Mysore is the cultural capital of Karnataka and the second largest city in the state. It is a famous tourist destination in South India known for its opulent and royal ambience. The old world charm of Mysore city along with its well-manicured gardens, heritage mansions and shady avenues leave an everlasting memory in the minds of its visitors. Here is a guide to some of the weekend getaways around Mysore.
The very location of Srirangapatna makes a trip to this historic town worthwhile. Srirangapatna is an island surrounded by two branches of the Cauvery River. The island is very close to Mysore and covers an area of around 13 square kilometers. Srirangapatna is a popular tourist destination because of its historical significance. The town itself gets its name from the magnificent Ranganathaswamy temple. Built in the 9th century, the temple has seen various embellishments over the years. As a result, today it stands as an example of a composite architecture of the Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles.
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Sangama is a scenic spot located around 92 km from Bangalore. The place represents the point where the Arkavati River merges with the Kaveri. The journey from Bangalore takes around two hours and one of the highlights of a trip to Sangama is definitely the ride from Bangalore. There are some unexpected twists and turns on the road that make the trip rather interesting and also a fabulous view of the rivers can be enjoyed. The waters of the rivers at the Sangama are rather shallow, giving you a chance to wade in and take a dip.
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A temple town located in the Mysore district, 2155 ft above sea level, Nanjangud is rich in its heritage. It was ruled by the Gangas initially, then by the Hoysalas, and then by the Mysore Wodeyars. It is also said that both Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, the rulers of Sri Rangapattana had a very close association with Nanjangud.
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The 17.5 mt high statue of Gomateshwar will be visible long before you reach the town of Sravanabelagola. The statue, which dates back to 978 AD, stands testimonial to the fact that Sravanabelagola has been one of the most important Jain pilgrimage spots over the ages. Sravanabelagola literally means the Monk of the White Pond. The statue is the world's largest monolithic structure and is carved from a single stone.
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The Bandipur Forest Reserve area is one of the better known tiger reserves in India, boasting of a tiger population of nearly 70. It lies just 80 km from Mysore and about 220 km from Bangalore, and you can drive down from either of the cities. Located on the banks of the Kabini River, the Bandipur forest area is also home to many wild animals like the panther, bison, many species of deer, wild elephants, wild boar, jackal, etc. The many streams feeding the Kabini and other watering holes dotting the landscape provide adequate feeding grounds to all residents in the forest reserve.
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The beautiful temple of Lord Shiva is the highlight of a visit to the MM Hills, but the area is also a must-see for nature lovers. The stunning temple edifice is located close to dense forests and a trip to Male Mahadeshwara Hills can be invigorating for both your body and soul.
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Nagarhole literally means 'snake river'. The place derives its name from the gushing river that winds its way through its dense forests in a course that resembles a slithering snake. Located at the Kodagu district of Karnataka. Nagarhole is a much favored haunt of nature lovers and wild life enthusiasts.
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