10 Places to spend your long weekend

06 April  |  Listicles

Depending on what you are looking for, there are many wonderful weekend destinations to choose from. From sun soaked beaches to misty hill stations, wildlife experiences and heritage trips to tropical escapades, each of the destinations below offers the getaway you crave.

  1. Kumarakom

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Nothing epitomizes Kerala’s famed backwaters like the village of Kumarakom. Nestled on the banks of Lake Vembanad, this resort destination showcases the iconic Kerala houseboats that meander on the canals and lake waters. You can marvel at the bird species of the region and the lake is home to many types of fish. Also, the cuisine of Kerala can simply not have a more picturesque backdrop.

  1. Gokarna

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A seaside destination characterised by sparse crowds and beaches conveniently close to each other, Gokarna is a backpacker paradise. Gokarna town is a blend of spiritual landmarks and flea markets. There are many shacks set up on the beaches in the summer months and the surrounding hills allow for good beach hopping treks.

  1. Kodaikanal

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The Kodaikanal Lake is one of the main attractions of this charming hill town, set against the splendour of the meadows and forests of Tamil Nadu’s highlands. This colonial town is best experienced on foot and some attractions include the Coaker’s Walk and the solar observatory.

  1. Coorg

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Coorg is a rather large district to explore over a weekend but close to the town of Virajpet, the scenic trek to Tadiyandamol – one of the highest peaks in this corner of the Western Ghats, is a must. While in Coorg, make sure you get a local to narrate stories of leopards and tigers entering coffee estates. Do not miss the delicious pandi curry, a testimony to Coorg’s love of pork.

  1. Allepey

 

A 19th-century lighthouse, a beach and a houseboat on a tranquil river are the elements to a pretty good weekend itinerary. Allepey is a centre of Kerala culture and the Mullakal Temple is a must on your list. If you happen to be in the Venice of the East around the time of the annual boat race, then that is an experience of a lifetime waiting for you.

  1. Wayanad

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Misty mountains and sprawling estates blending with untouched wilderness welcome you at Wayanad. Another getaway for those escaping the scorching Deccan plains, highlights of a Wayanad trip include treks to Meenmutty Waterfalls and views from the summit of the 2100 metre Chembra Peak.

  1. Yercaud

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In contrast to nearby Salem’s industrial landscape, Yercaud is a hill station in the Eastern Ghats that is famous for its moderate weather, and a namesake lake. When in Yercaud take some time off to visit the old Colonial landmarks of the town and make sure you don’t miss the Raja Seat, a picturesque park which offers numerous photo-ops.

  1. Hampi

 

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The ruins of Hampi are a UNESCO Heritage Site and date back to the 7th century AD. A trip here is not just a history lesson but gives you an insight into the artisanship and architecture that had developed so many centuries ago. Add to that the sun set scenery of the ruins with the backdrop of the Tungabhadra, and you have a movie-worthy moment highlighting your trip.

  1. Pondicherry

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The Promenade, French Quarters and nearby Auroville are just some attractions of Pondicherry – one of India’s most cosmopolitan and laid back destinations. The baguettes here are as popular as the idlis. Visit the lighthouse or explore some of the beaches on the East Coast Road. Auroville is also home to some enterprising continental and ‘organic only’ restaurants.

  1. Nagarhole

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A trip to Nagarhole is a perfect way to immerse in a quintessential Indian jungle, straight out of a Kipling scenario. Sandwiched between Coorg and Mysore, the national park is home to tigers, elephants and the Indian bison.

There you go! Pack your bags, call up your friends and do not forget to apply for your leaves. The long weekend a.k.a ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ is here. Your TV show binge watching can wait and so can the pub. Step out and explore.

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