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Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, is known for its IT sector, soothing climate and upbeat social life. But apart from these, this bustling metropolis is also known for its proximity to beautiful tourist spots. And with monsoons already here to give us the much-needed respite from the scorching heat waves, this is probably the best time for a weekend retreat. If you are looking forward to spend this monsoon in or around Bangalore, then trust us, there is a lot to choose from. From secluded places where you can enjoy moments of solitude to a dreamy locations that are devoid of any crowd or chaos, Bangalore has it all. Here are the top 5 weekend destinations near Bangalore that you must visit this monsoon.

Mandalpatti, Coorg

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The emerald green hills of Coorg are their best during monsoon. Instead of going to the overcrowded Madikeri, you can explore the less touristy Mandalpatti if you want to get away from the maddening crowd. It is both spectacular and memorable to trek these misty hills in the rains. Get away from the city crowd to enjoy the monsoon bliss in Mandalpatti.

Brindavan Gardens, Mysore

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Well manicured lawns and gurgling fountains of Brindavan Gardens look amazingly captivating in the rainy season. The spectacle of this garden, second only to Shalimar Gardens in Kashmir, is bewitching  and is also one of the most beautifully laid out terrace gardens in the world.  Fountains, cascading water channels, beautiful flower beds and different types of shrubs and trees await you at Brindavan .

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Shivanasamudra Falls, Mandya

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Located at a distance of  100 km  away from the city, the cascading Shivanasmudra Falls in Mandya are known as Niagara Falls of Karnataka. These falls take a plunge at 320 km and go straight into the dense forests of Karnataka. Situated on the banks of river Kaveri, this view is enchanting especially during monsoons.

Tiger Reserve,Masinagudi

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Around 240 km from Bangalore, the tiger reserve in Masinagudi is your typical Indian forest. If you decide to visit this little piece of heaven at the foothills of Nilgiris in monsoon, you will be treated to a spectacular sight of flora and fauna in full bloom. Chances of spotting tigers and other animals are high too.

Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

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Horsley Hills is known as the  Ooty of Andhra Pradesh for its quaint appeal, salubrious climate during monsoon and winters, and of course its lush green cover. Situated at a distance of 144 km(3 hours 30 minutes)  from Bangalore, this place is a must-visit if you love dense forests complete with geological rock formations, clear mountain air and a pleasant climate.

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