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Places to see in and around Mysore and Bangalore and more.

Here is something I did for some friends to make decisions which places to see in and around Mysore/ B'lore.

Himvad Gopal Swamy Betta http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himavad_Gopalaswamy_Betta- a long, rustic drive through villages, fields…pass bullock carts, typical village scenes and ultimate destination to the betta. Sometimes you can see the herd of elephants in the forest below the hill. Potholes, like any other Indian road, be ready for bumpy drive and tire puncture. No hotels up there so you can pack picnic lunches. 70km- Half day trip.

Talkad- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talakad - roads are bad, no decent hotels where you can eat, so pack picnic lunches. Tire puncture could happen. 60km- Full day trip.

Somnathpur- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somanathapura -again bad roads( always keep a spare tire) but this is worth a visit for the wonderful sculptures carved on the temple. This can be combined with Talkad since both are in the same direction. 35km- Half Day trip.

Halebidu- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halebidu -awesome sculptures-150km - Full day trip.

Belur- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belur -awesome sculptures - – 150km - Full day trip.

Shravanabelagola- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shravanabelagola Day trip

Ooty- 160km- Full day trip or 2 day trip. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ootacamund

Coonoor-toy train- beautiful valleys, tunnels, hills on the way, scenic beauty
http://www.indiainvites.com/tour_packages.php?mod=det&tid=78&i=1&cid=1
http://www.coonoor.com/travel.htm

Coorg- 120km Full day trip or 2 day trip- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coorg
On the way to coorg, you can stop at the Buddhist monastery http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bylakuppe

‘Orange County’ is one of the best resorts to stay in Coorg for a night but also very expensive, I think it starts around rs.12, 000/- per night. http://www.trailsindia.com/resorts.asp?Resort_id=1

http://www.homestaykodagu.com/home_stay.html - home stay in Coorg is another alternative, some old British bungalows have been converted into home stays, has an old world charm and extremely friendly, warm, hospitable people. You have to browse all the listings to find an old bungalow that you want, most of them have pictures.

http://www.indianholiday.com/hotels-in-india/hotels-in-coorg/club-mahindra-kodagu-valley.html club Mahindra hotels in coorg

http://www.tourisminsouthindia.com/karnataka-hotels-info/dubbare-elphant-camp.html elephant camp in coorg

Biligiri Rangana Betta- BR hills-120km Full day or 2 day trip- you need 2 days to enjoy the jeep safaris into the jungles, bonfire at night, the silence of the jungles, they have afternoon safaris and early morning safaris, high chances of seeing wild buffaloes, bears and herd of elephants. http://www.indiatravelite.com/jungleriverlodges/kgudiinbrhills.htm
Best to stay in the jungle resort in one of the cottages. Reasonably priced. Inclusive of everything.


Kabini River Lodge- http://www.indiatravelite.com/jungleriverlodges/kabiniriverlodge.htm
More expensive, another jungle resort.

Srirangapatna, Melkote, Nanjungud, Mysore city sight seeing- are some other places you can include in your visit. Day trips.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srirangapatna

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melkote

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanjangud


Kerala flight to Cochin is necessary but for wayanad, an AC car can be booked, it’s just 2-3 hours away from Mysore.

http://www.jungleparkresorts.com/htm/facilities.htm

Tree house –something unique and wonderful but very expensive, could be Rs.12, 000/- per night.

(4 nos) Erected with biodegradable materials used by tribal dwellers, these huts with thatched roofs are built on live trees at the height of approximately 80 feet and 90 feet. Each Tree House consist of one bedroom with attached bathroom, with running cold water facility, European style toilet with shower. Each tree house has a 2 storey house and is lit softly using lanterns.
Access to the first tree house, situated on the stream side near the jungle cottages, is by a water counter weight lift. Access to tree house no 2, situated between jungle cottages and jungle park resort, (distance from jungle park resort is approximately 600mts) is by a rope bridge, All tree houses command excellent tropical rain forest view.

http://www.wayanadresorts.com/

http://www.vythiriresort.com/treehouse.htm

http://www.hotelskerala.com/greenmagic/

http://www.ashextourism.com/treehouses/index.html

http://www.keralagreenery.org/treehouses.html

Edakkal Caves- pre-historic cave drawings but a 500 ft climb up rugged rocks and stones. Close to Wayanad. Driving distance from Mysore.

http://www.edakkal.com/

http://www.indiantourplanners.com/cochin-munnar-thekkady-alleppey-houseboat.php - seems a good tour package but like always in India be very careful before sending any money in advance to anyone. Cochin Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey Houseboat Tour- covers all the imp places.

Other choices of houseboats and tours- you need AC houseboat in Kerala and AC car- very hot climate.

http://www.kerala-tourism.net/kerala-house-boats.html

http://www.keralaholidayplanner.com/houseboats/?gclid=CMTxy4j4jJcCFQsupAodigWu9Q

http://www.xomba.com/houseboat_tours_alleppey_and_kumarakom_backwaters_kerala



Goa flight from Bangalore

Season ends by end of Feb. / Mar and prices will be cheaper and accommodation easier to find.
Depends on what you want to do in Goa.

If you are looking for peace and tranquility, then stay away from Baga beach, Panjim, etc. cos they are tourist places and will be packed but on the other hand, they are full of life, fun, drinks, shacks, annoying hawkers, massages on the beach (but I would advice against it cos they massage a 100 other people than massage you without washing their hands), para sailing, jet skiing, dolphin watching etc.

If it’s peace you want then there are other quieter less crowded beaches and places.

The waters are rough, rocks some places and dangerous, so use caution before going swimming in the sea.

Fenny is very raw and strong, you can get drunk very easily and have the worst hang-over of your life the next day.

There are some unique places in Goa which you might enjoy your stay in. Stay in a cave, http://www.i-escape.com/hotel.php?hotel_key=IS065

http://www.i-escape.com/minihotel.php?hotel_key=IS043 stay in tents.

http://www.i-escape.com/hotel.php?hotel_key=IS066 old Portuguese villa

http://www.ordosounsar.com/
beach huts

http://www.aseascape.com/info.html unique

http://homeandhospitality.co.uk/homes_goa1.html?gclid=CPznnsT5jJcCFYMtpAodJVmR_A

http://www.goa-travel-tourism.com/entertainment-in-goa/nightclubs-and-discos.html night clubs and casinos

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/India/Goa-1098247/Nightlife-Goa-CLUBS_DANCING-BR-1.html Goa’s best night club, club cabana, night club in the sky
http://www.goa-holidays-and-hotels.com/club-cubana-goa.html

Anjuna Flea Market- Goa

During the Wednesday flea market, people come from the beaches all over Goa. There is a large selection of items for sale, and the place has a fascinating atmosphere in its setting amid the palm trees and next to the sea. It is an interesting experience.

If you want to look hip at the all-night parties, this is definitely the place to get outfitted. There is a good selection of clothes (Indonesian styles, etc.) sold or designed by Westerners (they often carry European price tags). You may want to look out for the European-type jewelry made by foreigners, which is often good and cannot be found in any other place in India.

If you plan on buying Rajasthani or Nepali goods, note that the items from these places sold at the flea markets are often double the price you would pay in either Rajasthan or Nepal.

You can get all types of clothes, Nepali goods, Tibetan goods, embroidered items, incense, a good selection of jewelry, semiprecious stones, crystals, fancy knives, handicrafts, hammocks, bedspreads, and other items at the flea market. There are also several people who sell the latest techno tapes, and there are good places to eat Indian, Israeli, or Western food. There are Ayurvedic doctors, professional hair cutters and colorers (foreigners), dreadlocks makers, and nose and body piercers. You can have your hair cut and painted in any style imaginable. You can also have different designs painted on your body which look like tattoos, but which last only a few weeks. I was quoted Rs 150 for temporary henna tattoo, but bargained them down to Rs 50.
Even if you don’t purchase anything, you will enjoy walking around. If you do plan to buy, be prepared to bargain hard.

The flea market opens around 8 am and closes at 6 pm. It is busiest in the early afternoon. Fishing boats depart from Baga to the market—Rs 50 for the trip (I bargained a few people down to Rs 30). Tour buses and taxis come from all over Goa.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goa

http://www.goa-beaches-india.com/
The diff. beaches

http://www.bestgoadeals.com/

http://goaecoretreat.com/tariff_at_indian_retreat.htm
Niceeeee but too far from mainstream Goa.

http://www.i-escape.com/indiagoaaccommodation.php

http://www.mapsofindia.com/maps/goa/shopping/where-to-shop.html shopping

http://www.goaecotourism.com/ jungle book, elephant camp


Delhi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delhi

http://www.indianholiday.com/hotels-in-india/hotels-in-new-delhi/hotels-to-stay-in-delhi.html hotels

http://www.radisson.com/newdelhiin?s_cid=CHAP245 Radisson hotel

http://www.oberoidelhi.com/en-US/Hotel/HOverview.aspx?Acode=SEM1&gclid=CPvq1qqGjZcCFUUupAodK2yV9w Oberoi hotel

http://www.theleela.com/ one of the most expensive but luxurious hotels all over India, also in Goa-the best one is in Goa.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathura Krishna’s birthplace in the jail.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gokul childhood place of Krishna

Agra
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agra

Leh and Ladakh

http://www.leh-ladakh.com/


Kulu and Manali

http://www.discoveryofindia.com/kullu-manali.htm

http://www.manalitour.com/


Himachal Pradesh

http://himachaltourism.gov.in/

Have to work on Hampi and Rajasthan.

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