Places Around Mysore | Attractions in Mysore
Mysore City | Distance to Mysore
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For the sake of planing the itinerary , let’s divide this into three groups with respect the distance from Mysore city.
The first group is typically a few kilometers apart (about 15-30 minutes travel between attractions). The second group of attractions are located well outside the city, but are popular day trip excursions from Mysore (about 1 hour travel from Myosre city). The last category of attractions are at some distance ( say, about 100km or 2hours ) from Mysore which are popular attractions around Mysore.
If your Mysore tour has a day’s time or more to spare, consider other nearby attractions too. Practically there are way too many places one can visit keeping Mysore as base. It may require many days of day trips to cover even all those popular ones scattered around Mysore. If you are having limited time , pick a few based on your taste and time available. Various routes to explore places around Mysore is described below.
Places around Mysore city
Towards Somnathpur (east of Mysore)Towards the eastern side is the ancient capital of Talakadu with numerous temples buried under sand dunes. Near to Talakkadu is Somnathpur, known for the Hoysala style Keshava temple. Further east of Somnathpur is Shivanasamudra (Bluff) with the twin waterfalls – Gaganachukki and Barachukki ( Bharachukki). Mysore to Somnathpur distance is about 40km. Somnathpur to Talakadu is some 30km. Bluff is another 35km northeast of Talakadu. Somnathpur-Shivanasamudra-Talakadu make a triangular route ideal for a days trip, if one can start a bit early from Mysore and prepare for a bit hectic schedule. Both Shivanasamudra and Talakadu involves some trek.
Madikeri and Coorg area (west of Mysore)
Coorg district (with Madikeri ,its district capital ) located west of Mysore is popular tourist hub by itself. However it is also a day trip destination from Mysore. Tibetan settlement Bylakuppe is one its kind of place in this part of the country, further up Nisargadhama island is a popular picnic destination. Madikeri town, the headquarters of Coorg too has numerous attractions. West of Madikeri , about 45km from Madikeri town is Talakaveri and Bhagamandala. Talakaveri is the fountainhead of Kaveri river in the western ghats.There are some stunning views of the rolling western ghats on the way. On the southern fringes of Coorg district is Nagarhole, a very popular national park. So is Dubare Elephant Camp , 30km east of Madikeri town and 100km west of Mysore. All these can make a ideal theme for an excursion from Mysore. The distance from Mysore to Madikeri is about 120 km. That means about 3-4 hours travel by road.To that extend it is a very busy trip from Mysore, if you are thinking for returning to Mysore on the same day from Madikeri. Kukke Subramanya and Dharmastala are important pilgrimage centers near Mysore. Mysore to Kukke Subramanya is shorter by the Bisle Ghat route (about 170km). However a more drive-able route is via Madikeri (about 200km)
Towards Ooty (south of Mysore)
Another doable day trip from Mysore is a combination of Bandipur (National Park) and Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta. This is on the Mysore to Ooty route. And further southwest , about 140km from Mysore is the Wayanad district of Kerala, nestled in the Western Ghats known for its natural beauty. Kabini River and Nagarhole National Park too are located southwest of Mysore.
Towards Belur (northwest of Mysore)
A highly popular day trip from Mysore is Belur, Halebid and if you are willing for a trek, Shravanabelagola. While the first two are popular tourist attractions for its dexterously carved Hoysala temples, Shravanabelagola is a very important Jain pilgrimage center. The 17 meters (55 feet) tall Gomateshwara ( or Bahubali ) statue at the hilltop is considered as one of the largest monolithic statues in the world. Mysore to Belur is some 150km. Halebid is another 18km northeast of Belur. Shravanabelagola is around 85km north of Mysore. Beyond Belur is Chikmaglur , a popular hill station with numerous coffee plantations.
Towards Srirangapatna and beyond (north of Mysore)
Another popular religious destination in this direction from Mysore is the Vaishnava site, Melkote, that’s about 50km from Mysore. On the way to Melkote some 40km north of Mysore is Tonnuru Kere, a popular spot among youngsters looking for some weekend splash. Obviously all these can not be easily done in a single days trip. So make your selection of itinerary accordingly.