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Pay Attention, Bangaloreans! 7 Offbeat Weekend Getaways From Your City

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A best way to relax and rejuvenate after a hectic and mundane week is to set off on a weekend getaway. Here is a list of top 10 secret places around Bangalore HolidayIQ Travellers recommend.

Pay Attention, Bangaloreans! 7 Offbeat Weekend Getaways From Your City:

  1. The Green Pastures, Halebid and Belur (Karnataka)
  2. Vijayshree Heritage Village, Hospet (Karnataka)
  3. Southern Star Hotel, Hassan (Karnataka)
  4. Krishna Heritage, Badami (Karnataka)
  5. Jungle Inn, Nagarhole (Karnataka)
  6. Orange County-Kabini, Kabini (Karnataka)
  7. Golden Nest Resorts, Yercaud (Tamil Nadu)

1. Belur

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The early capital of the Hoysala empire, it is also referred to as Velapuri according to inscriptions discovered here. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple.

HolidayIQ Traveller Giridhar Gowda shares, “It is a sacred place built by Hoysalas centuries back. Lord Channakeshava is worshipped here. One can easily identify Hoysala architecture because the upper and base structures are built in similar manner. Just half kilometre from the Belur bus stand.”

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17 Ratings | 17 Reviews | 9 Sightseeings | 13 Photos

2. Hospet

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According to legends the city of Hospet was built by Krishnadevaraya in 1520 AD, one of the rulers of Vijayanagara in memory of his mother Nagalambika. While the city was named Nagalapura, people referred to the city as Hosa Pete meaning New City.

HolidayIQ Traveller Saranya Devanathan from Bangalore shares, “Because of Hampi and mining, Hospet was full of good hotels. Tourists were all over Hospet. There were lots of places to eat. I had bonda soup in a restaurant which was hot and spicy. The roads were dirty with lot of pigs. Tungabhadra Canals are flowing on either side where people took bath and washed clothes. Tungabhadra dam was nearby which was hardly 5 km. The Hampi express was good where the travel was overnight and you feel fresh in the morning and no need to pay the hotel for the night.”

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3. Hassan

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The quiet little is a convenient base to visit Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebid. Just 194 km away from Bangalore is one of the heritage hubs in the state of Karnataka. The main attraction of the town is the 800 old Hasanamba temple. Apart from the temple the town has attractions like Vote Hole Dam, Sri Lakshmi Venkataramanaswamy Temple and Lakshmi Devi Temple.

HolidayIQ Traveller Pritvi Kanchi from Bangalore shares, “Hassan is home abode of the Former Prime Minister of India H D Devegowda. Hemavathy reservoir, Shiradi ghat, Sakleshpur, Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola are must-visit attractions. Bangalore and Hassan are connected these days by a 4-lane highway and it ideally takes 3 and half hours to traverse the distance between the garden city and cultural city.”

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96 Ratings | 96 Reviews | 8 Sightseeings | 21 Photos

4. Badami

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Badami is a small town located in Karnataka. It is known for rock sculpture and temple architecture. The town was originally known as Vatapi and was the seat of government of the Badami Chalukyas in the 6th century AD. The name Vatapi has its origins in a mythological tale of the Ramayana.

HolidayIQ Traveller Dranup Tapal shares, “Badami a classical architectural gem of Karnataka. The place got its name by the demons of Vatapi and Ilvala, according to local folks. The sand stone hillocks peaking at these sites were the best thing to have a splendid view of Agastya lake which is surrounded by a fort and few cave temples. The fort itself gives a bird's eye view of the whole town of Badami, the stone carved temples of different deities are a thing to watch for its stone carvings. The cave temples built in the boulders are an equal attraction and no doubt many movies of all languages have been shot using the awesome landscape. The tourist must try to visit the archaeological museum at one end of the fort for its information and one must be going for a small adventure while exploring the mini mountain.”

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5. Nagarhole

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Nagarhole is a small town located in Kodagu district of Karnataka.The town consists of many dense forests, waterfalls and temples that are an integral part of Nagarhole’s cultural heritage.

HolidayIQ Traveller Ranjit Dash from Bangalore shares, “An excellent place to stay at the base of Brahmagiri hills. This small village is centrally located to places like Abbey falls, Iruppu waterfalls, Irpu trekking route, Wayanad, Nagarhole National Park, Rameswara Temple, Thirunelli temple etc. There are quite some good places to stay. Lush green place at the base of Brahmagiri hills.”

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123 Ratings | 123 Reviews | 4 Sightseeings | 13 Photos

6. Kabini

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Kabini is a popular wildlife destination in the state of Karnataka of southern India. The forest reserve forms the south-eastern part of Nagarhole National Park and is situated on the banks of the Kabini River.

HolidayIQ Traveller Aritro Dasgupta from Gurgaon shares, “Very beautiful place. I will recommend everyone to go there and have a good life. I have not seen such abundant wildlife anywhere else in India, perhaps with the exception of Sunderbans. Abundantly green countryside plus heavy rains make it an idyllic place. The local people are also quite helpful. They have all heard of JLR, as it is a government body and has employed a lot of locals in their various resorts.”

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156 Reviews | 9 Sightseeings

7. Yercaud

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Yercaud, a hill station in Salem District of Tamil Nadu, is located in the Shevaroy range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. The destination exhibits artefacts from the Stone Age that were found in the ancient shrine located near Pagoda Point.

HolidayIQ Traveller Partha Das from Bangalore shares, “I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Yercaud. It's a nice and peaceful place with beautiful viewpoints and serene surroundings. The people over there are very nice and helpful. The temperature is moderate with slightly chilly conditions in the evenings. It also rained heavily during the night that I stayed, making the place look even more awesome.”

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22 Sightseeings

About Curator

HolidayIQ Traveller Snehal Raibole

Snehal Raibole is a wandering wordsmith who loves meeting and sharing travel stories with fellow travellers. Being in perpetual love with beer, bikes, books, rock music and sleeping and on the lookouts for adventures, he lives for the adrenaline. Call him a life junkie if you will. Check out his twitter handle.

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