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The city offers itself as an ideal base to explore the fascinating and culturally rich state of Karnataka. Your itinerary to Bangalore should also include a visit to these places.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (3km from Shrirangapatnam)

It is located on one of three islands in the Cauvery River. If you are interested in bird watching then this a right place for you. It is best to visit this place between September and June when you can see all types of birds. Access is by motorable road and boats are available for use on the river.

Bannerghatta National Park (11 km)

Numerous wild animals roam freely in this densely forested, hilly area- bisons, elephants, lions, baboons, panthers, wild boars, and all sorts of buck, jackals and lion-tailed monkeys. It also has over 100 species of birds, a crocodile farm, a serpentarium, pets and many more.

Chamundi Hills

Chamundi Hills (13km from Mysore)

Overlooking Mysore from a summit of 1062 meters above sea level is temple to Shri Chamundeswari. The temple on the summit is a huge structure with a seven storey gopuram 40meters high which is visible from far away. You can spend a half-day walking up the 1000 odd steps to the top of this hill. It is fairly strenuous climb but you get really wonderful view of Mysore city and surrounding countryside. At three-quarters way one come across the famous Nandi (Shiva's bull) carved out of solid rock and at five meters high, it is one of the largest in India.

Srirangapatnam (16km)

Outside the city to the northwest lie the extensive ruins of the former capital of Mysore, the fortress city of Srirangapatnam, built by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan on an island in mid-Cauvery. Tipu Sultan fought the last of his battles with the British here in the closing years of the 18th century. It was constructed on a long island in the Cauvery River.

A fort holds the dungeon where Tipu Sultan held British officers captive with a mosque and Shri Ranganathaswamy temple. Another important tourist attractions are Daria Daulat Bagh, Tipu's summer palace and the Gumbaz, Tipu's mausoleum.

Murudeshwar (16 kms) from Bhatkal

This picturesque place has a beautiful temple perched on a hillock by the shore. The temple embodying a linga is believed to have erupted when Ravana flung the cloth covering the Atmalinga at Gokarna while lifting it. This place is a favorite tourist spot bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills.

Brindavan Gardens (19km from Mysore)

These ornamental gardens are laid out below Krishnarajasagar dam across the Cauvery River. They are popular picnic spots. The musical foundations are played every night for two hours.

Hesaraghatta (25 km)

This is a popular picnic spot with an artificial lake. You can enjoy boating and windsurfing here in the tranquil environment. For the nature lovers there is horticulture farm and dairy.

The Big Banyan Tree (28km)

The famed four hundred years old big banyan tree is spread over nearly four acres at Ramohalli. A landmark worth visiting, especially for those seeking endless shade!

Nrityagram (30km)

This dance village is located northwest of Bangalore.It was established by late Odissi dancer Protima Gauri to revive Indian classical dance forms. It offers the long-term study of classical dance and allied subjects under age-old guru-shisya parampara. The village welcomes visitors offering them guided tours. The school is open from August to May. In February, there is an all-night dance and music performance when renowned Indian classical musicians perform.

Muthvalamaduvu (Pearl Valley 40 km)

This place has beautiful surroundings with waterfalls captivating any traveler's heart. It is located 44 kms from Bangalore via Brigade road-Hosur road-Anekal. You can stay at Traveler's Bungalow 6 kms from Anekal town on the Hosur road.

Ramanagram

Ramanagram (49km)

This beautiful spot lies southwest of Bangalore.It is popular with rock-climbers and also holds special attraction as important silk cocoon marketing center.

Mandya (50 kms from Mysore)

Several stunning Hoysala temples are located here.The Cheluvanarayana temple at Melkote was built in 12th century and later it found patronage under Mahrajas of Mysore .The temple is beautifully decorated during the annual Vairamudi festival held in March/April.The Yoganarasimha temple up on the hill offer stunning view of the hills and valleys.The Saumyakeshva temple is located in Nagamangla town ,north of Melkote.It was built in 12 th century. Basaralu village 25 km north of Mandya is famous for its exquisite 12th century Malikarjuna temple built in early Hoysala style.Here you can find 16 armed Shiva dancing on Andhakasura's head and Ravana lifting Mt Kailash.An exquisitely carved Nandi can also be found.

Gokarna (Cow's ear)

50 km south of Karwar attracts Hindu pilgrims from all the country. The ear shaped confluence of two rivers forms this town.The Mahabaleshwara temple is home to a revered Shiva lingam.You can also visit Ganapati temple and Venkataraman temple. It is a Sanskrit learning center. Om beach, a paradise by the sea in the shape of an Om is also located here.You can also visit Kudle beach located at the village.To the south are half-moon beach and paradise beach.