30 Places To Visit Near Bangalore For A Quick Weekend Getaway


Being a city associated with the young working class, it comes across as no surprise that Bengaluru houses innumerable overworked youth of our country. Therefore, a weekend getaway from Bangalore is something that almost becomes a necessity! Thankfully, there are a lot of exciting places to visit around Bangalore that offer an ideal escape. Drop whatever you're doing because its time to relax and rejuvenate and gearing yourself up for tougher things that lie ahead!

Here are 30 best places to visit around Bangalore that need to be there on your bucket list:

Within 100km

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Photo of Antharagange, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Antharagange is perfect for working people who want a little breathing space from their fast-paced work life. The Antharagange range is peppered with hillocks as well as caves formed of boulders and volcanic rocks. Set foot here and experience the tranquil ambience that awaits you!

Best things to do: Trekking, caving, hiking, camping, rock climbing, rappelling and abseiling are some of the adventure activities you can explore here

Where to stay: Golden Amoon Resort, Hotel Gets Grand

How to reach: The nearest railway station is Kolar(3km). However, since it's only 68km from Bangalore, one can easily find a bus or can hire a private cab or rent a motorbike

Distance from Bangalore: 68km (1hr 48mins)

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Photo of Nandi Hills, Karnataka, India by Saurav

At a distance of 62km from Bangalore, is the ancient hill town of Nandi offering the best ever wine experience to get your spirits high. The Grover Zampa vineyard is a great place to explore here and taste some of the best wines produced by India. Add to that some quality time spent trekking through the vineyards and you have yourself the deal of a lifetime.

Best things to do: Nandi hills, a trekking hotspots also has a sprawling 400 acres of the Grover Zampa vineyards where all the action is. From tracing the origins of wine making to witnessing the art of wine making culminating in a bout of wine tasting, it’s all yours for the taking

Where to stay: Mount Palazzo, KSTDC Hotel Mayura Pine Top

How to reach: Regular government buses ply from Bangalore. One can also book a cab or hire a two-wheeler for a day since it isn't as far from Bangalore

Distance from Bangalore: 62km (1hr 30mins)

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Photo of Savandurga Hill, Karnataka by Saurav

If you're someone who's not looking to spend a lot of time on the road, Savandurga Hill, located at a distance of about 50km from Bangalore is exactly where you should be heading to next. An offbeat getaway at heart, a visit to Savanurga Hill promises a unmatched relaxation. Listen to the sound of chirping birds, spend some quality time with bae or put your photography skills to test, Savandurga Hill has it all!

Best things to do: Trekking up to the Savandurga Hill puts your skills to test and makes for one of the most exciting things to do here. If you're in the mood for pushing yourselves, one can also indulge in rock climbing in the region.

Where to stay: Taj Yeshwantpur Bengaluru, Hotel Raj Residency

How to reach: One can book a cab or hire a two-wheeler for a day owing to its proximity to Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 54km (1hr 35mins)

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Photo of Kanakapura, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Situated in the Ramanagar district of Karnataka is the famous town of Kanakapura. The remote town offers an interesting amalgamation, attracting adventure junkies, wildlife lovers and history enthusiasts. Head off to Kanakapura this weekend and get spoilt for choice!

Best things to do: There are a host of water sports opportunities like canoeing and paddle rafting. There are quite a few adventure activities for people who love getting in touch with nature.

Where to stay: Yogi Home Stay

How to reach: Kanakapura is well connected to all the major cities with to and fro daily buses from Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 62km (1hr 40mins)

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Photo of Mekedatu, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Mekedatu is a beautiful tourist place near Bangalore that is home to a number of bird species and is a popular picnic spot. The Cauvery river flows through this place, making for a surreal experience. If connecting with nature is what one seeks, then you will get to do this in abundance at Mekedatu.

Best things to do: Visit the famous Chunchi Falls, offer prayers at Sangameshwara temple and admire the views of rivers Arkhavathy and Cauvery

Where to stay: KSTDC Hotel Mayura Sangama Mekedatu

How to reach: From Bangalore, there are many buses that go till Sangama, which is around 5km from Mekedatu. Once you reach Sangama you have to take a boat ride to reach the other side of the river and then you can board a bus which keeps running every half an hour till 5 in the evening.

Distance from Bangalore: 95km(2hrs 30mins)

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Photo of Ramanagara, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Also popularly known as Ramgarh from the cult Bollywood film Sholay, a trip to Ramanagara is an absolute dream come true for every Hindi film buff. This place is dotted with boulders and rough topography, offers great night treks, camping and bonfire options that will make for a great escape for adventure lovers. Apart from that one can also try water sports like kayaking here.

Best things to do: Trekking, rock climbing, vulture-spotting, and camping are the best things to do here

Where to stay: Sky Lodge, Thumbay Comforts

How to reach: The best way to reach here is by taking a bus from Bangalore. Hiring a cab is an equally good option, since it's only 66km away

Distance from Bangalore: 66km (1hr 30mins)

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Photo of Chunchi Falls, Kanakapura, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Located in the Kanakapura area in the state of Karnataka, Chunchi Falls is a favourite spot among youngsters in Bangalore for a weekend getaway as well as for occasional day trips. Famous for the confluence spot of river Akravati at Sangama, the clear waters here offer a never seen before sight of the reflections of the greenery around. Believe me when I say this, gazing at the cascades of nature will leave you spell bound.

Best things to do: Visit Sangameshwara temple and admire the views of rivers Arkhavathy and Cauvery.

Where to stay: KSTDC Hotel Mayura Sangama Mekedatu

How to reach: From Bangalore, hop on one of the many buses that go till Sangama. Chunchi Falls is just 5km before Sangama.

Distance from Bangalore: 90km (2hrs 26mins)

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Between 100 - 200km

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Photo of Bheemeshwari Adventure and Nature Camp, Muthathi, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Bheemeshwari is one of the best tourist places to visit near Bangalore to spend a peaceful weekend. Located on the fringes of Mutati forest as well as along Cauvery River’s shores, this weekend retreat is perfect for some rest and repose. Surrounded by nature, you can simply lay back and enjoy the scenery while in Bheemeshwari.

Best things to do: Temples and deep valleys dot the terrain here and one can indulge in activities like tiger sighting, angling, a host of water sports and visiting wildlife sanctuaries.

Where to stay: Green Peace Bheemeshwari, Nandana Organics Farm

How to reach: Regular state and private buses for Bheemeshwari are available from Bangalore. The nearest railway station is Bangalore(100km), in case you're reaching Bheemeshwari from some other city.

Distance from Bangalore: 106km (2hrs 35mins)

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Photo of Shivanasamudra, Karnataka by Saurav

Located at a distance of 135km from the city, the Shivasamudram Falls make for a pristine retreat unlike any other in the region. The natural beauty is absolutely breathtaking, giving you complete peace of mind. It offers tourists the chance to enjoy some sightseeing and trekking. The view of the gushing white waters is indeed therapeutic for vacationers from Bangalore.

Best things to do: Trekking and camping are some of the activities you can try here.

Where to stay: Nandana Organics Farm

How to reach: The nearest railway station is in Mysore(70km). Hence, the best way to reach here is by hiring a cab or a two-wheeler. There are numerous local buses that operate too.

Distance from Bangalore: 139km (3Hrs)

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Photo of Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu, India by Saurav

At a distance of 160 kilometres from Bangalore, Yelagiri is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the region. The quaint town offers breathtaking sights of Jalagamparai Waterfalls and the Swami Malai Hills. In addition, the undulating hills also make for a great place to visit near Bangalore for novice trekkers looking to hone their skills as well as vacationers just looking to laze about.

Best things to do: Jalagamparai falls, Punganur lake, Swami Malai hills, Velavan temple, Nilavoor lake and Murugun temple are some of the most visited attractions in Yelagiri.

Where to stay: Zeenath Taj Gardens, Kumararraja Palace

How to reach: The nearest railway station is Jolarpettai(21km). Buses that operate from Bangalore go till Thirupathur, from where one has to take a local bus to reach Yelagiri. Owing to decent accessibility from Bangalore, it is best advisable to hire a cab or rent a motorbike.

Distance from Bangalore: 160 KM (3 Hr 15 Mins)

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Photo of Mysore, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Mysore is a majestic sight of architectural wonders reflective of a bygone era of the mighty Tipu Sultan dynasty and the supreme rule of the British Raj. The Grand Mysore Palace heads the list of famous tourist destinations. The entire palace comes alive with merrymaking during the festival of Dasara. Museums, gardens and the Mysore Zoo complete the Mysore sightseeing list, making it a great place to head over from Bangalore for a family getaway.

Best things to do: Visit the Mysore Palace and admire the work of local artisans in carved sandalwood pieces and silk saris. In addition, there are a number of old mosques and ancient monuments that promise a unique experience on your weekend getaway from Bangalore.

Where to stay: Sandesh The Prince, The Mansion 1907

How to reach: One can opt for a direct train which goes till Mysore Junction. There are a number of buses that run from Bangalore daily. One can even hire a private cab from Bangalore

Distance from Bangalore: 150km (3hrs 15mins)

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Photo of Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh, India by Saurav

Horsley Hills is a charming hamlet that makes for the perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore. The drive to Horsley Hills is absolutely mesmerising, with thick vegetation on both sides of the road. The hills are lush with dense forests, making it one of the best places to visit near Bangalore for nature lovers.

Best things to do: Visit Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Environment park, Mallamma Temple, Galiband, View Point and the Gangotri Lake.

Where to stay: N V Residency, GK Grand A/C

How to reach: There are frequent buses which connect Bangalore to Madanapalli. From there, catch a local bus to get to Horsley Hills.

Distance from Bangalore: 157km (3hrs 57mins)

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Between 200 - 300km

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Photo of Kodagu, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Also known as Coorg, Kodagu is an administrative district in Karnataka. It's seamless connectivity to the city makes it a desired weekend getaway from Bangalore. Coorg’s hills covered with lush green forests while the coffee and spice plantations only add to the beauty of the landscape. A favourite amongst backpackers around the country looking for a serene holiday, Coorg deserves to be on to-do list, if it isn't already!

Best things to do: Adventure activities in Coorg includes trekking, camping and dirt biking. The treks here are of moderate difficulty and thus can be undertaken even by amateur trekkers. The panoramic views from the top of the hills are mesmerising. There are also a few old Buddhist and Hindu temples here which attract devotees from different parts of the world.

Where to stay: Coorg Rahul Villa, Cauvery Suites

How to reach: The nearest railway station from Coorg is Mysore(106km) from where you can take a direct bus. Direct buses are also available from Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 244km (5hrs 24mins)

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Photo of Chikmagalur, Karnataka, India by Saurav

If you like to travel by road, then get into your car and drive to the 'coffee district of Karnataka’, Chikmagalur. Nestled in the lap of the beautiful Baba Budan Hills, Chikmagalur offers a connect with nature and majestic mountains, adding it to the list of best places to visit near Bangalore for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Best things to do: Trekking is a popular activity to do around Chikmagalur with many trails that can be easily hiked. There are also many coffee plantations here where you can taste some of the best coffee in the world. The Nehru Rose Garden and Rathnagiri Bore also make for popular places to visit in Chikmangalur.

Where to stay: Tantitundu homestay, Zostel Chikmagalur

How to reach: Chikmangalur has its own railway station which connects it to Bangalore. There are many private and state buses that operate on a daily basis from the city.

Distance from Bangalore: 246km (4hrs 14mins)

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Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Known for its lush green tea estates and pristine Abbey Falls, Madikeri is one of the many places to visit near Bangalore that has seen a growth in the number of visitors in the past few years. However, at heart, Madikeri continues to retain its simplicity and pristine nature. Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views all comer together to make Madikeri a place you just can't miss out on.

Best things to do: Outdoor activities like trekking, camping out and bird watching.

Where to stay: Bee Hive Homestay, Coorg Rahul Villa

How to reach: The nearest railway station is Mysore(117km). Both state and private buses operate daily from Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 265km (5hrs 21mins)

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Photo of Sakleshpur, Karnataka, India by Saurav

An otherwise offbeat destination, Sakleshpur has become a favourite destination amongst Bangalore folk ever since it was identified as a hot spot by UNESCO. The gentle mountains, clean air and clear streams of water make Sakleshpur a nature lovers' paradise. A friendly tip, book one of the homestay options available here as it is simply the best way to explore the place and the culture.

Best things to do: Visit the gushing Murkannu Gudda and Hadlu waterfalls. One can also soak in the positive vibes by staying in a riverside tent.

Where to stay: Coffee Bean Villa, Camp at Aclat Meadows

How to reach: Sakleshpur has its own railway station with daily trains from Bangalore. In addition, buses operate regularly as well, connecting the two cities.

Distance from Bangalore: 221km (4hrs)

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Photo of Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Saurav

Surrounded by the expansive Erramala Hills, Gandikota is a breathtaking weekend getaway from Bangalore. The main attraction of Gandikota is unarguably the Gorge Viewpoint, which is India’s very own version of the Grand Canyon. The deep valley and impassable hills provide unmatched isolation and peace. Gandikota also makes for a great place to try rustic, authentic local Andhra cuisine.

Best things to do: Gandikota is a great place for trekkers and explorers who love being out in the unknown. One can also explore nearby places such as Belum Caves, Ahobilam and Orvakallu.

Where to stay: Tri Woods Plantation Farm Stay

How to reach: The state government runs direct buses to Jammalamadugu from Bangalore. From Jammalamadugu, private and government buses are available till Gandikota. The nearest railway station is 26km away in Muddanuru.

Distance from Bangalore: 283km (5hrs 43mins)

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Photo of Kabini Reservoir, Karnataka by Saurav

Situated along calm backwaters, Kabini is one of the best weekend getaway destinations near Bangalore for wildlife enthusiasts. The reservoir at the Kabini Dam is home to rich biodiversity and the region is known for regular sightings of leopard, panther, sambar, spotted deer, panther and 250 species of birds. Looking for a tryst with the wild? Drop everything and book a vacation to Kabini right away!

Best things to do: Jungle safari, trekking, boating, coracle ride and bird watching are amongst the best things to do here.

Where to stay: Red Earth Kabini, Kabini Lake View Resort

How to reach: The nearest railway station is 80km away in Mysore. There are also many state and private buses connecting Kabini to Bangalore.

Distance from Kabini: 216km (4hrs 36mins)

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Photo of Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu, India by Saurav

Located in the border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Masinagudi is an offbeat scenic destination best known for its resorts and home stays that offer just right blend of nature and comfort. This popular weekend getaway from Bangalore is in close proximity to the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and hence is the perfect place for some birding and forest safaris.

Best things to do: The main attractions to enjoy here are the Mudumalai National Park and Bandipur National Park.

Where to stay: Jungle Trailz, Safari Land Resorts

How to reach: The nearest railway station is in Coimbatore(116km). KSRTC as well as private buses ply regularly to and fro from Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 250km (5hrs 22mins)

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Photo of Dubare Elephant Camp, Nanjarayapatna, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Dubare Elephant Camp is that one weekend getaway from Bangalore that you just shouldn't head to without your camera. Apart from witnessing these gigantic creatures in their natural environment, one can also indulge in some fishing and rafting by the banks of river Kaveri.

Best things to do: Take an elephant ride at the camp, enjoy a boat ride, and get yourself clicked while feeding these majestic elephants.

Where to stay: Kodagu Plaza Deluxe Lodge, Ekanth Holiday Home

How to reach: The nearest railway is 100km away in Mysore. A number of KSRTC buses are available to Kushal Nagar from Bangalore. Upon getting down at Kushal Nagar, catch a KSRTC or private bus heading to Siddapura and de-board at Dubare Elephant Camp.

Distance from Bangalore: 250km (5hrs)

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Photo of Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Saurav

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Ooty is probably the most popular tourist destination in the region. The hill town is characterised by gentle hills covered in dense vegetation, eucalyptus trees and plateaus with tea gardens. If you're looking to escape Bangalore's pollution, Ooty makes for a great weekend getaway destination to breathe in some clean air and relax with your loved ones.

Best things to do: Visit the Botanical Gardens, Avalanche Biosphere Reserve, Ooty Lake, Wax World and Doddabetta Peak to experience the absolute best of Ooty.

Where to stay: Hill Bird Home Stay Ooty, The Conerstayz

How to reach: The best way to reach Ooty from Bangalore is to catch an overnight KSRTC bus to the popular hill station.

Distance from Bangalore: 277km (6hrs 21mins)

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Photo of Yercaud, Tamil Nadu, India by Saurav

Located in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is a famous hill station in the Shevaroys range of Eastern Ghats. The region is best known for its expansive coffee plantations. In addition, Yercaud also produces some exquisite varieties of fruits including oranges, bananas, pears and jackfruit amongst other. So if you're someone who has a thing for eating healthy or a fan of visiting plantations, head to Yercaud right away!

Best things to do: Go for boating in Yercaud Lake, visit Deer Park, Anna Park, Arthur's Seat and Kiliyur Falls.

Where to stay: Hotel KC Yercaud, Happy Nest Yercaud

How to reach: Reach the town of Salem either by bus or train from Bangalore. From there, catch a local bus to Yercaud.

Distance from Bangalore: 215km (4hrs 53mins)

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Photo of Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India by Saurav

An ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore, the fort city of Tamil Nadu, popularly known as Vellore has the perfect blend of rich cultural heritage and picturesque scenery. The architecture here is reminiscent of the ancient Dravidian civilisation while the lush greenery sporadically broken by brown pastures makes for beautiful contrasts. Head to Vellore this weekend if you're looking for the best of both worlds!

Best things to do: Visit Vellore Fort, Jalakanteswara Temple, State Government Museum, Srilakshmi Golden Temple, and Archaeology Survey of India Museum.

Where to stay: Regency Sameera Vellore by GRT Hotels, Khanna Fiesta

How to reach: Both state and private buses connect Bangalore to Vellore.

Distance from Bangalore: 212km (3hrs 51mins)

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More than 300km

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Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Saurav

Named after a hill range in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur district, Kudremukh makes for one of the most serene weekend getaways from Bangalore. The sleepy town is best known for its grasslands, meadows and valleys that are rich in biodiversity. The trail to Kudremukh Peak is among the most famous trekking routes in the region and attracts adventure seekers from all over the world.

Best things to do: Horse riding to Varaha Parvatha, the mountain that resembles the face of a horse. Trekking, local sightseeing and camping also make for popular things to do in Kudremukh.

Where to stay: Bella Homestay - A Wandertrails Stay, Nagagiri Comforts

How to reach: There are several government as well as private buses that operate daily to Kudremukh. The nearest railway station is in Mangalore(114km).

Distance from Bangalore: 333km (6hrs 40mins)

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Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Saurav

If you are looking for a trip down time, there is nothing that comes close to exploring the ancient ruins of Hampi. This city of ruin lies on the River Tungabhadra and was once the capital of the Vijaynagar Kingdom. Hampi is now a backpackers' paradise, attracting explorers from all over the world who come here to witness city's many ancient structures.

Best things to do: Virupaksha temple, Vijaya Vittala temple, Elephant Stable, Matanga Hill, Sanapur Lake and Anjaneya hill are some of the most popular attractions in Hampi.

Where to stay: Clarks Inn Hampi, Rambo Guest House

How to reach: The nearest railway station is Hospet(13km). One can also catch a bus from Bangalore to get to Hampi.

Distance from Bangalore: 357km (6hrs 46mins)

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Photo of Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Saurav

If all you're seeking is peace and serenity, you know that a place that's called God's Own Country just cannot disappoint! Kalpetta is an offbeat hill town in Kerala that offers everything that popular hill stations don't. Lush greenery, fresh air and a scenic lake make Kalpetta the perfect choice for nature lovers. To add to that, the Chembra peak, an excellent trekking spot for hiking also happens to be in close proximity to Kalpetta.

Best things to do: Trek to Chembra peak, relax by the heart-shaped lake, visit Thirunelli temple, Soochippara Falls and Edakkal Caves.

Where to stay: Marmalade Springs Resort Wayanad, Hotel Soorya Castle

How to reach: Both private and state buses ply on a daily basis from Bangalore. The nearest railway station is 72km away in Calicut.

Distance from Bangalore: 312km (6hrs 55mins)

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Right in the beautiful stretch connecting Mangalore and Calicut, lies the calm land of loom and lores, Kannur. Known for its pleasant climate and pleasing scenery, Kannur is surrounded by a beautiful coastline on one side and mountains on the other. With the Lakshadweep Sea set to the west and Western Ghats towards the East, no other place can be better to liven up your spirit after a long week. Just the kind of place when you can't come to a conclusion on the big mountains vs. beaches debate!

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Photo of Kannur, Kerala, India by Saurav

Best things to do: Muzhappilangad Beach, Fort St. Angelo, Arakkal Museum and Sundareswara Temple are some of the top attractions in Kannur.

Where to stay: Kannur Beach n' Bay, Hotel Rainbow Suites

How to reach: Kannur has its own railway station, located just 400m from the city centre. One can also hop on an overnight bus from Bangalore to get to Kannur.

Distance from Bangalore: 315km (7hrs 4mins)

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Photo of Kappad, Kerala, India by Saurav

If you're a beach bum looking for a dream getaway from Bangalore, head to Kozhikode's Kappad Beach. The crystal clear waters of Kappad have attracted travellers since time immemorial which is evident from the fact that Vasco da Gama first set his foot here way back in 1498! Lazing about on the beach and watching the sky change its colours during the day makes for an experience of a lifetime.

Best things to do: Relax at the Kappad Beach, visit Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery and plan a day trip to Ponmudi.

Where to stay: Kappad Beach Resort, Liberty House

How to reach: The nearest railway station is in Calicut(21km).

Distance from Bangalore: 363km (8hrs 16mins)

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Photo of Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Saurav

An erstwhile French colony, Pondicherry is a backpacker's paradise best known for its colourful houses, French architecture, quaint cafes and serene beaches. The town offers a unique experience with its mix of modern heritage and spiritual culture. With acclaimed ashrams and yoga centres existing simultaneously with lively markets and killer eateries, Pondicherry promises something for just about everyone.

Best things to do: Visit Paradise beach, Serenity beach, Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, French cafes and churches in White Town.

Where to stay: La Paradise Residency, La Maison Radha

How to reach: Catch one of the many state or private buses from Bangalore that operate between the two cities.

Distance from Bangalore: 311km (6hrs 33mins)

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Photo of Dandeli, Karnataka, India by Saurav

If your idea of a weekend getaway is a rush of adrenaline, the otherwise quaint town of Dandeli is where you should be heading to next. Situated on the banks of Kali River, Dandeli has emerged as a hotspot for adventure seekers. Kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, trekking—you name your poison and Dandeli offers just that!

Best things to do: Go river rafting, stay in a jungle camp, go mountain biking and take a jungle safari in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.

Where to stay: Wildernest Jungle Resort, Jungle Nest

How to reach: One can catch a state bus or a private volvo to get to Dandeli in about 10 hours from Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 465km (8hrs)

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