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Introduction:

Bangalore officially known as Bengaluru is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It has a population of over ten million, making it a megacity and the third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India. It is located in southern India on the Deccan Plateau. Its elevation is over 900 m (3,000 ft) above sea level, the highest of India’s major cities.

Mysore officially Mysuru, is the third most populous city after Hubli–Dharwad and second single largest city in the state of KarnatakaIndia.It is also the second largest urban agglomeration in Karnataka in population . It is located he foothills of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of Bangalore and spread across an area of 152 km2 (59 sq mi). The estimated population is 1,014,227 as of 2017. Mysore City Corporation is responsible for the civic administration of the city, which is also the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division.

It served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries from 1399 until 1956. The Kingdom was ruled by the Wadiyar dynasty, with a brief period of interregnum in the 1760s and 70s when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power. The Wadiyars were patrons of art and culture and contributed significantly to the cultural and economic growth of the city and the state. The cultural ambiance and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet Cultural Capital of Karnataka.

Kodagu or coorg is an administrative district in Karnataka, India. Before 1956 it was an administratively separate Coorg State, at which point it was merged into an enlarged Mysore State. It occupies an area of 4,102 square kilometres (1,584 sq mi) in the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka. In 2001 its population was 548,561, 13.74% of which resided in the district’s urban centres, making it the least populous of the 30 districts in Karnataka.

The district is bordered by Dakshina Kannada district to the northwest, Kasargod district of Kerala to the west, Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, Kannur district of Kerala to the southwest, and the Wayanad district of Kerala to the south. Agriculture is the most important factor that upholds the economy of Kodagu and the main crops cultivated in this region are rice and coffee. Coorg is rich in natural resources which included timber and spices. Madikeri (English: Mercara) is the headquarters of Kodagu.

Kodagu is known for its coffee and its people. The people include indigenous (Kodavas) and other ethnic groups (Arebashe Gowdas and Kodava subgroups). The chief languages presently spoken in Kodagu are KodavaAre BhasheTulu and Malayalam. Kodagu is home to the native speakers of the Kodava language.

Udagamandalam or Ooty  is a town and municipality in Tamil Nadu, India. It is located 86 km north of Coimbatore and 128 km south of Mysore and is the capital of the Nilgiris district. It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills.

Originally occupied by the Toda people, the area came under the rule of the East India Company at the end of the

18th century. The economy is based on tourism and agriculture, along with the manufacture of medicines and photographic film. The town is connected by the Nilgiri ghat roads and Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Its natural environment attracts tourists and it is a popular summer destination. In 2011, the town had a population of 88,430.

Coonoor  is a Taluk and a municipality in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil NaduIndia. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor is located at an altitude of 1,850 m (6,070 ft) above sea level, and is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. It is an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris. The nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport about 79 km from Coonoor town. As of 2011, the town had a population of 45,494. Coonoor is also home to the Pasteur Institute of India, which is responsible for producing Anti-rabies Vaccine and DPT group of Vaccines for the Expanded Program of Immunization of Government of India.

Best Travelling places in Bengalore-Mysore-Ooty-Coorg:

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Golden Temple at Bailkuppe,Omkareshwara temple, Raja Seat-One, Cauvery river and Cauvery Nisargadhama.

Abbey Falls,Bagmandala, and Dubare Forest-One can enjoy Elephant Safari.

Mysore Palace,Mysore Zoo,Brindavan Gardens,Krishna Raja Sagar Dam,Rail Museum.

Ooty Lake, Botanical Gardens, Doddbetta Peak, Dolphin’s Nose, tea gardens and Sim’s Park.

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        Parks 

  • Lal Bagh is a botanical garden, commissioned by the Hyder Ali in 1760. The 240-acre (0.97 km2) park is home to over 1000 species of flora and a Glass House. The park is known for its annual flower show. The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by the founder of BangaloreKempe Gowda I. The Lal Bagh Rock, dates back to 3000 million years, is another attraction.
  • Cubbon Park is located in the heart of the city and spreads over 300 acres (1.2 km2). The park was created in 1884, by Major General Richard Sankey. The park is home to numerous trees and plants that span over 68 general and 96 species. The park is also known for its kids train.
  • Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park (JP park) is on an 85-acre (340,000 m2) site at Mathikere in the north-west area of Bangalore. The park has four lakes, lawns spread over 25 acres (100,000 m2), over 250 varieties of trees and shrubs can be found there all the time.

Historical monuments

    Nature

  • Dodda Alada Mara, a big banyan tree located in Ramohalli (28 km away). This tree covers 3 acres (12,000 m2) and is one of the largest of its kind. It is at least 400 years old.
  • Bugle Rock (called Kahale Bande is a massive rock situated in Basavanagudi which is an abrupt rise above the ground of peninsular gneiss as the main rock formation and with an assessed age of about 3000 million years.
  • Thottikallu is a place 25 km from Bangalore off the Kanakapura road which is famous for a falls called Thottikallu falls more popularly known as TK falls.
  • Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is a hill fortress of southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. It is located just 3 to 5 km from Chickballapur Taluq, 60 km from Bangalore. It is 4851 ft (1478 m) above sea level. Nandidurg hill, known commonly as Nandi Hills, is the source of the PennerPonnaiyar and Palar rivers. Nandi Hills gets its name from an ancient Nandi temple situated on this hill. This temple has a thousand year old sculpture of Nandi. An ancient lord Shiva and Parvati temple also adorns this hill.
  • Makalidurga – is a great place near Doddaballapura, around 60 km from Bangalore which offers a great opportunity to trek and enjoy the surroundings.
  • Savandurga – is just 55 km from Bangalore and is considered one of the largest monolithic rocks in Asia. It is an ideal trekking place. The peak offers a great view of the surrounding landscape.
  • Kaivara, cave temples 60 km away near Chikkaballapur.
  • Tippagondanahalli Reservoir, also known as T G Halli or Chamarajsagar, is located at the confluence of the Arkavathy River and Kumudavathi River, 35 km west of Bangalore.
  • Lakes in Bangalore include Ulsoor Lake, DRDO Lake, Sankey tankHesaraghatta Lake, Yediyur Lake, Nagavara Lake (also called Lumbini Lake), Hebbal Lake, Madiwala Lake, Kempanbudi Lake, Varthur Lake, Bellandur Lake among others.

Wildlife-

  • Bannerghatta National Park is situated 22 km south of Bangalore. This hilly place is the home for one of the richest natural, zoological reserves. The 25,000 acre (101 km2) zoological park makes this a major tourist attraction of Bangalore, which is very crowded during weekends and holidays.
  • Butterfly Park is spread across 7.5 acres (30,000 m2) of land. It comprises a butterfly conservatory, museum and an audio-visual room. The butterfly conservatory has a polycarbonate roof and is a 10,000 sq ft (1,000 m2). circular enclosure, inside which the living environment has been carefully designed to support over 20 species of butterflies. The environment has a tropical setting — complete with the humid climate, an artificial waterfall, a narrow walking bridge and host plants and shrubs that attract butterflies.
  • Birds at Hebbal lake – The habitat at Hebbal lake is favoured by many species of water birds including large waterbirds such as the spot-billed pelicanEurasian spoonbillshovellerpintailgarganeylittle grebecoot and the spot-billed duck. The shallow zone supports sandpipers and other waders as well as purple moorhenspurple herons and grey herons.[7] Nearly 350 species of birds have been recorded from the Bangalore region of which around 60 species may be seen with ease. Bangalore has an active bird watching club that meets every Sunday.
  • Bangalore Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in India. It is located at the entrance of Cubbon Park in BangaloreIndia, and was established in 1983. It has a variety of exotic cultivable as well as ornamental fish on display.

Amusement parks

  • Lumbini Gardens is an eco friendly public park on the banks of the Nagawara Lake near Hennur. It has a swimming pool, rides and water boating facility.
  • Wonderla is an amusement park located near Bidadi, 28 kilometers from Bangalore.
  • Innovative Film City is an amusement and theme park with go karting, and stage and studio facilities.
  • iplay is an ice-skating rink at the phoenix market city. It is the only natural ice rink in Karnataka.
  • Fun World is an amusement park in Jayamahal road close to Palace Grounds.
  • Snow City is an indoor snow centre in Jayamahal road close to Palace Grounds.
  • Flight 4 Fantasy is an entertainment flight simulation centre located in The Forum Mall in Koramangala.
  • Talk To The Hand at Jayanagar 4th block is a Laser Tag Entertainment center for all age groups.
  • Fever Pitch Basecamp near Savanadurga is an camping destination with woodsballall terrain vehicle rides, kayakingcanoeing, swimming in natural waters, RappellingZiplineacross terrain and jungle camping in Tents with sleeping bags and campfires.
  • Breakout Escape Experience: Located in Koramangala, this place offers a unique experience for thrill and fun seekers. Visitors, as a team, are locked in a room. They have a mystery to solve in less than 60-mins and escape from the room.

Bengalore-Mysore-Ooty – Coorg  best time to visit:

October to February.This is one of the best times of the year to visit Mysore because the weather is cool with temperature dipping to a minimum of 10°C. December is considered to be the coldest month with the temperature dipping in the evenings. This is also a popular season for couples, especially honeymooners.

Tour programme:

Day 1-Pick from Bangalore Airport/Station and transfer to Coorg. Enroute visit Golden Temple at Bailkuppe, Visit Omkareshwara temple, Raja Seat-One, Cauvery river and Cauvery Nisargadhama (if time permits),Bangalore to Coorg distance 245km aprox. Overnight at Coorg.

Day 2-Morning after Breakfast Start for Local Coorg Sightseeing Visit Abbey Falls,Bagmandala, and Dubare Forest-One can enjoy Elephant Safari. Overnight at Coorg.

Day 3-Morning breakfast check out hotel drive to Mysore(distance 107km aprox) on arrival check in hotel after refresh visit Mysore Palace,Mysore Zoo,Brindavan Gardens,Krishna Raja Sagar Dam,Rail Museum etc an evening return back to hotel and overnight stay Mysore.

Day 4-Morning breakfast check out hotel drive to Ooty(distance 126km aprox) on arrival check in hotel after refresh visit Ooty Lake, Botanical Gardens, Doddbetta Peak, Later drive to Coonoor and visit its major tourist places like Dolphin’s Nose, tea gardens and Sim’s Park. After exploring these places, we will visit Coonnor toy train and evening return back to Ooty and visit its famous film shooting locales. Enjoy an overnight stay in the hotel in Ooty.

Day 5-Morning after breakfast proceed for excursion trip to Coonoor. Located only 19 kms away from Ooty, Coonoor is the 2nd largest hill station in the Nilgiris, surrounded by the tea plantations, at an altitude of 1858 mts. Coonoor is the home of the Coon tribe. Some of the better-known attractions include the Dolphin’s Nose, the Lamb’s Rock, the Law’s Fall, St Catherine Falls and Sim Park, which is a botanical garden. This is the first of the three Nilgiri hill stations-Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Kotaguri and Coonoor. Like Ooty, it’s on the miniature train line from Mettupalayam. The town is smaller and much less developed, and enjoys a milder climate. It is a very pleasant place to relax, with an interesting market.Evening Drive back to Ooty. Overnight at ooty.

Day 6- Morning breakfast check out hotel sight seen around in Ooty afterward drive to Bangalore(Distance 278km aprox). On arrival check in hotel and overnight stay Bangalore.

Day 7-Morning breakfast sight seen around in Bangalore and overnight stay at Bangalore hotel. (10 Hours/100 Kms)

Day 8-Morning breakfast check out hotel transfer bangalore airport for onward journey.

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