Mysore, also known as the City of Palaces, has preserved its quaint charm which entices you to visit it time and again. The city exudes an aura of royal extravaganza which is reflected in its palaces and temples and is a unique blend of old world charm, with its well-laid out gardens, fine architecture and a salubrious climate. Famous for its produce of silk saris, rosewood, teakwood and sandalwood products, it is also home to some exquisite handicrafts and incense sticks.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival In Bangalore
Upon your arrival at Bangalore Airport/Railway Station, meet our representative who shall assist you with transfers. Check in to your hotel and get comfortable. Overnight stay in Bangalore.
Day 2: Transfer From Bangalore To Mysore - Mysore Sightseeing
After breakfast today, check out from your hotel and get ready for your transfer to Mysore by road (150 kms/3.5 hrs), popularly known as 'The City of Palaces'. Check in to your hotel and relax. Later, set out on a half day local sightseeing tour in Mysore.
Mysore Zoo (closed on Tuesdays) - This 157-acre zoo is the one of the most popular attractions in the city. It houses a wide range of animals and is one of the oldest zoos of the country. The beauty of Chamundi Hills beside it is an added bonus. Mysore Zoo also had record number of housing various avian species - more than 40 other countries in the world. It is known for breeding of rare animals which is a feature present in very few other zoos in the world. Mysore Zoo is the only zoo in India to have a gorilla. The zoo also houses chimpanzees and orangutans. Other exotic animals found in Mysore zoo are giraffes, zebras, White Deer, African Elephants, Bears, Porcupines, Rhinoceros, Tapir, Otters etc.
Mysore Palace (or Maharaja's Palace) - one of the most visited monuments in India. This historical, royal place of residence of the Wadiyars is a splendid architectural feat and houses some of the best artifacts from historic times. The Palace is set in carefully laid out gardens. It is a beautiful three storied stone building of fine grey granite and rich pink marble domes. Overlooking this structure is a five-storied 145 foot tower whose domes are gilded in gold.
In the evening visit Krishna Raja Sagara Dam built over the River Cauvery near 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. The main attraction at Brindavan Gardens is the beautiful array of musical fountains. Coupled with laser lights, these fountains are synchronized to music and go live at the time the garden is lit up.
Mysore is also an ideal shopping destination. Explore shopping at the local market. Take home souvenirs like Mysore silk saris, Mysore sandalwood artefacts & handicrafts, incense sticks, coffee, wooden toys and traditional Mysore paintings called Ganjifa paintings. Return to your hotel after your sightseeing tour. Overnight stay in Mysore.
Travel from Bangalore to Mysore
Day 3: Half Day Mysore Sightseeing - Transfer From Mysore To Bandipur
Post breakfast check out and proceed for half day Mysore sightseeing.
Visit the famous Chamundi Hills, 3489ft above the sea levels and highest peak of Mysore housing the Chamundeshwari Temple, known for its amazing architecture and spiritual essence. Get a bird's view of entire Mysore city from the top of these hills.
Visit Big Bull - about 16 feet in height and 24 feet long, this Nandi atop the Chamundi Hills is the third largest in India, carved in granite, black because of regular anointing with oil and other sacred waters.
Visit the beautiful Gothic architecture of St. Philomena’s Church. The twin towers of the church stand majestically at 175 feet, the design resembles St. Patrick’s cathedral at New York and Cologne Cathedral.
Later proceed to Bandipur National Park(80km/1.5hr) , an 874-sq.-km forested reserve once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore. The park harbors Indian elephants, spotted deer, gaurs (bison), antelopes and small population of tigers.
On arrival check in to your hotel or Jungle resort. Enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Bandipur
Travel from Mysore to Bandipur National Park
Day 4: Transfer From Bandipur To Ooty & Ooty Half Day Sightseeing
After breakfast , check out from the hotel & proceed to Ooty. Upon arrival check in to the hotel & start for half day Ooty sightseeing covering
Botanical Garden - When you enter you will see 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 . Timing 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Rose Garden- Government Rose Garden is the largest rose garden in India.it has 20000 varieties of roses . Timings - 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Ooty Lake - An artificially constructed lake with picturesque natural surroundings. Originally constructed for the purpose of fishing, the lake has become an important tourist landmark in Ooty. The lake offers boating which can be done at your own cost Timing 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Overnight stay at Ooty hotel.
Travel from Bandipur National Park to Ooty
Day Excursion To Coonoor
Post breakfast head straight to Coonor for full day sightseeing. Located around 25 km from Ooty, Coonoor is one of the largest hill stations after Ooty.
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. Take long peaceful walks through the lush greenery and colourful, vibrant flowers. Enjoy 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.
Tea Garden - A tour to these tea plantations, walking through the lush greenery and refreshing aromas of tea is an experience worth trying.
Ketti Valley View - a popular vantage point situated on Ooty - Coonoor Road in Nilgiris. The view of Ketti from the viewpoint is majestic and often compared to views of Switzerland. There is also a telescope room to get a closer view of the valley and surroundings. his valley also houses a popular brand of the needle making industry, known as Pony Needles.
Return back to hotel. Evening free for own activity. Overnight stay at Ooty.
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.