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There are quite many places near Bengaluru city which provides getaway for a perfect weekend holiday. These places are immensely popular among the locals of Bengaluru and also draw thousands of tourists round the year. Most of these places since time immemorial have been providing much needed breakaway and respite to locals & tourists, where they forget all their stress and rest in the abode of beautiful nature. One can visit all these places either all alone or with family or with bunch of friend; in any case a great weekend time is rest assured.
Given below is brief description of some of the most popular Weekend Getaways from Bangalore:
Muthyalamaduvu Waterfall near Bangalore:
This is a very beautiful waterfall located at the outskirts of Bengaluru city – near Anekal town, which is nearly 45 km away from the heart of Bengaluru. This is one of the most favorite picnic spots among the locals of Bengaluru. Although waterfall is very small, it is nevertheless extremely beautiful and the surrounding greenery only makes this place even more enchanting. There is a lot you can do here.
Either you can just sit and calmly enjoy the serene nature or go out & take a cold bath under the waterfall or swim under the adjoining pound. Besides, there is a small shrine of Lord Shiva that overlooks this waterfall, where one can seek blessings of god in the midst of beautiful nature. As for accommodations, there are decent number of hotels & restrooms however they aren’t very luxurious; nevertheless are quite comfortable.And the most important thing is that people should travel to this place only during raining season. Traveling during any other season should be strictly avoided as waterfall is almost dry.
Location: near Anekal town
How to reach: There are two roads or routes to reach the destination. Either one can take Banneraghatta Road or Hosur Road; Hosur Road will take little longer to reach the destination.
Entry fees: Entry is free; however you’ll have to pay toll fee at the toll gate once you reach near the destination. Toll fee is Rs 20. Moreover, people who come with their private vehicles will have to pay parking charges.
Important things to remember: travel only during rainy season. Carry your own food; food in the nearby restaurant is not that great.
Savandurga near Bangalore
Savandurga is actually a huge hill, but it is not just any other hill. It is largest monolith hill in entire Asia. This distinct geographical fact alone makes this place worth visiting. However, there are many other things about this place which makes it extra special. Savandurga hill is also equally sacred. At the very base of this hill are Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple and Narasimha Swamy temple, which are visited by millions of devotees round the year.
Besides, rich flora and fauna surrounding the hill makes this place a beautiful paradise of nature. In fact Savandurga is home to many endangered species including Yellow-throated Bulbuls; besides it has many wide varieties of trees and shrub species.
For sheer beauty of nature, this place is surely worth visiting during your weekend holidays.
Location: 60 km away from Bengaluru, off the Magadi Entry fees: free
Things to do: Savandurga is hub of adventure sports; especially trekking and mountain climbing. Many adventure sport companies regularly organize trekking and climbing here.
Nandi Hills near Bangalore
Located just 60 km away from Bengaluru, Nandi hills is one of the most beautiful hills stations of Karnataka state. For people who want to break away from the hustle-bustle and daily stress of city life, Nandi hill provides perfect retreat with its sprawling greenery, beautiful hills and pollution free environment. In fact this place is so beautiful that once it was favorite holiday destination of legendary king Tipu Sultan and even Mahatma Gandhi spend great time here during 1936.
Besides exquisite nature, Nandi Hill is also home to three very beautiful temples – which are also one of its main attractions. Location: Around 60 to 70 km away from Bengaluru, near Nandi town; Muddenahalli and Kanivenarayanapura are two other adjoining towns. How to reach: Nandi Hill is very near to recently constructed Bangalore International Airport. Besides, state owned KSRTC buses everyday run regular buses from Bengaluru to Nandi hill. Also, one can rent private vehicles from travel agencies. What to see: Don’t miss the stunning view of sunrise from top of the hill. You’ve to be on the hill before 5:30 am. Also, don’t miss Tippu's Summer Residence, although it is not open to public.
Skandagiri hills near Bangalore
This is one of the favorite trekking spots for trekking enthusiast living in and around Bengaluru. Skandagiri is popularly referred as ‘walking above the clouds’. This is because one literally feels like being above the cloud after reaching on top of the hill. Besides, there is also huge dilapidated fort scattered through the hill. But the main attraction is Papagni mutt (temple), considered to be one of the oldest mutts of Karnataka; although temple is not in very good condition.
Skandagiri hill is also one of the few trekking spots where night trekking is allowed.
Location: Approximately 60 km away from Bengaluru, near Chikballapur village. How to reach: Regular KSRTC buses are available from Bengaluru to Chikballapur village.
What to see and do: Besides trekking, one can visit Papagni mutt (temple). Please carry good amount of food and water supply; there aren’t good restaurants nearby.
Devarayanadurga hills near Bangalore
Located just 60 km away from near Tumkur town, Devarayanadurga is a famous pilgrimage site. It is equally popular for its lavish greenery and rich flora. Devarayanadurga hill is home to two most famous Devarayanadurga temples: Yoganarasimha and the Bhoganarasimha Temples. Millions of devotees from Karnataka as well as neighboring states visit this pilgrimage center round the year. Here one can not only seek spirituality but also natural bliss and beauty, which makes this place really worth visiting.
Location: just 60 km away from Bengaluru, near Tumkur town.
How to reach: one can reach via railway as well as bus. Via railway one can get down either at Tumkur railway station (11 km away from destination) or Dabbaspet Railway station (25 km away). From both the places auto rickshaws are available.
Best time to visit: Bhoganarasimhaswamy Jathra (march/april) and Narasimha Jayanthi (May)
Omthara Kalakuteera near Bangalore
Just an hours drive from Bengaluru, Omthara Kalakuteera is a spiritual resort where one can explore rich Hindu and Vedic culture in the midst of lush greenery and scenic nature. Situated in the midst of exotic 30 acres of lush gardens, Omthara Klakuteera is place where your stress ridden heart and mind will find absolute peace and serenity.
While on one hand surrounding nature will itself calm you down, on other hand beautiful art and sculptures of Hindu Gods & Goddesses will take you into sublime spiritual journey.
Omthara Kalakuteera is indeed spiritual oasis which is; worth visiting in every sense of the word.
Kanva reservoir, artificial lake; approximately 69 km away from Bengaluru.Wonderla Amusement Park, located approximately 40 km away from Bengaluru. Pyramid valley – international meditation center. Medkeri Hill Station – 252 km away from Bengaluru. Coorg resort – a very beautiful resort, located approximately 239 km away from Bengaluru.