By the time we finished visiting the Monastery and lunch, it was afternoon and we had to catch a bus to Madikeri. We reached Madikeri at around 7 PM and our bus to Mysore was booked at 7.30 PM, we reached Mysore at 10.30 PM. And it was Christmas Eve!! There also we booked another hostel called International Youth Hostel, Mysuru ( http://www.yhaindia.org/) which was also pretty good for such a cheaper price. We badly wanted to go for a Midnight-Mass since it was Christmas Eve and we found one near our Hostel also but the Hostel door was closed! ???? so we missed it. But nevertheless, we had packed day ahead. Next morning 1st thing we rented a bike and planned our itinerary. It was Mysore Palace, St. Philomena's Cathedral, Karanji Lake, Chamundi Hills. The Mysore weather was pretty awesome for roaming around. So, we started off with Mysore Palace. As usual, it was 25th December and people decided they will not stay indoors and as a result, it was crowded like hell!
By the time we finished seeing the entire palace we were dead tired and hungry as well. We quickly grabbed some lunch and set out for St. Philomena's Cathedral. It was like cherry on the cake.
It was a grand Cathedral, and we got the actual flavour of a Church as it was Christmas. Unfortunately, inside photography was prohibited, so that's all I have. After the Cathedral our destination was Karanji Lake. Which was 9 km from the Cathedral.
It was more of a park than a lake. We did cycling, bird watching, boating etc.
After a lot of physical activity in the Park, we thought we would make it to Chamundi Hills but we had our train at 8.30 PM and it was almost 7.15 PM and we had return our bike as well. So to compensate Chamundi Hills we went to a wax museum (thinking that we will take photos with Shah Rukh Khan wax statue) but all in vain, the museum was about all musical instruments.
And like all good things, this trip also came to an end and we had to return Bangalore. We boarded the train and reached Bangalore at midnight
This trip had all kind of madness-es, new experiences, ups and downs. But it gave me peace, happiness and #sukoon (Mental Peace/Tranquillity) , what we die to get here.
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