Are you living in Bangalore? Have you been waiting for those extended, sandwitch leaves before you could go out with friends for a relaxing holiday? Well, you don’t have to wait for months just so you could plan an enjoyable holiday in a far-off destination. How about an exciting road trip from Bangalore that would take just 2 days or 3 at most? You may have more time at hand but we know most people in Bangalore don’t. So, this list is just for you!
(Distance = 70 km, Time taken = 1.5 hrs, Best time for road trip = Nov to Feb) You will feel as if you are walking over the clouds here. This small near Chickballapur will not fail to leave you pleasantly surprised. If you want to take it a step further, trek on a moonless night and be at the top to witness the sunrise.
(Distance = 95 km, Time taken = 2 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) Sangam is the point where the Kaveri and Arkavathi rivers merge into one. In summers, you can wade in the river and in monsoons, you can go for a boat ride.
(Distance = 90 km, Time taken = 2 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) You will be able to see the River Kaveri plunge into a deep gorge here. Drive up to Cauvery Akravati Sangam and then take those famous circular boats you see in movies. Mekedatu is just 4km downstream.
(Distance = 90 km, Time taken = 2 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) Take a break from the noise and pollution in Bangalore and head straight to Avalabetta. The beauty on both sides of the road is simply mesmerizing. It’s a laid back destination that will surely become your favourite.
(Distance = 140km, Time taken = 3.5 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) Do you love biking? Head straight to Ranganathittu! You will find the most enchanting bird sanctuary here and be able to spot innumerous beautiful birds. The meandering Kaveri and the beautiful marshland cannot be found anywhere else.
(Distance = 150 km, Time taken = 3.5 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) If you are a history buff, Lepakshi will truly enthrall you. Do not forget to check out the temple dedicated to Papanasheshvara. The architecture dates back to the medieval times and is truly impressive.
(Distance = 260 km, Time taken = 5 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) Sakleshpur qualifies as the perfect off-beat destination for a full day trip. Imagine driving through tall enchanting mountains, coffee plantations’ and the cool breeze touching your face. If you are an idyllic at heart, think no further.
8. Wayanad Via Bandipur
(Distance = 270 km, Time taken = 6 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) How about checking out a plateau in the middle of the Western Ghats this month? The drive to Wayanad promises to make you memories for a lifetime. Drive amongst dense forests, gushing waterfalls and you might spot some wildlife too if lucky.
(Distance = 280 km, Time taken = 6 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) If it’s winding roads that give you an adrenalin rush, then head to Ooty. It is not called the Queen of Hills for no reason. It offers you not one or two, but 32 hair pins bends. Awesome!
(Distance = 300 km, Time taken = 6 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) Coonoor has impressed us with its beauty in so many movies. It is a small town with tea gardens and weather that can be compared to a Swiss summer. The place is a biker’s delight!
(Distance = 280 km, Time taken = 6 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) Coorg is often called the “Scotland of Southern India” and rightly so. Drive through immaculately manicured plantations of cardamom, coffee and tea.
(Distance = 350 km, Time taken = 7 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) Kudremukh will bewilder you with its flora and fauna. The mountain air will surely revive your senses. The place has a peak that resembles a horse face, hence the name.
(Distance = 350 km, Time taken = 7 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) Drive to Pondicherry and have an adventure of a lifetime. Which other city can offer you a virgin coastline of 32kms, with palms blowing in the wind. Great French food and wine awaits you.
(Distance = 350 km, Time taken = 7 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) You must have read about the ruins of Hampi in school. Why not add this to your list? The giant boulders and the historic ruins are worth the visit. You also get a chance to drive through paddy fields.
(Distance = 380 km, Time taken = 7 hrs, Best time for road trip = All year long) Agumbe is the village where Malgudi Days was shot. Not many know that it gets as much rain as Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. You could be witness to some of the beautiful sunsets here.
If you are bored of clubbing and dancing, pick up your vehicle and take a road trip this weekend! Drive safely. Happy holidays!