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In The Lap of Nature

Code:   SI 09

In The Lap of Nature

Duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days
Destinations Covered :  Bangalore-Sravanbelgola-Chikmagalur-Belur-Halebid- Coorg-
Kabini (Nagerhole) -Mysore-Bangalore


Day 01. Arrive Bangalore by International flight
Assistance and transfer to  hotel.
Day 02 : Bangalore-Chikmagalur drive,  237 km
Morning  drive to Chikmagalur stopping en-route to visit Shravanabelagola. 

Shravanabelagola is one of the most holy places for Jains.  The huge 17.7 metre (57 feet) high monolith statue of Lord  Bahubali (Gommateshwara),  stands on  the summit of the 143 metre granite Vindhyagiri Hill. This site was established in the 9th century. It is world’s tallest monolithic statue.  Every 12th year, The Mahamasthakabhisheka – a religious ceremony is held for 12 days when pilgrims from all over India throng this place to offer respect and prayers.  Tonnes of Milk is poured on the statute of the Lord, the anointing ceremony of the image.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel for overnight.

Day 03 : Chikmagalur

Nestled at 3,400ft in the Sahyadri mountains of the Western Ghats, Chikmagalur is situated in the south-western part of Karnataka. The hill town with unending vistas of mountains, streams, and coffee and pepper plantations, is a perfect holiday sport for nature lovers. A number of rivers, such as Bhadra, Hemavathi, Tunga, Netravathi and Vedavathi, originate in the hills surrounding the town. History reveals that some 350 years ago, first seeds of coffee were sown here. The coffee production and trade has since been Chikmagalur's mainstay.

Day trip to visit Belur and Halebid temples.

Belur is located on the banks of the river Yagachi, it is known for The Chennakeshava Temple, one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture.  It took 103 years to complete and the reason is evident.  The façade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes with no portion left blank.  Elephants, episodes from the epics, sensuous, dancers they are all there – awe inspiring in their intricate workmanship. 

The Hoysaleswara temple at Halebid is equally astonishing. Dating back to the 1121 C.E.the walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and dancing figures. Yet no two sculptures of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple guarded by a Nandi Bull was never completed, despite it took over 86 years in construction. 

Day 04 : Chikamagalur-Coorg drive, 185 km
After breakfast, drive to Coorg.

Coorg or Kodagu (originally called Kodaimalenadu) means 'dense forest on steep hill'. Dubbed as the Scotland of India is one of the most beautiful and scenic. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination.

Coorg is on the Western Ghats. Set amidst verdant valleys, imposing mountains and teak wood forests, this is one of the most beautiful hill stations you can visit. It lies on Karnataka's south western end, covering an area of 4,102 sq km. The river Cauvery originates here.

Day 05 : Coorg
Day at leisure or plan a visit to :

Bylekuppe is the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet, complete with a Tibetan monastery with 7,000 monks, a Tibetan village and a flea market. Other places of interest in the vicinity are Chikklihole Reservoir and, Cauvery Nisargadhama.

A visit to the Dubare Elephant Camp across the river Cauvery, is another option. Visitors can participate in bathing and feeding the elephants. Under supervision of expert in  the field provides the visitors can learn more about the Elephant’s life, nature and enjoy a ride through the forest to a nearby waterhole.

Day 06 : Coorg-Nagerhole drive, 120 km
After breakfast, drive to Nagerhole.  Check-in at the resort.

The Nagarhole National Park with its green world rich in forests, little streams undulating valleys and fascinating waterfalls, a perfect get-away for nature-lovers.  Deriving its name from Kannada, ‘Naga’ meaning snake and ‘hole’ referring to streams - Nagarhole is truly a delightful spot, bubbling with the activity of some of the most magnificent animals and trees.  Rosewood, teak, sandal, silver oak… are among the trees found here.   The animals that are found here – Elephant, Tiger, Panther, Chital, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Jungle Fowl, Patridge, four horned antelope, warblers, spotted deer, mouse deer, pangolin, panther, gaur, giant flying squirrel…

The Park has about 250 species of birds and the Malabar trogan, the Malabar pied hornbill, the great black woodpecker, the Indian pitta and the green imperial pigeon are part of its avian variety.

Day 07 : Nagerhole

Jungle activities to view wildlife that include jeep safari, Coracle ride, nature walk, short elephant safari (subject to availability) and evening cultural/wildlife show.

Stay in Nagerhole include all meals.

Day 08 : Nagerhole-Mysore, 80 km
Morning drive to Mysore, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.

The imperial city was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars.  It lies 770 m above sea level.   The  legend takes its name from a famous demon called Mahishasur, a great warrior who ruled as a tyrant until he was killed by the goddess Chamundeshwari.  A temple dedicated to the goddess, believed to be 2000 years is perched on a hilltop.  Nandi Bull, half day to the ill is a 4.8 meter monolith. Mysore is most famous for the imposing Royal Palace with a magnificent Durbar Hall, particularly splendid during the Dussehra Festival when the Maharaja’s   jewellery studded gold throne (weighing 200 kgs) is on display and the entire palace is decorated with lights.  Chamundeshwari temple perched on a hilltop is 2000 years old, Nandi Bull half way to the hill is a 4.8 metre monolith. 

Day 09 : Mysore-Bangalore-dep (180 km to airport)
Drive to Bangalore visiting en-route Srirangapattna.

Srirangapattana, 12 km from Mysore known for its Fort .  It is from here that Tippu charged at the British soldiers with his legendry sword.  Within the Fort  is Ranganathaswamy Temple, one of the most important Vaishnavite shrines in South India, built in 9th century dedicated to Lord Vishnu.  Daria Daulat Bagh, built in 1784, this Summer Palace was one of Tipu's favourite retreats.  The Bagh is situated on the banks of Cauvery river has treasured the paintings, engraving, arms that depict the Valiant victories and Struggles of Tipu Sultan. Masjid-E-Ala or Jamia Masjid  : The  mosque situated near the Bangalore Gate of the fort buit by Tipu Sultan has an inscription mentioning the ninety-nine names of Allah and another records the date of its construction by Tippu in 1787 A.D. 

On arrival in Bangalore, transfer to airport in time for flight to onward destination.






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