Places to See and Things to do in Mysore

Mysore or Mysuru as known officially is a city in the state of Karnataka. This ‘’Royal’’ city crowns the southern part of the Republic of India. Located in the foothills of Chamundi Hills, this city offers the most mesmerizing sceneries. The views are to die for.

Famed for the glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments, this city is FIT FOR A MAHARAJA. If a person wishes to see the true culture of the Nation, this city is a must visit place.

History :
Mysore derives its name from a mythical word ‘Mahisuru’ ,the place where Demon Mahishasura was slain by GoddesChamundi, an avatar of Parvati. The 10 day dussehra festival is organized every year to celebrate this victory of good over evil.

Mysore had served as a capital city under the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399-1956. A new maharaja, YaduveeraKrishnadattaChamarajaWadiyar, was crowned in 2015, at the age of 23.

Top Attractions In Mysore

Mysuru Palace :

One of the Grandest of India’s royal buildings and the seat of the Wodeyar Maharajas, this lavish palace is the second most visited sight in India. The lavish Indo-Saracenic interior- a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors and gaudy colors is undoubtedly over the top. Hand craved wooden doors, mosaic flooring and a series of paintings depicting life here during the raj embellishes the palace.

Keshava Temple :

If you wish to see the intricacy in details of a monument, Keshava temple is a place to visit. Small in scale but masterly in detail, temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture, on par with the masterpieces of Belur and Halebid. This star shaped temple was built in 1268, located in the outskirts of Mysuru (around 33kms away from the city), is adorned by stone sculptures that gives information about the lives of the Hoysala Kings.

Venugopala Swamy Temple :

This stunning piece of architecture from the 12th century was submerged in the Kaveri river because of the Dam which was built on the river in 1930. Glimpses of the ancient structure could be seen by the villagers when the reservoir waters dropped. Sri Hari Khoday, a philanthropist vowed to rebuilt the temple in 2003. The architects had a tough time in visualizing the correct structure of the temple, but with 200 workers working day and night for 8 years at a cost of Rs25,000,000, this temple...

Chamundi Hills :

Crowned with the Sri Chamundeswari Temple, this 1062m high hill offers a spectacular view of the city below. To reach to the top of the hill, half a day of excursion in enough. Queues on weekends are very long, so the appropriate time to visit would be on weekdays when there is no much of rush and one can enjoy the breathe taking views.

Ayurveda at IVAC :

Ayurveda at the Indus Valley Ayurvedic center is a extremely recommended place for releasing stress, pressure and tensions for the mind. There is no better place to spend money than with oil and ghee dripping on you at IVAC.

Market tour and Artisan Tour:

One of the most organized market on India, a market tour in the city of Mysore is a must to do things. Not only the market but the artistans of Mysore are a hidden gem too. The goodies they make are so good that even some brands copy their ideas. So save your time to see the Mysore artisians too.

Few More Attractions In Mysore

Folklore Museum :

Though it is a tiny little museum but this palace deserves your attention. It has the most random items starting from stethoscopes to boats and puppets. Cameras are totally prohibited in the museum so to see how good the palace is, you have to physically visit the place.

Rail Museum :

This place provides insights into the stylish way the Royals rode the trains. The major exhibit of this open air museum is the Mysuru maharani’s saloon. It is an 1899 wood- paneled beauty with gilded ceilings and chandeliers. For the Royals every thing is a big deal. Besides this there are steam engines, locomotives and carriages to investigate. A toy train rides the track around the museum 16 times daily.

Brindavan Gardens :

Considered to be one of the best terrace gardens of the world, Brindavan Garden is laid on the site of Krishna Raja Sagar Dam. The garden is famous for its symmetric plan, musical fountains, cascading water channels, just to name a few. The way the water dances on the tune along with illuminated lights is a sight of the lifetime for a tourist. A good boat ride is a cherry on the cake.

St. Philomena’s Chruch :

This architectural magnificence in India’s one of the most majestic and biggest church. The floor plan resembles a cross which is in itself an amazing display of architecture. The 175 feet high twin spires of the church are visible from miles.


Places to Visit Around Mysore

Srinrangapatna:- This place is an important pilgrimage center for the Vaishnav community because of the famous Ranganathswamy temple. Surrounded by Cauvery river, this island is famous for Tipu’s summer palace.

Talakad:- This ancient cursed city is located around 45kms from Mysore is a tourist attraction for its scenic beauty.

Ranganatitty Bird Sanctuary:- Situated at a distance of 80kms from Mysore it is one of India’s best known sanctuary and an important Project Tiger Reserve.

Food Recommendations

Try south Indian food- South Indian food is way different from North. You’ll get to try tamarind rice, end each meal with curd rice and eat your thalis on banana leaf. Eating here surely is going to take up a lot of your time. There are cafés which do serve western food but the true culture of a place is seen from the food that place has to offer. Thus sticking to the South Indian food is a go-to option here. Dosas with sambhar and chutney for breakfast and some Mysore pak for a snack, wash it all down with almond milk. GREEEN HOTEL is a highly recommended place to have your lunch or your brunch. This palace was built for 3 princess. They’ve had farmers markets and vendor booths set up. A great place to spend the afternoon.

Getting There:-
The best way to get to Mysore is from Bangalore which is situated just 150kms away and connected to Mysore by air, rail and road. Whereas for travelling in and around the city is quite easy as rental vehicles are available. Also buses, taxis, autos, and tongas help the tourists to cummute.