Flanked by the majestic Western Ghats, 914 kilometers above sea level, Bangalore enjoys perennial pleasant climate. However, you cannot be bound in a concrete jungle and would like to head out to rejuvenate and return. There is a plethora of weekend getaway options from Bangalore.
Ooty – Located about 265 km from Bangalore, you can enjoy the serene surroundings as you drive through the Bandipur National Park and see spotted deer, Nilgiri Langur, and may be a herd of elephants.
As you enter the main town of Ooty, you might think that this looks like a commercialized hill station. But go past this and you will see the pristine side of the ‘Queen of hill stations.’
Amongst the most popular attractions is the Rose garden, which houses about 20,000 varieties of roses; the Botanical garden which is spread over 22 acres of land, and is a floriculturist’s delight. Don’t miss the 20 million year old fossilized tree there. Next in line is the Ooty Lake, set among the groves of the Eucalyptus trees. There is a boat club on the banks of the lake and tourists can hire boats. The Tribal Hut Museum, Nilgiri Mountain Railway and the Stone House (KalBangala) are the other places to see. Take some time out to visit a tea estate and the process of tea-making and to buy flavorsome teas.
Yercaud – is a hill station in the district of Salem (Tamil Nadu) and situated just 222 km from Bangalore. It’s a perfect getaway when you just want to breathe fresh air and take awalk in the woods. Yercaud offers an array of options for stay– boutique retreats like WOW Bison, resorts like GRT Sky Rocaor home stays. There are a lot of places to visit like Pagoda point, Shevaroy temple, Lady’s Seat, Botanical Garden, and Big Lake. But most of these places are not well-maintained. So it might be a good option to get booked into a comfortable resort and admire the scenic view.
Coorg – Even though Coorg is 263 km, the drive from Bangalore is effortless. On your way you can deviate and see the biggest Tibetan settlement in South India – Namdroling Monastery. You will be enthralled by the colors and craft of the place. Coorg also offers many choices to stay – from luxury to home stays.
If you go Dubare Reserve Forest, you can roll up your sleeves and give elephants a bath. They have a lot of activities which leaves the guests feeling more responsible and committed to protect the animals.
Raja’s Seat is located in the town of Madikeri and a perfect locale to enjoy the sunset.
Built in 1820 and dedicated to Lord Shiva, Omkeshwara Temple’s architecture is an eclectic mix of Gothic and Islamic style. The pond infront of the temple has a lot of fish which is a huge attraction for children.
Talacauvery is the birthplace of River Cauvery. Besides being a pilgrimage center, Talacauvery is known for its natural beauty. Do read the story about Sage Agasthya and how Cauvery was held in a kamandalu (an oblong water pot)and how Lord Ganesha helped Cauvery to escape.