Life in Bengaluru is busy, hectic and tiresome. We wait for long weekends just to get away from the busy everyday schedule. We like to get away from the crowd, the traffic and the pollution to experience solitude, serenity and to get some peace of mind. Keeping in mind the latest trend, people simply pack their bags, pick up a camera, grab their mobiles and power banks, fill the bike tanks and hit the road with a few friends or a girlfriend. Over a period of time we have explored almost all the neighboring places and there is no new place left to go. That is when it becomes a little boring.
So here goes a list of few beautiful and unexplored places that can be thought of, the next time we plan to travel:
The place consists of a water reservoir with a dam surrounded by hills on all sides. Sounds like some place you have already seen? But you know what they say “it is not the destination but the journey which is beautiful” and that holds absolutely true for this place as well. The road to the dam is decorated by a canopy of trees on both sides giving it a soothing essence and a perfect capture for the photographer in you.
The place is not crowded and with clean, fresh cold wind blowing, because of the water body, it makes a perfect destination for a day out. This place does not have much food choices as it is not very popular and not commercialized yet, so the best option is to either eat at the highway dhabas or restaurants on the way to Panchalli or carry your own food from Bengaluru. Well trying out different savories at the highway dhabas and restaurants in itself is an excitement and an experience in itself.
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A bit far from Bengaluru (approx 360km) but a virgin place, not explored to the core Agumbe can be a long weekend gateway for many. The place is known to house a number of waterfalls and the region falls under the rain-forest areas of the Western ghats, thereby keeping the entire place cool and wet. Also called the Cherrapunji of the south, the place is under rain-forest conservation efforts.
Located at a ten minutes walk from Agumbe, is the sunset point, which is one of the highest points of the Western Ghats, from which one can witness the sun setting over the Arabian Sea.
Barkana, Onake Abbi, Jogigundi, Koodlu Theertha, Sirimane are a few falls in and around Agumbe. So do give this place a try.
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Not so far away from Bengaluru (approx 120km), Madhugiri is a hill with fort, in the Tumkur district of Karnataka. Ruins of the temple Gopalakrishna is located at the top of the hill. The name of the place was derived from the multiple honey bee hives that were present in the Madhugiri(Madhu meaning Honey & Giri means hill) fortress.
The highlight of the place as you see in the below picture is the fort on top of the rock vault.
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The reason to visit this place is not just the temple of Shiva, with the second largest Shiva statue, but also the scenic beauty of the place, which invites people of all caste, creed and religion. The place gives pleasure to the eyes with its view of light blue horizon kissing the deep blue ocean water.
The place is located in the beach town of Bhatkal Taluk in North Karnataka district. Even though the place is 455 kms from Bangalore, it is a visit of a lifetime.
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Although the place falls under the state of Andhra Pradesh, it is barely 345 kms from Bengaluru, which is much closer than a lot of places within Karnataka itself.
Also called the Grand Canyon of India, Gandikota holds the most amazing and beautiful caves which are very similar to the ones present in Arizona.
Owing to the eye, mesmerizing view and non commercialization of the place, this is a place, one can be in, to capture some scenic moments together with your loved ones.