South India's most alive city, a melting point of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, the hoi polloi of Bangalore is charmingly mixed. Go wild and see just how therapeutic it can be.
Mysore is yet to, and perhaps will never, get over its past. A past that’s made of kings, queens, conquests, rich patrons, extravagant durbars and pearled hallways must be hard to get over. The streets in Mysore are old and a good part of history can be traced by following their winding paths.
Trade those concrete jungles for a fresh breath of green. Put a pause on the rat race and ride an elephant instead. Take a break from bearding the lion in his corner office and go looking for tigers. The Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary puts life back into perspective. Or rather it puts the perspective back into life. A visit to Tipu's Fort is an enriching experience. Built in 1791, this summer retreat of Tip Sultan in Bangalore is a two-storied ornate wooden structure with fluted pillars, cusped arches and balconies. It now houses a museum, which contains artifacts relating to the Hyder-Tipu regime.
In Ooty, nature has been generous with this region, which is by far the most beautiful in the state. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees like conifers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle dot the hillside in (also known as) Udhagamandalam and its environs.