Top places to visit within 250 km of Bangalore for family vacations


If you live in Bangalore and have often wanted to take a break and take off with the family for a vacation, but do not have too many days to spare, worry not. Here is a list of handpicked destinations ideal for a family vacation not more than 250 km away from Bangalore. Enough time to enjoy a rejuvenating retreat and yet be back by Monday morning at work.

1. Nandi Hills

A popular getaway destination from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is only 62 km away. This all-time favorite destination, sports pleasant weather throughout the year, is easily accessible by road and attracts trekkers, nature lovers, and Adventure Enthusiasts. An amazing sunrise, the beautiful Bull Temple and the mysterious point Tipu’s drop await you there. It’s a great day trip but you can make a weekend out of it by staying over at one of the Nandi Hills resorts. Though there are few in the vicinity Discovery Village Resort at the foot of the hill is known for delectable cuisine and a wide range of activities.

2. Bheemeshwari – 95 Kms from Bangalore.

Less than 100 km away, settled on the banks of Kaveri River with a lush green landscape is the tranquil town Bheemeshwari that makes for a great getaway with your family and loved ones. The picturesque view and exotic wildlife justify the several adventure camps and fishing sites that are found there. The place is a delight if you want to try out sports like river rafting, boating, kayaking, fishing, and trekking. Wildlife that you can spot at the Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary includes Crocodiles, Wild boars, Leopards, Jackals, Deers and regular sightings of species like Cormorant, Ibis, and Kingfisher.

3. Mysore

Located 160 km away from Bangalore, Mysore, the ‘City of Palaces’ is rich with its historic legacies, royal heritage, architectural genius, dazzling silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood. Standing proudly at the foot of the famed Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the third most populated city in the state of Karnataka, and its rich cultural heritage draws millions of tourists all year round from India and abroad. The majestic Mysore Palace is spectacular with intricate architecture, design, artisanship, beautiful paintings, stained-glass windows and opulent ambiance reeks of the regal era that has gone by. The palace is a must-visit at least once in your lifetime and if you are there on a Sunday or during the Dussehra celebrations, you can behold the palace being spectacularly lit up at sunset.

4. Nagarhole

Take a walk on the wild side away from the hustle-bustle of the city at getaway to Nagarhole located 220 km from Bangalore. Part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, is one of the most visited national parks in Karnataka, owing to the constant increase in its tiger population. Take a safari at the Nagarhole National Park to spot the amazing Tigers, Wild dogs, Sloth bears, Leopard, Hyena, Sambhar, Deer, Gaur, Four-horned Antelope, Wild boar, Elephants, Indian bison, Marsh crocodile, and the Rocky Python, etc here. You can also stop by at Kabini located within Nagarhole, especially by the Kabini River where you can spot herds of elephants along the river banks, some lazing, and some playfully mingling and over 250 species of birds.

5. Coorg

Located 267 km from Bangalore, this coffee capital of Karnataka is set amidst lush green coffee estates and wooing weather that is cool and misty throughout the year. Your best stay option is a homestay to witness the local culture and cuisine first hand. Coorg has several attractions besides great weather, spice, and the luscious coffee plantations. Friendly folk and a tantalizing landscape promise to make your trip memorable.

6. Chikmaglur

Not more than 240 km from Bangalore, Chikmagalur is a hill station, with Baba Budangiri to its North, a mountain range in the Western Ghats, with 3 large caves said to be holy. Don’t miss the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary on the way here, which is home to elephants, tigers, and leopards. Chikmaglur, may not be as picturesque as other hill stations but has quite many touristic attractions to offer. Stay amidst a coffee estate if you can for a completely surreal experience.

Or if you are not in the mood for driving, check into one of the family resorts in Bangalore, for a weekend of fun activities and the very valuable me-time you crave for. May we suggest The Discovery Village Resort in Bangalore that offers uniquely crafted packages for a great family fun-time.