Planning your Weekend Outside Bangalore, List of 12 beautiful places under 300 Kms From Bangalore

Working and living in and around Bangalore has its own merits and unlike any other city we have a host of options when it comes to weekend getaways. Looking for short trips around Bangalore for the long weekend that’s coming up. Here we have picked destinations from Bangalore that can be done economically!

1. Tirupati Balaji - 'Lord Vekateswara'

Tirupati Balaji

Tirupati is a pilgrimage city in the extreme southeast of Andhra Pradesh in Chittoor district. Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, popularly known as the Tirupati Temple that is believed to have been the abode of Lord Vekateswara for over 5,000 years and is located in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is a divine place of Lord Balaji (Sri Venkateswara Swamy). At least 50 thousand pilgrims visit every day.It is only 246 Kms from Bangalore. There are fascinating facts about Tirupati Temple known or unknown to people.

Tirupati Balaji Prasad

Facts such as that the sound of enormous sea waves can be heard if one puts his/her ear on the back of the deity’s image housed in the shrine.The light of an ardent devotee’s heart for the Divine never gets extinguished, so does the earthen lamps placed before the idol of the deity in the sanctum sanctorum of the Tirupati Balaji Temple. There are no reliable records about the time when these lamps were lit and who lit them. Lord Balaji’s image may be carved out of stone, but it is fully infused with life and very much alive, if reports are to be believed. The idol of the holy deity maintains a temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit, even though the surroundings are cool due to the steep location of the temple (3000 feet). It is must visit place.

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2. Ooty - 'The Queen of Hills'


Ooty is a small hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu. The place is surrounded by Nilgiri Hills and visited mostly by the people who love to capture the sight of splendid natural beauty. Ooty is only 278 Kms from Bangalore. The quaint green paths, overshadowed by towering pine trees, reminds one of an English countryside. The charming colonial-era bungalows take you back to the British era.The hill station presents a picture of perfect vacation that we all all dream of with mesmerising scenery, breath taking tea gardens, fine pine and eucalyptus trees along with magnificent mountains around. The town attracts people from all walks of life, from newlyweds to families looking for a weekend getaway.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Ooty:

Ooty Lake, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty Rose Garden, Ooty Botanical Garden, The culturally significant Toda huts, Stone House, St. Stephen’s Church, Wax World, Kalhatti Falls, Bellikkal, Emarald Lake, Tiger Hill, Kotagiri Coonoor and many more places.

Best time to Visit:

The weather in Ooty is pleasant throughout the year but during the summer months, from March to June, the season is ideal for sightseeing. The weather is very pleasant and the temperatures vary from 15 °C to 20 °C.

3. Shivanasamudra Fall - 'Second largest in India'

Shivanasamudra Falls

Shivanasamudra is a small town in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka. It is only 138 Kms from Bangalore.The World Waterfall Database ranked Shivanasamudra falls has world’s top 45th among the world’s 100 waterfalls. The Shivanasamundra Falls is a twin waterfalls located at the site of Asia's second hydroelectric power station. It falls from a height of 90 m, into the Cauvery River. This waterfall is regarded as the second largest in India.This being just a few hours drive away from Bangalore is a great place to spend some quality time with friends doing fun stuff like trekking, long drives, explorations and of course swimming in flowing waters enjoying the showers under falls and rejuvenate under the caring touch of mother nature.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Shivanasamudra Fall:

Gaganachukki and Bharachukki waterfalls, Fishing, Enjoy the showers and nature

4. Mysore - 'The City of Palaces'


Mysore, previously known as Mysuru (which changed its name from Mysore in 2014), is the third largest and second most populated city of Karnataka.It is only 150 Kms from Bangalore. The city is praised across the country for its arresting buildings and monuments along with its flamboyant imperial heritage. Mysore famously known as The City of Palaces, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Mysore is one of the most flamboyant places in the country. Mysore is also famed for its exceptional quality of Mysore silk and sandalwood and a unique tradition of painting known as Mysore Painting. The main palace of the Mysore is Ambavilas Palace which is also one of the prime attractions of this region accredited to is beautiful monuments.

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Tourist attractions in Mysore:

Mysore Palace, Keshava Temple, Chamundi Hill Temple, Mysore Zoo, Railway Museum, Regional Museum of Natural History, Lalitha Mahal Palace,Brindavan Gardens, Kukkarhalli Lake, Jaganmohan Palace, St. Philomena's Cathedral

5. Bheemeshwari - 'Adventure Camp'


Bheemeshwari is in the located in Mandya district and it is only 100 Kms from Bangalore. Bheemeshwari trip is a wonderful mix of delightful nature and wild adventure. Bheemeshwari is a great spot for eco-tourism and is a natural habitat for the mahseer fish found in the waters of the Cavery. The River Cauvery is hardly what one would call tame. Its course includes gorges, waterfalls, rapids, dense forests and much more. Mahseer is considered as one of the finest game fish in the world. The surrounding lush forest cover is home to many animals like elephants, wild boars, monkeys, jackals, crocodiles, otters and leopards and also a variety of water birds like herons, ibis, cormorants and kingfisher.

Best time to Visit:

The best time to visit is just after the monsoon, between August and February, when the river is swollen and the forest and the surroundings are rich with green vegetation. This time is ideal for bird watchers too, as river terns, fishing eagles, wood peckers, king fishers, and plenty of other species flock here in large numbers.

6. Chikmagalur - 'Paradise for Relaxation'


Chikmagalur is one of the top hill station destinations in India and it is one of the most scenic hill stations in the state of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is the most serene and picturesque tourist destinations in the Western Ghats with Lush green mountains, picturesque trekking trails, cascading waterfalls, and mystical temples. Chikmagalur is only 243 Kms from Bangalore. Chikmagalur district has a huge number of coffee estates and is rightly considered to be the coffee hub of Karnataka. Whatever you do in Chikmagalur, you are bound to fall in love with nature all over again.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Chikmagalur:

Kemmangundi, Mullayanagiri, Kudremukh, Baba Budangiri, Coffee Museum Chikmagalur, Hebbe Falls, Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Veera Narayana Temple, Hornadu Annapoorneshwari Temple, Z Point, Hirekolale Lake, Manikyadhara Falls, Kallathigiri Falls

7. Hogenakkal Waterfall- 'Niagara of India'

Hogenakkal Waterfall

Hogenakkal Falls is a beautiful waterfall on the Kaveri River located in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. Hogenakkal falls is your perfect day trip destination from Bangalore and it is only 126 Kms from Bangalore. The call Hogenakkal is derived from two Kannada words ‘hoge’ manner smoke and ‘kal’ means rock, due to the fact the mist created by using water hitting the rocks creates a feeling of smoke emanating from the rocks. The Hogenakkal Falls makes for a winning sojourn.

coracle ride

Due to its breath-taking sight and atmosphere, it is also heralded as 'Niagara of India'. Especially popular here are the medicinal baths and hide boat rides. To see a waterfall vistor's must visit the place from August to November and please seek safety measure's before taking coracle ride.

8. Madikeri - Coorg


Madikeri is a hill station and the vibrant capital of Coorg and tt is only 244 Kms from Bangalore. Madikeri is a quaint hill town in Karnataka with vast coffee plantations, lush forests and misty hills, all culminating into a breathtaking view. The pleasant climate and beautiful terrain of Madikeri inspires many with its noticeably cool and peaceful atmosphere, which is hard to find elsewhere. It attracts hundreds of tourists every day with its pollution free, calm and quiet ambience and turns even the most ordinary holidays into a romantic journey of life.The commercialisation and human exploitation haven't touched the boundaries of Madikeri. This hill station is a perfect weekend getaway for those looking for a picturesque and relaxing holiday.

Best time to Visit

Madikeri is January to July.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Madikeri:

Omkareshwara Temple, Chingara Falls, Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, St. Mark's Church and Chelavara Falls

9. Shravanabelagola - ‘The white pond of Sravana’


Shravanabelagola is a small township located 51 km southeast of Hassan District in the state of Karnataka and it is only 143 Kms from Bangalore.Shravanabelagola/Sravanabelagola is one of the most important Jain tirth (a sacred place) of the Jains in South India. It is a place of great importance from the point of pilgrimage and also archeological and religious heritage. 1000 years old monolythic statue of Bahubali, looks awsome and the city look from the hill is also wonderful. The hand written scriptures on hill reflect the heritage and importance of this protected monument. Gomateshwara, the 58 feet tall monolithic statue of Bahubali is considered as one of the seven wonders of India. It is famous for its collection of Jain temples. The Gommateshvara Bahubali statue of this destination is a significant pilgrimage spot for Jains. Apart from this, the place is filled with monuments of yesteryear. The best time to Visit Shravanabelagola is from October to March.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Shravanabelagola:

Gomateshwara Temple, Chamundaraya Basadi, Bhandara Basadi, Odegal Basadi, Kattale Basadi, Kambadahalli, Halebelagola, Parshwanatha Basadi

10. Wayanad


Wayanad is a hill district in Kerala formed in 1980 by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts and it is only 243 Kms from Bangalore. Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Located at a distance of 76 km. The name Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu which means the land of paddy fields. It is a picturesque plateau situated at a height between 700 meters and 2100 meters above the mean sea level.Wayanad is nature's calling to the urban traveler, in God's Own Country, Kerala. Its sheer beauty captivates the heart and mind of visitors and enthralls them fully. With sprawling tea plantations and treks to historic caves, Wayanad is a great tourist destination, the untouched beauty of which will leave you in sheer awe!. A great place to spot wild elephants, cool breeze, beautiful scenery, Wayanad is guaranteed to please your travel senses. Overall, a perfect weekend idea from cities of South India. In Wayanad their are lots of good and beautiful resorts for a great experience. Best Time to Visit Wayanad is November to April

Popular Tourist Attractions in Wayanad:

Wayanad Wilflife Sanctuary, Banasura Sagar Dam, Pookot Lake, Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Soochipara falls, Lakkidi, Meenmutti Waterfalls, Kuruva Island

11. Lepakshi - 'Veerabhadra Temple'


Lepakshi is a small village located in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh and it is only 123 Kms from Bangalore. Lepashi is famous for Veerabhadra Temple, which preserves amazing artefacts of the 16th century. Lepakshi Village is one of the cultural getaway from Bangalore. Lepakshi is mainly a pilgrimage place, though it captures the attention of architecture and culture enthusiasts as well. Lepakshi temple has its reference in the ancient scripture Skandapurana as one of the 108 most significant Shaivite temples in India. It is also believed that the temple was built by Sage Agastya.Temple is built in the typical Vijayanagara style of architecture, the temple features many beautifully designed carvings on each pillar of gods, goddesses and dancers. This temple is known for another engineering wonder.

Best time to Visit

Lepakshi is October to February.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Lepakshi:

Basavanna Temple, Veerbhadra Temple, Shivling of Lepakshi Temple, Kalyan Mandapa of Lepakshi Temple, Sita’s footprints inside the Lepakshi Temple, Lepakshi Nandi, Miraculous Hanging Pillar

12. BR Hills, Chamarajnagar

BR Hills

The Biligiri Ranga Hills popularly known as the BR Hills is a lofty hill range in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka and it is only 176 Kms from Bangalore. Biligiri Rangana Hills derives its name from the Rangaswamy Temple located on top of a white cliff. This place is a remote place and the population in this village kind of place is very less. In Temple the hundred years old Champaka tree is one more attraction in this place.There is also a 600 years old Big Michelia champaka, known as Dodda Sampige, which is holiest for the soliga tribes and other local people. The Dodda Sampige has been the God of the soliga tribe's, who perform the fire dance surrounding the tree on the eve of Maha Shivarathri festival. Trekker's who are visiting BRT wildlife sanctuary can visit Dodda Sampige by trekking.

The best time to Visit

the place is October to March.

Popular Tourist Attractions in BR Hillsboro:

BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, Dodda Sampige Mara, K.Gudi Wilderness Camp

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