Thanks to the Tibetan temples and monasteries, Bylakuppe on the way to Madikeri from Mysore is a popular destination. Mysore to Bylakuppe is about 85km. Technicaly Bylakuppe is in Mysore district, but closer to Madikeri than Mysore City.
Take the left diversion at a village called Kuppam, that appears just before the Kushalnagar town, after Periyapatna. You'll need about a hours time for the detour and visit the attractions of Bylakuppe.
A little ahead on the highway after Kushalnagar is Kaveri Nisargadhama island, a popular picknik spot.
About 15km southwest of Kushalnagar is Dubare Elephant Camp.
There is a popular advice visitors get while exploring the twin Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebid (Halebeedu) : See the beauty of Belur from outside and Halebid from inside.What this tip essentially means is much of the the artistic extravaganza of the Hoysaleswara temple at Halebid is inside the temple, and that of the Chennakesa...