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General Information about Mysore

The third largest city in Karnataka, Mysore has a royal history, a rich and regal heritage and an important center of art and culture.
Mysore is one of the most famous tourist destinations of South India about 180 kms from Bangalore. Orignally known as Mysuru, it is the largest districts of Karnataka. Formerly known as the capital of the ‘Kingdom of Mysore’, Mysore was the name by which the state of Karnataka was popular as. Its world Heritage listed palace of the city is perhaps something that brings most travelers here. Further, it is also a thriving centre for the production of premium silk, sandalwood and incense At present, the ashtanga yoga is another drawcard in Mysore that attracts the visitors from across the world accredited to its reputation of being India’s best place to practice yoga.

Placed at the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, this city is known for its extravagant Dussehra
celebrations. The cultural capital of the state, famed for its palaces, Mysore boasts of a rich past that is around 600 years old. Mysore is dotted with a number of tourist attractions, which are explored by locals from Bangalore during the weekends. Two of its most popular attractions are the Mysore Palace and the Mysore Zoo. If ancient history of Mysore has a mythological connection, stating that it was ruled by Demon King Mahishasura, who was killed by Goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of Mysore. When in Mysore, do not forget to get your hands on Mysore paintings, Mysore Pak (sweet dish), silk sari and Mysore Peta (traditional silk turban).

Having evolved from 'the royal city' to an upcoming IT hub, Mysore is an amazing mix of the traditional as well as modern attractions. From palaces and ornate temples to gardens and galleries, there are multiple attractions here to cater to every need. With over 600 years of legacy, Mysore is a flamboyant city with exceptional weather throughout the year. It used to be the centre of commerce for South India earlier and is still one of the most important city for trading, silk, Ayurveda, yoga, sandalwood and incense. The cafes, bustling markets, Mysore zoo and the magnificent Mysore Palace are not going to let you sit idle for even a moment here.

This City of Palaces has a number of places situated in the city. The main palace of the Mysore is Ambavilas Palace which is also one of the prime attractions of this region accredited to is beautiful monuments. This tourism hotspot attracts several millions of tourists from across the country every year. Dasara (Dusshera) which represents the victory of Good over Evil, marks the worship of Devi Chamundeswari. It is celebrated with fervor and solemnity as the State festival here

The major tourist attractions in Mysore are the Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal, Jaganmohan Palace, Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, Brindavan Gardens, Chamundi Hills, St. Philomena’s Church and Mysore Zoo. Encircling the city of Mysore, Srirangapatna and Shivanasamudra Falls are two other nearby tourist destinations with heritage and nature respectively.

Mysore Pak is a delicious sweet dish that is made of roasted gram flour and butter. It is a traditional South Indian sweet dish. History states that this mouth-watering dish was first made in the kitchens of the Mysore Palace which was then ruled by Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. The sweet delighted the royalties so much that it was declared as the Royal Sweet.' However, at that time it did not have a name, so it was named as Mysore Pak.

Connectivity :
By Rail : The Bangalore and Mysore railway stations are well-connected with each other through regular train service. You can go on-board to Mysore from Bangalore. When at the Mysore station, hire a cab to go to your destination.

By road : Mysore and Bangalore are well-linked to each other by road. Hiring a taxi can be the best option. However, you can also opt for state-run or private buses to go to Mysore

An Ideal Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive and check-in. Then visit St. Philomena Church, Brindavan Gardens and Amba Vilas.
Day 2- Begin day at the banks of Karanji Lake. Then visit Chumundi Hills Bull Statue, Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and Zoological Gardens and Srirangapatna.

Few Places of Interest :

Chamundi hills :
Chamundi Hills is named after goddess Chamunda, of whom a temple is located here. Wodayar Kings (rulers of Mysore) considered Maa Chamundeshwari their principle deity and christened the hill after her name in 17th century. The Chamundeshwari Temple is a major pilgrimage spot of South India and also stands as an architectural landmark of Mysore.

Chamundeswari Temple is a prime attraction of Chamundi Hills. This hill along with Chamundeshwari Temple also has the oldest temple of Mysore, Mahabaleswara Temple, which was built around 9th Century AD. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. An imposing, in fact third-largest statue of Nandi Bull in India is installed here. This statue is 5 meter tall and is carved out of a single black stone. Chamundi Hills can be spotted from different corners of the city. Once you climb up the hill, prepare yourself for a magnificent view of the surrounding.


Mysore Palace
Placed in the heart of the city, Mysore palace is not only the most popular tourist attractions of Mysore, the ‘City of Palaces’ but is also one of the most-visited monuments in the country. Also called Amba Vilas Palace, it is the seat and the official residence of the Wodeyar Dynasty- the erstwhile rulers of Mysore. One of the largest palaces in India, Mysore palace is a true example of the grandeur of the ruling Maharajas.

Famous British Architect, Henry Irwin was commissioned by Queen Regent Kempananjammanni Vanivilasa Sanndihana to construct a palace, which would be a tribute to Mysore and its rulers. The erstwhile royal family of Mysore still lives in a portion of the palace. On selected days, Mysore Palace is illuminated with bulbs in the evenings during special days including the Dasara festival.


Brindavan Gardens

Spread in an area of 150 acres of land, Brindavan Gardens is one of the most popular attractions of Mysore. A haven for nature lovers, it is equally popular as a picnic spot amidst locals as well as the visiting tourists. Placed below the Krishnarajasagar Dam on River Kaveri, this lush garden is a must-visit attraction of Mysore. Known for its symmetric design and layout, it is one of the world’s most beautiful terrace gardens.

Brindavan Garden is divided into-

Main Gate Area- The main gate of Brindavam Garden is modeled on the India Gate in New Delhi. On the either side of the main gate, there are Rose gardens.

South Brindavan- Close to the Cauvery Statue, South Brindavan area is the Kaveramma circle that contains of big- sized water fountains. Terrace garden with allamanda and Bougainvillea plants on the slopes done in a different look alluring. This part of the garden also has a glass house with ornamental plants. The colorful sprinklers and fountains lit-up in the evening and sprinkle water on the cypress plants that are found in the garden’s centre. The lawn here includes of permanent as well as annual flowering plants.

North Brindavan- This part consists of an area that has 4 extensive terraces with lawns, ornamental trees, and flowerbeds. Small fountains with colorful lights make the terrace gardens even more mesmerizing. You can also spot various shrubs here. This part also comprises of an ornamental plant nursery.


The main attraction of Brindavan gardens is its musical fountain, which are given an amazing effect by dancing colorful lights. The harmony formed between the water, the lights and the music forms a beautiful sight. This water ballet is controlled through a system and water pumping action is computerized. The musical fountain is in North Brindavan Garden.

Other attractions in the Garden

Managed by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka, Brindavan Garden complex consists of other areas also including Government fruit orchard, Naguvana Horticulture Farm, Cacti and Succulent Garden and Chandravana Naguvana Horticulture Farm. There is a Childrens’ Park also. A major hit amongst children, it has fountain slides, animals and birds in concrete and other object of interest of children.


Mysore Zoo
Referred to as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological garden, Mysore Zoo in Mysore is one of the most popular tourist attractions, around 3km away from the city center. Established in 1892, the Zoo is put up on a portion of land in summer palace of Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar. The Zoological garden here is considered to be set up by Maharaja himself. It is also believed that Maharaja travelled to different parts of the world, to collect rare species of flora and fauna.

Mysore Zoo in Mysore is one of the oldest Zoos in South-India. The Zoo is best-known for some rarely seen animals including elephants, lions, tigers, green anacondas and giraffes. It is the only Zoo in India to has gorillas. You also get to see some colorful feathered birds, which are kept in the aviary section that closes by 5pm.

The floral diversity of the Zoo is very high. There are several rare and common plants. Apart from boasting of wide range of flora and fauna, the Zoo offers a charming view of Chamundi hills, settled at the backdrop.

Mysore Zoo in Mysore also runs an animal adoption program, where you can adopt animals for a given period of time.

St. Philomena Church
Around 5km away from the city center, St Philomena church is one of the major tourist attractions in Mysore. The church is dedicated to Philomena, a third century saint from Greece. It is one of the tallest churches in India alluring Indian as well as International visitors.

Initially, around 1840, it was a small church put-up on a land given by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. Later, in 1933 Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV built the new larger church. The structure of the church was designed by a French architect and was later redesigned under the supervision of Rene Feuga’s, Mysore Bishop.

St. Philomena Church in Mysore boasts of striking Gothic structure which is similar to that of St. Cathedral in New York and Gothic church Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The main attraction of the church is its twin towers, which stand at a height up to 175 ft.

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