Believe it or not! Bangalore was once known as the ‘air-conditioned city of India’. Those days surely seemed to have passed. Even though the city still has a warm, amiable climate, the overall experience of living in Bangalore can be very harrowing indeed.

The city always seems to be crowded and in a hurry and the traffic doesn’t help either. In between all this, you cannot be blamed for dreaming of a vacation.

Luckily, Bangalore is located in proximity to some of the best hill stations of South India. So let’s take a look at three of the best hill stations near this sprawling city, which are close enough for a quick getaway:

Ooty

Ooty, or Udhagamadalam is a popular hill station located around 280 km from Bangalore in Tamil Nadu. The name literally translates to ‘House in mountains’, and Ooty is at an altitude of 7347 feet above sea level in the Nilgiri Mountain range. It also served as the summer headquarters of the Madras Presidency.

Bangalore to Ooty cabs are aplenty, so getting to this beautiful town is never a problem. The weather is around the 15 degree Celsius mark on average, and even drops to zero in the winter. The pristine landscape is marked with dense vegetation, small hills and eucalyptus trees amid tea gardens; there are many views to behold, in and around the town. Well developed and calm, Ooty is among the best places to visit near Bangalore.

Coorg

Coorg, also called Kodagu is a district in Karnataka near Bangalore. The place is well known for its beautiful scenery, and the British even named it the ‘Scotland of India’ owing to its stunning landscape. Coorg is around 250 km away from Bangalore, and Bangalore to Coorg cabs are the best mode of transportation to get here. Also, public transportation is not very effective in the city, and the tourist spots are spread across the district.

The area has many quaint little villages and coffee plantations, where some of the best coffee in the nation is produced. The capital of Coorg, Madikeri is known for its amazing climate and expansive views. Other places to see in Coorg include the Tibetan Monastery, Abbey Falls, Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.

Wayanad

A district in Kerala, Wayanad is located at a distance of 280 km from Bangalore. Wayanad is predominantly covered in foliage, and the climate is cool all around the year. The district has many interesting sights spread across it, with Bangalore to Wayanad cabs being the preferred mode of transport.

Some of the more popular tourist spots in Wayanad include Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam and Waterfalls and Chembra Peak. The latter is actually among the highest peaks in South India, at 2100 metres.

Wayanad also has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in South India, including Soochipara Falls, Meenmutty Falls, Kanthanpara Falls and Chethalayam Falls. Edakkal Caves provide a varied experience, and Sunrise Valley, as the name suggests, is among the best places to watch the sun set and rise amidst dramatic mountain scenery.

The best way to escape the stressful, hectic life of Bangalore is to take trip into the mountains; not only do they provide pristine air and cool weather, but also a different perspective on the life around you. So pack your bags, and go on that trip you deserve!