If you have a weekend at hand to spare and a trip in a mind, you would not want to miss out on Mysore and its surroundings. All you’d have to do is, get a bike on rent and begin riding. Apart from Mysore itself being a tourist hub of Karnataka, its surroundings make for an excellent offbeat getaway. Away from the shutterbugs, these places in and around Mysore city are raw, untouched and waiting to be explored.
Towards the south of Mysore city, on the banks of the river Kabini is Nanjangud. It is famous for the majestic Srikanteshwara temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Famous as Dakshina Kashi, this small town is just a 30-minute ride away from Mysore and promises to be a beautiful location with peace loving people.
Towards the north of Mysore lies the small town of immense cultural, historic and religious importance, Srirangapatna. It is a river island, which attracts tourists to its Ranganathaswamy Temple. One can see the phenomenal architectural blend of the Hoysalas and Vijayanagara Empire. Although damaged, the palace of Tipu Sultan and gumbaz are worth a visit. The presence of river Kaveri is considered to be auspicious, hence it attracts a lot of pilgrims from South India.
The wildlife at Bandipur National Park is a must-visit location for tourists. Home to approximately 70 tigers and around 3000 elephants, this is one of the best maintained National Parks of India. Lying between Mysore and Ooty, it is just 80 km away from Mysore city and sees a lot of wildlife enthusiasts visiting it throughout the year. With jungle lodges and other private homestays, this place has now become commercialized than ever before.
Shivanasamudram waterfalls is a very well-known tourist destination in Mandya district. Situated on the Kaveri river, it houses Asia’s first hydroelectric power station established in the year 1905. It is a majestic view, especially in the monsoon seasons. Just 81 km from Mysore, this makes for an ideal weekend bike ride.
These are just a few attractions this place has to offer, there are more places that are worth visiting, like melukote, Somnathpur, talakadu all of which are famous for their architecture and design on Temples. The connectivity of all these places from Mysore city can be best established by simply getting a bike on rent. With many places to cover, you would be able to set the pace of the trip accordingly by hiring a bike of your choice.