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Week-end getaways a big hit in Bangalore

Anjali Prayag


EVEN as the State Government is initiating comprehensive development plans to promote Karnataka as a popular tourist destination, Bangalore already boasts of one unique offering. It offers the most number of week-end getaways compared to any other city in the country.

Mr Muralidhar of Padaki Tours and Travels, categorises these resorts into two types: Resorts that are located about 25 km from the city, numbering nearly 20. Popular destinations among these are Eagle Ridge Resorts, Eagleton Golf Club, Angana Resorts and several clubs that offer one-day packages.

Then there are the wildlife resorts, all located within 200-250 km of the city. Jungle Lodges and Resorts promoted by the State Tourism Department offers seven choices, out of which at least five could be, week-end getaways from the city.

Mr Muralidhar says there are other private resorts such as Tusker Trail at Bandipur, K Gudi Camp at BR Hills, Jungle Inn at Nagarahole, Orange County in Coorg, which are again popular options for a two-day break. This apart, there are the other `usual' picnic spots such as the Nandi Hills, Hessarghatta lake, Bannerghatta National Park, etc. Even the ruins of Belur and Halebid can be covered in two-and-a-half days. So, it's not just the numbers, but also the variety of choices that is immense, he feels.

Interestingly, all these week-end getaways come with the same price tag.

They fall in the tariff bracket of Rs 1,500 - Rs 2,000 per day per person. "And all of them offer the same itinerary. Yet people want to explore the same experience at different resorts."

Sources in the industry say this lifestyle trend that Bangaloreans follow could be a fall out of the growth of the IT industry in the State.

According to one leading tour operator, "It's a lifestyle issue here. If you do not get away for the week-end at least once in 6 months, you are out of the social circuit."

Another reason could be that as people from across the globe have made Bangalore their home, they are looking at various ways of spending their week-ends.

"And benefiting from this need are resort owners and tour operators," he says.

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