A weekend of faith and love

BANGALORE: Long weekends offer a welcome respite from the busy and fast-paced life of the average Bangalorean. The ongoing weekend, that kicked off with Shivaratri and includes Valentine’s Day, is the first long one of the year. Many are headed out to popular tourist spots.

“Gokarna, famous for Om beach and the Mahabaleshwar temple that houses a particularly revered Shivalingam, has witnessed tremendous increase in travel bookings,” KSTDC spokesperson Ratnakar said. “People are also going to Nandi Hills,” he added.

Valentine’s Day is another reason for Bangaloreans to hit popular getaways such as Mysore, Kodagu, Hassan and Chikmagalur. Pondicherry and Chennai are the other popular options. Deepthi, a 20-year-old student, said: “A chance like this is rare and I’d like to make the most of it.”

“Resorts, cottages and guesthouses in these places are seeing heavy bookings, especially by families,” added Ratnakar. The fact that there are no special packages available for the occasion doesn’t seem to make a difference.

Many students are taking a break to visit places like Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Bheemeshwari’s Cauvery Fishing Camp. “This weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy a trip outside the city with friends,” said Gaurav, a student of PESIT. He is off to Goa with friends.

Shreya Jain and Aparajita Mridha – TOI

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