- Mysore Resorts
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- Mysore Tourist Attractions
- Day Trips From Mysore
- How To Reach Mysore
140 kms. from Bangalore lies the abode of untold grandeur and glory. Mysore, the capital city of the Wodeyars has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. There's an old world charm about the city that reaches out and leaves no one untouched.
The word Mysore is derived from Mahishuru or Mahishasurana Ooru, meaning the town of Mahishasura, the demon king who is believed to have lived here. Mysore Dasara is the celebration of this victory of good over evil. Mysore is the second largest city of Karnataka. Today, Mysore is a vibrant city teeming with tourists and visitors. It is known the world over for its exotic sandalwood and rich silks. Its grand and imposing palaces, majestic temples, gardens leave an ever-lasting impression on the visitor. Mysore Zoo is a very popular tourist attractions in Mysore.
In Mysore, Dasara is observed as the State festival also known as 'Nadahabba', which is a 10 day celebration, during the month of Oct/ Nov, a marvelous event to watch. During this festive season the entire city is bedecked and illuminated with multi-colored light patterns displayed on the prominent monuments and palaces. Majestic processions of decorated elephants along with a torch light parade, dance and musical events, revitalizes the beautiful city of Mysore. Many cultural programs are organized in the Mysore Palace, performed by famous artists. Sport events, poets meet, food festival, film festival are also held. Thousands of tourists visit the city during Dasara and make their visit a life time experience.
We have listed hotels & resorts in Mysore separately. Please check our listed hotels & resorts in Mysore before you decide on your place of stay.
The Mysore Palace also known as The Amba Vilas Palace is still the residence of the Wodeyars. It is one of the largest of its kind in India. It was designed by Henry Irwin and built in 1897. This Indo-Saracenic building has, among other things, a carved silver door, a solid gold throne, a gallery of exquisite paintings, carved mahogany ceilings and a carved, columned Durbar Hall. On Sunday nights and on some holidays, 97000 light bulbs spectacularly illuminate the Palace between 7 and 8 pm.
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
This art gallery was established in 1875 and has a rare collection of some beautiful paintings from the same era. The gallery is located in Jaganmohan Palace and exhibits paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetoslav Roerich and traditional paintings from Mysore. The gallery also houses exquisitely carved statues in sandalwood, ivory and stone.
The Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel
Once the palace of the Maharaja, it is now a five star hotel. This white building was completed in 1921.
Extended over 150 acres, Brindavan garden is the most acclaimed garden in Indian sub-continent. Situated at the KR Sagar Dam Kannambadi, Brindavan Garden is a popular site for the Indian Films. Since 1960s, it is continuously used for shooting song sequences for the films. A special attraction of the garden includes the 'Musical Dancing Fountains'. Today the Garden has undergone complete renovation with introduction of new fountain and light system, which attracts tourist not only from India but also from other parts of the globe and further helped in boosting the tourism industry of Mysore.
Illumination: Monday - Friday: 6:30 PM - 7:25 PM and Saturday - Sunday: 6:30 PM - 8:25 PM
Srirangapatna, 16 kms. from Mysore on the Bangalore Highway, was the capital of one of India’s greatest patriots, Tippu Sultan. Today, it is in ruins. Tippu and his father Hyder Ali ruled much of South India during the 18th century. Tippu took the help of the French mercenaries to fight the British. Tippu’s summer palace, the Daria Daulat Bagh with its charming ornamental gardens still stands. There are several paintings, drawings and murals depicting him and his family. 2 kms further is his impressive mausoleum.
The Mysore Zoo includes some of the rare species of wildlife, which are kept in natural, green surroundings. The Zoo is also notable for breeding some very rare mammals in confinement.
St. Philomena's Church
Another attraction of the city is the exquisite Cathedral - the St. Philomena's Church. A specimen of medieval architectural style, the church is one of the biggest churches in the country showcasing stained glass windows and elevated towers.
Forming the backdrop of the city is the 1,100-feet-high Chamundi Hill. On the top of the hill stands the temple dedicated to the Goddess Chamundeshwari, the royal family's patron deity. To reach the temple one can either drive through the 13-km stretch up to the summit or climb the 1,000 stone steps. Nearby the temple stands the huge statue of Mahishasura, the demon slain by the Goddess. Halfway up along the stone steps stands the majestic 4.8-metre monolith of Nandi the Bull, Lord Shiva's chosen mount. The statue is believed to be 300 years old and its chief attraction, apart from its size, is the meticulous craftsmanship of its ornaments-from its delicate anklets to the magnificent pendant bell around its neck.
Nanjangud is a town in Mysore district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is a temple town and is on the banks of the river Kapila (a.k.a Kabini). It is at a distance of 23 km from the city of Mysore. Nanjangud is also called as "Dakshina Kashi" (southern Kashi).
Nanjangud has been a major Shaiva centre since times immemorial. The original Nanjundeshwaraa temple is said to be of Ganga period (325 - 1000 CE). This temple has then been renovated by the Hoysala kings. Both Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan had close associations with this temple. Wodeyar kings have provided various grants to renovate the temple.
Day trips from Mysore
50 kms. from Mysore, Melkote is a divine pilgrim center, known for its Vairamundi festival held in March-April. Worth a visit.
48 kms. from Mysore, it is a temple site, famous for Vaidyeshwara shrine. Once in twelve years the temple is opened for ritual worships.
40 kms. from Mysore, it has one of the finest 13th centuries Hoysala temple in the shape of a star with 16 points - a most visited spot by the devotees.
99 kms. from Mysore & famous for 57 feet high massive monolith statue of Gomateswara. This holy figure is known to be 1000 year old.
150 kms. from Mysore, it has the beautiful 13th century Chennakesava temple.
117 kms. from Mysore, it has the famous Hoysaleswara Temple. The temple took nearly 80 years in its construction.
Shivanasamudra 85 kms. from Mysore, is famous for its scenic waterfalls. These falls are best during the monsoons falling down from a height of 75 m into a deep ravine. The other highlight of the region is Asia's first hydroelectric power project set up in 1905 at a distance of 1.5 kms.
Nagarahole National Park
The National Park is 93 kms. from Mysore, housing a rich variety of wildlife, aerial population and reptiles. Elephants, antelopes and even leopards are the common sights.
On the way to Ooty, about 80 kms. off Mysore, is situated the Bandipur National Park. The park, spread over an area of 875 kms., is a famous tiger reserve. Besides tiger, the other animals you can see here are the barking deer, tuskers, and bisons.
For bird lovers, Ranganathittu is worth a visit. This bird sanctuary is situated around 18 km from Mysore and offers a close view of the exotic and common birds.
Himmad Gopalaswamy Betta
The Gopalswamy Betta is famous for its misty peaks and is well known as "Himada Gopalswamy betta" The hill which is situated near Mysore has a panoramic view of the Bandipur forest.
The temple has a krishna playing on the flute. The temple which is supposed to be 700 years old was built during the rule of the Chola dynasty. The region has 25 tirtas known as chakra titrta.
Mysore is just 140 kms. from Bangalore.
Bangalore – Ramnagara – Chennapatna – Maddur – Mandya – Srirangapatna – Mysore
It is a 3 hours driving time from Bangalore to Mysore.
Lot of important trains – including Shatabdhi + Tippu Express - run between Bangalore & Mysore.
The same is true of Mysore to Bangalore too.
Plenty of buses – both private & Government – ply between Bangalore to Mysore & vice versa too.
You have luxury Volvo coaches running between Bangalore to Mysore at very frequent intervals.
It is true for travel from Mysore to Bangalore also.