One of the best things about Mysuru is its proximity to several weekend destinations. So where should you head to? We list out ten best tourist places for a vacation near Mysuru.

1. Coorg, Karnataka

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Coorg is often called the Scotland of India. The tea and coffee plantations here are mesmerizing and a stroll around is definitely worth your time. Indeed, visiting Coorg from Mysore is a comfortable change of climate and atmosphere with the hustle and bustle of the city left behind. Visit Abbi Falls followed by a trip to the Raja’s Seat for a panoramic sunset view. And then hop over to Bylakuppe, one of the largest Tibetan villages in south India. The best time to visit Coorg is from October to May.

Mysuru to Coorg: Approximately 120 km

2. Wayanad, Kerala

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Photograph courtesy: Fabian Heusser/Creative Commons

Wayanad is the only town in Kerala that borders both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It stands at the southernmost tip of the Deccan Plateau along with being a part of the Western Ghats. It is home to several species of birds and is a beautiful getaway to rejuvenate yourself over the weekend. The vast plantations of tea, pepper, cocoa and coffee offer a verdant visual treat to travelers. Hiking up the plantations and sipping a hot cuppa should be on your list! The best time to visit Wayanad is from October to May.

Mysuru to Wayanad: Approximately 139 km

3. Bengaluru, Karnataka

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Photograph courtesy: Vivek Thakyal/Creative Commons

Bengaluru may be the IT hub of India but it is also a great place to get away to. From cafes to monuments and bars to art galleries, there is a lot you can do in the Silicon Valley of India. As one of the fastest-growing cities of the country, Bengaluru offers a plethora of options you’ll probably not find elsewhere. So if your idea of a great weekend is pub hopping and chilling out at some of the best lounges in the country, Bengaluru is the place to be. The best time to visit Bengaluru is from October to February.

Mysuru to Bangalore: Approximately 143 km

4. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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Photograph courtesy: Ram Reddy/Creative Commons

Located at over 7,oo0 ft above sea level, Ooty was one of the first few hill stations of south India that rose to national fame. Also referred to as the Queen of Hill Stations, Ooty, though crowded and filled with tourists all round the year, still has its charm. What’s better? You can visit Ooty at any time of the year!

Mysuru to Ooty: Approximately 149 km

5. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Tucked away from the mainstream destinations, Coonoor has a cozy vibe attached to it. Located 1,850 ft above sea level, the hill station has gained importance for the rising popularity of the Nilgiri tea produced here. There are several trekking trails in and around Coonoor. A simple hike up the tea plantations is nice too. You can also visit the Catherine Falls (10 km away). The best time to visit Coonoor is from September to May.

Mysuru to Coonoor: Approximately 159 km

6. Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu

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Photograph courtesy: Prateek Rungta/Creative Commons

Located about 5,000 ft above sea level, Kotagiri is a quintessential plantation town. And it is a treat to just be there. Kotagiri also offers several trekking trails, hikes and rock-climbing destinations. The weather of Kotagiri is considered to be better than that of Ooty and Coonoor. Do you really need more reasons to visit it? We didn’t think so! The best time to visit Kotagiri is from December to May.

Mysuru to Kotagiri: Approximately 167 km

7. Kudremukh, Karnataka

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Kudremukh gets its name from the horse-shaped peak of the hills in the town. The Hanuman Gundi is the most famous tourist attraction in the locality. You can also stop by the Kudremukh National Park, which is home to abundant wildlife species. It’s definitely a bonus for the nature lover in you. You could also stop by one (or all five ) of the lakes in Kudremukh for a peaceful time by yourself/with your companions. The best time to visit Kudremukh is from October to February.

Mysuru to Kudremukh: Approximately 175 km

8. Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Chikmagalur is known to produce some of the finest coffee in the country. The aroma of the coffee plantations here lingers for miles and you are automatically drawn to visit one of the plantations. On your trip, you can visit the Central Coffee Research Institution to catch up on some caffeine-related trivia! Otherwise, trekking and shopping in Chikmagalur can take up an entire day.

Mysuru to Chikmaglur: Approximately 178 km

9. Thrissur, Kerala

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Photograph courtesy: Amit Rawat/Creative Commons

If you wish to continue your religious/cultural journey, Thrissur is the place to be! With several temples and even more legends associated with it, Thrissur is where the line between folklore and fact is very thin. And that only makes Thrissur even more interesting! While here, do remember to visit the famous Guruvayoor temple, Athirapalli falls and of course the Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary for successfully completing your trip. The best time to visit Thrissur is from October to March.

Mysuru to Thrissur: Approximately 204 km

10.  Mangaluru, Karnataka

Mangaluru is home to several beaches and temples. It is the neighbour of the famous town, Udupi (known for filter coffee). You can visit the Kateel temple, Milagres Church and hop across beaches for adventure sports. Visit Kaup (pronounced as Kaapu) to collect shells from the shore and to get a panoramic view of the town from the Kaup lighthouse. The best time to visit Mangaluru is from November to April.

Mysuru to Mangaluru: Approximately 250 km