BANDIPUR (80 km):
Once the game preserve
of the Maharaja of Mysore, today it is a tiger reserve
under the Project Tiger situated in the Nilgiris at an
altitude of 885m, the sanctuary harbor tiger, elephants,
Indian bison, leopard, spotted deer and many other
species. Animals can be viewed in close quarters from
Forest Department vans and elephant back. Forest Lodges,
Rest Houses and cottages are available for
accommodation. The best time to visit is Sept- April.
BANERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK (118 KM):
120km from Mysore in the densely forested hilly area
where wild animals like bison, elephant, lion, panther
etc. roam freely. It has a crocodile farm, a snake farm,
a pet's corner, a deer pen and a prehistoric animal
park. Safari vans are available for the visitors to tour
the park to view the animals at close quarters. The park
is open everyday from 900hrs to 1700hrs except on
Tuesdays. The town has an ancient Chamakadharmeswara
temple dedicated to Damodar built by a feudal prince of
BRINDAVAN GRADENS (19km):
are laid out beside the Krishnarajasagar dam. This
immensely popular gardens stretch out in terraces along
the length of the dam. Innumerable fountains and pools
complement many beautiful flowerbeds and lawns. In the
night the garden is transformed into a fairyland with
swirling fountains dancing to the music and colorful
Once the capital of Hoysala
Dynasty after destruction of Halebidu by Malik Kafur,
this small town is situated on the banks of River
Yagachi. It is the home of several beautiful Hoysala
In the 12th century,
Hoysala rulers established their capital by the side of
Lake Dwarasamudra and named after it. It was enclosed
with a wall of enormous boulders. When Malik Kafur of
Delhi Sultanate ransacked the city, the capital was
shifted to Belur and Dwarasamudra was referred as
Halebidu meaning old capital. Hoysaleswara temple and
Kedareswara temple are sculptural extravaganza and fine
examples of Hoysala temple art.
There are three Jain shrines those are beautiful and
popular for their marvelous sculptures.
Once the capital
of Tipu Sultan, Srirangapattana is located on an island
between two branches of Kaveri River. From 1610 to 1799,
it was also the capital of several Mysore kings. The
fort, Darya Daula Bagh (Tipu's Summer Palace), Gumbaz
(Mausoleum built by Tipu for his parents), Juma Masjid,
Sri Ranganathaswamy temple built in 894 AD etc. are
places worthwhile to visit.
SRAVANA BELAGOLA (93km):
township between the Indragiri hills and Chandragiri
hills, Sravanabelagola is a great Jain Centre. It is
160km from Bangalore. Thousands of pilgrims flock to see
the gigantic statue of Jain Saint, Lord Gomteswara also
known as Bahubali. The statue was anointed in 981 AD.
Carved from a single block of stone, the statue stands
17m tall and is visible from 30km away. It is one of the
largest monolithic statutes in the world. There are
several Jain temples and monasteries on the Chandragiri
Hills those are worth visiting.
RANGANATHITU BIRD SANCTUARY (18km):
from Srirangapattana, this bird sanctuary is a feast for
the eyes of bird watchers. Migratory birds from Siberia
and even Americas are seen here. A boar ride around the
many islets offers a wonderful view of herons, ibis,
storks, cormorants and other water birds.
NAGARHOLE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY (93km):
Spread over 570sq.km this wild life sanctuary is
situated on the banks of the Kabini River. A rewarding
stopover for the wild life enthusiasts, this sanctuary
has tigers, leopards, elephants and many species of
monkeys and deer.
Located 60km from Bangalore, a
range of craggy hills, It is a popular health resort of
today. It was also the place where assorted royalty
retired to escape the din of battle and heat of summer.
It has two thousand years old temples dedicated to Lord
The abode of Prassanna
Chennakeswara Temple, one of the three famous Hoysala
temples, Somanathpur is 35km from Mysore. The temple has
a star shaped grand plan with triple shrine. Dedicated
to Lord Vishnu, the temple has idols of Lord Kesava
(main shrine), Lord Janardhana (northern shrine) and
Lord Venugopala (southern shrine).
Often popularly referred, as 'Dakshina
Kasi' (Southern Varanasi) Sivaganga is a pilgrim centre
of great importance. The temples dedicated to
Gangadhareswara and Hanna Devi are located on top of a
4600ft hill whose silhouette looks like the Nandi Bull
from the east, elephant headed Lord Ganesh from the
west, a Sivalinga from the south and a cobra with spread
out hood from the north.
MUTHYALA MADUVU (Pearl Valley):
It is a
popular picnic spot with a 300 feet high waterfall.
Pearl Valley is 44km from Bangalore.
How to Reach
Mysore can be reached by rail and road from any part of
Mysore Airport is just 10 km.
Bangalore that is a 140km away. All domestic airlines
are operating flights to and from Bangalore to all major
cities of the country. A few international flights to
the Middle East are also operated from Bangalore.
By Rail: There are many train services operating
between Bangalore and Mysore. The Shatabdi Express
connects Mysore to Chennai. The ideal route to reach
Mysore is via Bangalore.
By Road: State Highways connect Mysore to the
national Highways and to all parts of the country. Bus
services by Karnataka Road Transport Corporation and
transport corporations of the neighboring states as well
as private tour operators make it easy to reach the city
without any difficulty. It is only a 3 hour journey from