July 14th, 2008 by admin

Distance: From Delhi 2061 km, from Guwahati 2932 km, from Kolkata 1881 km, from Mumbai 998 km, Chennai 331 km

How to reach there: One can either opt for flying or train. People from nearer places like Chennai can even opt for bus.

Where to stay:

Budget:

For budget hotel, visit here.

Luxuary/Start hotels:

1. Taj Residency

2. The oberoi

3. Hotel gateway

4. The park Hotel

5. Ista

6. Leela Palace

7. Hotel Ashok

8. Taj West End

Where to eat:

Cheap and Yummy Food:

1. Green Onion

Residency Cross Road,

Off Residency/ MG road

Bangalore

2. Shanti Sagar

Various locations in Bangalore like Indiranagar, Domlur, Jayanagar etc

3. Hotel Paramount

Residency road, off Brigade road

Star Resturants/Fast Food

1. Mainland ChinaChruch street and near Domlur flyover

 

2. Tandoor

MG Road

3. Sahib, Sind and SultanForum Mall, Koramangla

 

4. Kfc

Various locations in Bangalore

5. Pizza HutVarious locations in Bangalore

 

6. Mcdonalds

Various locations in Bangalore

Tour season: All round the year

Bangalore the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka is touted as the IT, BT, Knowledge hub or silicon valley of India. It is also know as the Garden City of India. One can find numerous gardens through out the city. Bangalore was sleepy city known as pensioner’s paradise in the 80s and 90s. However, from the late 90s things started changing with the advent of IT. Now one can see modern glass buildings, shopping malls, branded showrooms etc. In terms of tourism Bangalore has a lot to offer. Though Bangalore may not have huge number of historical sites but it has the weather, ambience and cosmopolitan nature to make you feel comfortable. There are quite a few to see in Bangalore which I will list below:

1. Vidhana Soudha: Vidhana Soudha is the state assembly of the government in Karnataka. It was built by Kengal Hanumanthaiah in the 1950s the then CM of the state of Mysore. It is the largest legislative assembly in India. Recently, a replica called Vikasa Soudha has been built during the tennure of CM S.M Krishna.

2. High Court: The Karnataka High Court is located opposite to the Vidhana Soudha. The red building called Attara Kacheri was built during the British era. Read more …..

3. ISKON Temple: ISKON temple is Bangalore is a very beauftiful temple located on a hill on west of cord road near Rajajinagar. The temple is decicated to sri Radha Krishna however other avatars are also available. From the top one can have a nice view. Security hassles can make you little uncomfortable but under present circumstances they have to do that. Inside one can buy starting from food, religious books, handicrafts etc

4. Lalbagh: Lalbagh is popular botanical garden in Bangalore constructed during the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore. The park includes 240 acres of land. It has varierty of plants and an ideal place to refresh yourself in a busy city like Bangalore. Every year during Republic Day(26th january) a special flower show takes place. Entry fee – Rs 10.

5. Bannerghatta National Park and Butterfly park: Bannerghatta National Park is located around 25 km from Bangalore city center and takes around half an hour by bus. Now a days your journey can be more comfortable as Volvo buses ply on that route and charge Rs 50 per person from Majestic bus stand. The park encompasses 25,000 acres of land and have various flora and founa. The park basically has a zoo, butterfly park and a tiger & lion safari.

The butterfly park is a recent addition and is a must watch. Entry fee to butterfly park is Rs 25, zoo is Rs 25 and safari depending on the time. Read more …..

One can enjoy their stay at the near by Bannerghatta Nature Camp, Bannerghatta, Bangalore – 560 083, Tel: 080-25597021 – 25 (Corporate Office), Fax: 080-25586163 (Corporate Office), Email: junglelodges@vsnl.com, Tariff: Swiss Tent: Indians: Rs. 1000/- , Foreign citizens: US $30/-, Dormitory: Indians: Rs. 500/- , Foreign citizens: US $20/-

website: http://www.junglelodges.com/

6. Lumbini Garden: Lumbini garden on the rejuvenated Nagavara lake is good place to visit in the evening with family. One can take their kids and pass time easily. There are quite a few kids games, boating, bathing pool etc. Website: http://www.lumbinigardens.com/

7. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat: The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath was established in 1960. It is a center of art which also imparts education in the field of art. One should visit the gallery over there.

Address: Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Art Complex , Kumara Krupa , Bangalore- 560001

Landmark: Near Grand Ashoka Hotel

Phone: 080-22261816 ,22263424

8. Rajarajeshwari Temple: The Rajarajeshwari temple is located in Rajarajeshwari nagar off Mysore road. The temple is built in intricate Dravida style.

9. Bull Temple: The Bull temple is located on the Bull temple road, Basavanagudi and was built by Kempe Gowda in 16th century. A giant bull is the deity of this temple and also Ganesh is worshiped here. Read more …..

10. HAL Museum: The HAL museum is one of the best aerospace museum on display in India. Maintained by HAL it has a large collection of vintage fighter jets, modern aircrafts like MIG 21, LCA, helicopter etc. Officially know as HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum was inagurated in 2001.

Date and Timmings: Closed on all Mondays and national holidays. 9 am to 5 pm

Entry fee: Rs 20

Camera Charges Rs 25

Video Camera Charges Rs 45

For HAL Employees Rs 10 per head

ATC and Flight Simulator Rs 10

Address: HAL Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum

Airport-Varthur Road

Bangalore 560 017

Phone: 91-80-5228341

Website:

http://www.hal-india.com/heritage.asp

http://www.warbirdsofindia.com/wbblrhal.html

11. Cubbon Park Cubbon is a large park spread over 250 acres in the middle of Bangalore. It an essential lung space. One visit there to spend ideal time or refresh themselves. Entry free.

12. International Tech Park (ITPL): The international tech park is the most visible epitome of the IT success of Bangalore. It is an technology park where hundreds of companies operate and thousands people work. One may not get entry there but seeing from outside also worth it. It is located in Whitefield.

13. Jawahar Bal Bhavan: Bal Bhavan is a children’s amusement park. The park offers boating, hobby classes like art, painting etc, children’s movie shows, doll museum, toy train etc. The park remains closed on Mondays and second Tuesdays. It is located one side of Cubbon park on the Kasturba road – MG road junction. Phone: 080-22864189

14. Nehru Planetarium: The Nehru Planetarium shows laser shows about the solar system and stars in Hindi, English and Kannada. The planetarium was founded in 1989.

15. Bangalore palace: Bangalore palace located near palace ground is built on the design of Windsor Castle in UK. Rev. Garrett, the first principal of Central High School, Bangalore( Now central college) built this palace. Later, Chamaraja Wodeyar, the then King of Mysore bought it in 1884. Read more ……

July 12th, 2008 by admin

Distance: 251 km from Bangalore, 170 km from Mangalore

How to reach there: From Bangalore – frequent KSRTC buses are available, by train to Arsekere, Kadur(40 km) or Berur and then taking a bus or auto to Chikmagalur, by private vehicle. If you are driving the fastest route is via Hassan which is on NH 48.

Journey time: By bus around 7 hours from Bangalore. Train and private vehicle may take little less time.

Where to stay:

Budget:

Hotel Rajmahal

Indira Gandhi Road,

Chikmagalur – 577 101

Tel: 08262-236415, 236451, 236452

Tariff Range: Rs. 160/- to Rs. 750/-

Hotel Mount Palace

Indira Gandhi Road,

Chikmagalur – 577 101

Tel: 08262-237050

Tariff Range: Rs. 350/- to Rs. 450/-

Hotel Malnad Paradise

Indira Gandhi Road, Chikmagalur – 577 101

Tel: 08262-234531, 234532, 232218

Tariff Range: Rs. 350/- to Rs. 450/-

Hotel President’s Palace

Near Bus Stand,

Koppa,

Chikmagalur – 577 580

Tel: 08265-222267

Tariff Range: Rs. 100/- to Rs. 300/-

Mid Range:

Soundarya Residency

Indira Gandhi Road,

Chikmagalur – 577 101

Tel: 08262-235257

Tariff Range: Rs. 140/- to s. 390/- +Tax

The Planters Court Hotel

P. B. No. 109,

K M Road,

Chikmagalur – 577 101

Tel: 08262-235882

Fax: 0826-231169

Tariff Range: Rs. 810/- to Rs. 1848/-

Muthodi Nature Camp

For reservations, contact:

Deputy Conservator of Forests,

Bhadra Wildlife Division,

Chikmagalur – 577 101

Tel: 08262 – 234904

Fax: 08262 – 228026

Email: dcfbhadra@blr.vsnl.net.in

Tariff Range: Indians: Rs. 250/-

Foreigners: Rs. 500/-

8-bed dormitory: Rs. 400/-

Luxuary:

The Taj Garden Retreat

K M Road, Jyothinagar

Chikmagalur – 571 102

Tel: 08262 – 220202, 220404

Email: tgrgm.chk@tajhotels.com

Web site: www.tajhotels.com

Tariff Range: Rs.4500/- to

Rs.5250/-+Taxes

Nature Craft Homestay

For Reservation Contact : 9886165220, 9886485524

Eagle Eye Holiday Home

Hoscodu Estate,

Via – Sangameshwarpet.Between Bhadra and Muthodi Wildlife SanctuaryKadavanthi Post,Chikmaglur – 577 136.Karnataka, India,Phone: 08262 – 252153

Rooms, Cottages, Villas: – Rs. 1500/- per person per day

Tree House, Executive Villas: – Rs.1750/- per person per

day with all meals, along with complimentary package.

Silent Valley Resort

Thodlu, Kalasa-Kudremukh Road,

Chickmagalur district, Kalasa – 577124

+91 9901798000

+91 824 2211672

+91 8263 274801/02

The Serai

Mugthihalli Post 577 133,

K M Road, Chikmagalur

Note: One good way to tour Chickmagalur is to stay in Chickmagalur town and hire a car for daily excursions.

Where to eat: In Chikmagalur I have found the places to eat is at the resturants near the KSRTC bus stand. The resturant there give very good food at very reasonable price.

Chikmagalur is the district headquaters of Chikmagalur disctrict of Karnataka. It is located at the foot hills of Mullayanagiri range. Chikmagalur literally means “The town of the younger daughter” in local Kannada language. There is nothing much to see in the town apart from the Mahatma Gandhi park on the outskirts of the city. One can hire a vehicle and go on daily excursions or check in a resort if you would like to enjoy natural view all the time. I will list the sightseeing places in and around Chikmagalur as follows:

1. Mullayanagiri: Mullayanagiri located in the Baba Budan Giri Range of the Western Ghats is the highest peak in Karnataka standing at 1930 meter or 6317 feet. It is also a favourite spot of the trekker fans.

2. Baba Budan Giri: Baba-Budan Giri is located around 28 km from Chikmagalur town. Here the the darga of the Muslim saint Buba Budan is located and one can also see the caves which is the final resting place of the saint. Near there is a small falls known as MANIKYA DHARA, which said to posses medicinal effect. Also, you can view a temple from there atop another hill where Prayer is done once in a year during diwali.

Near Baba Budangiri

3. Kudremukh: Kudremukh is a mountain range featuring a small town near there. It is around 48 km from Karkala and about 20 km from Kalsa. Kuduremukha in Kannada means “horse-face”. This area is very famous for iron ore mining by the Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd.

4. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is 38 km from Chikmagalur town and around 275 kms from Bangalore. The sanctuary is surrounded by Mullaianagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri and Babaudangiri hills and has the tributaries of the Bhadra river flowing through it. Animals like tiger, bison,elephant,various birds,reptiles like King Cobra etc. One can stay at “River Tern Lodge” there.

For further details about the Sanctuary, you may contact:

The Deputy Conservator of Forests

Bhadra Wildlife Division ( Project Tiger )

Chikmagalur – 577 101

Karnataka – INDIA

Phone : Office & Fax + 91-8262-28026

Residence +91-8262-30751

E-mail – dcfbhadra@vsnl.com

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests ( Wildlife )

Aranya Bhavan, Malleshwaram,

18th Cross, Bangalore – 560 003

Karnataka – INDIA

Phone : Office +91-80-3341993

Residence +91-80-3344839

Fax +91-80-3346839

E-mail – pccfwl@vsnl.com

4. Kemmangundi: Kemmangundi is a small hill station in the Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district. It raises around 1434m above sea level. It is located around 53 km from Chikmagalur. Kemmangundi was the summer retreat of earlier king of Mysore Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. There are many guest houses of government department on offer and nature lovers must stay there. The best I found is the Raj Bhavan – located at a higher point it offers a spectacular view of the surrounding hills.

Horticulture Department Guest House (at Kemmannugundi), Ph: 08261 37126.

Horticulture Department, Head Office, Lalbagh, Bangalore-560027. Ph: 91-80-6610181

Kemmangundi flower garden

In and around Kemmangundi:

Z point: Z-point is view point located around 8 kms from the guest houses in Kemmangundi. You have to trek to reach there. One can have a spectacular view from there.

Rose garden: The Rose garden is in Kemmangundi itself. The garden has a huge collection roses.

Hebbe Falls: Hebbe Falls is also around 8 km from Kemmangundi guest houses. You can either hire a vehicle or trek from a particular point.

Kallathi falls: Kallathi falls is small falls around Kemmangundi, around 10 km from there. One should take caution in monsoon season. There is also a small temple over there.

Kalahatti Falls

5. Ayyanakere: Ayyanakere is a large beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. It is located around 18 km from Chikmagalur town. On the hillocks there is a small temple built in Hoysala style.

ayyanakere

6. Horanadu: Horanadu is a small town with great natural beauty located 100 km from Chikmagalur, 75 km from Sringeri and 330 km from Bangalore. The famous Annapoorneshwari is located here. In this temple whoever visits is given free food and lodging.

horanadu picture

7. Kalasa: Kalasa is around 92 km from chikmagalur town located at the banks of river Bhadra. Here the Kalaseshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated. Other temples here include – Hanuman Temple, Venkataramana Temple, Ranjal Mahalakshmi Temple and

Vasishta Ashrama. The Pancha Teerthas a little distance from the town are interesting places. Read more ….

8. Belavadi: Belavadi is famous for the architectural exhibition of the Viranarayana temple built by the Hoysalas. It is located around 29 km from Chikmagalur town. Read more …..

9. Amritapura: Amritapura is located around 67 km from Chikmagalur town and is known for the wonderful Amriteshwara temple. The temple was built in 1196 by Amriteshwara Dandanayaka (commander) under Hoysala Veera Ballala II, Located in the close vicinity of the Bhadra River reservoir.

10. Sringeri: Sringeri located on the banks of river tunga is famous for the first math established by Adi Sharkaracharya, a Hindu saint who propagated Advaita Vedanta philosophy. The Sringeri Sharada Peetham is a big attraction here. Sringeri is located 88 km from Chikmagalur.

sringeri math

11. Mahatma Gandhi Park: Mahatma Gandhi park is a new addition to Chikmagalur town at the outskirts. It is good place to visit in the evening or little before sunset. There is a lotus pond and one can view whole Chikmagalur town from there.

Sunset

sunset view from Mahatma Gandhi park just outside chikmagalur town

Chickmagalur town view from Mahatma Gandhi park just outside chickmagalur town

Chickmagalur town view from Mahatma Gandhi park just outside chikmagalur town

July 2nd, 2008 by admin

Distance: 140 km from Bangalore and 35 km from Mysore

How to reach there: You can take a bus from either Bangalore or Mysore. Go for KSTDC package tour or hire your own vehicle.

The Somnathpur temple near to Mysore is an architectural marvel. The temple was built in Hoysala style by the Hoysala kings. The temple known as Keshava temple was completed in the year 1268 and inagurated by Hoysala king Narshima 3. The temple is star shaped and the structure is fully craved out of stones.

somnathpur temple, karnataka

somnathpur temple, karnataka

somnathpur temple, karnataka

July 2nd, 2008 by admin


Daria Daulat

Distance: 15 KM from Mysore, 124 KM from Bangalore

How to reach there: From Bangalore – Frequent KSRTC buses are available from Bangalore, by train or private vehicle. From Mysore – local buses, KSRTC buses, by train or by private vehicle

Where to Stay: Typically one need not stay there, as all the spots can be covered in a single day. However, if you would like to stay there are few places to stay there –
Hotel Mayura River View(08236 – 52114), Amblee resort, Fort View Resort, Balaji garden Resort etc

Where to Eat – Either near bus stand or you can have food at the restaurant in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

Srirangapatna was the capital of the then Mysore state during the time of Tipu Sultan. It is an island formed by river Cauvery. It was turned into a fortress by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The town is a historical treasure trove to explore. Typically if you start your tour in the morning by 9.30, you should be done by the evening. To see the places you can choose package tours from Bangalore/Mysore or reach Srirangapatna and hire an Auto rickshaw (Rs 300) or hire your own private vehicle. I will list the spots below:

1. Daria Daulat Bagh – Daria Daulat Bagh is the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. It has large landscaped garden out side and the palace features huge wall paintings of that period. Here you can see furniture and history of the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in the form of picture and description. Photography is prohibited inside. Entry fees is Rs 5 per person.

2. Gumbaz – This is the mausoleum of Tipu sultan’s family including his father Hyder Ali, his mother Fakr-Un-Nisa and Tipu Sultan, after his death in 1799 A.D. He died while fighting the British in the 4th battle of Mysore. It has a total of 50 acres. The outside garden area is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India and the actual tomb where the bodies lies is taken care by a Muslim committee. The guide told me as Tipu Sultan was known as sher – e  – mysore (tiger of mysore) the body of the tomb where Tipu Sultan, his father Hyder Ali and his mother lies is painted in the form tiger skin. It was constructed more than 200 years ago. There is also a mosque besides the main tomb.  On the right side of the mosque Tipu Sultan’s wife’s family and one his commander was buried. In front of the tomb you can see the flag of Tipu Sultan. On the backside of the tomb there were quarters for the soldiers of Tipu Sultan.

3. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple – The Ranganathaswamy temple is located inside the fort area. Here the deity is lord Ranganatha. It is from here Srirangapatna derives its name.

4. Sangam – Sangam(meet) is the join of the two tributeries of river cauvery at the other end of the Srirangapatna. It is a holy Place for the hindus and people take bath to do away with their sins. Also, one can go boating here. You can do little shopping there for wooden stuffs, handicrafts etc. This time I had one of the best Onion bhajji there (fry).

Watch out if you are looking to take bath at the ghat as people immerse various things like vermilion, offers puja etc. I suggest u take bath little ahead of the ghat.

5. Nimishamba Temple: Nimishamba is another name of goddess Durga. It is located on the bank of river Cauvery. It is said goddess Nimishamba grants wishes in a minutes (Nimisha in Kannada). If you would like to avoid long queue you can take the Rs 20 special entrance. Typically queues are not that long so special entrance may not be required.

6. Jumma Masjid – Jumma Masjid is a beautiful mosque built by Tipu Sultan in 1787. It has beautiful minarets and architecture as a whole. The Wesley bridge can seen from here.

7. Tipu Sultan’s Fort – The whole actual Srirangapatna town is a fortress but it is quite big and have many things to see. Take you time to re live the history. Check the place where Tipu died, Tipu’s Jail etc.

8. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary – As you can understand by the name it is a bird sanctuary surrounding River Cauvery. It is a very nice place to watch exotic birds, migratory birds, crocodile etc. Boating is also available here. This time I saw there they gave acquired new boats with sitting chairs.

Entry fees to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is Rs 50 person and people under age 15 have free entry. Also, you will have to foot parking fee. We took an auto and had to pay Rs 20 as parking fee.

The time between February and June is one of the best time to watch birds here. One my recent visit there with my friends, we walked through the wooded bank of river Cauvery and sighted thousands of birds from Pelicans, painted storks, bats, water crow (Neer kagi in Kannada). We also saw crocodiles. At one point when I was shooting the birds with my camera, suddenly a crocodile fetched a bird from a branch of a tree which little over the river water. New watch towers have been built for aerial view.


Water crow

To view the complete set of pictures visit, Travelingbeats Photo Gallery.

June 21st, 2008 by admin

Distance: Mysore is 140 Km from Bangalore

Journey Time: 3 hours by Bus, 2 and 1/2 hours – 3 hours by train and 2 and 1/2 hours by private vehicle

Route: Bangalore – Mysore state highway via Muddur, Mandya, Channapatna, Srirangapatna

How to reach there: Throughout the day KSRTC buses are available from the Majestic bus stand. Economy Suvarna buses cost Rs 75 per head, Rajhamsha buses(deluxe with push back seat) Rs 100 per head, a/c bus without push back Rs 160 and Airavatha(A/c volvo super deluxe bus) Rs 190 per head. Half ticket for kids below 12 years.  Buses are available every half an hour.

where to stay: Budget Hotels – Hotel Gupta(0821 – 2449002), Hotel Gayathri (opposite railway station, 2425654), Hotel Kalinga(opposite city bus stand, K.R circle 2431310, 070, 019), Hotel Ritz (B.N road, 2422668, 2429082)

Average Hotels: Hotel Shringar International(0821 – 2493294), KSTDC Mayura Yatri Nivas (Karnataka government run hotel at No. 2, Jhansi Laxmi Bai Road, ph – 2423492), KSTDC Mayura Hoysala (No. 2, Jhansi Laxmi Bai Road, ph -2425349, 2425597)

Luxuary Hotels: Nalapad Residency(New Bannimantap Extn, ph – 2491117), Lalitha Mahal Palace(ph – 2526100 to 2526198), The Viceroy( ph – 2424001, 2428001), Hotel ramanashree

Where to eat: Kairali Hotel (opposite KSRTC bus stand, ph – 2434211), Hotel kalinga (opposite to city bus stand)

Mysore is known as the heritage city of Karnataka and is the cultural center. Before independence(1947) it was the kingdom of Mysore and were ruled by the Wodeyar kings. The city of Mysore has a royal touch all over. There are a lots of things to see in and around Mysore. Lets start with Mysore:

1. Mysore Palace: The is the royal palace of the Mysore Wodeyar kings. The palace is a majestic building in the heart of Mysore city. It is a must see for the tourists. Entry fee Rs 20 per head and kinds below 12 years seems to be free. Photography inside the palace is prohibited, so please deposit your camera at the camera deposit counter for Rs 5. Also, you need to open you shoes before entering the palace. shoe/bad deposit counter are available. 1 pair of shoe 50 paise and 1 bag Rs 3. Read more…..

mysore palace

To view more pictures, click here.

2. Chamundi Hills: Chamundi hills is abode of goddes Chamundeshwari (goddes Durga). Hindu mythology has it that a demon Mahishasura was killed by goddes durga on this hills. These hills rises more than 3,800 feet. Atop the hills there is a temple of goddes Chamundeshwari and on the way down one can see a monolithic statue of Nandi(bull). There also various other small temples on these hills. One can get a panaromic view of all Mysore city from here. One remainder, please be cautious of money menace. Parking fee is Rs 10. Buses are available from the city bus stand, cost Rs 15 for ordinary buses and Rs 25 for Volvo buses.

chamundi hills

To view more pictures, click here.

3. Brindavan garden: The Brindavan garden is one of the most beautiful ornamental gardens one can see. It also features various fountains and a musical fountain show in the evening. Idealy one should visit here by the evening. After dark it is a treak to the eyes. Earlier one could walk on the dam but now that is prohibited due to security. Entry fees is Rs 25, camera fee is Rs 50 amd Video camera Rs 100. Buses are available from city bus stand – ordinary bus cost Rs 10 and volvo buses cost Rs 35.

Brindavan garden is just besides Krishnaraja Sagar dam(KRS) on river Cauvery. The fountains harness the water pressure from the dam. The dam was constructed under the guidance of Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Dewan of Mysore.

brindavan garden

To view more pictures, click here.

4. Sri Jayachmarajendra Art Gallery: Earlier known as Jagmohon palace was convert to this art gallery in 1875. The art gallery is one of the best in India and is unique in style. It is located opposite the city bus stand.

5. Mysore Zoo: The Mysore zoo is popular tourist destination among the locals as well as outsiders. The zoo has been quite well kept and animals seems to be in good condition. The zoo has a nice website, check the tariffs there. Tuesday is weekly holiday and is open from 8 am to 5.30 pm.

6. Karanji Lake: Karanji lake is one of the oldest water bodies in Mysore. After it revival, it has transformed into huge tourist attraction. Once can see migratory birds, butterfly park, do boating. The Regional Museum of Natural History is nearby. To check tariff and other info click here.

karanji lake, mysore

Courtesy: Nagesh Kamath

There are quite a few ways to see Mysore you can try like bus, auto, package tour and hired vehicle. If you are alone I suggest you go for package tour which cost around Rs 80 – 100 per head. If you are a group of 4 or more, then I suggest you hire a taxi which will show you all places in Mysore and nearby Srirangapatna for Rs 800 – 1000. Do bargain to get a good price and hire directly from the taxi stand near the KSRTC bus stand.

One of the best time to visit Mysore is during Dassera, when the city turns into a grand festival. However, make sure you book your hotel well in advance, if you visit around this time.

Also, visit the Mysore official tourism website: http://www.mysoretourism.org/

Around Mysore

1. Srirangapatna

2. Nanjangud

3. B.R Hills

4. M.M Hills

5. Talakadu

6. Balmuri and Edmuri falls

7. Bandipur National Park

8. Madhumalai Scantuary(Tamil nadu)

May 23rd, 2008 by admin

Resort stay is quite popular these days. Resorts offer quality lifestyle along with relaxation. I found an article by manishamalla narrating their “Georgia Sunshine Village Resort” stay near Shivanasamudra. This resort may not offer that much of luxuary but you can enjoy rudimentary lifestyle away from citylife. Check the route map. No more from my side, I would let you read the article in verbatim.

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