The route leading to Ooty from Mysore is what road trips are made of! Be it the green hills of Nilgiris, wildlife of Bandipur or the 1200-year-old Temple in Srirangapatna, we assure you that each spot you see will take your breath away.
So here are the eight places to visit when taking a road trip from the ‘Princely State of Mysore’ to the ‘Scenic Hill Station of Ooty’ through a photo blog:
The renowned cultural capital of South Karnataka, Mysore is famous for its Maharajah’s Palace also known as Amba Vilas, and the festivities that take place there during the Dasehra festival and the Mysore Zoo, a 157-acre zoo that is one of the oldest and most famous zoos in India. The zoo is home to an extensive range of species and is the city’s one of the most popular attractions.
2. Sri Chamundeshwari Temple:
Located on the top of the Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the city of Mysore, the Chamundeshwari Temple was named after the goddess Durga. The temple has a background of over 1,000 years. Initially, it was a small shrine and assuming value over the centuries it became a big temple as seen today.
3. Chamundi Hill Bull Statue:
Half-way to the Chamundeshwari Temple is a beautiful 16 feet high and 24 feet wide monolith statue of Nandi, the holy cow of God Shiva. The statue is carved in black granite. This beautifully carved statue was a gift by the Maharaja, Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar in 1659.
4. Srikanteshwara Temple:
The Srikanteshwara or Nanjundeshwara Temple is an ancient temple in the Hindu pilgrimage town Nanjangud. Located about 25kms from Mysore, the town is one of the ancient, and important pilgrimage centers of Karnataka and is also called as the Varanasi of South. The name Nanjundeshwara came from the legend of God Shiva churning out the poison from the sea.
5. The ruined city of Tipu Sultan:
The ancient ‘Fort City’ of Tipu Sultan is located in Srirangapatna around 36 km from Mysore. Here you witness the entire ancient city that was built inside a fort and explore impressive fort walls, cannons and other old military fortifications.
6. Sri Ranganatha Temple:
The Ranganthaswamy temple in Srirangapatina is dedicated to the Hindu deity Ranganatha, a manifestation of the god Vishnu. According to the Archaeological Survey of India, the temple was first consecrated in 984 A.D. The temple is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance. The temple is one of the five sacred sites of worship of the god Ranganatha that are together called Pancharanga Kshetram.
7. Bandipur Tiger Reserve:
On the way to Ooty is Bandipur Tiger Reserve. It was once a private hunting ground for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore but now has been converted into Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Bandipur is known for its wildlife and has many types of biomes. Together with the adjoining Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, it is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve making it the largest protected area in southern India and largest habitat for wild elephants in South Asia.
8. Ooty ( Boat Lake and Botanical Garden):
Ooty, the famous hill station of South India in the Nilgiri District, has been mentioned as the ‘queen of hill stations’ by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The town is popular for its tea farming as well as oil extracted from eucalyptus trees, lemon grass, geranium, clove and camphor. In the end, get fascinated by the landscapes, dense forest reserves and national parks of Ooty. Visit the Beautiful Boat Lake and Botanical Garden.
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