After having a relaxing one night’s stay at the Bangalore city, port of entry into India, we drive you to Mysore or Mysuru, as known today – A historical city in the state of Karnataka famous for the magnificent Mysore palace once home to the Wadiyar Dynasty. Our next destination is one of our favourites – Varkala – a coastal town in Southern Kerala with a 15 mtrs high cliff facing the Arabian sea. Famous for the shacks on it’s North Cliff which serve great seafood and there’s always music in the air as the sun sets.
Today explore the historic city on Tuk Tuks (the small, three wheeled, take you anywhere, rides). We’ll be accompanied with a guide who will tell you basics about the city, just to get some idea of where’s what and experience the Tuk Tuk ride. You can have lunch at an Indian Restaurant serving local delights. The RRR (a restaurant) comes recommended for their Biryani (Rice dish flavoured with Indian spices) served on a banana leaf with several condiments to enhance the culinary experience. Evening you have a guided walking tour of the Mysore city, starting at around 5pm which also includes a mix of local culinary experiences like Indian Samosa. The walk ends at about 08:30pm. Post the walk we return to the hotel.
A historical city in the state of Karnataka famous for the magnificent Mysore palace once home to the Wadiyar Dynasty. Also famous for it’s Mysore silk, incense and of course Yoga and Ayurveda. Enjoy temples, Chamundeshwari being on top of the list and there are so many more like the famous Somnathapura, feast on South Indian culinary delights, submerge in heritage and culture, enjoy guided walking tours, tuk tuk rides, if lucky get to experience some local festivities as well like the world famous, extravagant Mysore Dasara – Celebrating Indian Dussehra which signifies the victory of good over evil. While at Mysore a visit to the neighbouring town of Srirangapatna is a must with Hoysala style temples and Tipu Sultan’s fort. You can leave Mysore but Mysore will never leave you. It’s an incredible city.
Weather: Mysore enjoys a moderate climate with cool winters and warm summers. The summer in Mysore is from March to June. This season is the driest with May and June being the hottest months. Temperatures during this period range from a minimum of 21º Celsius and goes up to a maximum of 34º Celsius. Temperature range during winters which extends from December to February is 16-27 DegC.
Closest airport: Mysore or Mandakalli airport which is a domestic airport. The closest international airport is Bangalore (140Kms.)
Railway station: Mysore Junction
Best time to visit: October to March. October is best for the Mysore Dasara (Dussehra) festival.
Generally spoken language: Kannada is the official Language but people speak good English as the literacy rate is close to 90% and it’s a popular tourist destination. Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi are also spoken
Altitude: 760 Mtrs approx.
A coastal town in Southern Kerala with a 15 mtrs high cliff facing the Arabian sea. Famous for the shacks on it’s North Cliff which serve great seafood and there’s always music in the air as the sun sets. Enjoy Ayurveda massages, shopping at the North Cliff with an array of shops selling clothes, teas, spices, handicrafts and more. Main attractions are – The pristine beaches, mineral water spring at the Papanasam or the Varkala beach, the Sivagiri Mutt – A famous ashram founded by Sree Narayana Guru who preached one caste, one religion, one god. Then there is the 2000-year- old Vishnu Temple called Janardana Swami Temple, also known as Dakshin Kashi (Banaras of the South). You get scooters / bikes on hire to explore the town on your own. One can experience house boat cruises with lunch and canoe rides through narrower canals. The adventurous few can try kayaking, surfing and paragliding. All in all, Varkala is an enjoyable little beach paradise.
Weather: Moderate humid climate with monsoons stretching from June to August with heavy rains. The winter season starts in December and ends in February with January receiving the least rainfall of the year. Temperatures range from 12 DegC to 31 DegC during winters. Summers (March-May) are extremely hot and humid with highs of 40 DegC.
Closest Airport: Trivandrum international airport.
Railway Station: Varkala railway station
Best time to visit: October to February
Language: Malayalam, Hindi and basic English as it’s a tourism destination.
Population: approx. 45,000-50,000
Altitude: 150Ft ASL