Drive 3 hours to Mysore, home to an old Royal family. After checking in to our hotel, we visit Mysore Palace, one of the finest Royal Palaces in India with a blend of Muslim and Hindu architectural styles. The interior holds spacious halls called Mantaps resplendent with paintings. Children can imagine themselves lost in a fairytale while wandering the palace rooms.
Fuel up at lunch for uphill climb of 1000 steps on Chamundi Hill. Part-way up is the impressive statue of Nandi (a cow), who in Hindu mythology is considered as the vehicle (mount) of Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction. In front of every Shiva temple, on the court facing the shrine, you can see the image of Nandi. About 16 feet in height and 24 feet long, this Nandi atop is the third largest in India. Kids will enjoy seeing the local cows decorated with strings of marigolds and all the activity at the Chamundeswari Temple which you reach at the top of the hill. You can buy marigolds and participate in or observe the Hindu prayers. The evening is free to wander in town with your family, and view the illuminated Palace.