The Independence Day weekend is just around the corner and we’re sure most of the Bengalureans are planning their weekend getaways with their loved ones and family. Luckily for Bangalore, there are quite a few places near the city that offer a memorable getaway. Hence in this blog, we talk about a few of the weekend getaways, and tip on having an absolutely lovely mini-vacation at these spots.
A popular weekend destination, Mysore city is about a 3 and half hour drive away from Bengaluru. Since it had served as the capital city of the princely kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries, there is a lot to be explored for those with a taste for history and culture.
With over 2.7 million visitors each other, the Mysore Palace is the second most popular tourist destination in India. It was built over a thousand years ago in 897 AD. The Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture seen through the palace is sure to make a lasting impression on your mind. Apart from the palace, visitors can also explore paintings and artifacts at the Shri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. It also hosts a large collection of Rembrandt paintings, traditional gold leaf paintings and carved statues. You should also definitely include a visit to the Mysore Zoo, that spanning over 245-acres, is home to rare and exotic birds and animals. Some popular exhibits feature tigers, Indian and African elephants, bears, gorillas, monkeys, lions, hippos, rhinos, and much more! Another popular destination is the serene Brindavan gardens and the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, where the illuminated dancing musical fountains are a treat to watch out for! Other popular spots include the Karanji Lake, Lalitha Mahal, Kukkarahalli Lake and many more. It is hence quite safe to say that a weekend getaway to this ancient city will surely leave you with a lot of memories and awe.
In Mysore, Royal Orchid Metropole and Royal Orchid Brindavan Gardens offer exclusive packages with trips to popular sight-seeing spots which includes trips to fishing grounds, Ranganabittu Bird Sanctuary and many more; and not to forget the Spa massages! So this weekend, pack your bags and head over to the ancient capital for a weekend filled with culture, heritage and splendour.
At a distance of just over 310 kms from Bangalore, lying on the banks of the Tunga River and acting as a gateway to the hills of Western Ghats, the city of Shimoga or Shivamogga makes for another exciting getaway. The city is 569 m above sea level and is surrounded by lush green paddy fields, arecanut and coconut groves.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Shimoga are the Jog Falls. Located on the district border of Shimoga and Uttar Kannada, they are the second highest plunge waterfall in India with a drop of about 830 ft. The Sharavati, flowing over a rocky bed about 250 yards wide, reaches a tremendous chasm and comes down in 4 distinct falls. We can assure you that there would be a very few places where you would witness nature’s beauty in such a grand fashion. Without any interruptions in terms of cell phone signal and the internet, a trip to these magnificent falls is just the thing that you need to calm yourself down and revel in the beauty of nature.
Another popular tourist attraction near Shimoga is the mountain peak of Kodachaddri. It is one of the natural heritage sites in Karnataka and offers breath-taking scenic beauty to the many travellers who visit it. At a height of about 1,343 metres above the sea level, the peak is a destination of choice when it comes to trekking. Other popular destinations include Sakkarebaylu Elephant Training Camp, Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari, Koodli and Gajanur dam.
Royal Orchid Central, Shimoga has exclusive monsoon stay packages where one can indulge in a Lion Safari, witness the splendour of the Jog falls, visit the elephant camp at Sakkarebaylu and explore the rich history and architecture at places like Ikkeri, Varadahalli, Balligavi and much more!
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is just a 6 hour drive from the city of Bangalore and is a dream destination for those with a taste for history, culture and ancient architecture.
Hampi is a charismatic destination, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Vast stretches of rocky hills make for a beautiful backdrop of Hampi. Dotted around the hills and valleys are more than 500 monuments. Among them are beautiful temples, ruins of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings and lots more!
With hundreds of ancient ruins strewn across the place, Hampi is pretty much an open museum. Popular among those are places like the Sacred Center which include sites like the Virupaksha Temple located on the south bank of the river Tungabadra. The ancient Hampi Bazar which stretches for about a kilometre lined with a pavilion of old structures, the Courtesans’ street, The Achyuta Raya’s Temple and the Sasivekalu Ganesha. The Royal Center houses attractions such as the Hazara Rama temple, Zenana Enclosure and the palace of Vira Harihara.
Various riverside ruins also make for important tourist spots in Hampi. One of the most popular of these is the Vittala Temple which is the most extravagant architectural showpieces in Hampi. The temple was originally built in the 15th century AD. Many successive kings have enhanced the temple campus during their regimes to the present form. You can even see the remains of a township called Vittalapura that existed around this temple complex. Other riverside ruins include the Coracle Crossings, Gejjala Mantapa, Narasimha Temple and many more.
With other important spots like the Islamic Quarter, Kalampura and Anegondi hills, Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise and a pilgrim’s delight!
Royal Orchid Central, Keeriti organises special visits for their guests to explore these marvellous ruins and make their getaway into a truly memorable experience.
So Bengalureans, pack your bags and head to one of these truly amazing getaways with Royal Orchid stay packages to have a fun-filled weekend vacation!