#TravelBytes: Top 5 weekend getaways from Bengaluru
Need a break from the crazy city traffic, the maddening crowds, and not-to-mention, another week at your desk job? Don't worry, there are plenty of amazing destinations you can check out in close proximity to the Silicon Valley of India. Here are top five short weekend getaways (within 300kms) from Bengaluru.
Located 270kms from Bengaluru, Ooty has misty hills, sprawling tea estates, and panoramic views, all of which has earned it the moniker, 'Queen of Hills'. Ooty offers delightful weather, and has several attractions like the Ooty Botanical Gardens, Dolphin's Nose, Doddabetta Peak etc. You can also enjoy a picnic by the Pykara Lake, or take a ride on the UNESCO World-Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
Just 263kms away from the bustling city of Bengaluru, lies the beautiful, laid-back town of Coorg, nestled among the Western Ghats. When in Coorg, visit the Namdroling Monastery and the Golden Temple. Also, don't miss out on Abbey Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp and the famous Nagarhole National Park. Elephant rides and adrenaline-pumping adventure sports are among tourists' favorite activities in Coorg.
Located just 150kms away from Bengaluru and accessible via NH-275, Mysuru, the royal city of Karnataka, is the perfect weekend escape for nature lovers, and heritage and culture enthusiasts alike. When in Mysuru, visit the magnificent Mysore Palace, walk through the Mysore Zoo, enjoy the beautiful Brindavan Gardens, or visit the many museums there. Best ways to reach are cabs, buses, perhaps a road-trip.
Located 216kms from Bengaluru, Kabini is another ideal weekend getaway. Enjoy a one-of-its-kind experience by taking a jeep safari to the Nagarhole National Park. There are several wild animals to watch out for, including the Bengal tiger, Indian bison, bonnet macaque, golden jackal, and many more. Boat safaris for bird-watching, elephant rides through rivers, and visiting waterfalls are also favorite tourist activities.
Looking for a short, refreshing weekend getaway? In that case, Bheemeshwari, just 100kms from Bengaluru, is just the place for you. It's an ideal break for that much-awaited picnic with friends and family. There are plenty of activities like fishing, kayaking, river rafting, and trekking to choose from. For wildlife admirers, the Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit place.