Bangalore Mysore Tour
Day 01: Arrive Bangalore – Madikeri (Coorg), 280 km
Upon arrival at Bangalore airport meet with our representative and leave for the hill station Madikeri, the district headquarters of Coorg (Kodagu). It was previously known as Muddurajakeri which was named after the first ruler Mudduraja from this place since 1681, later it became Madikeri. It is the most picturesque town of Coorg having lots of picnic spots in and around. It is very popular hill station among the tourist. It is situated at an altitude of 1061 mt which features a tropical highland climate and lies in the Western Ghats.
Madikeri is often referred to as the Scotland of India for its very beautiful hill station with mild climate during the summer. For its scenic spots sometimes referred to as Mini Kashmir.
Upon arrival check into the hill resort. Evening free at this blessing place, the gift of God presented here. Overnight stay at resort.
Day 02: Madikeri
This morning we will go on a half day excursion around Madikeri visiting The Madikeri Palace or Fort, Omkareshwar Temple, Raja’s seat, Abbi etc, which are located in very close vicinity.
First we will visit Raja’s seat – locate just 1 ½ km from Madikeri, this is one of the most enchanting place in Madikeri, and once it was the preferred place of recreation for the Rajas and hence was permanently associated with them. It is built on a high level ground with a commanding view of the cliffs and valleys to the west. Once can have the enchanting views of the sunrise and sunset from here.
Later we will drive to visit the Abbi falls – located around 8 kms from the town of Madikeri, is situated between coffee plantations, spice estates and green trees where several streams join from the mountains and gush down to join the Kaveri River. Abby cascades 70 ft down to flow as a small river and the falls appear suddenly, the water cascading over rocks into calm pools. Enjoy the gushing, roaring beauty but a desire to take a dip in the cool waters may prove to be risky.
While returning we will visit Omkareshwar temple – it is located just 1 km from the heart of the Madikeri. In 1820 a significant building built by Linga Rajendra was Omkareshwara temple. It has both Islamic and Gothic style of architecture. There is a tank in front of the temple & a footpath leading to a small “Mantap”. According to the legends, the Shiva Lingam worshipped in the temple has been imported from the sacred city of Varanasi.
The Madikeri Palace or Fort – the palace of the erstwhile kings located inside the Madikeri For and now it houses the offices of the Deputy Commissioner of Coorg. The museum inside the fort is run by the state archaeology department. The museum is a source of many antiques of Coorg. The original mud fort was rebuilt in stone by Tipu Sultan. Two life-size elephants made of mortar. Once can also visit the Mahatma Gandhi Public Library, the Kote Maha Ganapathi temple and the district prison all are located inside the fort.
Later return to the resort for lunch. Enjoy the rest of the day in the lap of nature. Overnight stay at resort.
Day 03: Madikeri
Morning completely on your disposal to enjoy the nature at its best. Memories of the visit to Coorg will linger in you for the rest of your life.
After having lunch we will go on exploration to the little town of Kakkabe, which is a perfect getaway from city hustle–bustle. The town is also the largest producer of honey in South East Asia.
Here we will visit the Nalknad palace – situated just bottom of the Thadiyandamol hill, it was built by Dodda Viraraja in 1792. The palace provide a valued visit and enthralls everybody with its eye-catching paintings and marvelous architecture. Earlier it was used as a hunting lodge, it is not a palace in the usual meaning. The palace has intricate wood carvings all around the structure.
We will also visit the Padi Igguthappa temple which is the holiest Kodava shrine. It is one of most important temple of Kodavas – the tribal inhabitants in Kakkabe, is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. The devotees believe in the miracles by Igguthappa, where anyone can ask for anything from this super power God.
One can make a visit to Thadiyandamol, Coorg’s highest peak for the breathtaking picturesque view (On a clear day, one can even view the distant Arabian sea from here).
Later return to the resort. Evening enjoy the activities offered by the accommodation. Overnight stay at resort.
Day 04: Madikeri – Ooty, 221 km
After breakfast leave for Ooty. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stya at hotel.
Day 05: Ooty
Morning post breakfast we will go on half day sightseeing tour around Ooty visiting its botanical garden- The Government Botanical Garden, Udhagamandalm was established in 1848. The Gardens have around a thousand species, both exotic and indigenous, of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants. In the centre of the Gardens lie a fossilized tree trunk estimated to be 20 million years old.
Also visit Ooty Lake – it is an artificial lake constructed by John Sullivan, in 1824. The water flowing down mountain streams in the Ooty valley was dammed to form the lake. The lake is surrounded by groves of Eucalyptus trees with a railway line running along one shore. During the summer season in May, boat races and boat pageantry are organised for two days.
Doddabetta peak- It is the second highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills, at 2637 metres (8650 feet), after Anaimudi. There is a reserved forest area around the peak. It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the summit.
Hindustan photo films factory – The HPF is not a usual fascinating tourist spot in Ooty but in fact is an industrial unit situated at a distance of about 5 km from the popular Ooty Railway Station. The Hindustan Photo Films covers an area of 300 acres and is known for manufacturing a number of film products.
Later return to the hotel for Lunch. Rest of the day at leisure and participate in the activities offered by the accommodation. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06: Ooty – Mysore, 125 km
After breakfast drive to Mysore. Upon arrival check into the hotel.
After fresh-n-up sightseeing tour of Mysore. Mysore, 770 m above sea level, is the imperial city which was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars. The legend takes its name from a famous demon called Mahishasur, a great warrior who ruled as a tyrant until he was killed by the goddess Chamundeshwari. Mysore as we see today is most famous for the imposing Royal Palace with a magnificent Durbar Hall, particularly splendid during the Dussehra Festival when the Maharaja’s jewelry, studded gold throne (weighing 200 kgs) is on display. Chamundeshwari temple perched on a hilltop is 2000 years old, Nandi Bull half way to the hill is a 4.8 meter monolith. 19 km north-west of Mysore is the KRS Dam and the ornamental Brindavan Gardens. The musical fountains and colorful lights transform this place into a fairly land in the evenings. Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Mysore – Bangalore – Departure
After breakfast leave for Bangalore. Upon arrival transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward destination.