Diwali is one of the handful of festivals that everyone across India celebrates, and that includes Bangalore. Thousands of techies and others who call Bangalore home come together to light Diyas, buy gifts, wear their best traditional dresses and burst firecrackers. This year, Diwali 2017 falls on a Thursday, October 19, which means that many of you may also be getting a four-day long weekend. And you cannot just let that slip away. So make this year a little special and go out and explore these places near Bangalore for the Diwali 2017 long weekend. ALSO READ: Best Places to Visit near Delhi on the Long Diwali 2017 Weekend
Mysore Palace, Mysuru
Just around three hours away from the city, Mysore is a favorite getaway, even for a day. But with four days at your disposal this year, you have plenty of time to chill and explore Mysore at your own pace. And there’s plenty to explore; Mysore has a long and colorful history, being at the center of some of the greatest empires in ancient India.
What to see: The Mysore Palace, Jaganmohan Palace, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, Jayalakshmi Vilas, Shivanasamudra and Srirangapatnam, St. Philomena’s Church and Brindavan Gardens.
Speaking of history, you also have the ancient ruins of Hampi to explore. Once the capital of the sprawling Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi and the remnants of the empire are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can speed through the monuments and ruins of the ancient capital in a day, or take another day and spend more time learning about the incredible history of Hampi. CHECK OUT: Festivals and Events in India in October 2017 That Promise an Unforgettable Experience
What to see: The ruins of temples and other buildings, the Vittala complext stone chariot, the sacred Pushkarani east of the Krishna temple, and the Hampi Bazaar.
Bandipur National Park
Elephants at Bandipur
Hampi and even Belur or Badami, are great spots for the long weekend for history buffs. But for those who want to relax in the wild, untamed lap of nature, you can head to Bandipur National Park around 220 km away. Spread across 874 square kilometers of the ecologically diverse Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Bandipur is home to hundreds of rare and endemic animal and bird species. Tigers, sloth bears, leopards, red-headed vultures, drongos and other species call Bandipur home.
What to see: Take a jeep safari from six in the morning to nine, before relaxing and venturing back into the jungles for the 4pm to 6pm afternoon safari.
Ooty in Tamil Nadu
Located around 290 km from Bangalore, Ooty is a perfect hill station escape for the Diwali 2017 long weekend. With green hills and tea estates around you and tall pine trees rising to the heavens, Ooty has all the ingredients for a relatively quiet and tranquil getaway for the holidays. Rejuvenate yourself in Ooty and its rolling meadows and parks before returning back to the plains and the city streets of Bangalore.
What to see: Trek up Doddabeta peak, explore Mudumalai National Park or Mukurthi National Park, and visit Wenlock Downs, Emerald Lake, Avalanche Lake and Kamaraj Sagar Dam, and take the train to Coonoor.
One of the closer weekend getaways from Bangalore, Horsley Hills lies just around 140 km from the city and at the entrance of Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. Despite its proximity, it is not as crowded as other nearby tourist spots, and the hills host some great adventure activities as well. You can go trekking up the hills or rappelling or zorbing down. NOW READ: Best Places to Visit near Mumbai on Diwali 2017 Long Weekend
What to see: Mallamma Temple, Rishi Valley School, Lake Gangotri, Gali Banda, Horsley Hills Museum and the Environmental Park.