"If you're twenty two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel - as far as widely as possible. Sleep on the floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go." - Anthony Bourdain.
Call Mysore the 'Wonder of Two', because it is the the 2nd biggest city in Karnataka and is home to the 2nd most popular tourist attraction in India, the Mysore Palace. It is also tagged as the ‘Palace City of India’. Mysore is all about natural beauty, evergreen stretches of mountains teemed up with the warmth of locals. Popular tourist attractions in Mysore are Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Chamundi Hills, St.Philomena's Church and Brindavan Gardens.
Top picks in Mysore
The Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, is a perfect example of the Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture. The tiles on the floor, admirable painted ceilings, exquisite ivory and silver doors show the detailed craftsmanship involved in its construction. The place truly casts a magical spell over you the moment you see it this charismatic structure. With its opulence and splendour, Mysore Palace speaks out the glories of the past.
Brindavan Gardens is an excellent green patch in Mysore spread across 150 acres of land. It is a beautifully maintained garden which records a big chunk of visitors round the year to see the much-talked about fountain and light show in the evening.
St. Philomena’s Church
Built in early 1900s, St. Philomena's Church is one of the oldest and largest churches in India. Constructed in Neo Gothic style, the nave in the congregation hall resembles a cross. It is also considered as the second largest church in Asia.
Another interesting place to visit in Mysore is the Chamundi Hills and the Chamudeshwari Temple. The goddess Chamundeshwari is worshiped at the beautiful carved little temple built at the top of Chamundi hill.
i. The best time to visit Mysore is October-February. The temperature varies from 16-27° C.
ii. They celebrate a ten day Dashhera festival in a royal manner. The last day of the festival is Vijayadashami.
iii. Mysore’s silk and handmade wood-art are popular world-wide
iv. The best dosas are made in Mysore and must be eaten when in Mysore.
Coorg, also known as the 'Scotland of India', is a mountainous and regulative district in Karnataka. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Coorg include Madikeri Fort, Raja’s Seat, Kaveri Nisargdham, Abby Waterfalls, Irupu Falls and the Buddhist Golden Temple. It is an amazing and maniacal world of awesome! Nothing like you've experienced before.
Bylakuppe, one of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India. A place where peace, calmness, serenity and positivity can be felt all at once. It is the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. There are approximately 7,000 students and monks at this monastery.
If you're looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city life, Coorg is the best place to visit. It offers breath-taking view of nature and rightly lives up to it's tagline, 'traveller's paradise'.
i. Some of India's and world's best coffee is grown in Coorg. Apart from coffee, visitors should also try the local spices and honey.
ii. It is commonly known as the land of cardamom, colonels, coffee and cauvery.
iii. Pandi curry (pork curry) and Nool Puttu (rice noodles) are the local dishes that must be tried.
Plan your getaway to these beautiful hill stations with our Mysore and Coorg tour packages.
Author : Sukaina Meghani