Choosing a destination to traverse this Navratri weekend, especially in and around Bangalore may get tricky (since there are countless tourist hotspots). Some days, the historian in us may sway us towards the ruins of Hampi, other days, we might be enticed to explore its wildlife in the 26 wildlife sanctuaries and national parks scattered across the state. Moreover, indulging in a lip-smacking Mysore masala dosa and meal of Udupi sambar is as pleasing as standing before the Jog Falls or traversing the coffee estates of Chikmagalur.
So, get ready to be transported to various time periods and witness many facets in and around Bangalore! Here are the 10 best Navratri weekend getaways in and around Bangalore.
Gokarna is Karnataka's reply to Goa. The seashores in this hamlet are fantastic and incredible. You could prefer to laze around or spoil yourself in a few water sports at the beaches. There are age-old temples to see, too. Roadways are well-connected to Gokarna from Bangalore, so getting to this beach paradise is pretty easy.
2. Nandi Hills
Bangalore offers anything and everything for people from all walks of life! However, there are other beautiful places to visit near Bangalore too; the most popular is the Nandi Hills. The hills are generally visited by nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking and trekking are popular recreation activity at the Nandi Hills.
If you are looking for a short Navratri getaway destination around Bangalore, we suggest you visit Coorg. This lush hill station is well known for its local authentic cuisine and coffee plantations, which is an excellent experience to endure during winter. The fascinating scenery and the rolling hills in Coorg are perfect for trekking.
4. Nagarhole National Park
Sanctuary to a massive wildlife reserve, the Nagarhole National Park shelters diverse and exotic flora and fauna. The best way to traverse is by embarking on the jeep safari that is offered daily. Besides spotting wildlife, there is also a region in the park, where one can trek and have a gala time with other adventure junkies.
Belur is an excellent site to traverse around Bangalore. It is home to incredible temples and ruins with traces of typical ancient Indian architecture. Majority of the temples in Belur were erected during the reign of the Hoysala Empire. Although Mughals attacked the town, most of the temples still remain sound to this day. Belur Temple Complex, which hosts main temples in Belur is a must-visit.
Murudeshwar is a beach haven, located on the south coast of Karnataka. Home to second-largest Shiva statue in the world, and far-famed for its temples, forts, architecture, Murudeshwar makes an idyllic destination for pious people and history buffs. Other notable attractions are water activities, adventure sports and pristine beaches.
A world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is far-famed for its age-old temples and remains of the Vijayanagar Empire. Since it is a small hamlet, Hampi can be covered in a day. You can both walk and choose to go on a cycle tour around the town.
Mysore is a city fortified in royal history; therefore, it is considered to be a traditional tourist destination in India. This heritage town is home to many remarkable temples and enthralling buildings, and provides an extraordinary opportunity to explore the best of royal Mysore! The city is also renowned for shopping, with beautiful local products and souvenirs. Located in the outskirts of Mysore, Chamundeshwari temple is another must-visit hotspot, which is an ancient temple that has cultural links with Mysore.
If you wish to escape the cacophony of city life, we recommend you to pack your bags and head out to Chikmagalur. This serene haven of leisure boasts pleasant weather round the year, and the verdant surroundings set the right note for fun-filled adventure sports. And if spending time amidst nature is your idea of a vacation then visit one of the well-maintained coffee plantations in Chikmagalur; where you can sip on bonafide coffee while admiring the endless verdant rolling hills across the horizon.
Kabini offers visitors an unparalleled wildlife experience. Besides locating a variety of wildlife species, at Kabini, you can enjoy fun-filled adventure sports as well. River rafting, boating and elephant rides are three big adventure sports that one can relish at Kabini.