Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty form the golden triangle for South India. While Bangalore and Mysore are located in Karnataka, forming the base of the triangle, Ooty is located in Tamil Nadu, forming its apex. From the tourist’s point of view, there are two golden triangles in India. These lie in the northern and the southern terrain of the country. The North Indian golden triangle comprises of New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
Most South India golden triangle journeys start from Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India. It is the capital of Karnataka and its name has been recently changed back to its original Bengaluru. Bangalore was the anglicized version of the name and still continues to be popular. The city is quite literally the IT hub of the nation. Bangalore is also regarded as the Garden City of India and is home to many tourist destinations and shopping avenues. These include Lal Bagh Glass House, Bangalore Palace, Vidhana Soudha, St. Mary's Basilica, Bull Temple, and Cubon Park.
Mysore is the next stop on a South India golden triangle tour. It is one of the crown jewels for Karnataka tourism and draws many visitors owing to its ancient history, rich architecture and legacy. The city is more than a thousand years old. Its main tourism locales are the stunning Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, Rail Museum, St. Philomena's Church, Chamundi Hills, Regional Museum of Natural History, Jaganmohana Palace, the Jayalakshmi Vilas and the Lalitha Mahal.
Ooty is known as the Switzerland of India and boasts of verdant tea plantations that stretch to infinity. There are many tea estates here and this hill station of Tamil Nadu is getting more and more popular among serious tea tourism enthusiasts. This scenic hill station also serves as a popular summer retreat for locals. Ooty is the final destination in the South India golden triangle.
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