Karnataka, in south India, has a lot to offer. Do not overlook visiting Karnataka! These popular tourist places in Karnataka will delight you with a memorable mix of nature, history and beach.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Bangalore & Half Day Garden Tour
Arrive at Bangalore Airport or Railway Station. Meet & Greet. Get transferred to hotel and relax. Bangalore is also known as "The Garden City". Visit the famous sites of this vibrant city to experience the electric mix of ancient and modern.
Lal Bagh- This botanical garden covers an area 240 acres in the heart of the city and has nearly 1,854 species of plants, a delight for photographers, also consists of the famous glass house where an annual flower show is held every year and is also a home to an aquarium and a lake.
Cubbon Park - Located in the heart of city and close to important administrative buildings like Central Public Library, Government Museum, Sir Vishweshwariah Industrial and Technological Museum, the Karnataka High Court, Venkatappa Art Gallery etc. Cubbon Park is home to more than 6,000 trees that support a vibrant ecosystem. Visit The Bangalore Aquarium, which is the second largest aquarium in India. Other major attractions include the lotus pond, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo groove nook and Dancing Fountain. The Toy Train at Cubbon Park in Bangalore is a wonderful way to explore the park.
Ulsoor Lake - Enjoy boating at one of the largest lakes in Bangalore, sit back and relax in the tranquil ambience of this place.
Return to hotel in evening. Overnight stay at Bangalore hotel.
Day 2: Transfer From Bangalore To Mysore
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Mysore (150Kms/3.5Hrs), "The City of Palaces".
Evening visit 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.
Check in to your hotel and overnight stay at Mysore hotel.
Travel from Bangalore to Mysore
Day 3: Full Day Palace & Grandeur Tour At Mysore
Mysore is the cultural capital of Karnataka with excellent architectures, historical sites, shrines and scenic beauty. Post breakfast proceed for full day local sightseeing covering Mysore Zoo, Mysore Palace, St. Philomena's Church, Chamundi Hills, Bull Temple & Jagmohan Gallery.
Visit the Mysore Zoo (closed on Tuesdays) - It was started by Chamaraja Wodeyar X initially as a private Zoo in 1892. It houses a wide range of animals and is one of the oldest zoos of the country. The Mysore zoo is the only zoo in India to have a Gorilla. The zoo is also a house to Chimpanzees and Orangutans. Other exotic animals found in Mysore zoo are Giraffes, Zebras, White Deer, African Elephants, Bears, Porcupines, Rhinoceros, Tapir, Otters etc.
Visit the famous Mysore Palace (or Maharaja's Palace). This historical, royal place of residence of the Wadiyars is a splendid architectural feat and houses artefacts from the historic times. The Palace is set in carefully laid out gardens. It is a beautiful three storied stone building of fine gray granite and rich pink marble domes, overlooking this structure is a five-storied 145 foot tower whose domes are gilded in gold. Entry to the palace is through "Gombe Thotti" or Doll's Pavillion with traditional dolls of different times displayed and a wooden elephant decorated with gold. The kingdom's motto, "never be terrified" is written in Sanskrit on the entrance gate and the arch.
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.
Visit Jaganmohan Palace, an art gallery built during rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1861 displays largest collections of artefacts in South India.
Mysore is also an ideal shopping destination. Explore shopping at the local market. Take home Mysore silk saris, Mysore sandalwood artefacts & handicrafts, incense sticks, coffee, wooden toys and traditional Mysore paintings called Ganjifa paintings. Return back to hotel. Overnight stay at Mysore hotel.
Mysore Zoo is closed on Tuesdays
Day 4: Transfer From Mysore To Coorg Via Dubare Elephant Reserve
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Coorg (120Kms/3Hrs). Enroute visit Dubare Elephant Camp.
Dubare Elephant Camp - Located 30Kms from Madikeri, this camp has plenty of Asiatic Black Elephants which are trained under naturalists. Tourists can participate in various activities like feeding the elephants with ragi, jaggery, sugarcane, banana and coconuts & bathing the elephants in the river at a nominal cost. Enjoy elephant ride, jungle safari, and bird watching at Dubare Elephant Camp. Indulge in adventure sports like river rafting & coracle rides. Elephant Rides are arranged between 10 am to 12 pm and between 4 pm to 5 pm only.
Later proceed to the hotel. Overnight stay at Coorg.
Dubare Elephant Camp Timings - 9:00 am – 11:00 am & 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
Travel from Mysore to Coorg
Day 5: Coorg Full Day Sightseeing Tour With Nisargadham
Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views make Coorg a popular holiday destination. Post breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Coorg.
Visit Bylakuppe - largest Tibetan settlement in South India famous for the Golden Temple (or Namdroling Monastery) it holds some excellent examples of Tibetan architecture and artwork with elaborately decorated temple tower and ornate outer walls, intricately adorned with beautiful murals. The red doors have giant golden knockers. Inside, one has the privilege of witnessing the enormous 40 feet high golden statues of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Sakyamuni and Amityaus, surrounded by lovely paintings of various aspects of Tibetan Buddhist mythology.
Cauvery Nisargadhama - This is an ecological park which is a popular holiday destination for all nature lovers and is sure to give you a much-needed break from the busy city life. It is equipped with a deer park, a lake for boating, provisions for elephant rides and a small snack shack. You need to pass a small bridge over the joyfully flowing River Kaveri to enter this island, and it can be best enjoyed just post monsoon; when the entire island is brimming with lush greens.
Post lunch visit Abbey Falls - Located 8kms from Madikeri town. Abbey Falls is situated in the middle of coffee plantations and spice estates. It is one of the best waterfalls in Coorg region. Abbey Falls cascades down the rocky slopes from a height of 70 feet into a pool. A hanging bridge has been built across the gorge here, from where the visitors can get a beautiful view of the falls. A Kali Mata temple on the other side of the bridge is also not to be missed. The path leading to the waterfalls is filled with thick vegetation and offers wonderful experience.
Madikeri Fort (closed on Mondays) - Still preserving its old charm, Madikeri Fort is one of the most famous historical landmark located in Coorg. An excellent example of spectacular architectural designs and styles of construction, the fort also houses Madikeri Fort Museum & the Kote Maha Ganapathi Temple. The elevated structures of the fort also provide panoramic views of the town, which is undoubtedly breathtaking and beautiful.
Sri Omkareshwar Temple - The Omkareshwara Temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated in the town of Madikeri. The speciality of the temple is that its construction reflects a mix of Gothic and Islamic styles.
Raja's seat - The Raja’s Seat, which means the “Seat of Kings”, is a brick and mortar structure with four pillars. It is a popular viewpoint inside a splendid garden of seasonal flowers and musical fountains. The best time to visit Raja's Seat is during the early morning and evening hours to witness breathtaking views of Sunrise & Sunset. There is also an attraction of the Toy Train for children to enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains.
Later proceed to hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Coorg hotel .
Day 6: Transfer From Coorg To Ooty
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Ooty (224km/6hr). On arrival check in to the hotel and relax. Ooty has been rightly titled as "The Queen of Hills" in South India and is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level,the Nilgiri Mountain Railway that connects Ooty with Mettupalayam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay at Ooty hotel.
Travel from Coorg to Ooty
Day 7: Full Day Ooty Local Sightseeing
Post breakfast get assistance and proceed for full day local sightseeing tour at Ooty covering Doddabetta Peak, Tea Museum, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden & Ooty Lake.
Doddabetta Peak - one of the highest mountains in the Nilgiris surrounded by a reserved forest and lush greenery. Get a bird’s eye view of Ooty from the peak. Visit the telescope house to get a good view of the surrounding valleys and hills including the “Chamundi Hills”.
Visit Tea Museum and learn about the origin of different kinds of tea leaves. Appreciate the method of tea processing by CTC (Cut, Twist and Curl) machines and buy specially crafted tea souvenirs. Proceed to Tea Estate View Point snap photographs and make it as a memorable moment in your lifetime.
Post lunch proceed to 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 dispalys 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.
Visit the Shooting Point - featuring picturesque scenery often used by filmmakers and photographers. Climb a steep hill to reach the main viewpoint offering vistas of rolling green hills and tall trees. You can explore the surrounding are by foot or on horseback.
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 8: 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.