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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 Mysore for that much needed weekend escape!

1.     Coorg

Coorg is a hill station nestled up amidst the Western Ghats that is perfect for planning a weekend getaway with your friends or family! 107 km from the city, wake up to the refreshing scent of coffee in the chilly morning air, as you open the windows of your hotel room to the mesmerizing view of acres of lush coffee and tea plantations along the hilly slopes! You will surely be swept away by the verdant surroundings, misty waterfalls and the captivating views from atop the lush mountains during your stay at this gorgeous hill station! We recommend you to take morning strolls along the terraced coffee and tea plantations, and enjoy the citrusy scent in the orange groves! Make sure you visit the enchanting Abbey Falls and Irupu Falls, spend time with elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp, spot wildlife at Nagarhole National Park, treat your eyes with the sight of undulating layers of verdant misty hills at Talakaveri and lastly find a picnic spot for your group at Raja’s Seat!

2.     Ooty

Give yourself and your lungs a break from the polluted city air and escape for the weekend to this mountain lover’s paradise, about 128 km from Mysore city! Set high at 7,440 feet amidst the luscious Nilgiri Hills is the beautiful hill station of Ooty! Along the slopes you’ll find terraced tea plantations and amidst the hills you can spot some tranquil yet majestic waterfalls! Do take the Toy Train ride to enjoy the panoramic views of the misty and green Nilgiri Hills! Apart from this you can spend time walking or cycling around the scenic Ooty Lake and Emerald Lake or enjoy picnics or walks at the beautiful Botanical garden, Rose garden and the lush green meadows of Wenlock Downs. If you’re visiting during January, you can enjoy the tea festival and in May you can see giant stunning structures made out of flowers and fruits during the annual Summer Festival!

3.     Coonoor

Every once in a while, we all need to get away from the crowd of the city to unwind and reconnect with our inner selves, and there’s no place better than Coonoor to do that! So get your backpacks and drive 145 km through the scenic, winding Nilgiri Hills to reach Coonoor which is well known for the panoramic view of the lush green Nilgiri hills, terraced tea plantations along the slopes and stunning waterfalls! One of the major highlights of Coonoor has to be the Sim’s Park which is a beautiful Botanical garden, which if visited in May, hosts the summer festival wherein you will get to see beautiful displays of a variety of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Coonoor is also quite well known for its scenic trekking trails such as Dolphin’s Nose and Lamb’s Rock trek from where you could reach Lady Canning’s Seat which is a vantage point that offers spectacular views of the picturesque Nilgiris! You must also visit St Catherine Falls, Law’s Falls and Droog Fort because they simply offer views that look straight out of a story book!

4.     Wayanad

One of the most exciting places to visit near Mysore would be Wayanad, which is known to offer soothing temperatures all year round. About 130 km from Mysore, located in the state of Kerala, you will find untouched woods, misty mountains, and long spread orchards of aromatic spices and coffee plantations! So a trip to Wayanad is as much of a sensory experience as it is a scenic one! When you plan a trip to Wayanad, do visit the Banasura Sagar Dam, which is Asia’s second largest earth dam! Wayanad is also a hub for all the adventure seekers as you can indulge in activities such as rappelling, rock climbing, mountaineering, camping and hiking. You can explore the Edakkal Caves and ancient architectural sights such as Karinthandan Temple, Ancient Jain Temple and Thirunelli Temple. Also do visit the majestic Soochipura Falls, Meenmutty Falls and Kanthampara Falls.

5.     Bheemeshwari

About 151 km from Mysore, nestled along the untamed river Cauvery is Bheemeshwari, a small town situated in the Mandya district of Karnataka. If you’re looking for an adventure packed weekend, head over to Bheemshwari for activities such as rafting, kayaking, trekking, camping, angling, wildlife safaris and some thrilling coracle rides which a traditional local oval boats knitted with split willow branches. Bheemeshwari is a wildlife lover’s paradise as you can spot not only birds but also catch glimpses of crocodiles, leopards, wild boars, and deers in the Bheemeshwari forest sanctuary! You can camp under the stars, light bonfires at night and wake up to stellar sunrises from your tents! Apart from the above, you can also visit the Kokrebellur Pelicanry and the majestic Mekedatu, Gaganachukki and Barachukki waterfalls.

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