Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala are hot spot of tourist activities in the southern part of India. There are hill stations, national parks, waterfalls and heritage towns worth exploring during a weekend. Indian Holiday offers online information on top weekend getaways from Karnataka within 300 km.
Yercaud is a scenic hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu known for its pleasant climate and the beauty of the Eastern Ghats. A less expensive hill station, Yercaud is a popular weekend retreat for budget travelers. The surrounding greenery, variety in flora and fauna and the coffee plantations add to the beauty of the place. It is believed that the first coffee plant seeds were brought from Africa in 1820. Forest region is host to oak, sandalwood and teak trees. A summer festival takes place during the month of May-June here.
What to see in Yercaud Yercaud has the big lake, botanical garden and the Killiyur Falls as its main attractions. The Killiyur Falls is around 3 km from Yercaud and monsoon is the best time to be here. Yercaud Lake forms the main source of water for this falls.
An important wildlife conservation center in the state, Bandipur National Park is a lovely place to visit during the weekends. It is a popular hideout for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers for its acres of greenery and safari tours. Part of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, this park has Kabini, Nugu and Moyar rivers passing by it. The place became popular being a center of Project Tiger.
What to see at Bandipur National Park You will come across a number of animals and birds during your park safari. Sambar, elephant, tiger, wild dog and deer are some of the species found here. Flora at the reserve includes sandalwood and teak. There are also 200 small hamlets around Bandipur National Park.
Nagarhole means the snake river and this small town is famous for being home to the Nagarhole National Park. Waterfalls, temples, meandering river and deciduous forests make Nagarhole the ultimate destination for all nature lovers. The serenity of the place is praise worthy. This park was the erstwhile hunting grounds for Mysore rulers and has several scenic spots. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Bandipur National Park are two other wildlife parks worth visiting during a weekend vacation.
What to see in Nagarhole Indian bison and elephants are two important species found at this park. The nearby Brahmagiri Hills forms a majestic backdrop and you can have wonderful sunset views from this park. The natural forest inside the park is also home to small streams. The area around Nagarhole National Park has several settlements of Jenu Kurubas and Betta Kurubas hilly tribes.
Coorg is an acclaimed hill retreat in Karnataka known for its exotic flora and fauna, deep green valleys and the coffee plantations. Aptly called the Kashmir of South India, Coorg is a paradise for honeymoon couples and trekkers. There are daily buses plying from Bangalore and Mangalore to Coorg making it easy for a weekend trip. Coorg is also the land of Talakaveri, an important source of water in the district.
What to see in Coorg Apart from the natural beauty of the place, the main attractions here are Raja's Seat, Madikeri Fort, Nalnad Palace and the Omkareshwar Temple.
This is another destination in the Nilgiri mountain range known for its spectacular backdrop and beautiful landscape. This hill town is home to exotic species of animals and birds living in the surrounding forests. You will see the grey langursa, golden jackals, elephants and hyenas here. Mudumalai is also emerging as a hot spot for bird watchers. Malabar Trojan and Malabar grey hornbill are found in large numbers.
What to see in Mudumalai The Mudumalai National Park remains the top attraction. This park opened in 1940 is home to a variety of wildlife. Jungle and park safari are interesting activities here.
Chikmagalur is mainly a valley district that is well known for its distinct cliffs, meadows and agricultural fields. It is also considered to be a small hill station and a lovely retreat for weekend breaks. The highest peak in the state - Mullain Giri is situated here.
What to see in Chikmagalur Mullain Giri has an elevation of around 6,300 feet above sea level and rock climbing is an important sport in its slopes. The area around this mountain is also apt for trekking and picnics. Kondadarama Temple is a Hindu shrine that reflects the Dravidian and Hoysala architecture. Other pilgrimage places are Jamia Mosque and St Joseph's Cathedral. Little far from the town is the 13th century built Siddheshwara Temple.