If you don’t have the time or money to travel too far from home, there are plenty of places quite close to Bangalore that could make for a rejuvenating weekend escapade. Prashanth Wesley, a teacher and travel fanatic says: “We have always read/heard stories about stepping into portals that open into another world, a better world. The one place that gives you exactly this experience is Masinagudi. Surrounded by a sea of trees, it is blanketed with pristine air. This quaint town welcomes you with the Nilgiris on the right. Masinagudi is home to all kinds of animals – elephants, spotted deer, sambar deer, jungle foul, bison, leopards, tigers – the list goes on. To top it all the people there are as warm as the morning sun! Masinagudi is at its best during winter.”