July 18, 2014

Weekend breaks or Day trips from Bangalore

In this post I have covered the nearby places where you can spend a day over weekends.  I assumed the starting point as Bangalore and Travel time is not considered as it depends on you completely. Start early from Bangalore and have your breakfast on the way. So that you can reach the place soon get plenty of time to spend. In few places you might want to stay overnight and comeback next day morning.

Read the other blog post which covers the entire list of places inside Bangalore with photos and details, planning etc. http://myjourneysinindia.blogspot.in/2015/07/places-in-bangalore-important-places-to.html

Categories
1.    Hill stations
2.    Casual sightseeing trips
3.    Historical Monuments, Carvings and Scultptures
4.    Waterfalls and River
5.    Trekking
6.    Temples
7.    Landscape, Caves, Nature, Reservoir and Dams
8.    Bird watching and Wild life
9.    Complete Relaxation




·       Hill Stations

  •     Chikmagalur


Distance
240 Kms
Time needed
1 night stay and 2 days
Places to see
Mullayanagiri Peak 1925 meters high, Baba Budangiri Cave temple and hills, Kemmangundi hill station, Hebbe falls and multiple other water falls, Temples like Sringeri…
Stay options
Many options are there, refer the blog for options
Food
Where you stay, or The Grand Krishna at Chikmagalur was good
Best time to visit
Best time is after rains i.e. September till March, but any time is good
Other details
Visit this blog for more photos and details, planning tips etc



·       Coorg or Madikere


Distance
250 Kms
Time needed
1 night stay and 2 days
Places to see
Tibetan Golden Temple in Bylakuppe, Nisargadama, Abbi Falls, Talakaveri + Bhagamandala (where the river Kaveri is beginning its journey), Raja seat and Omkareshwara Temple
Stay options
Many options are there, refer the blog for options
Food
Where you stay
Best time to visit
Best time is after rains i.e. September till March, but any time is good
Other details
Visit this blog for more photos and details, planning tips etc

·       Yercaud
Distance
230 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Emerald Lake, Lady/Gents/Children’s Seat, Pagoda or Pyramid point, Kiliyur Falls, Shevarayan temple,  Bears cave,  Heavens Ledge, Tipperary View Point, Botanical garden with orchidarium
Stay options
Grange Resorts, Grand Palace Hotel and Spa, Sterling Days Inn Resort (Refer to review sites for best options and check their individual websites for details)
Food
Where you stay. Sterling Days Inn seem to have multi-cuisine restaurant
Best time to visit
Any time (Mid-July till End August rainy)
Other details
·        Altitude: 1515 meters
·        Plan trekking, check at the place you stay.

·       Yelagiri
Distance
158 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Velavan Temple, Swami malai hill, Punganoor Lake, Jalagamparai water falls.
Stay options
Hotel Hills, Zeenath’s Taj Garden resort, Hotel Landmark (Refer to review sites for best options and check their individual websites for details)
Food
Where you stay, Diana at Hotel Hills seem to be the best one,
Best time to visit
Any time (November to February is peak season) and even in summer crowd comes here.
Other details
·        Altitude: 1410 meters
·        Plan a trek with the help of the local guides (check at the place you stay)
·        Adventure sports in Yelagiri: http://www.yasa.co.in/

·       Nandi Hills
Distance
65 Kms
Time needed
3 to 5 hours. One can also stay on top of the hill as well.
Places to see
Yoganandeeshwara Temple, Tipu’s Drop, Amrita Sarovar, Nehru Nilaya. Bhoganandeeshwara Temple is at the base.
Stay options
KSTDC Mayura Pine Top (http://www.karnatakaholidays.net/karnataka_hotels_nandi.htm) . There are many other resorts close to Hills but none on top of the hill except the above.
Food
At Mayura
Best time to visit
Any time
Other details
·        Altitude: 1478 meters
·        Visit the official site http://www.horticulture.kar.nic.in/nandi.htm


·       Casual sightseeing trips
·       Mysore and Around
Refer to my post for more details and photos: "Mysore and Around"
There are many places in and around Mysore. Refer my blog post which has a one day plan and two day plan and few more options as well.

·       Chitradurga Fort and Windmills
Refer to my post for more details and photos: "Chitradurga Fort"
The fort is really amazing and if you are lucky then you can see “Real life Spiderman” performing on the walls of fort. Mostly on Sunday mornings he is seen there and demoing his skills. Visit my blog post for more details.

·       Channapatna - Land of Toys
From Bangalore this is just 62 Kms. Incase if you like to buy any quality wooden toys for your kids or for your home d├ęcor with colorful artifacts, then this is the place you must visit. You might need to negotiate a bit. There are plenty of shops on the Bangalore-Mysore state highway.

·       Historical Monuments, Carvings and Scultptures
  1. Belur, Halebidu and nearby places, Refer to my blog post 
  2. Somanathapura, Talakkad: Refer to my blog post
  3. Melukote: Refer to my blog post
  4. Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple - Refer to my blog post
  5. Vellore Jalakateshwara Temple
  6. Thiruvannamalai - Arunachaleshwarar Temple 
  7. Kanchipuram Temples

·       Waterfalls and River
·       Mekadatu and Sangama
Distance
100 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Sangama River and Mekadatu (Please don’t get into water)
Stay options
None
Food
Only at Kanakapura (very limited in Kanakapura as well)
Best time to visit
Any time (avoid rainy season July till End August)
Other details
·        Please don’t get into the water as the current is too fast and sometimes crocodiles are also there. So this place is only for relaxing on the banks and photographs.
·       Balmuri Falls near Ranganathittu
Distance
140 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Balmuri and Yedamuri falls.
Stay options
None
Food
On Bangalore-Mysore state highway
Best time to visit
Any time (avoid rainy season July till End August)
Other details
·        Again this is also for the landscape and photography of the Kaveri river. Sometimes the water current is fast and dangerous.
·       Bheemeshwari
Distance
110 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Trekking, Bird watching, Coracle ride
Stay options
Food
Where you stay (average)
Best time to visit
Avoid between March till end August and any other time is better
Other details
·        Plan a trekking with guide
·        Bird watching
·        Enjoy playing with the sand on river banks, Fishing

·       Galibore
Distance
110 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Trekking, Bird watching, Coracle ride
Stay options
Food
Where you stay (average)
Best time to visit
Avoid between March till end August and any other time is better
Other details
·        Plan a trekking with guide
·        Bird watching
·        Enjoy playing with the sand on river banks, Fishing

·       Shivanasamudram
Distance
140 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Talakkad, Somanathapura (Visit my blog post) http://myjourneysinindia.blogspot.in/search/label/Talakkad
Stay options
Mysore
Food
Bangalore Mysore state highway or at Mysore
Best time to visit
Avoid between March till end August and any other time is better
Other details
·        Check my blog post which has details and photos
·       Hoganekkal
Distance
160 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Waterfalls
Stay options
None
Food
Average, better to carry your own
Best time to visit
Avoid between March till end August (dry and hot) and any other time is better.
Other details
·        Wearing the safety jacket is good while in coracle ride (insist to get that)
·        Many times the current is too fast and you need to very very careful.
·        If you are not sure, then avoid getting into water.
·        Good place for a photography
·       Chunchanakatte Falls
Distance
210 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Waterfalls, Kodandarama Temple
Stay options
Mysore (this falls is about 58 kms from Mysore)
Food
Mysore or better to carry your own
Best time to visit
Avoid between March till end August (dry and hot) and any other time is better.
Other details
·        Good place for a photography
·        Please don’t get into water as the current is too fast.

·       Chunchi Falls
Distance
90 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Waterfalls
Stay options
None
Food
Kanakapura (Limited options and average) (or) carry your own
Best time to visit
Avoid between March till end August (dry and hot) and any other time is better.
Other details
·        Good place for a photography
·        Unless if you are sure don’t get into water. Enjoy the scenery.
·        Lots of rocks and one need to be careful not to slip.



·       Trekking
·       Madhugiri Fort
Distance
110 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Madhugiri Fort
Stay options
None
Food
On Highway
Best time to visit
Anytime except during monsoon (July till end August) and in summer time (April and May – it will be very hot)
Other details
·        This is a single hill with the height of around 1.1 Kms
·        Gopalakrishna temple is on the top. This fort was built by Vijayanagara kings
·       Antharagange
Distance
68 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Caves and natural spring, Temple
Stay options
None
Food
On the Highway
Best time to visit
Anytime except during monsoon (July till end August)
Other details
·        Similar to Siddarabetta there are caves and natural spring
·        Koti Lingeshwara Temple is also closeby. Visit my blog for details and photos
·       Savanadurga
Distance
55 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
 Largest monolith hill with the height 1.2 Kms, Manchinbele dam and Arkavathi river are closeby
Stay options
None
Food
On the Highway
Best time to visit
Anytime except during monsoon (July till end August) and Summer (April and May)
Other details
·        Good view from top
·        If it rains it will be slippery. So avoid trekking in rains.
·        Refer Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savandurga

·       Ramadevara betta (or Sriram betta)
Distance
55 Kms (near Ramanagara the land of Silk)
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
 Largest monolith hill with the height 1.2 Kms, Manchinbele dam and Arkavathi river are closeby, Channapatna is also closeby where you can buy wooden toys
Stay options
None
Food
On the Highway or near Ramanagara
Best time to visit
Anytime except during monsoon (July till end August) and Summer (April and May)
Other details
·        Good view from top
·        If it rains it will be slippery. So avoid trekking in rains.

·       Temples

·       Gopalaswamy Betta
Distance
230 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Temple on top of the hill, View from the top of the hill
Stay options
None
Food
On the highway (Bangalore Mysore state highway)
Best time to visit
Any time except monsoon i.e. except July to End August
Other details
Driving through the villages is great.
     ·       Lepakshi Veerabhadra Temple
            Refer to my blog post which has all details and lots of photos


·       Landscape, Nature, Reservoir and Dams
  • . Belum Caves, Grand Canyon of India - Gandikota, Yaganti Cave Temples
          
      Distance
      300+  Kms
      Time needed
      1 night stay and 2 days
      Places to see
      Belum Caves, Grand Canyon Of India – Gandikota, Yaganti Cave Temples
      Stay options
      Gandikota Haritha hotel or Nandyal
      Food
      Where you stay
      Best time to visit
      Anytime except the rainy season i.e. except July till end August
      Other details
·        Visit this site which has beautiful photos details http://myjourneysinindia.blogspot.in/2016/02/belum-caves-gandikota-grand-canyon-of.html  



Belum Caves

·       Gorur Dam
Distance
195 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Gorur Dam, Shettihalli, Belavadi Veeranarayana temple,
Stay options
Hassan (if you want to stay overnight)
Food
At Hassan or on highway
Best time to visit
Anytime except the rainy season i.e. except July till end August
Other details
·        Visit this site which has excellent details http://www.karnataka.com/hassan/hemavathy-dam-gorur/

·       Manchanabele Dam and Big Banyan Tree
Distance
40 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Big banyan Tree, Dam
Stay options
None
Food
Carry your own or on Bangalore Mysore state highway
Best time to visit
Avoid summer and rainy season. i.e. except March till end August
Other details
·        Ramanagara the land of silk is very closeby. Sriram betta can be seen from the dam.

·       Panchapalli Dam
Distance
90 Kms (Jigani-Anekkal-Denkanikottai-Panchapalli)
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Panchapalli Dam
Stay options
None
Food
None, carry your own or check at Denkanikottai (average)
Best time to visit
Anytime except summer and rainy season i.e. except March till end August
Other details
The view the reservoir is so beautiful. One can see the birds fly below you if you see the reservoir from the top of the hill. This is so big and beautiful. But please don’t get into water as it may be very dangerous.

·       Shettihalli – Hemavathi Reservoir

·       Bird watching and Wild life
·       Kokkare Belluru
Distance
95 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Look on top of all the trees in village
Stay options
None
Food
Bangalore-Mysore state highway (or) Mysore
Best time to visit
Locals told us that December, January and February are the months you will see birds everywhere in the village
Other details



·        Carry binocular
·        Good place for a photography of birds, no charges or anything.
·        Please keep the village clean by not throwing plastics and waste around.
·        More details in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokrebellur
Refer my blog post "Kokkare Belluru"

              ·       Veerapuram - Refer my post 

·       Ranganathittu
Distance
140 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
The park and boating
Stay options
Mysore
Food
Bangalore-Mysore state highway (or) Mysore
Best time to visit
December, January and February are the months you can see huge number of birds
Other details
·        Carry binocular
·        Good place for a photography of birds, no charges or anything.
·        Please keep the village clean by not throwing plastics and waste around.

·       Nagarhole National Park
Distance
230 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Safari timings: 6AM till 8AM and 3 PM till 5:30PM (Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, Sambar)
Irpu Falls is just 15 kms from Nagarhole
Kabini River
Stay options
Jungle Inn, Kabini river lodge (Check review sites), Even few homestays are available
Food
Where you stay
Best time to visit
October to April
Other details
·        Carry binocular
·        Good place for a photography
·        Private jeeps are allowed if you get permission from Forest Dept at Hunsur

Distance
230 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Safari timings: 6:30 AM till 9 AM and 3:30 PM till 5:30PM
Gopalasamy Betta, Bison valley view point, Moyar falls
Stay options
Tusker trails, Bandipur Safari Lodge, Jungle Hut, Many options at Masinagudi
Food
Where you stay
Best time to visit
September to April
Other details
·        Carry binocular
·        Good place for a photography

·       BR Hills
Distance
240 Kms
Time needed
1 day
Places to see
Biligiri Rangasamy temple, Dodda Sampige mara(3000 years old), Boodipadaga, Ragikallu Madu, Trekking, Jungle safari,
Stay options
K.Gudi camp (Jungle lodges), Forest rest house, Boodipadaga inspection bungalow
Food
Where you stay
Best time to visit

Other details
·         
·        More details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biligiriranga_Hills


·       Complete Relaxation
If you want to just spend time in a resort and don’t want to do anything else, there are tons of options nearby. I say you head to Coorg area to explore various resorts. All these are 5-Star rated and the prices also at that range. J
Vivanta By Taj Coorg, Windflower Resorts Coorg or Bandipur, Orange County Coorg, Tamara Coorg …etc. As I always say refer to review sites like tripadvisor.in, holidayiq.com and other review sites to decide.


If you like to know the places inside Bangalore with photos and details, planning etc. refer http://myjourneysinindia.blogspot.in/2015/07/places-in-bangalore-important-places-to.html


Hope you enjoyed this, post your comments for improving or adding any places we have missed. Thank you.


18 comments:

  1. Good information. Thanks for compilation.

    Regards/RK

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    1. Happy to know and thanks for the feedback RK, Let us know if you need help !

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  2. Added Lepakshi which is close to Bangalore. It has beautiful carvings and pillars, paintings on ceilings.

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  3. Good collection of information, Thanks Thanigai.

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    1. Thanks Bala for the feedback, happy to know you liked it. !

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  4. first of all want to greet u for this idea of travel blog.
    very detailed and Amazingly written.

    thanks

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  5. Even Vellore and Thiruvannamalai can be done in a day seperately. Vellore is just 3.5 hrs drive and Thiruvannamalai is 4 hrs drive. Check my other post about these http://myjourneysinindia.blogspot.in/2014/10/ratnagiri-vellore-thiruvannamalai.html

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, good to know you like the post !

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  7. Meena SrinivasanJune 23, 2015 at 4:53 AM

    Thank You Thanigai & Sasi. We are so happy and we try to visit few places ,all your detailed informations are really very useful. We are planning to visit more places recommended by you. I can see your hardwork and dedication in preparing all these information and visiting all these places. Thank you once again for sharing such a detailed and good information about all these places. We liked so much. Hope to see more places and more informations around our incredible India.( already following all your post abt travel...) Keep it up.( I remember the song in recent Ajith Movie,Yennai Arindhaal - Unakkenna Venum Sollu ullagathai kata sollu,Song , he takes his kid all around India - for a trip, where she points out her finger in India Map and both explore the new places...the song reminds you... hopefuily u did that already to your kids - Thank you so much. Keep continue....

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    1. Thanks a ton for your feedback and it is very encouraging. Sure, we will cover more and more and share. Though we used to visit many places few years back, we did not have insight into things and used to search in google for details. That really triggered me to start this blogging and share with others so that they will be benefited out of this. Happy to know this is useful.

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  8. I have updated this with the new place "Belum Caves" (Largest and Longest underground Cave in India), Grand Canyon Of India - Gandikota, Yaganti Cave Temples. Visit the post and check details. This can be done in a 1 night stay during weekend.

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