When work gets dull, a weekend break away from the city can be rejuvenating. When you have a long weekend to spare, you can pick from several tourist places in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu that are fairly close to Bengaluru. Here are six such exciting weekend destinations that are waiting for you to explore them.
Mysuru is one of the closest weekend getaways from Bengaluru. The city is the perfect escape for history lovers and nature seekers with its lush gardens and historical sites. The best time to visit is during Dussehra.
Distance – Mysuru is about 150 km from Bengaluru.
How to get there – You can travel from Bengaluru via road or rail. There are direct trains to Mysuru from Bengaluru and you can travel by cab, bus, or bike to the city.
Places to visit – You can visit Mysuru Palace, Mysuru zoo, Brindavan Gardens, Sand Sculpture Museum, Chamundeshwari Temple, Rail Museum, Regional Museum of Natural History, St Philomena’s Cathedral, and RK Narayan’s house (now converted into a museum).
Things to do – Spend a day at the GRS Fantasy Park, try go-karting at Chamundi Hills, eat dosas at Vinayaka Mylari, shop at Devaraja Market, and maybe have a drink or two at Pelican Pub.
Coorg is one of Karnataka’s most popular tourist locations and an overnight journey from Bengaluru. Located in the Western Ghats, these hills abound in flora and fauna, with three wildlife sanctuaries and a national park. With its mist-covered coffee plantations, pleasant weather, and clean air, it’s a perfect spot for nature and adventure lovers.
Distance – Coorg is 263 km from Bengaluru.
How to get there – You can travel from Bengaluru to Coorg by road.
Places to visit – Namdroling Monastery, Talakaveri, Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Nagarhole National Park and Iruppu Falls are all worth a visit.
Things to do – Take an elephant ride at the Dubare Elephant Camp, watch the sunset at Raja’s Seat, go river rafting at Barapole River, trek to Kopatty Hills, and enjoy adventure sports.
Ooty is called the ‘Queen of the Hills’ and is known for its tea, chocolates, and misty hills. This quaint hill town and its neighborhood boast of forest-covered hills and lovely weather, and is perfect for nature lovers, families, and solo travelers.
Distance – Ooty is 270 km from Bengaluru via NH 275.
How to get there – You can travel from Bengaluru to Ooty via road or rail.
Places to visit –Government Botanical Gardens, Rose Garden, Wax Museum, Chocolate Museum, Ooty Lake, Doddabetta, and Avalanche Lake should hold your attention.
Things to do – Take a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), enjoy a picnic by Pykara Lake, hop on a boat on the Ooty Lake, or visit Toda huts in the town.
Popularly known as Pondy, this union territory preserves a culture not seen in many places in India. You will love the European vibe. History buffs will enjoy exploring this town, which boasts of some exquisite colonial architecture, churches, temples, and statues.
Distance – Pondicherry is 321 km from Bengaluru.
How to get there – You can travel from Bengaluru to Pondicherry by road or rail.
Places to visit – Check out Auroville, the Promenade, Romain Rolland Library, French Institute of Pondicherry, Botanical Garden, and Rock Beach.
Things to do – Take a boat ride at the Chunnambar Boat House, go scuba diving, take a bicycle tour of the city, and spend a day at Auroville Ashram.
Located in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal has a beautiful landscape and is a getaway for people who are looking to escape the heat of the plains. The town has a number of scenic attractions that nature and adventure lovers will love.
Distance – Kodaikanal is 468 km from Bengaluru.
How to get there – You can travel from Bengaluru to Kodaikanal by road or rail.
Places to visit – Places to visit include Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake, Coaker’s Walk, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Bryant Park, Chettiar Park, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, Silent Valley View Point, and Guna Cave.
Things to do – Trek to the Pillar Rocks or the Dolphin’s Nose, take a boat ride on Kodaikanal Lake, shop at Anna Salai Market, and go on a bicycle tour of the town.
6. Kalpetta, Wayanad
The headquarters of Wayanad district in Kerala, Kalpetta is a thriving town famous for its coffee and tea plantations. Being centrally located within the district and close to other tourist sites, it is one of the most popular tourist places in Kerala and an ideal family vacation spot.
Distance – Kalpetta is about 290 km from Bengaluru.
How to get there – You can travel from Bengaluru to Kalpetta by road.
Places to visit – Pookode Lake, Puliyarmala temple, Karapuzha Dam, Gramam Temple, Gandhi Museum, Wayanad Adventure Camp, Hanging Bridge, M S Swaminathan Botanical Garden, Chembra Peak, Heart Lake, Vazhavatta Mosque.
Things to do –Enjoy a safari at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, trek to Chembra Peak, Neelimala, or Lakkidi view points, go boating at Pookode Lake, explore Kuruvadweep Island, go on a Wayanad village tour, or do a spot of birdwatching at Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary.
If Wayanad is your chosen weekend destination, you would do well to stay at Vythiri Village Resort in Wayanad, a Club Mahindra affiliate, for a memorable family vacation. Highly rated among Wayanad resorts, this would be an ideal base camp to explore the rest of the region.
The comfortable and spacious rooms come with essential amenities, there are many activities to do, and the in-house restaurant serves some delicious local food. Travelers rate Vythiri Village Resort highly – do check out the Club Mahindra reviews on the Club Mahindra site.
Irrespective of where you plan to head for the weekend with your family, you should add a Club Mahindra membership to your plans to make your vacation memorable.