Our Bangalore Mysore Ooty Nagarhole tour gives you a perfect taste of South India thorough the states Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, over a week. Explore the IT hub of Bangalore, marvel at the opulent Mysore Palace, enjoy the exotic flora and fauna of Nagarhole National Park and ‘the Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty. A key highlight is the "toy train" to Coonoor that takes you across plains, plantation and forest clad hills.
On arrival at Bangalore Airport, meet & greet with our representative. Please look for him in the waiting area or arrivals hall (AFTER you’ve passed through immigration, collected your luggage, passed through customs). Our representative will be holding a placard with Holxo Holiday’s logo and your name on it. He will escort you to your vehicle with the driver and accompany you to your hotel for immediate check-in.
After breakfast check-out from your hotel in the morning and proceed for a half day guided city tour of Bangalore. Take a drive around the modern metropolis and enjoy a brief walk through Cubbon Park, which is a century and a half old park made up of 300 acres of beautiful gardens in the heart of Bangalore. In the park you will enjoy a guided tour of the Karnataka Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery. The museum is one of the oldest in the country and was established in 1886. It contains priceless relics from the prehistoric Mohenjo-Daro period and terracotta from Mathura. The Art Gallery is part of the museum and has about 600 paintings from major artists. Finish your exploration of Bangalore with a brief photo stop at the Vidhan Soudha, the impressive granite structure that houses the state legislative complex.
After the visit drive to Mysore. En-route, stop at Srirangapatna. This town is located on an island in the middle of the Cauvery River and was the capital of the famed conqueror Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. One of India’s epic battles took place here in 1799 and this battle is now known as the Battle of Srirangapatam. The famous Ranganathaswamy Temple dominates the town and was originally built in the 9th century, with additions made in the 12th century. Enjoy a brief exploration of the temple complex as well as a tour of Tipu Sultan’s summer palace, and its beautiful painted wallpaper. Arrive at Mysore and check in at your hotel.
Morning - Take a guided tour of the main tourist attraction of Mysore – The Mysore Palace, an incredibly opulent structure that is one of the most impressive palaces in the world. You'll be amazed by its sheer size, the incredible richness of its interior, and the beautiful facade of this Indo-Saracenic architectural gem. It was the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, and the current version was commissioned in 1897 and finished by British architect Henry Irwin in 1912. As time permits, it may be possible to visit additional attractions – your guide will be happy to make suggestions based on your preferences. Drive up the hill to the temple of Chamundeswari, Mysore’s patron goddess. The 12th century temple overlooks the city and has several granite statues of Nandi (The Bull), including one that is over 15 feet high and 24 feet long. After the temple you pay a visit to St. Philomena’s church, one of the largest churches in India. Built in 1933, its design was based on the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. Most visitors marvel at the Victorian Gothic architecture of this active place of worship.
Continue the drive to Nagarhole. Enjoy the beautiful scenery en-route to Nagarhole, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Check in to your jungle lodge on your own. All three meals are included at your lodge.
Evening - This evening you can stargaze or gather around the nightly bonfire and listen to Kabini’s finest naturalists spin yarns about Tiger and Elephant encounters!
This morning you are greeted with tea or coffee before you prepare for your morning safari. A trained naturalist will join you on your safari as you search for the elusive Tiger. Nagarhole is replete with over 270 different species of indigenous and migratory birds. Sloth bears, Elephants, Sambar and Giant Flying Squirrels are among the inhabitants you will be sharing your stay with. You may also enjoy a nature walk through the Rosewood, Teak, Sandalwood and Silver Birch.
Afternoon - After a relaxing lunch you will embark on your afternoon safari, followed by dinner and memories of the day’s adventure.
Enjoy your last safari into Nagarhole in the morning. Return to your hotel after the safari to freshen up and have breakfast. Checkout from your hotel, you are driven to Ooty. Arrive at Ooty where you are assisted with check-in to your hotel. Appropriately known as ‘the Queen of Hill Stations’, it was to the temperate coolness of the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains), or to be more precise Ooty, that the British repaired, to escape the humid summer heat of Madras, known for its tea and coffee plantations and its famous Botanical Gardens.
This morning, take the train to Coonoor. At a maximum speed of 33 km. per hour, this "toy train" treks across plains, plantation and forest clad hills. The 16 tunnels and tall girder bridges on the way, along with the breathtaking view, make this journey to Coonoor, something not to be missed. Coonoor, located at an altitude of 1800 meter, is the second largest hill station in Nilgiri Hills. Beautifully laid out Sims Park, the 12 acre botanical garden contains many unusual species of plants brought from around the world. Tea plantations, tea factories and entirely unique rock formation known as Dolphin's Nose, and the 250 foot high Catherine Waterfalls are the major attractions in Coonoor.
Return to Ooty. You are at leisure for the remainder of this day with your vehicle and Chauffeur available until 5 PM to visit local attractions.
You are at leisure this morning to enjoy the facilities at your hotel. Check out of your resort and proceed on the drive to Coimbatore where you will board your evening flight to Bangalore. If your international flight departure is four or more hours from your scheduled arrival time at Bangalore, you are greeted at the airport by a Holxo Holiday’s facilitator and your personal chauffeur.