Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, has plenty of things to do and see to get you through three days. But those who spend an extended time here soon start to crave a change of scenery. From coastal towns with serene lakes, abundant natural beauty and a laid-back vibe, to spiritual cities and historic villages with colonial charm, you don’t need to go far to find something different – all are just a short flight or drive away. To help you make the most of your break, we’ve compiled a list of the best three-day trips to undertake from Bangalore, India. Scroll down to find out more.
Coorg, the ‘Scotland of India’ as it is often dubbed, is a haven for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Nature lovers can head to the Abbey falls nestled in the midst of coffee and spice plantations, and soak in the beauty of the falls while taking a tour of the plantations. As for adventure enthusiasts, there are plenty of activities, such as trekking through forest trails, whitewater rafting in the Baropole River, and a boat ride along the Honnamana Kere Lake. If you’re an architecture enthusiast, be sure to visit the 19th century Sri Omkareshwara Temple, which is a blend of Islamic and Gothic architectural styles. After seeking the blessing at the religious sanctuary, take a tour of the grounds that has a water pond brimming with colourful fishes. Be sure to visit the Raja’s Seat in the evening; it is the best spot in the town to watch the sunset.
Distance from Bangalore to Coorg: 264.4 km (164.2 mi) or 5 hr 42 min drive via NH75
Where to stay: If you’re looking for a lavish stay, we recommend staying at the Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa Coorg.
While you’re in the area, it’s worth taking a side trip to Bylakuppe, which is the largest Tibetan Buddhist settlement in South India. The main attraction of this town is the Namdroling Monastery that features Tibetan art and paintings, and Buddhist idols made of gold. If you wish to buy some Tibetan knick-knacks, there is a small shop on the premises.
Distance from Coorg to Bylakuppe: 40.2 km (24.9 mi) or 1 hr 19 min via SH91
Alternatively, you can also visit the majestic Iruppu falls. Water gushes down from an altitude of 60 meters through the lush forests and mountains, creating a view that will leave you awestruck. Don’t forget to take a dip in the falls, since its water is considered to be sacred.
Distance from Coorg to Iruppu Falls: 62.2 km (38.6 mi) or 1 hr 50 min drive via SH89
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The historic city of Mysore has some of the most extravagant architecture. The most striking structure is the three-storey Mysore Palace, which was once the abode of the royal Wadiyar dynasty. Built in Indo-Saracenic style, the palace houses several Hindu temples, courtyards, pavilions and gardens. After taking a tour of the Mysore Palace, head to the nearby Jagmohan Palace that has been converted into an art gallery. It features over 2,000 paintings belonging to different eras and styles of Indian paintings. Other must-visit attractions in the city include Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum, Brindavan Gardens and Mysore Zoo. Don’t leave the city without trying its traditional dessert - Mysore Pak (fudge of chickpea flour, sugar and clarified butter) - which was first made in Mysore Palace for the royal family. Today, it is available everywhere in the city, from restaurants to small shops.
Insider tip: If you happen to be visiting Mysore in late September/early October, the famous Mysuru Dasara, which is a 10-day festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil, is worth experiencing.
Distance from Bangalore to Mysore: 144.5 km (89.7mi) or 3 hr 38 min drive via Mysore Road
Where to stay: You can opt to stay at the Southern Star, which is just 2 km (1.2 mi) from Mysore Palace. This property is kitted out with all the mod cons, including a spa, poolside dining, an outdoor pool and 24-hour room service.
If you have some time in hand, we recommend visiting the nearby Srirangapatna, primarily for its two historic monuments - the tomb of Tipu Sultan and the Summer Palace (Dariya Daulat Palace). Both these sites exude medieval charm and grandeur of the ancient Mysore kingdom.
Distance from Mysore to Srirangapatna: 22 km (13.6 mi) or 34 min drive via NH150A and NH275
Nestled amongst the lush vegetation of Western Ghats, Chikmagalur is a small hill station that is mainly known for its coffee plantations dating back to the British era. So, it goes without saying that touring the coffee plantations is a must; don’t leave without tasting the different varieties of coffee, including Arabica and Robusta. If you’re looking for some adventure, the town is home to the two highest mountain peaks of Karnataka - Kudremukh and Mullayanagiri, which are perfect for trekking.
Distance from Bangalore to Chikmagalur: 243.5 km (151.3 mi) or 4 hr 35 min drive via NH75
Where to stay: Stay at The Gateway Hotel KM Road Chikmagalur that offers rooms with pool or garden views.
From here, head to Kemmanagundi, located within the Chikmagalur district. Make sure to visit the Hebbe Falls and Kalhatti falls. On the way to Kalhatti falls, consider stopping off at the ancient Hindu temple to admire its stunning Dravidian style architecture.
Distance from Chikmagalur to Kemmanagundi: 61.9 km (38.4 mi) or 1 hr 37 min drive via SH 57 and Kemmanagundi Road
The UNESCO-listed site of Hampi is brimming with historical ruins dating back to more than 500 years. The most noteworthy ones include the Vijaya Vittala Temple, the Virupaksha Temple, and the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple that houses a huge monolith statue of Lord Narasimha, who is an incarnation of Hindu deity, Vishnu. If you can, trek up the Matanga Hill, from where the view of Hampi is the best you can have to understand the town structure better.
Distance from Bangalore to Hampi: 346.5 km (215 mi) or 7 hr 6 min drive via NH48
Where to stay: Check in at the Clarks Inn Hampi, which offers one of the best views of Hampi.
If time permits, stop off at the Anegundi to marvel at the well-preserved historic structures and temples that define this ancient town. The must-see sites include the Anegundi Fort and Pampa Sarovar Laxmi temple.
Distance from Hampi to Anegundi: 19.6 km (12 mi) or 35 min drive via SH49
Ooty enchants people again and again with its stunning landscape encompassing tea plantations, verdant forests and hills. Visitors can take a relaxing stroll across the town, which features an array of colonial-era cottages and historic buildings like the 19th-century St. Stephen’s Church, while the adventure enthusiasts can engage in recreational activities that the landscape provides. Nature lovers may be interested in visiting the Government Botanical Garden that houses thousands of indigenous and exotic species of trees, plants, flowers and shrubs.
Distance from Bangalore to Ooty: 273.4 km (170 mi) or 6 hr 29 min drive via Mysore Road.
Where to stay: Book a room at the King’s Cliff for a cosy charm.
You can round off your trip by visiting Coonoor. The unmissable sights include the Catherine Falls, Sim’s Park (a botanical garden), and Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint that offers a mesmerizing view of the hill station. Its location amidst the Nilgiri hills also makes it an ideal place for trekkers.
Distance from Ooty to Coonoor: 21.1 km (13 mi) or 48 min drive via NH181
If you’re a history and architecture buff, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal, is a must. These sites have ruins of ancient structures, including rock-cut temples and forts, dating back to Chalukya dynasty (6th-12th centuries). The main highlights include Bhutanatha group of temples overlooking the Agastya lake, the Badami Fort and the Badami Cave temple in Badami; Lad Khan temple and Durga temple in Aihole; Virupaksha temple, Galaganatha temple and Sangameshwara temple in Pattadakal.
Distance from Bangalore to Badami: 511.3 km (mi) or 9 hr 4 min drive via NH48 <-> Aihole: 34.8 km (21.6) or 48-min drive <-> Pattadakal :13.8 km (8.5 mi) or 22-min drive
Where to stay: There aren’t any fancy hotels in Badami, but you’ll find a lot of budget hotels. Opt for KSTDC Hotel Mayura Chalukya, which is outfitted with basic amenities.
Dubbed the ‘Jewel of the South’, Yercaud is a scenic hill station, replete with coffee plantations, verdant forests and scenic lakes. The must-do activity here is the boat ride along the Yercaud lake that will leave you speechless with beautiful views of the lush greenery and cloud-peaked hills all around. Other points of interests include the Pagoda Point, Kiliyur waterfall, the Lady’s Seat that offers uninterrupted views of the hill station, and Anna Park that features a wide variety of local plants and a Japanese garden.
Distance from Bangalore to Yercaud: 228.6 km (142 mi) or 4 hr 49 min drive via NH44
Where to stay: If you want to stay close to nature, book a room at the Great Trails Yercaud by GRT Hotels.
Before heading back to Bangalore, make sure to visit the Hogenakkal Waterfalls. Literally translating to ‘smoking rocks’, the Hogenakkal falls is one of the most beautiful (and Instagram-worthy) waterfalls in India. The water plunges 20 meters (65.6 feet) down through rocks that appear to emanate smoke, creating a view that will make your jaw drop. To get the full feel of it, take a coracle ride in the water.
Distance from Yercaud to Hogenakkal Falls: 117.6 km (73 mi) or 3 hr 13 min drive via Omalur - Mecheri - Pennagaram Road
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Goa has enough merits as a tourist destination to warrant more than just three days. But that doesn’t mean this sunshine state won’t be any fun if you don’t have much time to spend here. If you want to indulge in water sports (and don’t mind hordes) Anjuna and Calangute beaches in North Goa are for you, but if you want to spend a relaxing afternoon just soaking up the sun and sand, Palolem and Benaulim beaches in South Goa are your best bets. When you get fed up with the beach, head to Old Goa that is replete with colonial-era buildings, including Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Se Cathedral (to name but a few). Alternatively, you can visit the historic Fontainhas, the only Latin quarters of India. Finish your trip by diving into the nightclub scene. The streets here are dotted with hip bars and lively nightclubs, such as Tito’s, SINQ club and Cafe Mambos, which make for a great night out before you say goodbye to the party capital of India.
Insider tip: Gambling is legal here, so you can try your luck at one of the many casinos, if you wish!
Distance from Bangalore to Goa: 556.1 km (346 mi) or 10 hr 12 min drive via NH48
Where to stay: The Grand Hyatt Goa makes for a classic Goan experience, with spectacular views of the waterfront and the Indo-Portuguese architecture.
Pondicherry looks more like a French city with its cobbled streets adorned with quaint houses, cafes and boutiques, hence it is also labelled as the ‘French Capital of India’. Start your trip by visiting the White Town, the residential quarters of French, and explore the heritage buildings, including Aurobindo Ashram. When you get tired of exploring the heritage edifices, head to the Promenade beach and relax. We recommend staying at the Promenade until evening, as the sunset here is sublime. If you’re feeling peckish, make your way over to Le Cafe that serves delicious French fare. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a boat ride along the Chunnambar backwaters, or go for scuba diving at 4 Corners or Aravind’s Wall.
Distance from Bangalore to Pondicherry: 307.4 km (191 mi) or 6 hr 35 min via NH77
Where to stay: If you want to stay right in the thick of the action, Le Dupleix is your hotel. It’s a heritage property with modern furnishings and colonial charm.
To add a spiritual touch to your trip, visit Auroville, located about 10.8 km (6.7 mi) from Pondy. It is divided into several zones, and the must-visit zone includes the Peace Zone that houses Mantrimandir, a golden meditation centre.
Brimming with thick forests, waterfalls, and a variety of flora and fauna, Wayanad is a delight for the nature lovers and photographers alike. Throw in a plethora of recreational activities, such as boating, trekking and rock climbing, and Wayanad is a perfect spot for adventure seekers, as well. Sights worth visiting include the Soochipara and Meenmutty falls, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Chembra Peak and Banasura Sagar Dam.
Distance from Bangalore to Wayanad: 277.6 km (141.1) or 6 hr 9 min drive via Mysore Road and NH766
Where to stay: Looking for an eco-friendly stay option, then book a room at the Vythiri Resort that houses five tree houses, all designed using locally sourced materials.
Escape the city life
Bangalore is surrounded by several historic, nature and adventure retreats, each beautiful in their own right. So, when you need to escape the city for three days, you can head to any of the above-mentioned towns and hill stations, and unwind.
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