“The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Road trips, for many wayward ones, represent the cream of travelling. Broadly, there are two categories of travelers – the ones who go where the road takes them, and the ones who know and plan where they want to go. Many of us belong to the second(why first) category, as nothing can beat the excitement of embarking on a road trip without any preconceived notions – more so if you live in Bangalore. Surrounded by scenic hill stations, lakes, forts, waterfalls, wildlife, Bangalore provides easy access to a quick weekend trip. So, here is a list of 5 thrilling weekend getaway near Bangalore you must take before you are probably too occupied for a casual getaway.
Sakleshpur, a small hill station that falls on route from Bangalore to Mangalore, has picturesque landscapes with lush greenery, coffee plantation, tall mountains, fresh streams, and pleasant weather. It takes roughly five hours to reach Sakleshpur from Bangalore. If you don’t own a car and are not very fond of travelling by bus, you can opt for self-drive car rental services to make the most of your trip.
If you are interested in a cultural expedition, you need to take a road trip to Badami. You will not take more than 7-8 hours to complete the 400km journey. Once you reach Badami, you can savor its splendid rock-cut temples that resemble the Wild West, red sandstone cliffs longstanding houses, old doorways or the historic ruins.
The mighty Cauvery River takes a spectacular narrow ‘valley’ form in Mekedatu. People visit Mekedatu to ride the waters in local boats, more famously called Coracle. You will take less than 2 hours to reach Mekedatu as it is only 90 km away from Bangalore, making it a perfect getaway spot for the weekends with friends or family.
A small village in Karnataka, Hampi will leave you spellbound, thanks to the palm groves, giant boulders, their rusty hues and paddy fields, unlike any you have ever seen before. The prize, however, goes to the spectacular ruins of the place that replicate ancient India as it once was and as no one remembers it anymore. Hampi is also home to the famous Virupaksha Temple.
If you are a big fan of night trekking, you need to visit Skandagiri at least once in your life. Often dubbed as the place where trekkers get to ‘walk above the clouds’, it is a favorite among destination among adventure enthusiasts from across the country. Trekkers start climbing at 2 AM on full moon nights to reach the peak of Kalavara Durga by sunrise.
So, those were five incredible options for road trip enthusiasts in Bangalore. If you need a short trip to take a break from your hectic lifestyle, you can go for a road trip to any one of these locations. You can always opt for a self-drive rental car if you want to go for a fun-filled trip with your friends. To learn more about our self- and chauffeur-driven vehicles, feel free to get in touch with our team of representatives.