Located in the district of Bellary, the famed ruins of Hampi give one a brief glimpse into the glorious past of the Vijayanagar Empire. Tucked neatly into the rolling hills and valleys, the World Heritage Site is home to over 500 monuments. The massive palaces and temples are sure to take you breath away with their finely chiselled sculptures, and carefully architectured pillars.
Ooty, a small, cozy hill station tucked away in Tamil Nadu makes a picture perfect holiday spot. Located among the Nilgiri Hills, it is the capital of the Nilgiris district. Ooty, the “Queen of the Hill Stations” is situated at a distance of approximately 270 kilometres away from Bangalore. Also called “Blue Mountains,” Ooty is located at an altitude of 2240 metres above sea level. It is a major summer destination owing to its cool climate and tranquil surroundings.
Bandipur & Masinagudi, Forest & Tiger Reserve – 230 Km
Bandipur National Park is Karnataka’s own tiger reserve, located at a distance of 220 kilometres from Bangalore. It is one of the most beautiful and well managed wildlife reserves in India and is known for being home to an array of flora and fauna, many of which are endangered today.
Puducherry (Pondicherry) – 310 Km
Transitioning from the past to the present, pint-sized Puducherry has a lot to offer! Say hello to not only sea salt in the air and clean beaches, but also to an Indo-French aesthetic. Formerly a colony of the French, Puducherry or Pondy, with its cobbled streets and bougainvillea lined townhouses are reminiscent of a bygone era. Yet the continuous inflows of tourists and heavy South Indian influence have added a new-age twist to the union territory.
Set next to the rolling waves, little Goa is more than just a tropical vacation spot. Remnants of the colonial past can be found in the numerous white-washed forts, towering churches and stunning cathedrals. These monuments stand the test of time as symbols of the unique blend of local and Portuguese cultures presenting an energy that is quite unlike anything else in the country. This vibe is of course a result of the continuous flow of tourists from all over the world. Young and fast, quick to burn, little Goa’s trance inducing parties and nightlife are well-known and serve as a major attraction!
Tucked away on the fringes of the state, among numerous undulating green hills is the beautiful region of Coorg. Known to be a major hub for coffee and spice trade, it is no wonder that plantations in the region stretch uninterrupted across the landscape. Make sure to keep an eye out for the occasional waterfall or two that hide in plain sight.