Bangalore Speaks: The city’s favourite weekend getaways
By Lavanya Srinivasan | Published: May 28 2010
With busy work schedules, and not enough time to get planned out elaborate holidays, bangaloreans, like the quick week-end getaways. We talk to some people from the city to find out what spots they like to hit.
Taking off for days can truly be an impossible task. However, we all need a change of scenery and should slow down every once in a while. Are you looking for a weekend break and would you like to get out of the city. If you are wondering where to go, here is a list of places you can visit!
Raghu Dixit, Musician
"Coorg is the ideal vacation spot! It is quite accessible from Bangalore and it has a Yorkshire dale like feel, with a gentle undulating landscape and pastoral scenes. It has one or two nice hill treks but the best part is the coffee plantations. It’s plush greenery everywhere and the pandi curry is truly amazing. The people are cultured, friendly and polished. English is spoken almost everywhere,"
Riddhima. R, Architect.
“Gokarna is a hippy paradise that Goa used to be. With its remote beaches you can rest your bones, practice your little hippy drums, strum your guitar, have a chill out session, and even see few people doing the juggling act. It’s cheaper compared to Goa and Gokarna’s beaches are beautiful. We went on a budget trip, and when we got back we still had some money left.”
Omi Gurung, Fashion Designer,
Get-a-way: Belur and Halebid
"The temples of Belur and Halebid are intricately carved and stunning. The magnificence of the sculpture tells you a bit about the importance of art and culture in the Hoysala Empire. But avoid visiting these twin temple towns on hot and sunny days. These places have stony pathways and tend to get extremely hot during peak summer afternoons. Plan a journey early in the day or once the sun starts to set,"
Punya Arora, Photographer.
“I studied in Ooty for two years and so far it’s been the best time of my life. Ooty is a haven for the seeker of sports, adventure or otherwise from hiking and riding to fishing for trout and playing tennis and snooker, Ooty has it all. Oh, also the weather is awesome; it’s nice and chilly throughout the year. I take off to Ooty, every now and then.”
Kiran Srinivas, Actor
I am from Chikmagalur and I absolutely love the place. Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises, hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms. Chikmagalur is a trekker’s delight, with its rugged mountain trails. There are some exceptional and challenging treks between Mullayanagiri, Bababudangiri and Kemmangundi,
“Bandipur is an amazing place to simply 'switch off'. Far from the hustle and bustle of city life, this place is best recommended if you want to simply relax and de-stress yourself. I love being close to the nature and Bandipur is an ideal weekend getaway for me.”
These are just some ideas for you to get started off on a holiday, instead of spending your weekends glued to the television. The most places that have been spoken off here are accessible via road and rail, which includes convenient bus rides, or hired cars if you are not too keen on driving there yourself.