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Karnataka

Overview

Just north of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Karnataka is an interesting, less explored addition to a southern Indian itinerary. The marvellous palace at Mysore and the bustling modern capital, Bangalore, are a short distance from the Western Ghat hill towns. The nature reserves on the regional borders are a more relaxed place to see wild elephants and the occasional tiger. Further north there are historic monuments to be seen at Hampi and Bijapur. Bangalore now has direct flights to London and international connections with many other major airlines.

 

Bangalore

Once named the Garden City, Bangalore is now known as the capital of India’s IT and call-centre industries. However, do not go expecting a city radically different to any other in India; stray cows still roam the streets, albeit past shiny glass fronted buildings. The climate in Bangalore is very pleasant all year round and the city’s parks and surrounding areas are green and fertile.

 

Mysore

Easy going Mysore, with its wide tree lined streets, is home to one of India’s newest royal palace, built in 1897 with ornate iron pillars imported from Glasgow and Venetian chandeliers. Colourful markets and smarter boutiques selling local sandalwood and silk make the city a shopping paradise. Just outside the city is Chamundi Hill, featuring one of India’s largest Nandi Bulls and crowned with a temple to the local goddess. Between Mysore and Bangalore are Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, home to a number of wading birds as well as crocodiles; and Srirangapatnam, the fortress of Tipu Sultan, defeated here in 1799 after four battles with the British, depicted in detailed murals around the summer palace.

 

Nagarhole National Park

Located on the Kabini River, about three hours’ drive from Mysore on the border with Kerala, Nagarhole National Park is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The flora is a mix of teak and bamboo around grassland and swamp. It is a haven for birds including serpent eagle, Indian roller, and pied hornbill. The resident mammals include large herds of elephant, wild dog, sloth bear, bison and the occasional leopard and tiger. Wildlife viewing may be done both by jeep and boat.

Hotels

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Karnataka, India
The Leela Palace is set amongst lush tropical gardens and is in close proximity to the business, shopping and cultural areas of the city. All of the spacious rooms have private balconies that overlook either the pool or landscaped courtyard.

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Karnataka, India
Built as a guesthouse for the Maharajah’s visitors approximately 100 years ago, the Metropole has a certain style.

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