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Eighteen Places around Bangalore which can be endup with wonderful Weekend road trips?

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Bangalore is known as Garden city and one of the best part of the Garden City is the opportunity to get away from it during the weekends. There are several exciting road trips that make your trip a memorable one, and I am covering 14 weekend drips from Bangalore to wonderful destinations?


1) Skandagiri
Skandagiri
For the historical and adventurous, Skandagiri is a perfect outing which can be done within a day and half. Located 60km outside of Bangalore, on the Chikkaballapur stretch is this quaint hilly village. Along the drive to the base of the hill, catch a glimpse of rural lifestyle and savour scenic views.

2) Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills


A must-to-do Bangalore road trip, Nandi Hills or Nandi Betta is best known for rolling green slopes surrounding the Amrit Sarovar Lake and a pleasant weather all year through. Either mountain biking or motor biking, this trail is great for those newly initiated into the adventure sport.

3) Sangam
Sangam
Drive on the Kanakpura to reach this natural footprint where the River Arkavathy merges with River Cauvery. A piece of wonderment awaits at Mekedatu, the end of a probable destination for a bike trip from Bangalore.

4) Avalabetta
Avalabetta
A hilly retreat, a paradise for nature lovers, Avalabetta is a lovely spot with beauty and serenity crowning its presence. At about 90kms from Bangalore off the Bellary road, it is an enjoyable destination.

5) Ranganathittu
Ranganathittu

A flourishing breeding and nesting ground for several migratory birds, Ranganathittu is Asia’s most preferred stop over. An accidentally created set of six islets, the bird sanctuary is a haven for nature and bird lovers alike. A deviation from Srirangapatna along the Coorg state way, this is an ideal getaway and among the enjoyable road trip from Bangalore.

6) Mysore
Mysore
Words fall short to describe the historically rich neighbouring city of Bangalore. A bike trip from Bangalore to Mysore unravels many appeals. Irrespective of the time one heads out, here’s one state highway which is energetic and crowded from the word go.

7) Lepakshi
Lepakshi
A historic and archaeological destination, Lepakshi fulfils a desire to go back in time. Best known for its hanging pillar, this village in Andhra Pradesh is quite similar to styling of Vijayanagar architecture at Hampi.

8) Hogenakkal
Hogenakkal
Hogenakkal Falls, 40km from Dharmapuri is popular for its glittered as a great backdrop for several regional and Bollywood films. A brilliant option for a Bangalore road trip, because it cannot be reached via direct access of public transport.

9) BR Hills
BR Hills
BR Hills, the popular name for Biligirirangana Hills is an ideal road trip from Bangalore for a short vacation if wilderness and adventure is what is on the radar. Situated between the Eastern and Western Ghats, most of the hills are protected areas of the Biligiri Rangaswamy Sanctuary – a major tiger reserve.

10) Kabini
Kabini
Escape from the city’s crowd and deadline chaos into the wilderness to Kabini – no destination at a journey’s end comes close to this. Straight off a prescription for rejuvenation, travel to Kabini is one of the finest road trips from Bangalore.

11) Horsley Hills
Horsley Hills
Located at an altitude of 4,000feet above sea level, the road leading to Horsley Hills bestows a panoramic vision of the surrounding hills. The path is extremely scenic with Mahogany, Gulmohar, Sandalwood, and Eucalyptus trees lining the road and culminating into dense verdant forests.

12) Sakleshpur
Sakleshpur
Find paradise at Sakleshpur, a beautiful hill town in Hassan district located on the Bangalore-Mangalore Highway. Nestled in the beautiful Western Ghats, much of its lush greenery is attributed to the coffee plantations enveloping the region.

13) Wayanad
Wayanad
Get to drive on some stretches passing through finest of nature’s creations – forests, occasional wildlife spotting, waterfalls, and more. The road to Wayanad from Bangalore takes twists and turns going through the outskirts of heritage city Mysore, with the tall Chamundi Hills guiding you through some miles.

14) Ooty
Ooty
Getting to Ooty is as exciting as the bustling hill town itself. Drive along the Mysore state highway from Bangalore. You’ll pass through the thickets of Bandipur and Masinagudi where you can catch wildlife. The famed stretch has 32 hairpin bends that truly is the glamour quotient of this Bangalore road trip.

15) Coorg

Coorg
Going to Coorg can only be a road trip. This divine drive is blessed with great roads which are driver’s delight. Pit stops all along the way ensure that the journey is sans hunger pangs.

16) Agumbe
Agumbe
Agumbe is widely known for its rain forests and perpetual wet weather. Nestled in the most beautiful part of Karnataka, Malnad the region lies in Shimoga district. This road trip from Bangalore is for the true lover of nature.

17) Pondicherry

Pondicherry
The ECR (East Coast Road) was designed to deliver driving pleasure. A massive stretch of well laid concrete, neatly marked and well maintained ensures travellers do only what is required – enjoy the drive!

Checkout the things to do in Pondicherry.
 
18) Kudremukh
Kudremukh
A pristine, grassy hill station in the lovely region of Chikmagalur, Kudremukh is calm, secluded and rich in flora and fauna. Take the NICE road from Bangalore towards Tumkur.

 

posted Nov 4, 2015 by Vikas Upadhyay

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In the following Article I am trying to provide the list of places which are close by and can be covered in a day trip.

Some words of caution:
1. Though the places would be interesting, the locals and the villagers are a bit apprehensive about people meddling with the peaceful lives.
2. Understanding and speaking Kannada would be advantageous. Many people do speak broken Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu, but it is easier to deal with them in Kannada.
3. DO NOT indulge in drinking in these places. Not only you may get fined heavily, but also the place can be sealed off and made unavailable to any others to are interested to visit them.
4. There could be restrictions regarding visiting. For example, there are reports of people trekking to Skandagiri during night (as far as I know, there's a ban on trek at Skandagiri) and getting caught by police. So please verify before visiting any place.

Here comes the list:


Madhugiri - The second largest monolith hill in Asia. One can trek to the top of the hill where the ruins of a fortress can be seen. The trek is a bit hard, and can a test for your fitness. On an average, one would require around 2 hours to trek from the foot to the top.
Distance: 100 km

Madhugiri


Chennarayana Durga: Located on the way between Devarayana Durga and Madhugiri. Can be trekked to the top.
Distance: Around 80 km

Chennarayana Durga



Thattekere: Located on the farther side of Bannerghatta forest area, Thattekere is a very calm and relaxing place, and is unknown. The route itself is very scenic.
Distance: Around 40 km

Thattekere



Huliyuru Durga: I haven't been here. But several blogs say it is a relatively easy climb.
Distance: 85 km

Huliyuru Durga


Makali Durga: Another short trek
Distance: 70 km

Makali Durga


(OK, enough of hills and treks!)

Janapada Loka: On Mysore Road, a few kilometers after the town of Ramanagara, you can find this place on your right. The word JANAPADA in Kannada means folklore, and this place is a folk museum and is the brainchild of Sri. H. L. Nagegowda, a famous folklorist and a civil servant.
Distance: 55 km

Janapada Loka


Kabbala Durga: An unheard place in a remote location. I'll leave the fun of finding this place to you :-)
Distance: 85 km

Kabbala Durga

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Mysore officially renamed as Mysuru, is the third most populous city in the state of Karnataka, India. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km southwest of the state capital Bangalore, it is spread across an area of 128.42 km. Mysore served as the capital city of Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries, from 1399 until 1947. The Kingdom was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except for a brief period in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power.

Mysore is an awesome getaway destination. Here are beautiful places in Mysore you can’t afford to miss.

1. Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery

The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world.Located in Bylakuppe, part of the Mysore district of the state of Karnataka, the monastery is home to a sangha community of over five thousand lamas (both monks and nuns), a religious college (or shedra) and hospital.

2. Chennakesava Temple, Somanathapura

The Chennakesava Temple located at Somanathapura is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. The temple was built by Soma, a Dandanayaka in 1268 C.E. under Hoysala king Narasimha III, when the Hoysala Empire was the major power in South India.

3. The Brindavan Gardens

The Brindavana Gardens is a garden located in the Mysore. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam which is built across the river Kaveri.The work on laying out this garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932. Visited by close to 2 million tourists per year, the garden is one of the major attractions of Srirangapatna.

4. Karanji Lake

Karanji Lake is a lake located in the city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India. The lake is surrounded by a nature park consisting of a butterfly park and a walk-through aviary. This aviary is the biggest 'walk-through aviary' in India. There is also a museum, the Regional Museum of Natural History which is located on the banks of this lake.

5. Sand Sculpture Museum

Nice beautiful place to see, different things made on sand, like god goddess and landscape, it's worthwhile visiting once as you will be awestruck to see the level of handmade art.

6. Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens (knows as Mysore Zoo) is a 157-acre zoo located near the palace in Mysore, India. It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India, and is home to a wide range of species (168). Mysore Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

7. The Maharaja Palace

The Maharaja’s Palace is a historical palace in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, southern India. It is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars — the Maharajas of Mysore, the royal family of Mysore, who ruled the princely state from 1399 to 1950. The palace houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting halls of the royal court) and incorporates a mesmerizing and gigantic array of courtyards, gardens, and buildings.

8. Sri Chamundeswari Temple

The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India.The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas.

9. Avadhoota Datta Peetham

Avadhoota Datta Peetham popularly called as Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram is situated on a sprawling 40-acre site at the foot of Chamundi Hill, in the Royal City of Mysore, State of Karnataka in Southern India. This is the head quarters of Pujya Swamiji's mission. Datta Peetham has grown over years to an impressive stature and encompasses many aspects of the spiritual life. Here one can study Yoga, the Vedas and Sanskrit, bhajans, music.

10. St. Philomena’s Church

St. Philomena's church is a Catholic church built in honour of St. Philomena in the Diocese of Mysore, India. It was constructed in 1936 using a Neo Gothic style and its architecture was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

11. Chamundi Hill Nandi Statue

This giant image of Nandi (Bull) is located at the top of Chamundi hills in Mysore. More than 350 years old, this is one of the oldest icons in Mysore. According to Hindu mythology Nandi is considered as the vehicle (mount) of Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction. In front of every Shiva temple, on the court facing the shrine.

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‘It happens only in India…’
We’ve often heard people rant that India is a land of mysteries and wondered where the notion came from. Well, we’ve finally got an answer for you! India truly has zillions of secrets buried deep in its most bizarre of places, that either leave people wide eyed with shock or freak them out when they learn about them.

1. The Tale of Twins at Kodinhi, Kerala

The extraordinary factor about this otherwise ordinary village in Malappuram, Kerala is the strikingly large number of twin births that it witnesses. Kodinhi, or the ‘Village of Twins’, as it is now called, holds an eminent place among the mysterious places in India. Once you set foot into this village, you’ll start seeing doubles of almost everyone. Kodinhi is currently home to over 200 pair of twins and two sets of triplets. And that’s not all. Kodinhi’s women who are married outside the village also end up having twins or triplets.

2. The Hanging Pillar at Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

An important archaeological and historical site in India, Lepakshi is known for its architecture and painting. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is among the most mysterious places in India, owing to its famous floating pillar. Among the 70 pillars at the site, one is hanging in mid-air, that is, it exists without a support. People come to the temple and pass objects under the pillar, believing it’ll bring prosperity into their lives.

3. The ‘Holy’ Rat Infested Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok, Rajasthan

The Karni Mata Temple is one of the most holy sanctums, but little do people know that it is also one of the most mysterious places in India. The temple is home to over 20,000 rats. Revolting as it may sound, one is not allowed to kill, hurt, or even scare them away. These rats, or ‘kabbas’, as they’re called there, are considered to be highly auspicious, are worshipped, and safeguarded, which is why they hold more value than the humans visiting the shrine.

4. Door-Deprived Houses of Shani Shignapur, Maharashtra

Shani Shignapur, a small village located 35 kms away from Ahmednagar, is famous for its Shani temple. But that’s not all that is famous about this village. None of the houses, schools, and even commercial buildings in this village have a door, or even a door frame. In addition to this, not a single crime has ever been reported here.

5. The Red Rain at Idukki, Kerala

Apart from a place with rich natural splendour of the Western Ghats, a vast forest reserve, & the tempting coastal curry, Idukki, or the ‘Red Region’, is also famous as one of the mysterious places in India. The red coloured rain at Idukki first fell on 25th July, 2001, and occurred sporadically for 2 months, staining clothes and buildings as it poured. This blood-red downpour, when collected by the locals, turned into clean water with red particles settled at the bottom.

6. The Immortal Flame of Jwala Ji Temple in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Jwala Ji temple is a holy shrine located in the lower Himalayas in Kangra district, typical of other Jwala Ji shrines in the country. Why then, is it listed among the mysterious places in India, is another matter altogether. The central pit of hollowed stone inside this shrine holds a flame that has been burning endlessly for over a 100 years.

7. The Shrine of the Bullet Baba in Bandai, Rajasthan

A man named Om Singh Rathore, or Om Banna, had died at this very spot in a tragic accident while riding back home on his bullet. What followed was a series of unusual happenings wherein the police would take away the bike, empty its fuel tank, and bind it in chains, but it would return to the same spot before day break…every single time. When the authorities finally gave up, the locals built a temple around this bike, which is now listed among the most mysterious places in India owing to the story behind it.

8. The Abandoned Village of Kuldhara, Rajasthan

About 2 centuries ago, over 1,500 Paliwal Brahmins fled the village, OVERNIGHT. Since then, no one has been able to live here and it is now one of the abandoned places in India. Those who try are chased away at night by ‘paranormal activities’. Tourists who visit Kuldhara encounter an uneasy feeling when they set foot inside the village.

9. The Floating Stones of Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu holds immense importance in the Hindu mythology, as it is the place where, according to Ramayana, Lord Rama’s Vanara Sena built a bridge of floating stones all the way to Sri Lanka. But there is something else about the bridge that makes this place one of the most mysterious places in India.

10. The Visa God of Chilkur, Hyderabad

Troubled by your endless attempts at getting a US visa? Not to worry. Get to the Balaji Temple in Chilkur, Hyderabad, and Lord Balaji will grant you one.

11. The Lake of Skeletons at Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Roopkund Lake is a glacier lake located at an elevation of 16,500 feet in the most God forsaken place in the Himalayas. But it’s remote and dangerous location has got nothing to do with the gloom and despair associated with this lake. It’s what lies beneath it that scares the shit out of most people.

12. The Magnetic Hill of Leh, Ladakh

The enchanting hills of Ladakh have more than mere beauty to offer. The Magnetic Hill, located at an altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level is one of the most unusual places to visit in India. Cars driving up the hill get pulled up of their own accord. That is, one can drive up here with the ignition of their vehicles turned off.

13. The Gravity Defying Palace at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

A stunning creation of the 18th century, Bara Imambara, with a blend of Arabic and European architecture is among the most mysterious historical places in India.

14. The E.T. Inhabited Kongka La Pass at Ladakh

At an elevation of 16,970 feet, the Kongka La Pass is one of the least accessed place in India, owing to the fact that is a disputed territory between India and China. But that’s not what makes it one of the most mysterious places in India.

15. The Place of Suicidal Birds in Jatinga, Assam

An otherwise quaint and picturesque little village in Assam, Jatinga experiences a bizarre, yet sad phenomenon every monsoon. During dark and foggy nights in monsoons, migratory birds flying over the village, dive headlong into trees, buildings, poles, and what nots, crashing to death. Jatinga is one of those strange places to visit in India that turns into a land of mass bird suicide every year during September & October.

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