Monday, April 11, 2016
The quintessential Indian travel is not complete without a visit to the South Indian states that have diverse cultures amalgamating to form a splendid manifestation of India. A must-visit South Indian trail is that of Bengaluru-Mysore-Ooty, which holds some beautiful destinations. Discover these beautiful locales with some of the most comfortable stays provided by Fortune Hotels and WelcomHeritage Hotels.
From the IT hub of Bengaluru to the verdant hill town of Ooty, this South Indian trail offers myriad experiences. Each destination offers some of the most unique experiences – the famous Brigade Road for shoppers and the Palace of Bengaluru in Bengaluru; the Chamundi Hills and Kukkarahalli Lake in Mysore; while in Ooty, you can take a train ride on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway and later visit the Mudumalai National Park.
The capital of Karnataka, Bengaluru, popularly known as the “Silicon Valley of India,” is well-known for its green spaces and jubilant night life. With a royal history to its credit, the city is a reflection of India’s past and the modern Internet generation.
Bangalore Golf Club :- The oldest golf course outside the British Isles, the golf club stands out for its beautiful design and layout. Located at Sankey Road, High Grounds, Bangalore, this par-70, 18-hole golf course is spread across an area of 60 acres. The club hosts the oldest continuing interclub tournament in the world.
With a premier downtown business address on Richmond Road, My Fortune, Bengaluru, is a stylish hotel that offers spirited and efficient service to the savvy traveller. Located adjacent to MG Road and Brigade Road, the 115-room hotel is central to prime shopping, entertainment and commercial areas of the city. Distance from: International Airport: 39 km | MG Road: 0.5 km | Brigade Road: 2 km | Nearest Metro Station: 0.5 km | Cubbon Park: 4 km | Ulsoor Lake: 2.4 km
Situated in the heart of Bengaluru city, just off Cunningham Road behind the famous Sigma Mall, Fortune Select JP Cosmos is just 2 km from MG Road. The upscale, contemporary hotel offers 134-smart and well furnished rooms along with an excellent range of guest facilities tailored to give the best of services to the discerning new age traveller. Distance from: International Airport: 32 km | MG Road: 2 km | Brigade Road: 2 km | Ulsoor Lake: 3 km | Cubbon Park: 1.5 km | Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace: 5.5 km | UB City (Shopping Mall): 2 km
From bustling markets to glittering skyscrapers – Fortune Select Trinity, Bengaluru, invites guests to discover them all. This is an upscale, contemporary business hotel in Whitefield, the IT hub of Bengaluru that offers 142-rooms along with a host of dining, meeting and recreation options to the guests. Distance from: International Airport: 45km | MGRoad:16 km | Brigade Road: 15 km | Phoenix Market City: 4 km | Forum Value Mall: 7 km | Ascendas Park Square Mall: 5 km | Cubbon Park: 18km | Ulsoor Lake: 13 km | Bangalore Palace: 17 km | Lalbagh: 18 km | Tipu Sultan’s Palace: 20 km
Fortune Park JP Celestial, Bengaluru, complements the modern lifestyle of the city. The hotel is placed in close proximity to the lush green Bengaluru Race Course and Commercial Business District on MG Road. This contemporary full-service hotel in Bengaluru is designed for the new- age traveller seeking a relaxing stay with enjoyable meals and a range of guest facilities. Distance from: International Airport: 38 km | Railway Station: 1 km | M.G. Road: 4 km | Mantri Mall: 1 km | Bangalore Palace: 5 km | Tipu Sultan’s Palace: 5 km
The third largest city of Karnataka was once the capital of the Mysore Princely Kingdom, and has today earned the sobriquet of being the cultural capital of Karnataka. Famed for its Mysore silk, the city is a royal testimony of a culturally rich South India.
Dasara :- Celebrate Mysuru Dasara, the “Nadahabba” or the State-Festival of the State of Karnataka. Also called as “Navaratri” meaning Nine- Nights, it is a 10-day festival, celebrated with utmost pomp and gaiety in the city of Mysuru. The Dasara festivities have a very long and rich history of more than 400 years.
Fortune JP Palace makes you experience the charm of Mysore amidst warm hospitality. A first class, full service hotel with a palatial architecture and interiors that reflect the timeless beauty of Mysore, it captures the heritage of the historical city like no other modern structure. Strategically located opposite the Government House, the 108-room hotel has good connectivity to all nearby tourist destinations including the Mysore Palace which is just 2 km away from the hotel. Distance from: Mysore Airport: 12 km | Railway Station: 3 km | Mysore Palace: 2 km | Chamundi Hill: 11.5 km | Brindavan Garden: 19 km | Rail Museum: 3 km | Bandipur National Park (Day Trip): 79 km
Located in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, this sublime hill station was founded by the British of the Madras Presidency during the days of the Raj. Ooty, surrounded by the Blue Mountains or Nilgiri Hills, offers great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees.
National Parks :- There are two national parks situated on the Nilgiri Mountains near Ooty. The Mudumalai National Park and the Mukurthi National Park are home for Indian elephants, tigers and as many as 226 different species of birds. The latter is an integral part of India’s first international bio-sphere reserve
The Ooty Flower Show :- The flower show attracts over 3,00,000 tourists each year from all over the world. Every year around 15000 potted flowering plants are showcased that constitute 150 varieties of flowers. More than 50 varieties of potted plants, 150 varieties of cut flowers, various kinds of tropical, temperate vegetables and fruits are exhibited here.
Set on the gentle slopes of Ooty, amidst lush green lawns and a colorful patterned garden, Fortune Resort Sullivan Court, Ooty is a modern-day tribute to John Sullivan, who founded the scenic town in 1821. This beautiful family resort offers a choice of 67-rooms with most of them providing scenic view of the slopes and is an ideal getaway for a fun-filled vacation. Distance from: Coimbatore Airport: 100 km (3 hour drive) | Ooty Railway Station: 2 km | Rose Garden: Walking distance | City Centre/ Commercial Street: 1 km | Botanical Garden: 2 km | Ooty Lake: 4 km | Tea Factories: 6 km
WelcomHeritage Ferrnhills Royale Palace, the summer palace of the Mysore Maharajas was built in 1844 by Capt F Cotton. The palace is superbly finished with Burmese teak, featuring a magnificent ballroom with a highly valued ornamental papier-mâché ceiling. Distance from: Airport: The hotel is 100 km from Coimbatore airport. Railway Station: The hotel is 47 km from Mettupalayam railway station & 90 km from Coimbatore railway station.
Sandur :- Sandur is a town in Bellary District in the Indian state of Karnataka. It has an average elevation of 1853 ft, Sandur was once upon a time an erstwhile princely state. The Sandur valley is like a giant fortress, with an impressive range of hills, with two natural gateways or narrow gorges on either side, connected by a forest stream called Narihalla.
WelcomHeritage Shivavilas Palace, known as ‘The Palace’ was rebuilt in 1941 and stands as a testimony to the kingdom of Sandur. The palace built on 20 acres, has two floors of about 20,000 sq.ft each and houses 12 residential rooms which include two large Suites, a regular Suite and nine Deluxe Rooms. It is only 40 kms away from the World Heritage Site of Hampi. Distance from: Airport: The hotel is 310 km from Bengaluru International airport and 180 km from Hubli Airport. Railway Station: The hotel is 32 km from Hospet railway station and 171 km Hubli railway station.
Courtesy: Today’s Traveller