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Weekend getaways from Bengaluru

Kotagiri is a blissful place
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When you’re in Bengaluru, it is not difficult to break away from the busy routine as the city is surrounded with wonderful holiday places. So, keep the work load off your mind and enjoy a weekend in nature’s lap, far from the buzzing city.


People visit (and come back to) quaint Kotagiri for three reasons – its largely undiscovered biodiversity; its nostalgic colonial ambience; and its charming weather year-round. Add some fantastic trekking options to that list, and a distinctly untouristy air, and you have the perfect mountain getaway.

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Pondicherry is dotted with beautiful churches
Pondicherry is dotted with beautiful churches
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Visit the nearby mini-French territory of Pondicherry, where crashing waves and music from the clubs are in complete harmony. Take a heritage tour as the place is dotted with churches; hop on beaches, explore nature or go shopping on any of the street markets.

Early morning views are blissful in Coorg
Early morning views are blissful in Coorg
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Busy Madikeri, the chief town and transport hub of Coorg, is spread out along a series of ridges. An imposing fort, Omkareshwara Temple, the royal tombs, lush coffee and spice estates, and stunning panoramas of verdant valleys from Raja’s Seat, are ample reasons to visit this old-world hill station surrounded by dense rainforests.

Lush green hills in Ooty
Lush green hills in Ooty
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Immortalised by Bollywood, Ooty is rightly recognized as ‘Queen of the Hills’. With many ‘tick off the list’ things to do, it’s an engaging destination with the toy train, Botanical Gardens, Boat House and many more tourist attractions. Stay on the outer fringes to get a taste of old-world charm, still lingering in refurbished colonial bungalows.

Nandi Hills

Discover the remnants of Tipu’s empire and monuments of earlier eras at Nandi Hills, once home to the Tiger of Mysore’s impregnable fort. Nandi Hills is a great option for a day trip or even an overnight stay. Sprawling gardens stretch across the hill and offer unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside; there are restaurants and picnic grounds for day visitors.