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Mysore Coronavirus (COVID-19) Karnataka Travel Report

Mysore, officially Mysuru, is the second-most populous city of the state of Karnataka, Southern India. It was the former capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, and is considered to be the cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore is among the cleanest and best planned cities in India. Understand Mysore’s recorded history dates back over a thousand years. […]

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Mysore, officially Mysuru, is the second-most populous city of the state of Karnataka, Southern India. It was the former capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, and is considered to be the cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore is among the cleanest and best planned cities in India.

Understand

Mysore’s recorded history dates back over a thousand years. Its name has a mythological origin. According to Hindu mythology, the demon Mahishasura was slain by the Goddess Chamundi at the place where present-day Mysore is located. A statue of Mahishasura stands on Chamundi Hill on the outskirts of the city.

In later times, the city rose to prominence when it became the capital of a breakaway vassal state of the Vijayanagara Empire, ruled by the Wodeyar family in 1584. In 1610, the king Chamaraja Wodeyar shifted the capital to nearby Srirangapatna. Hyder Ali, who was a commander in the army, usurped power in the late 18th century. Hyder Ali was succeeded by his son Tipu Sultan, who fought and lost a war with the British, dying in battle in 1799.

The British restored the Wodeyars as their puppet rulers and shifted the capital back to Mysore. The Wodeyars had substantial internal autonomy and the Kingdom of Mysore (which comprised a large portion of present-day Karnataka) was one of the best administered in India. After independence, the kingdom was merged into the Indian Union and the capital of Mysore state was moved to nearby Bangalore where the British maintained their army. The name of the state too was eventually changed to “Karnataka” in 1973.

The dynasty is still well loved and the people of Mysore are still nostalgic for the grandeur of the earlier times. The palaces built by the Wodeyars and the annual celebrations of Dusshera are holdovers of that period.

Mysore has evolved from being a sleepy and quiet city to one that has become the most important in the state after Bangalore. The malls, apartment complexes, new and improved roads, supermarkets the advent of IT and BPO firms and a growing young and dynamic workforce reflect the transformation of the city in the 21st century. The regal city is striking a balance between olden times and modernity, resulting in the city being both old and new.

Get in

By plane

Mysore has its own airport, located 10 km south of the city centre. Scheduled passenger service has been on-and-off since the airport’s refurbishment in 2010; however, as of September 2017, regional airline TruJet links Mysore to Chennai, with connecting service to Hyderabad.

The nearest international airport is located in Bangalore, 185 km northeast.

By train

Mysore Junction is the city’s main station, and there are daily train services plying the route to Bangalore.

Mysore is well connected to Bangalore, with about 18 pairs of trains between the stations on a daily basis. Express Trains like 12007/08 Chennai Shatabdi, 16231/32 Mayiladuthurai Express (via Trichy), 16215/16 Chamundi Express, 16235/36 Tuticorin Express (via Madurai), 16021/22 Chennai Kaveri Express, 16591/92 Hampi Express, 16219/20 Tirupati Express, 16535/36 GolGumbaz Express (via Hubli, Bagalakot), 16557/58 Rajya Rani Express, 17307/08 Basava Express (via Gulbarga, Solapur), 12613/14 Tippu Express, 16023/24 Malgudi Express, 17325/26 Vishwamanava Express (Hubli-Dharwad) ,16227/28 Talaguppa Express and 3 sets of passenger trains connect Bangalore to Mysore on a daily basis.

Apart from the above, 16209/10Ajmer (via Kalyan Ahmedabad, Vadodara Biweekly express, 22817/18 Howrah (via Tirupati, Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar Weekly Express, 12257/58 Bagmati Express (weekly)(via Chennai, Nagpur), 22681/82 Chennai Express (weekly), 16229/30 Varanasi (Via Guntakal, Daund, Itarsi )Express (bi-weekly), 16217/18 Shirdi Express (weekly), 12975/76 Jaipur Express (via Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bhopal) (bi-weekly), 16517/18/23/24 Karwar Express (tri-weekly) also connect via Bangalore to Mysore.

Mysore is connected to Mumbai through 11035/36 Sharavathi Express (weekly), Delhi through 12781/82 swarna jayanthi Express (weekly), Shimoga by 16201/02 Intercity Express (daily) & Dharwad/Hubli by 17301/02 Express (daily) apart from few other passenger trains to Shimoga, 4 pairs of passengers to Chamrajnagara, and one passenger to Bangalore via Shravanabelagola.

Though 16021,16232,16236,16591 & 16535 are night-time trains, having Sleeper accommodation, day time AC chair car fare of ₹260 is levied on all these trains between Bangalore and Mysore, to attract more passeengers to travel by train on this section in 3 tier AC class. Shatabdi fare between Bangalore and Mysore has also been fixed at a flat fare of ₹300 for the same reason

The fastest and possibly the most comfortable way to travel between Mysore and Chennai is by the Shatabdi Express, which covers the Mysore-Bangalore leg of the journey in 2 hours, and the Mysore-Chennai section in 7 hours. Although more expensive than other trains, all of the Shatabdi’s coaches are air-conditioned, and meals, snacks and a bottle of mineral water are included in the cost of the fare.

By bus

Buses run every 5 minutes from Bangalore. There is a choice of air-conditioned and ordinary vehicles. During the weekends, these buses can fill up, but most do not allow you to purchase your tickets in advance. However, buses to Mysore are available constantly so finding a bus with seats is never a problem. The KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses are very comfortable, especially the Volvo (Luxury) buses. A one-way ticket from Bangalore to Mysore costs ₹250. One can get a bus for Mysore from the satellite bus terminus on Mysore road. Rajahamsa buses are Non-AC and tickets cost about ₹200.

KSRTC also runs Flybus (Volvo Air conditioned buses) between Bangalore International Airport and Mysore Bus stand. Buses are run at an average frequency of 90 min from Airport round the clock and timings and reservation for same available in https://ksrtc.in . These buses charge a fare of ₹800 between Bangalore Airport and Mysore per person

Mysore has two major bus stands. All KSRTC buses arrive and depart from the Central bus stand (aka suburb bus stand), while local buses use the City bus stand.

By car

Mysore is approximately 140 km from Bangalore, with a 4-lane highway (2 lanes in each direction) connecting the 2 cities. The traffic is fairly heavy but the drive is comfortable apart from the unmarked speed bumps that show up at random intervals. As of July 2011, there are approximately 25 to 30 speed bumps. The distance and bumps make you reach Mysore from Bangalore in 3½ hours by car. Some speed bumps are not even marked by zebra crossing or no symbols to indicate the speed bumps.

You don’t really need to hire a car and driver while staying in Mysore, as all the tourist sites are walking distance or a cheap ride by rickshaw. Alternatively, if you feel the need to have a car and driver during your trip, it is very easy to arrange it once you arrive.

By bicycle

Suitable for fitness freaks only. It is around a 140km bike ride from Bangalore.

Get around

Getting around in Mysore is cheaper than most Indian cities.

By hitch-hiking

Hitch-hiking: Taking a lift, most of the locals(mainly 2 wheelers) are very helpful and generally stop to give a lift. Might be difficult on the main arterial roads because of the Traffic Police as helmets are compulsory for pillion riders as well.

By bus

City buses originate from a separate City Bus Station 2 km from the Railway Station. Frequent bus service is available to all major tourist and residential areas of the city. Volvo air-conditioned buses are available to Chamundi Hills, KRS-Brindavan Garden, Zoo, Infosys, and the European Quarter (Gokula).

By car

Tourist cabs are your best option if you plan to tour the city all day or go to neighbouring towns like Srirangapatna. Costs about ₹9 or ₹10 per km. A day-long hire to cover the most popular points, ending with Brindavan Garden may cost ₹1200 to ₹1600 for a non-AC Indica type vehicle. App based cab services like Ola cabs and Uber are also available.

There are many car rental companies available.

  • BookCab, ✉ bookings@bookcab.in. 

By auto-rickshaw

Auto-rickshaws have meters, but drivers politely refuse to turn down the meters especially at railway stations, bus stations etc. The more the driver suspects that you are a tourist judging based by your attire, looks and luggage, the less the chance that they will agree to use the meter. Price is ₹11 per km, with a minimum fare of ₹25. Try to insist on using the meter; threatening to call the police sometimes works when the rickshaw driver pretends that the meter is broken and wants a flat fee.

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Valparai Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tamil Nadu Travel Report

Valparai is a hill station located in the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. It is 104 km from Coimbatore and 64 km from Pollachi, 110 km from Ernakulam (Cochin) via Atirapally, Vazhachal, Malakkarapa. Understand The pollution free heavenly land. Valparai is located 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anamalai mountain range. Valparai is not […]

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Valparai is a hill station located in the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. It is 104 km from Coimbatore and 64 km from Pollachi, 110 km from Ernakulam (Cochin) via Atirapally, Vazhachal, Malakkarapa.

Understand

The pollution free heavenly land. Valparai is located 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anamalai mountain range. Valparai is not just a small town. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. Valparai shares it’s boundaries with Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Eravikulam National Park and Vazhachal forest division. People are approachable and very friendly. This is a one of the places that you shouldn’t miss in your life.

The unique grass forests, Grass Hills, is also located near Valparai. The hill sports tall grass and houses elephants, wild pig, leopards and other wild animals. In addition one can drive around the mountain tea estates enjoying the pleasant climate and forget the once dense forest that have paved the way for tea bushes. 64-km drive from Pollachi to Valparai is itself an exotic experience. En route is the Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary where lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri and the common langur, Malabar giant squirrel, elephant, gaur, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and wild boar reside. From Valparai you can visit the Aliyar, Sholaiyar and Nirar dams. Tunnels bored into the mountains and canals to harness the water from Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholaiyar Dam, and several tourist spots.

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Valparai Road

By plane

Coimbatore airport is the nearest international airport to Valparai – approximately 124 km (the journey up winding roads towards the end means that you should budget 3-4 hours to get there by car from Coimbatore airport). International flights to Singapore and Sharjah are provided by Silk Air (A subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) and Air Arabia respectively. Domestic airlines fly to Coimbatore as well.

By bus

The follwing are the bus routes to Valparai with timings:

Pollachi To Valparai:

Public buses are available every 30 minutes from Pollachi Bus Terminal.However, they will be overcrowded and may take more than 4 hours to cover the distance of about 64 km. Visitors arriving via Coimbatore must visit Pollachi and then catch a bus to Valparai bus from there.

Bus frequency : every half an hour.

The route is : Pollachi – Aliyar Dam – Attakatty – Waterfalls – Rottikadai – Valparai.

Distance : 64 km.

Coimbatore To Valparai

Bus Timings

Midnight – 1.00 A.M Morning – 7.30 A.M Fore-Noon – 11.30 A.M Afternoon – 4.00 P.M

Route : Coimbatore – Pollachi – Aliyar Dam – Attakatty – Waterfalls – Rottikadai – Valparai

Distance : 100 km

Chalakudi To Valparai

Bus Timings

Morning – 7.30 A.M Afternoon – 1.30 P.M

Travel Time : 6hrs

Route : Chalakudi – Athirapally Falls – Malikiparai – Sholayar Dam – Valparai Distance : 108 km.

It is a beautiful route… going through thick forest…

Palani To Valparai

Bus Timings

Midnight – 12.30 A.M Morning – 7.30 A.M Noon – 12.00 P.M Evening – 4.00 P.M

Route : Palani – Udumelpet – Angalakurichi – Aliyar Dam – Attakatty – Waterfalls – Valparai

Distance : 117 km

By train

Coimbatore Junction is the nearest railway station – approximately 105 km. Coimbatore has got train services to most Indian cities.

Get around

By bus

Every 30 minutes, there is a bus from Pollachi to Valparai. However, these buses will be fully packed and may take 4 hours to cover a distance of 64 km.

By car

Taxis will be the viable option, especially if you are planning to get off now and then, take pictures and enjoy the scenery.

By bike

Bike trips will be quite adventurous.It is the best way to go through small estate roads.

See

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Sholayar Dam Site

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Upper sholayar dam

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  • Athirapally Falls. It is near to the entrance of the Sholayar range is a place of great scenic beauty. Here, the water plunges from a height of nearly 80 feet before joining the Chalakudi river. This picturesque spot is adjacent to dense green forest, and is a part of Chalakudi River, 50 Km from Valparai towards Chalakudi, Kerala.
  • Balaji temple. Balaji temple is owned by the Peria Karamalai tea Industries. Situated in Karamalai. Very famous beautiful temple. Situated at a distance of 10 km from Valparai.
  • Chinnakallar. Chinnakalar is a geographically important place. It is the second highest rain fall area in India. Always found wet and misty. A greenish dense forest with tall majestic trees all along the road to Chinnakalar a pleasure to enjoy. There is a falls in Chinnakallar which sounds like a roaring lion. Situated at a distance of 15 km from Valparai.
  • Chitti Vinayagar Temple. Chitti Vinayagar Temple is owned by Jayshree tea Industries, Sholayar. The temple is situated in a beautiful garden environment and It only of 5 km from Valparai town.
  • Grass Hills. Its a part of Indra Gandhi wildlife sanctuary & national park. It is surrounded by a green grass environment. Its a beautiful site of high green grasses on a mountain slope, which is a protected area. Visitors has to obtain permission from the wildlife warden to enter the Grass Hills. Situated at a distance of 15 km. from Valparai. Grass hills is a picturesque spot located in the Valparai hills range, at a height of approx: 2400m msl, with cool climate getting cooler at night, a part of Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary. Right now all efforts are being undertaken by the government to preserve the flora and fauna of this location. Nilgiri Thar is native of this place apart from Elephants, Bison, Indian Gaur, Bear, Nilgiri Langurs etc.. and a wide variety of birds including Hornbills.
  • Kadamparai Dam. This is a beautiful place to visit. Prior permission from the forest department is necessary to visit this place. While visiting the dam, it is also worth visiting Kadamparai PSHE power station situated in a tunnel complex by getting permission from TNEB.
  • Karamalai Annai Vellankanni Church. Lot of miracles happened by Vellankanni Matha. Fesitival takes place every year during September 8th. New church was built in the year 2003. A place to enjoy spiritual peaceful environment. Many people visit this Church daily. Situated at a distance of 10 km from Valparai.
  • Loam’s View Point. A beautiful view point from where you can see Aliyar Dam, the surrounding mountains of western Ghats and the Pollachi town. This is situated in 9th hairpin bend towards Valparai from Pollachi.
  • Monkey Falls. Monkey Falls is located at the 29th KM junction on the Pollachi-Valparai road. An entry fee of ₹15 per head must be paid at the check post located along Aaliyar – Monkey Falls route.
  • Nallamudi Poonjolai. A beautiful view point located near the Sangiliroad in Valparai. One must walk for about 1 km inside the tea estate to reach this view point.
  • Nirar dam. This dam is built for multipurpose project such as irrigation, Hydro electricity production. Dam is situated in a wonderful location covered by a dense forest. There is a waterfalls near by the dam which resembles the Cascade. Situated at a distance of 15 km from Valparai.
  • Number Parai. This is also a beautiful view point. Near by Sangiliroad near Valparai.
  • Sholayar Dam. It is the second deepest dam of Asia. Situated at a distance of 20 km., from Valparai. An active tourist spot found always busy. A beautiful place to visit.
  • Tiger Valley. From here you can see Upper Aliyar reservoir.

Do

  • Trekking and cycling
  • Visit to Tea Estates
  • Wildlife & Nature Photography

Eat

The weather of the hill station is conducive to having a hot tea and it’s definitely worth drinking tea in any small/medium tea stall for the taste is very good. There are a lot of tea estates in Valparai, and people sell tea packs for wholesale. For something more substantial, Sri Lakshmi Chettinadu Mess, Green Hills Restaurant and Plaza Restaurant serve good vegetarian and non vegetarian foods during the breakfast, lunch and dinner times. If you plan for long trip to Valparai and you have the means to hire your own personal cook, that will work out well for you, as you can get anything from the market there. And for the strict vegetarians it’s not so easy to manage as you can hardly find vegetarian restaurants. There is a small mess for vegetarians named “Sabari Mess” which is located on the market road which offers delicious vegetarian food at reasonable rates. Apart from them there are lots of good bakeries with fresh eatables, biscuits, breads and other bakery products.

Drink

Stick to water or other non-alcoholic drinks, as alcohol is strictly prohibited by forest officials.

Where to stay in Valparai

As most of the land in Valparai belongs to tea estates, there are only limited options for staying in Valparai. There are a few decent hotels, estate bungalows and cottages.

  • Sree Vengateshwaraa Inn, 04253 222534 Room rates vary from 700 – 2500
  • Green Hill Hotel. 2-star hotel with 42 rooms. restaurant & bar attached. Room rates vary from ₹700 – ₹2500.
  • Holiday Home Bed and Breakfast. Check-in: 12pm, check-out: 12pm. 750-999-1200-RUPEES.
  • Hornbill Castle – Bed and Breakfast, Pollachi Road (1 km outer from town, near Puthuthottam Estate). Check-out: 10am. This bed & breakfast offers ensuite double and twin bedrooms. All rooms have color television and well stocked hospitality trays. Three of the ensuite rooms are on the ground floor.
  • Hotel Saravana Grand (near SBI ATM). Check-out: 11:30. various facilities like 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, power backup, lift, free Wi-Fi in all rooms. (updated Feb 2018)
  • [formerly dead link] Jobys Holiday Home. Both AC and Non AC family suites available.
  • Misty Creek Homestay, 8/410, Cooperative Colony (Opp. Marthoma Church). The homestay is 5 minutes from town by vehicle.
  • 10.1816576.525341 Star Tea Estate, Sajeetha Estate (Opposite Sholayar Dam), ✉ stmbungalow@gmail.com. A beautiful tea estate with in-house food facility. Natural local cuisine available. Night safari and jeep drives on request. 3400 to 8500. (updated Apr 2018)
  • Treat Hotel. Restaurant attached. Room rates vary from ₹690 – ₹2000.
  • Valparai homestay cottages, Raja complex (main road, opposite Govt. high school). Modern homestay cottages. 1200.

Telecommunications in Valparai

  • Police: 100
  • Ambulance/Fire: 108

Mobile phones

Vodafone, Tata Docomo and Bsnl are the mobile networks which cover this region; the rest simply doesn’t work. Of these, BSNL is far and away the most reliable (the others, especially Vodafone, can be patchy in the region, although Vodafone starts working fine almost the moment you cross the border into Kerala). In town area, Aircel will work; on other places, it won’t.

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Fullara Coronavirus Covid-19 Birbhum-Murshidabad

Fullara is a temple-town near Labhpur in Birbhum-Murshidabad in India. According to mythology, when Mahadeva danced around with Sati’s dead body cutting it to pieces, the lip fell at Fullara. The old temple has been destroyed and a new temple has been built. Only some broken pillars of the old temple remain. There is a […]

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Fullara is a temple-town near Labhpur in Birbhum-Murshidabad in India.

According to mythology, when Mahadeva danced around with Sati’s dead body cutting it to pieces, the lip fell at Fullara. The old temple has been destroyed and a new temple has been built. Only some broken pillars of the old temple remain. There is a big pond beside the temple. According to hearsay, Hanuman collected 108 blue lotuses from the pond when Sri Ramachandra required them for the worship of goddess Durga. It is considered to be one of the fifty-one shakti peethas in India.

India Covid-19 Situation Report
10,626,200
Confirmed
14,481
Confirmed (24h)
153,067
Deaths
161
Deaths (24h)
1.4%
Deaths (%)
10,282,889
Recovered
17,726
Recovered (24h)
190,244
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Fullara is near Labhpur and is about 30 km from Santiniketan One could also come here from Kankalitala, which is about 19 km.

Get around

Walk

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Temple

What to do in Fullara

Worship at the temple

Visit the 10-day fair near Fullara temple during Magh Purnima

Buy

Traditional Teracotta works can be bought from here.

Eat

There are small eateries in Labhpur bus stand.

Drink

Only tea is available in Labhpur bus stand.

Where to stay in Fullara

Stay in Santiniketan

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Covid-19 India
10,626,200
Confirmed
14,481
Confirmed (24h)
161
Deaths (24h)
17,726
Recovered (24h)
According to the Government in India, India has confirmed 14,481 new Covid-19 infections within India in the last 24 hours and furthermore 161 deaths have been reported throughout India. With the new deaths of 161, India now has a total of 10,626,200 Coronavirus/Covid-19 infections and the official death rate reported by the government of India is 1.4%. 153,067 died in India.

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