Post-IOL Excursion


There are two options for the post-IOL excursions. Both will start from the IOL venue on 30th July after breakfast and end in Bangalore after dinner.

The trips are operated by Skyways Holidays Pvt. Ltd. and payments for the trip have to be made directly to them.

IMPORTANT:

  1. Please email Mr. Anil Kumar at tours@skywaysholidays.com and cc iol16@plo-in.org for booking the trips and payment procedure.
  2. The prices below are applicable if payments are made before April 10th, 2016. The prices can increase by up to 20% if booked later.
  3. An option might be cancelled if there are less than 20 guests.
  4. There are 60 slots available for each of these options. They will be filled up on first-come-first-served basis.

Option 1

Tour Cost Per Pax: INR 5,500 /-
Twin/Triple Sharing
July 30th Departure from IOL Venue for Belur,Halebidu,Shravanabelagola
Transfer to Bangalore
Check in Bangalore Hotel
Hotel Fortune Select JP Cosmos
July 31st Buffet Breakfast
Bangalore Sightseeing
Visit Local Market
Transfer to Airport

Option 2

Tour Cost Per Pax: INR 14,730/-
Twin/Triple Sharing
July 30th Departure from IOL Venue
Mysore Sightseeing
Transfer to Coorg
Check in at Coorg Hotel.
Club Mahindra
July 31st Buffet Breakfast
Coorg Sightseeing
Club Mahindra
Aug 1st Buffet Breakfast
Coorg Sightseeing
Afternoon Check out and proceed to Bangalore.
Check in at Bangalore Hotel
Overnight stay at Hotel
Hotel Fortune Select JP Cosmos
Aug 2nd Buffet Breakfast
Check out from Hotel
Bangalore Sightseeing
Visit Local Market
Transfer to Airport

Included in the price

  • 4* Accommodation in Twin / Triple sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on all days
  • Transportation in 34 Seater A/C Coach
  • All toll, parking fee, driver, fuel cost
  • All Sightseeing
  • Govt. Service tax 3.625%

Excluded

  • Entry fees to monuments and palaces
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Porterage at hotels and airports, tips, insurance, laundry, liquors, wine, etc.
  • All items of personal nature
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks, etc.
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel leading to an increase in surface transport
  • Early Check-in Charges

Mysore sights


In Mysore, we visit the Chamundi Hills, the famous Palace of Mysore, and other popular sights.

Mysore Palace

Among the grandest of India’s royal buildings, this historical palace is the official residence of the Maharajas (the royal family) of Mysore.

mysore palace

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Built in the early 1900s, the palace marvelously blends Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic architectural styles. The three-story stone building of fine gray granite with deep pink marble domes has a facade with several expansive arches and two smaller ones flanking the central arch, which is supported by tall pillars.

The way into the palace takes you past a fine collection of sculptures and artefacts, and the armory is an intriguing collection of 700-plus weapons.There are also several temples inside the palace building. The Maharajas of Mysore were devotees of Goddess Chamundi, which is why the palace faces the Chamundi Hills.

Chamundi Hills


The hill is 3,489ft. above the sea levels and is 12 km from Mysore city. Approximately halfway to the summit is statue of Lord Shiva’s bull Nandi, carved out of a single piece of black granite. The summit offers a panoramic bird’s eye view of Mysore city.

The Chamundeshwari Temple, patronized for centuries by Mysore rulers, is located at the summit. It is a large Dravidian Temple, with a shrine that dates back to the 12th century, and is dedicated to Sri Chamundeshwari Devi.

The temple has a seven-story tall tower decorated with intricate carvings. The deity of the goddess is said to be made of gold and the temple doors of silver.

chamundi hills

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Belur and Halebidu

The temples of Belur and Halebidu are best known for their Hoysala architecture. The temples at both these places are built by renowned architect Jakkanna Acharya in the 12th century. They are known for their astounding sculptural details. The intricate workmanship includes elephants, lions, horses, and carvings from Hindu mythology.

Relief of battling elephants in Hoysaleswara temple at Halebidu

halebidu

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Chennakesava temple at Belur

belur

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Shravanabelagola


shravanbelagola

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The statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali at Shravanabelagola is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism. The 58-feet tall monolithic statue of Gommateshvara is located on Vindyagiri Hill.

It is considered to be the world's largest monolithic stone statue. Richly ornamented and beautifully carved figures complement the main figure. The base of the statue has inscriptions in Kannada and Tamil, as well as the oldest evidence of written Marathi, dating back to 981 AD.

Bangalore sights


Bangalore is the largest city in the state of Karnataka. In Bangalore, our itinerary includes the Bull Temple, the nearby Food Street and KR Market, among other cultural sights.

Bull Temple

bull temple

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The Bull temple of Bangalore is dedicated to the Nandi Bull. This temple in the Vijayanagarastyle of architecture and is amongst the oldest temples of the city.

The temple was built in 1537 by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. It houses one of the largest Nandi statues in the world. The height of the statue is approximately 15 ft (4.6 m) and it is approximately 20 feet (6.1 m) long. This idol is said to have been carved out of a single rock.

Food Street and KR Market

Both Food Street and KR Market are popular destinations among Bangalore’s local residents.
Food Street is a road full of shops that specialize in South Indian cuisine, with some items from other parts of India on the menu.
K R Market also known as City Market, is the largest wholesale market in Bangalore and is considered to be the largest flower market in Asia.

Flower vendors at KR Market

K R Market

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Lemon rice in a dosa at Food Street

Food Street

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Coorg sights


On the Coorg trip, we visit Bylakuppe, Madikeri and other sights.

Bylakuppe

Bylakuppe is a Tibetan Refugee resettlement in the west of Mysore district. The spectacular Golden Temple in Bylakuppe is a home for thousands of Tibetans and a center for Tibetan Buddhism in South India.

At the temple, three beautiful golden statues look down at visitors above the altar. The walls are adorned with colorful paintings depicting gods and demons from Tibetan Buddhist mythology.

bylakuppe

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Madikeri

Madikeri is a hill station town and is the headquarters of the Coorg district. The Madikeri Fort and the Omkareshwara Temple are popular sights in this town.

The Madikeri Fort was founded in the second half of the 17th century. There is also a palace inside the fort. In the north-east corner entrance are two life size masonry elephants, and a church is present in the south-east corner. There is a famous Lord Ganesha temple at the main entrance of the fort.

Located at the heart of the Town, Omkareshwara temple was built in 1820. The temple has both Islamic and Gothic styles of architecture, built around a central pool.The temple has four minarets around it and a dome in the center.

Omkareshwara temple

omkareshwara

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Lush rolling hills and valleys of the Western Ghats, Coorg

coorg

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