Located in the Hangala village of Bandipur district in Karnataka, Bandipur National Park was recognized as a Tiger Reserve by the Indian Government in 1974. This reserve is one of the best places to visit near Bandipur.
Being a house to a large variety of spices, this tiger safari is known to have the second largest population of tigers in India, with around 120 tigers. Park is best visited during the winter season between October – March. Bandipur Tiger Safari is always the primary choice of people while deciding places to visit around Bandipur forest.
If you visit Coorg and do not hit Abbey Falls, then you missed one of the star attractions of Coorg. Catch the spectacle of Abbe Falls or Abbey Falls in Coorg pouring from a cliff from 70 feet height.
This stunning waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery that takes you closer to nature and is a sight to behold. The scenic grandeur of Abbey Falls shoots up in monsoon. The stream becomes thicker and louder, which is pleasing to ears.
If you love cute and adorable elephants, then visit Dubare Elephant camp in Coorg. A project of Karnataka Forest Department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts, this eco-tourism attraction in Coorg is perfect to know more about ecology, biology, and history of elephants.
But that is not all! You can also have a close-up experience with these mighty creatures. Participate in activities like riding and also feed and wash them.
Nestled between hills, this pilgrim center is famous for the 5000 years old Kukke Subramanya temple on the banks of Kumaradhara river. The epics narrate how the divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes took refuge under Lord Subrahmanya, in the caves.
Here Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped as a snake and pooja is offered to Him, who is merged with serpent king Vasuki. Hence, believed to be the ultimate solace for salvation from any sort of Naga Doshas. A ritual dance called Nagamandala is also performed here.
Located atop Stuart Hill, Madikeri Fort in Coorg defines the beauty and culture of Coorg. This historical monument is probably what you need to see in Coorg for sure. The two-storied heritage property was built by the erstwhile ruler of Kodagu and has gone under several changes.
As you pass through its grand entry gates, you will see two life-size statues of elephants, which are absolutely stunning. You will also find a tortoise sculpture, a museum, and a church in its premises.
The Tiny Tibetan colony in Coorg is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The enclosed calm and the spiritual ambiance of the place welcomes all the visitors. The Tibetan Monastery is located around 6 km from Kushalnagar.
This Place is one of the largest Tibetan settlements in India. There are around 16000 refugees and nearly 6000 monks and nuns in this monastery. This Tibetan settlement at Bail Koppa or Bylakuppe is the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet
One of the popular tourist spots, Raja seat literally means “Seat of the Kings”. Located in the town of Madikeri, it is a beautiful place presenting a refreshing setting and soothing environment.
The place is called as Raja’s Seat because it was the place where Coorg’s kings used to visit and enjoy the beautiful scenic beauty around. The sunset and sunrise make for mesmerising view which is worth captivating in your cameras.
At a height of 1276 m above sea level, Talakaveri is situated near Coorg and is a must-visit on your quick trip to Coorg of 2 days. This location has a small temple that attracts many pilgrims. Not only this but you can also enjoy a small spring called the tirtha kundike or Brahma kundike. Want to know something interesting about it?
It is said that Takakaveri originated from this spring. Apparently, this spring flows underground and emerges after a short distance. Near the temple, there is a huge tank that has been built for pilgrims to take baths and offer prayers. One more thing, in the month of October on Sankramana day, it is believed that one can see sudden bubbles forming in the spring that is a symbol of the appearance of Goddess Cauvery.
Kabini Dam is located in Mysore District, in the South-Western Indian State of Karnataka. It is built on River Kabini, which is a major tributary of River Cauvery in Southern India. The dam forms an enormous reservoir called the Kabini Reservoir near the town of Sargur and is at a distance of about 60 kilometres from Mysore. The location is picturesque with lush green surroundings and the pristine river water flowing serenely towards its destination. Visitors often come here to experience peace; hence the reservoir is a preferred picnic spot for locals. Many travellers are engineering enthusiasts who love exploring structures across the globe and never miss a chance to visit this engineering marvel in South-West India.
Kabini Dam was built in 1974 on River Kabini and is a tourist attraction for the enthralling nature that surrounds the structure. One can explore the dam, the flora and fauna and the river valley and immerse in its serene beauty. The dense forests around are home to a variety of birds, making the location an apt place for bird watching. This area was a hotspot for hunting for Maharajas and British Officers during the Colonial era. The dam, today, is a significant source of water for the Government of Karnataka and helps them supply ample quantity of water to over 20 villages in the state.
Located in the Mysore district of Karnataka, Nagarhole National Park boasts of rich wildlife including both flora and fauna. Located near Bandipur National Park, it is packed with the bounty of raw nature in its best form. Bestowed with best of wildlife, forest cover and varied topography, this place offers gushing streams, gentle slopes and shallow valleys. The place is a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking solitude. A variety of species such as Elephants, Jackals, Tigers, Panthers, Gaurs, Sambars, Spotted Deers, Mongoose, Civet cats, Hyenas, Sloth Bears and over 250 species of birds call this place their home. The park is bounded by Kabini River on the north while Bandipur National park forms its southern boundaries.
A dam of the Kabini River along with its reservoir demarcates the two national parks and is a sight to behold. Other than that, the park also houses stunning vegetation and plantation along with verdant tropical and deciduous forest land. Nagarhole National Park is home to a number of reptiles such as King Cobra, Krait, Indian Rock Python, Russel's Viper, vine snake, Tortoise, Monitor Lizard and Toads. In addition to these, trees such as sandalwood, silver oak, rosewood and teak are found in abundance here.
The Brindavan Gardens have located a level below the Krishna Raja Sagara dam. It is a major tourist attraction near Mysore and is also regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in the state of Karnataka. The most exciting experience at this garden is the musical fountain show that is scheduled in the evenings.
It is one of the must-visit places to enjoy on the Mysore tour. Illuminated fountains, terraces, water channels, lawns, flower beds, and varieties of plants and lovely boating here will make your day. It is inspired by the Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir.
Chamundi Hills is the identifier of Mysore. It is famous for a temple – Chamundeshwari Temple, that was built in the 11th century and has been renovated and turned into a tourist spot. The temple has a 5-meter-tall statue that is said to have been sculpted out of a single rock.
A flight of stairs with 1000 leads to Chamundi Hills that also offers spectacular vistas of the surroundings. On the way, you shall also encounter the statue of Nandi the Bull. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Mysore which you should also not miss.
Also known as the Mysore Maharaja Palace, it is the biggest thing that you will ever notice in Mysore! The palace is situated in the city’s centre, so you know, it cannot be missed anyway. It is a must visit tourist attraction to include in Mysore travel Itinerary.
The architecture is up for appreciation as it is a fine mix of Hindu, Islam, Gothic and Rajput styles. The stunning interior displays intricate craftsmanship. One would transcend to the era of Wodeyar dynasty while feasting eyes on the palace’s exclusive design and properties. The palace is decorated in a grand manner every year during the Dasara festival, which probably is the best time to visit here.
Behind the Karanji Lake is the Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens at Mysore also known as Mysore Zoo. The Zoo is spread over 157 acre of land and houses a huge range of wildlife species not only from our country but animals from around the world.
It is the oldest Zoo in India. More than 2 million tourists across the world visit this zoo every year. Mysore Zoo houses rare avian species which will delight your heart. It is the only zoo where you will see all the three species of Rhino- White, Black and Indian Rhino. It is here the pair of Orangutans, Gorillas and some Chimpanzees were brought into an Indian zoo for the first time in 1977.