123 Kms from Penukonda
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
If you live in a hot part of the country, Bangalore's good weather will immediately put you into a good mood. While the centre of the city has remained as it was during the British Raj, the area encircling it is on a constant boom with a vibrant student culture, popular pubs and a major electronic and industrial lifestyle. As a tourist, you can go see the Bangalore Castle. Modelled on the lines of the Windsor Castle, the one on Bangalore is a great example of the Tudor architectural style. It has beautiful gardens and the wooden carvings. The glass house at Lal Bagh and its botanical garden is a good place to relax while taking a walk. Cubbon park is one of the primary reasons why Bangalore was formerly nicknamed as the Garden City. The picturesque greenery in the middle of the city is stupefying. You can visit the Peninsular Gneiss to witness the oldest granite formations and also the look at the city from an elevated land. For a perfect end to the day, grab a beer at Toit or Peco’s. Follow it up with a grand meal at Koshy’s or Ebony, or the hundreds of other quirky restaurants in the city.
184 Kms from Penukonda
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Before the tropical air hits you here, an uncanny sense of time travel does, as you scan the historic Vijayanagar's devastatingly beautiful ruins and temples spread across the boulder-strewn landscape. The ancient capital of the Vijayanagara Empire (1343-1565), which has now become a favourite hipster holiday destination, is best explored on foot or bicycle. It has a lot of famous attractions such as the Hemakuta Hill, home to the ancient scattered ruins and a monolithic sculpture of Hindu God Vishnu, along with Hampi Bazaar, once an ancient trading spot for horses, silk, cows, precious stones and now a hub of handicraft shops and little restaurants, with the 15th century Virupaksha temple at its western end and the 16th century Vittala temple at its eastern end. Sule Bazaar and the Achyutaraya temple is also a must visit. This historic expedition can get tiresome and overwhelming for many, and the village in contrast maintains a very laid back atmosphere, with innumerable guest houses spread around, some even with a fascinating spartan setting, costing no more than 300 rupees. Just like its ruins, an ancient festival called the Hampi Utsav has also been kept alive since the Vijayanagar reign and is celebrated annually in November, with light and sound shows, music and dance performances, all boasting of the Kannadigas' rich culture, set against the backdrop of Hampi's ruins. The Mango Tree restaurant is a quaint place reached via passing through a banana plantation. Other good places to eat include Prince Restaurant, Goan Corner Restaurant and Laughing Buddha, popular for South Indian, Chinese, Israeli, Tibetan, and usual vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, enjoyed by the riverside.
274 Kms from Penukonda
Best time to visit - January,September,October,November,December
So much has been said about Coorg that one heads there with tons of expectations. And luckily, travellers are not disappointed. From the surreal beauty surrounding the small town to its rich flora and fauna, Coorg is a wonderful experience. The laidback town is home to a number of touristy places, though most of them are situated a little further from the center of town. Do visit Abbey Falls for a rejuvenating afternoon and Tadiyendamol, the highest peak in the region, for an overwhelming view of the city below. Coorg is also home to an elephant farm that invites travellers to spend a day with these gentle creatures. The itinerary at the farm includes bathing elephants, feeding them and taking them for a walk. It's a lovely way to spend your day and the experience will stay with you for a long, long time. For foodies, there isn't an opportunity to experiment too much but the food available more than makes up for the lack of experimentation. The local cuisine is simple but delicious. The homestays here offer an experience you can't miss. The warm hospitality, the delicious food and an experience that takes you closer to nature is what Coorg is all about.
273 Kms from Penukonda
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September
A bustling market town surrounded by lush green hills, Madikeri has a pleasant climate to unwind in and various treks and picnics to enjoy. A major attraction is the Raja Seat, a seasonal garden, where children can even enjoy a ride on the toy train. Other places include the Chiklihole Dam, Madikeri Fort, a 17th century marvel, and the Omkareshwara Temple, a 19th century place of worship, possessing both Gothic and Islamic styles of architecture circumscribing a central pool. The best trekking expeditions are to Chomakund, which is close to the beautiful Chelavera falls, the 16 km trek to Kote Betta where one can also choose to stay overnight in a picturesque village and Thadiyandamole, perched at a height of 5729 ft, from where breathtaking views of the Arabian sea and Kerala coast can be enjoyed. More stunning waterfalls to visit are Mallalli Falls, Iruppu Falls and Abbey Falls. Animal lovers will have a hard time leaving after a visit to the Dubare Elephant Camp, a protected forest in Coorg reached by crossing the river by boat, where elephants are trained by naturalists and can also be learnt about and bathed by visitors. One can also choose to enjoy various adventure sports there such as river rafting, boating and elephant riding. Some popular places to eat are Taste of Coorg, Coorg Cuisine and Beans n' Brew cafe for delicious Coorgi dishes and cafe meals and drinks.
213 Kms from Penukonda
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,November,December
Belur is a beautiful temple town in Karnataka famous for the stunning Chennakeseva Temple. Constructed to mark the victory of King Vishnuvardhana over the Cholas, the Chennakesava temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. Another popular temple here is the Kedareshwara temple, which is a remarkable representation of two carved emblems of Hoysala. Built in the year 1319, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located near the town of Belur is the small town of Halebeedu, which is also famous for its temples built during Hoysala period. Along with Belur and Shravanabelagola, Halebeedu forms the Golden Triangle of tourism in the state. Other famous temples of the region are the Kappe Chennigaraya temple and Veera Narayana temple, among others. Being a popular destination among devotees, it has a number of hotels and other accommodation options available for tourists, while Hotel Mayura and Kanha restaurant offer meal options. Visit Belur for a unique experience of spirituality and self discovery.
221 Kms from Penukonda
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November
Once the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore for six centuries, Mysore is now the third most populous state of Karnataka. But not much as changed in terms of its cultural ambiance and heritage, hence deeming it as the cultural capital of Karnataka. This city is popular for its year-round pleasant climate, silk, sandalwood and many majestic palaces, such as Lalitha Mohan Palace, Jaganmohan Palace and the most visited and grand one being the Mysore Palace. To get an exclusive insight into Mysore's culture, Folklore Museum would be the best place, where a plethora of carved wooden figures, ceremonial headdresses, vibrant masks can be seen along with puppet shows depicting Hindu mythological stories. Mysore Zoo is perfect for animal and nature lovers while the Regional Museum of Natural History serves those interested in ecological history. For those looking for unwinding strolls or simple relaxation, Karanji Lake and Kukkarahalli Lake are the best to visit, preferably early in the morning or evenings. More attractions include Brindavan Gardens, Railway Museum and St. Philomena's Church. Cauvery Arts and Crafts emporium is renowned for an array of silk sarees, carved sandalwood, wooden toys and inlay work, whereas Devaraja market is ideal for a more local shopping experience. Restaurants such as Hotel RRR Restaurant, Malgudi Cafe, Vinayaka Mylari, Sapphire and Anu's Bamboo Hut cater to popular local and international cuisines. Mysore comes alive during the 10-day festival of Dussehra, celebrated in October, when one can witness the entire city bedecked with lights, colours and music, making Mysore a memorable visit.
278 Kms from Penukonda
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Rich in scenic beauty and biodiversity, this peaceful little village is often called the Cherrapunji of the South, receiving almost as much rainfall as the real Cherrapunji of the North East region. Located in Shimoga, Karnataka, its rainforests are its trademark beauty and are home to several medicinal plants, mighty cobras and charming waterfalls, such as Jogigundi Falls, Barkana Falls, Koodlu Theertha Falls and Onake Abbi Falls. For a view of the stunning panorama of the sunset with the backdrop of the surrounding countryside and the Arabian Sea, Sunset Point is a must visit. For a beautiful walk down memory lane, visit the oldest and the most popular house in Agumbe, Dodda Mane, which was where the famous childhood television series, 'Malgudi Days', was shot. One can also enjoy delicious home cooked meals here and interact with the caretakers of this childhood treasure. Another place to visit is the ancient Gopala Krishna temple, which dates back to the reign of Hoysala Empire (10th-14th century). A visit to Agumbe Rainforest Research Station can prove to be highly educational for its world-class pioneering ecological studies, especially of the King Cobra, which are being put into practice for King Cobra management. Places to eat in Agumbe are limited, although apart from Dodda Mane, food can also be enjoyed near the Sunset Point at the Padiyar Restaurant. One can also enjoy delicious vanilla-flavoured tea at any of the tea stalls around this picturesque village.
259 Kms from Penukonda
Best time to visit - January,February,March,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu is considered to be one of the most holy cities in the state. The famous Annamalaiyar Temple located here is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the incarnations of the five natural elements and in Tiruvannamalai it is the element of fire known as Lord Arunachaleshwar. The temple is on the foothills of the Arunachal Hills and every full moon devotees come here to perform the sacred Girivalam ritual. The city also has a number of ashrams, mostly revolving around the deity worshipped in this temple. If you are looking for some peace and spiritual comfort, this small city is sure to surprise you.