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Tea, Toy Train, Coffee, Culture And Cascades – A Journey Through The Southern Quadrilateral (Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty And Coorg)

27 May 2024

South India holds a lot of charm for tourists and one of the most popular tourist circuits covers destinations like Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty and Coorg. The advantage of patronising this circuit is distance between any 2 stations is under 200 Kms and can be planned at a leisurely manner covering all or if not most of the tourist attractions in the catchment area.

A majority of visitors start this circuit from Bangalore, whereas starting this tour from any of the other 3 cities is also possible. Whilst, Bangalore and Mysore are air linked, Ooty and Coorg can be started from Coimbatore and Mangalore respectively, if arriving by air. However, the entire circuit is well connected by good roads.

For starters, arriving into Bangalore, the garden city, welcomes a guest to the history of the city founded by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century.  The numerous parks notably Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park, adds a green aura to the city’s landscape. The two museums on Kasturba Road, the Government museum and the Vishweshwariya Museums lends a visitor with first hand historical and technical knowledge and is a must in the itinerary. Other places of interest are the Planetarium and of course, the famous Bull Temple and Tipu’s palace being the other places of interest.  Infact, Bangalore has a unique blend of modernity with heritage.

The next destination should be Mysore undoubtedly. The new expressway is a breeze and before alightining in Mysore, it is recommended to visit Srirangapatna- the historical site during Tipu Sultan’s times and the centre of the Anglo Mysore war.  The late evening could be spent at the Brindavan gardens, for seeing the perfect manicured gardens followed by the musical fountain or alternatively Mysore Palace Sound & Light show.

Moving in to the city for Mysore for a one day tour is a truly rewarding experience. Mysore is perhaps the second most visited in India by both foreign and domestic tourists, as the city boasts of both historical and cultural engagements. The Mysore place is an epitome of Indo Saracenic architecture dazzles with its intricate interiors and grand Durbar Hall, symbolizing the grandeur of the Wodeyar dynasty that reigned for over five centuries. The local Godess Chamundeshwari temple perched on top of a hill offers both, a spiritual solace apart from a bird’s eye view of Mysore city.   Another noteworthy iconic structure is the St. Philomena’s church with the grandeur of Gothic. The church construction was inspired by the Cologne cathedral of Germany.  The city is also famous for the various art galleries it has on display.  

The drive to Ooty is a wonderful sight not to be missed with long winding roads, hair pin bends and the ascent to Ooty the queen of hills is an awe inspiring moment. It a quintessential hill station that continues to captivate visitors with its charm and natural splendour. The tea gardens on the slopes of the Western Ghats, the captivating toy train  a UNESCO exhibit are all well worth experiencing.  The aroma of the eucalyptus lends freshness in the environment, with eucalyptus plantations spread all across the hills. Other major attractions include the Dodda Betta (the highest peak), botanical gardens, the lake which are all perfect ingredients for a serene and tranquil holiday.

Finally, how can the Scotland of India be missed out? Yes, we are referring to Coorg (or Kodagu, the more popular local name). A quaint hill station in Karnataka, best known for its salubrious climate, coffee plantations, and cultural heritage.  There are numerous places of attractions, not be ignored. The cascading falls of Iruppu, Abbey will delight any nature lover. Other attractions include Raja seat, Tibetian settlement and monastery. A novel experience at the Dubare elephant camp to get firsthand experience with elephants is indeed fascinating.

In conclusion, the Southern quadrilateral consisting of Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty and Coorg when planned will be an exhilarating experience as the bouquet of attractions would include history, culture, wild life, natural beauty, heritage sites and adventure activities.

Suggested itineraries:

  1. Bangalore (1 N), Ooty (2N), Mysore(1N),Coorg (2N) - 6 N / 7 D
  2. Coimbatore to Ooty (2N), Mysore (1N), Coorg (2N) Bangalore (1N)- 6 N / 7 D
  3. Mangalore  to Coorg (2 N) Mysore (1N) Ooty  (2N) Coimbatore  - 5 N/ 6 D

Itinerary may be tailor made according to customers’ requirements.

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