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8 Day Trips From Mysore

When I first backpacked India, I went from city to city, maybe a small town here and there, but they were all Lonely Planet approved. After living in Goa I realized how much goes missed in guide books.

Had I come to Mysore alone, I would have done all the things in Mysore one should do (Ayurveda, yoga, the palace…) then hopped on a train to Hampi or Gokarna. Because I was with goMowgli, I got to see all these random ass places around Mysore that were so freakin’ cool! All of these are day trips from Mysore, but many are great and you should consider staying overnight.

You cannot do these all in one day! If you check out the goMowgli pass plan you’ll see that I did these over the course of a week. By the end of exploring Mysore I was pretty tired, so I don’t recommend trying to cram all these places in. I’ve been to all these and most have links within for more information on each one; this is more of a guideline or summary.

8 Day Trips from Mysore

1. Oxygen Acres Organic Cheese Farm

Tour the facilities, taste one of their many cheeses like organic cheddar or gouda, and have a great BBQ tandoori and bonfire. You are sure to see the cutest baby cows of your life!

day trips from mysore oxygen acres cheese farm

day trips from mysore oxygen acres cheese farm

With over 300 people on the wait list for milk, this place must be the best. Read more about my time at Oxygen Acres here.

2. Talakad

Located on the Kaveri River (which runs across Karnataka and was in photos from when I was in Coorg), it’s the life of Karnataka. The place is the origin of the “Mysore Curse”. People come to take a dip or a ride in one of the circular Karnatakan boats (coracle) and take a walk along the sandy banks.

day trips from mysore Talakad


day trips from mysore Talakad

A shorter version of the story goes:

The king was going to die so he came to this place to get healthcare with the older of his wives. The younger wife back home received message that her husband was dying. Knowing the castle would be raided when she left, she took the jewels and went by horseback. She was followed by the bad guys and before she died she cursed the next Mysore king that would take over saying, “may you never have an heir”, she cursed the land to be infertile saying “may nothing grow here”, and she asked for a whirlpool for her jewels so they may never be found. Now, the land is completely sandy as far as you can walk, there is a whirlpool, and no Mysore king has ever had an heir and has always had to adopt a family member. Right now, the king is dead and there is no heir because he hadn’t adopted!


3. Bahubali at Shravanabelagola

One of the 7 Wonders of India, obviously this is something you should know about. It’s a Jain temple and is the biggest monolithic temple in all of India. Bahubali meditation standing for so long that wildlife started to grow on him. I’m told this is a true story, not a myth. Read more about Bahubali at Shravanabelagola and how to get there by clicking that link.

Bahubali at Shravanabelagola

4. Melukote 

This small town has a few good reasons for visiting and you could spend a full day here. You can buy khadi cotton from the Melukote Khadi Shop or straight from the source at the organic Khadi Farm we visited. Take a hike to Yoga Narasimha Swamy temple- only ruins remain.  Explore the town which is full of Orthodox Vishnu worshippers called Iyengars. Read more about Melukote here and khaddi cotton here. 

day trips from mysore melukote

day trips from mysore melukote

5. Srirangapatna & Ranganthittu

Here you can learn the history of the Tipu Sultan and tour around the old dungeons. While in here you can continue further into the park to the next stop, Ranganthittu.

Srirangapatna  Ranganthittu

Srirangapatna  Ranganthittu

Srirangapatna  RanganthittuThis is the bird and crocodile reservation! Owned by the government, I wasn’t shocked to see prices for entry at 300 rupees for foreigner and 50 for Indians. The same went for the boat ride where you have to pay the same amount again. I suppose there’s not much reason to visit here if you don’t go on the boat to see the crocodiles. Although not guaranteed, we spotted 3 big ones! One was floating like a lazy bum, another swimming in the bushes, and one massive one just laying out catching the sun.

Srirangapatna  Ranganthittu

6. BR Hills & meeting the Soliga Tribe

BR Hills is much closer than driving all the way to Kabini and although smaller has a wide array of wildlife.

Where to Stay in BR Hills | Exploring with Gorukana

Soliga Tribe of BR HillsI’ve written all about this place including meeting the Soliga tribals and glamping at Gorukana. Such an amazing couple days! Highly recommend this. Read on for more information about BR Hills & Gorukana, and being able to meet the local tribals

7. Somanathpura Temple

A perfect example of Hoysala architecture, this is a heritage site. You can see that the noses have been cut off by Muslim invaders who knew that Hindus couldn’t worship a broken idol.

Somanathapura keshava temple

day trips from mysore SomanathapuraBeyond the temple, it’s a great village to explore. Read on to hear about the cool kids I met, the tiniest post office ever, and obviously photos of the local dogs by clicking more information on Somanathapura.

8. Shivanasamudra Waterfalls

These massive waterfalls lit up a whole city in 1902 with hydro-electric power… the first in Asia! Amazing. They are huge and sight to be seen. Pack a lunch if you want or get some snacks from the vendors. Be careful a monkey doesn’t steal your fruit (or camera for that matter.) Read more about the Shivanasamudra Waterfalls here!

shivanasamudra waterfalls

That’s it! The 8 day tips you can easily make from Mysore. As I said, I did all these trips through goMowgli and highly recommend them to ease the struggle of traveling rural areas by local bus.


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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. venus john April 20, 2015 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    maybe lonely planet should add ‘go Mowgli trips’ in its Karnataka guide book..

  2. Justine April 21, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

    It’s incredible how much stuff is left out of guidebooks. Bahubali at Shravanabelagola looks amazing. Well, all of these places do, but I really love that photo!

  3. Renuka April 21, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Karnataka is seriously amazing! I hope to explore more of it this year… Love the waterfalls in the last picture.

  4. Reshma April 22, 2015 at 12:03 am - Reply

    I feel so happy to read about the place I come from! Beautifully written!

  5. Tureg August 28, 2015 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Thanks for the very interesting posts and your curiosity and sense of adventure. With the intent of only being constructive, the posts, observations and your knowledge (and your readers) could benefit from additional reading about the places you are visiting. Just so you don’t sound like Columbus ‘discovering’ the Indians. At the very least google or reference Wikipedia to give a little more background on the people, customs and history of a country the size of Western Europe and a third of our USA.
    Happy trails.

    • Rachel Jones August 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Erm…. I’ll let you look up anything you’d like on wikipedia, and your constructive intent, was not constructive, it was condescending. Being the clever person you are, I’m sure you know the difference.

  6. sevket recep February 29, 2016 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    somanathapura temple,l was there too…are u sure muslims cut the noise of statues cause if they were muslims ,the temple should already destroyed not just a noise of statues ….the guide said it was the ganzi mahmut who attacked the temple but,the years didnt match..mahmut lived aproxametly 200 years ago before the temple constructed..lolll…..

  7. Limabaum February 22, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Which is the address of the khaddi farm, please. I am going to that city and would love to see the women waiving. Thank you for this wonderful tip! I wish you much more nice time in India.

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