains, boulders and seasonal rivers. Famous for its Hoysala architecture, Halebidu has several Jain and Hindu Temples which depict the depth of Hindu art work traditions. You can visit Halebidu any time as it is open all year round from 6 in the morning till 6 in the evening. Halebidu is around 220 kms from Bangalore but you can easily get a cab to reach there. If you are a mythology or a history buff you must visit this place.
Belur, Shravanabelagola and melukote
A Cultural extravaganza, Chennakesava Temple in Belur is a fine example of exquisite quality work of art in stone. Located in the Hassan district of Karnataka, Belur is one architectural marvel with intricate stone work known as Mandika.
Shravanbelgola or the Gomteshwara is the most visited Jain pilgrimage spot in South India. Its a popular weekend getaway from Bangalore and is famous for the Jain festival that takes place once in every 12 years where the 65ft monolithic statue of Lord Gommateshwara is worshiped.
Melukote is one of the famous Hindu religious destinations in Karnataka. Melukote is known for Sri Cheluva Narayana Temple which is located on a hilltop. This ancient town is situated in Pandavapura Taluk of Mandya. It is famous for the several movie scenes that were shot at this place.
Located at just 100 kms from Bangalore and 20 kms from Mysore, Srirangapatnam was the former capital of Mysore under Tipu Sultan and hence you can witness the remains of architecture from the time of Tipu’s reign. It is also famous for the migratory birds that visit the Srirangapatna Bird sanctuary. If you wish to see some really interesting wall paintings or some rare species of bird than Srirangapatna is a must visit.