A flock of geese scurried away as I opened the door of the car..I walked into a place under the shade of tall trees.A river flowing very close grabbed my attention and I did not notice the turkey and the rooster ambling very close to my feet .If by now you have visualised me in a remote village somewhere in Karnataka,you are under the wrong impression.I was at the Mayura River View resort merely a 100 m off the Bangalore Mysore highway.
The Mayura River View resort is located in Srirangapatnam,about few kilometers from Mysore.We had visited the cursed town of Talakadu and the intricately carved Hoysalan templeThe temple at Somnathapura .On our way back we decided to spend the rest of the day and one night here before we returned to Bangalore the next morning.
Though the temple of Somnathpura was a masterpiece in itself,it could not get the kids interested as always. They were exhausted after the long drive and with the sun blazing over us all the morning.this resort came as a welcome retreat in more ways than one.
We had booked a river facing cottage with an awesome view of the branch of the Cauvery flowing by. Since we had about half of the day to ourselves we did not confine ourselves to the room.The most exciting amusement was obvious,a coracle ride on the river.The boatman who took us for the ride stopped at one of the rocks in the middle of the water.The view from there was something I shall not forget for a long time.
We sat there with our feet dipped in water watching the birds busy fishing.
As a matter of fact we were completely overwhelmed by the silence of the place,more so as it came at the least expected place,only a kilometre away from the busy highway.
The picture below shows the open dining area where we did not miss an opportunity to have lunch and breakfast ,with the beautiful river flowing by. I personally liked the taste of the food,which ranged from typically south Indian to Indo Chinese and service was prompt.My only complain was to the people who had very irresponsibly thrown liquor bottles at places on the river bank.
The picture below shows the dining area where we had dinner.It is a semi circular place partially hanging over the water.
We could spend hours there simply sitting and lazing on the steps to the water,and of course clicking more than we had clicked since morning at the two historical places.
The finest part of this stay was that the kids never complained through the entire stay. They were too busy chasing geese ,watching turkeys and most interestingly ,feeding rabbits in the open. And for once we did not complain about them digging in to mobile phones..At times I find myself pushed to a corner as I wonder whether our kids are to blame or we are falling short of options for them.
|The dining space|
|The open dining area by the riverside|
Srirangapatnam was once Tipu Sultan's capital city. So a lot of monuments pertaining to his life and activities are strewn all over the place.Like - Tipu's Summer Palace,
Ranganathittu Bird Santuary ,
Dariya Daulat Bagh,
Tipu's death place,
Ruins of Tipu's Palace ,
Sangam and many more.
Moreover this place being at a short distance (15 kms )from Mysore can be used for a good night stay when visiting Mysore, if one wishes to avoid the crowd at Mysore.There is good parking space for cars and booking can be done online here Hotel Mayura River View.