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7 August 2019 | 3 min read

Best Places Near Bangalore To Spend Your Long Weekends

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A long weekend is an excellent opportunity to plan your next getaway – whether it is to a faraway place or a hidden gem near your hometown. And if you are in Bengaluru, we have you sorted with some incredible long weekend destinations, that are just a few hours away. Love to drive. Book a Zoomcar and head to these destinations, either alone or with your favorite travel mates.

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However, you choose to travel or stay these destinations are ideal places to unwind and relax, away from the city chaos. Have you planned your long weekend getaway yet?

1. Nrityagram

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Trust us when we say diversity is the spice of life. If you want proof of this, then head straight to Nrityagram for an experience like no other. Nrityagram is known to be India’s first modern Gurukul and is an excellent place for fans of classical dance artists.

The academy remains closed on public holidays and, the ticket price for the same is INR 200 {children below 12 years are allowed to go free}.

Distance from Bengaluru – 30 km {approx}

Driving Time from Bengaluru – 1 hour 30 minutes {approx}

Things to Do – The modern Gurukul set up is worth exploring and understanding the classical bonding of Guru and Shishya {teacher and disciple}. You can also visit the Hesaraghatta Lake if you want to escape the crowds and unwind in some peace.

2. Bylakuppe

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Want to go to Tibet but feel that it is too far? Fret not, head straight to Bylakuppe that is a few hours away from Bengaluru and on the way to the misty town of Coorg. A Tibetan Refugee resettlement in the Mysore district, this is one of the few regions in South India that practices and preaches Tibetan Buddhism. It is highly recommended!

Distance from Bengaluru – 214 km {approx}

How to reach – Mysore, which is 50 km away from Bylakuppe, can be reached by bus, a train or flight. Alternatively, it is 5 hours’ drive away from Bengaluru

Things to do – Visit Golden Temple, Sera Je Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, and the Tibetan shops. Don’t forget to try their authentic and delicious Tibetan dishes – momos and thukpas.

3. Galibore

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Love nature walks and treks and fishing? We have the right spot for you! Galibore is a nature lover’s paradise that is popular for its fishing camps. It is a forested land on the banks of the Cauvery and is perfect for a memorable long weekend.

Distance from Bengaluru – 102.3 km {approx}

Driving time from Bengaluru – 2 hours 30 minutes {approx}

Things to do – Trekking, fishing, nature walk, camping, stargazing, bonfires.

4. Gandikota

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India has a Grand Canyon too! Don’t believe us? Head to Gandikota to experience the “Indian Grand Canyon” effect. Located on the bank of Pennar, it is a small hamlet famous for a fort made of red stones and bordered by a deep, rocky gorge. Gandikota is one of the best offbeat places to visit from Bengaluru.

Distance from Bengaluru – 280 km {approx}

Driving time from Bengaluru – 5 hours 30 minutes {approx}. Muddanur is the nearest railway station. If taking a bus, halt at Jammalamadugu and take a private bus till Gandikota.

Things to do: Visit the Gandikota Fort and Gorge viewpoint, Ranganatha Swamy temple, and Madhavaraya Temple.

Tell us if you know of any such offbeat, hidden places in the vicinity of Bengaluru for travellers to explore!

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