Places Near Mysore/Mysuru

Places Near Mysore/Mysuru

Places Near Mysore

This post gives an exhaustive list of places near Mysore/Mysuru. It is categorized based on distance from Mysore. Places near Mysore within 100 kms, 200 kms, 300 kms, 400 kms can be easily on this post. We has listed some of the best tourist attractions to visit near Mysore. Great places can be easily found here based on different interests like Adventure, Beach, Romantic, Hill Stations, Waterfalls, Wildlife, Liesure, Historical and Spiritual.

Places to visit near Mysore within 100 kms

Places near Mysore within 100 kms is an ideal getaway for a day trip. These places are easily accessible from Mysore. If you are planning for a one day trip from Mysore or a team outing near Mysore, these are ideal and popular choices. There are many choices available depending on the interests. Several one day trips from Mysore can be planned to these places located near Mysore. The places in the order of their distance from Mysore city and attractions is as listed. Places near Mysore within 100 kms – Mysore – 1 kms, Balmuri and Edmuri Falls – 17 kms,
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary – 18 kms, Srirangapatna – 21 kms, Kunti Betta – 35 kms,
Talakadu – 48 kms, Melkote – 80 kms, Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta – 85 kms,
Nagarahole National Park – 89 kms, Bandipur National Park – 98 kms

Places to visit near Mysore within 200 kms

Places near Mysore within 200 kms is ideal for a weekend getaway. Several day trips from Mysore can be planned based on interests. There are many places which are accessible from Mysore city with good connectivity within 200 kms. One day team outing from Mysore or a one day trip from Mysore with friends can be planned to these places within 200 kms. Many one day itinerary from Mysore and weekend getaways from Mysore city can be created using the places listed here. The places in the order of their distance from Mysore city within 200 kms is as listed. Places near Mysore within 200 kms – Iruppu falls – 108 kms, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary – 114 kms, Madikeri – 118 kms, Masinagudi – 118 kms, Abbey Falls – 123 kms, Mekedaatu – 124 kms, Savandurga – 126 kms, Dodda Alada Mara – 130 kms, Wayanad – 130 kms, Mandalpatti – 135 kms, Tadiandamol – 137 kms, Pushpagiri – 139 kms, Avalanche, Ooty – 145 kms, Ooty – 147 kms, Kukke Subramanya – 150 kms, Halebeedu – 150 kms, Shooting Point, Ooty – 152 kms, Bhagamandala – 153 kms, Belur – 156 kms, Pykara falls – 157 kms, Pykara boathouse – 157 kms, Talakaveri – 161 kms, Sri Veeranarayana temple, Belavadi – 162 kms, Emarald Lake, Ooty – 163 kms, Coonoor – 166 kms, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary – 199 kms, Mullayyanagiri – 200 kms.

Places to visit near Mysore within 300 kms

Places near Mysore within 300 kms is an ideal getaway for a weekend getaway. Several two day trips from Mysore can be planned based on interests. There are many places which are accessible from Mysore city with good connectivity within 300 kms. 2 day itineraries from Mysore or weekend getaways from Mysore can be created using the places listed here. The places in the order of their distance from Mysore city within 300 kms is as listed. Places near Mysore within 300 kms – Baba Budangiri – 215 kms, Kemmannugundi – 216 kms, Bekal Fort – 236 kms, Sirimane falls – 236 kms, Kalasa – 244 kms, Horanadu – 251 kms, Sringeri – 265 kms, Kudremukh – 266 kms, Sakrebailu Elephant Camp – 275 kms.

Places to visit near Mysore within 400 kms

Places near Mysore within 400 kms is an ideal getaway for a three day trip / four day trip. Several three day trips/ four day trips from Mysore can be planned based on interests. There are many places which are accessible from Mysore city with good connectivity within 400 kms. 3 day itineraries from Mysore / 4 day itineraries from Mysore can be created using the places listed here. The places in the order of their distance from Mysore city within 400 kms is as listed. Places near Mysore within 400 kms – Honnemaradu – 345 kms, Kollur – 357 kms, Maravanthe – 361 kms, Kodachadri – 374 kms, Marari Beach – 380 kms, Alleppey – 389 kms.

Mysore

Mysore is one of the most popular and must see places in India. It draws loads and loads of tourists throughout the year due to it’s rich heritage. The palaces in Mysore are an architectural wonder. The Brindavan gardens located in KRS dam houses a beautiful botanical garden which includes a musical fountain. Chamundi hills attracts hoards of Hindu devotees. St. Philomena’s church is popular among Christians. Mysore zoo is another tourist attraction.

Mysore tourist attractions

Mysore palace or Ambavilas Palace

Mysore Palace or Ambavilas Palace is located in the heart of the Mysore city and is a magnificent palace of all the palaces in Mysore. Mysore, which is also called as the City of Palaces, was once ruled by the Wodeyars family, from this palace. The history of this palace dates back to 14th century, when it was first built and has been architecturally renewed and rebuilt multiple times since then. The palace which we see now was built in 1912. This is one of the top places near Mysore that everybody loves to visit and should be seldom missed.

The palace is completely lit during Sundays, National holidays and State festivals from 7 pm to 8 pm. It’s a treat for the eyes to watch a magnificent palace completely lit against the dark sky in the night. Approximately 1 lakh bulbs are used for this purpose! No words can do justice to the splendid view. It’s a heaven on earth when its lit. There are around 12 temples in the palace, oldest of which dates back to 12th century.

Dasara festival

The whole city of Mysore wears a celebratory look during Dasara. All the raods are lit up to add to the excitement of the festival. The palace is the venue for the world famous Dasara festival, which is held for 10 days every year in September/October. The festival celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga, after she slew the demon Mahishasura, which symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.

Lalitha Mahal

This palace was built in the year 1921 by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV for the Viceroy of India. It is a magnificient structure, white in colour with Italian influence in architecture.

Jaganmohan Palace

In the year 1861, the older Mysore palace was destroyed in a fire. Since most of the palace was built in wood, very little remained of it. It was during this time that the then ruler Krishnaraja Wodeyar III built this palace as an alternate place for the royal family. Jayachamarajendra Art gallery was setup at this place in 1915.

Krishna Raja Sagara

This place is more popularly called the KRS. It was built by Sir M. Vishvesvaraya in 1924. The dam is built across the river Kaveri which is a lifeline river for farmers in the Mysore Mandya belt. It is the main source of water for Mysore city and accounts for drinking water supply to Bengaluru.

Brindavan Gardens

Attached to KRS is a botanical garden called Brindavan gardens. It is a very popular picnic spot. There is also a musical fountain which is another attraction.

Chamundi hills

Chamundi hill houses the popular Chamundi temple. It has an elevation of 1000 mt. Small trek leading to Chamundi temple is quite popular. Panoramic view of Mysore can be seen from the top of this hill.

St Philomena’s Church

This church was built in the year 1956 using the Neo Gothic style of Architecture. It was built in honour of St. Philomena.

Mysore Zoo

Mysore zoo is one of the first zoos in India established in the year 1892. It is very popular and is located on the outskirts of Mysore city. The zoo is home to a wide variety of wild animals. Expect this place to be jam-packed over the weekends as this is widely picked as one of the must-visit places near Mysore.

Things to do in Mysore

  • Visit Mysore atleast once during Dasara time to enjoy the grand splendor the city has to offer. The whole city wears a festive look. Visit the palace and see the world famous Jamboo Savari.
  • Visit and explore the Mysore palace. If time permits, visit  Jaganmohan palace, Lalitha Mahal palaces.
  • Visit the KRS dam. Enjoy the walk upto the Brindavan gardens or take a boat ride.
  • Enjoy the greenery and the park setup in Brindavan Gardens. Indulge in the musical fountain programme during the evenings.
  • Trek the Chamundi hill. Take the journey enroute preferably during sunset and enjoy the panoramic view of Mysore. This is especially a treat during Dasara or public holidays when the palace is lit up. It is a treat to watch the lightings from a distance. Take blessings from Lord Chamundeshwari at Chamundi temple.
  • Visit the Mysore zoo
  • Visit St. Philomena’s church.

Balmuri and Edmuri Falls

Balmuri and Edmuri Falls is 17 kms from Mysore. Balmuri and Edmuri falls are two small waterfalls located near Mysore city. In this area, the Kaveri (Cauvery) river flows across a wide rocky bed causing a mini-waterfall and that’s the reason one may not find gushing water here.

These are excellent picnic spots for one-day getaways from monotonous city life. It’s usually crowded during summer and a best (and dangerous) place to visit post monsoon.

There is also an ancient Ganesha Temple nearby Balmuri and Edmuri falls which one can visit.

Balmuri and Edmuri falls tourist attractions

Balmuri Falls

In Kannada, “Bala” means “right” and “Muri” means “cut”. The Kaveri (Cauvery) river takes a right at this spot and hence the name. This place is surrounded by paddy fields which one can see enroute. Balmuri falls is usually more crowded than Edmuri falls.

Edmuri falls

Edmuri falls is located around 500 meters to the east of Balmuri falls. This place is lot quieter and less explored compared to the Balmuri falls.

Things to do in Balmuri and Edmuri falls

  • Soak in water and have a wonderful time in the water.
  • Take a boat ride.
  • Enjoy the view of the wide rocky river bed.
  • Visit Ganesha temple nearby.

Tourist guidelines for Balmuri and Edmuri falls

  • Avoid going deep into the water as it gets slippery and out of control.
  • Avoid carrying eatables in your hand as there is a monkey menace at this place.

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary is 18 kms from Mysore. Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary is 130 kms from Bangalore. Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary spans an area of 1 sq km. In this area, there are six islets on the banks of the river Kaveri. The bird sanctuary is just 3 kilometers away from the historic town of Srirangapatna. Ranganthittu is the largest bird sanctuary in the state. The season to visit the park is from November to June. The best time to watch migratory birds is usually December.

History

This sanctuary was setup by Dr. Salim Ali, one of the most celebrated ornithologists in India. It was setup in 1940. Dr. Salim Ali discovered that the isles of this region was an important nesting ground for birds. He convinced the then rules, the Wodeyars of Mysore to declare this a wildlife sanctuary.

Ranganthittu tourist attractions

Bird watching

Prominently seen birds include Painted Storks, Common Spoonbill, Wooly-necked stork, Indian Shag, Stork-billed Kingfisher etc. Other birds include The Great Stone Plover, River Tern, Streak-throated Swallows. Birds can be observed from the shores. A good binocular will help in better birds spotting.

Boat tour of Ranganthittu sanctuary

The boat ride of the isles are a popular attraction at Ranganthittu. The ride gives a great view of the resting birds. Apart from the birds, one can get a good view of the crocodiles, otters and bats.

Things to do in Ranganthittu

  • Enjoy the surroundings and bird sigthings. Spend time in the park.
  • Take a boat ride. It offers wonderful opportunities for bird sighting.

Srirangapatna

Srirangapatna is 21 kms from Mysore. Srirangapatna is a small town of palaces, forts and temple. The whole town is surrounded by river Kaveri to form a river island. It assumed strategic importance right from the time of the Vijayanagar empire. It was here that the regions of Mysore, Talakad and other regions of South India were overseen. The fort of Srirangapatna held great significance since it was closest fort to the captial city of Mysore during those days. Srirangapatna was the capital of the Mysore empire under the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan.

Srirangapatna tourist attractions

Sri Ranganathaswamy temple

The temple is built in honour of Lord Adi Ranganatha, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the five Pancharanga Kshetrams along the river Kaveri of Lord Ranganatha. Srirangapatna derives it’s name from this temple. It is a popular temple visited by thousands of devotees every year.

Daria Daulat Bagh

Daria Dault Bagh is a summer palace built by Tippu Sultan in the year 1794. It has Indo Sarcenic style of architecture built mostly in teak wood. Daria Daulat gardens built around Daria Daulat Bagh has a wonderfully groomed garden.

Gumbaz

It is a mausoleum housing the remains of Tippu Sultan, his father Hyder Ali and his mother Fathima Begum. The structure is built in Persian style. Many of Tippu’s relatives are buried in the gardens surrounding the structure. This place was renovated in 1855 by Lord Dalhousie, the then Governer General of India.

Srirangapatna Fort

Situated at the west side of the island, the fort is surrounded by double walls. The point at which British entered the fort by breaking the fort walls is highlighted. Another important monument is the place where Tippu Sultan was killed by British forces. There is also a dungeon where British soldiers were held captive by Mysore rulers.

Srirangapatna Triveni Sangama

There rivers Kaveri, Kabini and Hemavati merge at this place, hence the name sangama.

Things to do in Srirangapatna

  • Visit the Ranganathaswamy temple and get blessings of Adi Ranga.
  • Visit Daria Daulat Bagh and the stroll across the gardens surrounding the structure.
  • Visit Gumbaz, the final resting place of Tippu.
  • Visit the Srirangapatna fort.

Kunti Betta

Kunti Betta is 35 kms from Mysore. Kunti Betta is located in the Pandavapura district town of Mandya district. Pandavapura literally means the town of the Pandavas. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed here briefly during their 14 years of exile. This place was called as the French Rocks as the French army camped here when they came here to support Tipu Sultan during his fight against the British. After, Independence the locals called the two hilly rocks as Kunti betta.

Kunti Betta tourist attractions

Kunti Betta Trek

Kunti betta trek is very popular. There is a small temple at the base of the hill. There is also a small lake call Kunti Kund.

Kunti Betta Night Trek

Kunti betta Night trek is a popular attraction. It is one of the places where night trek is allowed. The sunrise from the hill is quite a sight. The trek can be followed by some fun in the water at Kunti Kund.

Things to do in Kunti Betta

  • Trek the Kunti Betta. If possible, do a night trek.
  • Enjoy the view the trek offers.
  • Visit the temple at the base.
  • Enjoy the waters at Kunti Kund.

Talakadu

Talakadu is 48 kms from Mysore.

Talakadu is a historical town located on the banks of the river Cauvery. There are several temples in Talakadu. The town was a thriving township in the earlier days. Legends says that the once thriving township is now a sand desert due to the curse of Alamelamma on the Mysore Wodeyar dynasty. The curse was a three fold one stating “Let Talakadu become barren sand, let Malangi become a whirlpool, let the Mysore rajas not have children”. It is to be noted that this curse still holds good today as several tonnes of sand is deposited in Talakadu every year and Mysore rulers always have problem identify the next heir to the throne. Even today Talakadu attracts thousands of devotees to it’s temples.

Talakadu tourist attractions

Temples

Many temples in Talakadu are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Of these, Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaidhyanatheshwara and Mallikarjuna temples have idols representing the five faces of Lord Shiva. In honor of these temples, a grand event is organised once in every 12 years called Panchalinga Darshana. It is held on a full moon day in the month of Karthika.

Cauvery River Bank

The Cauvery river bank in Talakadu is like a beach as there is sand along the stretch which makes it interesting.

Boating

There are boats offering rides which is fun. However, it is better to exercise caution if the current of the river is strong.

Things to do in Talakadu

  • Enjoy the drive to the place.
  • Visit the temples and seek divine blessings.
  • Spend time on the river banks and enjoy the sand.
  • Take a boat ride.

Melkote

Melkote is 80 kms from Mysore. Melkote is a temple town located in the Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district. There are two popular temples in Melkote – Cheluvanarayana Swamy temple and Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple. The whole place is located on a hill range known as Yadugiri at an altitude of 3589 ft. This place has references in Hindu mythology. It is said that the great saint Ramanuja lived in this place for 14 years.

Melkote tourist attractions

Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Cheluvana Narayana Swamy. The diety is unique in a way because both Rama and Krishna and his descendants were great devotees of the lord. The temple recieved the attention of the Wodeyars of Mysore as they richly decorated the temple with their contributions of jewels and crowns.

Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Yoga Narasimha. Mythology says that Lord Prahlad himself was responsible for establishing the idol of the diety in this place.

Kalyani and Rayagopura

The temple has a wide Kalyani, also called as Pushkarani. It is a water tank built beautifully with steps and mantaps all around. Rayagopura is another attraction in Melkote.

Things to do in Melkote

  • Visit the temples of Cheluvanarayana Swamy and Yoga Narasimha.
  • Visit the Kalyani and Rayagopura in Melkote.
  • Enjoy the architecture and soak in the history of the place.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is 85 kms from Mysore. “Hima” means fog in Kannada “Gopalaswamy” is the name of the Lord Krishna worshiped in the temple. “Betta” means hill. Hence the name “Himavadgopalaswamy Betta”. The place is surrounded by lush greenery all around and there is dense fog which forms in this place throughout the year. It is the highest point in the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 1450 m.

There is a motorable road upto the top of the hill. However, personal vehicles are not allowed. One has to park the vehicle at the base of the hill. There are KSRTC vehicles which take visitors to the top of the hill and back.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta timings – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The timings is to minimise disturbance to widlife.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta tourist attractions

Gopalaswamy temple

The temple is located at the top of the hill. It houses Lord Krishna. It is a great experience to seek the blessings of the Lord amidst the wonderful surroundings.

Nature and Wildlife

The Western Ghats are one of the exotic scenic locations in South India. Located in the Bandipur National Park, this place offers a wonderful view of the nature. Surise and Sunset are a spectacle to watch from here. Elephant sightings are quite common in this region. The fog adds it’s own flavour to the experience. It is a great place to spend some time.

Things to do in Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

  • Enjoy the journey enroute.
  • Enjoy the view from the place and soak into the experience of the place.
  • Visit the Venugopalaswamy temple.

Nagarahole National Park

Nagarahole National Park is 89 kms from Mysore. Nagarahole National Park is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The National park spans across two districts of Karnataka, Mysore and Kodagu and extends till Kerala. It occupies an area of 642 sq km. It was declared a Tiger reserve in 1999. The Kabini reservoir separates the Bandipur National park and Nagarahole National Park. The vegetation is predominantly deciduous forests.

Nagarahole National Park tourist attractions

Nature and Wildlife

The National park encompasse a wide variety of flora and fauna. Tigers, Indian Bison(Gaur) and Elephants are found in considerable numbers. Spotted Deers are a common sighting in the park. Other animals include Grey Mongoose, Barking Deer, Sloth bears, Chital, Jackals, Giant Malabar Squirrel, Four Horned Antelopes etc. Over 270 species of birds have been identified to be present in this area including the endangered Oriental White Ibis, Darters, Red Headed Vulture, Grey Headed Fish Eagle. The park is also home to reptiles like Mugger, Rat Snake, Rusell’s Viper, Wolf Snake,etc.

Nagarahole National Park timings

These are the timings to enter the National Park.

Morning: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Evening: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Things to do in Nagarhole National Park

  • Enjoy the journey enroute. A drive through the forest itself is a pleasurable experience.
  • Stay in any of the accomodations available.
  • Take a Jungle Safari to spot some wild animals.

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park is 98 kms from Mysore.

Bandipur National Park is a tiger reserve founded in the year 1974. Geographically, it is located in Gundlupet taluk of Chamarajanagar distrct and spans an area of 874 sq miles. Bandipur National Park is home to various endangered species of Flora, Fauna and mammals. This park is located in the popular Mysore – Ooty route which experiences heavy traffic.

Bandipur National Park tourist attractions

Flora, Fauna and Mammals

Various kinds of timber trees like rosewood, sandalwood, Indian Kino tree, etc can be found here. Endangered species like tiger, Indian elephants, sloth bears, four horned antelopes, jackals are some of the animals found.

Jungle Safari

Safari is another popular tourist attractions here. Safari timings are between 6:30 am to 9:30 am in the morning and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the evening.

Things to do in Bandipur National Park

  • Enjoy the drive in the forest. Animal sigthings are quite common.
  • Stay in any of the available accomodations to enjoy the beauty the forest has to offer.
  • Enjoy the Safari ride.

Iruppu falls

Iruppu falls is 108 kms from Mysore. Iruppu falls is located in the Brahmagiri region of Kodagu disctrict of Karnataka. This waterfall is one of the primary attractions of Kodagu and is easily accessible by road. Legend says that during the time of Ramayana, Lakshmana shot an arrow in the Brahmagiri hills which brought the Lakshmana thirtha river into existence. Hence this falls is also known as Lakshmana Theertha falls.

Tourist attractions at Iruppu falls

Waterfall

Water plunges from a height of 60 ft amidst the greenary to provide a spectacular view. The waterfall and surrounding greenery brings in hoards of tourists. Though the falls is perennial, during summer the water falls becomes a thin line. But during monsoon and post monsoon, Iruppu falls provides a grand spectacle. There is a forest trail which starts from here to reach Brahmagiri peak.

Rameshwara Temple

This place has holy associations as well. It is believed that Lord Rama himself established this temple in honour of Lord Shiva. This temple attracts lot of pilgrims during the festival of Shivaratri.

Things to do in Iruppu falls

  • Enjoy the journey enroute.
  • Have a great time in the waterfall.
  • Visit the Rameshwara temple.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is 114 kms from Mysore. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary derives its name from Brahmagiri Peak, which is the highest point in this region. The sanctuary occoupies an area of 181 sq. km. It stretches from Kodagu district of Karnataka state on the north to Wayanad district of Kerala in the south.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary tourist attractions

Nature and Wildlife

This well forested area has flora and fauna in abundance. Bamboo is present here in abundance. The sanctuary composes of evergreen and semi-evergreen forests. Wildlife include Tiger, Elephants, King Cobra,Mouse Deer,Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Wild Dog, Giant Flying Squirrel, Sloth Bear, Wild Pig, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Langur, Slender Loris, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Barking Deer,  Malabar Giant Squirrel,  Nilgiri Marten, Common Otter, Brown Mongoose, Civets, Porcupine, Pangolin, Python etc. The sanctuary is home to several species of birds. Emerald dove, black bulbul and Malabar trogon are the rare species of birds found here.

Brahmagiri Peak

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary gets its name from this peak. The peak has an altitude of 1607 m. This peak is a trekkers paradise. There are two routes to the peak, one starting from Iruppu falls in Karnataka and the other starting from Thirunelli in Kerala. To undertake this trek, permission from Srimangala Forest Range Office and Thirunelli Forest Range Office is compulsary. Srimangala, Kutta and Gonikoppal are the nearest towns to Brahmagiri peak. The trek distance is around 7 to 8 km. The terrain is flat and not so difficult to climb making it ideal for beginner trekkers.

Pakshipathalam or Munikal

This place is located at an altitude of 1740 m. Popularly known as Pakshipathalam in Kerala, it is known by the name of Munikal in Karnataka. It is believed the saints of yesteryears visited this cave for penance.

Things to do in Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Enjoy the great surroundings enroute.
  • Trek the Brahmagiri peak.

Madikeri

Madikeri is 118 kms from Mysore. Madikeri is a beautiful hill station located in the Western Ghats. It is the headquarters of Kodagu District.

Madikeri tourist attractions

Abbey Falls

Abbey falls is a picnic spot 5 km away from Madikeri. The Water falls from a height of 70 ft amidst huge boulders to offer a great view.

Mandalpatti

Mandalpatti is a scenic place. A walk in this place is mesmerising. The great view of the pushpagiri hill range amidst the dark and white cloulds provide a great experience of being with the nature. There are jeeps available to reach this place from Abbey falls. There are jeeps available from the Madikeri bus stand too.

Raja Seat

This is a popular view point. There is a garden surrounding it. It used to be the favourite spot for Kings of Kodagu and hence the name. The structure is a small square with pillar four pillars. It is located in a vantage point and hence we can have an enchanting view of the surrounding hills and valleys. Below the structure, there is a viewing point for visitors. There is a beautiful garden build around Raja seat. On the left side of the garden, there is a small path which leads to two other view points.

Madikeri Fort

Madikeri fort is in existence since the last quarter of 17th century. The fort and a palace was built by Mudduraja during his tenure. Subsequently, this fort has been captured by many rulers. Tippu Sultan renovated this fort in granite and renamed it as Jaffarabad. Mysore ruler, Lingaraja Wodeyar II also made some renovations.The British added a church in 1834. The fort is worth a visit. Two life size masonry elephants at the north east corner of the entrance is another attraction. Consider visiting this if you are planning to stay in Mysore for more than the weekend as this is one of the convenient places near Mysore to visit.

Omkareshwara Temple

Omkareshwara temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a history associated with the construction of this temple. King Lingarajendra killed a innocent Brahmin for his political advantage. The Brahmin’s spirit is said to have troubled the king in the form of Brahmarakshasa. The King was advised to construct a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva to overcome his troubles. The temple was constructed and the Shivalinga was brought and established here. The temple was named Omkareshwara. It is said the spirit stoped troubling the king once the temple was established. This temple has Islamic and Gothic styles of Architecture with dome and minarets. There is a small pond opposite to the temple.

Omkareshwara Temple timings

Morning – 6:30 AM to 12:00 pm

Evening – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Bhagamandala

Bhagamandala is the place where three rivers namely Kaveri, Kanika and Sujyothi meet. It is a popular pilgrim center and also a great picnic spot. There are steps which lead to Triveni Sangama. It is a common practice to visit Bhagamandala first before going to Talakaveri. Just beside Sangama, there is the beautiful Bhagandeshwara temple.

Things to do in Madikeri

  • Enjoy the journey enroute
  • Enjoy the wonderful view from Raja Seat especially during sunset.
  • Have fun at Abbey falls and enjoy the views at Mandalpatti
  • Visit the Madikeri fort
  • Visit the Omkareshwara temple
  • Take a holy bath in Bhagamandala and have prasadam at the temple.

Masinagudi

Masinagudi is 118 kms from Mysore. Masinagudi is a green heaven located near the Madhumalai tiger reserve in the Nilgiri hills. “Masina” is the name of a Hindu Godess, “Gudi” means a small temple. There is a temple located here and that is how the place derived it’s name. Nature, Wildlife, abundant species of mammals and birds, resorts, temple – This place has a lot to offfer. This region has become popular for resorts. There are around 40 resorts which operate in Masinagudi. There are reserved forest areas in this region which host a wide range of wildlife. This is an example where people and wildlife co-exist. There are a lot of trekking trails avaiable in this region for trek enthusiasts.

Masinagudi tourist attractions

Resort Stay

There are around 40 resorts which operate in Masinagudi. These resorts are located amidst wildlife and nature. A stay in one of these offers an enriching experience. It’s a common sight to see peacocks, deers and other animals in the property. It is often advised to people not to venture out in any of these properties in the night due to the presence of wild animals in the region.

Jungle Safari

There are safari’s organised in Masinagudi. If you are travelling from Bandipur, one can see that there are many local folks offering safari rides. Advise is not to take the. It is better to undetake safaris from recognised agents. Usually the resorts have safaris organised which is safe. There are two kinds of safaris, the one in the Madhumalai tiger reserve and the other in Masinagudi PM road. Both offer chances to sight elephants, snakes, porcupine, wild boars, deers etc, although tiger sigthing is quite rare. If one is serious about tiger sigthing, better chances are in Bandipur tiger reserve which organises safaris.

Safari timings :-

Morning – 6:30 am to 9:00 am.

Evening – 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Bird watching

There are a whole host of exotic species of birds found in the region. Some migratory birds come from as far as Europe. It’s a birdies paradise.

Elephant Camp

There is an elephant camp located in Masinagudi where Elephants are taken care of. These elephants are the ones rescued from wildlife, temples, etc. In the evening, around 5:00 pm the public is allowed to view the feeding of elephants. There is information provided about the elephants and its diet. It is a great opportunity to view these elephants upclose.

Tea, Coffee and Pepper plantations

The tea and coffee of the Nilgiris are very popular. Many resorts offer plantation visits which would include a tour of the tea/ cofee estate property and also a walk through the tea/ coffee factory.

Vibhootimalai temple and view point

Vibhootimalai is another view point. The place derives its name from the Vibhootimalai temple which is located at the top. The point is accessible through road and there is also a trek which can be taken from the other side. The point offers a good view of the valley.

Masinagudi temple

There is a 800 year old temple of Godess Masini. This is how the place derived it’s name.

Things to do in Masinagudi

  • Enjoy the stay and sink in the feeling of the place by staying in any of the resort options available. Living amidst nature and wildlife is an exhilerating experience.
  • Take the Jungle safari.
  • Bird watching is another interesting activity.
  • Take a trek to Vibhootimalai.
  • Visit the elephant camp around 5:00 pm to get upclose with the elephants and wath them feed.
  • Visit any of the tea / coffee plantations in the Nilgiris.

Abbey Falls

Abbey Falls is 123 kms from Mysore. Abbey falls is also known as Abbi falls and is located just 8 km away from Madikeri. It is one of the popular tourist attractions near Madikeri. The monsoon and the post monsoon seasons are the best seasons to visit this place as the water falls will be in its full glory. The falls is located enroute a private plantation. The small trek to reach the falls is worthwhile. A bridge has been erected opposite the falls to give a great view and oppurtunity to take photographs. There are warning signs which warn visitors against climbing the rocks and swimming. At the entrance of Abbe falls, there are many jeeps available which offer a ride to Mandalpatti.

Abbey Fall tourist attractions

Waterfall

Abbey falls is located in a private property. The water gushes down from a height of 70 ft. A small trek through coffee and cardomom plantations plantations takes us to the falls. The hanging bridge near the falls is an added attraction from where we can get a good view of the falls. The walk to the falls is pleasant experience.

Things to do in Abbey falls

  • Take the small trek to reach the falls
  • Enjoy the water falls
  • Take a jeep to visit Mandalpatti.

Mekedaatu

Mekedaatu is 124 kms from Mysore. Mekedatu (English translation: “Goat’s leap”), is a location along the Kaveri river near Kanakapura Taluk of Karnataka and is around 2 hours from Bangalore. There is a place called Sangama, which is around 3.5 kms from this place, where 2 rivers Arkavati and Kaveri meet. From this confluence point the river flows in narrow gorges and would reach a point where one would think that a goat can leap across it. Hence, the name.

The best time to visit Mekedatu would be post monsoon, when the Kaveri is full of water.

Mekedaatu Tourist attractions

Sangama

Sangama is around 3.5 kms before Mekedatu and is a confluence point of 2 rivers: Arkavati and Kaveri. There are buses available from Sangama to Mekedatu.

Chunchi falls

Chunchi falls is a waterfall which is located around 5kms before Sangama. The best time to visit Chunchi falls would be post monsoon.

Mekedatu Tourist guidelines

  • As the river flows ferrociously at Mekedatu, it is not advised to indulge in any water activities such as swimming. Even after tragic deaths that have happened in this spot, one can hardly find any warning signs.
  • The cliff is slippery during any given season near the narrow gorge.
  • There are crocodiles which inhabit this water, which makes it all the more dangerous.

Things to do in Mekedaatu

  • Enjoy the view of the surroundings of Sangama.
  • Take the boat road in Sangama to reach the other side.
  • Take the epic bus ride to reach Mekedaatu from Sangama. Alternate option is to walk 6 km to reach Mekedaatu.
  • Enjoy the view of river gushing through the rock formations at Mekedaatu.

Savandurga

Savandurga is 126 kms from Mysore. Savandurga is considered to be one among the largest monolithic hills in Asia. The hill raises 1226 m above the sea level. It is formed by two hills Karigudda (Black hill) and Biligudda(White hill). The place has temples, serene beauty. Savandurga is situated near Magadi and the remains of a fort build by ruler Kempegowda can be found atop the hill. The hills and caves are a delight for adventure seekers. The rocks here consists of granites, laterites, basic dykes and peninsular gneiss.

There are two ways in which this hill can be climbed. Either one can start the ascent from Karigudda. This route is steep and risky and is not recommended. The best way to scale the Savandurga peak is to go start climbing from Biligudda. Follow the electricity line which has been put up over the heal which leads till the peak. It is a good reference point during the trek.

Savandurga tourist attractions

Serene beauty of nature

The place is has beautiful scenary. It is a popular picnic spot. A walk in the surroundings feels pleasant. The sorroundings area is a dry deciduous forest which  cover 27 km²

Adventure

The monolithic rock attracts rock climbers. It provides for some good slab climbing routes. There are around 10 to 12 climbing routes. The most popular being Beladingalu and Simple Monkey day.

Sri Narasimha Swamy temple and Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy

There is an idol of Sri Narasimha at the Sri Narasimba Swamy temples where devotees flock in numbers. It has been worshipped for generations. There are meals offered in Verrabhadreshwara Swamy temple between 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The temple is less than a kilometer away from the base of the Savandurga hill.

Things to do in Savandurga

  • Trek the hill. Recommended route is Biligudda.
  • Enjoy the view from the hill
  • Visit Sri Narasimha Swamy temple and Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple. Plan so that you can have the prasadam(meal) offered in Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple.

 

Dodda Alada Mara

Dodda Alada Mara is 130 kms from Mysore. The name “Dodda Alada Mara” in Kannada means “The Big Banyan Tree”. The tree is 400 year old. The single tree covers approximately 3 acres of land. The Big Banyan tree has a crown circumference of 250 metres and it has more than a 1000 aerial roots. The tree has been well protected by fences and benches have been laid. It is one of the good picnic spots near Bangalore,  good for children to play and rest under the shade.

Dodda Alada Mara tourist attractions

Big Banyan tree and the Park

The main attraction is of course the “Big” banyan tree. The structure has been made into a park like structure, ideal for children to play and there are resting places created.

Things to do in Dodda Alada Mara

  • Take a tour of the big banyan tree.
  • Enjoy in the shade, relax in the lawns and spend some relaxed time.

Wayanad

Wayanad is 130 kms from Mysore. Wayanad literally means land of paddy fields. This picteresque plateau is situated amidst the Western Ghats in North Kerala. Wayanad district has many things to offer. From beautiful mountain ranges, to rivers, dams and a great weather. Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery, Manathavady, Pulppally are the major towns.

Wayanad tourist attractions

Neelimala

Neelimala is a trekkers paradise. There are several approaches to this view point which is located near Vaduvanchal in Wayanad. The view of the Meenumatti falls roaring down amidst the dense forests is a sight to watch.

Meenmutty waterfalls

Water falls from a height of 300 m in three stages to offer a spectacular view. Meenmutty falls is located near the highway which connects Ooty and Wayanad. It is the largest waterfall of Wayanad district.

Kanthanpara waterfalls

Kanthanpara is just 22 kilometers away from Kalpetta. The height of the waterfall is only 30 m high. This waterfall is very safe for playing in water. The surroundings of the waterfall is as beautiful as the falls.

Chembra Peak

Chembra peak is near Meppady which is in the southern part of the Wayanad district. With an imposing height of 2100 m, scaling the peak is an interesting experience. Ideally, it will take a full day for the ascent and descent of this peak. The view from the top is mesmerising.

Chethalayam falls

This waterfall is another major tourist attraction in wayanad. The falls and surroundings are ideal locations for trekking and bird watching.

Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasurasagar dam is popular as the largest earth dam in India. This reservoir is a great place to spend some time. It is also the starting point for trek to Banasura peak.

Pakshipathalam

Pakshipathalam is rich in birdlife. Located at a height of 1740, it is a 7 km trek from Thirunelli. This region is rich in flora and fauna.

Things to do in Wayanad

  • Enjoy the journey enroute the Western Ghats.
  • Visit the waterfalls and view points in Wayanad.
  • Scale the Chembra peak.
  • Visit the Banasurasagar dam.

Mandalpatti

Wayanad is 135 kms from Mysore. Mandalpatti is one of the major tourist attractions of Coorg. It is a part of Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. It is around 30 km from Madikeri. The place is blessed with the extensive and lush greenery of Western Ghats. The view from the viewpoint is breathtaking. The roads leading to Mandalpatti are not well maintained. Hence, it is mainly accessible through jeep.

Mandalpatti tourist attractions

Mandalpatti peak

Mandalpatti is a must visit for nature enthusiasts. The roads leading to Mandalpatti are not that great. One needs to buy tickets at the base of the camp to go to peak. The ideal mode of transportation is jeep. There is a small trek to the top of the peak. It is a great place to enjoy and admire nature. There are packages available where local jeeps offer to take tourists from Madikeri bus stand to Abbey falls and Mandalpatti as a package. It is worth a visit.

Things to do in Madalpatti

  • Enjoy the journey enroute Mandalpatti
  • Trek to Mandalpatti peak. Ensure that sufficient food and water is packed as there are no shops available enroute.

Tadiandamol

Tadiandamol is 137 kms from Mysore. Tadiandamol is the highest peak in Kodagu District with a height of 1748 m. The place is popular among trekkers and nature enthusiasts. Nalaknad palace is located near the foothills of this peak. The peak encompasses thick forests and wildlife.

Tadiandamol tourist attractions

Tadiandamol trek

Tadiandamol is one of the most popular trekking routes in Kodagu. The altitude and surroundings create breath taking views of the surroundings. There are two ways to scale the Tadiandamol peak. One route is the palace route and the other is through the Honney valley route. Trekking difficult in both cases is moderate. It takes approximately 3 to 5 hours to scale the peak.

Nalaknad Palace

This temple was built in 1792 by Dodda Veerarajendra. It is a two storey structure. It was a safe structure for kings during invasions. Now, it is a protected structure.

Things to do in Tadiandamol

  • Scale the Tadiandamol peak.
  • Visit the Nalaknad Palace.

Pushpagiri

Pushpagiri is 139 kms from Mysore. Pushpagiri is also known as Kumaraparvatha. It is the highest point in the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. Infact, the Pushagiri Wildlife Sanctuary gets its name from the Pushpagiri Peak. Pushpagiri is located in the northern part of Kodagu District in Somwarpet taluk. The region has thick vegetation and abundant flora and fauna.

Pushpagiri tourist attractions

Pushpagiri peak or Kumaraparvatha

Kumaraparvatha is a popular trekking paradise. There are two routes from which this peak can be scaled. One starts from Somwarpet and the other starts from  Kukke Subramanya, located in Dakshina Kannada District of Pushpagiri range. Both the trekking routes are equally popular. It can be scaled in one day. It is a popular trend to trek to the top, camp there for one night and descend the next day. The trek offers scintillating views of hills.

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses an area of 102 sq km and is located in the Somwarpet taluk of Kodagu district of Karnataka. The Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is one among the most important bird areas in India and the world because it is home to endangered bird species.

Things to do in Pushpagiri

  • Enjoy the journey enroute
  • Trek to the Kumaraparvatha peak

Avalanche, Ooty

Avalanche, Ooty is 145 kms from Mysore. Avalanche is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Ooty. The Avalance lake throws open to a wide landscape filled with lush greenery of the Nilgiris. The Avalanche sanctuary is filled with rhododendrons, orchids and wildflowers.

Avalanche timings:-

Avalanche safari operates between 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Avalanche tourist attractions

Safari in Avalanche Sanctuary

The forest authorities organises safaris in Avalanche which takes approximately 2 hours. There are some viewpoints in this safari – Cauliflower Shola, Thalai Bhavani and Lakkidi. Wildlife spotting is quite rare. The views along this path is filled with thick vegetation and great views of Avalanche lake.

Avalance Lake

Avalanche lake is the last view point of Avalanche safari drive. It offers a great view of the lake. There are some adventure activities undertake in this lake.

Trekking

The Avalanche is a large area. There are many trekking routes available in this area where treks are undertaken. Ideally, one needs permission from the forest department to undertake any treks.

Things to do in Avalanche

  • Enjoy the journey enroute Avalanche.
  • Undertake the Avalanche Safari.
  • Visit the Avalanche Lake.

Ooty

Ooty is 147 kms from Mysore. Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations of Southern India. It has been a popular summer retreat right from the days of the British East India company. Originally this area belonged to the tribal sect of Todas. Ooty is surrounded by the Nilgiri mountain ranges and blessed with pleasantly mild conditions throughout the year making it one of the most sought after vacation spots in South India.

Ooty tourist attractions

Botanical Garden

It is a sprawling 22 acre garden founded in 1847. It hosts many species of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees and other exotic varities of collections. The garden is well maintained and is a fun places to visit. Every May, a flower show and exhibition of rare plant species is held.

Government Rose Garden

The Government Rose Garden is the largest rose garden in India. It is located on the slopes of Elk hill. Exotic and large varities of roses can be found in this 5 terrace rose garden.

Fern hill

There is a nice garden at Fern Hill maintained by the horticulture department of Karnataka. There is a KSTDC hotel available as well at this location which offers opportunity to stay.

Ooty lake and boathouse

Ooty lake provides a nice opportunity for a boat ride around the pristine surroundings. The other side of the boat house houses a Deer park which is closed now. There are many shots and eatery places in this 65 acre property.

Doddabetta Peak

Standing at a height of 2623 m, Doddabetta is the highest peak in the Nilgiris. It is around 10 km from the Ooty town. There are good view points from the Doddabetta peak. A small view point has been made for visitors at the peak to have a wonderful view of the surroundings. There is also a trekking trail to reach the peak.

Tea Park Ooty

The tea park is less than 2 km from the Doddabetta peak and is a great place to spend some time. The team garden is well maintained with a small park created for kids and some shelters made for visitors.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The ride from Ooty to Coonoor is one of the most popular tourist attractions. The UNESCO has added this to the World Hertiage list. It was been operational since 1908 when the British commissioned this under Madras Railway Company. The views in this journey is amazing filled with the glory of Nilgiris

Things to do in Ooty

  • Visit and spend time at the Botanical Garden and the Rose Garden.
  • Enjoy the visit to Doddabetta peak. Trek if possible to reach the peak. Visit the Tea Park.
  • Take a ride in the glorious Nilgiri Mountain Railway from Ooty to Coonoor.
  • Enjoy the stay at the place and the surroundings.

Kukke Subramanya

Kukke Subramanya is 150 kms from Mysore.

Kukke Subramanya is located in the scenic surroudings of Western Ghats surrounded amidst spectacular greenery. Kukke Subramanya is a Hindu temple located in the Subramanya village of Karnataka. Legend says that the divine serpent Vasuki took refuge here under Lord Karthikeya who is referred to as Subramanya here. Taking the holy dip in Kumaradhara river and then entering the temple for the darshan of the Lord is considered auspicious.

Kukke Subramanya Tourist attractions

Kukke Subramanya temple

Kukke Subramanya temple is an ancient temple with references in Hindu mythology. Kukke Subramanya is the adobe of Nagas (snake). Here Lord Subramanya is worshiped with serpent kind Vasuki.

Ashlesha Bali

Ashlesha Bali is one of the most popular Kaalasarpa dosha pujas performed in this temple. This puja is performed on Ashleshna nakshatra every month.

Sarpa Samskara

Sarpa Samskara is performed to rid oneself of Sarpa Dosha ( Sin of having killed a snake in the current of previous birth). This puja is recommended by many astrologers for well being. It is the most popular place in india for helping one to come out of Sarpa Dosha.

Things to do in Kukke Subramanya

  • Visit the Kukke Subramanya temple and get blessings of Lord Subramanya.
  • Enjoy the journey enroute and the wonderful surroundings of the temple.

Halebeedu

Halebeedu is 150 kms from Mysore. Halebidu was the capital of the Hoysala dynasty in the 12th century. The primary attractions of Halebidu are the Hoysaleshwara temple, Kedareshwara temple. These temples are located in front of a lake Dwarasamudra meaning “Doorway to the ocean”. Halebidu, along with Belur is a World heritage site by UNESCO. The Jain basadi located nearby is also rich with architectural details.

Halebidu tourist attractions

Hoysaleshwara temple

The Hoysaleshwara temple is the chief attraction of Halebidu. The temple is filled with sculptures depicting various events in Hindu mythology including Ramayana and Mahabharatha. The temple is constructed on a star shaped platform. The temple and its carvings are mostly made out of soap stone. The temple houses a Shivalinga which is worshipped even now. Temple carvings include Shilabalikes, Dwarapalakas etc. There are huge Nandi statues beside the temple are monolothic.

Halebeedu temple timings

9:00 am to 6:30 pm.

Kedareshwara temple

Situated less than a kilometer away from Hoysaleshwara temple is Kedareshwara temple built by Kind Ballala II. The cielings have great carvings. Typical to Hoysala architecture, this temple too is located on a start shaped platform. This temple too has carvings depicting various instances from Hindu mythology. The Nandi in its lying and relaxed posture is an added attraction.

Archaeological Museum

This musem is located at a walkable distance from Hoysaleshwara temple. There are several pieces of history in this museum like sculptures, inscriptions. These were recovered from in and around Halebeedu.

Digambara Jain Basadi

The Jain basadis or place of worhip for Jains is a holy place for Jains. The basadis are also located in front of the Dwarasamudra.

Things to do in Halebidu

  • Take a tour of the Hoysaleshwara temple and Kedareshwara temple and admire the architecture. Hiring an official guide will add more value to the visit.
  • Visit the museum
  • Visit the Jain basadis

Shooting Point, Ooty

Shooting Point, Ooty is 152 kms from Mysore. Shooting point, also referred to as Cinema Shooting point is one of the popular picnic spots near Ooty which can be visited enroute Ooty or while coming back from Ooty. It is a beautiful place to spend some time as it offers a wonderful view of the Nilgiris. There are some adventure activities too here like horse riding which is quite popular. A small trek of around 400 m takes one to the peak. The panoramic view of the surroundings is mesmerising.

Shooting point tourist attractions

Viewpoints with panoramic view of the Nilgiris

A small walk to the top leads one to a wonderful view point which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the surroudings. Several movies have been shot here and hence the name. From the entrance, a small trail on the left leads one to a beautiful viewpoint. From this viewpoint, a small walk along the right leads to the peak of Shooting point. It is a wonderful place to spend time with family and enjoy the view.

Horse riding

Horse riding along the hill is quite popular and many tourists can be seen enjoying the ride in the mountains.

Things to do in Shooting point

  • Visit the shooting point enroute Ooty or on the way back.
  • Enjoy the view of the peak and surroundings.
  • Take a horse ride along the hill for a wonderful experience.

Bhagamandala

Bhagamandala is 153 kms from Mysore. Bhagamandala is the place of confluence of three rivers namely Kaveri, Kanika and Sujyothi which is a subterranean river. It is a pilgrim center and also a great picnic spot. There are steps which lead to Triveni Sangama. It is a common practice to visit Bhagamandala first before going to Talakaveri. Just beside Sangama, there is the beautiful Bhagandeshwara temple.

Bhagamandala tourist attractions

Triveni Sangama

Sangama is a great place to take a holy dip. During monsoons, the currents are very strong when swimming is not ideal. It is enjoyable during post monsoons and summer when water levels are low and it is safe to swim.

Bhagandeshwara temple

Bhagandeshwara temple houses three deities inside. The temple is dedicated to Lord Bhagandeshwara. There are idols of Lord Subramanya and Lord Vishnu inside the temple premises. This place has great spiritual significance. The temple also provides meals to pilgrims every afternoon.

Bhagandeshwara temple timings
  • Morning: 6:00 am to 1:30 pm
  • Afternoon: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Bhagandeshwara temple meal timings: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

Things to do in Bhagamandala

  • Take a holy dip in the Sangama. Have a great time in the water
  • Seek the blessings of Lord Bhagandeshwara, Lord Vishnu and Lord Subramanya at the Bhagandeshwara temple
  • Have the prasadam ( meals) if you reach the temple in the afternoon

Belur

Belur is 156 kms from Mysore. Belur is a small town located in Hassan district of Karnataka. It was the capital of the glorious Hoysala empire. Chennakeshava temple is the chief attraction of Belur because of its architectural splendor. The temple was built by King Vishnuvardhana. It took more than 100 odd years to complete the construction which was finally done by his grandson Veera Ballala II. The credit for the marvellous architecture of this temple goes to Jakanachari. This temple is an epitome of Hoysala architecture.

Belur tourist attractions

Chennakeshava temple

The Chennakeshava temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has a splurge of architectural elements. The temple courtyard is spacious with a sthamba ( pillar) at the entrance. The temple walls, doors and cielings are richly decorated with wonderful carvings of Shilabalikes (dancers), birds, animals and other elements. The doorways have dwarapalakas.  “Darpana Sundari” meaning beautiful lady with a mirror in hand is quite an attraction.The carvings in these temples depict various incidents during the period of Ramayana and Mahabharatha.

Belur temple timings

Temple complex: 7:30 am to 8:00 pm.

Garbhagudi of the main temple remains closed during the following timings: 10:00 am to 11:00 am, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Things to do in Belur

  • Take a tour of the temple complex preferably with a guide
  • Observe and admire the architecture
  • Enjoy the sunset at Belur. During summer, it offers a beautiful view when the golden light falls on the entrance of the temple.

Pykara falls

Pykara falls is 157 kms from Mysore. Pykara falls is created by Pykara river which originates from the Mukurthi peak. The Pykara waterfalls falls in two sections with height of 55 m and 61 m. The falls is located in the Ooty – Gudalur road. It is a good visit point enroute Ooty.

Pykara falls tourist attractions

Small trek

A small trek from the highway leads to the waterfall. There is a road and pathway laid out till the waterfall making it easy to reach the waterfall. The views during this small trek is good.

Waterfalls

The waterfalls amidst the dense forest is a treat to watch. During rainy season, the water is in full force. There are barricades setup along the waterfall view point for the safety of the tourists.

Things to do in Pykara falls

  • Visit the Pykara falls enroute Ooty or on the way back.
  • Enjoy the trek to the falls.
  • Enjoy the view of the waterfalls.

Pykara boathouse

Pykara boathouse is 157 kms from Mysore. Pykara boathouse is situated in the Pykara lake and is approximately 23 km from Ooty. It offers a wonderful view of the lakes and its surroundings. Proper establishments have been setup for tourists to relax and have a good view of the surroundings. There are different options available for boating like speed boat, normal motor boats etc.

Pykara boathouse tourist attractions

Boating

Boating is the main attraction here. Good infrastructure has been setup to provide wonderful boating experience. The boat ride along the Pykara lake and the scenic surroundings is a treat for visitors.

View of Pykara lake

The boathouse offers a wonderful view of the Pykara lake and its green surroundings.

Things to do in Pykara boathouse

  • Enjoy the view of the Pykara lake and surroundings.
  • Take a boat ride in the boathouse.

Talakaveri

Talakaveri is 161 kms from Mysore. Talakaveri is considered the birthplace of the holy river Kaveri. It is located in the Bhagamandala town of Kodagu District of Karnataka. This place has religious significance associated to it. There are two temples, one dedicated to Lord Shiva and the other to Lord Ganesha. The Linga is believed to be established by Sage Agastya. The place turns completely foggy time and again to give a great cold feel. It is a common practise among pilgrims to visit Bhagamandala before visiting Talakaveri.

Talakaveri tourist attractions

Tirtha Kundike or Brahma Kundike

This holy kundike or tank is the birthplace of river Kaveri. This place is considered auspicious. Near the tank, a shrine has been established. Tulasankramana is celebrated in Talakaveri on a grand scale. There is a sudden rush of water at the Brahma Kundike. This is believed to be Goddess Parvathi appearing in that form.

Talakaveri timings – 6:00 am to 8:30 pm.
Viewpoint

The steps beside the Talakaveri lead us to a viewpoint. Theare are some 300 plus steps to reach the point.The beautiful Brahmagiri surroundings can be viewed from here.

Things to do in Talakaveri

  • Enjoy the drive in the hills enroute Talakaveri.
  • Visit the holy kundike.
  • Climb the steps and visit the viewpoint in Talakaveri.

Sri Veeranarayana temple, Belavadi

Sri Veeranarayana temple, Belavadi is 162 kms from Mysore. Belavadi is a small village near Chikkamagalur with historic significance. There are many temples and shrines in this village, the most notable being Veeranarayana temple. The surroundings are scenic and it is very near to Habebidu (10 km), another world renowned heritage centre. Legend says that this is the place in Mahabharatha where the Pandava prince Bheema killed demon Bakasura and protected the village and it’s people.

Belavadi tourist attractions

Sri Veeranarayana temple

This temple glorifies the Hoysala style of architecture. The trikuta(three shrined) structure has two shrines facing each other on a wide and spacious platform. Each of the two shrines has 37 bays. The third srine contains the characteristic of ancient Hoysala style of architecture. There are a total of fifty nine bays. The roof the the temple has wonderful carvings. This is a Vaishnava temple and all the three shrines have different forms of Lord Vishnu.

Things to do in Belavadi

  • Visit the Sri Veeranarayana temple.
  • Admire the architecture of the Hoysala times.

Emarald Lake, Ooty

Emarald Lake, Ooty is 163 kms from Mysore. The beautiful Emarald lake is located in the what is popularly known as the Silent Valley. The lake is a popular picnic spot and is frequented by tourists visiting Ooty. The surroundings of the lake is popular for tea plantations where one can buy some commercial tea products.

Emarald lake tourist attractions

Emarald Lake

The Emarald lake is located in the Emarald village of the Nilgiris. The lake and surroundings are scenic and is a very popular picnic spot. The sunrise and sunset views from Emarald lake is wonderful.

Fish and Bird Watching

There are a large varieties of fish in the Emarald lake which is one of the tourist attractions. Apart from this, a large varieties of birds can also be sighted here which is a heaven for bird photographers.

Things to do in Emarald Lake

  • Enjoy the view of the Emarald lake and sink in the surroundings. Enjoy the surise or sunset views.
  • Enjoy the bird sightings.
  • Stay at any of the accomodations available.

Coonoor

Coonoor is 166 kms from Mysore. Coonoor is located in the Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu. It is more peaceful and quiter than Ooty and less commercialized. Coonoor is very popular because of its production of Nilgiri tea. There are several tea plantations throughout the place. Connor is at an altitude of 1839 mt making it the second highest hill station in Nilgiris after Ooty. Coonoor is connected by the world famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway between Coimbatore ( Mettupalyam)  and Ooty. The train is famous for its beautiful sigthings.

Coonoor tourist attractions

Sims Park

This park is a botanical garden, beautifully maintained which spreads over an area of 12 hectares. It has several varities of plants.

Lamb’s Rock

It is 5.5 km from Coonoor. There is also a trekking trail leading out from the town to this place. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of Coonoor.

Dolphin’s Nose viewpoint

This point is located 10 km from Coonoor. It provides a wide panoramic view of Nilgiri hills and Catherine falls.

Droog Fort

This fort was used by Tippu Sultain in the 18th century. It is located around 13 km from Coonoor. The ruins of the fort can be found here.

Law’s Falls

Law’s falls is 5 km away from Coonoor on the way to Muttpalyam.

Things to do in Coonoor

  • Enjoy the surroundings of Coonoor and the journey enroute.
  • Visit any tea plantations in the town.
  • Visit Sims park
  • Take any trekking trail leading out of the town like Lamb’s rock, Dolphin’s Nose viewpoint.
  • Visit Droog Fort and Laws falls.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is 199 kms from Mysore. Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary form a part of the exotic Western Ghats of India located between Chikkamagalur and Shimoga districts. It is a protected Tiger reserve. Kemmannugundi and Bababudan hills form a part of this sanctuary. With an exotic variety of vegetation and animals within it’s enclosure, the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary forms an important part of Western Ghats. There are approximately 120 species of trees, 300 species of birds and around 30 species of mammals. River Bhadra and its tributaries flow through the west side of this sanctuary.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary tourist attractions

Wildlife

There are many species of mammals found here. Around 3 odd tigers populate this sanctuary making it one of the most important tiger reserves. Other species include Elephant, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Black Leopard, Gaur, Sloth Bear,Jackal, Wild Dog, Jackal, Sambar,  Barking Deer, etc.

Reptiles too have their presence. Some of the commonly seen reptiles are King Cobra, Common Vine Snake, Marsh Crocodiles, Rat Snake, Bamboo Pit Viper, Rusell’s Viper, Draco, etc.

Birds

The Bhadra wildlife sanctuary is home to around 300 species of birds. Some of them are Ruby-throated Bulbul, Shama, Malabar Trogon, Grey Junglefowl, Red Spurfowl, Painted Bush Quail, Great Black Woodpecker, Malabar Parakeet, Hill Myna,  Emerald Dove, Southern Green Imperial Pigeon, Malabar Whistling Thrush,Racquet-tailed Drongo. Also, theare are around four species of Hornbill.

Vegetation

Theare are around 120 species of trees found in these thick forests. Prominent among them are teak, rosewood, matti, honne, kindal, tadasalu etc.

Bababudan hills and Kemmannugundi

Bababudan hill range and Kemmannugundi are popular tourist attractions of this region offering spectacular view enroute.

Things to do in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Enjoy the journey enroute
  • Bhadra Abhayaranva tent belonging to the State Government is located in Muthodi and offers stay in this sanctuary. A stay her provides an enriching experience.
  • Enjoy the Tiger and Lion safari.
  • Visit Bababudangiri and Kemmangundi
  • Accomodations are available

Mullayyanagiri

Mullayyanagiri is 200 kms from Mysore. Mullayyanagiri peak is one of the most beautiful scenic spots in the Western Ghats. It is the highest peak in Karnataka with an approximate height of 6300 ft i.e 1930 mts. The altitude with grenery provides a mesmerising breeze with a wondeful view.

Mullayyanagiri tourist attractions

Mullayyanagiri peak

The peak itself is the highest in Karnataka. There is a small Shiva temple at the peak. The temple offers a nice place to relax around the surroundings.

Seethalayyanagiri

This is another peak enroute Mullayyanagiri. The panoramic views from Seethalayyanagiri to Mullayyanagiri is mesmerizing.

Trek

This is a famous trekking route often clubbed with Baba Budangiri. The trek route starts from a place called Sarpadhari and is around 4 km till Mullayyanagiri.

Things to do in Mullayyanagiri

  • Climb to the top of the hill to reach the Shiva temple to enjoy the scenary and the breeze.
  • Enjoy the view enroute the peak
  • Trek from Sarpadhari to Mullayyanagiri

Baba Budangiri

Baba Budangiri is 215 kms from Mysore. Bababudangiri is a mountain located in the Western Ghats of India. It is located 40 kms north of Chikkamagalur district. This place is famous for the shrine of Sufi saint Baba Budan. It’s a pilgrimage center for both Hindus and Muslims. Bababudangiri mountain range are Baba Budangiri and Mullayangiri. This mountain range has the highest between Himalayas and Nilgiris.

Baba Budangiri tourist attractions

Guru Dattatreya Bababudangiri Swamy Darga

The darga is a small laterite cave sacred to both Hindus and Muslims. This place is believed to be blessed by saints Dattatreyaswamy, Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar and many more. An annual fair is held here in honour of the peeta for three days after the Holi festival.

Manikyadhara falls

It is one of the main attractions of Bababudangiri sacred located close to Bababudangiri Darga. There are three water falls here – Gada Theertha, Kamana Theertha and Nellikayi Theertha. Gada means a blunt mace or club. It is believed that Pandavas visited this place during their exile and Bheema created this fall using his Gada to quench the thirst of his mother and hence the name. It is a popular belief to leave a part of cloth after taking bath in Nellikayi Theertha.

Trekking

There is a popular trekking route to Bababudangiri from Sarpadhari. From Chikkamagalur, you have to take left at Sarpadhari. On reaching an intersection, the left goes to Mullayangiri peak. To trek, you need to proceed straight to reach Sarpadhari where we can find a small arch. This is the starting point of the trek. The trek is around 14 kms and difficulty level is moderate.

Things to do in Baba Budangiri

  • Visit the durga of Sufi Saint Baba Budangiri
  • Take a bath in Manikyadhara
  • Enjoy the wonderful view of the Western Ghats
  • Trek to Baba Budangiri from Sarpadhari

Kemmannugundi

Kemmannugundi is 216 kms from Mysore. Kemmannugundi is a wonderful hill station situated at an altitude of 1434 mts. It was the summer retreat of the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. The difference in weather can be immediately noticed the moment you enter the Kemmanagundi surroundings. The weather is cool throughout the year. It is particularly comforting in the summer. There is a beautiful garden maintained by the Horticulture department of Karnataka.

Kemmannugundi tourist attractions

Z point

An uphill trek of 45 minutes from the Rajbhavan leads us to Z point. This place is wonderful place to be during sunrise.

Sunset view from Rajbhavan

If there is one place in Kemmangundi where we get a spectacular sunset view, then it is at Rajbhavan. The sunset view from here is a spectacle.

Garden

The horticulture department has maintained beautiful gardens. The prominent among them is the rose garden where different varieties of roses are grown.

Things to do in Kemmannugundi

  • Enjoy the view enroute
  • Visit the Z point
  • Enjoy the sunset at Rajbhavan
  • Stroll through the gardens

Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort is 236 kms from Mysore. Bekal fort is located in the Kasaragod, which is the northernmost district of Kerala. Bekal fort is a historical structure which has loads of stories to tell. It has witnessed many significant historical events. It is one of the best preserved forts in Kerala. The Bekal fort is a 17th century fort. There is ambiguity regarding who built the fort, Sivappa Naik is believed to have constructed it. Due to it’s strategic position, the fort gained a lot of importance during the days of Vijayanagara empire. It was the strong point of Tippu Sultan before being captured by the British.The fort overlooks the sea to provide a great view. There are pathways throughout the fort which offer great views of the beach. There are two sculptures of Theyyam. There is also a rock garden.

Bekal tourist attractions

Bekal fort

Bekal fort is a great place for a picnic. Walkway has been created so that tourists can walk and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding coastline. It provides a panoramic view of the Bekal fort. The structure has great resting facilities, children’s park and toilets for the convenience of the tourists.

Bekal fort beach

The beach is located just outside the bekal fort. It is well lighted so that people can spend some time in the beach after sunset.

Things to do in Bekal

  • Explore the Bekal fort and have a great time with all the amenities available.
  • Have a long walk on the Bekal fort beach.

Sirimane falls

Sirimane falls is 236 kms from Mysore. Sirimane falls is beautiful waterfall located just 5 km from Kigga near Sringeri. It is just 16 km away from Sringeri.

Sirimane tourist attractions

Waterfall

It is a great place to enjoy the waterfall. An ideal place to spend some time with water and have some fun.

Things to do in Sirimane

  • Enjoy the journey enroute.
  • Enjoy the waterfalls.

Kalasa

Kalasa is 244 kms from Mysore. Kalasa is a small town located on the banks of the river Bhadra. It is a temple town with many temples. The most prominent one is the Kalaseshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kalasa is also the home to Panchatheerthas or 5 small ponds which are located within 10 km of each other. Each theertha has its own significance. Kalasa has references in Skandapurana and its history can be traced back to mythology. Kalasa is located centrally and is near to many tourist attractions.

Kalasa tourist attractions

Kalaseshwara temple

This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and is the main temple of Kalasa. There are other temples here notably Girijamba temple, Hanuman temple, Venkataramana temple, Ranjal Mahalakshmi temple, Vasishta Ashrama and Sree Chandranatha Swamy Temple.

Panchatheerthas

Kalasa is home to panchatheerthas or five small ponds. Each theertha has references in Hindu mythology. Coming here and offering prayers is a part of the pilgrimage which people undertake. The five panchatheerthas and their significance is given below.

Vasishtatheertha

This theertha is named after the Sage Vasishta.

Nagatheertha

This is named after the Snake God.

Kotitheertha

This theertha is dedicated to the koti (crore) devatas (gods) who were present during the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvathi.

Ambatheertha

This theertha is named after Godess Parvathi.

Duggappan Katte

This is a vantage point in Kalasa from where the whole town can be seen.

Things to do in Kalasa

  • Visit the Kalaseshwara temple
  • Visit the Panchatheerthas
  • Enjoy the view from Duggappan Katte
  • Visit the nearby tourist attractions

Horanadu

Horanadu is 251 kms from Mysore. Horanadu, popularly known as “Sri Kshetra Horanadu” is located in the Malnad region of Karnataka besides the banks of the river Bhadra. The place is surrounded with thick vegetation giving great views of nature enroute this place. It is one of the main pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Free food and accomodation is provided to families visiting this holy place.

Horanadu tourist attractions

Sri Annapoorneshwari temple

Annapoorneshwari Devi presides as the main diety of Sri Annapoorneshwari temple. The idol is made of gold. Blessings from Annapoorneshwari is believed to take away scarcity of food for the rest of life. The temple offers vegetarian meals to everyone irrespective of religion, caste, creed etc on a daily basis. It makes arrangements for stay.

Sri Annapoorneshwari temple Mahamangalarathi timings
  • Morning – 9:00 AM
  • Afternoon- 1:30 PM
  • Evening – 9 PM
Sri Annapoorneshwari temple Kunkumaarchana timings
  • Morning – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Evening – 7:00 PM to 8.30 PM
Sri Annapoorneshwari temple Annadana(meal) timings
  • Afternoon – 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Evening – 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

All these timings may vary on special days.

Things to do in Horanadu

  • Enjoy the nature enroute
  • Visit the Annapoorneshwari temple and get the blessings of Sri Annapoorneshwari
  • Enjoy the meal at the Annapoorneshwari temple

Sringeri

Sringeri is 265 kms from Mysore. Sringeri temple is located in a picturesque landscape beside the river Tunga. The Srigeri Sharada peetha was established by Sri Jagadguru Shankaracharya. The temple showcases Vijayanagara style of architecture. It is an ancient temple of Vidyashankara. Legend says that when Sri Shankaracharya was walking along the Tunga river bank, he observed that a cobra had raised it’s hood. When he observed closesly, he noticed that the cobra was giving shelter to a frog about to spawn. Impressed by the significance of the place where even natural enemies were helping another, he chose this place to share his teachings. He established the Advaitha school of philosopy here.

Sringeri tourist attractions

Sri Sharadamba temple

The temple is the chief attraction of Sringeri with Godess Sri Sharadamba, the godess of learning and wisdom as the presiding diety. The temple has guest houses for visiting pilgrims. The availability is dependent on the number of visitors. The temple also makes arrangements for prasadam(meals) everyday.

Sri Sharadamba temple darshan timings
  • Morning – 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Evening – 5:00 PM to 9.00 PM
Sri Sharadamba temple Annadana(meal) timings
  • Afternoon – 12:15 AM to 2:30 PM
  • Evening – 7:15 PM to 8.30 PM
Banks of river Tunga

The banks of the river Tunga offers a pleasant sight. There are hoards and hoards of fish swimming nonchalantly without a worry in the world. It is a major tourist attraction for kids who enjoy feeding them.

Things to do in Sringeri

  • Get blessings of Sri Sharadamba.
  • Enjoy the pleasant weather.
  • Enjoy the prasadam(meals) offered at the temple.

Kudremukh

Kudremukh is 266 kms from Mysore. Kuduremukh or Kuduremukha is a kannada word meaning “horse face”. The mountain range derives it’s name from a mountain which looks like a horse face. Kudremukha forms a part of the Western Ghats of India and offers picturesque views of nature. There are a host of attractions in this mountain range including the peak Kudremukha. Kuduremukha is a favourite among trekkers.

Kuduremukha tourist attractions

Kuduremukha National Park

Kuduremukha National Park, encompassing an area about 600.32 km2 is the second largest Wildlife protected area. It spans across three districts namely Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Chikkamagalur. It is also a Tiger reserve.

Kudremukh Peak

The Kuduremukha peak is the highest in the Kudremukha range with height of 1892 mt. The peak encompasses grasslands and forests to provide a mesmerizing view.

Kadambi Waterfalls

Kadambi waterfalls is located near the main road connecting Sringeri and Kuduremukha. It is a visible from the main road and offers a great view. A small walk or trek can take you to the bottom of the waterfall. It is a fun place.

Hanumanagundi Waterfalls

Also known as Suthenabbe falls, is situated between Karkala and Lakya dam. Water gushes from a height of 22 mt to create a wonderful view.

Lakhya dam

Lakhya dam is formed by Lakya river , a tributary of river Bhadra. The dam and it’s surroundings offer a spectacular view. The structure is formidable with a  height of the 100 m and length of 1048 mt.

Trekking routes in Kuduremukha

There are four popular trekking routes identified in this range.

  1. Samse to Kudremukha to Samse – This trek route is around 45 km long and has camp sites in Havala and Kudremukh. It is a 4 day/ 3 night trek.
  2. Navoor to Hevala to Kudremukh to Navoor – This trek route is 65 km and has camp sites in Navoor, Havala and Kudremukh. It is a 5 day/ 4 night trek.
  3. Navoor to Kudremukh to Samse – This trek is 55 km long and has camp sites in Navoor, Hevala and Kudremukh. It is 5 days/ 4 night trek.
  4. Horanadu to Sringeri – This trek is 30 km long and has camp sites at Horanadu, Heggaragudi and Sringeri. It is a 2 day/ 2 night trek.

Things to do in Kuduremukha

  • Enjoy the beauty of the western ghats.
  • Do a trek in any of the trekking routes.
  • Visit Lakhya dam.
  • Visit the Kadambi falls and Hanumanagundi falls.

Sakrebailu Elephant Camp

Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is 275 kms from Mysore. Sakrebailu elephant camp is a rehabilitation / training camp for elephants from all parts of Karnataka. The camp is maitained by the forest department of Karnataka. The camp is located on the banks of the river Tunga. The elephants are trained by experience mahouts. A visit to this place is chargeable.

Sakrebailu Elephant camp tourist attractions

Elephant and human interaction

Sakrebailu is one of the few places where human and elephant interaction can get close. Visitors are allowed to be close to these tuskers under the supervision of the forest personnel. Visitors can watch the elephants have a great time in the water early in the morning by 8:30 am. This place hold a special place for kids as they can watch the big creatures upclose.

There are firm rules regarding the conduct of visitors to this camp. They are not allowed to intimidate the animals in any manner. Visitors cannot feed food to the elephants.

Elephant ride

Visitors can enjoy a ride on the back of the elephants. It is fun and a must thing to do.

Sakrebailu Elephant Camp timings

The camp is open on all days of the week between 8:30 am to 11:00 am.

Things to do in Sakrebailu Elephant camp

  • Enjoy the visit to the camp and have a close view of the elephants.
  • Watch the elephants have fun in the River Tunga. Visitors can participate in bathing the elephants if one is lucky!
  • Take the elephant ride for an amazing experience.

Honnemaradu

Honnemaradu is 345 kms from Mysore. Honnemaradu is a kannada word. Translated to English it means “Golden Sand”. It is a small village perched atop the hill overlooking the Linganmakki reservoir.

Honnemaradu tourist attractions

Sharavathi backwaters and water sports

Honnemaradu is popular for water sports. The Sharavathi backwaters encompass an area around 4000 km sq. There are small islands formed which attracts activities like camping. Boating and Kayaking are the popular water sports available.

Sunrise and Sunset

The view of the sunrise and sunset from Honnemaradu is spectacular. The golden light on the sand and the reflection formations are a treat to watch.

Things to do in Honnemaradu

  • Enjoy the view of the vast backwaters
  • Water sports
  • Enjoy the spectacular view of sunrise and sunset

Kollur

Kollur is 357 kms from Mysore. Kollur is a small town in Kundapur Taluk in Udupi district of Karnataka state. It is located at the foot of the Western Ghats and is very famous for the Mookambika Temple which is its main attraction. This place attracts thousands of pilgirms from all over the world every day.

It is one of the most visited towns in Karnataka by Hindu pilgrims. It is believed to be one of the seven pilgrim centres created by Parashurama, a Hindu mythological figure. The temple is devoted to Hindu goddess Parvati, wife of Shiva. It is also believed that is said to have slain the demon Mookasura here.

The blissful Navaratri (during September-October) celebrations and 9-day annual music held in Kollur are worth attending if you are a religious soul.

Kodachadri, one of the tallest peaks in Karnataka, which is around 30 kms from Kollur (through Ghat sections), is a trekker’s paradise. You wouldn’t want to miss the glorious sunset and a breath-taking view of Western Ghats with the backwaters of Ariabian sea in the background.

Kollur is mostly humid and dry throughout the year except for rainy seasons where we can expect heavy rains. The average temperature of this place throughout the year is around 25 to 30 degree Celsius. Although, it might reach till 40 (and sometimes more than that!) during summers.

Tourist attractions in Kollur

Sri Mookambika Temple

This temple stands on the banks of the river Sowparnika. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mookambika. Thousands of devotees from all over the world come here to offer their prayers to the Goddess.

Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary is spread around an area of 247 sq. km. This sanctuary is divided into 3 zones: core zone, buffer zone and tourism zone. Best time to visit Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is between November and April.

Sowparnika river

It is believed that an eagle named ‘Suparna’ attained salvation here by performing  penance on the banks of the river. Hence the name ‘Sowparnika’.

Arishinagundi Falls

Arishinagundi falls is one of the most spectacular falls of Western Ghats which is hidden deep inside the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary’s jungles. The best season to visit Arishinagundi falls would be post monsoon.

Kodachadri

Kodachadri is one of the moutain peaks in the Western Ghats. The view of the Western Ghats and the backwaters of Arabian Sea with a splendid sunset is an enchanting experience. One can either opt to reach the top of the mountain via jeep (through an all-rough 9 km jeep road) or trek. The trek is moderately difficult and long.

Things to do in Kollur

  • Attend daily pooja (worship) in Mookambika Temple
  • Visit local shops on the streets of Kollur
  • Attend Navaratri celebrations
  • Attend annual 9-day music held in Kollur
  • Visit Mookambika Wild-life sanctuary and Arishina Gundi Falls
  • Plan a 1-day/2-day trek to Kodachadri (around 30 kms from Kollur)

Maravanthe

Maravanthe is 361 kms from Mysore. Maravanthe beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches for Karnataka. It offers a spectacular view. The National Highway 66 runs along the beach and there is also the Souparnika river which flows on the other side of the road. It is one of the cleanest beaches.

Maravanthe beach tourist attractions

Maravanthe beach

The beach is beautiful with white sand. It is an ideal place to spend some time on the shores and listen to the music of the winds. There is also the National Highway 66 which runs along the beach. This place forms a popular stopover for vehicles plying on that road.

Maraswamy temple

The temple is located near the Maravanthe beach and is the home to three dieties. Varahaswamy temple has an idol of Lord Varaha.

Things to do in Maravanthe beach

  • Take a walk along the white sands of Maravanthe beach.
  • Enjoy the view of the beach along the highway and the river Souparnika on the other side.
  • Enjoy the sunrise and sunset.

Kodachadri

Kodachadri is 374 kms from Mysore. Kodachadri is a beautiful mountain peak covered with lush greenery and dense forests. It is one of the popular trekking trails in Karnataka. Kodachadri is in close proximity to Kollur Mookambika temple. Kodachadri is a part of Mookambika National park and is enriched with flora and fauna. It forms the Shola forest range. Rainfalls are quite common in Kodachadri and it does for around a period of 8 months. Adi Shankara visited this place and performed penance. A small temple is built on the top of Kodachadri called the Sarvajnapeetha. The forests around Kodachadri is dense and is declared a world heritage site.

Kodachadri tourist attractions

Trekking

Kodachadri is a popular trekking spot and there are various trails which lead to the top. The trekking starts from a place called Nagodi or Nittur. Tents can be pitched on the peak with the permission from the Karnataka Forest department.

Sunset

Sunset from Kodachadri peak is a wonderful view. The green mountains and the lush greenery along with the patterns of the setting sun is a wonderful experience.

Sarvajnapeetha and Ganesha Guha

Sarvajnapeetha is a small temple built near the peak of Kodachadri. It is the place where Adi Shankaracharya meditated. Ganesha guha is near Sarvajnapeetha.

Hidlumane falls

A little bit of adventerous trekking of 5 kms from Kodachadri leads to Hindlumane falls.

Arisinagundi falls

From Kollur, this falls is 6 km away near Dhalli village.

Belakallu theertha

This waterfall is near Mudur and is 15 km from Kollur at the bottom of Kodachadri. An easy trek leads to the falls.

Nagara Fort

It is an 18 century fort and is 25 km away from Kodachadri.

Things to do in Kodachadri

  • Enjoy the surroundings of Kodachadri.
  • Trek the Kodachadri peak and enjoy the view and if possible be at the peak at sunset for a wonderful view.
  • Visit the falls near Kodachadri like Arisinagundi, Belakallu Theertha.
  • Visit the Nagara fort.

Marari Beach

Marari Beach is 380 kms from Mysore. Marari beach is a clean and tranquil beach. It is an ideal place for a relaxing vacation. The beach is ideal for swimming. Numerous luxury resorts have come up along the beach. It is rated among one of the top most hammock beaches.

Marari beach tourist attractions

Marari beach

The beach offers a wide variety of moods. Since its safe to swim, it is a great place to spend some time having fun. It is also an ideal place to relax and just let time fly. It is also a great place to try out the famed local cuisine.

Things to do in Marari beach

  • Enjoy the stay in any of the accomodations along the beach
  • Indulge in the famed local cuisine

Alleppey

Alleppey is 389 kms from Mysore. Alleppey is a popular tourist destination in Kerala. It is blessed with a picturesque network of canals and backwaters. Beaches and Lagoons add to the attraction .The Vembanad lake, rivers Achankovil, Pamba and Manimala along with the canals form a great route for inland navigation. A ride through the canals is a great experience. One gets to view the lush green and never ending streches of paddy fields, coconut trees beside the canals. Country boat, Motor boat, Cruise boats, luxury boats are available for a journey through the backwaters. Apart from the lush greenery, one can spot some rare birds.

Alleppey (Alappuzha) tourist attractions

Backwaters and Canal Cruise

Canal cruise in the backwaters is the primary attraction of Alleppey. This canal ride through the nature is a mesmerising experience. Overnight stay in any of the luxury boats is another interesting experience.

Kuttanad

Kuttanad is called the rice bown of Kerala. It is the most majestic backwater region in Kerala. It is a hub for rice boat and houseboat cruises. Snake boat races conducted here are quite popular. These tranquil backwaters are fringed by palm grove and paddy fields and offer a scintillating spectacle of the rural life in Kerala.

Alappuzha Beach

Allappuzha beach is great beach to spend some time. It is a popular picnic spot. The pier which extends all the way upto the sea is 137 years old. Vijaya beach park located nearby is another place to have some great entertainment.

Things to do in Alleppey (Alappuzha)

  • Canal cruise in any of the available options. Enjoy the extravagant greenery and scenic beauty.
  • Indulge in some local cuisine. Try out the fish specialities. Coconut toddy is another thing to try.
  • Visit the Alappuzha beach.

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