We live in such a beautiful world and there is so much to explore! A traveller's heart and mind are always out there. Do you often crave for travel and believe it is absolutely necessary for your work-life balance? Are you one of those who is eagerly waiting for the long weekends, so that you can travel?
Well then, we have some good news for you. We have collated an ultimate list of places that can be visited from Bengaluru for the long weekends in April and May. Take your pick, plan your next trip and live your travel dream!
Distance from Bengaluru: 104 km
PC: Ashwin Kumar
Located on the banks of the river Kaveri, Bheemeshwari is a serene town. Also known as the fishing village of Karnataka, this pretty little town is a fishing and angling paradise. Rich flora and fauna of the place make it a favoured destination for nature enthusiasts. Its lush forests are home to elephants, leopards, wild boars, etc.
While in Bheemshwari go fishing and angling. Pleasant coracle rides can also be taken in the Kaveri River. Many water sports and treks happen in the area as well. The nature lovers can visit the Bheemeshwari wildlife and bird sanctuaries.
Distance from Bengaluru: 215 km
Tucked away in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is an enchanting hill station in Tamil Nadu. With a mild climate throughout, Yercaud experiences a pleasant weather even in summer. And attracts many visitors from Bengaluru and Tamil Nadu, especially for quick weekend breaks.
Visit the mesmerizing viewpoints at Pagoda point and Lady's Seat overlooking curvy ghat roads. The places offer panoramic views of the sprawling greenery and plains. Stroll along and go boating in the Yercaud lake. Few temples, a botanical garden, and parks can be visited leisurely.
Distance from Bengaluru: 215 km
Nestled on the banks of the river Kabini, also known as Kapila river, Kabini is one of the most popular destinations for wildlife lovers, it is especially famous for its elephants. The Kabini wildlife sanctuary is famed for being one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka.
Perfect for a leisure holiday, there is a host of things that can be done while in Kabini. You can ride down the Kabini river and if lucky, you can spot many animals that dwell in the Kabini forests. You can also drive down to the Kabini dam or visit the wildlife sanctuary. While in Kabini, more often than not, you will be greeted with a herd of elephants crossing your path.
Distance from Bengaluru: 222 km
PC: Ashwin Kumar
Known for its pleasant weather, Sakleshpur is a hill station town in the Hassan district of Karnataka. It is famous for its coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations. The surrounding region has magnificent hills that are a part of the Western Ghats. Sakleshpur is also home to a rich flora and fauna that make it to one of the 18 most biodiverse spots.
Visit the Manjarabad fort and Bisle viewpoint during your stay in Sakleshpur. There are some good treks that can be covered if you are an adventure enthusiast. Or simply explore the town and its plantations and wander off into the woods.
Distance from Bengaluru: 242 km
Located in the foothills of the Mulayangiri range in the Western Ghats, Chikmagalur is a charming little town and a perfect weekend getaway from Bengaluru. Blessed with a great climate, it draws many travellers, especially when the mercury is on the rise in other places.
Chikmagalur has many trekking trails, including Kudremukh and Mulayanagiri. Bhadra wildlife Sanctuary and Muthodi Forests are just around 50 km and 44 km, respectively. There are numerous temples and waterfalls in and around Chikamagalur that can be visited.
Nestled in the emerald hills of the mountain ranges in the Western Ghats, Coorg is a famous hill station in Karnataka. Known as 'Kodagu' in local parlance, Coorg is often referred to as the 'Scotland of India', given its beauty and cool climate. It is also famous for its coffee and spices.
The place of origin of river Kaveri, Talakaveri, is in the Kodagu district. Rich in its share of wildlife and forests, Kodagu has 3 wildlife sanctuaries and one national park namely, Brahmagiri, Talakaveri and Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuaries and the Nagarhole National Park. You can visit the Tibetan town at Bylakuppe, certain temples, churches and Dubare elephant camp while in Chikmagalur.
Distance from Bengaluru: 277 km
Also known as Udagamandalam, Ooty is a popular hill station town in Tamil Nadu. It is nestled in the Nilgiri hills, which mean Blue Mountains, due to the bluish haze diffused by the numerous eucalyptus trees that adorn the slopes. During the British era, Ooty was a popular summer retreat for the British officials.
The most famous attraction of Ooty is the Nilgiri mountain railway, a UNESCO world heritage site, which runs through a picturesque track in the Nilgiri hills. Ooty lake is another place where visitors flock for leisurely activities like boating, etc. You can visit the botanical garden, St. Stephen church, government museum and tea museum. There are beautiful view points and pine forests that you can wander into.