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15 Brilliant Options For The Upcoming Long Weekend From Bangalore

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Start preparing for here's a list of places you can visit on the coming long weekend.

15 Brilliant Options For The Upcoming Long Weekend From Bangalore:

  1. Agumbe (Karnataka)
  2. Bylakuppe, Coorg (Karnataka)
  3. Gandikota (Andhra Pradesh)
  4. Gokarna (Karnataka)
  5. Hampi (Karnataka)
  6. Honnemardu (Karnataka)
  7. Kabini (Karnataka)
  8. Kalpetta (Kerala)
  9. Kudremukh (Karnataka)
  10. Munnar (Kerala)
  11. Pondicherry
  12. Wayanad (Kerala)
  13. Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu)
  14. Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu)
  15. Coorg (Karnataka)

1. Agumbe

Agumbesource: thebetterindia

HolidayIQ Traveller Soumik says, "Staying in the middle of the forest is an awesome experience. Every moment something was happening around. The Forest Never Sleeps !!!A walk through the forest at night is very thrilling, feels like a blanket of darkness covering you all around. The silence around has its own way to communicate. The sound of the bugs and insects gives a chill. Keep watch around and be careful where you place your step. Its dangerous but still the experience is awesome !!You can find various types of birds, butterflies, snakes(especially vipers and king cobras) and insects in this forest region. If you are visiting during the rainy season be careful of leeches. Torches, binoculars and raincoats are must.There is a Rainforest Research Station situated in the middle of the forest and a sunset point nearby."

2. Bylakuppe

Bylakuppesource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Arshaw says, "When you enter the Bylakuppe region you feel like you have entered a different county. It has an amazing spark as you can find the Tibet flags and Buddhist monks everywhere. There is no entrance fees for the Golden Temple but you have to pay for parking. I would suggest the travellers to leave their footwear in the vehicle itself as you have to remove your footwear while entering the temple. Your foot wear can be deposited in a counter near the temple but you gotta pay for eat. In the meantime time try momo's a traditional food of Tibet which is excellent. You get momo's of both veg and non-veg. Bylakuppe is also of shopping area but shopping near the Golden Temple are very expensive. So I would suggest the tourists to visit the first camp (it's the name of camp)."

3. Gandikota

Gandikotasource: trekkerpedia.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Arindam says, “If you are looking to go to an unusual place, consider going to Gandikota. A 13th century fort beside the Penna River, it is surrounded by the Erramala Hills. Surrounded by a deep valley and impassable hills, it has massive boulders of red granite and the River Pennar that flows about 300 ft below on the west and northern sides. There is a lot of architecture, which might interest you. The Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Granary, Fort Entrance and the Gandikota Gorge Viewpoint will take you back to the ages where the cobbled roads echoed the sound of horses hoof. The main attraction here is  Gorge Viewpoint, which has an uncanny resemblance to the Grand Canyon of Arizona in America. Try spicy Andhra food at Haritha Resort. Wear sturdy shoes as you will have to climb a lot of boulders. To reach the destination, hire a cab from Bangalore. This place is about 280 km from the international airport.”

4. Gokarna

Gokarnasource: flickr

HolidayIQ Traveller Sreesha says, "Time moves at a different pace in Gokarna. It is so calm just to be here the very air feels different from the polluted air we're used to breathing. The air has a soothing fragrance - you feel like you're living in a wide garden with rich flora. Not a very crowded place, it has very clean beaches and the food is amazing too - Om Beach is great if you wanna go for a leave-your-troubles-behind kinda outing. Just sit on the beach for a few hours, no rush, just be. The food is great, try out the little Prema restaurant or Namaste Cafe. While in Gokarna, also make a trip to Murudeshwara, which is nearby. Knowing the local language helps, but you can use Hindi or English to communicate as well."

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5. Hampi

Hampisource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Pratyush says, "Right from the word go, Hampi spelt out adventure, Tranquil and fun. A fun spot for pretty much any kind of person. For the relaxing sorts, there is the goan corner, laughing Buddha etc. A trek to Matanga Hills is a must. Go there early in the morning to catch the sunrise. For the sunset, there is a sunset point, the hempatuka Hills."

6. Honnemardu

Honnemardusource: flickr

HolidayIQ Traveller Renukaprasad says, “This place is very scenic and a great picnic spot. It is surrounded by backwaters of River Sharavathi. Overnight stay on the island is very exciting. Take a ride on a coracle and explore the beauty of the island across the lake or go for kayaking and boating. Stay in camps in Honnemardu and enjoy campfire, self-cooked dinner and star-studded sky at night. Nature enthusiasts can take long walks in the surrounding forests and take pleasure in watching various birds and butterflies fluttering around."

7. Kabini

Kabinisource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Sunil says, “Kabini is located on the backwaters and a wonderful place to relax. A boat ride in the backwaters is a must. Take a ride into the jungle and try to spot wild animals. Elephant training camp, safari ride and visit the old temple in the island from the resort are a few must do activities. Drive from Bangalore towards Mysore, take the right turn just before entering Mysore towards Hosur and take the ring road towards Hosur. Follow the signboards towards Kabini. The route is very scenic except for the last 15 km, which is pathetic and has potholes.”

8. Kalpetta

Kalpettasource: tccfarmhouse.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Saurabh Roy says, “Kalpetta is a nice weekend getaway from Bangalore. It a small and quiet hill station at the borders of Kerala. Lush green surroundings, fresh air and picturesque scenic beauty make it the destination perfect for nature lovers. The coffee and tea plantions are sure to refesh your tired mind.”

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9. Kudremukh

Kudremukhsource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Amulya Nataraj says, “It takes around 8 hours to reach Kudremukh from Bangalore. The roads are pretty decent. The ghats section starts once we are close to Belur. You need to travel at least 3 hours in the ghat section. You can see coffee and tea estates on either side of the road. Enjoy the beauty of nature but at the same time, the journey would be bit tiring due to the curve path. There are multiple options for trekking or you can just take a jeep to reach the peak. Hanuman Gundi is a must-visit. You will need to climb down a few steps to reach the falls, which is worth it.”

10. Munnar

Munnarsource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Murli says, "I have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Munnar for 3 days, it was fun, it was awesome. It was the closest we can go to the nature. I loved its calm and serene weather. And the lush greenery around cant be expressed in words here. This is perfect place to have nice peaceful time with your loved ones. Recommended."

11. Pondicherry

Pondicherrysource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Rajib says, "We had a good time at Pondicherry. I liked the French colony and beaches. The architecture of French colony is really amazing. It is totally different from the other part of the city. Secondly the sea beaches- auroville beach, Serenity beach, paradise beach are really good even though these are not that large in size. Auroville beach and Serenity beach are not much clean. But we enjoyed our stay at Pondicherry."

12. Wayanad

Wayanadsource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Chen says, "It's a must visit extended-weekend destination. A perfect place to relax in the nature's lap. Surrounded by hills and covered with tea/coffee plantation, its scenic. Its is as beautiful as in the photographs & pictures or rather more than that. The best time to visit is December as it is cooler. Preferably checkout into a resort if travelling with your family rather than a hotel. Although there are a few nice tourist spots, but they are scattered and you waste too much time travelling so you must select the tourist spots beforehand and then decide where to stay."

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13. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanalsource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Ahmed says, "I would like to compare my trip with the one I had of Ooty. Before visiting Kodaikanal I heard it is not commercialised as Ooty is however its a Myth. Comparatively food, taxi, sight seeing etc is way too expensive in Kodaikanal. There is no auto service and the minimum fare taxi charges for even KM ride is 200 Rs. Food is expensive too, if you try to find out less expensive restaurant you would end up compromising with the quality or taste of the food. Cooker's Walk, suicide etc are really nice places and must visit places. Lake is the place where you can spend a complete day by taking cycle ride, boating, shopping etc. There is a near by park however that not that amazing as the one in Ooty. I would advise to take a hotel near to the Lake as most of the fun places are near by otherwise hiring a taxi would be a costly affair as auto's are not available."

14. Rameshwaram

Rameshwaramsource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller Shijo says, "As you enter Rameshwaram from mainland Tamil Nadu, Pamban bridge is an awesome view. You can not stop the temptation to stop your vehicle and click few pics. Boats all around, sea in different colour layers of green to blue visible distinctly. Then comes Kalam's samadhi on the way to Ramanathswamy temple which is right on the beach and devotees take dip in the sea before entering the temple. Lot of small hotels available close to the temple. Hotel Tamil Nadu is the nearest decent restaurant."

15. Coorg

Coorgsource: flickr

HolidayIQ Traveller Ajita says, "No matter how stressed you are, how many problems you have, once you are here, you will only relax. Lush of green woods along the path are awesome. If you stay in Madikeri there are hardly any fancy restaurants but its okay. Raintree Restaurant is good. Do not miss Tadiandamol trek, irupu waterfalls, monastery in Kushalanagar."

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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