The Bandipur National Park has open forests and facilities for viewing wildlife from elephant back.
Talakad (Kms from Mysore)
Situated on the banks of river Cauvery, Talakad is known for its sand dunes. Various temples on the bank of Kaveri near Talakad are buried under the sand dunes. They are excavated once in 12 years for special worship.
Shivanasamudra (85 Kms from Mysore)
Shivasamudra is the place where the river Cauvery deluge down a deep rocky gorge and creates two stunning waterfalls called Bharachukki and Gaganachukki. It is a splendid experience viewing these two waterfalls. The best time to visit these impressive place is the monsoon season.
Somnathpura (35 Kms from Mysore)
Somnathpura is a star shaped temple and is a testimonial to the exquisite Hoysala architecture. This well preserved temple is embellished with plenty of finely sculpted friezes and panels.
Srirangapatana (15 Kms from Mysore)
The island fortress of Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan is a witness to the heroics displayed by these great rulers. Ranganathaswamy Temple and a mosque still carry the heart-rending scars of Tipu's last stand against the British. In Srirangapatana you can also visit the Daria Daulat Bagh, the lush green gardens. Set amidst the Daria Daulat Bagh is the Daria Daulat Palace which was the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. It has a fine collection of paintings, munuscripts and Tipu memorabilia.