Courtesy my office and my then generous boss, I went for an official four weeks trip to Mysore back in 2014. Since it happened at the start of my career, the thought of going on an official trip was quite welcoming. I searched for the list of attractions in Mysore and came across the picture of impressive monuments and other buildings. I was pretty excited as there was so much to see and explore. And the outcome of the trip was on par with my excitement. There was not even a single weekend, which I spent in the comfort of my luxury hotel. Not only I explored each and every attraction of Mysore but also expanded my horizons to see some awesome weekend getaways sightseeing places . And there are many, some hidden in the western ghats, while others still tracing the pre – historic civilizations that could interest adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and wildlife lovers. Some sightseeing places were far but others were so close that you can spend more time at the locations rather than in commuting. Through this blog, I want to discuss all those nearby weekend getaways where I went to, and very soon will be visiting too. So let’s have a look.

Unwind the Enchanting Weekend Getaways around Mysore

1. Coorg (Kodagu)

Coorg, the precious gem of Karnataka, is needless of any of any introduction. Perhaps one of the closest and the best places to visit around Mysore, Coorg has chattering cascades; alluring coffee plantations, and lush green uneven terrains that can ultimately take you to a wonderland. And just because it has been blessed with so much nature bounty, it is one of the best places to visit for trekkers, and birdwatchers. Abbey Falls, Brahmagiri Peak, Dubare elephant camp, Iruppu Falls, Raja’s Seat, and Mandalpatti View Point are some of the best places to visit but if you want to savor something extraordinary, enroll for coffee tours, and beekeeping and honey tasting Tour. Or even take part in adventure activities like water rappelling, canoeing, cycling, and quad biking. To experience the local culture and cuisine, do visit Coorg during the offseason and try to book a stay in a homestay, close to coffee plantations over the slopes of the hills.

Attractions in Coorg

  • Abbey Falls
  • Brahmagiri Peak
  • Dubare elephant camp
  • Iruppu Falls
  • Raja’s Seat
  • Mandalpatti View Point
  • Bylakuppe
  • Cauvery Nisargadhama

Distance: 107 kilometers

Best time to visit: September to March

2. Srirangapatnam

Barely 22 kilometers from Mysore, Srirangapatnam is famous for its historical places, and temple, and that’s why it is at the second position in our list of top weekend getaways. It is basically an island in shape of an egg and is enclosed by river Kaveri. During the colonial era, Srirangapatna has witnessed many wars and bloodshed. Even it is the final resting ground of the two ultimate, greatest and respected rulers – Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali. Moreover, the place has a good number of well-maintained vestiges like Gumbaz, Dariya Daulat Bagh, Kalyani Siddhi Vinayaka temple, and Lal Mahal Palace. In and around Srirangapatnam, you can find a good number of jungle resorts for a comfortable stay.

Attractions in Srirangapatna

  • Gumbaz
  • Sangam
  • Nimishambha Temple
  • Balmuri Falls
  • Sangam
  • Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
  • Karighatta Temple

Distance: 21.3 kilometers

Best time to visit: September to March

3. Madikeri

Madikeri is a secluded hill town surrounded by the aroma of fresh cardamom, Black pepper, and Coorg honey. Quite, calm and simply beautiful, Madikeri has a couple of beautiful attractions within its vicinity like Raja Seat, Madikeri Fort, Omkareshwara Temple, and St. Mark’s Church. Laid back trails flanked by lush green landscapes, eccentric villages, colorful scenery, and rugged landscape are some of the other elements the hill station. Since its a colonial town, here one can see a good number of red-tiled bungalows too.

Attractions in Madikeri

  • Mandalpatti
  • Chelavara Falls
  • Raja’s Tomb ( Gadhige)
  • Kotebetta
  • Mercara Downs Golf Club
  • Kote AbbeyDistance: 17.9 kilometersBest time to visit: September to April

4. Ooty

The indisputable queen of Nilgiris, Ooty is a charming town that features some of the best sightseeing places. An amalgamation of emerald tea plantations; sapphire mountains, and dense woods, Ooty was once the abode of Britons. If you’re planning to go for a three-day long weekend then do take the Nilgiri Express to Mettupalayam from where you can board the iconic Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Summer Festival (May), and Tea and Tourism Festival (December) are the best time to visit Ooty. Pykara Lake, Doddabetta Peak, Glen Morgan Tea Estate, and Toda Hamlets are the main attractions of Ooty. You can also go to market to purchase chocolates, Nilgiri tea, medicinal oils, and shawls. For the lovers of chocolate, don’t forget to take back home some soothing homemade chocolates. Chana chaat (a local snack) Nilgiri Tea and english fruits are a must try.

Attractions in Ooty

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Tea Factory
  • Doddabetta Peak
  • Avalanche Lake
  • Government Rose Gardens
  • Ooty Lake
  • Mudumalai National Park
  • Emerald Lake
  • Stone House
  • St. Stephens Church
  • Wax World
  • Tribal Museum
  • Mariamman Temple

Distance: 179 kilometers

Best time to visit: October to June

5. Chamarajanagar

Hardly 114 kilometers from Mysore, Chamarajanagar is known for the Bandipur National Park, a famous wildlife reserve of India. Abode of tigers, Bandipur National Park has wild terrains, which you can explore by going on a jeep safari tour. If you don’t like the idea of going to safari, you can visit the B R Hills, which offers tons of bird watching opportunities, and Shivanasamudra to see the stunning waterfall. For the Wine Connoisseur, Alpine Wineries is must visit. The guide at the winery will take you through the process of wine-making and arrange a wine-tasting session in the wine cellar.

Attractions in Chamarajanagar

  • Gopalaswamy Betta
  • Bara Chukki
  • Chamarajeshwara Temple
  • Dzogchen Monastery
  • Suvarnavathi Reservoir

Distance: 114 kilometers

Best time to visit: November to February

6. Shravanabelagola

Famed for its iconic and world’s largest monolithic stone statue of Gommateshvara, Shravanabelagola is the ultimate place to be, especially for the history lovers. Located on the top of the Vindhyagiri Hill, a high statue of the Jain deity Gomateshvara (Bahubali) can be seen from anywhere in Shravanabelagola. A prime pilgrimage center for Jains in South India, Shravanabelagola has some good number of temples (or what they call Basadi) like Akkana Basadi, Shantinatha Basadi, Parshwanatha Basadi, Kattlae Basadi, Chandraprabha Basadi.

Attractions in Shravanabelagola

  • Chandragiri
  • Indragiri
  • Jinanathapura
  • Inscriptions
  • Bhattaraka Math

Distance: 97.8 kilometers

Best time to visit: October to February

7. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is so true to its meaning, ‘the gift of the forest.’ Often dubbed as the ‘princess of hills,’ Kodaikanal has still an old word charm that simply takes one back to the colonial era, where there were wooden houses with steep roofs, small casement led glass windows, rich ornamentation, and a massive central chimney. In Kodaikanal, you can find some good number of parks, waterfalls, viewpoints, stunning landscapes; in short everything that can excite a nature lover. Even the slopes of Kodaikanal have caves like Devil’s Kitchen and Kukkal caves. To savor the best sites in Kodaikanal, go for a boating ride at the forest forest-fringed Berijam Lake or go for a short walk at the Coaker’s Walk. For the dance lovers, Natyanjali festival can prove to be a good time to visit Kodaikanal to see the exciting performances.

Attractions in Kodaikanal

  • Kodaikanal Lake
  • Mannavanur Lake
  • Berijam Lake
  • Coakers Walk
  • Poombarai Village View
  • Pine Forest
  • Kurinji Andavar Temple
  • Shembaganur Museum of Natural History
  • Pillar Rocks
  • Bear Shola Falls

Distance: 356 kilometers

Best time to visit: September to May

8. Belur

One of the places in India that have managed to preserve its medieval style of architecture, Belur is a small town in the Hassan district of Karnataka. One of the best winter destination close to Mysore, Belur is primarily known for Chennakesava temple, which portrays the finest and exquisite craftsmanship of Hoysala architecture style. One of the jewels of South Indian architecture, Chennakesava Temple was built in 1117 to commemorate the Hosalaya triumph over the Cholas. In and around the temple are temples of Kappe Chennigaraya, Soumyanayaki, Andal and other Vaishnava manifestation. Belur also has a samadhi believed to be of Raghavanka, the celebrated Kannada poet of the 13th century. Pushkarni, a stepwell closed to the temple is also a must visit. Halebeedu, Shravanabelagola, and Belur together forms the Golden Triangle of Karnataka Tourism.

Attractions in Belur

  • Chennakesava Temple
  • Kedareshwara temple
  • Belur Golf Course

Distance: 127.6 kilometers

Best time to visit: October to March

9. Halebid

If Belur is here, can Halebid be far behind? No way. The twin city of Belur; Halebid is an offbeat weekend destination. With its one foot hanging in the history, Halebid showcases a great collection of vestiges, which are the testaments of the events that took place in the history of India. The principal attraction of the city remains the iconic Hoysaleswara Temple, begin in 1121 AD by King VIshnuvardhana, but never finished. Further adding to the historical significance of this land is the Shantaleswara temple and Kedareswara temple. Also within the vicinity of the temple of the temple town are Jain temples and an Archeological museum. Don’t forget to buy terracotta statues and religious items from the market.

Attractions in Halebid

  • Hoysaleswara Temple
  • Basadi Halli
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Kedareswara Temple
  • Shantaleswara Temple
  • Yagachi Dam

Distance: 154 kilometers

Best time to visit: October to March

10. Kabini

Owing to its good number of jungle resort getaway, Kabini is quite popular amongst the travelers to spend holidays. On a day trip to Kabini, you can go for a boat ride on the streams of Kabini river; jump on the elephant to treat your eyes the sweeping view of the forest, and even hop on the safari to mingle with the good variety of animals. For adventurers at heart, there are an endless number of trekking trails where you can have an encounter with the most pristine form of nature. You can also visit Nagarhole National Park, a known wildlife reserve in India that features unique flora and fauna.

Attractions in Kabini

  • Kabini Dam
  • Banasura Sagar Dam
  • Nagarhole National Park (64.8 kilometers from Kabini)

Distance: 58.9 kilometers

Best time to visit: July to October

11. Ramanagaram

Before knowing about the place, do me a small favor? Google about and tell me, does it recall you of something? I sure, the mostly Cinephilia must have recalled it immediately. For others, let me tell give you a small hint. It is the same place, where Amjad Khan delivered his iconic dialogue “Kitne Aadmi The.” Still didn’t get it? It was this place where Dharmendra ordered, “Basanti In Kutton Ke Samne Matt Nachna.” Yes, this is the place where Sholay movie was shot, and its name is Ramanagara. A beauty in disguise, Ramanagara is known for sericulture and finest landscapes. Also, Ramanagara has a sound historical background as it was ruled by many rulers like Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara, Mysore kings, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Janapada Loka, Kanva Reservoir, Channapatna, Mekedaatu, Kharkhaane Bande, and Rameshwara 1and Sri Rama Temples are good places to visit in Ramanagara on a weekend break.

Attractions in Ramanagaram

  • Janapada Loka
  • Kanva Reservoir
  • Channapatna
  • Mekedaatu
  • Kharkhaane Bande
  • Rameshwara and Sri Rama Temples

Distance: 58.9 kilometers

Best time to visit: November to February

12. Wayanad

Charismatic green jungles, epic history, and giddying hill peaks, Wayanad impresses everybody instantly! Wayanad is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. When on a trip to Wayanad, you can begin your day with a short hike to Edakkal caves. Engravings are spread over an area of 500 sq feet on the two walls of the cave. If the idea of trekking entices you then go for a trek to Chembra Peak to see the heart shaped building, Sahibkkunnu, Valley of Clouds, and Kurisumala Peak. You can also go for a long walk through the tea plantations. You can also end your day by watching the ritualistic dance performance of Kerala. During the act, the dancers take on the form of the gods in a ritual that lasts through the night.

Attractions in Wayanad

  • Chembra Peak
  • Edakkal Caves
  • Kuruvadweep
  • Thirunelli Temple
  • Ambukuthi mala

Distance: 131 kilometers

Best time to visit: Throughout the year