Sometimes it is nice to get away from the buzz of Bangalore’s social hubs. A change in scenery and theme awaits the enterprising traveller who ventures beyond the city limits. There are many cultural landmarks a few hours’ drive away from the city where one can learn and be fascinated by vestiges of another time. These road trips are also adventures of discovery in themselves which is why many are choosing to hire a car rather than opt for public transport. Here are some ideas for the Bangalore getaway.
South Indian temple architecture is evocative. It tells vivid tales while exhibiting complex geometry and intricate carvings are part of the experience if one is to study this particular style of building design. Less than 100 kms from the city of Bangalore, the Ramalingeshwara temples of Avani have enamoured pilgrims and historians for centuries. The ornate structures date back to the 10th century but just like many other temple complexes of Southern India, succeeding dynasties left their mark with additions and renovations. The relief works on the temple walls, ceiling sculptures and the carved pillars are just some of the many highlights at Avani.
Another example of Southern architecture is there to be witnessed less than 50 kms from the city. Located in Magadi town, the tall gopuram of the Ranganatha temple is a striking presence. This complex has several shrines. Another famous temple in Magadi is the Someshwara temple famous for its pillar carvings of animals, birds and other motifs from 16th century life in the region.
Lepakshi in Andhra Pradesh is home to a group of old temples that were built during the Vijayanagara era. These temples have a distinct design and architectural elements of that glorious age and are one of the region’s most treasured cultural sites. The giant serpent sculpture and pillared corridors are just some of the many highlights of this place, located less than 150 kms from Bangalore.
Shivanasamudra is one of the most awe-inspiring waterfalls in Karnataka. Its segmented cascades gush down a height of around 100 metres, split into two distinctive parts. Close to the falls are a group of ancient temples. One can visit the river island town of Sivasamudram, which divides the flow of the river into the split-falls.
An even more impressive sight awaits those who drive to Hoggenakkal Falls, located on the Kaveri River as it flows into Tamil Nadu. The Falls are often compared to the Niagara Falls because of the massive width and the sheer amount of water. Coracle rides are not allowed in the monsoon months but this is a time to see the riverine landscape in its most vibrant state – highlights include lush green vegetation, cooler temperatures and the roar of the mighty Kaveri.
The journey to these destinations involves some picturesque countryside and forest scenery. The best way to travel is with complete freedom and privacy in a self drive vehicle. It is quite easy to hire cars in Bangalore. With app-based platforms like Zoomcar, one can book a ride in a matter of minutes. Customers can choose hatchbacks, sedans and SUVs depending on the requirements. 24/7 on-road support gives travellers an extra layer of security. With such a hassle-free and uncompromised experience available at affordable costs, weekend adventure is never too far away.