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India itinerary from Bengalaru Palace of Lights

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  • Lottie

    Has anyone been to the palace of lights in Mysore? My 9 year old is desperate to go and it would make good use of a companion voucher if we flew into Bengalaru. Wondered if it was worth the trip and if there were any other recommendations in the area. We have done several India trips but not to that area. Thank you for any advice given.

    Aston100

    Interested to hear thoughts on the club world service to this and Chennai / MAD.

    memesweeper

    It’s a very long time since I went, but I loved Bengalaru. I can’t imagine it’s not still a great place to visit.

    shub

    Have been to Mysore palace once during Dussehra festival (which is the best time to visit really if going to see the lighting but very busy). It was really nice but won’t say it was out of this world.
    BA to Bengaluru is quite good specially with new club suite.
    There are lot of nice places around Bengaluru and Mysore area like hill stations, tea estates, water falls and beaches as well are not far off.

    Lottie

    Thank you for the info, I will look up the hill stations/ tea estates. Ah is it club suite to Bengaluru, that would be a great one to try it on as it’s quite a long flight. I think we will definitely do a few days on the beach at the end, just need to fill the middle bit, maybe an (overnight)train journey, need to get the map out and do a few itineraries see what works best.

    BuildBackBetter

    There are lot of nice places around Bengaluru and Mysore area like hill stations, tea estates, water falls and beaches as well are not far off.

    +1. Lots of little things to do and see at Mysore and Bangalore. Good weather but very busy and you can get stuck in traffic for hours.
    Beaches are far but doable. Would rather go to Goa for beach.

    shub

    There are lot of nice places around Bengaluru and Mysore area like hill stations, tea estates, water falls and beaches as well are not far off.

    +1. Lots of little things to do and see at Mysore and Bangalore. Good weather but very busy and you can get stuck in traffic for hours.
    Beaches are far but doable. Would rather go to Goa for beach.

    I would also recommend Andaman & Nicobar islands for beaches. Less crowded than Goa, it’s amazing. Its a short flight away from Chennai.

    Lottie

    Thanks, I will look into the Andaman Islands, we have been to Goa and kerala so somewhere different would be good, just depends what I can fit into half term.

    masaccio

    Here’s what we did:

    Mysore 2 nights
    Kabini 3 nights (Orange County, now Evolve Back)
    Ooty 1 night (Savoy)
    Coimbatore 1 night (Le Meridien)
    Kovalam 4 nights (Taj)
    Kumarakom Lake Resort 2 nights
    Fort Kochi 2 nights (Old Harbour)

    We picked up a driver at BLR and left them in Coimbatore, using a mixture of trains and planes from there. Was a great holiday and only regret was the Mysore hotel (Fortune JP Palace) was a bit basic. Really liked Mysore though and if you’ve not already been to Kerala, it’s stunning. Kovalam beach is pretty but the sea is riptide central so not really for swimming. Ooty was also lovely but we basically went there to ride the toy train, annoying our driver by sending to the other end to pick us up!

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    masaccio

    Thanks, I will look into the Andaman Islands, we have been to Goa and kerala so somewhere different would be good, just depends what I can fit into half term.

    Ah just spotted – if only half term then Bangalore and Mysore is probably enough. Kabini river is beautiful and has some safari options (no tigers realistically) but the drive from Mysore is a bit rough. Depends upon how much you like rural India!

    Lottie

    We get two weeks so I will look at Kabini, thanks. Also Ooty, I definitely remember kabini being on my list on our last trip South. Thank you for the itinerary and hotel recommendations too.

    Aston100

    Curious about luggage and transport situation with itineraries such as this where you spend only a few nights per hotel but at many hotels.
    Two weeks would require quite a bit of clothing I’d imagine, thus necessitating full size cases or large backpacks, which might get bothersome packing and unpacking repeatedly?

    Lottie

    If you have a driver then luggage is not an issue, but we do pack as light as we can. Most places have a laundry if you need washing and I always take one travel washing powder. The good thing about very short stays is that no one has seen your outfit before! We always try and have a bit of a longer stay at the end to relax and unpack. We have had times though, stuck at a station in the middle of the night cursing the amount of luggage we have!

    masaccio

    Curious about luggage and transport situation with itineraries such as this where you spend only a few nights per hotel but at many hotels

    2 tips: on trains book AC2 which is 2 tiered seating and just sit on the bottom tier and leave your bags on the upper tier; get a driver with a 7 seater that is comfortable for the driver and up to 4 passengers and a large bag each is fine.

    Finding a driver when travelling independently is sometimes hard but when we’ve not used local recommendations from work colleagues we’ve either taken a car from a 5* hotel or asked the hotel to recommend a local travel agent. In all cases the costs were very similar.

    Oh, final India tip for travelling comfortably and independently: pretty much all airports have pre-paid cars so zero chance of getting ripped off from airport to hotel. Getting about in the city is different rules 🙂

    Aston100

    The good thing about very short stays is that no one has seen your outfit before!

    Never considered that aspect before.
    Your clothes can remain ‘in play’ for a few days longer!

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