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Every weekend is a perfect excuse to get away from the city and spend some ME time. Here are my top 5 picks for the best getaways from Bengaluru. I promise you are going to love these!

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1. Amanvana Spa Resort, Coorg

If all you seek on a holiday is THE ultimate rejuvenation in a spa, then this is the place for you to be in! Post a six-hour drive to Coorg, nothing beats a therapeutic massage in the midst of nature, surrounded by flora and fauna.

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Wake up to the chirping of birds, enjoy a glass of wine and barbecue by the riverside, or take a dip in the pool – it’s the perfect setting for a luxurious getaway!

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Where: No 21, Bollur Village, Guddehosur, Kushalnagar, Coorg
By car: 6 hours (260 Km)
Cost per night: Rs 13000

2. Karuna Farms, Kodaikanal

Taking time off for yourself can be challenging. Take off to Karuna Farms in Kodaikanal for that much deserving break! Situated on a mountain edge, it literally cuts you off from the hustle bustle of the city life. The farm has a variety of rooms on offer which are pretty basic and not luxurious.

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The fun in staying here comes from the breath-taking views you get being on the edge of a mountain. Trek to the adjacent hilltop to catch the sunrise early morning. Also be prepared to turn vegetarian during your stay at Karuna.

Where: Prakasapuram Village, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
By car: 9 hours (460 Km)
Cost per night: Rs 750 onwards

3. Jungle Retreat, Masinagudi

Want to get lost in the wilderness? The Jungle Retreat, perched on the foothills of the pristine Nilgiris, gives you an experience like none other. Stay in their country style cottages that offer spectacular views of the receding mountains. Wake up to a splendid weather with misty mornings and clouds sitting on the ranges coupled with a few rain showers.

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During your stay, you could choose to go trekking on the Vibudhimalai mountains, plantation visits, mountain camping, or day tours to Coonoor or Ooty.

Where: Jungle Retreat Road, Bokkapuram, Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu
By car: 5 hours (247 Km)
Cost per night: Rs 5400 onwards

4. Kaav Safari Lodge, Kabini

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In the midst of the Kabini forest lies the Kaav Safari Lodge. Enjoy the wildlife right from your room or tent without having to step out. You could also choose to go for the morning or evening safari by jeep or boat. If you’re lucky enough you’d catch a glimpse of the tiger! Peace and serenity prevail in this jungle lodge like none other!

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Where: Malalli Cross, N Belathur PO Kabini, HD Kote Taluke
By car: 4.5 hours (215 Km)
Cost per night: Rs 16500 onwards

5. Le Pondy, Pondicherry

If you are looking for a truly luxurious getaway then Le Pondy in Pondicherry is an unmistakable choice. Sea-facing and equipped with the best facilities, you’d barely need to step out of your room.

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There are villas and sea-view rooms to choose from and an Ayurveda spa for complete rejuvenation of the mind and body.

Where: No.3, Lake View Road, Pudukuppam, Nallvadu Post, Pondicherry
By car: 7 hours (310 Km)
Cost per night: Rs 6600 onwards

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Voracious shopper, hates packing and unpacking but loves to travel. An ex-television journalist and broadcast presenter turned writer and blogger. Strongly believe in the credo of 'change is inevitable' - so totally loving the digital era!