Adventure & Travel

The History of Bird Watching

20 March  |  Adventure & Travel

The Early Beginnings

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Most of us are familiar with bird watching. What was once a domain of naturalists and rich Victorian-era families, is now one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Victorian Era bird watching was more about the aesthetics and the romanticism of the woods, compared to the more scientific approach that today’s birders have.

The term ‘bird watching’ was believed to have first been coined in this context in the book Bird Watching, written by Edmund Selous and published in 1901. More than a century on, thousands across the world step out on their free days, strapping on their binoculars and finding the nearest bird habitats, with the hope of finding elusive species along with their favourites.

Salim Ali and the Growth of Bird Watching

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It is not surprising that India, with its rich ecosystems spread far and wide, would have a growing community of bird enthusiasts. Many attribute the bird watching hobby in India to Salim Ali, a pioneering ornithologist and conservationist. The Birdman of India penned the Book on Indian Birds, which to this day remains the go-to-resource for all birding enthusiasts in the country. Today there are many bird watching groups across the country and there are many ornithologists who are forging the way ahead for this growing community.

Follow These Birders

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Nowadays, birding and photography can go hand in hand – as more people can enjoy the joys of an exclusive sighting. There are many famous bird watchers in India that are worth following. Here are some of the top Indian twitchers.

Chennai entrepreneur A. M. Aravind is an avid bird watcher and has recently been in the news for his Twitter project which displays a bird a day for his followers. For those who want to know more about the birdlife in the urban landscape of Tamil Nadu’s capital, AM Aravind’s Twitter handle is a treasure trove of information. Sushil Thakur has been fascinated with birds for close to a decade and his photographs have a following in the birding community across the country.

Bangalore based Sheshadri Vasan has always been interested in wildlife and his bird photos are appreciated by many. He is a firm proponent of conservation and his recent picture of a crested hawk eagle with its lizard prey perfectly captured the brutality and grace of the raptor. Birding is his meditation, claims Navi Mumbai’s Vijay Patil. A civil engineer by profession, Mr. Patil has chronicled many species in the verdant surroundings and wetlands that can still be found in this suburban landscape.

There are many options close to Bangalore if you are seeking some bird watching recreational fun. Stay at Nandi Hills for some encounters with rare birds like the beautiful Asian Paradise flycatcher and different types of thrushes. There are many resorts in Kanakapura Road, a region famous for its lush surroundings, where you can put your binoculars and camera to good use. Those looking for a completely wild and immersive experience can choose from a range of jungle resorts in Kabini, a hub for wildlife and bird spotting.

Kabini River: A Perfect Place for Birding near Bangalore

20 March  |  Adventure & Travel

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There are quite a few birding spots around Bangalore. Kabini is one of the more interior ones, a part of the sprawling Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The combination of thick jungles and a large riverine network makes this reserve home to a diverse set of species. From waterfowl to raptors, you will encounter many feathered wonders in the tall canopies and the wetlands of Kabini.

The silence in Kabini is heavy, interspersed with shrill sounds of the birds and the occasional primate calls. The birds provide a constant background – a reminder to the visitor that this is a faraway land, primaeval in nature and where humans rarely tread. Kabini’s calm environs, the rippling waters and the green cool shades provide a perfect stage for those who love their natural escapades.

The waters of the river and surrounding wetlands are prime property for birds. The white-bellied woodpecker is one many are familiar with, the unending hammering of its beak a signal that it is on the hunt. Herons are another common sight as they prowl the waters for insects, small fish and other aquatic species.

If you are looking for migratory birds in Bangalore or around, Kabini has its share of international visitors. Winter is the best time to catch these seasonal species. Some of the popular ones are grey wagtails and barn swallows.

Birding in Kabini is not restricted to the riverside. Further inland, there is a drastic change in the kind of birds one sees. You may run into wild peacocks and there is no dearth of raptors. Keen photographers are always on the lookout for an eagle or a hawk on a hunt, a glorious sight as it swoops on unsuspecting prey. Some of the hunters commonly seen in Kabini are the Brahminy Kite, the osprey, the peregrine falcon – one of the fastest birds on earth, and the grey-headed fish eagle.

Extra Birding Tips

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When you are going bird watching in the forests of Kabini with a camera, carry extra batteries. Arm yourself with a pair of binoculars for better sighting and be ready for early morning starts. Also remember, bird watching is a quiet affair as you need to be fully alert to the sounds of the forest. You also do not want to be a distraction to the other birders in the group. Other safari etiquettes also apply – no strong perfumes and stick to a neutral-coloured wardrobe. Another important mantra for any nature activity – leave the forest clean. Even the smallest plastic wrapper is pollution.

You can browse through the best resorts in Kabini for a wonderful and immersive birding experience. Make sure you confirm that the establishments provide the facilities or guides for bird watching. Those who do not have the time for a long trip need not worry. A short stay at Nandi Hills will lead to many encounters with the feathered kind. You can also find resorts in Kanakapura Road, known for its verdant landscapes – another thriving birding area.

Places to visit in Karnataka on long weekends

05 February  |  Adventure & Travel

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.

Places to visit in South India in 2018

25 January  |  Adventure & Travel

Southern India is a land of dynamic sceneries, vibrant cultures, and delicious cuisines. From architecture connoisseurs to nature enthusiasts, there is a host of destinations here that will satisfy everyone. Here are some of the top picks.


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Not too many places can boast of such a mosaic of cultural influences as Pondicherry. The former French territory still has its colonial legacy, in the form of finely preserved neighbourhoods where you can walk and cycle around in peace. Explore the ‘Rues’ of the French Quarters or you can take a stroll on the waterside promenade, one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry. The union territory is a bohemian paradise too. Head over to Auroville and explore the beaches and hills there. Interact with the global communities and indulge in fine local fare. From baguettes and steaks to the choicest of dosas, Pondicherry and its outskirts are a haven for foodies. Bangalore to Pondicherry is a comfortable 7-hour journey through the countryside of Tamil Nadu.

Varkala, Kerala

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The cliffs overlooking the sea give Varkala Beach a unique place in the list of seaside escapades in Kerala. The beach town is also famous for its Ayurvedic massage centres, making Varkala a perfect destination for those who need some rejuvenation. The Kappil Beach is another serene shoreline which must be experienced. Varkala is also home to some very old temples, the most famous being the Janardanaswamy Temple.

Kabini, Karnataka

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Kabini is one of the best places in Southern India where you can enjoy some time in the pristine environs of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Expect some thrills and adventures as you head into the dense jungles. The riverine landscape provides a great stage for water activities. Bird watchers and nature photographers all love Kabini forest for the ample sightings of rare species that it offers. Find eco-friendly resorts in Kabini where you can enjoy jungle safaris, nature walks and kayaking.

Fort Kochi, Kerala

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Fort Kochi refers to the historical part of this large city on Kerala’s coast. For centuries, Kochi has been a melting pot of cultures and an important hub of trade. To this day, many communities showcase their influence in its various attractions. From the Chinese fishing nets to the synagogue at Jew town, the world had converged in Fort Kochi. Visit the St. Francis Church, which for many years held the remains of the famous explorer, Vasco da Gama. Fort Kochi is also a great place to try out the seafood delicacies of Kerala.

Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu

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If you want to step away from the buzz, then a weekend at Masinagudi will certainly give you the relaxation you need. Part of the Mudumalai National Park, there are many places to visit in Masinagudi. The Kalhatti waterfalls and Theppakadu Elephant Camp are some of the highlights of this region. Masinagudi is also a good base for jungle treks and safaris. Masinagudi homestays provide cosy lodging and a homely vibe.

In case you do not have to time to plan longer trips there are enough nearby destinations that you can enjoy. Find resorts in Kanakpura road or head over to Nandi Hills, a short drive away. Whether you want an activity-filled day or just want to sit back with a book, there is everything for everyone.


18 January  |  Adventure & Travel

What is Canoeing?

A canoe is a narrow and light double pointed boat with an open top. You can have a single paddler canoe or more, with everyone facing the direction of travel. A distinctive feature of canoeing, that is paddling a canoe, is that one uses a single bladed paddle. Canoe camping is a popular outdoor activity where participants find a spot near a water body, set up camp and navigate the waters on a canoe. You can enjoy a canoeing session on lakes, streams, rivers and large ponds. Canoes can be used to negotiate white waters and they are also popular in races and leisure tours.
The origins of the canoe go back millennia when it was basically a dug-out piece of floatable wood. Records of the canoe, or vessels using the same underlying concept, have been found across the world. Indigenous American tribes and Australian aborigines also used canoes to travel their waterways. By the 19th century, more standardised designs started getting adopted and canoeing became a popular recreational activity in the Americas and Britain, slowly spreading across the world in that avatar.

History of Canoeing in India

Traditionally, India is home to many boat disciplines and the long boat races of Kerala are one of the world famous examples of this discipline. River rafting is another popular sport in the country. The Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association is one of the major bodies of organized canoeing and kayaking in the country and its growth reflects the history of the sport in India. As a sport, modern canoeing has been in India since 1986, when 2 training centres were set up in Alleppey and Port Blair, regions with a history of paddling.
Canoeing as a sport is gaining popularity in India. The rich natural reserves of the country are attracting enthusiasts to all corners. From the popular water landscapes of the Himalayan foothills in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to newly chartered areas in the Teesta Valley around Darjeeling, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya in the North-East, there are many ideal spots for different levels of canoeing and similar boat sports. Goa, Kerala and Karnataka are also major canoeing hubs in Southern India.

Where can we do Canoeing in Karnataka?

Karnataka boasts some of the best riverine landscapes ideal for boating activities. Kabini forest is set in the pristine wilderness of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve and the clear waters here are the best place for canoeing enthusiasts and those who want to try it for the first time. Discovery Village is one of the best resorts in Kabini where you can enjoy an authentic canoeing experience.
Canoeing is not the only activity at Discovery Village. Kayaking is something you will enjoy too. In contrast to canoeing, the seating position in a kayak is different and you use a double bladed paddle instead. Make your plans and explore the beauty of the Kabini River while engaging in a healthy and fun sport.
Maybe a long getaway is not in your plans now. Enjoy a one day outing in Bangalore or rejuvenate with a Nandi Hills stay just a few kilometres from the city.

A Trip to Kabini

06 January  |  Adventure & Travel

Kabini is the gateway to the wilderness of the towering Nilgiris range. It is also a hotspot for adrenaline junkies and wildlife enthusiasts. You can enjoy a trip to Kabini from Bangalore as this verdant destination is just a few hours’ drive away. There are many memorable stay options. Choose a Kabini river lodge or relax in the luxuries of a Kabini lake view resort. Whether it is with family or a bunch of friends, you will find enough attractions and experiences that will make you come back for more.

Kabini River

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The Kabini River snakes and flourishes through a dense pristine jungle and its waters are clear almost year round. It falls in one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the world and the riverine landscape feeds the habitat of many species. The river flows into the Kaveri and its backwaters provide the habitat for many aquatic and avian species.

Kabini Dam

The Kabini Dam is more than half a km long and since its construction in 1974 has altered the landscape of the region. It created a permanent watering hole which now attracts a range of wildlife, including large herds of Asiatic elephants. The dam caters to many villages and hamlets in the region and the reservoir is also a very popular scenic spot. The dam reaches full capacity in the monsoons when its gates are opened, a powerful sight to behold. On sunnier days, the dam is a good spot to unwind. There are many who make the trip to Kabini from Mysore to have a small picnic at the dam site.

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary offers a brush with the wilderness of Southern India. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the largest stretch of continuous forest in the region. The forest is home to the Indian bison and the Bengal tiger. Many nature photographers come to the Kabini forest for leopard sightings. The range is home to a population of black or melanistic leopards. What can be apter than an encounter with Bagheera in this Jungle-Book environment?

Adventure in Kabini

There are many activities you can enjoy on the Kabini River, the dam reservoir and the surrounding forest areas. Kayaking is a very pleasant way to navigate the gentle currents on the reservoir and also get up close to the birdlife. Not to mention, it also gives you a vigorous workout. Nature walks and safaris are also a must when you are here.

Apart from Kabini’s jungle stays you can also opt for Masinagudi homestays if you look for a more intimate experience. Those who need a breather but cannot make the long trip immediately can stick to somewhere closer to Bangalore. Find quality Nandi Hills accommodation where you can rejuvenate in the crisp air and also enjoy a hike or two. There are also resorts in Kanakapura Road where you can enjoy a day trip.

History of Rowing in India

28 December  |  Adventure & Travel

One has to go back to 1858 to chart the history of rowing as a sport in India. The Calcutta Rowing Club is in fact, one of the oldest in the world. Rowing today is one of the most established disciplines in the Olympics. India has never won a rowing medal in the Olympics but claimed the gold in the 2010 Asian Games, in the individual category.

Rowing as a traditional sport in the subcontinent goes back millennia. Today we are familiar with the Onam races – the historic and famous Vallam Kalli. The annual snake boat race is held in the backwaters of Kerala and the most famous tournament is the Nehru Trophy. There are different categories of boats. The longest one is close to 150 feet long and accommodates 110 rowers. One can imagine a race of 20 boats, a spectacle of 2200 rowers competing at the same time.

Another famous boat race is held in Dawki, Meghalaya, on the clear waters of the Umngot River. The annual affair happens in the months of March or April. Manipur is also home to a rich rowing tradition. Heikru Hidongba is a festival that has been celebrated in the Imphal valley for more than a thousand years. One of the major highlights of this festival is, you guessed it, a boat race.

Where can we row in Karnataka?

If you want to experience rowing in Bangalore, the main organizations that facilitate competitions and workshops are the Karnataka Amateur Rowing Association and the Trishna Yacht Club.

You can also indulge in an adrenaline-raising rowing experience in the wild. There are Kabini River resorts where visitors can learn the basics of this sport and negotiate the currents of the rivers. Rowing in the river would be a perfect team building activity for a corporate day outing. The sport tests the participants’ stamina and coordination. The beautiful scenery around the waters certainly helps add a memorable background to this occasion. You can enjoy some competitive rowing or you can just learn the paddling techniques and enjoy a few rounds on the currents.

A rowing experience in the wild would start with safety tips and instructions from an expert. Once you are ready to go, you will get a chance to row along the curves and multiple currents of the river, as you work with your fellow boat members on how to navigate the river.

Some of the other popular boat based adventure activities you can experience in Karnataka include river rafting in Coorg. Many adventurers are heading off to Uttara Kannada district to enjoy the Dandeli River rafting rapids in the lap of the Western Ghats.

Karnataka is a state that boasts some of the most pristine riverine landscapes in India, ripe for exploration. Informed travellers are seeking eco-tourism options as a way to unwind and take a break from the daily grind. Bangalore is favourably located from many eco-tourism destinations. From resorts in Masinagudi to a short stay in Nandi Hills, there is something for everyone, the trekkers, wildlife photographers, and the adrenaline junkies.

New Year Escapes from Bangalore

21 December  |  Adventure & Travel

Have you made your New Year plans yet?  Is it going to another last-moment, overpriced party? Maybe this time, you want to avoid the hangover and travel somewhere with your friends and loved ones instead. Usher in the New Year at one of these charming destinations and enjoy the distinctive experiences that they offer.


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A vignette of Pondicherry’s colonial past can be felt in detail as one wanders around the neat villas of the French Quarter. The union territory tucked on the Eastern coast is one of the most visited seaside destinations in India, but its attractions are more than just sun and surf. Culturally, Pondicherry and the nearby settlement of Auroville offer visitors a glimpse into the bohemian side of this region. Foodies would love Pondi, where you get the best of Chettinad and local seafood, and you can also munch on baguettes and pizzas. Places to visit in Pondicherry would include the Promenade and its many attractions, Auroville beach and the gothic Basilica of the Sacred Heart.


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There is no dearth of natural getaways close to Bangalore and Kabini ranks right up there. Research your options of Kabini resorts and find yourself a beautiful stage for the festivities, amidst the pristine riverine landscape of this wild region. Activities you can enjoy here include kayaking and trekking. Kabini is also known as a great place for wildlife sightings; the leopards here have been captured by many top photographers. Can there be a better excuse for a safari?


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A scenic xx-km drive away from Bangalore, Masinagudi is located in the heart of one of Southern India’s most diverse wilderness areas. A few days here would rejuvenate even the weariest of souls. There are many Masinagudi resorts you can choose from. Some of the highlights here include the Kalhatti waterfalls. Spend your holiday with some gentle pachyderms at the Theppakadu Elephant Camp. You can also venture into the Mudumalai National Park on a safari trip.


Nestled in misty mountains, Wayanad is a wild place. The Asiatic elephant roams the jungles here in large herds and waterfalls gush across the landscape. An escapade here in New Years’ will provide you with a contrasting experience, where strobe lights are replaced by the verdant scenery, and the soundtrack would be the chirping of tropical birds. Chembra peak and Mudumalai National Park are some of the places to visit in Wayanad.


If you want some nippy mountain air to wake you up on the first day of January, then the green meadows and sprawling coffee estates of Chikmagalur are the perfect getaways. There are many places to visit in Chikmagalur. Have some good old-fashioned outdoor fun with a trek to Kudremukh peak. Baba Budan Giri is another popular trek-worthy destination. The Hebbe Falls is a popular attraction.

If your schedule cannot accommodate a Masinagudi homestay experience or a trip to Chikmagalur, there are many resorts near Bangalore where you can enjoy the biggest party of the year. You can stay in Nandi Hills for a luxurious eco-friendly getaway and enjoy some excursions into the nearby countryside. Make your plans, and relish the anticipation of a new year in a new destination.

Responsible Travel

07 December  |  Adventure & Travel

The Rise of Ecotourism

Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the world, a lifeline for many regions. From cosy homestays to larger than life luxury hotels, the tourism industry needs a lot of resources to run. Travellers contribute to a large section of the carbon emissions. With unsustainable business models and the vagaries of climate change becoming a real concern, ecotourism has risen as a responsible option for a large majority. In fact, ecotourism is the fastest growing segment of the entire tourism industry.

Ecotourism allows you to enjoy all the luxuries of travel, but in a manner that is in harmony with the destination that you have chosen. The focus on ecotourism is the exclusive natural beauty of a place, and business models of this type tend to contribute to conservation efforts. Wildlife is an integral part of ecotourism and the number of travellers opting for a jungle safari as a highlight experience is increasing every year.A traveller who is conscious of his or her impact on the local environment, and enjoys more rustic and earthy experiences, would choose the ecotourism route, and the rewards are plenty.

How can I be an eco-friendly traveller?

The profile of an eco-conscious traveller can be described as someone who is informed and passionate about the destinations he or she covers. If you love the outdoors, then ecotourism is tailor-made for you. Find a minimally intrusive, activity-based itinerary that would put you in the midst of nature.

Riverine landscapes allow for some of the most eco-friendly activities that also provide a big dose of exhilaration. Kayaking is an increasingly popular recreational activity and Southern India’s forest regions are full of water bodies waiting to be navigated. If you are looking for something more relaxing, you can enjoy a session of boating.

To be an eco-friendly traveller, you also need to ensure that the hotel or resort you stay in uses green methods as part of its operations. It could be self-generated energy or responsible water resource management. Building designs go a long way in determining the amount of energy required to run them. Ecotourism involves architecture and engineering that is in harmony with the local area.

Innovation and smart engineering are the hallmarks of a fun ecotourism destination. Local traditions and resources are maintained while modern amenities are not compromised. Choose resorts that work on promoting natural beauty over luxury, the latter should be an add-on rather than the main attraction.

You don’t have to head off too far for some sustainable travelling. There are many resorts near Bangalore and surrounding districts where you will enjoy unique and responsible experiences. A Kabini safari is a great introduction to the rich wildlife of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, one of India’s largest patches of continuous wilderness.Find Kabini river resorts where you can literally immerse yourself in the pristine, untouched environment whilst relishing all the modern luxuries. You can even organize a corporate day outing based on the principles of sustainability, local flavour, and of course, lots of fun.

Tips to Plan an Unforgettable Weekend Getaway

27 November  |  Adventure & Travel

Nothing rejuvenates like a mini-vacation. Bangalore is a great place to be if you want to catch up on some new destinations. Maybe your boss is not going to give you a month’s leave but there are more than enough weekend getaways from Bangalore, perfectly squeezed between a frantic Friday deadline and a late Monday login. For those who want to stay close to the city, resorts in Nandi Hills provide a convenient retreat while Kerala, Coorg and Tamil Nadu have an abundance of destinations. Whatever you decide – there are some simple tips you should keep in mind.

Pick a Place that Speaks to You

Have you been binging on those NatGeo specials on the forests of India? Or are you a history buff? A destination that reflects your personality or interests will provide a very enriching experience. Rather than try to cover a dozen attractions, find that one landmark which you can build an entire weekend around. Plenty of weekend getaways near Bangalore offer myriad experiences – whether you are browsing Masinagudi resorts or looking up the temples of Hampi – choose a theme that is close to your heart.


It may be one of the best inventions ever but the smartphone is also one of the most intrusive gadgets in our lives. Do you really want your Gokarna sunsets interrupted by some Whatsapp forward from your conspiracy theory loving uncle? Your boss can get someone else to fix that excel financial report, not you while you are enjoying a trek in the Nilgiris. Click on that airplane mode feature and use your phone as a camera – after all, isn’t that one of the main reasons we buy these things.

Bring a Travel Buddy (or a Few!)

Travelling is usually more fun in a group so it is always advised to rope in a like-minded travel buddy or a bunch of friends. Set some rules for the trip – respect each other’s spaces and choices while also venturing on some activities together. This way, you get the best of both worlds – great bonding with friends and some introspective moments too.

Take a Road Trip by Car or Bike

As clichéd as it may sound, the journey is indeed where half the fun lies. A trip to Coorg isn’t just about that pandi curry in Madikeri; it is also about the gentle climb into the verdant mountains. Likewise, the open countryside as you head off to Pondicherry or the swaying palms of Kerala as the backwaters beckon are equally scenic and joy-filled as the journey’s end. Skip the chauffeured experience and rent a car or ride a bike. Weekend trips can be filled with discoveries, detours and impromptu adventures rather than just being an A to B transit. There are many places you can explore on a road trip from Bangalore, from the Kabini resorts for a wild experience to the ramparts of Tranquebar for a more offbeat one.

Keep Luggage Light

A lot of us love to be extra prepared for all the scenarios of a vacation, but if that translates into inflated luggage you will get bogged down. It is just one weekend – you probably need one extra set of clothes and a few essentials. The last thing you want to worry about while setting off for your day hike into the mountains of Agumbe is your heavy luggage. Also, you may shop – keep some space in the bag.

Long vacations are few and far between but it is the weekend trips that give us the breathers we deserve. Plan your trip well and you will have a hassle-free and memorable experience.