While a holiday is very much about the destination, the stay can make a world of a difference too. More so, when you look outside the window and feast your eyes on various treats of nature. Think a serene river bank, thick jungle land with overhanging trees, a wave-filled sea shore or aromatic coffee estates! Here is a list of 10 resorts with stunning views around Bangalore for a quick weekend getaway.
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1. Bheemeshwari Jungle Lodges
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On its journey through the state, the River Cauvery traverses a varied terrain that includes hills, plains, dense jungles and quaint villages. And just in the vicinity of where it falls down immense heights of Shivanasamudra and Mekedatu, are the Bheemeshwari Jungle Lodges. Around 2 hours away from the city, this is one of the wonderful resorts near Bangalore for a weekend getaway.
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With river in close proximity, the stay has a typical jungle-lodge set-up of log huts on stilts, tented cottages and a bamboo hut. Relax with your feet up at the sit out that overlooks the placid Cauvery winding its way amidst serene natural surroundings. Else if you are looking for some action, you can opt for any one of the activities organized here which include trekking, coracle ride, bird watching, mountain biking, zipline, rope walk, rafting and kayaking.
2. Bison River Resort, Kabini
Kabini River is formed by the confluence of Panamaram River and Mananthavady River near the Begur Reserve Forest in Wayanad. At the banks of this exotic water body, the Bison River Resort is situated. It is one of the resorts with stunning views around Bangalore. Providing an ultimate balance between lavishness and a wildlife experience, the accommodations here are a mix of luxury tents, machaan and a cottage - all having a water-front view and a direct view of the forest.
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Being the only property which overlooks both the jungle and Kabini backwaters, the vistas can be observed from various vantage points like the lounge, outdoor deck, the pool and the bar. The resort organizes specialized experiences like outdoor dinner by a bonfire, breakfast by the river, late night boat rides and camping in the jungles.
3. Orange County, Kabini
The wooded expanse around the Kabini River is one of the most visited wildlife destinations. It lures with a lush green countryside adjoining a large lake and numerous sightings of elephant herds. The picturesque resort of Orange County has sweeping panoramic scenes since it is bordered on two sides by the river waters. Among the resorts with stunning views around Bangalore, its architecture is inspired by the design of nearby tribal villages. Guest huts, with either an attached pool or a Jacuzzi, are a standing testimony of how traditional craft can be successfully blended with modern luxury.
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The subtle colours and textures of the exteriors are an apt foil to the extravagant detailing and furnishings of the interiors. The facilities accorded to the guests here are a reading lounge, an Ayurvedic village, an infinity pool, a bar and two restaurants. Some of the activities that are organized as per the visitor’s choice include a boat safari, vehicle safari, coracle ride, guided nature walk, night trails and tribal dance performances around a campfire in the evenings.
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4. Vythiri Resort, Wayanad
Standing on the bottom tip of the Deccan plateau, Wayanad’s chief magnificence is the jagged terrain of the Western Ghats. In the heart of this Kerala district, enclosed by the verdant environs of a rainforest, is the lovely and eco-friendly Vythiri Resort. Among the charming weekend resorts near Bangalore, it boats of pristine, natural location and calmness all around. The place has 5 tree houses, a pool villa and 12 roomy cottages with terracotta flooring and sit-outs overlooking fascinating scenery of nearby jungles.
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Some of the facilities available to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable include a spa and Ayurvedic centre, a restaurant and coffee shop, a health club, travel assistance, swimming pool and games room. The resort’s location renders it perfect to go for a trek to neighbouring villages, plantations and a waterfall. Every morning yoga and meditation sessions are conducted besides which you could opt to visit nearby attractions like Pookot Lake, Kuruva Island and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.
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5. Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad
Not too far from the Banasura Sagar Dam, on the edge of the Malabar Wildlife sanctuary is the one of the most exotic weekend resorts near Bangalore – Banasura Hill. It offers four types of accommodation – suites, villas, log huts and earth rooms - constructed using pressed mud and thatched roofs rendering them cool and airy even during peak summers.
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With a wide view of the luxuriant forests, the bamboo restaurant (Gua Dua) provides an atmosphere of spaciousness and proximity to nature as you have your meals here. This is one holiday destination where you can look forward to a de-stressing session at the Banasur Ayur spa that has a host of wellness therapies on offer. Set amidst a thriving jungle region, adventure trekking and wildlife trails are the most popular activities among guests. These hiking trips allow you to view towering mountains, cross rippling streams, stroll within tea gardens or visit the local tribal settlement.
6. Seagot Camp, Banasura
Spread over 50 acres of fertile terrain near the Banasura Sagar dam, this resort in Wayanad is perfect for adventure activities and camping experiences. Constructed at a secluded spot, surrounded by water on three sides, it is among the resorts with stunning views around Bangalore. Rafting, mountain biking, jumaring, archery, fishing, trekking, boat rides and camping are few of the activities that one can look forward to while staying here.
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Stay options include duplex villas and tents – all of which face the backwaters, giving you splendid views each time you look out of the windows or sit out in the balcony. The property serves Kerala cuisine in its restaurant and is popular with guests primarily for the location that gives them an opportunity to relax in peace and indulge in a restful holiday.
7. Oceans Spray, Pondicherry
The splendid Oceans Spray Resort on Pondicherry’s East Coast Road, is built around a manmade lake spread over 5 acres. Located 15 kms from the city centre, the nearest beach is just a 10 minutes’ walk away. There are a large number of rooms and villas for accommodation, a coffee shop, a tea lounge, a floating restaurant, a bar and an island pool to make your outing here a delightful one.
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It is one of the weekend resorts near Bangalore which will be appreciated by both children and adults for the numerous activities available like zorbing, trampoline, a kids’ play area, and groups of geese wandering in the gardens. Else one can opt to visit the Auroville village which is less than 10 kms from the resort, to get a first-hand view of this township inhabited by people of varied nationalities.
8. Le Pondy, Pondicherry
A fine leisure resort, conveniently located near the Chunnambar River, Le Pondy is one of the top resorts of Pondicherry. Although the Paradise Beach is situated nearby, this is one of the resorts near Bangalore for weekend. It has a private beach of its own where guests can visit between 6 am and 6 pm. Overlooking the vast Bay of Bengal, the property is spread over 14 acres with pool villas and sea view rooms that are fitted with rich furnishings and amenities.
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Its culinary offerings can be relished at multiple sites including the restaurant, the pool side bar, a coffee shop, private dining gazebo, another bar overlooking the sea, and a poolside barbeque. You could opt to take a dip in its large swimming pool. The beach here beckons for water activities and lounging around under beach umbrellas. Another avenue for relaxing is a walk in the lush, well-manicured lawns surrounded by green plants and breathing in the salty sea breeze.
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9. The Serai, Chikmagalur
The hill station town of Chikmagalur is visited by tourists, lured by its gamut of natural treasures, all year round. One of the resorts with stunning views around Bangalore is The Serai. Sited within a coffee growing region, the 30 villas are all constructed along a central pathway with most of them having their own private pools.
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With rosewood flooring, attached bathrooms with bathtubs and all possible modern amenities, the large rooms are indulgently luxurious. There are walking and cycling tracks running throughout the estate where you could opt to stretch your legs or alternatively go further ahead into the plantations for a brisk stroll. The centrally placed infinity pool looks inviting should you feel like taking a break from air hockey, foosball, table tennis and billiards. And, of course, there is the fine dining restaurant – Odyssey – which overlooks the scenic coffee plantations, giving it a very serene ambience to enjoy your meal in.
10. Jungle Retreat Resort, Masinagudi
On the route to Ooty from Bandipur National Park, one comes across the densely forested Mudumalai National Park. It is at the edge of this reserve that the small town of Masinagudi sits, nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiri Hills - a picture of tranquillity and wilderness rolled into one. Jungle Retreat, a family run establishment, finds a mention as one of the resorts with stunning views around Bangalore due to its placement overlooking the hills and tropical vegetation.
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Travellers frequenting this resort are charmed by its country-styled cottages and tree houses that have attached private verandahs where they can sit back for a peaceful time in seclusion. Activities offered to guests are interesting and wide-ranging like a trek to the Vibudhimalai; a walk to spices, tea and coffee estates, mountain camping, and organized tours to Ooty and Coonoor.
An eye-catching spectacle awaits you as you step into these resorts around Bangalore for your weekend getaway.
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