When in Mysore there is no dearth of picnic places whenever you are in the mood for one. There are so many picnic spots all within a 100-kilometre distance that choosing one can more challenging than the trip! Some fun-to-be picnic spots are listed here.
Around 15 kilometres from Mysore, Balmuri falls is a small but beautiful waterfall. When the water flow is slow, you can wade in the water. But you can always splash about in the many pools and streams that wind their way through the lovely rocks and shrubs. Local boat rides are also enjoyable. You can feast on your picnic basket on the shady and cool banks but be sure to leave no garbage behind.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary:
Just about 18 kilometres from Mysore is Ranganathittu Bird sanctuary, which is one among India’s largest bird sanctuaries. Home to a colossal variety of birds, the sanctuary is a bird lover’s and photographer’s delight. The River Cauvery and a group of islets, some lush with greenery, are a visual treat. You can even watch the flocks of birds from a boat.
Another delightful place for ornithologists, Kokkrebellur is a birding destination for many species of birds like spot-billed pelicans and painted storks. They are all perfectly at home with the locals who treat the birds as important visitors and care for the nests and young ones of the birds as well. The sight of these birds quietly resting on all the tree tops is an incredible scene.
Turn your picnic into a shopping spree at Channapatna located around 85 kilometres from Mysore. Famous for uniquely crafted wooden toys and silk filatures, tourists find it really interesting to see products of both the industries with a walk in the village.
Made famous by the movie, Sholay, Ramanagara is as dramatic in real as shown on the reel. Located around 100 kilometres from Mysore, there are many attractions here like rock climbing, caves and the popular Ram temple that make it an ideal picnic spot.
Just pack that picnic hamper, throw in a few sheets, collect your friends and set out on your picnic. Destination is the least of your problems when you are heading from Mysore.