South India really has a distinct culture that sets it apart from the rest of the country. Not only that, each state in south India has managed to retain its own distinct identity. Intricate temple architecture, historical ruins, palm fringed canals, hills, and beach will provide you with a varied and interesting trip to south India. Don't miss these five must see south India tourist places.
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: Full Day Sightseeing At Mysore With Brindavan Gardens
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 Templ & 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 artifacts in South India.
In the 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. The main attraction at the Brindavan Gardens is the beautiful array of musical fountains. Coupled with laser lights, these fountains are synchronised to music and go live at the time when the garden is lit up.
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.
Day 3: Transfer From Mysore To Wayanad
Post breakfast checkout from hotel and proceed to Wayanad (180Kms/3.5Hrs). Wayanad 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.
On arrival visit Pookot Lake, a placid freshwater lake. Enjoy boating amid fresh air and green ambience.
Later transfer to hotel and check in. Evening free for own activity. Overnight stay at Wayanad.
Travel from Mysore to Wayanad
Day 4: 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 5: Transfer From Wayanad To Bangalore
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Bangalore(280km/6hr), also known as Bengaluru (Kannada) is the capital of the Indian State of Karnataka. Bangalore is nicknamed the Garden City. On arrival check in to the hotel and relax . Overnight stay at Bangalore hotel
Travel from Wayanad to Bangalore
Day 6: Departure From Bangalore To Airport/railway Station
Post checkout from your hotel today, get ready for your transfer to Bangalore Airport/Railway station for your onward journey.