Thanks to its abundant natural and man-made wonders, Karnataka, which is a melting pot of cultures and traditions is also a perfect for a getaway from your daily routine, especially during long weekends. Here are some of the top places to visit in the state:

1. Mysore Palace:

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Not too many palaces in the country can boast of the royalty and grandeur like the Mysore Palace. The official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore, the Palace today attracts more than 3 million visitors every year.
The various sections of the palace are architectural masterpieces with buildings carved with intricate and artistic designs depicting the rich culture and artisan expertise of India. While the Palace itself is a sight to behold, it becomes an ocean of light on Sundays and public holidays when the entire palace is illuminated with more than 90,000 lights. Mysore Palace is an ideal place to visit for those who want to do a one day trip near Bangalore.

2. Abbey Falls in Coorg:

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Hidden in the lush green environs of Western Ghats, Abbey falls become a sight to behold during the monsoons with white sparkling water gushing down the hill slope, soaking everyone in the vicinity with its spray of water. The aroma from the nearby coffee plantations combined with a surreal view of the falls is sure to mesmerize every visitor.

3. Nandi Valley:

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One of the best places to visit near Bangalore, Nandi Valley is a bustling tourist center where adventure seekers and nature lovers come together to enjoy this nature’s bounty. If you are looking for resorts in Bangalore for team outing, Nandi Valley has plenty to offer. The valley has a thriving winery business where you can take a tour and understand the nuances of wine production and tasting. Climb up steps built for kings and rest in quaint alcoves from a bygone era as you trek up the hill soaking in the breathtaking scenery. A much deserved toast to end a productive week indeed.

4. Kabini River:

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Kabini is the perfect place for those who wish to spend their long weekends rejuvenating in the tranquility offered by nature. Places to visit in Kabini include the large expanse of forest reserves and Nagarhole national park which are popular wildlife destinations. Boat rides, jungle treks and wildlife safaris are some of the activities which will keep you engaged. There is no dearth of luxury resorts and jungle lodges in Kabini, nature enthusiasts can explore various Kabini resorts packages to make the most out of your holiday.

5. Kanakapura:

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There are few Bangalore tourist places which carry the charm of Kanakapura. Nestled in the lush green forests of Karnataka, Kanakapura is a renowned camping site near Bangalore. The unique geological formations of Mekadattu, the eternal Chunchi falls and the mesmerizing views from the peak of Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta, the highest point in the area make it a perfect spot for hiking and trekking activities during the weekend. There are various resorts in Kanakapura road promise comfortable and adventurous camping and trekking experiences.
Whether you are a true-blue Bangalorean or are on a trip to this enticing city, exploring the many attractions in the vicinity are something which must not be missed.