Best Walking & Biking Tours in Mysore
This walk of around 2 hours is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with Mysore’s epic holds over artistry. The city is amongst the greatest contributors of sandalwood production in India and its artisans are known world over to carve masterpieces that flaunt their skills. Witness this 600-year-old place’s glorious legacy of art, architecture, heritage and royalty.
Around 10am, your guided walk begins from Mysore’s Town Hall. You’ll visit Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA), which offers several art-based courses. The experience throws open an opportunity to meet several artists engaged in age-old art-making, handicrafts production that has been handed down for many generations. You have the chance to converse with the artists while in action, gaining insights into various art forms. By noon, your walk is complete. Head back with knowledge on finer nuances on Mysore’s famous art forms.
Duration: Around 2 hours
About the Activity:Experience the magnificence of Bangalore in a 5 hour cycling tour, this guided trip allows you to witness the art and culture of North Bangalore.Meet your trip guide at Sadashivanagar entrance around 07:00 AM and get geared up to experience cycling like never before. Pedal your way past remarkable architecture and top attractions like excavated temple, old heritage home and the famous Dhobi ghat.Try learning block printing at an artisans space that is set in a unique
lakeside heritage estate and nature sanctuary.Then take a visit to a recently excavated archaeological site to explore the influences of
many dynasties that has formed Bengaluru.During the tour enjoy the delicious breakfast at a famous food joint which is part of the trail.The trip ends at the Sadashivanagar entrance at around 12:00 noon.
About the Activity:Entice your taste buds with Mysore’s cuisine consisting of innumerable snacks, breakfast delicacies, wide variety of sweet dishes, the popular Ragi Mudde (a dynamite of nutrition) and main course. After this culinary trail, you’ll know that there’s more to Mysore’s food bonanza than just idlis and dosas.
Your guided food tour starts around 10am from Town Hall. Over two hours, traverse through some of the most popular eateries and food joints in Mysore. At every stop be pleasantly surprised to discover tastes that cannot be recreated elsewhere. Simple, filling meals, unbelievably delicious, and choicest of varieties are available for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food lovers. Gorge on signature dishes such as Mysorepak, Shavige Payasam, Chiroti, tangy vegetable curries, kosambri, alongside flat idlis and dosa variety. End the tour after your sumptuous gastronomic fill.
About the Activity:At Mysore market get a sneak peek of a Mysorean’s daily life. Regular shoppers bargaining with local traders, aromas of organic produce, heaps of fresh vegetables and fruits, grocery items, food stalls all embroiled in a singular space makes a captivating scene. The tour stretched over two hours is a good sample of a traditional Indian market.
Around 10am, you’ll begin your guided walk from Town Hall. Take one of the two main entrances to the market to step into a wonderland, which has been around for over 125 years. An infectious energy engulfs you as you walk in. Each area of the campus is earmarked for vegetables, fruits and other delights. Find a generous mix of incense stalls, shops selling household items, and even some handicraft and souvenir stalls. At the end of this casual walk, Mysore would no longer be a stranger!
A ‘lighter’ part of Mysore is what this enduring walk promises to deliver. Every step of the way you’ll encounter lesser known facets of Mysore’s heritage sites, landmark structures, markets, temples, sprawling gardens and lakes – all in the beauty of the night. The walk takes two hours to capture some amazing sights essentially revolving around the Mysore Palace.
Around 7pm, just after sunset begin your guided walk from Town Hall. Brace yourself on the sight of illuminated royal palace located in the city’s heart. All ways lead to and from here. Against the night’s dark background, the lit city blossoms into a new life portraying a unique scene full of splendour. Enjoy shopping for different items such as flowers, fruits, vegetables and household items. Savour the zesty street food. Your walk ends around 9pm, after two hours of wholesome experience of the palace city.
Duration: Around 2 hours
About the Activity:Amble through the royal lanes of Mysore and experience the grandeurs of a bygone era. This 4 hour hop-on and hop-off walking tour starts near the Town Hall at around 09:30 am.
From the Mysore Town Hall, visit the Amba Vilas Palace, also known as the Mysore Palace. Built in 14th century, it is the official residence of the Wodeyar dynasty and is also one of the major tourist spots in Mysore. Following this, make it to the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion. Built in 1905 by Chamaraja Wodeyar, the then Maharaja of Mysore, this historical building now houses the post-graduate departments of Mysore University.
Visit the Lalitha Mahal Palace that was built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV during 1921 for the royal stays of the Viceroy of India. The palace has now been converted into a five star property under the flagship of Ashok Group of Hotels. With this, the walking trail will come to an end.
Revisit the glory of Mysore, the city of palaces, and explore its golden history. This 4 hour tour takes you through cultural and architectural wonders of this royal land and gets you acquainted with its splendours.
Assembling near the Town Hall at around 9:30 am, this walking tour heads toward the Mysore Palace. A testimony of city’s timeless era, it is also known as the Amba Vilas Palace and is the official residence of the Wodeyar dynasty. Following this, visit the Jayalakhsmi Vilas Mansion. Standing tall on a hilltop, this grand building now houses a museum with ageless collection of artefacts and other royal belongings.
The Lalitha Mahal, once the royal residence of the Viceroy of India, will be the next on the itinerary. Painted in elegant white colour, this palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel under the flagship of Ashok Group of Hotels. Post this, visit the Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA). One of the prominent institute for learning drawing, photography and photo-journalism, graphics and several other courses, it was started by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in 1906. With this, the walking tour will come to an end.
Duration: 4 hours
A prominent centre of worship in the state of Karnataka, Melukote is located in the Pandavpura district. Rich with lush green forests and the misty valleys abundant with clouds and flora that is unique to the region. Cycling to Melukote Nandi Hills ride will take you through some of the most amazing trails that are not taxing but equally pleasing!
In the refreshing air of the Devarabetta forest, let your senses come alive as you breathe in the refreshing air rich with the promise of adventure and excitement on the Melukote Nandi Cycling path. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life in this spectacular land that is untouched by the vagaries of nature!
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Get on your trusty bicycles and embark on an amazing excursion through the Hills. The Melukote Nandi Cycling trail is lined with lush winding forest pathways that lead up to the landscapes that are free from any manmade intrusions and are perfect for those looking for a respite!
Your adventure of cycling to Melukote Nandi begins as you reach the decided meeting point of Sadashiv Nagar Swimming pool at around 06:30AM. Hereafter, a short drive of a couple of hours will bring you to the base of Nandi Hills from where you can start cycling the 30km long trail that leads up to the Melukote Cross. Not very taxing, it is best suited for beginners as it is not very taxing on the legs with a steady decline of almost 15km and more than 22km of tarmac roads. Bicycles can be brought by the participants themselves or can be rented at an additional cost.
Pedal your way across the rich and lush Devarabetta forest and winding paths of the hills before you make the first stopover after about 12km. Rest and relax before starting off again to explore the beautiful landscape on two wheels. After cycling for another 13km, it is time for the final stopover before you reach the destination at Melukote Cross. Take in the beautiful surroundings around you and let nature enchant you. Breathe in the fresh air before you head back to Nandi hills via a shuttle and munch on a succulent lunch spread which marks the end of your cycling adventure as you head back to the Sadashiv Nagar swimming pool.
Meal Types: Vegetarian
Duration: 5 Hours
Timings: 06:30 AM to 03:30 PM (Approx.)
Total cycling distance/distance cycled per day: 30km
Difficulty Level: Easy
About the Activity:Mysore, the city of palaces, also known as the retiree’s paradise is one of the opulent cities in India. Favourable climatic conditions, rich cultural heritage and several historical landmarks make this place an ideal ground for walking tours.
Starting from the popular Town Hall in Mysore, this 3 hours guided walking tour begins at around 9:30 am. Enjoy the experience of visiting the ins and outs of this royal city. With Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Palace as the main attraction, this walking trail also takes you to the Jayalkshmi Vilas Mansion, Lalitha Mahal Palace and the local markets.
While visiting the local markets, witness the rich art and crafts of Mysore. Known for the best quality sandalwood, they also offer various sandalwood items and products. With the completion of the market visit, this walking trail will come to an end.
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Cruise the roads of Ooty and
Bandipur on your BMW GS/Triumph Tiger XRX and experience the true joy and
adventure of biking.Located in the state of Karnataka, Bandipur is a stunning wildlife sanctuary that is amongst the largest
biospheres in India.The biking tour commences and
takes you through the fabulous expanses of Madikeri, Mysore, Ooty, Nagarhole
Reserve, Vythiri , Coonoor and many more hill stations for a duration of 11 days.You will be covering a total
distance of 666 miles and spend your days enjoying the wonderful scenery and
sights.Meal types: Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian meals on all days
Accommodation Types: Twin Sharing Basis in guesthouse or
Transportation Types: Triumph Tiger XRX
Activities: Motorcycle Tour
Difficulty Level: Moderate
On this absorbing tour, enjoy a visit to the silk weaving looms in Mysore and witness how the exquisite pure silk sarees are made. These garments are especially unique as they have gold woven in to them.
The two-hour Mysore off-beat silk tour can be undertaken from 8am to 11am. Once gathered at the meeting point, you will be taken to the distinct silk weaving looms. A guide will take you through the process and explain what goes into crafting the pure silk saree. Later on, you visit the famous silk saree shops and see the royal finished products. You can also shop if something catches your fancy.
Duration: Around 2 hours
Mysore has a glorious history which is reflected in the architectural wonders that dot the city’s landscape. The old world glory of the city can be experienced through a walking tour in Mysore’s historically important parts such as Agrahara. It is the oldest part of the city and still bears the marks of the time that has gone by.
Take an enchanting walking tour in Mysore during Dasara when the city comes alive with pomp and revelry. Starting anytime during the day before 2pm and lasting for 4 hours, it usually takes place during the months of September or October
You may find your guide for the walk dressed in traditional attire. It is believed that in the earlier days, the king invited eminent people from his kingdom to his Durbar. Your guide will take you through the galleries and alleys of the royal courts and Durbar and showcase the different aspects of city.
Also get to learn more about this 600 year old tradition and its significance in the cultural history of the state. Enjoy the procession route and delight in the views of the colourfully decked elephants.
Duration: 4 hours
Get acquainted with the flavour and colour of majestic Mysore. Discover what gives the heritage township its distinct character.
The guided walk of 2 hours can be undertaken any time of the day. Meet at Town Hall that was built in 1884 in memory of the first Dewan of Mysore. Amble through historic avenues and visit monuments. Visit the Fort, Mysore Park and also the iconic Mysore Palace that was the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars. Discover the colonial connections and hear captivating stories about the place.
Duration: Around 2 hours
With this absorbing walk, discover the history of traditional board games and its evolution to modern form of chess and puzzles. For it is in India itself that the world famous chess and snakes-and-ladders were originated.
Undertaken anytime between 10am and 5pm, the experience will last for around 3-4 hours. You will meet at Town Hall in Mysore and proceed towards the beguiling old houses, shops and temples where these traditional boards still exist. The traditional board games were simple, drawn on the floor or ground. It evolved as women created colourful, embroidered game boards on cloth. Discover the royal connection behind these board games. The guide will engage you with fascinating stories and titbits along the way.
Duration: Around 3-4 hours