One of South India’s most famous tourist destinations, Mysuru (which recently changed its name from Mysore) is known for its glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments and buildings.Wayanad District came into existence on 1st November, 1980 as the 12th District of Kerala consisting of Mananthavady, Sulthanbathery and Vythiri Taluks.Ooty ocated in the Western Ghats zone at an altitude of 2240 mtrs. It is the headquarters of the Nilgiri District, where the two mountain ranges meet.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Bangalore And Transfer From Bangalore To Mysore Via Srirangapatna
"Welcome at Bangalore airport/railway station. Get assistance and transfer to Mysore (150km/3.5 hr), ""The City of Palaces"".
Enroute visit Srirangapatna also called Seringapatam during the British Raj located near the city of Mysore and is famous for its religious, cultural and historic importance . Later proceed for Tipu Fort - one of the prime attractions in Mysore built in the year 1537 , this magnificent fort is considered to be the second toughest fort of India .
Visit Daulat Bagh Palace - Dariya Daulat Palace (Summer Palace) that is set amidst beautiful gardens and is made out of Teakwood .
Later visit Gumbaz - The Gumbaz at Seringapatam is a Muslim mausoleum at the centre of a landscaped garden, holding the graves of Tippu Sultan, his father and his mother .
Then proceed to Mysore and visit Brindavan Garden and Krishna Raja Sagara Dam built over the River Cauvery near to the conjunction of three rivers namely, Cauvery, Hemavathi & Lakshmana Thirtha. Get mesmerised by colorful & stunning Brindavan Gardens known for its symmetric design and illuminated terrace gardens and for musical fountain show.
On arrival at Mysore check in to the hotel and relax . Overnight stay at Mysore hotel.
Day 2: Transfer From Mysore To Wayanad - Half Day Wayanad Sightseeing
Post breakfast checkout from hotel and transfer to Wayanad (180Kms/3.5Hrs). Wayanad is a beautiful hill station located on the fringe of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Wayanad is an ideal destination to explore nature, wildlife and tradition. Set amidst picturesque landscape, it is home to some of the oldest tribes untouched by civilization, charming waterfalls, caves and sprawling plantations of tea, coffee, pepper, cardomom and rubber.
Visit Jain Temple (115Kms from Mysore) dating back to the 13th century, is said to have been built in the prevalent architectural style of the then reigning Vijayanagar Dynasty. Pillars and walls of the temple are sculpted with symbols of Jainism such as Swan in meditative posture, Nagapasham (the entwined snake) and 7 levels to achieve Nirvana.
Visit Eddakal Caves Famous for its rock and wall carvings.The caves measure at a massive length and width of 96 and 22 feet respectively one needs to trek for one and half hour to reach the cave entrance, and another 45 minutes to reach the mouth of the cave. The Edakkal caves are of historical and archaeological significance as it has carvings that date back to the Neolithic era, the late Stone Age.The rock carvings here are of at least three distinct types, with the oldest one dating back to a period as long as 8,000 years ago.
Return to hotel in the evening. Check in to your hotel and relax. Evening free for own activity. Overnight stay at Wayanad.
Jain Temple opens on all days from 8AM to 12PM & 2PM to 6PM.
Eddakal Caves timings are 9AM to 5PM. Its not advisable for old people or couples travelling with infants, as lot of trekking is involved.
Travel from Mysore to Wayanad
Day 3: Full Day Wayanad Sightseeing With Banasura Sagar Dam
After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Wayanad, one of the most celebrated districts of Kerala and an ideal location for eco-tourism in India. Visit Banasura Dam, Pazhassi Raja Tomb, Kuruva Islands & Tholpetty Wild Life Sanctuary.
Visit Banasura Sagar Dam, it is reckoned as the largest earth dam in India & the second largest of its kind in Asia. The dam is made up of massive stacks of stones & boulders. The vast expanse of the crystal clear water of the dam dotted with small islands is a photographer’s delight. Enjoy nature walk and speed boat rides (on direct payment basis).
Pazhassi Raja Tomb - the memorial of Veera Pazhassi Raja & Pazhassi Raja museum. The museum has a limited display of local artefacts. One item that takes up a lot of attention is the sword of Pazhassi Raja.
Kuruva Islands or the Kuruva Dweep is popular among tourists for its calm and serene surroundings. This island is densely populated with rich flora & fauna. Dwelling deep into this island, you can sight attractive bridges made up of bamboo trees & other rare species of trees. An ideal spot for bird watchers. Entry is restricted up to 200 Tourists per day in each entry point.
Tholpetty Wild Life Sanctuary - is a part of the UNESCO’s Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Open to wildlife jeep safari twice a day (7am to 10am & 2pm to 5pm), you are bound to spot various animals like elephant herds, deers, big cats, panthers, tigers, langurs, bonnet macaques, bison, sambar deer, malabar squirrels, bears, the rare Slender Loris and bird species in their natural habitat during the 1.5-2 hour journey. Plantations of teak, eucalyptus, silver oak and rosewood cover about one third of the sanctuary.
Evening return back to hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Wayanad.
Day 4: Transfer From Wayanad To Ooty & Half Day Ooty Sightseeing
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Ooty. On arrival check in to the hotel and later proceed for half day sightseeing visit
Ooty Lake - An artifical Lake & one of the famous tourist spot in Ooty. Enjoy boating, cycling, photography, mini toy train ride etc (on direct payment basis). Indulge in shopping around Ooty lake for chocolates, shawls, eucalyptus oil etc.
Later proceed to the hotel & over night stay in Ooty Hotel.
Travel from Wayanad to Ooty
Day 5: Full Day Sightseeing Of Ooty & Coonoor
Post breakfast enjoy a full day tour to Ooty & Coonoor, the jewels of fascinating Nilgiri Hills. These two hill stations are located merely 20km from each other and can be visited in the same day.
Morning visit Sim's Park - Located at a height of 1780 meters, Sim’s Park is a botanical garden which was established in 1874. It has more than 1000 species of flora including Queensland Karry Pine, Rudraksha (the bead tree) and Ornamental tree making it a place worth visiting. Enjoy long peaceful walks through the lush greenery and colourful, vibrant flowers, boating & photography.
Lamb's Rock - Located on the way to Dolphin’s Nose in Ooty, Lamb’s Rock is laos called as Echo Rock. A popular picnic spot, it offers an admirable view of Coimbatore Plains and surrounding lush greenery. Route to this place offers trekking opportunities too.
Dolphin’s Nose - Located 10 km at a distance from Coonoor, Dolphin’s Nose is a peak offering enchanting view of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls. The peak of the hills resembles a nose of a dolphin hence the name.
Botanical Garden - a vast expanse of lawn like a golf course, going steeply uphill with variety of trees and shrubs as well as some conservatories with exotic ferns and flowering plants. Highlight of this park is the fossilized tree belonging to the pre-historic era, kept as natural exhibit. According to carbon dating findings, it is about 20 million-year-old.
Rose Garden- the largest rose garden in India which displays more than 20,000 varieties of roses collected from different parts of the world. Unusual colors of black and green roses are also found. Get a spectacular view of the entire Ooty from Rose Garden.
In the evening proceed to Ooty Lake - an artificial Lake & one of the famous tourist spots in Ooty.
Enjoy boating, cycling, photography, mini toy train ride etc (on direct payment basis). Indulge in shopping around Ooty lake for chocolates, shawls, eucalyptus oil etc.Later proceed to hotel and relax . Overnight stay at Ooty hotel.
Day 6: Transfer From Ooty To Bangalore & Departure From Bangalore
Morning, after breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Bangalore Airport / Railway station for your onward journey. Tour ends with lifetime memories.