Mysore & Coorg #2: Day 1 – Mysore sightseeing

Mysore is approx 185 Kms and 3.5 hrs drive from Bengaluru airport. The drive is smooth once you escape Bengaluru traffic.

The route has multiple outlets of Cafe Coffee Day and a local chain Adyar Ananda Bhavan AKA A2B, for short breaks. Adyar Ananda Bhavan serves North and South Indian veg. food. In the morning, they serve only South Indian breakfast. Prefer this for good food, ample parking space, children play area and relatively cleaner loo options.

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A cup of filter coffee and a humble dosa was just enough to keep us going.

Hotel Ruchi the Prince was our accommodation for the next 2 days. Post check-in formality, lunch and a couple of hours of rest, we were all set to explore Mysore.

Our first day’s itinerary included,

  • Mysore Palace
  • Mysore Sand and Sculpture Museum
  • Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

Mysore Palace:

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We started with the Mysore Palace to catch a glimpse of the lifestyle of maharajas. You can explore on your own or take an audio-visual guide to get more details of various points of interest inside the palace. Palace illumination on every Sunday and on all public holidays from 7 PM to 7:30 PM provides a good photo opportunity.

Approx Time: 1 to 1.5 hrs.

Related Links:

Mysore Palace Official Site

Mysore Palace on Wikipedia 

Mysore Palace on TripAdvisor

Mysore Sand and Sculpture Museum:

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Next stop was Mysore Sand and Sculpture Museum en route Chamundi Hills. This artistic museum houses more than 100 sculptures based on various themes like religious epics, fairy tales, history, wildlife, culture etc.

Approx Time: 15-20 mins.

Related Links:

Sand and Sculpture Museum on TripAdvisor

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple:

Mahisasur Statue at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
Mahisasur Statue at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

Located on the top of Chamundi hills, Sri Chamudenshwari Temple is a place of worship of goddess Durga. There is also a statue of Mahisasur, from which Mysore has got its name.

Besides the temple, there is a place from where you can have a panoramic view of the city but the untrimmed plants obstruct the views. There is another spot around a KM down the temple which has much better, unobstructed views of the city.

Approx Time: 2 Hrs including an hour of to and fro travel. Time taken at temple relies on rush which is higher on Sundays, holidays and festive season.

Related Links:

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple Official Site

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple on Wikipedia

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple on TripAdvisor

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The evening was well spent with a candle light dinner at the sprawling lawns of the hotel. Garden with a nicely done landscape, flowing stream in between, ghazals on big projected screen combined with good North Indian fare was more than enough to retire for the day.

More than food, it is the ambiance that makes this place worth considering if you happen to be in Mysore.

Next: Day 2 – Mysore Zoo and Vrindavan Garden

Previous: Pre-Trip Musings


Mysore & Coorg #1: Pre-Trip Musings

Mysore-Coorg trip during February ’17 was a result of my inaction to book Mumbai-Udaipur flight tickets on time in December ’16. The prices increased by half and my VFM conscious conscience did not allow me to go ahead.

This was supposed to be the first vacation with our soon-to-be-three year young son, barring a couple of weekend trips nearby Mumbai. The inaction I referred to earlier had less to do with ignorance than reluctance, induced by my son getting down with fever whenever we planned a trip around.

But the flight ticket prices overweighted the reluctance and one fine evening we found ourselves planning the itinerary.

Coorg is 4.5 to 5 hrs continuous drive from Bangalore and this being a tread-cautiously trip, we sneaked in Mysore in our itinerary. Another reason for Mysore was the Mysore Zoo.

Coorg is a district and has primarily two locations for tourists. Kushalnagar and Madikeri. Coming back to Bangalore from Coorg would again be tiring, so we let Mangalore too sneak-in the itinerary for an overnight stay.

The Itinerary:

Day 1: Mumbai – Bangalore – Mysore

Day 2: Mysore

Day 3: Mysore – Kushalnagar (Coorg)

Day 4: Kushalnagar – Madikeri (Coorg)

Day 5: Madikeri

Day 6: Madikeri – Mangalore

Day 7: Mangalore – Mumbai

Next was the selection of accommodation options. What can be better than Trip Advisor for the same.

Mysore: Ruchi The Prince

Kushalnagar: Coorg Jungle Camp

Madikeri: Serene Woods

Mangalore: Ginger

Bookings were done and the countdown started, so was the preparation!

Next: Day 1 – Mysore Sightseeing