Bangalore, one of the upcoming metropolitan cities of India, is a perfect amalgamation of modernity, spirituality, and heritage. It is home to some of the most beautiful gardens, quaint places, temples, and architectural marvels. Apart from this Bangalore is surrounded by some of the most beautiful cities which make for a perfect weekend getaway. Let’s take a look at some of them:
Just 180 kilometers from Bangalore, is Mysore the history of which dates back to over 700 years. Mysore has some of the most beautiful historical buildings and pilgrimage sites that are a sight to behold. Apart from this, the quaint city of Mysore also has vibrant markets and majestic monuments. The city is famous for its silk, sandalwood, and incense. If you plan to go to Mysore, we would suggest you make a visit to Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal, Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, Jaganmohan Palace, Chamundi Hills and Mysore Zoo.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is one of the famous tourist destinations, especially amongst the history buffs. It is located in the southern part of Karnataka and is 370 kilometers from Bangalore which is approximately an 8- hour drive. Several temples were built in Hampi but were destroyed later, the remains of which are still present. Some of the major tourist attractions in Hampi are the Archaelogical museum, Hanuman Mandir, stone chariot at Vittala complex.
The Queen of Nilgiris, Ooty is a perfect place to unwind in nature. It is approximately 270 kilometers from Bangalore. The cool wind and the foggy weather makes it an ideal summer weekend getaway. The Botanical garden of Ooty, Doddabeta Peak, Ooty lake, pinewood forest etc. are some of the major tourists’ attractions of Ooty.
290 Kilometers from Bangalore, at an elevate of 1850 meters is Coonoor, another beautiful hill station. The place is absolutely lush green and the picturesque scenic views will make your jaws drop. Some of the major tourist attractions in Coonoor are Sim’s Park, Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint, Lamb’s rock, Law’s falls. Also, the Nilgiri Mountain Railways that connects Coimbatore and Ooty is another popular tourist attraction here.
Pondicherry is another upcoming major tourist attraction that is explored by tourists from all walk of life. Some visit Pondicherry for a spiritual break, some to discover the quaint French colonies and some to enjoy the beach life. Pondicherry is just 310 kilometers from Bangalore. The Pondicherry beach, Raj Niwas Promenade, Pondicherry museum and Park monument are some of the major tourist attractions. Adventure junkies can also go for scuba diving and surfing at the Serenity beach.
6) Jog Falls
One of the best places to visit near Bangalore is Jog Falls which is also the second highest waterfall in India. It is a spectacle to watch the water gushing from a height of 253 meters. Jog falls is about 415 kilometers from Bangalore and are a must visit.