Ten places to visit around Bangalore!

How often do you realize that the trip you have with your colleagues should be one well planned and a trip to remember? That would be almost every time with us. We have ten such venues sorted out for you that can not only make your trip memorable, but essentially personally rewarding: –

Hampi

Also recognized as one of the World’s Heritage Sites, Hampi offers you a religious insight into the ancient 14th century Vijayanagara empire. Although the capital(then) is in ruins, one can seemingly visualize the trade markets of the past whilst standing at a corner. The hustle bustle of the Hampi bazaar, the still calmness of the magnificent temples with detailed carvings and the beauty of the town along the banks of river Tungabhadra makes this place ideal to get your mind off the monotony of the city life.

Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in the eastern part of central Karnataka. It is 376 km from Bangalore.

Places to Visit: –

  1. The Temple side (one side of the river Tungabhadra), to get to know the ancient culture
  2. The other side of the river, to hang out in the evenings in pretty cafes lit creatively at night. The music in Hampi never disappoints.
  3. You can climb to the top of them with a little effort to get a stunning view of the entire city, the scenic temples and the geography.

Ooty

Also known as the queen of hill stations, Ooty is situated in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Ooty is a perfect chilly break from the scorching heat of summers. Also known as the “Blue Hills”., the travel from Bangalore to Ooty is a perfect summary of the nostalgic summer holidays we have had during childhood days. Its revitalizing greenery and the early morning cool wind will leave you energized and keep monotony pangs at bay. Enroute is another wonderous town of Coonoor, about 20km away, which has the perfect landscapes for a refreshing trek.

Ooty is about 270km from Bangalore and takes about 6 to 7 hours by road.

Places to Visit: –

  1. Doddabetta is the highest peak (2,623 m) in the Nilgiris, about 10 km from Ooty.
  2. Ooty has pretty botanical gardens and lakes for a quick boating experience.
  3. Coonoor can offer some wildlife exploration with astounding views.

Wayanad

“Green Paradise” is how a true explorer would define this mystic range of hills. A lot of natural trails to trek about, this town can offer the best camping experiences. Wayanad is an ideal plan out with colleagues that can get you to know them better along with a range of stories, music and mystic spots at a place this green and refreshing.

Wayand is about 315 km from Bangalore which makes it flashing for a short getaway.

Places to Visit: –

  1. Wayanad hills scenic view
  2. Trek to Chembra peak
  3. Coffee/ Tea enthusiasts have a reason to rejoice.

Agumbe

Agumbe, a small hill station in Karnataka, is a beautiful unsung town in the south west coast of India. Also known as the Cherrapunji of south India, given its heavy rainfall, this town’s spotting species is the king Cobra. Sitting in Agumbe is a house of utter childhood importance! A brainstorm with the gust of nostalgia when you hear the tunes of this show – Dodda Mane– The house where the extremely popular television series “Malgudi Days” was shot. Enroute is the famous Shettihalli Church, submerged inside the waters during the monsoons.

Agumbe is about 360km from Bangalore and can be covered with short breaks along the way.

Places to Visit: –

  1. The small village is appreciatingly famous for the eye capturing falls like Onake Abbi, Jogigundi and Barkana.
  2. A quiet set up with woodfire camping with team mates can do away all your worries. The sky is crystal clear and is worth a sight.
  3. Dodda Mane- relive your days as a child.

Pondicherry

Pondicherry is a small, full blown touristy town. The streets of the French Quarter of Pondicherry, also known as White Town, are dotted with charming mustard-yellow colonial structures with bougainvillaea laden walls. You can explore the boulevards and rues (the French word for streets) of the Pondicherry that will ultimately take you down to the gorgeous seaside promenade, where the Bay of Bengal splashes the shores of the famous Rock beach. You shall notice a lot of locals speaking in the French as well.

Pondicherry is about 310km from Bangalore making it the ideal short getaway.

Places to Visit: –

  1. Paradise Beach, especially the backwaters are worth a sight.
  2. Auroville Ashram, for the silent follower in you.
  3. Chic cafes on the famous rues of Pondi!

Munnar

Also known as the “Kashmir of South India”, Munnar is located about 1600m above sea level in the southwest state of Kerela. Its location indicates the confluence of the three rivers Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly. The climate and tea plantations primarily make it an attractive spot for a short vacation. Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.

Munnar is about 476 km from Bangalore which makes it a rather long but engaging journey amidst the greens.

Places to Visit: –

  1. The Eravikulam National Park, where you can find yourself one with the nature.
  2. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, a sneak peek into the picturesque species of birds.
  3. Tea plantations, as tea is love!

Chikmagalur

Located on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri peak of the Western Ghats, Chikmagalur attracts tourists from all over for its pleasant and favorable hill station climate, tropical rainforest and coffee estates. Chikmagalur has a perpetual fragrance of coffee lingering in the air and is famous for its tall mountains, lush green forests and ofcourse its tranquil environment. This city is a very popular trekking spot and it boasts of many incredible trekking trails, such as the Mullayangiri trek (Highest peak of Karnataka), the Kemmanagundi trek, and the Baba Budangiri trek.

Chikamagalur is about 245km from Bangalore and can be covered with a couple of hours by road.

Places to Visit: –

  1. If you’re a coffee enthusiast as well as a nature lover, taking a walk through one (or a few) of the numerous coffee plantations in the city is a must-do activity.
  2. Treks to Mullayanagiri peak to revitalize.
  3. Rafting in Bhadra river for the adventure seeker in you.

Masinagudi

Masinagudi is a quaint hill station filled with breathtaking views and sceneries. A haven for animal and bird lovers, this place is ideal if you wish to get close to nature. Masinagudi is considered one of the most appreciated jungle getaways in South India.  One can engage in wildlife spotting, fishing, go on many exciting safaris by hiring private jeeps, sit by the stunning Moyar River or even opt for boating there.

Masinagudi is about 240km from Bangalore making it the hotspot for a nature lover.

Places to Visit: –

  1. The Mudumalai National Park is the highlight here and is popular amongst visitors.
  2. Apart from Mudumalai, the Bandipur Tiger Reserve is also a must visit.
  3. For all the star gazers out there, this place is yours!

Gokarna

A long weekend getaway for most of the folks in and around Karnataka, Gokarna is “Chill in peace” Goa. It is a small town based out of Karnataka with the finest sunshine mornings on the beaches. These beaches are apt for a slow, relaxed holiday and everything in this town goes at the same relaxed pace. Full of coconut and palm trees, the pristine ocean and clean sands, Gokarna is a certain holiday destination for many.

Gokarna Halfmoon beach

Gokarna is about 487km from Bangalore, rather far but the journey and the destination is worth the effort.

Places to Visit: –

  1. Beacches! The personal favorites are Kudle, Om and Half Moon.
  2. Shacks, the sound of the waves as they hit the shore, a bliss!
  3. The local market, a cultural and ethnic experience of the flavors of Karnataka.

Mahabalipuram

Famous for its intricately carved temples and rock-cut caves, Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram), is a historically important and treasured tourist spot situated on the Coromandel Coast along the Bay of Bengal, in Tamil Nadu. The temples here date back to 7th century. A short visit to the Panch Rathas could give you the ideal of the Dravidian style architecture.

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is about 352 km from Bangalore and a short trip with your team members to this town can be engaging and rather delightful.

Places to Visit: –

  1. Some famous tourist spots include the UNESCO world heritage site Group of Monuments like the Shore Temple and the Five Rathas.
  2. The Crocodile Bank which is home to some exquisite species of crocodiles and alligators.
  3. The bewitching beach resorts in Kovalam and Sadras.