If you are in the heritage city and are looking to spend your weekend visiting and exploring new places nearby, you are in the perfect place. In this article I will be helping you sketch the best road trip plans to exotic destinations not very far from Mysore.
Known as the Scotland of India, this place is a visual treat. Nature at its best. Its proximity to Mysore and most importantly, the roads leading up to this place, makes it the most sought after destination for a road trip. A hill station, this place hosts thousands of visitors every day. There are many exquisite places that you must definitely visit while here. Its numerous idyllic water falls, the unset points, lush green jungles and panoramic mountain tops, are bound to leave you craving for more.
Distance on road: 107 kms
Places of tourist interest: Mandalpatti, Abbey falls, Raja seat, talakaveri, madikeri, Nisargadhama falls, chelavara falls
Hands down the most popular hill station in India, which is located in between several breathtaking mountains, gardens, lakes and forests. This is Ooty for you. Ooty is also called the “Blue Mountains” Because of the presence of the kunrinji flower (which is blue in color), on the slopes of the Nilgiris mountain range. A hill station that was initially built by John Sullivan was widely known for its architecturally excellent buildings present in several parts of the city. If you are a bullet bike lover than you can rent a Royal Enfield in Ooty from Wheelstreet.com and go around this beautiful town and enjoy your stay there.
Distance on road: 126 kms
Places of tourist interest: Nilgiri toy train ride, doddabetta peak, botanical garden, teas estates, home stays.
This place is particularly famous for Bandipur National park, which is an abode for tigers and other wild animals, belonging to various different species. The jungle safari in particular is a must. The roads of Bandipur is a dream every biker wants to ride on, such is the charm of these roads. If you are not the jungle safari person, you can choose to visit the B R Hills nearby, and enjoy the panoramic view from atop the mountain.
Distance on road – 114 kms
Places of tourist attraction: Bandipur National park, gaganachukki & barachukki falls, Gopalaswamy betta, BR Hills.
Belur was initially the capital of the kingdom of Hoysala. The current attraction of this place is the Channakeshava Temple. Its medieval architectural style stands tall and untouched even in today’s world. It monument best showcases the Hoysala architecture. A perfect place to take some really amazing pictures.
Halebidu is almost like the twin location Belur. Just 23 kms away from Belur, people who visit one usually end up visiting the other. This place again houses the best of Hoysala architecture. The most celebrated ones are the Hoysaleshwara and the Kedareshwara temples. Simply the best place to go on a road trip from Mysore for a weekend. Take that bike on rent already and get going.
Distance on road – 155 kms
Places of tourist attraction: Channakeshwara temple, Hoysaleshwara temple, archaeological museum, Kedareshwara temple.
Travellers paradise is what is Kabini is. Its numerous jungle resorts and home stays, is the reason why a lot of tourists, especially young crown interested in wildlife and photography, flock to this place in large numbers, for weekends. This place has everything for an ideal weekend to unwind. Tiger sighting, elephant camps, other wild animals and birds, deep jungles. And if you have adventure on your mind, then there are a lot of trekking trails that you can go on. Do not miss to catch the sunset by the kabini
Distance on road – 76 kms
Places of tourist attraction: Nagarahole national park, cabin dam, cabin river bank, tiger sighting, jungle trek.
Waynad is another famous hip station in India, situated near the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Its unexplored green hills, magnificent view points, coupled with a rare interesting history, renders this place as one of the best locations for a vacation. Begin your day early, as the sunrise amidst the hills is one of the marvellous scenes you will be witnessing. Walk through the various tea plantations, trek up to the edakkal caves and retire for the day after a stunning performance of the Kerala dance style. Rent a bike from Bangalore or from any near city and you will be assured a well spent weekend.
Distance on road – 131 kms
Places of tourist attraction: Kerala dance form, edukkal caves, sunrise amidst the hills, tea estates.