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Best getaways for the Good Friday long weekend

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The Good Friday long weekend is just round the corner, and it would be shame to not put it to good use and head to some place beautiful to enjoy the scenic views, sparkling streams or scented forests. So abandon the heat and city life to relax and unwind during your Easter break. If you are staying in some of the top cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, here’s a list of destinations you can head to.

– Getaways from Delhi

1. Kasauli


Spend the long summer days of your weekend at this romantic destination in Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli is a quaint hill station that lure tourists with its British architecture, old stone churches and endless forest pathways. When in Kasauli, you will brathe a tangibly 19th century English air and will be enveloped in the beauty of this hill retreat.

Distance from Delhi: 293 km

2. Jim Corbett National Park

A paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, Jim Corbett is a diverse topographical area with grasslands, lakes and riverine belts. The park is a natural habitat for over 100 species of animals, 600 species of birds and a variety of flora. You can catch a glimpse of Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopards, Himalayan Black Bear and more, if lucky. Tag along your friends and family, and have a memorable weekend.

Distance from Delhi: 260 km

3. Dehradun

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Tucked away in Doon Valley, Dehradun is an ideal destination for those who want to explore the bountiful nature. The stunning backdrop of Garhwal Himalayas, acres of inviting verdant fertile valley and religious attractions intrigue travellers like none other. So we’re saying, plan a trip to Dehradun and get lost in the nature.

Distance from Delhi: 236 km

– Getaways from Mumbai

1. Matheran


Spend your long weekend enjoying rustic walks amidst lush green forests or visiting pristine attractions in Matheran. This is a quiet and a peaceful hill station in the Western Ghats, an idyllic place for those who just want to laze around in the picturesque surroundings. There are also ample of options available for adventure lovers, such as rock climbing, trekking, paragliding and more.

Distance from Mumbai: 82 km

2. Panchgani

Make your holiday extra special by exploring the quaint strawberry county of Panchgani. There are many local bakeries serving delicious strawberry and cream deserts, where you can get in peace with your sweet food cravings. Apart from its desert scene, Panchgani is also known for its heritage properties, scattered hamlets and scenic valley views. So why wait? Plan a trip now.

Distance from Mumbai: 248 km

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3. Kolad


Kolad is a white water rafting hotspot in Maharashtra. Located amidst Sahyadri Ranges, the Kundalika River in Kolad offers rafting to all the adventure enthusiasts. Also, there are many waterfalls, trekking trails and water sports available in the area to keep you intrigued for the entire weekend. Exciting much?

Distance from Mumbai: 122 km

– Getaways from Bangalore

1. Nandi Hills


Nandi Hills is an ancient hill fortress situated in Chikkabalapur district of Karnataka. A 2 days trip is ideal for this location, as you get to enjoy good short hikes, stellar views and a visit to famous Chola temples. So get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and spend your vacations in tranquility in Nandi Hills.

Distance fromBangalore: 61 km

2. Coorg


With sprawling coffee plantations, picturesque locations and cascading waterfalls, Coorg is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the South India. Here you can head to the wildlife sanctuaries, take a stroll through quaint villages or visit tourist attractions such as Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Raja Seat and Dubare Elephant Campa. You can also indulge in various adventure activities and have a wander-ful weekend.

Distance from Bangalore: 252 km

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3. Palakkad


If you thought Kerala was all about backwaters and beaches, you need to head to Palakkad right now. Palakkad is a tinsel town in the Western Ghats, with beautiful paddy fields and verdant mountains dominating the landscape of the area. Visit this mesmerising hill station to capture the natural diversity of the state (and to break your myth).

Distance from Bangalore: 411 km

– Getaways from Chennai

1. Mahabalipuram


Owing to its fascinating architectural marvels and ancient temples, Mahabalipuram is a feast for travellers. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the popular weekend getaways for the residents of Chennai. There are a lot of places to be explored here, including the Five Rathas, Arjuna’s Palace, Shore Temple, Trimurti Cave Temple and more. History buffs are you listening?

Distance from Chennai: 56 km

2. Pondicherry


Popularly known as the French capital of India, Pondicherry is a perfect place to relax and unwind over the weekend. The town is known for its spectacular urban style architecture, colonial buildings, churches and delectable food. So head to this coastal town to experience a different world altogether.

Distance from Chennai: 161 km

3. Yercaud


A quiet hill retreat in the state of Tamil Nadu, Yarcaud will come as a refreshing treat to your holiday plans. The stunning mountains, lush green grass plots and picturesque views make this place an enchanting destination. Enjoy your long weekend admiring the natural beauty and bountiful tourist attractions in Yercaud.

Distance from Chennai: 367 km

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