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10 Long Weekend Trips You Can Take In Under 5000 Rupees

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HolidayIQ Travellers list 10 getaways across India that you can head out to for an amazing fun-filled weekend trip under 5,000 bucks!

10 Long Weekend Trips You Can Take In Under 5000 Rupees:

  1. Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh)
  2. Lansdowne (Uttarakhand)
  3. Pondicherry
  4. Kullu (Himachal Pradesh)
  5. Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)
  6. Goa
  7. Hampi (Karnataka)
  8. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  9. Kochi (Cochin) (Kerala)
  10. Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu)

1. Kasauli


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Spend your long weekend taking in the scenic views of the beautiful hills. The most cost effective way to reach Kasauli is to board a train from Delhi to Kalka and then take a shared taxi from there to Kasauli. This brings the round trip travel expenses at less than 1500 rupees. Pocket-friendly hotels accommodate you for 1000 or less, which leaves you with about 2500 rupees to splurge on the trip. HolidayIQ Traveller Sunil Agarwal says, “Kasauli is a small cantonment Hill station in himachal pradesh. It is a perfect heaven for those who want a break from hustle bustle of city life. Literally there is nothing to do, Just laze around, go for long walks and enjoy natural beauty. Go to monkey point for 360 degree view and visit on top of Hill.”

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2. Lansdowne


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Lansdowne is a secluded and relatively less commercialised. This allows you to find splendid accommodation within 1500 rupees, sparing you with a good amount for other expenses.
HolidayIQ Traveller Sarmistha Ganguly says, “Lansdowne is a weekend getaway from Delhi/NCR which can be planned if you have 3 days in hand. It is a cantonment town in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. In Lansdowne there are limited decent hotels. Based on your preference you can go for a hotel or a homestay. If you want to stay in a room from which you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the valley, it's advisable to stay in a homestay which are away from the mall road. The places to visit in Lansdowne are Bhulla Tal (man-made lake), Tarakeshwar Mahadev Temple, St. Marry Church, St. John's Church, Tip-in-Top and Regimental Museum. Apart from these you have Santoshi Mata Temple, Durga Devi Temple, Jwalpa Devi Temple and Bhim Pakora. Based on your trip duration you can plan accordingly. If you plan to stay there for 2 days, I will suggest on day 1 you can go for the local sightseeing and next day if you start early and the weather is good you can manage Jwalpa Devi Temple and Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple (though day 2 will be a bit hectic if you try to cover both).”

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3. Pondicherry


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Although relatively far from Bangalore, you can still enjoy your trip on a shoestring budget with overnight bus tickets starting from as low as Rs. 800 for one side. HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam Goyal says, “We took an impromptu road trip to Pondicherry in March. Though the weather is hot and humid, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The city has some nice places to eat and is a haven for seafood lovers. There are some very fancy French restaurants too. The Promenade is the landmark spot of the city and the entire tourist population flocks there in the evenings. Chunnabar Boathouse and Paradise Island is a must-visit and one can easily spend an entire day there. There is a scuba diving institute that offers various levels of scuba diving.”

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4. Kasol


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Famous for its trekking trails, Kasol has jaw-dropping natural beauty. The hill station has an eclectic crowd, with people from all over the world touring in to enjoy its hippie style bars & restaurants and Goa-like aura encapsulated in breezy mountains. HolidayIQ Traveller Indarjeet Singh says, "Those who wish to spend the night having parties can consider Kasol." Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Supriya Sharma from Delhi, “We stopped a bit in Kasol Valley and just never wanted to leave that place. It was a mesmerising view.”

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5. Kanyakumari


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At just 85 km from Trivandrum, Kanyakumari is an awesome weekend getaway for people living in Kerala. A bus ticket from Trivandrum (one way) would be around Rs. 250 and the basic rooms in hotels start from around Rs. 800. HolidayIQ Traveller Ranjoy Dutta says, “This is the place where confluence of three seas can be seen, Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. The peninsular comes to an end at this place. Good place to see sunrise and sunset.” “One must visit Vivekananda rock and statute in once life time. Its pleasure to see sunrise and sunset at Kanyakumari,” adds HolidayIQ Traveller Shyam Sundar.

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6. Goa


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Ever wondered how and why Goa is frequented by backpackers all round the year? Because it has dirt cheap accommodation, food and economical transportation. HolidayIQ Traveller Suman Roy says, “Anjuna Beach Resort is one place where you can plan your stay while backpacking. This hotel is a hit among backpack travellers and provides pocket-friendly solutions for all travelling needs.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Rutavi Mehta, “Goa is best during off-season if you want to be away from those party animals. I have always visited Goa during off-season and you get quality international travellers who come to spend their peaceful time and it is not overpriced. Every hotel and shack are priced economically during the this season. Visit beaches like Morjem, Anjuna and the Apliem Lake area of Arambhol Beach.”

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7. Hampi


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If you are in or around Bangalore and are eager to get away from the city din for a weekend, Hampi is a great budget option. “Hampi is backpacker’s paradise and poor man's Goa” says HolidayIQ Traveller Ludger D’souza. He shares his experience at Shanti Guest House, “If you are looking for a Goan experience outside of Goa, this is it. This quaint place is recommended for the young at heart with a limited budget.” HolidayIQ Traveller Dinesh Vaishnoi says, “Hampi is a small village dotted with ruins of the glorious empire. The nearest rail station and town is Hospet. Most of the good and economic hotels are in Hospet. We stayed in Hospet and booked an auto for the day to go to Hampi, which is about 15 kilometres away. The must-see sights in Hampi are the Virupaksha Temple, the Hazara Rama Temple, the Vittalaswami Temple complex and the statue of Ugra Narasimha. Apart from these, the Nandi statue, the Hemkuta group of temples, the Lotus Mahal, the Dasara Dibba, the Elephant Stables and the Giant Ganesha Statues are worth seeing. You can squeeze everything in a day, but we covered everything in two days. Its a rocky place and it gets extremely hot in the afternoon, so plan accordingly. Carry umbrellas/hats, lots of water and wear sturdy shoes.”

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8. Darjeeling


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HolidayIQ Traveller Hariom Meena says, “Darjeeling is a must visit if you are a tea lover. Various types of teas are available.” Spend some time in quaint little hotels and lodges that are sprawled around Darjeeling and they won't burn a hole in your pocket. The people are warm and are bound to win you over with their world famous chai. Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Monojit, “Nestled within mountains, Darjeeling has a unique culture of its own. The weather was cool and one must visit this place to explore its beauty. The zoological park, rock garden, tea plantations, darjeeling mall, toy train are must visits. One must try the piping hot coffee at the mall, given the chilling weather. Other than that one must try the continental breakfast at kaventers, lunch at glenary's and also thukpa and momo. Roaming around in the market area and mall is a good way to spend time and also visit the local tourist attractions.”

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9. Kochi


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HolidayIQ Traveller Surej Krishnadas says, “A traveller will not be able to experince Kochi till he actually strolls around the lanes of Fort Kochi. This is evidence of rulers of India over 500 years, spread over less than 10 sq km. Jewish Synagogue and also the St Francis Church hold similar historical importance. Chinese fishing nets is a must see. Walking around the streets of Kochi and eating in the small restaurantsl, which existed from eras is an experience in itself. Take a train to Ernakulam; get a taxi and head straight for Fort Kochi, not wasting time in mainland as the price will shock you in the little uppish restaurants. Please do stay in one of the homestays as they are economical and you can have a great experience. Restaurants are not exactly a vegetarian’s delight. Try the guys, who fry your fish near the Kohder House lane heading towards the beach near the nets.”

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10. Kodaikanal


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A train ticket from Bangalore would be around Rs. 300 and a basic homestays around small villages would start from around Rs. 900. Which means you are still left with a good Rs. 2500 or so to splurge on your weekend trip! HolidayIQ Traveller Prabhakaran says, “Kodaikanal is a dream place for most of the people as the weather is nice and lot of sightseeing is available. Another thing is that the place is reasonable. Travelling experience was awesome.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Muralidhar Rao from Bangalore, “Good road to Kodaikanal from Banaglore. It will take around 10 hrs to reach by car. 2 hrs climb the hill. Need to have food in dhabas and restaurant on Bangalore - Salem Highway before you take right turn to Palani. If you have time you can go to Palani Temple which is at the top of rock mountain and there is cable car/rope car to reach the top with Rs 100 per head.”

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