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10 Weekend Getaways From Bangalore As The Perfect Fix For Your Wanderlust

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Daksh: Hey Uday, how’s life? How are things going?

 Uday: Hi Daksh, to be frank, life has been a roller coaster ride for the past 15 months. You know how work from home in reality is. It’s like I am tied to the desk 24/7.

 Daksh: Oh yes! I guess that’s how almost everyone’s life is like. To do the same work and look at the same walls and faces every day is quite tiring.

 Uday: It’s been months since we stepped out of the town, went on a drive, and had fun. I wish we could escape the hustle-bustle of the city for just two days.

 Daksh: Yeah, so do I! Eh, it’s not safe travel abroad right now maybe but, a weekend getaway could be perfect, right?

 Uday: Good idea, man! I’ll get the car ready. You look for the best getaway destinations to chill, relax and enjoy.

 Daksh: On it!

If your thoughts resonate with Daksh or Uday, you’re reading the right blog! If you are inclined towards trekking, adventures, relaxation, or sightseeing, here are the 10 alluring weekend getaways from Bangalore that you must explore.

Weekend Getaways From Bangalore Within 100 km

1. Nandi Hills, Karnataka

The Nandi Hills have breathtaking views
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Are you tired of juggling between work, life, and 100 other boring tasks? I get you! I also understand you have big fishes to fry. But, at end of the day, we are still humans craving for peace, a sense of relaxation, and fun. To satisfy your cravings, here’s a place called Nandi Hills, which is in Chikkaballapur district and just 60 km away from Bangalore. Hence, you probably don’t need to pick more than a day from your jam-packed schedule for a refreshing escape.

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Attractions in Nandi Hills:

  • Tipu’s Drop
  • Amrita Sarowar
  • Tipu’s Summer Residenc
  • Brahmashram
  •  Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

Activities to do at Nandi Hills:

Trekking, Cycling, Paragliding, Walking

Best time to visit Nandi Hills:

October to May

2. Mandaragiri, Karnataka

See beautiful Jain temples at Mandara Giri
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If you’ve been searching for a pilgrimage, then Mandaragiri in the Tumkur district of Karnataka is one of the ideal weekend getaways from Bangalore. Mandara Giri Hills is also called Basadi Betta by locals. Mandara Giri hill is a rock well carved with 435 steps. You probably will not find any refreshments on the top of the hill, so carry your food and water. On the top of the hill, you see a few Jain temples. Aah, Sunset! You can’t miss the mesmerizing view of the sunset from the hilltop. Just opposite to the base of the hill, you will find a statue of Chandranatha Tirthankara and Mandaragiri Dyana Mandira, shaped like a peacock feather broom. That is definitely an insta-worthy place. 

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Attractions in Mandaragiri:

  • Jain temples on the top of the hill
  • The statue of Chandranatha Tirthankara
  • Mandaragiri Dyana Mandira

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3. Biligundlu, Tamil Nadu

Do you enjoy cooking meals outside somewhere on farms or an open place surrounded by water and trees? If you’ve said “Yes,” Biligundlu, a small village, is a classic paradise for you. It is one of the hidden weekend getaways from Bangalore within 100 km away and is just a few km from Hogenakkal. The place is surrounded by Karnataka on one side and Tamil Nadu on the other side. The Coracle boat ride in the river Cauvery with lush green trees all around is the most exciting part of Biligundlu.

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Attractions in Biligundlu:

  • Coracle boat ride
  • Lush green forest

Best time to visit:


Watch this video for some motivation:

Weekend Getaways From Bangalore Within 200 km

4. Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu

Don't miss the Hogenakkal waterfalls
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If you want to experience the spectacular sight of water cascading from rocks into the pool, the cool breeze, the soothing sound and madness, this is a perfect weekend spot you have been longing for. Hogenakkal Falls, often referred to as “Niagara Falls of India,” is located in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. Coracle ride in the river Cauvery is the main attraction of Hogenakkal Falls.

What are you still waiting for? Add this to your list of weekend getaways from Bangalore and you are sorted for the coming weekends.

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Activities to do in Hogenakkal Falls:

  • Coracle ride
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Best time to visit:


How about some visual inspiration:

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Activities in Hogenakkal Falls: 

Coracle ride Swimming, Fishing

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5. Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

Rich heritage and culture at Lepakshi
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Lepakshi portrays the perfect blend of spirituality and history. It is known for its cultural diversity. The name ‘Lepakshi’ has a remarkable history. According to Valmiki, Jataayu, a bird when fighting with Ravana, fell at this spot. When Lord Rama found him, he said: “Le pakshi” which means “rise bird” in Telugu.

If you are in search of budget weekend getaways from Bangalore, then your search ends here. Lepakshi is an ideal destination for a day trip with family. As soon as you reach Lepakshi, you will be welcomed by a monolithic Nandi statue made of a single granite stone. The famous Veerabhadhra Swamy temple is just 500m from the Nandi Statue. It has beautiful paintings of Vijayanagara Kings.

Distance from Bangalore:  

123 Km

Attractions in Lepakshi:

  • Nandi Statue
  • Jataayu Park
  • Veerabhadra Swamy Temple

Best time to visit:


6. Mysore, Karnataka

Visit the famous Mysore Palace
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Beautifully carved temples, diverse zoos, magnificent palaces, majestic buildings, yoga centers, sandalwood forest, and silk market make Mysore a must-visit destination from the list of weekend getaways from Bangalore. Once you get on a journey to explore this amazing city, even a month wouldn’t do justice.

Don’t you believe me? 

Maybe once you visit these stunning locations, you will!

Attractions in Mysore:

  • Mysore Palace
  • Brindavan Gardens
  • Mysore Zoo
  • Karanji lake
  • Shivanasamudra falls
  • Chamundi Hills
  • Lalitha Mahal

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7. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

Picturesque views at Horseley Hills
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Imagine sitting on the edge of a hilltop watching a vibrant blue sky, grey clouds, and a picturesque landscape – Wanna pause the moment for a breathtaking view? Then you have to pack your bags and set on a drive to visit “The Ooty of Andhra Pradesh.” Horsley Hills is located in Madanapalle Talook of Chittoor district. The popular attractions of Horsley Hills are Horsley hills zoo, Kaigal falls, Viewpoint, Mallamma temple, Kalyani- If you think Kalyani is the name of a woman, you are wrong. Kalyani is the name of the Eucalyptus tree.

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Attractions in Horsley Hills:

  • Mallamma temple
  • Kaigal falls
  • Horsley hills zoo
  • Viewpoint
  • Kalyani

Best time to visit:


Weekend Getaways From Bangalore Within 300 km

8. Coorg, Karnataka

Spend a romantic vacay at Coorg
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Hey lockdown couple, I am sorry you haven’t got the chance to celebrate your new beginnings with all your near and dear ones. Since the lockdown is eased, you don’t need to compromise on your most awaited honeymoon. At this point, it may not be safe to plan an international holiday. Still, we can explore the places around us.

And what could be more refreshing than “Coorg” to chill and spend quality time together. I must say, you will definitely come back from this romantic “Scotland” with loads of happy memories. Abbey falls, Bylakuppe, Kotebetta Trek, Chklihole Reservoir, Somwarapet, Tadiandamol Peak and Raja’s seat are well known romantic places in Coorg.

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Activities to do in Coorg:

  • Mandalpatti-Sunset jeep drive
  • Kushal Nagar-Quad biking
  • Barapole- River rafting

Best time to visit:

September to February

9. Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Lush green tea gardens
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If you love lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls, ancient temples, verdant valleys, or serene hills- Chikmagalur has it all. Chikmagalur,one of the popular weekend getaways from Bangalore, is the absolute place to escape from the busy lifestyle of the city. The beauty of Chikmagalur can be best enjoyed on a road trip. Chikmagalur has an array of magnificent places that you shouldn’t miss. 

Here are my top 6 favourite offbeat locations

  1. Mullayanagiri Hills
  2. Kudremukh
  3. Veera Narayan temple
  4. Kemmanagundi
  5. Hebbe Falls
  6. Sunset at Hirekolale lake

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Activities to do in Chikmagalur:

  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Rafting
  • Walk-in coffee plantations
  • Jeep rides

Best time to visit:


Weekend Getaway From Bangalore Within 400 km

10. Jog Falls, Karnataka

DOn't miss the grand Jog Falls
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Life is all about twists, turns, ups, downs, and adventures! If adventure is your thing and you want to experience a whole new world of excitement, Jog Falls should be on the top of your list of weekend getaways from Bangalore. Jog Falls has different names; some of them are Gersoppa Falls, Gerusoppe Falls, Jogada Gundi. Unlike other waterfalls, water thunders down the slope losing contact with the rock making the Jog Falls unique. Jog is located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Make the most of your getaway by visiting these places near Jog Falls- Honnemaradu, Tunga Anicut Dam, and Lion Tiger Reserve.\

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Attractions near Jog Falls:

  • Tunga Anicut Dam
  • Honnemaradu
  • Lion Tiger Reserve

Best time to visit: 


Watch this video for some travel motivation:

Already planning your quick holiday? So which one would be your favourite weekend getaway from Bangalore? Comment below and let us know where you are visiting this weekend.

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Arijit Ganguly
2 years ago

Love the list! Jog falls have been on my list for a very long time.
Nagarhole National Park and Tiger Reserve and Bandipur National Park will be excellent additions to the within 300 Kms list! 🙂