Jog Falls

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Jog Falls, Gerosoppa Falls or Joga Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India located near Sagara taluk, Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka. These magnificent falls are a major tourist attraction in Karnataka, the spellbinding view of which creates a truly memorable experience. Jog Falls is a segmented waterfall. That is, as it makes its descent, the waters of the Jog Falls makes separate forms (segments). It is also called by alternative names of Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. Its height is 830 feet and is located on Sharavati River. The falls are in four distinct cascades called as, Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket.

Jog Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India and one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism. It is created by the Sharavathi River dropping 253 m (830 ft), making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India after the Nohkalikai Falls with a drop of 335 m (1100 ft) in Meghalaya. Jog Falls does not fall from one rock to another in a stepped (tiered) formation, but falls directly straight from its peak. The number of drops of Jog Falls is just 1. 

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Sharavati, a river which rises at Ambutirtha, near Nonabur, in the Thirthahalli taluk and takes the north-westerly course by Fatte petta, receives the Haridravati on the right below Pattaguppe and the Yenne Hole on the left above Barangi. On arriving at the frontier it bends to the west, and precipitating itself down the Falls of Gersoppa and passing that village (properly Geru-Sapp), which is really some 29 kilometers distant, discharges into the sea at Honnavar in North Kanara. Associated with the waterfall is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across river Sharavathi. The power station has been operational since 1948 and is of 120 MW capacity, one of the largest hydroelectric stations in India at that time and a small source of electric power for Karnataka now. The power station was previously named Krishna Rajendra hydro-electric project, after the King of Mysore at that time. The name was later changed to Mahatma Gandhi Hydroelectric Project. 

Before the onset of monsoon season, when there is not much water in the Linganmakki dam, the Jog Falls are a pair of thin streams of water trickling down the cliff, as the water collected in the dam is exclusively for generation of electricity; during monsoons local rain water is the source of water to the falls. Jog Jalapatha doesn’t flow in a stepped fashion; it is an untiered waterfall. Each of the four falls, take a vertical plunge which creates a misty atmosphere around the falls. The beauty of the waterfalls is enhanced by the lush green surroundings, which provide a scenic backdrop. Visitors can hike to the base of the falls and take a plunge in the water. The area near the falls is also ideal for trekking. Swarna Nadi riverbank, the Sharavathi valley and the lush green forest around the waterfalls are just as scenic. Other places to visit near the falls are Dabbe falls, Linganamakki Dam, Tunga Anicut Dam, Thyvare Koppa Lion and Tiger reserve and Sharavati River. 

The months of June till September witness heavy rainfall in the region. The monsoon season is the best season to visit Jog falls, as the beauty of the place is enhanced during monsoons.

How To Reach

By Air : The nearest airport to Jog falls is Hubli airport  (171 km), Which is well connected to all major city of India. 

By Rail : The nearest station Shimoga (100 km) is well connected to Bangalore and Mangalore via regular trains. 

By Road : Jog fall located on National Highway number 206 connecting Honovar to Tumkur and is well connected by road. Buses too are available for traveling to Jog Falls from the major cities in South India. Buses are available from Mangalore (243 km), Bangalore (387 km) and Shimoga (101 km).

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Bannerghatta National Park

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Bannerghatta National Park is located at a distance of 22 km south of Bangalore. The Bannerghatta National Park is hailed as one of the most famous and prominent of all national parks in India.  The park, which was established in 1971, which gradually grown into the present Biological Park by 2002. Ten reserve forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division come under this national park.  It is a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house and a safari park. There are ancient temples in the park for worship and it is a destination for trekking and hiking. The Zoo Authority of Karnataka, the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) are collaborating agencies. 

Bannerghatta_National_Park_4-24-2011_12-42-40_PM It is one among the few places in the world where wilderness is preserved so close to a big city. One of the famous picnic spots near Bangalore, Bannerghatta National Park houses bisons, lions, elephants, panthers, etc. A pet’s corner as well as a museum is also situated inside this national park. One of the main attractions of Bannerghatta National Park is lion and tiger safari. The Tiger Reserve of the park has been recognized by the Forest Department of India. The other attractions of this park include its crocodile, snake farm and the Butterfly park. The field activities of the biological park are many fold as it is classified as one of the major zoo in the state/country with a lot of scope for scientific development. One hundred and one species of birds have been recorded in the park. One of the major attractions of the Bannerghatta National Park is a Butterfly Park, the first of its kind in India. The park is home to a hundreds of different species of both flora and fauna. Other attractions at the Zoo include a crocodile farm, serpentarium and a newly added butterfly park.

Entrance_Buterfly_park-_Bennargatta_national_park The butterfly conservatory is a circular enclosure stretching over an area of 10,000 sq ft, covered by a polycarbonate roof. There are approximately 20 species of butterflies at the conservatory, which has an adjusted environment that suits the butterflies. The setting is entire tropical, with humid climate and an artificial waterfall. In addition, a portion of the park is used as a sanctuary for rescued wild animals, mainly from circuses. The rescue center is off-limits for visitors.

Elephants_at_bannerghatta_national_park Apart from the wild animals, the park is also famous for few ancient temples for worship and few places for hiking and trekking for adventure lovers. The Bannerghatta national park covers six small villages encircled for the purpose of sheep and cattle farming and nearly sixteen villages are at the border of the park. The park was especially established for the citizens and youngsters of Bangalore city to have Biological Recreation Centre near the city. The very popular Suvarnamukhi stream runs through the park which is said to have magical curative properties in it. The Bannerghatta National Park is the first biological park in India in which Elephants can roam around in an area of 122 acres without any chains, as because the whole forest has been fenced and has been designed by the elephant behavior expert Carol Buckley.

The climate is suitable for a visit throughout the year. The weather is moderate in the range of 20-32 Degree C all through the year, Through the best time to visit Bannerghatta is between September and January.  The park is normally closed on every Tuesday. It is open through the rest of the week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  

How to Reach : 

By Air : Nearest Airport is Bangalore(22 km). Which is well connected to all major city of India

By Rail : Nearest railway station is Bangalore(22 km). Which is well connected to all major city of India

By Road : Bannerghatta National Park is well connected by roads. BMTC (Govt) and Private busses ply frequently between Bangalore and Bannerghatta National Park.

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Karwar

Karwar is situated on the bank of river kali, which is located on the west coast of Indian peninsula in Uttara Kannada district in the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative head quarters of North Kanara District in Karnataka and is a historic town as it has been a vibrant trading post from the 15th century onwards. It is wedged between the Arabian Sea and Kali river on the one side and the Western Ghats on the other. Karwar was a former settlement of the British and later the Portuguese, the Arabians and now the Indian Navy have taken advantage of its location. 

Karwar_Pictures_-_Yogesa_10 The town lies about 15 kilometres south of the Karnataka-Goa border. The original name of Karwar is “Karwad” which is renamed by the British during colonial time.  It has an Excellent Beach resort with beautiful palm fringed beaches. Karwar is known for its fine muslin.  The town known for its glorious weather,  fresh fishes, picturesque hills and valleys of Western Ghats with dense tropical forests on the way to Hubli/Dharwad or Belgaum.  The Kali River joins the Arabian Sea very close to Karwar, where the famous Sadhashivagud Fort has been built next to the Kali River Bridge. The beauty of the place has made the famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore dedicate a poem to this city. It was the trade center through sea from Arabian Sea and French, Portuguese, Arabs and British did their trades from here. Karwar is famous for its silver sand, quite water, palm-laced beach, peaceful and calm alley. Once an important trade centre, the city has good weather and excellent beach environment. Karwar is known as “Kashmir of South India” .

Tourist Attraction :

Karwar Beach :

Karwarbeach2 Karwar Beach, popularly called as Rabindranath Tagore Beach, is one of the famous beaches of India. Karwar Beach, popularly called as Rabindranath Tagore Beach, is one of the famous beaches of India. A tourist can happily spend time here just enjoying the beach or can do snorkeling, diving and tasting spicy sea food and the cool blue water. It is surrounded by Arabian Sea from west and Western Ghats from east. This site is the perfect place for those travellers who want to picnic at a serene and peaceful environment. The beach sunset is a beautiful sight and is worth visiting the place for. The soft sand and calming sea water are a serene combination and make this place a peaceful weekend getaway.  The Karwar Beach is renowned worldwide for its picturesque charm that is not found in any other beaches of India. The climatic conditions of Karwar are apt for tourism during the months of September to May.

 Majali beach :

Rabindranath Tagore's favorite beach at Karwar, Karnataka, India Majali Beach is a famous attraction located in Karwar and is known for its sea facing cottages and resorts. This is the one of the best places to visit in Karwar, owing to the scenic beauty,  There is a lake situated nearby, where activities like kayaking, rowing, Bird watching and fishing can also be enjoyed by the tourists.

Devbagh Beach :

Devbagh Devbagh beach is the most attractive beach in Karwar with its soft sands bordered by casuarina trees, offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities in the Arabian Sea. The Devbagh beach is a nature lover’s paradise. To reach the beach regular ferries are available from Karwar and are sponsored by various beach resorts, situated around the beach. Devbagh Beach with its soft sands bordered by casuarina trees, offers good diving and snorkelling opportunities in the Arabian Sea. Restaurants at Devbagh serve local as well as international cuisines. Tourists visiting Devbagh Beach can also see Sadashivgad Fort, Venkataramana Temple and Naganatha Temple that are situated in proximity of the site.  Sands of the beach are bordered by casuarinas. The most opportune time to visit Devbagh Beach is during the months of October to March.

Durga Temple :

Shree_Siddheshwar_Temple,_Karwar_Balni The 300 years old Venkataramana temple has some of the most excellent painting of ochre and old unique churches of octagonal are the main attraction of this place.  This temple was installed by Shivaji for the local bhandari population.  It is located inside the Sadashivgad hill fort, atop a hill.According to popular local belief, Raja Shiv Chatrapati found this temple and permitted the local Bhandari population to offer prayers at the site. Also known as Shantadurga Temple, it is located close to the 17th century Dargah of Peer Shan Shamsuddin Kharobat. 

Kurumgad island :

Karwar-977_20 Shaped like a tortoise, this island is home to the Narasmiha temple which is a famous pilgrimage spot in the area. The attractions of prime importance in the island are the Narasimha Temple and the Kurumgad Beach which unarguably bring-in a huge crowd of tourists and devotees. A deserted lighthouse is also present on this island which has its own historic background. Loads of fun-filled activities keep tourists thrilled till the end. From trekking, fishing, boat-rides, tidal pool to diving, snorkeling or treasure-hunts, there in no dearth to entertainment options while in this wonderful island. While days could be spent dolphin-spotting, nights should be enjoyed stargazing with the help of a telescope. 

Sadashivgadh Hill Fort : 

Karwar-977_20 Sadashivgad Hill Fort built on a 200 ft high hill-top, lies along the banks of Kali River near the Kali River Bridge at Karwar, hence giving a beautiful view of the setting sun. At a distance of 5 km from Karwar Bus Stand. It is famous for Goddess Durga Temple and was founded in 1698 by Raja Sonde. The Shantadurga deity being installed by Shivaji for the locals to worship. The top of the fort gives an aerial view of the entire village including the Kali River and the bridge running above it. Tourists can opt for the local government buses to reach fort, which holds historic significance. 

How to Reach :

By Air : Nearest airport is Dabolim Airport Goa (58 km). The Dabolim Airport is an international airport is well connected from all the major cities. 

By Rail : Trains are also available to Karwar as it has a well established railway station. which is connected to the major cities of Karnataka like New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Puri, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Patna.

By Road : Karwar is well connected to the major cities of Karnataka and neighboring states.

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Agumbe

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Agumbe is a little village in the Shimoga district of the Malnad region in Karnataka. It is sometimes called “The Cherrapunji of the South” after Cherrapunji, in Northeast India. It is the most scenic place in the Southern part of India.  Agumbe is a tiny hillstation tucked away in the heart of the Karnataka Western Ghats. Agumbe is famous for spectacular sunset and many visitors come here to watch it. The sunset here gets reflected from the Arabian Sea onto the horizon. It receives the heaviest rainfall in the South India and has many rivers, streams and waterfalls in the area. It is the only rainfall research centre in India. Agumbe is home to several rare species of medicinal plants like Garcinia, Myristica, Listsaea, Diospyrous, Hoiligarna, Eugenia and Ficus among others, it is also called ‘Hasiru Honnu’ which means ‘green is gold’. 

Agumbe_Rain_Forest_Research_Station Agumbe being one of the most scenic places on the Western Ghats of the Karnataka has the lush green view all around with spectacular sunset. The Agumbe forests are considered as one of the World Heritage Sites.  A lot of waterfalls dot the areas in different hills and peaks in Agumbe. Agumbe is rich in bio-diversity. Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park are located adjacent to Agumbe.  Agumbe is also called King Cobra capital because of the high number of snakes of the species being found here. Interestingly, despite the high density of King Cobras in the region, incidents of snake-human conflict are rare. 

Someshwara_From_Agumbe_Ghat Taking a trip to Agumbe is a pleasant experience, it has picturesque beauty and is ideal for trekking. Forested trails lead from here to a jungle pond called Emkal Kere, a hillock called Nishani Gudda, and to Barkana Falls. Many hills, rivers and streams are hidden within the deep forests and slopes in and around Agumbe. And within these landscapes are many birds and animals including reptiles and plant species, some of which are rarely found in other parts of the world. The Agumbe to Emkalkere, Agumbe-Kudluthirtha-Seethanadi and Agumbe-Norshimha parvatha-Kigo are some of the interesting treks. Most tourists visit Agumbe to trek through its forests or to visit the waterfalls. Trekking to the Kudlu Theertha Falls or Nishani Gudda offers a once in a lifetime experience.

Tourist Attraction : 

Sunset Point :

Sunset_at_Chandipur_Sea_Beach,_Odisha It is located on one of the highest peaks of the Western Ghats and offers magnificent view of the setting sun on the Arabian Sea. It is ten minutes walk from Agumbe. On a clear day, one can watch the sun go down the Arabian Sea giving way to the moon. It provides views of the setting sun on the horizon of the Arabian Sea. This point is situated at the 14th hair-pin bend of the mountainous road that leads to Agumbe a beautiful sunset can be caught over the Arabian Sea.

Barkana Falls : 

Manimuthar-Falls Barkana Falls, counted among the highest waterfalls in India,  is the 11th highest waterfall in India. The viewing point for the Barkana Falls is about 4 km from the end of the approaching vehicle track. Barkana Falls is one of the prime sources of hydroelectricity in Karnataka as the water is used to power a hydroelectric system. Located amidst the thick and dense forest areas of the Western Ghats, the falls together with the adjoining Barkana valley, makes a panoramic view. You will find the Barkana viewpoint on the way to the falls. It will give a magnificent view of the dense jungle. It is counted amongst the ‘must see places’ of the region by all those who visit Agumbe.

Jogigundi Falls :

Jogigundi_Agumbe_2015_IMG_4338 The Jogigundi Falls is located around 3 km from Agumbe. Situated on the way to the Barkana Falls, it can be reached on foot after a 10 to 15 minute trek. This waterfall begins from a small pond where the water of Malapahaari River is collected. Later, the pond water merges with Tunga River while crossing the valley. Jogi Gundi derives its name after a saint (Jogi) who used to meditate inside the cave near the falls.  It is filled with water most of the time. It is one of the most preferred locations for trekking. You will be greeted by the natural swimming pool. 

Koodlu Theertha Falls : 

Koodlu_theertha The Koodlu Theertha Falls is formed by the Seeta River that falls into a pond from a height of around 300 ft. Owing to the belief that the sages meditated at this site thousand years ago, the pond is considered holy, It is located 20 km Formed by the Seeta River. It is a picturesque trek through the dense jungle. The best time to visit this fall is during the monsoon and winter seasons. The Manga Theertha, also known as the Monkey Falls, is situated close to the Koodlu Theertha Falls. It is a beautiful fall that is on the must see list of all tourists headed to Agumbe or even Shimoga district. This waterfall cascades from the height of 126 ft in the pond and is known to be the source of the Seeta River.

Onake Abbi Falls :

Onake_Abbi_Falls The Onake Abbi Falls is located at a trek distance of around 8 km from Agumbe is among the popular tourist attractions. Located at 400 feet, the falls can be reached after a trek of 5 kms from the rainforest. Once you reach the top, it is possible to get a complete view of the waterfall. The falls derives its name from the word Onake, meaning a pounding stick that is used for pounding grains in villages. The first part of the name ‘Onake’ is a Kannada word that refers a pounding stick, used to measure the weight grains in villages. 

How to Reach :

By Air : Nearest airport is Mangalore(100 km), Taxis and auto-rickshaws are available at the airport. 

By Train : Nearest Railway station is Shimoga (90km). 

Udupi Station (55km) on the Konkan Railway network is the nearest railway station, if you are arriving from Mumbai or Mangalore.

By Road : Buses are available from Bengaluru and other places to Agumbe and Theerthahalli which lies on the National Highway NH-13 and then towards Agumbe.

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Mysore City

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Mysore is the third most populous and also the third largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. Located 140 Kms from the state capital Bangalore– Mysore is the erstwhile capital of Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore state. The Wodeyar family ruled Mysore since 14th century except for a short period of 40 years when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were the rulers. Mysore is also known as the City of Palaces as there are number of palaces situated in the city. The palace blends Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles. Mysore is also home to the centuries-old Devaraja Market, filled with spices, silk and sandalwood. 

The name Mysore is an anglicised version of Mahishūru, which means the abode of Mahisha in the local Kannada language. here Mahisha refers to Mahishasura, a mythological demon who could assume the form of both human and buffalo. According to Hindu mythology, the area was ruled by the demon Mahishasura.The demon was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hills. Mahishūru later became Mahisūru (a name which, even now, the royal family uses) and finally came to be called Maisūru, its present name in the Kannada language. In December 2005, the Government of Karnataka announced its intention to change the English name of the city to Mysuru.  

Dasara festival which represents the triumph of good over the evil and the worship of Devi Chamundeswari is celebrated with solemnity and fervor as a State festival. There are many things about Mysore that sets them apart from other spots. With the magnificent Mysore Palace, the imperial mansions, community buildings, gardens, water bodies and well designed markets, the city exhibits an ineffaceable notion of the visualization of the Maharajas, their Dewans and other talented dignitaries on the City Municipality prior to 1862. Beautiful buildings, sites, lakes, parks and open spaces of Mysore and the picturesque view of the Chamundi hill add an aura to the beautiful place. Although there are many facts about Mysore like the place is considered as a hub of IT industry.

Attraction of Mysore :

Mysore Palace : 

Mysore_palace_15 Mysore’s proud possession and one of India’s most visited attractions, Mysore Palace is an incredible man-made edifice. Built during 1897-1912, the Mysore Palace dominates the skyline of the district. It was designed by the English architect, Henry Irwin. The Mysore Palace is a three storied structure constructed in the Indo Saracenic style. The architecture is a blend of Hindu, Islam, Gothic and Rajput styles. It was the official residence of the Wodeyars, the erstwhile royal family of Mysore, which had reigned over the princely state of Mysore for more than seven centuries. It is characterised by marble domes, a 145 ft high tower and a beautiful sculpture of the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Gajalakshmi. It is surrounded by well-maintained lawns and gardens. The Mysore Palace is now a famous museum which holds a large number of priceless antiques and artefacts and is visited by thousands of people every year.

Jaganmohan Palace :

Jagmohan_Palace_(5285060005) The Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore is one of the seven palaces in the city and is considered to be one of the most beautiful contributions of the Wodeyar kings to the city. The palace was completed in 1861 and was initially used by the Wodeyar royal family as residence. Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery is a must-visit attraction for art lovers. 150 years old Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore is one of the oldest buildings. The palace is a beautiful and ornamental building which was built by the Kings of Mysore. Before the main Mysore palace was built, the Jaganmohan palace was the house of the royal family. The palace is witness to many cultural activities and conferences as it is located in the heart of the city. It is now converted into an art gallery and a function hall.  The collections exhibited here include paintings from the famous Indian painter, Raja Ravi Varma, the Russian painter Svetoslav Roerich, and many paintings of the Mysore painting style.

Brindavan Gardens : 

SONY DSC Brindavan_Gardens Located at a distance of 19 kms from Mysore City Center are the Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. Sprawling over a large area of about 150 acres, Brindavan Gardens are considered to be the best in Mysore.  The gardens are built across river Cauvery and below Krishnaraja Sagar Dam. The garden is decorated with huge lawns and various kaleidoscopical courses of flowers. The main attractive feature of the garden is the ‘dancing fountain’. Various biological research departments are housed here. There is a guest house for tourists as well. Sunset is the best time of the day to visit this garden and enjoy the sight of water (from fountains) dancing to the tunes of pleasant music. The area of the garden that is covered with shrubs, grass and trees looks like a well-manicured lawn.

Chamundi Hills :

Chamundeshwari_Temple_Mysore_2 The Chamundi Hills are situated close to the Mysore Palace and are one of the eight most sacred hills in South India. which lie 3,489 ft. above ground. Atop the hill is a temple dedicated to the ancestral goddess of the Mysore royal family Goddess Kali, who is also referred to as Goddess Chamundi.  The Chamundeshwari temple on top of the hill belongs to 11th century. Thousands of Devotee’s every year visit to pray and feel the divine aura of the deity of the temple’s goddess. Situated half way through the Chamundi Hills, one can spot a sacred bull. It was a gift given by Doda Deva Raja and is considered as a recumbent colossal Nandi or the Vehicle of Lord Shiva. The eyes of the bull are half shut. It is 25 feet long and 16 feet high and is covered with with ropes, chains, bells and jewels of stone.

Mysore Zoo : 

Tiger_in_Mysore_Zoo_-_karnataka Mysore Zoo, or Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, was established in 1892. Mysore Zoo is situated very close to the Mysore Palace. One of the main tourist attraction is the Mysore Zoo. The zoo has an excellent collection of animals, a beautiful outdoor stage and a colorful setting with the Chamundi Hills as its background and a contrived lake on its premises. The various animals that are exhibited in the zoological gardens of Mysore are provided with large, spacious and open enclosures. It might interest you to know that the zoo not only contains animals of our country but it also houses animals from around the world. World Environment Day is celebrated in the zoo. Different programs are organized on this occasion. There are also many training sessions arranged by the zoo committee. Summer camps for school goers are also organized here. 

St Philomena’s Church : 

St._Philomena's_Church,_Mysore_back_side  St. Philomena’s Church is one of the largest churches in India. This landmark can be spotted from a distance due to its 175 feet long twin spires. The St Philomena’s Church was constructed in 1936 in neo-Gothic style modelled on the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The church is dedicated to St Philomena who was a Latin Catholic saint and martyr of the Roman Catholic Church. She was a young Greek princess who was martyred in the 4th century. The St. Philomena’s Church of Mysore is adorned with stained glass windows that were specially brought from France. The spires of the church rising to a height of 175 feet imitate those of the Cathedral at Cologne in Germany and the St. Patrick’s Church of New York. Masses are held regularly in the St. Philomena’s Church which is open for the tourists from 8 A.M to 6 P.M. The Holy Mass performed here regularly in various languages including English, Kannada and Tamil, must not be missed.

Karanji Lake : 

Chamundi_Hills_From_Karanji_Lake_Mysore Karanji Lake, also known as Karanjikere Lake, is a beautiful place to visit. Apart from its natural beauty, this picturesque lake is noted for being home to a wide variety of indigenous and migratory birds. Karanji Lake is situated at the foot of the famous Chamundi Hills. King of Mysore constructed the lake. The 90-acre water body is amongst the biggest lakes in the state of Karnataka. The Karanji Lake offers boating facilities and its a pleasure to row down the beautiful waters surrounded by the marvels of nature. On one hand, the foreshore area covers about 35 hectares waterspread area is about 55 hectares, the foreshore area measures about 35 hectares. Karanji lake is owned by the Mysore Zoo Authority. A stroll in the butterfly park, located on an island in the lake, is a must while you are here. Brimming with plenty of natural treasures, this picturesque site is definitely a must-visit for every tourist coming to Mysore.

The_Railway_Museum_3 Railway Museum : 

Established in 1979, the Railway Museum in Mysore is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the country. Interestingly, it is the second largest railway museum after the National Railway Museum in Delhi, Located on Krishnaraja Sagar Road. The Railway Museum has a number of galleries which depict the development and growth of railway systems in India. These can be noticed from the locomotives, photographs and painting depicted in these galleries. One can view the lights and signals which were initially used and even the mini railway which operated on battery. The Chamundi Gallery showcases some great paintings related to Indian Railways. Steam engines including the first steam engine and signaling accessories from the beginning of the railways in India are interesting in their own right. A particular section of the museum, named Sri Ranga Pavilion, displays two royal coaches that belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore. A working model of the steam locomotive designed by technicians from Mechanical Department can be seen here. The museum includes mini rides on trains and a small kids’ play park.

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Nagarhole National Park

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Nagarahole is named after Nagarahole (Cobra river in the local language, Kannada), a winding river which runs eastwards through its centre. Situated in the two districts of Mysore and Kodagu in the state of Karnataka. It was originally constituted into a sanctuary in the year 1955 covering an area of 258 sq. Kms and subsequently enlarged to include the adjoining areas of Mysore district and now extends over an area of 643.39 sq. kms which was given the status of a National Park in 1983.

Nagarhole National Park is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka state in South India. This park was declared the thirty seventh Project Tiger tiger reserve in 1999. It is the apart of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and together with Bandipur National Park (875 sq. kms) and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (325 sq. kms) to its South East and Wayanad (350 sq. kms) to the South-West, is one of the last remaining and best protected habitats for endangered species like the Elephant and the Tiger, It is under consideration by the UNESCOWorld Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. Rich in wildlife, jungle and boasting a scenic lake, Nagarhole National Park, is one of Karnataka’s best wildlife getaways, containing good numbers of animals including tigers and elephants. Flanking the Kabini River, it forms an important protected region that includes the neighbouring Bandipur National Park and several other reserves.  These forests also consist of three major predators of the region – tiger, leopard and dhole or wild dog, all three co-existing in high densities. 

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Other animals that have made their habitat in Nagarhole are Indian bison, porcupines, jackals, hyenas, Sloth bears, and not to mention Niligiri tahrs and Niligiri langurs, among many others. The Kabini River and several smaller streams running through the forest provide great views of the natural landscape and as well as ample opportunities to spot various fauna out for a drink.

short history of the park :

Originally the forest area was the private hunting sanctuary for the Mysore royals. In 1955 the two adjacent forest ranges ( Mysore and Nagarhole) combined to form the Nagarhole National Park. Later the park is named after the late prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. The park derives its name from naga, meaning snake and hole, referring to streams. It was upgraded into a national park in 1988. The park was declared a tiger reserve in 1999. The Kabini River separates the Nagarahole National Park from the Bandipur National Park. Besides the Kabini, there are other rivers flowing in the vicinity of the park and these are the Lakshmana and Teentha rivers. The park is dotted with enchanting greenery and forest cover, coupled with waterfalls and a wide array of wildlife.

Climate & Rainfall :

The summer (March to May) temperature slightly crosses 30°C mark. The brief winter, which lasts from November to January, has temperature plummeting to 14°C. Monsoon is erratic, but it generally rains from June to September. The park receives an annual rainfall of 1,440 millimetres (57 in).

What to See In Nagarhole :

There are several resorts near the park that offer panoramic views of the park and its wildlife. Tourists have to take jeeps and vans run by the forest department accompanies by an expert guide while moving through the park. The park also has innumerable observation towers that help you have a closer look at the wildlife residing in it. Enjoy trekking through the park surrounded by exquisite variety of flora and fauna.

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Flora :

The vegetation here consists mainly of North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests with (teak and rosewood predominating in the southern parts. There is Central Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests with Pala indigo and thorny wattle towards the east. There are some sub-montane valley swamp forests with several species of the Eugenia genus. The upper tree canopy is dominated by Terminalia tomentosa in association with Tectonia grandis, Dalbergia latifolia, Pterocarpus marsupium, Lagerstroemia lanceolata, Anogeissus latifolia, Adina cordifolia, Boambax malabaricum, Schleichera trijuga, Ficus sp. and others. The lower canopy has Kydia calycina, Emblica officinalis, Gmelina arborea etc. Several shrubs belonging to Solanum, Desmodium and Helicteres sp. etc. are abundantly found but weedy shrubs like Eupatorium and Lantana now dominate. These forests have some conspicuous tree species such as golden shower treeflame of the forest and clumping bamboo

Fauna : 

The park protects the wildlife of Karnataka. The important predators and carnivores in Nagarhole National Park are the Bengal tiger,Indian leopardUssuri dhole , sloth bear and the striped hyena . The herbivores are chitalsambar deerbarking deerfour-horned antelope , gaur , wild boar  and Indian elephant. Nagarhole National Park provides an opportunity to see some of the southern population of gaur. Also, this park in Karnataka is a good place to see elephants in the luxuriant forests and bamboo thickets which they most enjoy. Their total population in southern India is now about 6500, nearly all living in the area where Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala adjoin in the shadow of the Western Ghats. 

How to Reach :

By Air : The nearest airports are in Bangalore(236)  and Mysore(96 km)

By RailThe nearest railway station is Mystore which is 80 km away from Nagarhole. Mysore is well connected to Bangalore

By Road : The Bus service is available from nearest place like Mysore (96 km), Madikeri (93 km), Bangalore (236 km).

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