Blessed with some of the finest archaeological sites and hill stations in South India, many of which are in close proximity and make for great getaways from Bangalore, Karnataka is a diverse state that has something for every traveler. It’s time to forget about mundane weekends and get ready for an enthralling experience at the destinations listed here!
Sakleshpur: Travel to the Magnificent Hills of the Western Ghats
A quiet paradise replete with verdant hills, cardamom and coffee plantations, Sakleshpur in Hassan district is located at 220 km from Bangalore and the shortest route to navigate here on road would be to take the NH 75. Experiencing heavy rainfalls in the monsoon, the best time to travel to this quaint hill station would be between the months of November to April. With Bangalore being connected to Sakleshpur by direct trains and buses, trekkers can head to Ombattu Gudda, Agni Gudda, Jenukal Gudda or Bisile Ghat and encounter the diverse fauna that the Ghats are famous for. Located at just 10 km from the town is the star shaped Manjarabad Fort overlooking the Arabian Sea, which was built by Tipu Sultan. Considering the streams and mist covered landscape that will remain in your mind long after your weekend is over, rounding up your friends and taking the scenic drive in an SUV would be a wonderful way to experience all that Sakleshpur has to offer.
Ramanagara: Sweet Spot for Adventure and Nature Enthusiasts
Located just 60 km away from Bangalore, is the captivating district of Ramanagara steeped in culture and natural heritage which brings in trekkers, families and solo travellers as the train and bus connectivity is strong. Taking the Bangalore Mysore Expressway and then the NH 275 to proceed to MG Road in Ramanagara, would be the shortest road route to this haven for travelers driving down from the city. Self drive would be ideal for those who wish to experience the varied things Ramanagara is famous for; be it the granite outcrops, the fine silks or the rare Indian vultures that can be spotted here. With October to February being the best time for adventure seekers, rock climbing at Ramdevarabetta, trekking at Revana Siddeshwarabetta are recommended activities. For those wishing to enjoy the most authentic experience by exploring as much as possible, your trip planning is greatly simplified by booking a sedan and self driving to this beautiful destination.
Srirangapatna: An Embodiment of Historic Splendour
If you have fond memories of travelling to Mysore and exploring the regal palaces, Srirangapatna located in the Mandya district is another gem that has a rich legacy, which can be seen in the numerous historic structures here. Being the erstwhile capital of Mysore, Srirangapatna witnessed the final battle between Tipu Sultan and the East India company and the Sultan’s grave can be seen at the ornately constructed Gumbaz. Also referred to as the Srirangapatna temple, the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple located near the Kaveri river draws in pilgrims and people fond of architecture. Daria Daulat Bagh (the summer palace of Tipu Sultan), Srirangapatna Fort and Wellesley Bridge constructed over the Kaveri river are historic places that must not be missed. With the cooler months between October to March being the ideal time to travel, staying here is also convenient, and a number of hotels and resorts in Srirangapatna like the Mayura Riverview, Amblee Holiday Resort and Young Island Resorts are favoured by visitors. With the Ranganathittu Bird sanctuary, renowned for its sheer diversity of birds like painted storks, peacocks and kingfishers being a mere 3 km drive from Srirangapatna, and Karighatta hill with the Lokpavani river flowing by located around 6 km from Srirangapatna, self drive enables travellers to explore Srirangapatna and its vicinity. The Bangalore to Srirangapatna distance of roughly 130 km is easily navigable within 3-4 hours and travelers can take the NH 275 route after the NICE Bangalore Mysore Expressway to get there. Travel comfortably in a Zoomcar sedan and explore all that Srirangapatna has to offer!
Be it a student on a shoestring budget or a couple looking to spend a lovely weekend away from home, there is much to see and do near the city. So book a Zoomcar starting at just ₹70/hr and relish the best of Karnataka at these destinations.