Bangalore - Mysore - Ooty with Kodai(8 Nights)

Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Coimbatore

for Family Traveller, Honeymooner

Holiday Overview

Kodaikanal Lake
Flowering in Summer
Boat House
Around Elephant Valley
Ooty Botanical Gardens
Ooty Botanical Gardens
Ooty Lake
Wenlock Downs
Nandi Bull Temple
Mysore Palace by the Day
Brindaban Garden
Glass House of Lal Bagh (Photo Courtesy: BostonM)
Cubbon Park (Photo Courtesy: Nvvchar)

Bangalore - Mysore - Ooty with Kodai is an extended variant of a popular Bangalore - Mysore - Ooty itinerary covering Kodaikanal, a popular hill station alongwith.


Bangalore(1) - Mysore(2) - Ooty(3) - Kodaikanal(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Bangalore
  • Day-2 Bangalore - Mysore. Enroute visit Srirangapatna
  • Day-3 Mysore Sightseeing
  • Day-4 Mysore - Ooty
  • Day-5 Ooty Sightseeing
  • Day-6 Ooty Excursions
  • Day-7 Ooty - Kodaikanal
  • Day-8 Kodaikanal
  • Day-9 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Bangalore - Lalbagh Botanical Garden (3.40 kms), Bangalore Palace (4.70 kms)

Kodaikanal - Kodaikanal Lake (1.00 kms), Bryant Park (1.20 kms), Coakers Walk (1.30 kms), Bear Shola Falls (3.00 kms), Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple (4.00 kms), Green Valley View (5.50 kms), Shembaganur Museum of Natural History (6.00 kms), Pillar Rocks (8.00 kms), Silver Cascade (8.00 kms)

Mysore - Mysore Palace (1.00 kms), Rail Museum Mysore (1.00 kms), St Philomenas Church (2.00 kms), Jaganmohan Palace (2.60 kms), Mysore Zoo (3.00 kms), Chamundeshwari Temple (13.00 kms), Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (16.00 kms), Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (18.00 kms), Brindavan Gardens (19.00 kms), Himvad Gopalaswamy Temple (75.00 kms)

Ooty - Ooty Botanical Gardens (1.00 kms), Government Rose Garden (3.00 kms), Wax Museum (3.00 kms), Raj Bhavan Ooty (3.00 kms), Ooty Lake (3.60 kms), Doddabetta Peak (9.00 kms), Kalhatty Waterfalls (13.00 kms), Pykara Lake (20.00 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
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

A night in Bandipur is a popular extension offering guests a chance to spot wildlife

  • Bangalore to Mysore -150 kms (3 hrs)
  • Mysore to Ooty -125 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Ooty to Kodaikanal -258 kms (7 hrs)
  • Kodaikanal to Coimbatore -170 kms (4.5 hrs)

Bangalore(1) - Mysore(2) - Ooty(3) - Kodaikanal(2) - Coimbatore

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Bangalore Arrival to Bangalore. Relax for the rest of the day OR If time permits can opt for local sightseeing like Park, Bangalore Palace, Cubbon Park, Lalbaug Botonical gardens, Tippus Palace, Vidhana Soudha, etc

Day-2 Bangalore - Mysore. Enroute visit Srirangapatna Proceed to Mysore (150 kms - 3 hrs) enroute visiting Srirangapatnam (Tipu Sultan's Residence and Museum), Ranganathaswamy Temple. Arrive at Mysore and later in the evening time permitting visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (Boat ride around bird nests) and Brindavan Garden.

Day-3 Mysore Sightseeing During the day visit Mysore Palace (2 hours), Mysore Zoo, St. Philomena's Church, Railway Museum, Chamundi Hills (Shaktipeetha Temple), 150 years old Jaganmohan Palace.

Day-4 Mysore - Ooty Travel to Ooty (7000 ft asl) (125 kms - 3.5 hrs) via Bandipur / Mudumalai Forest area. Enroute visit Himvad Gopalaswamy Temple and / OR Elephant Camp Theppakadu.

Day-5 Ooty Sightseeing During the day sightseeing options closer to ooty comprise Dodabetta Peak, Raj Bhawan, St Stephens Church, Rose garden, Botanical garden, Shooting point, Wax Museum. Boating in lake in the evening is touristy but popular.

Day-6 Ooty Excursions Half day excursion to Pykara Falls (24 kms), Kalhatty Falls (13 kms) and Kalhatty view point (25 kms). Hang gliding is organised at Kalhatty in summer. OR Understake an excursion to plantation areas of Coonoor (25 kms).

Day-7 Ooty - Kodaikanal Arrival at Kodaikanal (6500 ft asl - 258 kms - 7 hours). Evening boating at the Kodai lake.

Day-8 Kodaikanal Sightseeing options around Kodaikanal comprise Green Valley, Pillar Rocks, Coakers Walk, Bear-Shola falls, Bryant Park, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, Silver Cascade, Kurinji Andavar Temple etc. Guests can choose options to visit accordingly to their preferences.

Day-9 Departure Depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Bangalore :

  • Lalbagh Botanical Garden - lalbagh is a 240-acre botanical garden houses some over 1,000 species of plants including some 100-year-old trees. Rock formation here is believed to be old of the oldest dating back to some hundreds of millions of years. Regular flower shows etc. are held here. Its a very popular tourist visit option in Bangalore.

  • Bangalore Palace - Bangalore Palace is one of the largest and best known Royal residences in India. Built by Royal Family of Mysore in late 1800s, the mansion has a 42000 sq ft area surrounded by 454 acres of greenery. The palace was built in Tudor style architecture with fortified towers, battlements and turrets. The interiors were decorated with elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, cornices and relief paintings on the ceiling. The furniture,is neo-classical, Victorian and Edwardian in style. Palace grounds (area around Palace) has been venue for rock concerts and many events.

Kodaikanal :

  • Kodaikanal Lake - Kodaikanal Lake is a manmade lake that is a central attraction of the Hill station of Kodaikanal. Guests enjoy boating, rowing and pedalling boats in the evenings.

  • Bryant Park - Bryant Park is a botanical garden near Bus stand spread over 20.5 acres having more than 300 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses. There is a section in the park that has 700+ varieties of roses.

  • Coakers Walk - Coakers walk is a 1 km paved pedestrian path running along the edge of steep slopes near approachable from the lake. There is an observatory with a telescope halfway along the walk.

  • Bear Shola Falls - A waterfall 3 kms from Kodaikanal town centre. Final approach is a gentle walk.

  • Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple - Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple is a Lord Murugan temple here built in 1930s at 4 kms from town centre. The area is renowned for its Kurinji flower which blossoms once every 12 years.

  • Green Valley View - 5.5 kms from town centre offering excellent panoramic view of the plains and Vaigai Dam.

  • Shembaganur Museum of Natural History - 6 kms from town centre, open to the public (except Tuesdays) having 500 species of animals, birds and insects and a living collection of over 300 exotic orchid species.

  • Pillar Rocks - Pillar rocks are a set of three rock pillars standing 122 metres high at 8 kms from town centre

  • Silver Cascade - 8 kms from Kodaikanal, 55-metre waterfall formed from the outflow of Kodaikanal Lake. Kind of touristy and not good for bathing.

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.

  • Rail Museum Mysore - Rail museum is located near the Mysore Railway station and is the second one of its kind established in India (First one is in Delhi). This museum exhibits ancient locomotives and carriages some of which are in working condition.

  • St Philomenas Church - St. Philomenas church in Mysore was constructed in 1936 using a Neo Gothic style and its architecture was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. It still remains a tourist attraction.

  • Jaganmohan Palace - Jaganmohan Palace is a palace in Mysore (1861) and was initially used by the Wodeyars, kings of Mysore as their home before the grand Mysore Palace came up. It is now converted into an art gallery and a function hall. The art gallery contains one of the largest collection of artefacts in South India (2000+). Some of the paintings are those by Raja Ravi Varma. Paintings different Indian styles of painting such as Mysore, Mughal and Shantiniketan.

  • Mysore Zoo - Mysore Zoo (officially the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens) is a 245-acre zoo located near the palace in Mysore. It was established under royal patronage in 1892 making it one of the oldest zoos in the world. It is home to a wide range of species and one of the major tourist attractions.

  • Chamundeshwari Temple - The Chamundeshwari Temple is an ancient Devi temple (12th - 17th Century) located on the top of Chamundi Hills. The temple is impressive from an architectural sense and considered a pilgrimage destination being considered one of the 18 main Shaktipeetha temples.

  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple - Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is located on an island in the river Kaveri. The temple is one of a set of three major temples that are built on three different islands on the Kaveri and are dedicated to lord Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu). The temples is one of the most important Vaishnavite shrines in South India. It is built in 9th century, later improved by the Hoysala and Vijayanagar kings

  • Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary - Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary is set on a a lake and is a major breeding site for several bird species including the Painted Stork, Open-billed Stork, Black-headed Ibis, River Tern, Great Stone Plover and Indian Shag. The boat ride is touristy but can be interesting for a bird watcher especially in Winter (Oct - March).

  • Brindavan Gardens - Brindavan Garden is a large garden next to the Dam built on cauvery and a major tourist attraction. The main attraction of the park is the musical fountain in which bursts of water are synchronised to the music of songs. There is also a lake within the garden with boating facilities available for visitors

  • Himvad Gopalaswamy Temple - Himvad Gopalaswamy Temple is an ancient 13th century Lord Krishna temple situated on a hilltop (3000+ ft asl) which is referred to as Himvad Gopalaswamy Betta near Bandipur National Park. Morning visits often are greeted with elephant / gaur herds and the hilltop offers excellent views of the forests around.

Ooty :

  • Ooty Botanical Gardens - The Botanical Garden is spread over 22-acres and is in existance since mid 1800s. A flower show is held every May. The Gardens have around a thousand species of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants.

  • Government Rose Garden - The Government rose garden is the largest rose garden in India with more than 20,000 varieties of roses

  • Wax Museum - A wax museum on ooty Coonoor road, that houses life-size wax statues of Indian personalities.

  • Raj Bhavan Ooty - Raj Bhavan Ooty is the Summer residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Gardens here consists of ornamental gardens in an area of about 9 acres, a rich lawn on 3 acres, four rosaries, two lily ponds, a sunken garden, two green houses, a vegetable garden and a nursery.

  • Ooty Lake - Ooty lake is spread over 60 acres offers boating to tourists and is a major tourist.

  • Doddabetta Peak - A view point surrounded by dense shola forests from where one can have a panoramic view of the area.

  • Kalhatty Waterfalls - Kalahatty waterfalls is a popular tourist spot off Mysore road enroute to Kalahatty

  • Pykara Lake - The Pykara Lake formed after a dam was constructed on Pykara river. There are two waterfalls over 50 meters height that are popularly known as Pykara falls and are a major tourist attraction. Enroute one also stops over at Shooting point, a point where many movies were shot in past.

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).

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.

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.

Kodaikanal - Kodaikanal (7000 ft asl) traditionally has been one of the favorite hill stations to visit in summer alongwith Ooty. It’s also a destination for corporate conferences ex-Madurai, Chennai and Bangalore

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  • Bangalore to Mysore -150 kms (3 hrs)
  • Mysore to Ooty -125 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Ooty to Kodaikanal -258 kms (7 hrs)
  • Kodaikanal to Coimbatore -170 kms (4.5 hrs)

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Kodaikanal Getaway

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  • Bangalore to Mysore -150 kms (3 hrs)
  • Mysore to Ooty -125 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Ooty to Kodaikanal -258 kms (7 hrs)
  • Kodaikanal to Coimbatore -170 kms (4.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Bangalore - Mysore - Ooty with Kodai is a Summer itinerary popular with traditional travellers to the area. More character could be added to the itinerary while undertaking lesser travel by omitting Kodaikanal and instead of that adding a couple of nights at plantation highlands of Coorg OR wildlife areas of Nagarhole or Bandipur / Masinagudi. Guests looking to avoid traffic and issues typical to a metropolis like Bangalore may skip bangalore part all together and head straight for Mysore.

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