None other than the working class hero know the importance of long weekends. With over-worked hours and stressful jobs, long weekends come as a relief to beat the corporate blues. August has two awesome long weekend getaways and if you can take a couple of days off, you can make the best of your long weekend getaway.
We have hand-picked a few holidays to make you plan your long weekend in just ₹6,000
Nature @ Mahabaleshwar
Rainy season is the perfect time to hit a hill station; the mountains are lush green and the fog crawls over its expanse giving you a breathe of fresh air. The Mapro gardens at Mahabaleshwar are great to savour strawberries and delicacies made from it. When you are done with the sweet indulgence, you may trek around or just relax.
Distance between Mumbai and Mahabaleshwar: Approximately 264kms
Time by road: 6-8hrs
Chill @ Goa
Where there is will, there is Goa! You don’t need a reason or season to visit Goa.
You may chill at a beach, indulge in water sports, try your luck at a casino or party all night. If you are done with all the noise and party, you may head to South Goa for a peaceful sojourn and escape the maniacal crowd.
Distance between Mumbai and Goa: Approximately 588kms
Time by road: 12-15hrs
Adventure @ Rishikesh
Rishikesh is torn between two types of travellers - the usual pilgrim crowd washing out their sins in Ganga, and the adventure junkies visiting to stimulate their adrenaline. With activities like bungee jumping, river rafting and cliff jumping set against the beautifully landscaped background, daredevils from around the globe come to script their heroic stories.
Distance between Delhi and Rishikesh: Approximately 250kms
Time by road: 6-7hrs
Royalty @ Udaipur
A princely story set against the string of Aravalli mountains, Udaipur’s beauty is accentuated with grand havelis, colourful streets and quaint houses. A very royal vacation, Udaipur is the right blend of luxury and heritage.
Distance between Delhi and Udaipur: Approximately 660 kms
Time by road: 10-11hrs
Nature @ Coorg
With sprawling coffee plantations, aromatic sandalwood trees, picturesque villages and cascading waterfalls, it would be fair to call Coorg a paradise. Coorg (or Kodagu) offers excellent hill stations like Madikeri, Nagarhole and Somwarpet. You could visit the Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Dubare Elephant Campa and Raja’s Seat. Eternally romantic and evergreen, Coorg is also a popular honeymoon destination.
Distance between Bangalore and Coorg: Approximately 272kms
Time by road: 6-7hrs
Heritage @ Hampi
The easy-to-go backpacker attitude, budget stay options and a fabled history interspersed over an enchanting landscape formed of huge boulders makes Hampi a favourite travel destination among Indians and foreigners alike. When you are in Hampi, you will experience a flashback of the past, peak into the erstwhile Vijaynagara kingdom and witness a whole lot of Hindu mythology through laboriously carved sculptures.
Distance between Bangalore and Hampi: Approximately 343 kms
Time by road: 6-7hrs
Culture and Chill @ Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry
Welled up in heritage, culture and history, Mahabalipuram was an erstwhile port city off the Coromandel coast. Outstanding relics and carvings sculpted between the 7th and 8th century manifest the legacy of the Pallava dynasty that ruled here. Two hours drive from Chennai, Mahabalipuram is often a stopover for tourists travelling to Pondicherry. The group monuments of Mahabalipuram are part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. A further 100kms away, Pondicherry bespeaks the colonisation by the French. Pondicherry is all about French colonial buildings, churches with tall spires and magnificent promenades. One cannot miss Auroville, an experimental town that encourages holistic lifestyle overlooking caste, creed, religions, nationalities, social norms and politics. You will see many foreigners in Pondicherry. It’s best known for its happy-go-lucky nonchalance.
Distance between Chennai and Pondicherry: Approximately 170kms
Time by road: 4-5hrs
Author: Winnie Karnik