Smooth as silk, fragrant as sandalwood, colourful as its paintings, grand as its palaces, Mysore mesmerizes everyone like that only. The historic seat of Wodeyars is easy to acclimatize and is identical to its royal heritage. This city due to its vivid colors is considered as the cultural capital of Karnataka. During Dassara or Vijay Dashami festival, the grandeur of Mysore mushrooms with celebratory spree and the palace also is lit up during the festival.
Major Tourist Locations
Mysore Palace is indeed the most resplendent attraction and unforgettable image of the city. Ninety seven thousand light bulbs illuminate the majesty of this grand Mysore Palace during Dassara celebrations. Located in the middle of the city, the palace reminds the grandeur of bygone era. A mixture of Indo-Saracenic architecture, this palace invites more than 2.7 million visitors annually and is one of the most visited tourist attractions including Taj Mahal.
Located on the outskirts of Mysore city, Chamundi Hills is another landmark famous for its legends and temples. According to myths, demon king Mahishasura was killed by the Goddess Chamundeswari (also Chamundi) after a fierce war. These hills are named after the goddess, and a temple is there in honour of her.
Lalita Mahal Palace
The second largest palace in Mysore city, Lalita Mahal is located near Chamundi Hills. Painted in pure white, this palace is strikingly elegant. Built in 1921 on the orders of Maharaja of Wodeyars for the then Viceroy of India, this palace is one of the imposing structures of the Mysore city. Presently, this palace is functioning as a heritage hotel.
Jagmohan Palace, built in 1861 in the occasion of the marriage ceremony of king Krishnaraja Wadeyor, the palace was converted into an art gallery in 1915, which now houses one of the finest collections of antiques. Among the notable works is S.L. Haldekar’s “The Lady with the Lamp”. The collections also includes works by Ravi Varma and Nicholas Royrick as well Rembrandt.
Brindavan gardens are one of the most visited travel destinations in Mysore. The Gardens are laid across the River Cauvery below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam in Mandya District, spreading over 150 acres of land. From Mysore it is a 30-minute drive to reach these exquisite gardens. The garden is embellished with vast expanses of well-laid out lawns, diverse kaleidoscopic rows of flowers and above all the amazing site of fountains encompassing a small beautiful lake holding the charm of musical fountain in its centre.
St Philomenas Church
One of the largest churches in India, St. Philomena's was built in 1936 to honour St. Philomena in the Diocese of Mysore, India. Inspired by Cologne Cathedral in Germany, this church contains beautiful stained glass windows depictions featuring the birth of Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucification, the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus.
Just 30 kms away from Mysore, Somnathpura is famous for Keshava Temple, built by the Hoysala dynasty in 1268 CE.
Best time to travel - October to March- October to March
How to reach there
By Air The nearest international airport to Mysore is in Bangalore (139 km). And domestic tourists can visit the city directly through Mysore Airport, which is nearly 12 kilometers away from Mysore.
By Train Mysore Junction is the city's main station, connected by a number of trains to Bangalore. The super fast luxury train of Shatabdi Express connects Mysore to Chennai. The quickest and most comfortable way to reach Mysore through Train is via Bangalore.
By Road Mysore is 139kms to the south west of Bangalore connected by well laid network of roads.
Bandipur National Park
After entering Bandipur National Park, the fragrance of pure sandalwood trees mesmerizes a tourist. Located 80 km south from Mysore on the Ooty road, this National Park is a famous abode for tigers and elephants. Spread over 890 sq km, this is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India showcasing a wide variety of birds and animals including Chitals, Asian Elephant and Gaurs.
The capital of Karnataka, Bengaluru in its due course of time has earned many sobriquets- ‘Garden City, Silicon Valley, Pensioners' Paradise, Pub City, but primarily is synonymous with IT revolution in India. It is a tourist hotspot, a vacation, a corporate traveler delight and a heaven for software enthusiasts.
The city is known more as Snooty Ooty for being the exclusive haven for tourists in Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu. The queen of the hills, Ooty is known more for its laid back charm, lofty mountains, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, golf courses, and miles and miles of tea gardens.
Known popularly as the land of Cauvery, Kodagu or Coorg is a quaint hill station blessed with natural charm, wooden slopes, undulating landscape and vast expanse of coffee plantations. The endless mountain range also attracts the attention of many tourists all around the year.
Hassan is more popularly known as the temple architectural capital of Karnataka with the remarkable and finest stone temples. Offering glimpses of the Hoysala Dynasty, Hassan is a home to Sravanabelgona, Belur and Halebidu. The Master Control Facility of Indian Space Research Organisation also operates from Hassan.
From a distance, the world’s largest monolithic stone statue of Lord Gomateshwara welcomes a visitor to Sravanabelgola. Located in Hasan district, the town is the famous Jain pilgrimage. Also known as Kashi of the South, the temple witnesses the colourful Maha Mastakabhisheka of the lord every 12 years with vermillion, honey, curd, milk, turmeric paste, gold and gems over statue’s head.
Belur and Halebid
Once the capital cities of Hoysala Dynasty, Belur and Halebid are now known for their immaculately crafted Hoysala Temples. The Chhanekeshava Temple at Belur is still an active place of worship centering on Lord Vishnu. Hoysaleshwara Temple at Halebid features remains of the temple depicting the sculptures of Hindu deities, sages, birds and the life of Hoysala rulers.
Once the magnificent capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi is a great example of ancient Dravidian Architecture, and currently is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Bengaluru (139 km), Ooty (155 km), Coorg (121 km), Hassan (115 km), Belur (155 km), Hampi (501 km)
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