Press Pause And Take A Summer Break

Press Pause And Take A Summer Break

Summer Holidays! Two words that can instantly change the mood of a conversation or the vibe of a room. They also are a great reminder that while keeping busy is good, taking a breather every once in a while is even better. Amid meeting targets, deadlines and attending back to back call and meetings, a respite in the form of a weekend getaway out of town is just what the doctor ordered for your overall well-being. 

As a company built on the foundation of happiness, Anand believes that life is as much about finding joy in the small things as it is about accomplishing big milestones. In the weekends ahead, give your hectic schedule a pause and head to these quick day-long getaways from Bangalore that are naturally scenic and are worth exploring – by yourself or with fun company. 


  • Destination: Mysuru

Distance from Bangalore: 143 km by road

What to explore: Mysuru may take its name from the mythological demon Mahishasura who ruled the place and was killed by Goddess Chamundeshwari. But the city, for its residents and those who love it, is an antithesis to a world that seems to be running on adrenaline. A city that continues to exude old-world charm, Mysuru and its people move to a different, unhurried beat.

The erstwhile capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, Mysuru has a rich history and its royal heritage shines through the grand palaces – whether it’s the Mysore Palace built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the Jaganmohan Palace and art gallery that houses painting of the royal family by Raja Ravi Varma, or the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, a former royal palace that’s been converted into a heritage hotel. Visit Chamundi Hills for the intricately carved temple that’s dedicated to goddess Chamundeshwari and to enjoy panoramic views of the city.

If you are visiting Mysuru with family, a trip to Brindavan Gardens is a must. Situated beside the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam and spread across 60 acres, the expansive space houses symmetrical terrace gardens and colourful musical fountains. Eternalized in movies, the gardens today are a popular spot for picnics and boat rides. If you are a literature lover, remember to halt at the RK Narayan House. Situated in Yadavgiri, the public museum features memorabilia of the preeminent author who gave us classics like Malgudi Days, Swami and Friends and The Guide.

If you love trying out new cuisines, make sure to check out Mysuru’s classic eateries to try local specials like the Mysore Masala Dosa, Mysore Pak and the filter coffee.  

Mysore - Brindavan GardenHow to get there: Mysuru is accessible by air, train or road. While train is comfortable and easy on the wallet, the most popular way is to drive down from Bengaluru by bike or car. Start early morning to beat the traffic and you are in the city within three hours.  


  • Destination: Bheemeshwari 

Distance from Bangalore: 100 kms by road 

What to explore: Situated on the banks of the Cauvery river, the Bheemeshwari Nature and Adventure camp is a popular getaway for families looking for a quick respite from Bangalore. The river and the lush green surroundings make it a great place to indulge in outdoorsy activities such as trekking, kayaking, coracle rides and even zip lining. As home to the Mahseer fish, Bheemeshwari is a popular spot among fishing enthusiasts to sight the rare game fish. The Cauvery Fishing Camp and the Galibore Fishing Camp, located in the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, are well-known fishing camps frequented by regulars. Want to get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the place? Go on a six-hour long trek into Basava Betta. The months between March and June are when migratory birds visit the place. Stop by for some birdwatching at Kokrebelur Pelicanry at Bheemeshwari and spot birds such as Malabar Trogon and Indian Pitta among others. If the idea of going for a relaxed boat ride during summer sounds appealing, visit Sangam—the spot where the rivers Cauvery and Arkavathi meet. As Bheemeshwari also offers camping options, extend your picnic into an overnight stargazing & camping experience. 

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How to get there: Located some 20kms from the town of Kanakapura, its best to drive down to Bheemeshwari from Bangalore. 

  • Destination: Hogenakkal 

Distance from Bangalore: 180 kms by road

What to explore: Located in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district, Hogenakkal’s main claim to fame are its waterfalls which are often referred to as the ‘Niagara of India’. Formed by the Cauvery River cascading down from a height of 20 meters, the Hogenakkal Falls make for an unforgettable sight. While watching the falls can be an entrancing activity in itself, you can along with family sit astride circular-shaped boats for a coracle boat ride to take in sights of the expansive river. If you are up for physical activity, Hogenakkal’s rocky terrain and verdant green surroundings make for good trekking ground. Venture into the Hogenakkal Deer Park if you are travelling with kids as the wildlife park is home to the spotted deer and a few other species. Is there anything more entrancing than sighting wildlife in their natural habitat? The river banks are fun picnic spots where you can make some happy memories with your loved ones.


How to get there: The quickest way to get to Hogenakkal from Bangalore is by driving down in a car. The drive is around four to five hours. The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operates regular buses between Bangalore and Hogenakkal.  You can also take a train from Bangalore to Dharmapuri station and take a cab or bus from there to Hogenakkal.  

  • Destination: BR Hills 

Distance from Bangalore: 180 kms by road

What to explore:  Biligirirangan Hills, BR Hills for short, is a picturesque hill range located on the border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Alive with lush green forests, rivers and diverse wildlife – it was declared a tiger reserve in 2011– BR Hills are a wonderful getaway for nature lovers and adventure seekers. While planning a weekend trip here, include a wildlife safari to spot species such as elephants, tigers, leopards, sambhars, chitals, barking deer, sloths among others. If you want a touch of the esoteric along with stunning views of the forest, visit the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple that is dedicated to lord Ranganatha. As home to the Soliga tribes, BR Hills has tribal villages that you can visit to get a closer understanding of the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous community.  

Fruits at Picnic

How to get there: BR Hills is around three to four hours’ drive from Bangalore. The nearest railway station to BR hills is the Mysuru Railway Station. You can hire a cab from the station to reach the destination.

Scenic drives, nature at her best, and all of them just a few hours’ drive away from Bangalore… plan a fun getaway with family and friends this season. And it goes without saying— remember to pack a picnic hamper of fruits and sweets & savories from Anand to ensure the energy remains high throughout. 

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