Students of class 9 of Chettinad Vidyashram went on a trip to the neighbouring state, Karnataka. The places to visit were Mysore, Bangalore, Belur, Hassan and Halebid.

On the eve of July 26, the students began their journey by train. The scenery outside the window was captivating. The team sang, danced and finally went off to sleep. They woke up on arrival at Bangalore early morning.

The journey to Mysore was by bus. After having the breakfast in a temple on the way, the team reached Mysore at 9 am and checked into the hotel rooms.

Freshened up after the lunch at The President Hotel, the students went on to sight seeing. The Mysore Palace and Brindavan Gardens were the first stops.

The Mysore Palace is a beautiful one. Its decorations and paintings proved it to be the royal palace. Just looking at the palace, leaves one spell-bound. After snapping pictures and discovering the palace, the team headed for Brindavan Gardens.

Brindavan Gardens is said to be the most fascinating tourist attraction in the area. It is a huge garden comprising of several beautiful fountains, sprinkling and spraying water in all directions. The fun was over for the day when it was time to go back to the hotel.

The next day, was probably the best part of the excursion for the kids. After an early breakfast at 7 am the team set out to visit temples. The first stop was at Sravanabelagola in Hassan. The trip to the temple was three hours from Mysore. The T.V in the bus kept the kids occupied, when they were bored during the long journey.

Sravanabelagola is a huge temple and to visit the temple you need to climb nearly 300steps. When they finally reached the temple, a huge statue of Lord Mahavira, which is about 50ft in height, welcomed them.

After this temple, they moved to another temple in Belur. This temple is like a cave and the carvings on the caves are very attractive.

After the lunch break, the team was in another temple in Halebid in two hours time. This temple, though similar to the Belur temple, its carvings are a bit more unique. This was the last stop for the day and the team went back to the hotel in Mysore.

The next day the team was off to Bangalore by bus. After a quick lunch at Bangalore, they went to the Lalbagh Gardens. The Lalbagh garden is basically a huge ground filled with various plants bearing colorful flowers and it also has a little lake and many trees.

After the Lalbagh Gardens came the last and final stop for the whole trip. It was The ISKCON temple. The temple is huge and brightly lit up. There were several people selling various articles too. The students say that this was quite an intriguing experience.
The team took the night train back to Chennai and arrived in the city on the next day morning.
The trip was educative, informative and a lot of fun!