So you have been working hard for months from dusk till dawn. There is more caffeine in your body than blood because that’s what has kept you going. Weekends have given you some relief but have been absorbed by family, TV shows and sleep. Slowly you start feeling it — that need to get out, that desperation to see something other than your home, your computer screen, the same old road to office. You want to see greenery, mountains, beaches, or just a view of the setting sun! And then one day, your calendar shows you that there is a long weekend coming up. It opens up the possibility of a five-day trip to some place new, a much-needed vacation that is just what the doctor ordered, a solution to all your problems, a catalyst that will boost your performance in life and at work.

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There are few things that can give you as much pleasure as a trip on a long weekend to a place with abundant natural beauty right outside your city. Bangalore is extremely fortunate in this regard. It offers a bunch of splendid getaways for your long weekend. Here are eight great options for those who have a craving to hit the road.

1. Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur

A beautiful hill station known for its greenery and coffee plantations, Chikmagalur is full of natural beauty and makes for an ideal backpacking destination.

Distance from Bangalore: 250 km

What to do: Check out the sunset from Mullayanagiri, visit the Sringeri mutt temple, take a safari at the Kudremukh national park

2. Yercaud

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A beautiful green place known for its small plantations, Yercaud is located in the Eastern ghats and makes for a fantastic drive from Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 220 km

What to do: Drive on the 32-km loop road, check out the Kiliyur falls, catch the view from Pagoda point, explore the Bear’s cave, pay your respects at the Shevaroy temple, check out the Yercaud lake.

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3. Coorg

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Another beautiful green hill station, Coorg is a fantastic getaway from Bangalore known for its tea and coffee plantations and beautiful waterfalls.

Distance from Bangalore: 250 kms

What to do: Check out the Abbey falls, visit Raja’s seat. explore the Madikeri fort, visit the Dubare Elephant training camp, pay your respects at the Omkareshwara temple

4. Wayanad

Wayanad

Although it lies in the state of Kerala, Wayanad is a short drive from Bangalore and offers some amazing sight-seeing and trekking options.

Distance from Bangalore: 265 km

What to do: Explore the Edakkal caves, trek up the Chembra peak, take a safari in the Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary, visit the bamboo factory at Uravu.

5. Pondicherry

Pondicherry

One of the finest destinations in south India, Pondicherry lures backpackers and students with its ashrams and French colonial architecture.

Distance from Bangalore: 350 km

What to do: Visit the Aurobindo ashram and Auroville, hang out at the Promenade beach, visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Conception Cathedral, check out the French War memorial.

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6. Gokarna

Gokarna

A quieter and serene version of Goa, Gokarna is an excellent getaway on the west coast of India.

Distance from Bangalore: 485 km

What to do: Pay your respects at the Mahabaleshwar temple, catch the sunset at Om beach, walk right up to the Kudle beach, try out the food at Namaste cafe, indulge in water sports at Om beach.

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