Popular Long Weekend Getaways From Bangalore

A long weekend is around the corner! So where are you going for a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore? The city is surrounded by some of the best places to visit during a long weekend to break the monotony of the hectic life. Lying in close proximity, there are mountains, beaches and other places of interest that offer completely incredible experiences.         

So, what are you waiting for? You have a long weekend to spare! Make the most out of it by planning a trip to some of the best places to visit near Bangalore.

Hampi

Hampi is one of the must-visit places near Bangalore.  Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Group of Monuments at Hampi lure various history buffs. But this doesn’t mean that Hampi is only for the history enthusiasts. The ancient town also houses intriguing river banks, fascinating landscapes and huge water bodies. Historic tours and rock climbing are some of the best things to do in Hampi.

Attractions of Hampi

Distance between Bangalore and Hampi – 370 km

Best time to visit Hampi – October to February

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Mysore

Embellished with historical sites and lush gardens, Mysore is a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore. Also known as Mysuru, the city is famed for its Mysore Palace. Besides this iconic attraction, six other splendid palaces have brought the title of ‘City of Palaces’ to the destination. The town was once the capital of the ‘Kingdom of Mysore’ and thus is remarked worldwide for its ostentatious heritage.

Attractions of Mysore

  • The Mysore Zoo
  • Mysore Palace
  • Jaganmohan Palace
  • Brindavan Gardens
  • Sand Sculpture Museum
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Chamundeshwari Temple
  • Rail Museum
  • Regional Museum of Natural History
  • Philomena’s Church

Distance between Bangalore and Mysore – 145.4 km

Best time to visit Mysore– October till the end of February

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 Coorg

Just an overnight journey will take to a wonderful destination, Coorg. Nestled in the Western Ghats, the district is home to three wildlife sanctuaries and rich flora and fauna. Mountains covered in mist, gushing streams and scenic lake set a perfect backdrop for a romantic honeymoon in India. Also a trekker’s paradise, Coorg or Kodagu is an ideal place to spend the weekend away from the crowds.

Attractions of Coorg

  • Virajpet
  • Madikeri
  • Kushalanagar
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Abbey Falls
  • Bird Watching
  • Trekking
  • Coffee Plantation tour

 

Distance between Bangalore and Coorg – 264.4 km

Best time to visit Coorg – October to April

Hassan

Deriving its name from the presiding deity Goddess Hasanamba, Hassan is dotted with many spectacular monuments and structures. Dating back to the 11th century, the city is small but quaint and thus is considered as one of the best tourist places near Bangalore. The influence of the Hoysala Empire can be seen in the inscriptions and art on different architectural masterpieces. A number of temples in the town make it a revered pilgrimage.

Attractions of Hassan

  • Hoysaleswara Temple
  • The Chennakesava Temple
  • The statue of Gomateshvara Bahubali in Shravanabelagola
  • Manjarabad Fort
  • Rudrapatna
  • Hemavati Dam
  • Hasanamba Temple
  • Bisle Ghat
  • Konanur

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Distance between Bangalore and Hassan – 182.8 km

Best time to visit Hassan – Throughout the year

Badami

There is no other place like Badami that can evoke your wanderlust to explore this one of the top- tourist places near Bangalore. Marvel at the red sandstone cliffs and majestic rock-cut temples, the town is famed for. Badami Cave Temples are the major draw card of the city that brings lots of tourists from all around the world. Out of the four caves, one each is dedicated to Shiva and Jainism and two to Lord Vishnu.

Attractions of Badami

  • Badami Fort
  • Badami cave temples
  • Bhutanatha group of temples
  • Banashankari Amma Temple
  • Mahakuta group of temples
  • Jambulinga Temple
  • Upper Shivalaya Temple
  • Badami Chalukyas Art of Stones

Distance between Bangalore and Badami – 448.1 km

Best time to visit Badami – July to March

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Udupi

Why head towards international places when there is an amazing beach destination near Bangalore itself? Serene Beaches in the Udupi offer a perfect weekend escape. The city is blessed with stunning temples which make it a pilgrimage. Another added plus to the city is its geographical condition. It is surrounded by the lush green Sahyadri Mountain ranges on the east and roaring sea on the west.

Attractions of Udupi

  • Udupi Anantheshwara Temple
  • Sri Krishna Matha
  • Corporation Bank Heritage Museum
  • St Mary’s Island
  • Chandramouleshwara Temple
  • Shankar Narayan Temple
  • Anantha Padmanabha Temple
  • Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village
  • Kanakanakhindhi
  • Malpe Beach

 

Distance between Bangalore and Udupi – 402.9 km

Best time to visit Udupi – December to February

Halebid

Boasting of a glorious past, Halebid was known as Dwarasamudra. A plethora of shrines, temples and sculptures, especially the Hoysala architecture are the reasons behind the city to be titled as the ‘Gem of Indian architecture’. Presently in its ruins, the city was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire and thus is a home to Hoyasaleswara Temple which ranks in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. So, just get ready for witnessing a wonderful show of architecture, culture and imprints of important happenings of the bygone era.

Attractions of Halebid

  • Hoysaleswara temple
  • Shantaleshwara temples
  • Halebidu Archaeological Site
  • Ancient Shri 1008 Bhagwan Adinath Digambar Jain Temple
  • ASI Halebeedu Museum
  • Hulikere Tank
  • Kedareshwar Temple
  • Basadi Halli
  • Yagachi Dam
  • Archaeological Museum

Distance between Bangalore and Halebid – 210.3 km

Best time to visit Halebid – October and January

Belur

A short trip from Bangalore leads you to Belur. Highlighting the architectural works of the Hoysala Empire, Belur is an ancient town with a former name Velapura. Lying in the banks of River Yagachi, the town is blessed with some of the exemplary works of the Hoysala rulers. People from all around the world travel to this popular weekend getaway from Bangalore to marvel at the architectural brilliance that prevails all over the town.

Attractions of Belur

  • Chennakeshava temple
  • Kappe Chennigaraya temple
  • Pushkarni
  • The Gravity Pillar
  • Yagachi Dam
  • Vishnu Samudra Veeranarayana Temple

 

Distance between Bangalore and Belur– 222.6 km

Best time to visit Belur – October and April

Nandi Hills

Perched at a height of 1,479m, Nandi Hills remain in the bucket list of all planning to spend the weekend at the nearby places to visit from Bangalore. The breathtaking views present a sight to behold while amazing trekking opportunities lure avid trekkers. A cycling voyage to the Nandi Hills makes the trip unforgettable. Also known as Nandidurg, the hill fortress is a must visit at least once in a lifetime.

Attractions of Nandi Hills

  • Tipu Sultan’s summer palace
  • Trekking
  • Paragliding
  • Tippu’s Drop
  • Nandi Bhoganandishwara Swamy Temple
  • Brahmashram
  • Spectacular sunset and sunrise views
  • Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple
  • Nandi Hill Caves
  • Amruth Sarovara Pond

Distance between Bangalore and Nandi Hills – 61.1 km

Best time to visit Nandi Hills – October to June

Horsley Hills

A completely relaxed and tranquil holiday is assured at the Horsley Hills. An interesting tale associated with the local name of the series of the hills makes the trip to this best hill station near Bangalore, even more intriguing. Be it the love for the hills or the soothing environ, people throng here for various reasons. A romantic walk on the hills shrouded in mist and fog will cast a spell on you.

Attractions of Horsley Hills

  • Rappelling
  • Zorbing
  • Hiking
  • Kalyani (Bhi Big Eucalyptus Tree)
  • Horsley Hill Zoo
  • The Big Banyan Tree
  • Sea of Monsters
  • Horsley hills top point

Distance between Bangalore and Horsley Hills– 144.3 km

Best time to visit Horsley Hills – December to March

Lepakshi

Ruled by several kingdoms, Lepakshi is a quaint town and one of the best places to visit near Bangalore during a short weekend break. Striking prehistoric temples, captivating eye-catching sites and rich culture make the town religiously and historically important. Vishwakarma Brahmins were the architects behind the temples that adorn this hamlet. The rustic feel and charm of the town add to its appealing charisma.

Attractions of Lepakshi

  • Lepakshi Nandi
  • Veerabhadra Temple
  • Lepakshi Sarovar
  • Vimana
  • Lepakshi Murals
  • Kurma Saila

Distance between Bangalore and Lepakshi– 122.7 km

Best time to visit Lepakshi – September-February

Kabini

The charm of Kabini is simply matchless. It is one of the best weekend getaway nearby Bangalore. Undisturbed wilderness, soothing nature on the river bank and just you and your loved one, what else do you need to create memories for a lifetime? Considered as the best wildlife sanctuaries in India, Kabini is simply an unmissable place for the animal lovers.

Attractions of Kabini

  • Jungle safari
  • Coracle ride
  • Elephant ride
  • Trekking
  • Nature walk
  • Nagarhole forests
  • Kabini River
  • Kabini Dam
  • Boating

Distance between Bangalore and Kabini – 226.8 km

Best time to visit Kabini – Throughout the year

Wayanad

Wayanad plays a major role in the advancement of Kerala tourism. Replete with small hamlets, iconic landmarks, various attractions, historical sites and resorts, the district is reckoned as one of the best places to visit near Bangalore. A number of exciting things to do in Wayanad will leave you spoilt for choice. Wildlife Safari, trekking boating, camping, Ayurvedic massages and what not? The amazing destination has everything in store for you!

Attractions of Wayanad

  • Silent Valley
  • Muthanga
  • Tholpetty
  • Kalpetta
  • Mananthavady
  • Sulthan Bathery
  • Edakkal Caves
  • Chembra Peak
  • Banasura Dam
  • Pookode Lake
  • Thirunelli Temple
  • Kuruva Island
  • Ambukuthi Mala

Distance between Bangalore and Wayanad – 282.6 km

Best time to visit Wayanad – April to June & October to January

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Jog Falls

Listen to an intense rhythm of rock against water at the Jog Falls. Also known as Joga Falls and Gerosoppa Falls, the waterfall is the second highest in India. An interesting feature about the segmented cascade is that it becomes a plunge waterfall depending upon the season and rain. The spellbinding view of the falls is so mesmerizing that it gets etched on the viewer’s mind forever. Originating from Sharavati River, the Jog Falls is the preferred choice of many, looking for an excellent place to visit in nearby Bangalore.

Attractions of Jog Falls

  • Linganamakki Dam
  • Dabbe Falls
  • Jog Falls View Point
  • Roarer Falls
  • Sharavati Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Rani Falls
  • Raja Falls
  • Rocket Falls
  • Bangaramakki Veeranjaneya Temple
  • Bangara Kusuma

 Distance between Bangalore and Jog Falls – 428.5 Km

Best time to visit Jog Falls – July to March

Aihole

There is no better place than Aihole to admire a wonderful amalgamation of the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain monuments within a single destination. Surrounded by sandstone hills and farmlands, the historic site is a home to around one hundred and twenty plus cave and stone temples. Serving as a cradle to Hindu rock architecture, the famous weekend getaway from Bangalore is a delight for any archeologist.

Attractions of Aihole

  • Durga Temple
  • Meguti Temple
  • Lad Khan Temple
  • Hucchimalli Temple
  • Ravanphadi Cave
  • Suryanarayana Temple
  • Gowda Temple
  • Konti group of temples
  • Buddha Cave
  • Jyotirlinga complex

 

Distance between Bangalore and Aihole – 451.9 km

Best time to visit Aihole – October-March

Srirangapatna

Enjoying cultural, religious and historic importance, Srirangapatna houses fabulous monuments which are nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled amidst Cauvery River, the egg-shaped island has architectural masterpieces of the Vijaynagar and Hoysala styles. The spiritual vibe and serene aura of the town account for a relaxing weekend and thus, making it one of the best tourist places near Bangalore.

Attractions of Srirangapatna

  • Daria Daulat Bagh
  • Ranganathaswamy Temple
  • Tipu’s fort
  • Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
  • Lal Mahal Palace
  • Colonel Bailey’s Dungeon
  • Jama Masjid
  • Wellesley Bridge
  • Balmuri Falls
  • Scott’s Bungalow
  • Tipu Sultan Summer Palace And Museum
  • Tipu Sultan Rocket Launch Place

 

Distance between Bangalore and Srirangapatna – 130.2 km

Best time to visit Srirangapatna – October – March

Shravanabelagola

Shravanabelagola is not only a popular Jain pilgrimage center but also a famous weekend getaway nearby Bangalore. Deriving its name from the pond positioned in the heart of the town (Bela-Kola means White pond), the place remains as the center of attraction for its huge Bahubali statue. The idol is believed to be 58 feet in height and carved out of a single block of granite. The town is thronged with umpteen devotees during the Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsava.

Attractions of Shravanabelagola

  • Bhagwan Bahubali Statue
  • Chandragiri Hill
  • Bhadrabahu Cave
  • Vindhyagiri
  • The Great King Chandragupta Maurya Samadhi Sthal (Nirvana)
  • Gana Mangala Kalash Bhavan
  • Chandramouleshwara Temple
  • Gomateshwara temple

 

Distance between Bangalore and Shravanabelagola – 143.1 km

Best time to visit Shravanabelagola – October – March

Ooty

Ooty is one of the scenic hill stations near Bangalore. Holding an epithet the ‘Queen of Hills’, the town casts a spell with the aroma of the Eucalyptus trees, fresh mountain air and attractive colonial-era edifices. Ooty is also one of the perfect honeymoon destinations in India for a romantic getaway. The ethereal beauty of the town is enhanced with lush foliage and timberland of pine trees.

Attractions of Ooty

  • Government Rose Garden
  • Government Botanical Gardens
  • Doddabetta
  • Stephen’s Church
  • Stone House
  • Thunder World
  • Deer Park
  • Toda Temple
  • Holy Trinity Church
  • Adam’s fountain
  • Kamaraj Sagar Dam

Distance between Bangalore and Ooty – 277.8 km

Best time to visit Ooty – April to June & October to January

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Pondicherry

Looking for a destination nearby Bangalore for a short family holiday? Pondicherry is the right place for you. Alternatively known as Pondy, the destination offers amazing beach holidays or a spiritual break away from the hustle-bustle of city life. While on your trip to Pondicherry, at least for once you will definitely get a feel of being present at a European town. Watch beautiful sunsets at beaches, savor delicious food, and take heritage walks and much more! The union territory keeps you engaged with one thing or the other.

Attractions of Pondicherry

 

Distance between Bangalore and Pondicherry – 307.4 km

Best time to visit Pondicherry – November till March

Mangalore

If spending days by the seaside, enjoying delicious food, soaking in the greenery and having fun and frolic at the beaches is your idea of holidays, then plan a trip to Mangalore. Known as the ‘Gateway of Karnataka’, the city sits at the estuaries of the scenic Gurupur and Netravathi Rivers. With bustling shopping malls and temples, mosques and churches, the city showcases a perfect juxtaposition of the old and new.

Attractions of Mangalore

  • Tannirbhavi Beach
  • Pilikula Nisargadhama
  • Gokarnanatheshwara Temple
  • Mangaladevi Temple
  • Panambur Beach
  • Kadri Manjunath Temple
  • Aloysius Chapel
  • Sultan Battery
  • Someshwar Beach
  • Shree Durgaparameshwari Temple

 

Distance between Bangalore and Mangalore – 351.8 km

Best time to visit Mangalore – September to April

Madurai

Constructed in the shape of a lotus, Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India. The city boasts of an interesting mythological history and owns great cultural heritage. A number of temples, adding to the magnificence of the city, portray the architectural brilliance of the craftsmen of the olden days. Don’t forget to taste the very famous ‘Idlis’ of Madurai whenever you go out for a leisurely walk.

Attractions of Madurai

  • Alagar Kovil
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple
  • Vaigai Dam
  • Koodal Azhagar Temple
  • Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal
  • Gandhi museum
  • Pazhamudhir Solai
  • Mariamman Teppakulam
  • Tirupparankundram Murugan temple
  • Samanar Hills

Distance between Bangalore and Madurai – 434.4 km

Best time to visit Madurai – October to March

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Kodaikanal

Alluring newly wedded couples from all over the world, Kodaikanal offers mist-shrouded cliffs, amazing climate, superb lakes and valleys, etc. Counted as one of the captivating hill stations near Bangalore, Kodaikanal is also a perfect summer holiday destination to escape from the scorching heat. The charm and fame of the place have bestowed it with the title of the ‘Princess of the Hill Stations’.

Attractions of Kodaikanal

  • Silver Cascade
  • Coaker’s Walk
  • Kodai Lake
  • Bryant’s Park
  • Bear Shola Falls
  • Green Valley View
  • Kodaikanal Science Observatory
  • Shembaganur Museum of Natural History
  • Guna caves
  • Berijam Lake
  • Dolphin’s Nose

 Distance between Bangalore and Kodaikanal – 464.5 km

Best time to visit Kodaikanal – September to May

 Munnar

Blessed with the bounty of nature, Munnar is an eye-soothing bliss. An ideal retreat for nature lovers, this hill station near Bangalore grabs the attention because of its tea estates. The natural views are beyond description and must be azed at to be believed. A rejuvenating experience amidst the lap of nature is guaranteed here. Whether traveling solo, in groups or with families, the place will set the mood right for a memorable weekend break. Monsoon enhances the beauty of this destination, making people fall in love with the place.

Attractions of Munnar

  • Mattupetty Dam
  • Eravikulam National Park
  • The Blossom International Park
  • Anamudi
  • Pothamedu View Point
  • KDHP Tea Museum
  • Attukad Waterfall
  • Photo Point
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church
  • Carmelagiri Elephant Park
  • Hiking
  • Trekking

Distance between Bangalore and Munnar – 475.6 km

Best time to visit Munnar – September to May is the best time to visit Munnar. However, the place can also be explored during monsoon.

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Vagamon

Time to hit the less-travelled roads! Vagamon is one of the offbeat places to visit near Bangalore. From pine forests, green meadows, valleys, fog, mist, waterfalls, tea estates, etc. you will get everything you can think of here. Paragliding festival brings lots of adventure enthusiasts to this nature’s wonderland every year. Far from the commercialization, the hill station beguiles with a mysticism of its own. The never-ending meandering rivulets and jaw-dropping ravines leave the visitors speechless.

Attractions of Vagamon

  • Marmala Waterfall
  • Vagamon Pine forest
  • Barren Hills
  • Thangalpara
  • Vagamon Lake
  • Rock climbing
  • Trekking
  • Cycling
  • Paragliding

Distance between Bangalore and Vagamon – 550.1 km

Best time to visit Vagamon – Throughout the year

Alleppey

Usually called as Alappuzha, Alleppey has gained the titled of the ‘Venice of East’ because of its vast network of beaches, lagoons and soothing backwaters. The city steals the limelight during the annual snake boat race which is held here during Onam. Houseboat cruise in Backwaters of Alleppey, church hopping, village tours are some of the things that make the city a must-visit destination near Bangalore during the weekend. Get rid of your fatigue by visiting the Ayurveda Spas, the city is famous for.

Attractions of Alleppey

  • Pathiramanal
  • Alappuzha Beach
  • Krishnapuram Palace
  • Vembanad Lake
  • Alappuzha Lighthouse
  • Revi Karuna Karan Memorial Museum
  • Amaze World
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Marari Beach
  • Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple

Distance between Bangalore and Alleppey – 593.5 km

Best time to visit Alleppey – September to March

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Goa

Goa is all about beaches, party and unlimited fun. The popular weekend getaway from Bangalore is known for its lively nightlife. At the state, you have the chance to get the most out of the shack lives and beach parties. For those who those want to experience the state differently, can head towards the spectacular and serene churches in Goa, some of which are inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Attractions of Goa

Distance between Bangalore and Goa – 556.1 km

Best time to visit Goa – Mid-November to Mid-February

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Kovalam

Having an edge over the others, Kovalam is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore. The beach town remains in the bucket-list of holidaymakers for its three crescent-shaped beaches. The town is better explored with the kids. A number of leisure options keep them busy with something or the other. Make sand castles on the beach or simply bask in the sunshine. The laid-back vibe will delight you to the core.

Attractions of Kovalam

  • Hawah Beach
  • Lighthouse Beach
  • Samudra Beach
  • Halcyon Castle
  • Vellayani Lake
  • Kovalam Art Gallery
  • Neyyar Dam
  • Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple
  • Karamana River

Distance between Bangalore and Kovalam – 726.1 km

Best time to visit Kovalam – November to February

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