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The Golden Chariot Train - Photo Courtesy - I Chattopadhyaya

The Golden Chariot is a luxury tourist train that connects the important tourist spots in South India. It is named after the Stone Chariot in the Vitthala Temple at Hampi. The Golden Chariot started in 2008 and is operating between the months of October-March with a departure every week on Monday and is targeted towards a Palace on Wheels Rajasthan type experience for Inbound traveler to South India.

The Golden Chariot offers accommodation in 44 cabins in 11 coaches. It also has two restaurants, a lounge bar, and conference, gym and spa facilities. It has onboard Wi-Fi connectivity, and satellite antennae providing live television service in the cabins.

The Golden Chariot offers 2 itineraries. The itineraries are named Pride of the South and Splendor of the South.

Pride of the South is a 7 nights and 8 days itinerary during which several tourist places in Karnataka are covered. The destinations covered during Pride of the South are Bangalore, Kabini, Srirangapatnam, Mysore, Shravanabelagola, Belur, Halebidu, Hampi, Badami, Pattadakal and Goa.

Splendours of the South Covers Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Trichy / Thanjavur, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Poovar, Backwaters of alleppey, Cochin.

The Golden Chariot as an experience is an exclusive inbound centric traveler experience and therefore only recommended for Western traveler segment.

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  • Kumari Amman Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The Kumari Amman Temple in Kanyakumari is a Devi temple located on the shore and is considered one more

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    Kanyakumari ( 1 Kms )
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial is where Swami Vivekananda, great philosopher is believed to have more

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    Kanyakumari ( 1 Kms )
  • Thanumalayan temple Suchindram

    Temple or Holy Place
    Thanumalayan temple is a unique temple built in 17th century representing trinity of Lord Brahma, more

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    Kanyakumari ( 13 Kms )
  • Our Lady of Ransom Church is more than 100 year old and is incredibly 153 m tall. Church was built more

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    Kanyakumari ( 3 Kms )
  • Vattakottai Fort

    Heritage Site
    Vattakottai Fort is an 18th-century fort overlooking the sea and offering excellent more

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    Kanyakumari ( 7 Kms )
  • Lord Datta Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Datta Temple is a second Datta Dham called "Anusaya Datta Dham" built near Vattakotai temple more

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    Kanyakumari ( 7 Kms )
  • St. Francis Xaviers church at set near Nagercoil, where the missionary St. Francis Xavier resided more

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    Kanyakumari ( 11 Kms )
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace between Nagercoil and Trivandrum is example of 17th Century Kerala more

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    Kanyakumari ( 33 Kms ), Trivandrum ( 50 Kms )
  • Mathur Aqueduct

    View Point
    Mathur Aqueduct is built over the Pahrali River at 60 km from Kanyakumari and is one of the more

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    Kanyakumari ( 60 Kms )
  • Baywatch Wax Museum

    Museum, Theme Parks
    Baywatch is a a water park and also has a a wax museum having statues of many personalities, more

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    Kanyakumari ( 2 Kms )
  • Chitharal Jain Monuments

    Temple or Holy Place
    Chitharal Jain Monuments are impressive rock shelters and idols dated 9-11th Century at 55 kms more

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    Kanyakumari ( 55 Kms )
  • Olakaruvi Waterfalls

    Adventure, Natural Wonders
    Olakaruvi Waterfalls are set about 30 kms from Kanyakumari, is on the middle of a hill and more

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    Kanyakumari ( 30 Kms )
  • Thirparappu Falls

    Natural Wonders
    Thirparappu are renowned waterfalls at 55 kms from Kanyakumari. Here the river Kodayar makes its more

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    Kanyakumari ( 55 Kms )
  • Thirunandikkara temple a rock-cut cave temple of Pallava art, can be traced back to seventh and more

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    Kanyakumari ( 20 Kms )
  • Thengapattinam Beach

    View Point, Rides
    Thengapattinam Beach is full of coconut groves and has an estuary where river meets the sea. A more

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    Kanyakumari ( 51 Kms )
  • Vattaparai Falls

    Natural Wonders
    Vattaparai Falls are located in the Keeriparai reserve forest at 32 kms from Kanyakumari. There is more

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    Kanyakumari ( 32 Kms )
  • Kodhayar

    View Point
    Kodhayar is a forested area at about 60 kms from Kanyakumari and takes travellers through exciting more

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    Kanyakumari ( 60 Kms )
  • Pechiparai Reservoir

    Lake or Riverside
    Pechiparai Dam is built across the Kodayar River near the confluence of the Kallar, Chittar and more

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    Kanyakumari ( 30 Kms )
  • Mukkadal Reservoir

    Lake or Riverside
    Mukkadal Reservoir is set at about 20 kms from Kanyakumari. The dam is surrounded by scenic hills more

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    Kanyakumari ( 20 Kms )
  • Vadakkunnathan Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Vadakkunnathan Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple at Thrissur. This temple is a classic more

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    Trichur ( 2 Kms ), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 4 Kms ), Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 7 Kms ), Cochin (Kumbhalangi) ( 10 Kms ), Guruvayoor ( 25 Kms ), Cheruthuruthy ( 30 Kms )
  • A complex spread over 54 acres. The complex has an archaeological Museum, a Heritage Museum, a more

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    Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 13 Kms ), Cochin (Bolgatty Island) ( 16 Kms ), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 16 Kms ), Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 19 Kms )
  • Matancherry Palace

    Heritage Site
    Mattancherry Palace known as the Dutch Palace features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, more

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    Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 2 Kms ), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 9 Kms ), Cochin (Kumbhalangi) ( 11 Kms ), Cochin (Bolgatty Island) ( 16 Kms ), Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 20 Kms )
  • Jewish Synagogue at Fort Cochin was built in 1568 and is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth more

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    Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 1 Kms ), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 7 Kms ), Cochin (Kumbhalangi) ( 9 Kms ), Cochin (Bolgatty Island) ( 14 Kms ), Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 20 Kms )
  • Santa Cruz Cathedral was built in 1905. Santa Cruz was proclaimed a Basilica by the Pope John Paul more

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    Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 1 Kms ), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 7 Kms ), Cochin (Kumbhalangi) ( 9 Kms ), Cochin (Bolgatty Island) ( 16 Kms ), Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 20 Kms )
  • Museum of Kerala History is where Important scenes of Kerala history are portrayed through more

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    Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 4 Kms ), Cochin (Bolgatty Island) ( 12 Kms ), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 17 Kms ), Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 25 Kms )
  • St Francis Church is a tourist attraction at Fort Cochin. It was built in 1503 and is the oldest more

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    Cochin (Fort Cochin), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 7 Kms ), Cochin (Kumbhalangi) ( 9 Kms ), Cochin (Bolgatty Island) ( 16 Kms ), Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 20 Kms )
  • Chottanikkara Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Chottanikkara Temple is a renowned pilgrim centre of Hindu goddess Bhagawati near more

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    Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 17 Kms ), Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 20 Kms ), Cochin (Kumbhalangi) ( 22 Kms )
  • Paliam Palace

    Heritage Site
    The Palace is over 450 years old having a typical Kerala Architecture and houses a collection of more

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    Cochin (Bolgatty Island) ( 4 Kms ), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 5 Kms ), Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 7 Kms ), Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 11 Kms )
  • 10 kms from Fort Cochin are a set of backwaters overlooking Kumbhalangi village, a fishermen more

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    Cochin (Kumbhalangi), Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 10 Kms )
  • An elephant training camp on Cochin - Munnar route and a popular for overseas travellers and more

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    Thattekad ( 35 Kms ), Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 36 Kms ), Cochin (Bolgatty Island) ( 40 Kms ), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 40 Kms ), Cochin (Cherai) ( 45 Kms ), Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 45 Kms ), Cochin (Vypeen) ( 50 Kms ), Thodupuzha ( 51 Kms )
  • At Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum one gets a glimpse of Kerala art and crafts. There are live more

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    Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 4 Kms ), Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 7 Kms ), Cochin (Bolgatty Island) ( 9 Kms ), Cochin (Kumbhalangi) ( 10 Kms ), Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 12 Kms )
  • Greenix Village

    Arts Crafts Culture
    A craft village at Fort cochin that offers a wide ranging live performances. A visit here is very more

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    Cochin (Fort Cochin), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 9 Kms ), Cochin (Kumbhalangi) ( 11 Kms ), Cochin (Bolgatty Island) ( 16 Kms ), Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 21 Kms )
  • Kerala Kathakali Centre

    Arts Crafts Culture
    A place that offers a wide ranging live performances of art forms such as Kathakali, Indian more

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    Cochin (Fort Cochin), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 7 Kms ), Cochin (Kumbhalangi) ( 10 Kms )
  • Fort Cochin heritage walk is one recommended for any heritage traveller. The Fort cochin heritage more

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    Cochin (Fort Cochin), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 8 Kms ), Cochin (Kumbhalangi) ( 10 Kms ), Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 20 Kms )
  • Dharmanath Jain Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The Dharmanath Jain temple at Mattancherry is over 100 years old and is one of the prime places of more

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    Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 1 Kms ), Cochin (Willingdon Island) ( 7 Kms ), Cochin (Ernakulam) ( 21 Kms )
  • Ettumanoor Shiva temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple dated mid-16th century. Ettumanoor more

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    Kottayam ( 9 Kms ), Pala ( 16 Kms ), Kumarakom ( 19 Kms ), Vaikom ( 27 Kms )
  • Vaikom Mahadevar Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The Vaikom Mahadevar temple is one of the most celebrated Shiva temples in Kerala and is one among more

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    Vaikom, Kumarakom ( 22 Kms ), Kottayam ( 32 Kms )
  • Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple is a Lord Shiva temple, one of the 108 Shiva temples created by Lord more

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    Kottayam ( 1 Kms ), Kumarakom ( 11 Kms ), Pala ( 27 Kms ), Vaikom ( 31 Kms )
  • Parippu Sree Mahadeva Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    Parippu Sree Mahadeva Temple is a Lord Shiva temple in Kottayam area and one of the 108 Lord Shiva more

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    Kumarakom ( 3 Kms ), Kottayam ( 8 Kms ), Vaikom ( 28 Kms )
  • The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is an 8th century Lord Krishna temple in South Alleppey and is more

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    Alleppey ( 14 Kms )
  • Karumadikuttan

    Heritage Site
    At a distance of 3 kms from Ambalapuzha is the 10th century Karumadikuttan statue, a black granite more

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    Alleppey ( 17 Kms )
  • The ancient St. Sebastian Church at Arthunkal was built by the Portuguese and is a popular centre more

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    Marari ( 7 Kms ), Alleppey ( 21 Kms ), Cochin (Fort Cochin) ( 35 Kms )
  • Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple (1200 year old) is one of the most renowned temples in more

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    Alleppey ( 44 Kms ), Kollam ( 45 Kms )
  • Mannarsala

    Temple or Holy Place
    Sree Nagaraja Temple at Haripad is an ancient and internationally-known centre of pilgrimage for more

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    Alleppey ( 31 Kms ), Kollam ( 51 Kms ), Ashtamudi ( 60 Kms )
  • Pathiramanal Island

    Activity, Rides
    The Pathiramanal Island is a boat ride away from Muhamma / Kumarakom. The island provides more

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    Kumarakom ( 5 Kms ), Alleppey ( 15 Kms )
  • Marari Beach

    View Point
    An idyllic beach, few kms from Alleppey where a number of beach resorts are more

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    Marari, Alleppey ( 15 Kms )
  • Alleppey Beach

    View Point
    A public beach at one end of Alleppey town where locals arrive for more

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    Alleppey ( 2 Kms )
  • Backwaters of Alleppey

    Activity, View Point
    Kuttanad Backwaters in South Alleppey is what gives Kerala Venice of the East tag. Day cruises / more

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    Alleppey ( 1 Kms )
  • Backwaters in Kumarakom

    Activity, View Point
    Kumarakom overlooks Vembanad lake and has its own stretch of Backwaters (much smaller than more

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    Kumarakom, Kottayam ( 15 Kms )
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

    Activity, View Point
    Kumarakom Bird sanctuary is an area overlooking vembanad lake and is renowned for bird population more

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    Kumarakom ( 3 Kms )
  • Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum features arts and artefacts collected by family of Revi more

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    Alleppey ( 2 Kms )
  • Vembanad Lake

    View Point, Rides
    Vembanad lake is one of the largest lake in India and offering guests a comprehensive nature more

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    Kumarakom, Alleppey ( 1 Kms )
  • Amritapuri Ashram

    Temple or Holy Place
    Amritapuri Ashram is headquarter Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) and is a spiritual center and more

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    Kollam ( 33 Kms ), Ashtamudi ( 41 Kms ), Alleppey ( 61 Kms )
  • Sacred Heart Church is a Roman Catholic Church in Pondicherry that is visited for its Gothic more

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    Pondicherry ( 5 Kms )
  • Anglo French Textiles, a Govt of Puducherry Undertaking is one of the leading manufacturers and more

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    Pondicherry ( 5 Kms )
  • Tanjore Palace

    Heritage Site
    The Thanjavur Maratha Palace Complex, known locally as Aranmanai, is the official residence of the more

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    Thanjavur ( 1 Kms )
  • Jaganmohan Palace

    Heritage Site, Arts Crafts Culture
    Jaganmohan Palace is a palace in Mysore (1861) and was initially used by the Wodeyars, kings of more

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    Mysore ( 2 Kms )
  • Vayalur Murugan Temple

    Temple or Holy Place
    The Vayalur Murugan Temple is a 1200 year old Lord Murugan temple near more

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    Trichy ( 12 Kms )
  • Cubbon Park is one of the public park in centre of Bangalore spread over 100 acres and popular more

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    Bangalore ( 1 Kms )
  • St. Marys Forane Church at Champakulam area in Alleppey is one of the oldest Christian churches in more

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    Alleppey ( 15 Kms )
  • 11th Century Chola Style architecture temple hear Kanyakumari railway station. The temple is a more

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    Kanyakumari ( 1 Kms )
  • Sri Ramadevara Dam

    Lake or Riverside
    Sri Ramadevara Dam is a Dam / Reservoir and a scenic spot that is accessed from more

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    Hassan ( 26 Kms )
  • The Archeological Museum in the village displays many items from the ruins, and for the more

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    Hampi ( 5 Kms ), Hospet ( 11 Kms )
  • Gommatagiri Bahubali Statue

    Temple or Holy Place
    Gommatagiri is a renowned Jain pilgrim centre and is home to a 700-year-old (early Vijayanagara more

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    Mysore ( 20 Kms ), Srirangapatna ( 32 Kms ), Hassan ( 96 Kms )
  • Pondicherry is home to India's first and only East Coast Diving Center. There are more than 20 more

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    Pondicherry ( 5 Kms )
  • The Chennakeshava temple at Aralaguppe is a Lord Vishnu Temple built around 1250 A.D in hoysala more

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    Tumkur ( 60 Kms ), Hassan ( 60 Kms )
  • Gorur Dam

    Lake or Riverside
    Gorur Dam is set at 25 kms from Hassan. It is a dam constructed across River Hemavathi having two more

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    Hassan ( 25 Kms )
  • Ramanathapura

    Temple or Holy Place
    Ramanathapura is one prominent pilgrimages of Karnataka. The town is set on River Cauvery and is more

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    Hassan ( 50 Kms )
  • Shettihally Church

    Heritage Site
    Shettihally Church was built by the French missionaries in 1860, the Shettihally Church was more

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    Hassan ( 24 Kms )
  • Devarunda

    Temple or Holy Place
    Devarunda is a small village that is home to a 500 year old temple complex that houses temples of more

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    Sakleshpur ( 28 Kms ), Belur ( 38 Kms ), Hassan ( 68 Kms ), Chikmagalur ( 71 Kms )
  • Jenkal Gudda

    View Point
    The Jenkal Gudda is the second highest peak in Karnataka and is also known as Hodachalli. Jenkal more

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    Sakleshpur ( 29 Kms ), Hassan ( 70 Kms )
  • The Gumbaz

    Heritage Site
    The Gumbaz is a mausoleum built by Tipu Sultan in Srirangapatna, as a tribute to his father Hyder more

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    Srirangapatna ( 5 Kms ), Mysore ( 21 Kms )
  • Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary in North Wayanad bordering Coorg and Nagarhole areas is where more

    Access

    Coorg (Kutta) ( 10 Kms ), Wayanad (Tirunelly) ( 13 Kms ), Nagarhole ( 14 Kms ), Wayanad (Mananthavady) ( 20 Kms )
  • Mosale Temples

    Heritage Site
    Mosale is set at 10 kms from Hassan. Mosale is home to 12th century Hoysala architecture temples. more

    Access

    Hassan ( 10 Kms )