The rich heritage and colonial history of Mysore is reflected in the culture and historical monuments that are spread across this city. Accurately known as the Cultural Capital of Karnataka, Mysore gleams with the history of the Wodeyars who shaped the city's culture.
A perfect vacation spot for those living away from Mysore, witnessing the glorious Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and more can be amusing for a weekend. However, for the folks of Mysore, craving for more than the glory of the city is natural. So pack your bags for a weekend and plan a fun road trip to these destinations that are just 200 km away from Mysore.
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Located at a distance of 78 km from Mysore, Shivanasamudra is surely the best scenic waterfall that is situated closest to Mysore. Nestled on the river Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is formed from two parts namely Gaganachukki and Barachukki Falls.
Head to the Shivanasamudra Falls during monsoon or just after monsoon since the falls will be at its peak, brimming with water. Visit the Ranganathaswamy Temple located nearby.
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Nagarhole National Park is located 90 km from Mysore, which is a 2-3 hour drive away. Being a part of the Western Ghats, it has a rich biodiversity with rivers, streams, hills and waterfalls spread across the thickets of forest.
Some of the animals you can spot at Nagarhole include four-horned antelope, Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, to name a few. Be ready with binoculars since you can also spot birds like oriental white ibis, red-headed vulture, etc.
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At Coorg, drive through the rolling meadows of coffee and spice plantations coupled with a pleasant climate. It is situated 118 km from Mysore that takes 2-3 hours to reach. A perfect escape into nature, Coorg is dotted with several scenic spots.
Visit Abbey Falls at Madikeri, drive up to Mandalpatti, a peak near Virajpet that offers mesmerising views of the surrounding grasslands and more on your visit to Coorg.
The Chennakeshava Temple is known for its brilliant architecture and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Walk through this huge temple complex and visit the nearby town of Halebidu. Belur is located 158 km from Mysore and takes 3-4 hours to be reached.
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Chikmagalur is relatively an offbeat hill station that is spread with pleasant greenery and balmy climate, which is ideal for growing coffee plantations. Located at the foothills of Mullayanagiri range, it is an ideal getaway for nature lovers.
Adventure enthusiasts can trek to the peak of Mullayanagiri, Kudremukh or go river rafting in river Bhadra. Kemmanagundi is another trekking destination that you can try hiking to. Chikmagalur is located 180 km from Mysore and takes 3-4 hours to be reached.
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Bangalore to Mysore is probably one of the most popular road trip routes. Folks of Mysore can also plan on doing this road trip and visiting the beautiful city of Bangalore.
Stop by various places on the way, like Maddur, for some delicious maddur vada, Channapatna for the famous wooden toys or Ramanagara to witness the glorious rocky outcrops of the town. Bangalore is 150 km from Mysore and it takes 3-4 hours to complete the journey.