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My Top 10 weekend getaways from Bangalore

My 10 best weekend getaway from Bangalore

My 10 best weekend getaway from Bangalore

I have been living in Bangalore for more than two decades now & have come to love the city. I have traveled widely in India & have stayed at all metropolitan as well as Tier 1 cities. My experience in all these cities has confirmed my belief – with all its drawbacks, Bangalore is still the best city to live in India.

Am I biased? – may be partially as I am a Kannidiga; but lot of my non-Kannidiga friends & associates too have echoed similar feelings about Bangalore.

Much as I love Bangalore; there are lot of times when I feel like escaping from Bangalore. I get these urge to escape from Bangalore on long weekends & let us say pretty much on national holidays too.

I love travelling & have travelled quite a lot so far. Fortunately for me, my passion is my profession too – I am a holiday consultant & an organizer. I head a travel company in Bangalore called Signature Holidays & my wonderful profession gives me umpteen opportunities to explore various destinations. I sometime create these opportunities too & my profession gives me the privileges to do so. I am one of those lucky ones who make a living by doing what I love most & travel is my passion.

I have listed below the 10 best weekend getaways from Bangalore. I have visited all weekend getaways from Bangalore; with no exception. But my chosen weekend getaways are the ones that I keep visiting at regular intervals. I never ever get tired of these getaways & always look forward to my next trips.

If you want more options; then please refer “52 weekend getaways” from Bangalore by the famous travel magazine – “Outlook Traveller”.

While picking 10 best weekend getaways from Bangalore; I used the following criteria.

  1. Destinations within 300 kms. from Bangalore
  2. Decent roads
  3. Good hotels & resorts to stay
  4. Ideal for families
  5. Pilgrimages were not considered (I firmly believe in the existence of God & please don’t get me wrong here)

I also compiled this list keeping Bangaloreans in mind & not the tourists coming from other states. Mysore; my dear home town; is not the favorite weekend getaway for Bangaloreans & was the first casualty. Hence the first dissent to my list of top 10 weekend getaways will come from my own family + friends from Mysore. My apologies to all of them.

Fancy escaping Bangalore? These destinations outside Bangalore are less than 6 hours’ drive.

HERE I GO: THE 10 BEST WEEKEND GETAWAYS FROM BANGALORE.

1)    COORG

Coorg: The Top Weekend Getaway from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Coorg: The Top Weekend Getaway from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Distance from Bangalore: 250 kms.

Type of destination: Hill station & Wildlife

Best time to visit: April to June & October to January

Ideal for: Families, honeymooners & groups

Recommended resorts: Orange County, The Tamara, Vivanta by TAJ, Madikeri, The Windflower resort & Ambatty Greens Resort


2)    KABINI

Kabini: See the pachyderms in their natural habit over the Weekend. The perfect weekend Getaway from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Kabini: See the pachyderms in their natural habit. The perfect weekend Getaway from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Distance from Bangalore: 220 kms.

Type of destination: Riverfront & Wildlife

Best time to visit: October to January

Ideal for: Families, honeymooners & groups

Recommended resorts: Orange County & The Serai


3)    CHIKMAGALUR

Chikmagalur: The best destinatio for the perfect relaxation on a weekend drive from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Chikmagalur: The best destination for the perfect relaxation on a weekend drive from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Distance from Bangalore: 250 kms.

Type of destination: Hill Station

Best time to visit: April to June & October to January

Ideal for: Families, honeymooners & groups

Recommended resorts: The Serai & Flameback Lodges


4)    WAYANAD

 

Wayanad: The Top North Kerala Weekend Getaway from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Wayanad: The Top North Kerala Weekend Getaway from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Distance from Bangalore: 280 kms.

Type of destination: Hill Station & Wildlife

Best time to visit: April to June & October to January

Ideal for: Families, honeymooners & groups

Recommended resorts: Vythiri Resort, Vythiri Village, The Windflower & Green Gates Hotel

 


5)    OOTY

Ooty: The best Weekend Getaway in Tamil Nadu from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Ooty: The best Weekend Getaway in Tamil Nadu from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Distance from Bangalore: 300 kms.

Type of destination: Hill station

Best time to visit: April to June & October to January

Ideal for: Families, honeymooners & groups

Recommended resorts: Gem Park & Fortune Sullivan Court


6)    SAKLESHPUR

Sakleshpur: The ideal Weekend Getaway from Bangalore onto the Western Ghats. Presented by Signature Holidays

Sakleshpur: The ideal Weekend Getaway from Bangalore on the Western Ghats. Presented by Signature Holidays

Distance from Bangalore: 250 kms.

Type of destination: Hill Station & Western Ghats

Best time to visit: April to June & October to January

Ideal for: Families, honeymooners & groups

Recommended resorts: The Hills & Eka Resort


7)    B R HILLS

B R HILLS - The best wildlife weekend getaway from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

B R HILLS – The best wildlife weekend getaway from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Distance from Bangalore: 230 kms.

Type of destination: Wildlife

Best time to visit: April to June & October to January

Ideal for: Families, honeymooners & groups

Recommended resorts: Gorukana & K. Gudi Wilderness Camp

 


8)    BHEEMESHWARI FISHING CAMP

 

Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp - The best Jungle Lodges Resort weekend getaway from Bangalore - Signature Holidays

Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp – The best Jungle Lodges Resort & fishing camp weekend getaway from Bangalore – Signature Holidays

Distance from Bangalore: 145 kms.

Type of destination: Fishing & Adventure

Best time to visit: April to June & October to January

Ideal for: Fishing & Adventure

Recommended resorts: Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp


9)    YERCAUD

Yercaud - The perfect alternate to Ooty for a weekend getaway from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Yercaud – The perfect alternate to Ooty for a weekend getaway from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

 Distance from Bangalore: 220 kms.

Type of destination: Hill Station

Best time to visit: April to June & October to January

Ideal for: Families, honeymooners & groups

Recommended resorts: GRT Nature Trails Sky Rocca & Grand Palace


10)   PONDICHERRY

Pondicherry: The Top Beach Destination for the weekend from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

Pondicherry: The Top Beach Destination for the weekend from Bangalore. Presented by Signature Holidays

 Distance from Bangalore: 310 kms.

Type of destination: Beaches & Heritage

Best time to visit: April to June & October to January

Ideal for: Families, honeymooners & groups

Recommended resorts: Le Pondy Beach Resort & The Windflower Resort

 


 

Let me now narrow down my list to five best weekend getaways from Bangalore.

  1. Coorg
  2. Kabini
  3. Sakleshpur
  4. Wayanad &
  5. Pondicherry.

It was a tricky choice to choose between Chikmagalur & Sakleshpur as there are quite a few similarities & both are wonderful destinations. But here I let my heart do the choosing & Sakleshpur was the winner – the right one too. I have so many fond memories of my umpteen stays in Sakleshpur that the choice was made without much difficulty. I could not have chosen both as they are close by & are similar in many ways.

Hope most of my readers agree with my choices & I thank all of them. But I am sure that a lot will disagree with my choices too & I wish to know from these readers about their reasons for  disagreements.

I request all my readers to send in their opinions & all are welcome. I don’t mind criticism because your opinion is important to me.

I love connecting with my readers & know some of the readers don’t agree with me. But it is fine with me as I will never ever take honest dissent as negative censure.

Let me end my blog with a quote from Hubert H. Humphrey

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent & debate