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When the hectic city life wears you out, the best part of the week a.k.a the weekend comes to your rescue! Now if you’re wondering which direction you should head on to escape the crowd and immerse yourself in nature, we’ve got you covered!

We have created a series of blogs called ‘Weekend Escapes’ where we tell you about 5 of our most loved destinations near you that would be perfect for a weekend getaway!

So read on to find out more about places that are not too far away from Bangalore for that much needed weekend escape!

1. Coorg

`A beautiful 248 km drive up the curvy, rolling hills with perfectly pruned coffee plantations, lays Coorg. The verdant greenery, soothing weather throughout the year, elegantly manicured gardens, secluded backwaters and mesmerizing views of coffee estates makes Coorg the perfect weekend getaway destination from Bangalore.

2. Yercaud

Around 190 km from the city, nestled among the Shevaroy Hills lies the quaint hill station of Yercaud! Start your day by boating in the serene Emerald Lake that is surrounded by woody hills and lush gardens along its banks and then take a stroll through Yercaud’s fragrant orange and coffee plantations! From there you could head over to the infamous Bear’s cave! Apart from this, you could trek through the thick forests to reach the majestic Killiyur Falls. Also if wish you could also drop by the Silk Farm near Lady’s Seat to understand and watch the making of silk right from scratch!

3.      Wayanad

A 278 km drive from the city through the scenic Western Ghats rests the lush paradise land of Wayanad. This rural paradise welcomes weekenders, adventure seekers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Expect to be blown away by the beautiful nature trails, cascading waterfalls, acres of aromatic coffee plantations, green rice fields, and abundant natural reserves. You could go for trekking on one of the many trails or visit a coffee plantation to taste freshly brewed coffee or take a wildlife tour to spot some elephants at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary!

4. Ooty

A visit to Ooty over the weekend can definitely lift your spirits and drive the tiredness straight out of you! A 252 km drive through the rolling hills, dense forests, vast tea estates and miles and miles of lush pasture will bring you to the Queen of Hills- Ooty. Wake up to the view of terraced tea plantations and clean, crisp morning air! This beautiful town is famous for a lot of things, our personal favorite being the white chocolate. Yum! Apart from chocolate tastings, you could go for a toy train ride through the misty deep forests of the Nilgiri Hills or take a stroll through the terraced gardens at Ooty Botanical Park and later on enjoy an evening picnic at a spot overlooking the serene Kamraj Sagar Lake. If plain walking isn’t for you, trek your way up to the Dolphin’s Nose to catch the breathtaking view of the Catherine falls!

5.      Kabini

Escape your hectic city life and take a breather by driving 170 km from the city to reach Kabini which is a quaint place enveloped in dense woods and lush greenery, set along the bank of Kabini River. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast then this is the place to be as you could take a boat safari down the Kabini River in the Kabini Forest Reserve to catch sight of rare bird species or go for an elephant safari to the rocky terrains and deep woods of Kabini. You could also go for an early morning jeep safari to Nagarhole National Park to spot the Bengal tiger, Indian bison, Golden jackal, and other exotic animals in their natural habitat. When you’re not busy spotting animals, you could visit the coffee estates and spice plantations in the nearby town of Kutta!

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There are 2 things that every person leading a busy city life needs- weekend getaways and good photos! You’re all caught up with the destination ideas; now simply hire a vacation photographer from Travographer to make sure you get those good pictures as well!