Mysore (pronounced Maisūru in Kannada) is the second-largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. It is the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division; it lies about 146 km southwest of Bangalore, the capital of the state. The city is spread across an area of 128.42 km2 (50 sq mi) and is situated at the base of the Chamundi Hills. According to provisional results of the 2011 national census of India, the population of the city is 887,446.
So it’s going to be New Year’s eve and we got to go somewhere, well that was the general atmosphere in the house. The situation got a shot in the arm when we learnt that my sis-in-law may not be able to come to Bangalore due to some training tests in Infosys. So the plan was finalized then, that we would pick her up from her campus and go to Bandipur or Nagarhole for a stay.
Yes, we started hotel search very very late so it was obvious that we didn’t find any accommodation for 31st. So another change of plan and it was decided to stay in Mysore, have a grand dinner on new year’s eve and come back on 1st Jan. Booking was done at Shree Guru Residency. Had stayed in the hotel long back and the service was good but this time the service benchmark has gone down.
Shree Guru Residency
Old 2249, 2249/1, New No 10, 10/1 | Jhansi Lakshmi Bai Cross Road, Devraja Mohalla, Mysore 570005
A couple of shots of the Hotel
Price for a double room on 31st: 2000 bucks
So here goes a Photolog of Ranganathittu, Mysore, I always wanted to do a photolog so I was carrying our old PnS camera as well.
Early morning (by my standards ) NICE road, slight drizzle was there but nothing too much to worry
Breakfast stop at Shivalli Restaurant, few kms before Maddur town.
For early morning burger lovers you will also find a KFC in the same complex
Beautiful SH-17, this is the only 4 laned SH i have ever traveled but i hate it a lot as its too much traffic. But early morning its relatively easy sail.
For folks in favor of Kamat or the big M can choose to stop a few kms ahead of Shivalli. In our last trip to Ooty, we had stopped to have hot hot idlis in Kamat, pretty good i must say.
Cross Maddur and you will find Adigas restaurant on the right, this one is good for lunch, have not tried the breakfast but i guess it would be similar to Kamat’s or Shivalli’s. It’s interesting to see so many eateries in this short stretch of 120 kms. I think we also have some 3 CCDs and 1 Barista in Maddur, wow! Travelers are really spoiled for choice.
After cross Srirangapatna, you need to keep on the right as there will be a sign board for the same. Cross a railway line and you will arrive at the gates of the bird sanctuary. You need to buy the tickets and pay for the car & camera at the gate itself.
Since we had come pretty early, i think it was 9′ish so there were very few crowds. As soon as we park our car, my spotter (my wife ) sees a KF and i just barely manage to capture it in the disturbing background. I was still learning the trick of using this lens so it was taking time.
We started to walk towards the boating place and saw this lovely National Flower of India
Got a boat with an additional family, but thankfully they were pretty decent and no small children to cry and disturb the birds on the ride
Our first sighting of the migratory birds was this Spoon Billed Stork. PS: If i mention a birds name wrongly please do correct me, i am still learning
On a distant rock was perched a hail & hearty Common Indian KF
Next we saw an Open Billed Stork
This one was so beautifully camouflaged it was very hard to spot it, Great Stone-curlew
There were very few Croc’s around, maybe because the sun was still not completely out and it was cloudy. Then saw a Pond Heron sitting on a branch, it was pretty close
Next saw this Night Heron, this one was sitting very very close to the path that the boat took, that’s why could get a good image.
The Indian Cormant were in great numbers
A sleeping Indian Mugger or croc
The Snowy Egret
We were finally done with the boating and were walking up to the parking lot as we needed to go and check in to our hotel as there were lengthy plans for the day.
Near the parking lot i was finally able to capture a bird shot that i am proud of myself. Sorry don’t know the name but still trying to find out
Once we wound up with the birdies, we went straight to the Hotel and freshened up for the next leg of the day’s tour. We were to go and meet my Sis-in-law in her Infosys campus.
Well to get in to the campus a prior appointment needs to be approved by the HR it seems, this was taken care off, nowadays they do allow u to take your vehicle inside the campus and not park just inside the gate. But i must say its a huge huge campus, we actually could not finish it and i don’t think one can in a few hours.
The first building that you see when you enter the campus from Gate 1 is this Global Education Centre, this one reminded me of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
By the time we finished this building it was time for lunch, post lunch we drove towards the Multiplex and shopping area. This area also has a swimming pool on the first floor. The color of the water further highlighted by the blue tiles underneath.
In the background you can see the spherical multiplex cinema hall, it seems that its 150 bucks monthly charge for seeing a movie at anytime in a month and they do have the latest prints running. We saw a huge line for one show of Ghost Protocol.
If one desires we can also stay in the guest house that the campus has but you will have to get it booked some 2 months in advance so if you have someone in training in this campus do see if you can stay, its 750 bucks for a room per night.
So we finally wound up the campus visit by 4 and our next destination for the day was the Zoo, the first time me & wifey visited the Zoo we were really happy to see so many healthy animals, so next up is the Mysore Zoo.
So after we left the Infy campus, we headed straight to the Zoo before it closed for the day, we always wanted to visit it after our encounter with the Giraffe couple of years back when they had come very close to the fencing. Chamundi temple was also on the cards but it was decided to go there early next morning.
Some pics might be shaky as the light was really low and the max aperture in the lens was 4 f-stops.
Mysore Zoo (officially the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens) is a 245-acre (99 ha) zoo located near the palace in Mysore, India. It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in Southern India, and is home to a wide range of species. Mysore Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It was established under royal patronage in 1892, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world.
While mainly depending on entry fees for its financing, an adoption scheme introduced in the early 2000s at Mysore Zoo has been a success, with celebrities, institutions, and animal lovers contributing directly to the welfare of the zoo inmates.
The first exhibit is the Giraffe, which actually is also the last thing you see after your 3km walk around the entire Zoo. Next you walk into a zone where all the birds and small mammals are kept. Its also sad to see these birds caged inside. The Macaw is the same species as the one seen in Rio movie but that was the very rare Blue Macaw. There is also the Toco toucan again made famous as the character Rafael in Rio movie. There are really pretty Livingstones Turaco.
Next up after the birds starts the mammals and its the Tigers, i know a lot of people in this forum may have visited MP to catch a glimpse of the majestic animal in its natural habitats but for a few who have not been able to go especially in south India, should visit the Mysore zoo as they are the healthiest here.
There are quite a few primates like the Chimpanzee who was pretty bored and was never looking at the crowds. The Lion-tailed macaque was trying to see if there’s something up the trees. The most saddest of the primates was this Gorilla All alone and sad, it was reminding us that today its the last day of the year and its all alone
The African Elephants characterized by their large ears and trunks were already in their shed by the time we reached this exhibit. The last photograph i took was this Lion by that time i was really tired and did not click any pics of the snakes.
By the way the folks at the zoo are preparing for two new exhibits, one a Cheetah & a Anaconda. This marks the end of a night’s stay for the New Year’s Eve in Mysore; I guess you do require 2 full days in order to see this historical place. Yes I need to come back on a Sunday to Mysore to click the lighted up Palace.
Here are some of the photographs from the zoo.
Thanks for seeing the photographs folks. Hope you had a good time visiting Mysore through my lens, next time it will the usual tourist spots in Mysore.