Road trips from Bangalore to refresh yourself!

Road trips from Bangalore to refresh yourself!

Archita Saima | July 11, 2019 |

Bangalore, India's very own Silicon Valley is often touted to be all work and no fun. Though known for its corporate culture, life can get a bit dull irrespective of all that unique culture has to offer. Our lives surely are not in an infinite loop, so thus to blow off some steam once in a while seems quite appealing! One of the great ways to let the bugs out of the code as well as you, is to take a road trip full of adventure with your friends and a Spotify playlist full of travel songs! Some of the most loved places best suited for a weekend or maybe a couple days more are-

1. Bheemeshwari

102 kms from Bangalore

Bheemeshwari is one of those places which will help you in re-establishing your connection with nature which you lost ages ago. It seems like one of those places which we see on screens while scrolling down our Instagram feeds, and instantly there is a yearning to experience that in real life. Known mostly for its adventure camps, Bheemeshwari is the place where our souls find solace. Mostly left untouched by the human population, the Cauvery river here is at its pristine best. This is definitely a favourite among people who love water adventures. There are no hotels or lodges available. The only option to get shelter at night is staying in a camp. A great place for adventure junkies, it has a fully-natural package to offer. Very ideal for a one-day trip.

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Read our guide on Bheemeshwari here:

2. Shivanasamudra Falls

132 kms from Bangalore

Hands down, Shivanasamudra Falls are one of the mightiest waterfalls in India. Ever majestic and utterly beautiful, they make for a great road trip from Bangalore. The white streams of water gushing down the solid rocks, makes for a sight to behold! What strikes the most and probably as soon as you see it, is its unique structure. It comprises of many streams and some of them cascade down into a pool, while some form a rivulet kind of water body which is super curvy and looks stunning! Usually, it takes 3 hours from Bangalore to reach Shivansamudra Falls. Ideal for a day's trip, this Kaveri born waterfall will blow away your mind with all your stress and worries! The most ideal time would be to visit during the monsoons as there will a lot of water and will increase the beauty of the place manifolds.

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Read our guide on Shivanasamudra here:

3. Horsley Hills

143 kms from Bangalore

Horsley Hills look like an abode in Heaven, full of peace, full of serenity and abundance of natural beauty. Popularly known as 'Ooty of Andhra', it is quite a hit among people. Rich in flora and fauna, Horsley Hills are quite known of having over 110 species of birds, and, perched at an elevation of 4312 meters, it is a heaven for birdwatchers! It also has the oldest Banyan and Eucalyptus tree in the world and also some different types of tree species including the likes of Sandalwood, Reetha, Amla Gulmohar and Allamanda. People here can indulge in many games and activities as it has a beautiful and big ground suited for all purposes. So, if you need a break from the hustle-bustle of Bangalore to take some time to unwind yourself, Horsley Hills seems like an obvious choice.

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Read our guide on Horsley Hills here:

4. Sakleshpur

221 kms from Bangalore

Sakleshpur is a small hill station in the Western Ghats range of mountains. It is blessed with the bounties of nature. The most popular tourist spot here is the star-shaped Manjarabad Fort, built in the 18th century. People choose to drive up to Sakleshpur and tend to travel around and explore the forests, the gushing streams nearby in their own vehicles. But, a better way to enjoy the trip is to trek to all the places. 2-day treks are quite popular here, especially with the young tourists who wish to see nature unexploited, blooming at its fullest! The idea is to start a trek early in the morning, time depending upon whether you wish to see the sunrise on your trek or not. Then your ascend can begin where you can see the amazing panoramic views of the Western Ghats accompanied by occasional streams nearby adding to the beauty of it. These streams also turn into waterfalls at some places and are definitely a sight to watch! 

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5. Chikmagalur

243 kms from Bangalore

Chikmagalur or Chikkamagaluru is a beautiful hill station in Karnataka, lying somewhat south to the Western Ghats. Being absolutely beautiful, serene, calm and picturesque, this hill station is in the favourites of young people these days. Having a lot to offer, the meaning of the name's place is, ‘Young Daughter’s Town’. Perched at an altitude of 3400 meters, it has beautiful treks to offer. Also, there are a number of tea plantations, making even nature look organized and groomed up! These tea plantations provide such an amazing backdrop to any picture possible! There are multiple coffee estates too, making it a heaven for coffee-lovers! Lying along the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, Chikmagalur is one of the prettiest places in Karnataka to spend a nice weekend at.


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Read our guide on Chikmagalur here:

6. Coorg

248 kms from Bangalore

Coorg/Kodagu is without a doubt nature's paradise. The beautiful coffee estate is quite popular not only in Karnataka but also in the rest of the country. The beauty obviously attracts people from every corner, but what makes it even more special is its warm culture and the hospitality of the people. The people here excel in martial arts, and though it might be considered violent by many, the people here are very sweet and are very very hospitable. Coorg has some amazing landscapes and lush green forests to dwell into. Beautiful places often help in retrospection and the place being famous for martial art makes it a great place to work on oneself. Often people get tired from their work schedule and at times get depressed as well, at such times they need to feel good about themselves, and Coorg is just perfect for the job. The place even though is quite popular, it does not have many facilities of a developed town, and probably that is what makes it more authentic and pristine. The best option to stay here would be in homestays, which truly are a delightful experience!

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Read our guide on Coorg here:

7. Ooty

271 kms from Bangalore

Ooty is one of the most popular holiday destinations in India. It has all the good factors that make up a special retreat. Ooty is also known as the 'Queen of Nilgiris' and rightly so. The ever mystical blue mountains are a treat for eyes to watch. Ooty has several different names as well. It is also called Udagamandalam and Ootacamund, abbreviated as Udhagai. Being perfectly situated at about 2240 meters above sea level, it experiences favourable climatic conditions. Ooty provides some of the best views of its tea-gardens, lush greenery and the blue Nilgiri hills coupled with phenomenal waterfalls. One of the most happening and interesting features of this cute little town is the toy train running around. It attracts a lot of tourists, and not just kids, but people of all age. Also, Ooty has been one of the most popular destinations in India for a very long time now. So much so, that it was the summer headquarters of the East India Company. Being such a tourist darling for years now, the people here have developed hospitality in their culture now, thus making a stay here very pleasant.

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Read our guide on Ooty here:

8. Wayanad

277 kms from Bangalore

Wayanad recently caught attention during the general elections of India when Rahul Gandhi contested the elections from here. People then starting searching it over social media and other internet applications soon. And, what remained common for them all was how dazzled they were when the pictures of this beautiful place popped up on their screens. Perched at an altitude of about 2000 meters, Wayand is a thickly-forested rural district in Kerala. A large part of Wayanad is a wildlife sanctuary which is home to a lot of animals like Asiatic elephants, tigers, leopards and egrets. The place being a nature's abode has umpteen natural treats to offer. There are pretty waterfalls, age-old mysterious caves and lush green forests. The perfect option to stay here would be in home-stays as the place has not developed much yet. And this actually is its USP that today after such digital civilizations throughout the world, Wayanad is at its natural best. 

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Read our guide on Wayanad here:

9. Coonoor

291 kms from Bangalore

There are some places in the world which trigger the poet or the artist inside you as they are so unbelievably beautiful! Coonoor definitely is one such place. Like most of the hill stations of the Nilgiri hills, it is also full of tea gardens, lush forests and some waterfalls. It has got some very beautiful viewpoints like the Dolphin viewpoint from where one can see the beautiful Catherine falls cascading down the rocks. Also, there are a lot of private tea gardens as well which are very well curated. Coonoor lies at an altitude of about 1850 meters and is around 20 kms away. Surely one can travel this distance by road, but it would be a lot more exciting to cover this journey through the trains as it will help you to explore this beautiful place from within. Coonoor has some nice hotels to stay, but people generally prefer homestays here to have a better experience. 

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Read our guide on Coonoor here:

10. Pondicherry

309 kms from Bangalore

Pondicherry/Puducherry is one of the most exotic weekend destinations in India, especially for the people in Chennai and Bangalore. Pondicherry seems straight out of a Bollywood song where a bunch of college kids are having the best time of their lives. Pondicherry is the capital of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It was earlier a French Colony and ts impressions seem to exist still today. Also known as Pondi, it has some amazing beaches. To spend evenings at these beaches watching the sunset can be one of the most romantic and beautiful things to do. It also has a very famous bridge which has different names locally one of them being the old bridge. It is one of the most picturesque places in Pondi. Not only walking/riding on the bridge in a thing tourists take part in, but taking pictures under the bridge has also become a thing recently. Pondicherry was under many foreign rules but the one which had the most impact was the French rule and thus till date it has many French colonies, cafes, hotels, restaurants attracting tourists because of their unique style of architecture. Pondicherry sure looks like a dream, and a happy dream to be precise, and what more could one want to escape from the realities of the world once in a while.

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Read our guide on Pondicherry here:

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