Bangalore has unlimited things to offer, right from nature and scenic destinations to the amazing city life. It is a small world in itself, bringing with amazing diversity to the locals. Yet, sometimes the monotony of everyday life and work gets to you and the only thing that will cheer you up and offer utmost relaxation is a quick trip from Bangalore. Today, we have listed down a few of the popular destinations which are just an overnight trip from Bangalore.
Coorg is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Karnataka, lying in the beautiful Western Ghats and is one of the most popular decisions for an overnight trip from Bangalore. It's a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, hills covered with rich flora and fauna are what attracts the crowd all year round. The pleasant weather, mist-covered coffee plantations and pure air of Coorg is only 260 km from Bangalore and among the best places to take an overnight bus journey from Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore - 260 km
How to Reach Covering the total road distance within a period of 6 hours, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has direct buses operating on this route. One can board the bus in Bangalore from the Kempegowda Bus Station; the passengers eventually having to de-board the bus at the KSRTC Bus Station, Madikeri.
Ooty is a quaint little hill station in Tamil Nadu, also known for coffee plantations, forest-covered misty hills and of course, Chocolates. Ooty is also called the 'Queens of the Hills' and it definitely does the justice to the title given!
Distance from Bangalore - 270 km
How to Reach There are two options to reach Ooty by bus from Bangalore. You can board a bus for Gundlupet and reach in 5 hours and from there you can hire a taxi for Ooty
Places to visit Among the many places to visit in Ooty, these few we think you should not miss. Like the Government Botanical Gardens, Rose Garden, the Wax Museum, the Chocolate Museum, the Ooty Lake, Doddabetta, Avalanche Lake, and Pykara, among many others.
Things to do Take a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), have a picnic by the Pykara Lake, take a boat ride on the Ooty Lake, visit Toda huts in the town. Apart from these, there are many more things that you can do in Ooty.
Famously known as Pondi or Pondy, Pondicherry is a union territory that maintains a very unique culture, different from what we can see in the country. Taking you back in time through its history, Pondicherry offers surreal beachfront, ancient churches and ultimate spiritual experience at Aurobindo ashram. You can also take a walk in the colourful French colony and enjoy the amazing vibes of this place and is one of the best overnight trips from Bangalore that people can go on.
Distance from Bangalore - 310 km
How to reach There are plenty of bus services from Bangalore to Pondicherry with many pick-up points like Majestic Anand Rao Circle, 8th Mile, Yeshwantpur Govardhan Theatre, Rajajinagar among others. Pondicherry itself is a major drop off point.
Places to visit A few places to visit in the city are Auroville, Promenade Beach, Romain Rolland Library, French Institute of Pondicherry, Puducherry Botanical Gardens, Eglise de Notre Dame des Agnes, Rock Beach, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Things to do A few things to in Pondicherry, take a boat ride at Chunnambar Boat House, go scuba diving, go on a bicycle tour around the city, and spend a day at the Auroville Ashram.
4. Mangalore - Witness Beautiful Sunsets and Pristine Beaches
Mangalore is an amazing seaside getaway, also popularly known as the 'Gateway of Karnataka'. With majestic streams flowing towards the Arabian Sea and a beautiful background of coconut palms, Mangalore is considered to the most beautiful city in the state of Karnataka and is a perfect overnight trip from Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore - 351 km
How to Reach It takes around 8 hours to reach Mangalore from Bangalore via road.
Mysore is also known as the 'City of Palaces' and is one of the top choices for weekenders and travel lovers. Though located at only 143 km from Bangalore, Mysore is amazing for the overnight journey. It is the perfect escape for history buffs and nature lovers, thanks to its lush gardens and many historical sites.
Distance from Bangalore - 143 km
How to reach KSRTC buses operate quite frequently on the routes from Bangalore to Mysore. There is a separate platform for Bangalore-Mysore buses at the KSRTC Satellite bus stand.
Kovalam is a beautiful coastal town, famous for its crescent-shaped beaches and relaxing ayurvedic massages. Perfect to take a dip in the sea and massage right on the beach and relish fresh and delicious seafood, you will forget the city blues and spend a relaxing time here, it is a great place to plan an overnight trip from Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore - 729 km
How to Reach There are many bus services available from Bangalore to Trivandrum. As Kovalam is around 13 km from Trivandrum, you can take any other means of transport to reach from there.
Things to do Get an ayurvedic massage, try catamaran cruising at the beach, shop for souvenirs at the street markets, attend the Gramam Village Fair, and do a little yoga at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram.
Scenic beaches, rocking nightlife, amazing watersports, mouthwatering food and friendly locals, Goa offers the best overnight trip from Bangalore to you. Perfect place for a long vacation with family as well as for weekend getaway. Everything from night markets to beach shacks, Goa attracts thousands of travellers each year.
Distance from Bangalore - 559 km
How to Reach Buses are one of the common means of transport to reach Goa from Bangalore and thus many bus service operators are available. You can take an overnight bus from many available boarding points in the city and reach Goa by noon.
Places To Visit A few places to visit in Goa are Baga Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shantadurga Temple, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Chapora Fort, and Dudhsagar Falls.
Things to do Go church hopping, visit the beaches of North Goa, try a few water sports at Calangute Beach, try the local cuisine, and shop from the Mapusa Night Market.
Lovingly called the 'Venice of the East', Alleppey or Alappuzha is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Kerala. Easily reachable from Bangalore through an overnight road, you can enjoy the tranquil backwaters, lagoons, and clean beaches, all while munching on some freshest seafood. The snake boat race organized every year during Onam is also quite famous in Alleppey.
Distance from Bangalore - 595 km
How to Reach Many buses are available from Bangalore and takes over 12 hours to reach.
Another treasure of Kerala is Vagamon in the Idukki hills. Untouched by commercialization, makes this town perfect for adventure and nature lovers. With scenic views of beautiful valleys, meadows, pine forests and the amazing mist-covered tea estates, Vagamon offers unlimited experiences.
Distance from Bangalore - 557 km
How to Reach Bus journey is the best and the only direct way to travel between the two places. There are plenty of bus service operators offering direct buses to Vagamon from Bangalore in about 7 hours.
Kodaikanal is also known as the 'Princess of the hills' and we couldn't agree more! Located in Dindigul of Tamil Nadu, the town offers beautiful landscapes and many other scenic attractions that both nature and adventure lovers will enjoy and is a widely-touted overnight trip from Bangalore.
Distance from Bangalore - 468 km
How to Reach It takes roughly 8-11 hours to reach the scenic hill station. There are several options available if you are planning to take a bus. Bus services like KPN, Greenline travels and holidays, JTV Travels, SRS Travels, and KSRTC are the buses that leave Bangalore late in the evening and reach Kodaikanal the next day, morning.
Places to visit A few places to visit in the town are the Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake, Coaker's Walk, Kurunji Andavar Temple, Bryant Park, Chettiar Park, Shembaganur Museum of Natural Historical, Silent Valley View Point, and Guna Cave.
Things to do Trek to the Pillar Rocks, trek to Dolphin's Nose, take a boat ride on the Kodaikanal Lake, shop from the Anna Salai Market and take a bicycle tour of the town.
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