Diwali Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

We think it is time for you to move away from the daily grind of car honks, traffic, pollution and deadlines and take some time out for the better things in life. A long weekend is coming your way; don’t waste it on the same old city life. Instead, try the various travel opportunities available to you around Bangalore. You could take a trip back to the past by visiting a historical site, you could experience how truly beautiful nature is by visiting a hill station, you could wake up the adventurer in you by going for a trek with friends…the list goes on. So many places, so much to do. There is no reason why you should waste your break stuck in the same place.

We bring to you a list of ideal Diwali weekend getaways that are perfect for this long break.

Within 100kms:

Manchanbele

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The Manchanbele dam, surrounded by the Savandurga hills, is located 50 kms from Bangalore and is a great option for a quick getaway. The amazing sunset experiences and bird watching opportunities here will make you feel in sync with nature. If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, then trekking to the hills is a great idea. Water activities like kayaking and raft building are also a popular choice among visitors to the dam.

Ramanagaram

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Located 50 kms from Bangalore, Ramangaram is known as the Silk City due to its harvest of high quality silk. The city is also popular as Ramgarh, the place depicted in the famous Bollywood movie ‘Sholay’. Ramanagaram is surrounded by seven hills that are home to exotic species of birds like the yellow throated bulbuls. The hilly landscape of the city also provides ample adventure sports opportunities, including rock climbing and trekking.

Nandi Hills

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If you are looking for an experience that leaves you feeling refreshed and exhilarated, then Nandi Hills is the place for you. The hills, located 60 kms from Bangalore, offer gorgeous scenic locales and are a great choice for trekking activities. Nandi Hills is also a historical site where the ruins of Tipu Sultan’s fort can be found.

Anthargange

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Located about 68 kms from Bangalore, Anthargange is a site you should visit if you are fond of exploring natural geographic formations. At Anthargange, you will be welcomed by a range of hills that are home to many ancient caves and spectacular rock formations. While here, you can also carry out rock climbing and trekking expeditions.

Within 200 kms:

Srirangapatna

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If you are keen on learning about Indian culture and exploring historical sites, then you should give the town of Srirangapatna a visit. Situated at a distance of 128 kms from Bangalore, the town consists of beautiful temples that represent the Hoysala and Vijaynagara form of architecture.

Sangama

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As the name suggests, this is a location where you can view the breathtaking site of the confluence of two rivers, Kaveri and Arkavati. Sangama is located 130 kms from Bangalore and makes a great weekend getaway for those who want to experience the beauty of nature in peace and quiet.

Sravanabelagola

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Located 143 kms from Bangalore, Sravanabelagola is a pilgrimage site that is home to the world’s largest monolithic structure. The magnificent Gomateshwara statue, standing at 17.5 metres high, represents a deity worshipped by Jains. The sheer beauty and grandeur of the statue makes Sravanabelagola a place worth visiting.

Hogenakal Waterfalls

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These falls, flowing majestically on to the Kaveri river, are known to be among the oldest in India. Located around 180 kms from Bangalore, they are a sight of nature that one shouldn’t miss. The strong rush of water along with its gushing sound will definitely be a treat for any nature lover. Apart from its sheer beauty, the falls are also known for their medicinal value and boat riding opportunities.

Above 200kms:

Yercaud

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Located 228 kms from Bangalore, Yercaud is a scenic hill station within the district of Salem. The experience at Yercaud is often described as magical and uplifting because of the gorgeous locales one can find here. While here, you should visit the beautiful Yercaud lake, take a stroll through the botanical garden and visit the highest point – the Servarayan Temple.

Kabini

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If you want to see nature and the wild living in harmony, Kabini is the place you need to visit. Located 229 kms from Bangalore, Kabini lets you experience natural wilderness through elephant rides, jeep safaris and boat rides on the Kabini River. If you are lucky, you may also end up spotting a beautiful tiger as part of your safari.

Wayanad

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The perfect place to visit for some calm relaxation this Diwali is Wayanad. Located 265 kms from Bangalore at the foothills of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is a paradise for nature lovers who enjoy quiet. Covered by a cooling blanket of fog, the lush green hills surround you in their embrace to make you feel lighter than ever.

Chikmagalur

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Situated 280 kms from Bangalore, Chikmagalur is a haven for anyone who wants to take a break from the hectic city life and find some relaxation by exploring nature. The town of Chikmagalur boasts of beautiful coffee plantations, lush green surroundings, magnificent hilly landscapes, streams and waterfalls. Everything beautiful in nature can be found in this town, which makes it a perfect place to visit this long weekend.

You have the perfect list; now it’s time to celebrate the perfect Diwali. Have a great trip!

Diwali gift ideas from Bengaluru Duty Free

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Everybody’s favourite festival of the Indian calendar is just around the corner. Diwali brings out the celebratory mood in us and spurs us to spread happiness and joy. A great way to spread joy is by giving gifts to our loved ones. Though there are tons of offers on display in every store across the nation, only a few qualify as memorable and unique. At Bengaluru Duty Free, we have the most sought after products, not easily available in the retail market that makes gifting twice as special. Here are some exquisite gift ideas to choose from this Diwali.

Wondering what your partner, mother, sister, aunt and female cousins would love? Nothing spells love, appreciation and care more than chocolates. Our store has world famous chocolates from all over the globe. Choose a Swiss favourite and you won’t go wrong or opt for new exciting flavours and combinations that are sure to excite.

If your loved ones are the calorie counting types then why not gift a designer perfume to communicate to the women in your life how special they are. We give you exciting offers on the top brands so you can expect to spend way less than at a local mall. Also available this Diwali at our store are elegant stoles from Ezma Souffle that are perfect for the winter months that follow Diwali.

If you’re looking to impress your father, brother, partner, uncle and male cousins, fret not, because we have the best range of liquors, perfumes for men, accessories like wrist watches, sunglasses and leather goods. Our range of Single Malts is the best in the world as they come at the lowest prices.

We also have a whole electronics section that offers you a wide range of gaming consoles, gizmos and cameras to bring a smile to the face of the lucky man you decide to splurge over this Diwali. But when we say splurge, we actually mean save because our offers are as exciting as our range. For example, an Xbox One Console for $650 is one ‘cracker’ of a deal. Agreed?

So if you are flying into India to spend this Diwali with your loved ones, make sure Bengaluru Duty Free is your destination for Diwali gifts for the family and make this festive season the best it will ever be.

Did we tell you, that you can pre-book your purchase so that they don’t run out of stock? Log on to http://bengalurudutyfree.in/index.aspx, order your items and pick them up when you reach the airport.

It can’t get easier and more fun. All thanks to Bengaluru Duty Free.

Shop duty free online – Get convenience with value

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Have you checked out Bengaluru’s hippest online shopping destination yet? Visit Bengaluru Duty Free’s website http://bengalurudutyfree.in today.

For all you frequent fliers, this website makes duty free shopping hassle free.

The website has a very sleek design and an extremely easy user interface. It displays a wide range of the store’s best offers just for you. It is hassle free because you can find all your favourite products at incredible discounts, along with great freebie offers. But here comes the best part: you can place your orders online and just pick up your products from the store when you travel, into or out of the country.

With Bengaluru Duty Free, it’s fast, easy and as genuine as it gets! See this video:

How does this work? It’s very simple, users just have to register on the website, place their orders and pay when picking them up at the store. Sit in the comfort of your home, hotel room or airport lounge to place your order up to 24 hours before your flight. And the best part is you get an additional 5% off on offer prices, plus you can avail of existing monthly offers even if you are travelling at a future date.

So go ahead and enjoy ordering your favourite liquors, chocolates, perfumes, tobacco products and electronic gadgets.

My best shopping experience so far

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It’s always a happy achievement for us when we are able to satisfy our customers. We are happy to share with you a review from one of our many satisfied customers.

As a frequent traveler, one of the things I look forward to is duty free shopping of good branded products for me and my close ones. Duty Free shops are one of the best places for gaining access to international brands of products like liquor, cosmetics, fragrances, gadgets and much more. A customer gets truly satisfied when value for money is also added to the whole duty free experience and that is what Bengaluru Duty Free does.

Shopping at Bangalore Duty Free has saved me a lot of money in comparison to the other duty free shops I have bought from earlier. Whether it is alcohol, cosmetic products, perfumes or tech gadgets, you can expect the price to be less than even Dubai. Not only do they have lower prices, they also have great offers on the products they sell. Their pre-ordering facility is also of a great help when it comes to saving time and money.

I think all people traveling to and from Bengaluru in the future should consider this shopping option. I had a good experience and I am sure you will have one too.

- Palash K,
A happy duty free shopper

Ballantine’s Finest

A complex, refined and elegant Scotch, Ballantine’s Finest is a sophisticated Single Malt that blends more than 50 carefully selected Single Malts with particular emphasis on Miltonduff and Glenburgie, and 4 single grain Whiskies,. Aged for many years in high quality casks, this elegant liquor has soft, heather honey aromas with a hint of spice. Indulge your taste buds with the well-balanced and subtle flavours including milk chocolate, red apple and vanilla. Having a fully rounded body and a soft, sweet and complex character, this golden spirit leaves a fresh, floral and rounded glow in the connoisseur’s palate.

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Watch this excellent Houghly Booze Review of this fine drink to know it better.


Ballantine’s Finest 100cls 43% is now available at Bengaluru Duty Free at the delicious offer of a savings of $5 on the purchase of 2 bottles. Stock up today!

Add red to your life with Johnnie Walker Red Label

Johnnie Walker is a name recognized instantly and revered by Whisky connoisseurs across continents and cultures. Who can forget evenings shared with friends over many glasses of Johnnie Walker? Preferences vary in terms of the edition, but the Red Label has stood the test of time for the last 105 years to emerge as an iconic drink, quaffed by both partying hipsters and society club elites alike.

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So what sets Red Label apart? Well, apart from the fact that it was Winston Churchill’s favourite Whisky, the Red Label is distinguished by its terrific combination of 35 grain and Malt Whiskies from Scotland’s East and West coasts to produce and extraordinary flavour that lights up your palate in a way no ordinary Whisky can. Also adding to its pedigree is the fact that John Walker chose the Red Label as the brand’s first Whisky to reach far beyond Scotland’s borders, and the country’s intrepid merchants and engineers took the drink with them wherever they set sail, soon setting its precedent as one of the best Whiskies across the globe.

The Red Label has a flavour so distinctive that it can be best summed up in the words of Whisky expert Dave Broom, ‘This is outdoors, this is setting off on your bike along the coast with the wind blowing in your face, the surf is up, the wind is whipping the grass, there is salt in the air, spring is turning to summer.’ Truly, the qualities of this elegant Whisky cannot be summed up better.

Johnnie Walker Red Label symbolizes the lifestyle of the ultimate achiever who’s equally at ease in the fast lane and in high society. Watch this ad starring Formula One star Jenson Button to discover what makes you a part of the Johnnie Walker club.

Enjoy this classic spirit any way you like – neat, on the rocks or with your favourite mixer. Are you itching to get a bottle of this masterpiece right away?

When at Bengaluru Duty Free at the Kempegowda International Airport get 2 100cls bottles at a sweet discount of $4*. Cheers!

*Limited period offer

Jack Daniel’s Black – The best of Tennessee Whiskey

When you say or hear the words Jack Daniel’s, the first thing that comes to mind is sophistication and class. You hear elegance, master-class, perfection and so much more than just the word Whiskey. And when you hear the name Jack Daniel’s Black you know it has to be something more special.

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This classic wonder is also called ‘Old No.7′ and is one of the bestselling spirits in the world. It is made in the Tennessee sour mash style, with an additional step where the fresh spirit is dipped in a vat of sugar maple charcoal to mellow the Whiskey before it goes into the barrel. As a result of this, the spirit is smooth and versatile and at the same time stays true to its country roots.

This spirit has gentle aromas of caramel vanilla and butterscotch. It has a quick, sweet finish with oak notes and hints of spices, which give way to the flavours of white pepper and walnuts.

There’s no better combination than the classic Jack and Coke.

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Use:

1 part Jack Daniel’s Black Old No. 7
3 parts Coke

Serve over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

This simple cocktail is the best way to enjoy this fantastic Whiskey with a tangy twist. Only after you taste this masterpiece will you realise why this is one of the top selling Whiskies in the world.

On your next international trip via Kempegowda International Airport, visit Bengaluru Duty Free and pick up a bottle of this classic at a fabulous discount.