Bangalore, the IT capital of India, is a beautiful destination. Moreover, the city’s strategic geographic location has put it in close proximity to places with pristine sea beaches, serene yet indomitable mountains and placid lakes mirroring the blue sky. These places are perfect for 2 to 3 day getaways from Bangalore. We have shortlisted four such destinations here.

Coorg

Popularly known as the “Scotland of India”, Coorg’s plush green picturesque landscape is a treat to the eye. Coorg has of some of the greenest mountains in India and an abundance of flora and fauna. Coorg is also widely popular for its coffee plantations, homemade chocolates, honey and spices. Being a perfect getaway for nature lovers and adventure junkies, Coorg provides ample scope for exciting activities such as trekking to Tadiandamol Peak, gliding and angling. Coorg also has an abundance of wildlife sanctuaries. Food is lip smacking all around this picture perfect town with various restaurants serving delectable Indian as well as global delicacies. If you are longing for some authentic Tibetan food, then do not forget to visit The Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe.

Mangalore

Mangalore is a picturesque port city located close to Bangalore and is famous for its beaches, ancient temples and intriguing past. This culturally rich land has been ruled by several Indian kings and has also seen Portuguese as well as British colonial rule. Well maintained rocky beaches and spicy sea food at various eateries along the beaches are the speciality of Mangalore. Some of the beaches are unsafe for swimming because of the unpredictable and varying currents, but most of the beaches are very well maintained and provide ample facilities for various types of water sports. Apart from the beaches, Mangalore is also famous for its temples, cathedrals and museums.

Oooty

Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a picturesque town discovered by the Britsh and is popularly known as the “Queen of Hill stations”. Ooty has a pleasant weather all year round and is quite popular for its tea and coffee plantations, beautiful lakes and serene mountains. The Government Botanical garden, Rose Garden, Madumalai National Park, the 1822 Stone House, Toda Huts, Ooty mountain railway, St. Stephens Church, Wax World, Deer Park and Mariamman Temple are some of the major family tourist attractions in Ooty.

Pondicherry

Drench your senses in the calm and spiritual vibes of this French Riviera. This place is home to some of the most pristine beaches in India. Pondicherry is well renowned for its calm and breezy climate, well maintained French colonies, lovely beaches and the famous Aurobindo Ashram. This serene town, for a long time was ruled by the French and the architecture reflects French colonial design. In fact, even the churches and the cuisine carry traces of the French influence.

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