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Best of Karnataka with Ooty and Pollachi(10 Nights)

Bangalore, Hassan, Mysore, Bandipur, Ooty, Pollachi, Coimbatore

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Holiday Overview

Enroute to Bandipur (Nivalink Trip Dated - 14 April 2011)
Enroute to Bandipur
Jeep Ride in Bandipur
Mysore Palace lit up
Chennakesava Temple Somnathpura (Nivalink Trip Dated - 14 April 2011)
Mysore Palace by the Day
Halebid Temple
Sravanbelagola

Best of Karnataka with Ooty and Pollachi offers travellers exploration of classic heritage areas of Karnataka such as Hassan, Mysore alongwith wildlife area of Bandipur, colonial heritage of Ooty and experiential plantation character of Pollachi.

Route

Bangalore(1) - Hassan(1) - Mysore(2) - Bandipur(1) - Ooty(3) - Pollachi(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Bangalore
  • Day-2 Proceed to Hassan. Visit Halebid / Belur Temple
  • Day-3 Proceed to Mysore via Sravanbelagola. Afternoon visit to Mysore Palace.
  • Day-4 Sightseeing and Excursions In around Mysore
  • Day-5 Travel to Bandipur Via Mysore. Evening Safari.
  • Day-6 Morning Safari. Travel to Ooty.
  • Day-7 In and around Ooty
  • Day-8 Excursion to Coonoor for heritage train experience
  • Day-9 Travel to Pollachi
  • Day-10 Pollachi Exploration
  • Day-11 Departure from Coimbatore
Sightseeing Summary

Bandipur - Wildlife and Bird watching at Bandipur (1.00 kms)

Hassan - Hoysaleshwar Temple Halebidu (32.00 kms), Chennakesava Temples Belur (40.00 kms), Sravanbelagola (51.00 kms)

Mysore - Mysore Palace (1.00 kms), Chennakesava Temple Somnathpura (50.00 kms), Sravanbelagola (81.00 kms)

Ooty - Nilgiri Heritage Train (1.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Bangalore Departure - Coimbatore
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Distances
  • Bangalore to Hassan -200 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Hassan to Mysore -120 kms (3 hrs)
  • Mysore to Bandipur -80 kms (2 hrs)
  • Bandipur to Ooty -50 kms (2 hrs)
  • Ooty to Pollachi -128 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Pollachi to Coimbatore -40 kms (1 hrs)
Route

Bangalore(1) - Hassan(1) - Mysore(2) - Bandipur(1) - Ooty(3) - Pollachi(2) - Coimbatore

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Bangalore Arrival at Bangalore, a popular arrival point. Typically International flights arrive late evening, so stay overnight around Airport.

Day-2 Proceed to Hassan. Visit Halebid / Belur Temple Proceed to Hassan (200 kms - 3.5 hours), base point to visit Halebid, Belur Temples, an architecturally renowned hoysala era temples within 50 kms radius of Hassan.

Day-3 Proceed to Mysore via Sravanbelagola. Afternoon visit to Mysore Palace. Proceed to Mysore (128 kms - 3 hours) via Sravanbelagoda, a renowned Jain pilgrimage and a heritage site (requires climbing several steep steps). Mysore is a renowned stopover on the heritage circuit known for Mysore Palace. Evening visit to Mysore Palace.

Day-4 Sightseeing and Excursions In around Mysore Day excursions to Somnathpura Temple (50 kms) and Srirangapatnam (20 kms).

Day-5 Travel to Bandipur Via Mysore. Evening Safari. Travel to Bandipur (80 kms - 1.5 hours), a renowned Tiger reserve. Afternoon Safari at Bandipur.

Day-6 Morning Safari. Travel to Ooty. Morning Safari at Bandipur before departure to Ooty (6500 ft asl - 50 kms - 1.5 hours). Ooty is a renowned colonial era hill station and one that is renowned for its heritage hotels, superb weather and views.

Day-7 In and around Ooty Explore Ooty and areas around Ooty (Museum, view points, waterfalls, tea plantations).

Day-8 Excursion to Coonoor for heritage train experience Excursion to Coonoor to take the heritage train experience. Return to Ooty by heritage train.

Day-9 Travel to Pollachi Travel to Pollachi (2000 ft asl - 150 kms - 4 hours), a green area at the foothills of western ghats, Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Valparai plantations. Pollachi is renowned for its wide ranging experiences such as village walk.

Day-10 Pollachi Exploration Guests have an option to take Cotton Trail (Textile tour to local ginning, spinning, weaving, dyeing works), Isha Yoga Centre (Dhyanlingam) or bird watching at Valparai.

Day-11 Departure from Coimbatore Depart from Coimbatore (40 kms) for onward departure.

Detailed Sightseeing

Bandipur :

  • Wildlife and Bird watching at Bandipur - Bandipur forests with its deciduous habitat is the ideal spot for viewing animals like elephant, gaur, wild boar, sambhar. 200+ varieties of birds are spotted in the area especially in winter (Oct - March) such as Paradise Fly-Catcher, Hornbill, Woodpecker, Thrush, Crested Hawk Eagle etc. Jeep safaris are arranged by few lodges around the area.

Hassan :

  • Hoysaleshwar Temple Halebidu - Hoysaleswara temple is a 12th century Lord Shiva temple in Halebidu. Temple has been restored and is a major tourist attraction for its temple architecture. Visited by International traveller all round the year.

  • Chennakesava Temples Belur - The Chennakesava Temple is a riverside temple in Belur, erstwhile capital of the Hoysala Empire. Chennakesava is a form of Hindu God Vishnu and the temples are renowned for its temple architecture and visited all round the year by international travellers.,

  • Sravanbelagola - Shravanabelagola is home to statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali and is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism, The statue is set on a hill and requires climbing several hundred steps.

Mysore :

  • Mysore Palace - Mysore palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in India after Taj Mahal with more than 2.7 million visitors. The architectural style of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic but it is a blend of many other architectural styles. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. The palace is 3 storied and entry fee is required to enter. Tourists are not allowed to take photographs inside the palace. Every autumn, the Palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival with the elephant procession on Dussera day being the most sought after event.

  • Chennakesava Temple Somnathpura - The Chennakesava Temple is a 13th Century Lord Vishnu temple at Somanathapura near Mysore and is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. The temple is housed inside an impressive high wall and the entrance to the complex is through a porch with tall lathe-turned pillars. Somnathpura is an attraction for the travellers on the heritage circuit covering Mysore.

  • Sravanbelagola - Shravanabelagola is home to statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali and is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism, The statue is set on a hill and requires climbing several hundred steps.

Ooty :

  • Nilgiri Heritage Train - Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a heritage train service running from Metupallayam to Ooty via Coonoor. The train covers a distance of 41.8 kms travelling through 208 curves, 16 tunnels, and 250 bridges.

Destination Overview

Coimbatore - Coimbatore is the second largest city in state of Tamil Nadu and a major textile and engineering hub. The plantation areas Coonnor and Valparai and hill station of ooty and kodaikanal are accessible from here.

Bangalore - Bangalore (now also called “Bengaluru”) is the state capital of Karnataka and one of the largest Software and ITES (IT Enabled services) center in the world. Bangalore is unofficially now considered as one of the metro cities of India (Alongwith Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi).

Hassan - Hassan is an industrial town located mid-way between Mangalore and Bangalore and base point for guests to visit Halebid and Belur Temples, which are world known for their Hoysala era architecture.

Mysore - Mysore is a heritage destination and well visited for the Mysore Palace and located most centrally to visit a wide ranging destinations around it.

Bandipur - Bandipur is located on the Mysor - Ooty route and is one of the renowned parks in South India known for their tiger sightings and excellent migratory bird population.

Ooty - Ooty (7500 ft asl) is one of the premier hill stations of India. It is known for its colonial heritage feel, heritage train, tea plantations around it, a wonderful weather all through the year (especially in summer) and is home to quite a few renowned boarding schools.

Pollachi - Pollachi is situated 40 kms from Coimbatore on the foothills of Annamalais. The Jaggery Market in Pollachi is Asia's largest of its kind. Cattle market on Pollachi is one of the largest in Tamilnadu. Pollachi is base point to visit Sethumada near Topslip (25 kms) and Valparai (60 kms).

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Distances
  • Bangalore to Hassan -200 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Hassan to Mysore -120 kms (3 hrs)
  • Mysore to Bandipur -80 kms (2 hrs)
  • Bandipur to Ooty -50 kms (2 hrs)
  • Ooty to Pollachi -128 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Pollachi to Coimbatore -40 kms (1 hrs)

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Distances
  • Bangalore to Hassan -200 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Hassan to Mysore -120 kms (3 hrs)
  • Mysore to Bandipur -80 kms (2 hrs)
  • Bandipur to Ooty -50 kms (2 hrs)
  • Ooty to Pollachi -128 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Pollachi to Coimbatore -40 kms (1 hrs)

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