Welcome….

Welcome…. to our site, where you will find general information and details of how we can help you have a great visit to Mysore. This includes:

  • Mysore Bed and Breakfast, come share our home.
  • Mycycle Tours, guided cycle tours in and around Mysore and Srirangapatnam
  • Fare’s Fair, hassle free auto rickshaw rides
  • information and advice about the things to do in and around Mysore (check the menu at the top f the page)

If you want to know more about who we are, our life here in Mysore, including Manjula’s Big Trip to the UK, please visit our story at  meandmycycle

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We’re proud to be a Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Winner  and are now No. 1 in Mysore. Please check Trip Advisor 

Do join us and our other friends, guests and family at our Facebook sites at Manjula  and Stephen

We’re at tours@mycycle.co and 0091 9886705179

To ask any questions about Mysore or what we do, or to make a reservation just send an email or complete the simple form on our contact page.

We hope to see you in Mysore

Our very best wishes,

Manjula and Stephen

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Top Tip 4

Is about tipping

Its quite amazing how many people forget to tip or think its not done to tip (really?!)

Tip, Obviously if you’re happy with the service you’ve received provide a thank you in the form of a tip. Round it up, minimum 10 Rs maybe five to ten percent of the cost. There is no golden rule. but do tip. Try to remember the people behind the scenes: the one who clears the table, the cleaner wherever you stay, they get paid the least and may not see anything of the usual tips. The minimum wage is 200 rs per day and with the growth of the  middle classes and effects on tourism prices are seriously going up. It just might not seem it to you.

If you’re not happy then it’s an important statement not too.

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I was a bit mad when I first visited india twelve or so years ago. Someone just had to look in my direction to get ten rupees. At one hotel, with a lift, every time I went up or down I gave him a tip. Now that was too much. I was his best mate. 😉

It’s really easy to forget, especially if you’ve had an itinerary arranged by a company so you’re not paying for things as you travel around.

So its important to tip but also to keep in mind what’s an appropriate amount. If we go the other way and tip too much then it feeds foreigner inflation. Maybe we’ll do another top tip covering how to  work out the correct price to pay.

I was amazed to hear that some travellers had read advice that you shouldn’t tip in India, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Please do tip.

At our house we have a tin for tips that go directly to the cleaners and the gardener. Manjula only takes for the money she’s given to pay for any meals she makes.

If I ever get any tips from delivering a cycle tour (it does happen once in a blue moon), they go to charity.

So what to tip?

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Just today we were at one of our favourite lunch time ‘hotels’ (meaning restaurant) the cost of the meal was 600 Rs, we left a 20 Rs tip (its shared amongst all the staff) tip and another  10 rs to the car park attendants (its maybe not shared!). I’m from Yorkshire and we’re known to be a bit tight but we DO tip.

In Hampi, Manjula and I were discussing the young guy working at the Guest house. I can’t believe it but Manjula gave him 200, now she’s acting the Maharani. He said that foreigners never gave tips, just the Indians gave. Astonishing!

p1150171Oh and another thing: Drivers. they are of course a mixed bag but we don’t tend to get a little bit fed up of them trying it on all the time. So I’m really careful how I tip a driver. I want to tip to reinforce good behaviour (the ineffective stick and carrot) so if they use the meter, are helpful, do their job well, I’ll definitely tip. I see it as an encouragement to be nice guys. In particulate our drivers will not be tricksy ( I hope)  and if they’ll been hanging around at the airport for your flight, they’ve been helpful with the baggage and generally driven well, please do get them a tip.

On the other hand if you get an auto driver that will not use the meter, don’t use him (if you can be bothered) and if in anyway he’s tricksy make a point of demanding the exact fare. and wo wo wo if he wants you to visit a shop to help him get a voucher for petrol then he’s jus lost his tip and no way would I go!

That’s my approach anyway. It might be pushing a rock up the hill to try change the approach of the drivers but I’m trying and our drivers are pretty good!

Moving on from Mysore

Well if you must move on….. 😉

We’ve received a few recommendations from previous guests about where to go.

Here are two suggestions from Dennis and Katja, originally from Germany and currently living in Bangalore.

Both places are in Kerala. The first is in the countryside of Wayanad

Tranquil Resort

Kuppamudi Estate, District Wayanad, Kolagapara, Kerala 673591, India

“Lovely Homestay thanks to Ajay and Nisha and their wonderful staff. It really feels like home every time we visit, great place for hiking, amazing accommodation even tree houses, cute dogs, our paradise in India 🙂 “

Web site is here

Check where it is here

and the second is further north and offers a combination of sea, sand and backwaters. It’s away from the hustle and bustle associated with the backwaters further south near Cochin.

Neeleshwar Hermitage

“Excellent place to relax and make the world around you disappear. They have beach and garden cottages, which are very well maintained and equipped. The vegetarian restaurant serves amazing food, there is also a seafood restaurant which we did not try. Staff are very attentive and friendly. It feels like heaven 🙂 “

Kerala 671314, India

+91 467 228 7510

Check it out here

Check where it is here

The Guardian Newspaper an addtional suggestion for cruising the northern backwaters here

Silvia from Germany via the Canaries has now visited India once a year for three years. She’s got the bug! Sylvia’s recommendation in one of the closest national parks is Jungle Retreat. “ every person who likes nature must make this trip at least once in your life “ Sylvia stayed in the tree house.

Check it here

So why choose a homestay?

and why choose ours?

Its sharing our home……

which is clean, comfortable, with a great atmosphere, home cooking, continental or Indian breakfasts, an outdoor sit out and roof sun terrace with lots of plants, two lounges, small library, fast WIFI, in a quiet residential area with super amenities next door and which is just ten minutes from the action in the city, such as the Palace and Market.

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we provide insights into India with information and advice on what to see and do, from the perspective of Manjula (from Mysore) and Stephen (from the UK) to help you make the best of your time here.

 

 

we have a lovely dog, Lucie

 

 

a series of over ten parks starting opposite our house

a house with wonderful art from around the country

MYCycle tours, scrumptious meals and cookery lessons

oh, and we’ve been no 1 in Mysore on Trip Advisor for five years

according to India today these are the ten top reasons to choose a Homestay here

 

Our gardens.

Opposite our house is one of a series of parks offering flower displays, places to walk and hang-out and relax, children’s climbing equipment, badminton and even roller blading. The one’s opposite are especially good at the moment as we approach Dasra.

Top Tips

The first three tips focus on how to deal with some of the challenges you might face, particularly if you’re a first time visitor to India.

So if you’re aware, take your time, and follow the simplest traveller rules you’ll find India the richest of experiences where you’ll wish to return for more.

Number One: Everything, always takes longer than you expect.

Check here

Number Two: India will change you, so be prepared.

Check here

Number Three: one night stands aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

Check here

More top tips will follow.

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Top Tips

Number Two

India will change you. It’ll take you out of your comfort zone and you’ll not want to find your way back. Maybe 😉

Most people love India and it’s people, and admittedly a very small number find it a step too far.

Whatever you feel it’s unforgettable.

You just need to be aware that it will seem contradictory, and unfathomable but it’s a good thing.

It helps to find somewhere extra easy for the first few days while you find your feet.

If we’re from the west. We often wish to experience, analyse and understand. We try to place things in boxes and stick on a label. India by contrast is consistently inconsistent, so to put it mildly you need to expect the unexpected.

It can’t really be boxed.

It’s important that you ‘go with the flow’ you might be the equivalent of bobbing about in the river, shooting the rapids or on the ups and downs of the rollercoaster.

But whilst it’s exhilarating just follow the basic traveller rules and it’s safe with mostly helpful people that want you to love their country.

At times it can feel a bit full-on and in-your-face, so you may need to build in places to stay or find hangouts that provide some respite so you can just switch it off.

There’s a great article on the BBC that might help, check:

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Any questions?

Contact us at Tours@mycycle.co

Minor’s Mysore

things to do for children and the ‘young at heart’

this is just a quick list as its occurred to me, I’ll add links and images, in due course,

Karanji Lake: birds, butterflies, walk, play area, boats (not up to standard), 20 mins walk from the MysoreBnB

Sand Museum, sculptures of sand, located on the road to Chamundi Hill, where there’s a few other attractions for the tourists. 15-20 minutes walk

Lalith Mahal Hotel: outdoor swimming pool to spend the day (ID required and there’s a fee)also a bar and restaurant (can be hit and miss) 15-20 minutes walk from MysoreBnB

Zoo, its a zoo after all but reputedly one of the best in India. Ten minutes away in Auto Rickshaw

Ransoms (its a shop opposite the zoo) where they often have exhibitions in the basement of dolls and board games (of course they are also for sale)

Parks, immediately outside the Mysore BnB is the first of a series of twelve small parks, each with a slightly different focus, that offer places to sit and relax, play on climbing frames, even skating…..

Natural History Museum, need to go check that one out

Wax Museum: bit basic but some have liked it. There’s even a blog entry from previous guests (i’ll find it)ten minutes walk

Festivals, depends, on the time of year but there’s Dasara around october time, Ganesh september/october, Diwali (mainly in people’s homes) and many many more.

and of course there’s all the regular stuff which are also great for we younger ones: Mysore Palace (looks splendid in the photos), Devaraj Market, so atmospheric with its smells and colours of fruit, veg and flowers; Chamundi Hill for Nandi the giant bull and wonderful views of the city, museums and art galleries; Silk Mill, fab foodartisan’s workshops (stone and wood) or just wandering around the streets to stumble across the hidden gems, like the yak man…..

and of course… shopping!

and of course tara tara. our Mycycle tours of Srirangaptnam are all geared up for children with small cycles, tag-a-long and child seat for ‘toddlers.’

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Local Tourist Spots

Mysore is a city that feels like a town (although the traffic is getting busier) there are many places to visit that reflect its heritage, religious or other cultural aspects of this warm welcoming community. We’ll always help you ‘get under its skin’ and can arrange safe, reliable, fairly priced transport. Here’s a few examples of places to visit close to Mysore Bed and Breakfast and the distances:

Transport Hubs

Mysore Bus Stand 3.6 kms 09 mins, prepay auto rickshaw available

Mysore Train station, 4.9 kms 16 mins, prepay auro rickshaw available and pick-up

Bangalore Airport 154 Kms, four hours, pick up can be arranged

Mysore Airport 12 kms, when its working

Tourist Attractions

Mysore Palace 4 kms 10 mins

Devaraja Urs Market 4 kms 12 mins

Srirangapatnam 24 kms, 30 mins

Chamundi Hill 9.4 kms, 19 mins

Indira Ghandi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya 3.4 kms, 9 mins

Somnathpur Temple 30 kms 42 mins

Karanji Lake 2.7 kms, 7 mins

Government Silk Mill 6.4 kms 16 mins

Zoo, 2.9 kms, 8 mins

 

there are many many more places to visit…. check elsewhere on the web site or send us and email to tours@mycycle.co

 

 

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