Bangalore Weekend Getaways: Breaking Free From City Chaos

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Imagine if trees gave us free Wi-Fi. We would all be planting like crazy and Bengaluru will be green again and not choked with traffic!

Bangalore is a superb destination for weekend retreats that are sure to breathe oxygen into your lives. There are innumerable destinations in and around Bangalore that make a perfect getaway for those who love to explore.

Here we go taking you through weekend getaways from Bangalore that would mesmerise and energize you, in ‘bytes’ and ‘megabytes’.

One-day Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

 

  1. Shreyas Yoga Retreat  

Shreya's Yoga Retreat

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The Place: It is one of the finest Yoga retreats in the world and a boutique resort. Shreyas Yoga Retreat situated in Nelamangala near Bangalore promotes Yoga in traditional ashram style. Spread across 25 acres and with 12 rooms, the focus here is on yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic therapies.

Distance from Bangalore: 35 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Activities:

– Shreyas Retreat has worked out customised packages and retreats that last from 3 to 21 nights. It offers many facilities for the tourists such as yoga retreat, Ayurvedic rejuvenation, meditation sessions, chanting classes, wellness programs, weight management, culinary experiences, community service and others.

– Massages include Thai, Swedish, Indonesian, Balinese, Aromatherapy, organic facials scrubs and masks.

– For relaxation purpose, there are walking tracks, outdoor swimming pool, spa, home theater, and library.

Reviews from Trip Advisor  

vak1969 (Bangalore): “Bangalores best kept secret” (Source: Trip Advisor)

  1. Nandi Hills

nandi hills

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The Place: Also known as Nandidrug, Nandi Hills is an ancient hill fortress that was used by Tipu Sultan of Mysore and the British as his summer retreat. It is a favourite among horticulturists. Many trees such as Eucalyptus, Coffea Arabica are grown here. Rare species of birds such as Nilgiri Woodpigeon, Yellow-throated Bulbul and Shaheen Falcon can be found here. The place is a treat for birdwatchers and photographers.

Distance from Bangalore: 60 km

Best time to visit: July to December

Activities:

– Check out Tipu’s Drop, the 600 metre high cliff, a famous place in history from where Tipu Sultan’s prisoners were thrown to death.

– Dedicated old temples of Sri Yoga Narasimha, Sri Bhoga Narasimha and Sri Ugra Narasimha are beautiful and worth visiting.

– Children’s playground maintained by The Horticulture department has games like the slides, merry-go-round and swings etc.

– Vegetarian/non-vegetarian restaurant known by the name ‘Mayura’ run by the Karnataka Tourism Department and another vegetarian restaurant run by The Horticulture Department are worth visiting.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

– Few kilometres away from the base point of Nandi Hills is Someshwara Swami temple (also known as Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple).

– A kilometre away from Nandi Hills is the small and old Nandi Railway station situated in the middle of a forest with big trees around.

– Skandagiri, an ancient mountain fortress 70 km from Bangalore overlooks Nandi Hills. “Papagni Mutt” the oldest mutt of Karnataka is located at Skandagiri hills.

Reviews from Trip Advisor  

sjal2000: “Nice relaxing trip away from hustle bustle and traffic of Bangalore” (Source: Trip Advisor)

  1. Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari

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The Place: Between the forest rhapsody of the Mutati Forest and the wild shores of the Cauvery river lies a nature-loving retreat Bheemeshwari. It’s a tourist stopover that energises you with adventurous pursuits you miss out in city life.

Distance from Bangalore: 100-120 km

Best time to visit: Monsoons and post-monsoons

Activities:

Day outing at Jungle Lodges Bheemeshwari is not to be missed. You can make the most of rafting, camping, kayaking at Bheemeshwari. Fishing Camp near the Cauvery River is a wonderful site for fishing and angling.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

– Sangam at Bheemeshwari is considered a prolific picnic spot since it has a wide variety of animal species such as elephants, tigers, and deer. There is bird-watching to do as well.

– Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary is home to Mahseer fish and many wild animals.

– Kokrebellur Pelicanry near Bheemeshwari houses a large number of colourful birds such as pelicans and painted storks.

Reviews from Trip Advisor  

ReneUae: “Nature at it’s best…” (Source: Trip Advisor)

  1. Shivanasamudra Falls

Shivanasamudra Falls

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The Place: Situated 65km away from Mysore on the banks of river Kaveri, Shivanasamudra Falls are nature’s claim to fame. At a height of 98 metres, 893 meters width and an average volume of 934 cubic meters / sec, nothing can compete against the cloud of misty foam. The foam that comes into view as the waterfalls split into two, the Western falls and the Eastern falls.

Shivanasamudra happens to be the venue of Asia’s first hydroelectric power station since 1902 and is very much functional today. Blessed with natural scenic beauty, the Shivanasamudra Falls can offer every tourist an astoundingly delightful view. This makes it the most gorgeous site for sightseeing and trekking.

Distance from Bangalore: 135 km

Best time to visit: July to October as the waterfalls spring into action full time during this season.

Activities:

Trekking 2 km through the lush greenery along the banks of river Cauvery to reach Shivanasamudra Falls has its own joys. There are benches provided at the watchtower for you to enjoy the beauty of the river and water as it tosses and turns.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

– You can visit the Somanathpur Temple, located near the banks of Cauvery which has the Kesava Temple built 740 years ago.

– Somnathpur’s temples have Hoysala style architecture in which the temple has carvings on the walls based on Gods, Goddesses, gurus, musicians, dancing girls, and animals such as elephants, lions, monkeys and cows.

– Around 35 km away from the Shivanasamudra Falls is Talakad which has sand-covered temples. Food and accommodation is available here.

Reviews from Trip Advisor  

Balaji S: “Waterfalls at its best” (Source: Trip Advisor)

NotesfromDesh: “The Roar of Water Falls during the Monsoon” (Source: Trip Advisor)

Two-day Weekend Getaway from Bangalore: Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve

Bandipur National Park

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The Place: Fear not. It is an abode of animal species that will make you admire them in close quarters without putting you to any harm. Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve, located amidst the Western Ghats, is a tourist delight for those who wish to see tigers exclusively. The Bandipur National Park is an integral part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve spread over 874.2 sq km. There are about 70 tigers and more than 3000 Asian elephants. Other members of the animal kingdom include leopards, gaurs, sloth bears. For the bird-seeking, there are over 200 bird species all set to whistle lovable tunes into your ears.

Distance From Bangalore: 220 km

Best time to visit: June to October

Activities:

In addition to wildlife, Bandipur is a perfect spot for fishing, boating, trekking and bird watching. You can go for exciting trips to the Park in open-top jeeps or on foot. Flora and fauna are unique here. Check out the famous Sandalwood trees in Bandipur. Or go watching the Kabini, Moyar, and the Nagur natural rivers that flow through the National Park.

Reviews from Trip Advisor:

Jthefirst (Bengaluru): “Phenomenal Safari”  (Source: Trip Advisor)

Now spread the word around to your friends and family about these places and try to get away for the weekend!  We look forward to reading your comments below.    Keep watching this space for memorable weekend destinations.

Additional Reading:

http://www.holidayiq.com/Bheemeshwari-Sightseeing-304.html

http://www.mapsofindia.com/bangalore/places-of-interest/nandi-hills.html

http://www.holidayiq.com/destinations/nandi-hills/

http://www.karnataka.com/mysore/shivanasamudra-falls/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivanasamudra_Falls

http://goindia.about.com/od/yogawellbeing/tp/Best-India-Wellness-Centers.htm

http://www.bandipurnationalpark.in/about-bandipur.html

 

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