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Famous Weekend Getaways around Bangalore

Bangalore is not just for software companies. Bangalore or Bengaluru is a place where you can find many tourist spots which expresses heritage, spirituality and modernity. Apart from the attractions inside the city, there are a lot of important tourist attractions around the city. This article will talk in detail about the tourist attractions that are a little away from the city and would make a great weekend getaway from all kinds of people.

#1. Mysore

Distance – 180 km from Bangalore

State – Karnataka

Mysore is filled with pilgrimage sites, historic spots and other attractions. The city is more than 700 years old. The top attractions in Mysore are Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Palace, St. Philomena Church, Mysore Zoo, Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, Lalitha Mahal, Chamudi Hills, Jaganmohan Palace and others. If you are ready to travel a little farther, Srirangapatna is an important tourist destination near Mysore. Top things to buy in Mysore are sandalwood items, incense products and Mysore silk. You ought to taste the cuisine of the land too.

Mysore Palace

#2. Hampi

Distance – 370 km from Bangalore

State – Karnataka

Hampi is a heritage site which has numerous monuments of ancient India. Some of the monuments are in existence since 7th century. There are several temples, monument, buildings, fortifications and others. The stone chariot is an important tourist attraction in Hampi. Other top attractions in Hampi include Pusjkarani, Krishna temple and others. Hampi can be reached from Bangalore within 8 hours of driving.


#3. Banerghata National Park

Distance – 22 km from Bangalore

State – Karnataka

It is a national park that spreads around 104.27 square km. It is Famous for its butterfly park, safari and zoo. Top animals to spot here are leopard, bison, wild dog, barking deer, porcupine, bonnet macaque, striped hyena, sambal, sloth bear and others. It is also a good spot for bird watching. You can find birds like parakeet, eagles, thrushes, storks, flycatchers, grey jungle fowl and others. If you visit during winter or rainy season, you can enjoy boating too.

Banerghata National Park

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#4. Coorg

Distance – 260 km from Bangalore

State – Karnataka

Coorg is an important hill station and tourist destination in Karnataka. It is in the Western Ghats and is a famous weekend getaway spot from Bangalore. Coorg is famous for spice orchards, coffee plantations, Abbey falls, Nagarhole, Omkareshwara temple, Iruppu falls, Kaveri river, Nisargadhama and others. You can also find a Buddhist Golden Temple in Coorg.


#5. Puttaparthi

Distance – 160 km from Bangalore

State – Andhra Pradesh

It is an important pilgrim spot. It is famous for Sai Baba’s ashram. Other top attractions in Puttaparthi are Sathyabhama temple, village mosque and a hanuman temple. It is famous among Sai Baba devotees. Important incidents of Sai Baba’s life and childhood can be found in Chaitanya Jyoti museum. It is also famous for its architectural beauty. There is a meditation tree which was planted by Sai Baba himself. It is an important tourist spot inside the ashram. Next to the university inside the ashram, there is a small spiritual museum which stands as the foundation of Baba’s teachings. This museum brings all religious together.


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#6. Big Banyan Tree

Distance – 25 km from Bangalore

State – Karnataka

It is just a giant banyan tree which is 400 years old and spreads across three acres of land. It is the second largest tree in the country. It attracts a lot of botanist, every year. The root of this tree has succumbed and now it looks like a cluster of many small trees. Apart from this, there is a temple for Lord Shiva temple near the banyan tree. It is a pilgrimage spot too. The tree is called as DobbaAlada Mara among local people.

 Big Banyan Tree

 #7. Shravanabelagola

Distance – 143 km from Bangalore

State – Karnataka

It is famous for the Bahubali monolithic statue. It is an important pilgrimage spot for Buddhists. There are many ancient monuments in and around the city. The main monuments to visit are Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri.  Top attractions to visit in Shravanabelagola are KattlaeBasadi, Mahamasthakabhisheka, OdegalBasti and others. It is also a calm spot for relaxing and meditating.


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#8. Halebid

Distance – 212 km from Bangalore

State – Karnataka

It is a historic spot in Karnataka. It is located on the Mangalore Bangalore national highways. The place was the capital of Hoysala empire which thrived during 12th century. You can find many beautiful temples, architectures and other attractions here. Top attractions to visit in Halebid are Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary, Kedareswara temple, Shantaleswara temple, Hoysaleswara temple and others. The Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary is famous for spotting elephants, leopards, jungle cat, common mongoose, porcupine wild pig, palm civet, barking deer, hare, spotted deer and others.


#9. Chikmangalur

Distance – 250 km from Bangalore

State – Karnataka

Chikmangalur is a small hill station in Karnataka. It is very famous for Mullayanagiri peak. The hill station is filled with rich sceneries, historic temples, waterfalls and others. India’s first coffee cultivation started in Chikmangalur. Top attractions to enjoy in Chikmangalur are Hebbe falls, Kallathigiri falls, Shanti falls, Baba BudanGiri peak, Hanumanagundi falls, Bhandra wildlife sanctuary and others. If you are ready to travel a little away from Chikmangalur, you can spot Kalhatti falls.


Apart from these, there are a lot of other attractions around Bangalore. Other honorable mentions are Nagarhole, Honnemardu and others. No matter when you visit Bangalore, there are a lot of tourist spots in and around the city that would suit the season. If you are picking peak tourist season, it is advisable to pre-book all your amenities and accommodation before your travel date.

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