Bangalore News: Covid-weary Bengalureans plan peaceful getaways | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Rivers, lakes and hills that are a few hours away from the city are drawing the attention of Bengalureans fighting Covid blues. Most youngsters and even families, who have had to skip their annual vacations abroad or within the country, are opting for picturesque locations around the city for a quick and peaceful visit.
Namit Naik, an assistant sales manager, has been visiting locations around the city almost every week. Namit says these spots are a welcome break from the buzzing pubs, more so given the fear of the virus spreading in crowded places.

“There are numerous lakes, streams, mini forests and hills around that are waiting to be explored. One can easily drive out in any direction and find a nice place to chill, a spot to relax or even try a small trek,” the Kengeri resident said, adding that either word of mouth or a quick Google search helps him zero in on a location. His latest visit was to Dandiganahalli dam, about 88km from the city.
“Nothing beats the sunset at the location,” said Namit, adding a spot near Hesarghatta Lake is another favourite. Namit and his friends have named the place ‘KitKat hills’ as it is a perfect spot for a break.
Many Bengalureans say places like Jalamangala fort (60km from city), Ramadevara betta (48.8km), Dandiganahalli dam and Thippagondanahalli reservoir are good options for a refreshing drive. Many look up Instagram and Google for recommendations on popular spots.
Shashank R, a freelance VFX designer, said his drive to Jalamangala Lake two weeks ago with a group of friends was invigorating. “You always spot some gems during such drives. Spending a few hours away from the city helps clear the mind and deal with more of what the year has to offer,” he said.
Sajida P, a businesswoman, said every other weekend her husband plans a drive to some spot outside the city. The couple, who had planned to visit Sajida’s extended family in Dubai, are now making up by visiting places much closer home. “This weekend, we drove to Ramadevara betta. The peace that these spots offer is beyond expectation. The long drive is a bonus,” said Sajida.
Deborah (name changed), a resident of Yelahanka, chooses to drive to picturesque spots around the city with her 80-yearold mother to beat the boredom of being locked up at home the whole week.
“There are lots of green spaces around, be it the village roads to Nandi Hills or the small pockets of forests, orchards, vineyards and farmlands. Every Sunday, my mother and I go for a long drive along these country roads. We stop at deserted spots for walks and enjoy the fresh air,” said Deborah, who is an HR professional.
Newlyweds Monica Olivia and Emmanuel Dinakar found solace in a local getaway instead of a vacation to Mauritius. Dinakar, an assistant manager at an MNC, and Olivia got married on May
9. Their first vacation was a fivehour drive to a spot near Madikeri. “Our visit to the forest was perfect, away from the concrete jungle that we have been trapped in for the last few months,” the Hebbal resident said.

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