The last weekend took us to Mysore and some surrounding places. Though I have been to Mysore before, this trip turned out to be a lot of fun, and it was great seeing the place through new eyes. 🙂
We started on Sunday morning, and the first stop was at Manchinabele Dam, near the Big Banyan Tree. The scenery is breathtaking here. Take a look:
The second stop was at the Nimishamba Temple at Srirangapatna. The temple has a beautiful pond, and the fruit- and vegetable-sellers there attract quite a crowd. I must say, the veggies here were too good not to buy. 🙂 I discovered the sinful Ari Nellikai at this very spot. 🙂
Next, we stopped at Tipu Sultan’s tomb, where he lies buried, along with several members of his family. It is a very serene place, one that fills your mind with peace.
The last stop for Sunday was at the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. We were just in time to see the musical fountain show, and we loved it. 🙂
The next morning, we stopped first at the famous Mysore Palace. Unfortunately, it was closed because of the nationwide bandh. 😦
The next place we went to was Chamundi Betta. It felt good to see this statue once again, which I have always associated with Mysore:
The temple of the Giant Nandi was next. I just adore this Nandi. 🙂
The Lalitha Mahal Palace was the next stop – the palace that has been converted into a heritage hotel. For a minimal entrance fee, we were allowed to explore the palace grounds, and the better half and me fell in love – with the beautiful palace.
The next stop was at Talakadu – the place of sand and temples. Legend has it that the sand from the banks of the Kaveri river covered the whole of Talakadu, on account of a curse given by a certain Alamelamma to the then Wodeyar of Mysore. There are lots of temples that have been unearthed at this spot, and our wonderful guide explained the legend as well as showed us around the temples. As per him, there are still several temples submerged under the sand, and there are still a lot of diamonds and gold in the waters of the Kaveri there, which Alamelamma supposedly threw away, as the Mysore Wodeyar had an evil eye on them.
The waters of the Kaveri at Talakadu are amazingly still, and the place is extremely picturesque. We spent some nice, quiet time here.
Next, we halted at Shivanasamudram, a place I had heard a lot about. The water level was quite low than it is usually, but it was still beautiful all right.
And then, we returned to Bangalore, clutching some pretty memories some fresh veggies, some bars of sandal soap, sandalwood powder and a gorgeous Mysore silk saree. 🙂