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Ooty tour packages
Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations'among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres.
It is believed that the name Nila, has been in use for over 800 years since, the King of the Hoysalas Vishnu Vardhana, who ruled from 1104 to 1141 AD seized the Nilgiris Plateau. His general Ponisia recorded this fact in 1117 AD with mention of Todas. The name Nilgiri was due to the blue haze, which envelops the range with most distant hills of considerable size.
In 1818, Wishand Kindersley, Assistant and Second Assistant to Collector of Coimbatore visited this spot and submitted their experience report to the Collector of Coimbatore Mr. John Sullivan. Settlement in Udhagamandalam began in 1822 with the construction of the Stone House by John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. The bungalow, which is locally called "Kal Bangla", is one of the landmarks of Udhagamandalam and is now the Chamber of the Principal of the Government Arts College. How To Reach Ooty
Air: Coimbatore, 105 km from Ooty, is the nearest airport.
Rail: Ooty is on the narrow gauge railway, connected to Mettupalayam (47 km), which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai. The famous toy train connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor.
Road: A good network of roads and national highways connect Ooty with all major towns and cities. There are regular bus services to and from Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut, Tirupati and other important destinations in South India. Ooty is also well connected with major cities of Kerala and Karnataka.
Local Transport: Taxis, tourist cabs, auto rickshaws are available in plenty. There are no standard rates except tourist cabs. Town buses are also available to all important places. Conducted sight seeing the private operators and the Government Tourism Development Corporation arrange tours. Botanical Gardens: Botanical gardens are a major tourist attraction for those who visit Ooty, one of the most popular hill stations of India. They sprawl over 50-acre and lie on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak, which is the highest point in Ooty. Marquis of Tweeddale established these gardens in the year 1848.
The gardens are formally laid out with lily ponds, and there are clipped bushes in the form of elephants, with raised trunks. One can find a thousand different species of plants including some thirty types of eucalyptus in these gardens. There is also a fossilised tree trunk, which is said to be 20 million years old. Towards the eastern part of the garden there is a wooden house made of logs known as "Toda Mund", which provides an excellent view.
Ooty Lake: About 1-km distance there is an artificial lake with a charming look, which was formed in 1824 by Mr. John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore.
St Stephens Church: Situated in the hilly area on Club Road, St Stephens Church is said to be the oldest in the Nilgiris. The church was built in 1829 and consecrated in 1830. The beam of the church was taken from the palace of Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatnam. The cemetery close by houses the grave of John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty.
Mini Garden: Mini garden is also situated on the way to the boathouse where the children amusement park is housed. A snack bar is also available. Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation Limited maintains these gardens.
Rose Garden: Rose Garden is situated about 3 to 4-km away from Charring Cross. They are spread over an area of 10 acres of land with 2000 variety of roses. Rose Gardens lie on the way to the boathouse.
Government Museum: The government museum, Mysore Road, Ooty has items of tribal objects, district's ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu. It was set up in 1989, with a view to provide education benefits to the residing and visiting population of Nilgiris district.
Deer Park: At a distance of 1-km from the Lake there is a Deer Park, which is worth visiting.
Doddabetta: Doddabetta is the highest peak (2623 meters) in the Nilgiris, which is about 10-km from Ooty. It is a beautiful place lying between the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats and offers a beautiful view of the Nilgiri hill ranges. Dense Shoals surround it.
Hindustan Photo Films : The Hindustan Photo Films, one of the major industrial units of the district, is located about 5-km away from Ooty railway station over a sprawling area of over 300 acres, near the Ooty golf-links on the Ooty- Mysore road.
|Posted by travelsmart Mysore on December 20, 2008 at 12:04 AM||comments (7)|
The erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas lies 130kms from the State
Headquarters, Bangalore. Mysore is the second biggest City of Karnataka
State, which still preserves its age-old glory that in its majestic
palaces, forts and gardens. The other tourism attraction of the city is
its exquisite products. Mysore is also famous for sandalwood and rose
wood carved products. The beautiful Mysore silk sarees and sandalwood
oil are few of shopper's delights. Mysore is also famous for many
institutions propagating Carnatic Classical music and dance.
This beautiful city is situated at a most picturesque location, almost 763m above the sea level surrounded by mountain range extending from north to south. Also known as the 'Garden City' and the 'City of Palaces', Mysore City extends on an area of more than 40sq.km and has a population of over ten lakhs. Kannada is the local language of the people, other spoken languages are Tulu, Konkani, English.
History of Mysore
The Mysore Yadu dynasty came to power in 1399 AD. The dynasty also bestowed to the expansion of temples in Mysore. The Emperor of Mysore - Bettada Chamaraja Wadiyar, restructured the fort of Mysore in 1584 AD and made Mysore as his capital known as 'Mahishur'. Later Raja Waidyar shifted the capital of his kingdom from Mysore to Srirangapatna in 1610 AD.
In 1799, due to the fall of Srirangapatna and death of Tipu Sultan, Mysore again became the capital of the Wadiyars. The small town of Mysore, which restrained in the walls of the fort was expended and transfigured into a modern township at the time of Krishnaraja Wadiyar III. It was Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV who developed Mysore into a most charming city with foremost layouts, wide roads, majestic fort palaces and fairy-tale gardens.
The famous Kannada work, "Kantirava Narasaraja Vijaya", displays a gorgeous portrait of Mysore. Poet-Govinda Vaidya, describes King Kantirava Narasaraja Wadiyar as "Maisoora Narasarajendra". The Sri Mahabaladri Hills, Goddess Chamundi atop the hills, the Palace, the fort, the streets, the gardens and the people in the town of Mysore are the highlights of his work.
Main Attractions of Mysore
Historic and Cultural
The Mysore Palace:
The Mysore Palace also known as the Amba Vilas Palace is still the residence of the Wodeyars. It is one of the largest of its kind in India. It was designed by Henry Irwin and built in 1897. This Indo-Saracenic building has, among other things, a carved silver door, a solid gold throne, a gallery of exquisite paintings, carved mahogany ceilings and a carved, columned Durbar Hall.On Sunday nights and on some holidays, 97000 light bulbs spectacularly illuminate the Palace between 7 and 8 pm.
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
This art gallery was established in 1875 and has a rare collection of some beautiful paintings from the same era. The gallery is located in Jaganmohan Palace and exhibits paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetoslav Roerich and traditional paintings from Mysore. The gallery also houses exquisitely carved statues in sandalwood, ivory and stone.
The Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel
Once the palace of the Maharaja, it is now a five star hotel. This all white building was completed in 1921.
Srirangapatnam, 16kms from Mysore on the Bangalore Highway, was the capital of one of India?s greatest patriots, Tippu Sultan. Today, it is in ruins. Tippu ans his father Hyder Ali ruled much of South India during the 18th century. Tippu took the help of the French mercenaries to fight the British. Tippu?s summer palace, the Daria Daulat Bagh with its charming ornamental gardens still stands. There are several paintings, drawings and murals depicting him and his family. 2 kms further is his impressive mausoleum.
Expended over 150 acres, Brindavan garden is the most acclaimed garden
in Indian sub-continent. Situated at the KR Sagar Dam Kannambadi,
Brindavan Garden is a popular site of the Indian Films. Since 1960s, it
is continuously used for shooting song sequences for the films. A
special attraction of the garden includes the 'Musical' Dancing
Fountains'. Today garden has gone under complete renovation with
introduction of new fountain and light system, which attracts tourist
not only from India but also from other parts of the globe and futther
helped in boasting tourism industry of Mysore.
Timings: Monday-Friday: 6:30 PM - 7:25 PM and Saturday-Sunday: 6:30 PM - 8:25 PM
The Mysore Zoo includes some of the rare species of wildlife, which are kept in natural, green surroundings. The Zoo is also notable for breeding some very rare mammals in confinement.
GRS Fantasy Park
Karnataka?s largest amusement and water park, GRS Fantasy Park, with its
fabulous rides, slides, games, adventure sports and yes, great food, has
put itself on the tourist map with its international standards. GRS
Fantasy Park, ideally located on the route to Brindavan Gardens, is a
must see for both tourists and for those who want to relax and spend
quality time with the family.
Forming the backdrop of the city is the 1,100-feet-high Chamundi Hill. On the top of the hill stands the temple dedicated to the Goddess Chamundeshwari, the royal family's patron deity. To reach the temple one can either drive through the 13-km stretch up to the summit or climb the 1,000 stone steps. Nearby the temple stands the huge statue of Mahishasura, the demon slain by the Goddess. Halfway up along the stone steps stands the majestic 4.8-metre monolith of Nandi the Bull, Lord Shiva's chosen mount. The statue is believed to be 300 years old and its chief attraction, apart from its size, is the meticulous craftsmanship of its ornaments-from its delicate anklets to the magnificent pendant bell around its neck.
St. Philomena's Church
Another attraction of the city is exquisite Cathedral- the St. Philomena's Church. A specimen of medieval architectural style, the church is one of the biggest churches in the country showcasing stained glass windows and elevated towers.
Daytrips from Mysore
50km from Mysore, Melkote is a divine pilgrim center, known for its Vairamundi festival held in March-April. Worth a visit site.
48kms from Mysore, it is a temple site, famous for Vaidyeshwara shrine. Once in twelve years the temple is opened for ritual worships.
40km from Mysore, it has one of the finest 13th centuries Hoysala temple in the shape of a star with 16 points a most visited spot by the devotees.
99 km from Mysore is famous for 57feet high massive statue of Gomateswara. This holy figure is known to be 1000 year old.
91 km from Mysore, it has the beautiful Chennakesava 13th century temple.
117 km from Mysore, it has the famous Hoysaleswara Temple. The temple took nearly 80 years in its construction.
Shivsamudra 85km from Mysore, is famous for its scenic waterfalls. These falls are best during the monsoons falling down from a height of 75 m into a deep ravine. The other highlight of the region is Asia's first hydroelectric power project set up in 1905 set up a distance of 1.5km.
Nagarhole National Park
The National Park is 93km from Mysore, housing a rich variety of wildlife, aerial population and reptiles. Elephants, antelopes and even leopards are the common sites.
On the way to Ooty, about 80 km off Mysore, is situated the Bandipur National Park. The park, spread over an area of 875 km, is a famous tiger reserve. Besides tiger, the other animals you can see here are the barking deer, tuskers, and bison.
For bird lovers, Ranganathittu is worth a visit. This bird sanctuary is situated around 18 km from Mysore and offers a close view of the exotic and common birds.
Beside other charms of the city, Mysore holds the enthusiasm of Dussehra celebrations. Dussehra Festival is one of the most significant and renowned festivals of India that holds a notably stead in Mysore City.
In Mysore, Dasara is observed as State festival also known as 'Nadahabba', which is a 10 day celebration during the month of Oct/ Nov a marvelous event to watch. During the festive season the entire city is bedecked and illuminated with multicolored light patterns displayed on the prominent monuments and palaces. Majestic processions, of decorated elephants along with a torch light parade, dance and musical events revitalizes the beautiful city of Mysore. Many cultural programs are organized in the Mysore Palace, performed by famous artists. Sport events, poets meet, food festival, film festival are also held.
Thousands of tourist visit the city during Dussehra time and make their visit a life time experience.
Shopping In Mysore
Mysore Silk is also famous for its Silk items like Silk sarees and Magutas. One can purchase silk items from Government Silk Factory - Jhansi Lakshmibai Road famous for its silk products.
Handicraft -Mysore is famous for its handicraft products. Articles made
out of sandalwood, rosewood and teakwood are famous all over the world.
A variety of articles, including a large number of figures of gods and goddesses, are available either in sandalwood or rosewood. The Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium of the Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation is an ideal place for purchase these and other items like silk sarees, jewelry and other handicraft and artifacts.
Agarbathies- Mysore is also famous for variety of Agarbathies or fragrant sticks.
Stone carving is another traditional art item manufactured in Mysore and
is much of demand in international market.
Mysore is a reputed place for good paintings. Some of the leading painters are M. Ramanarasaiah and Raghupathi Bhat.