Road Trip- Rent a Car This Time


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Mak­ing plans for road trips around Ban­ga­lore can get a bit com­plex – fig­ur­ing out routes and chang­ing trans­port means, depen­den­cy on autos and bus­es, and of course, the costs involved when one decides to upgrade to a cab. Many trav­el­ers are now tak­ing the mat­ter into their own hands, lit­er­al­ly. Self-dri­ve cars in Ban­ga­lore are chang­ing the lifestyles of many, giv­ing peo­ple the priv­i­leges of car-own­er­ship, with­out them hav­ing to make that big invest­ment.

A Bouquet of Destinations

There is no dearth of des­ti­na­tions to enjoy if one is look­ing for unique adven­tures. The peaks of the Nil­giris beck­on all year round, whether one is look­ing for misty val­leys or the frigid frost touched morn­ings of win­ter. Some of the best hill sta­tions in the Nil­giris include Ooty, Kodaikanal, and Munnar. Her­itage toy trains, old wood­en build­ings, and expan­sive tea gar­dens remind the vis­i­tor of the colo­nial influ­ences, while the pristine jun­gles filled with ele­phant herds and prowl­ing cats is a tes­ti­mony to the nat­u­ral wealth of this place.

For more cul­ture, a road trip to Mysore is always rec­om­mend­ed. The city of palaces is also famous for its gar­dens and tem­ples. The mar­kets of Mysore are always buzzing and its most famous exports are its rich silk and its san­dal­wood trea­sures. A dri­ve to the Chamundi Hills just out­side the city is a quin­tes­sen­tial Mysore activ­i­ty, as the gen­tly curv­ing roads and green forests offer panoram­ic views of the entire region.

Spec­tac­u­lar land­scape and ruins of a great and ancient civ­i­liza­tion greet the vis­i­tors who go to Hampi, a UNESCO World Her­itage site. Archi­tec­ture lovers will rejoice in this tem­ple city by the Tungab­hadra. The stone char­i­ot of the Vit­ta­la tem­ple com­plex and the Viru­pak­sha Tem­ple are just some of the high­lights of the great engi­neer­ing and aes­thet­ics of the Vijayana­gar Empire.

There are some very inter­est­ing des­ti­na­tions that are just out­side the city of Ban­ga­lore, per­fect for a day trip. A dri­ve to Skanda­giri for an excit­ing night trek is one of the off­beat activ­i­ties that the city’s adventurer’s love. Ban­nerghat­ta Nation­al park includes a zoo with a wild­cat safari and a croc­o­dile park and is just 23 km from Ban­ga­lore.

There are many advan­tages to choos­ing a car rental over reg­u­lar cabs or bus­es. One can choose from a wide range of vehi­cles, whether it is a hatch­back ide­al for that solo busi­ness trip to Mysore, or a stur­dy SUV to con­quer the jun­gles of Coorg. Com­pa­nies like Zoom­car have brought the car rental into the new age with app-based book­ing and cash­less trans­ac­tions.

Choos­ing self-dri­ve also allows the trav­el­er (or trav­el­ers) more pri­va­cy. It gives the dri­ver free­dom to change routes or take detours at any time. So the road trip to Ooty can sud­den­ly include a stop at Chan­na­p­at­na or Mysore. For busi­ness trips also, a rent­ed car allows more con­trol over sched­ule and time – no more fig­ur­ing out local trans­port for that impor­tant meet­ing fol­lowed by the site vis­it. Free­dom and flex­i­bil­i­ty is some­thing more and more are dis­cov­er­ing through car rentals and along with it the many des­ti­na­tions and sur­pris­es that Kar­nataka has to offer.

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3 Thoughts to “Road Trip- Rent a Car This Time”

  1. inter­est­ing trav­el idea thanks to shar­ing ur trav­el diary with us

  2. Now I have no need to pur­chase a car for out­ing.

  3. Thanks for shar­ing this. I am trav­el freak, so I always prefer rent­ing a car instead of using my own car.Travel is fatal to prej­u­dice, big­otry, and nar­row-mind­ed­ness, and many of our peo­ple need it sore­ly on the­se accounts. Broad, whole­some, char­i­ta­ble views of men and things can­not be acquired by veg­e­tat­ing in one lit­tle cor­ner of the earth all one’s life­time.
    Peo­ple often have a the­me that they base their world­ly trav­els on, but how about a men­tal mantra for your trav­el? Out of a cheer­lead­ing event that con­sist­ed of our fam­i­ly shout­ing sup­port­ive words at our daugh­ter who was attempt­ing to kill a rather mon­strous spi­der that the rest of us were too chick­en to get close to, came this great quote, “If you don’t think, and you just do….then it’s done!”

    This quote came back to haunt me when on vaca­tion in Seat­tle. I thought it would be a great idea to take the kids on the Seat­tle Great Wheel, the fer­ris wheel over­look­ing the ocean, but as we approached it, I real­ized how high it went and imme­di­ate­ly pan­icked! Just as I had decid­ed to put the kids on it on their own, my daugh­ter says, “Come on dad…If you don’t think, and you just do….then it’s done!” What could I do at that point?! She was telling me to stop think­ing and cre­at­ing more fear about the sit­u­a­tion and just get on the thing!

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