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MYSORE

Location : Southernmost Karnataka
Famous For : Mysore Palace, Sandalwood Articles
rt-crafts-guide Distance : 130 kms from Bangalore
Best Time to Visit : October (During Dussehra Festival)
Lalitha Mahal Palace
Lalitha Mahal Palace


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Also Known As : City of Palaces, Sandalwood City of Karnataka.
Most Visited : Brindaban Gardens – Having Musical Fountains and important tourists spot.
Palace Attractions : Mysore Palace – Houses Exquisite Cravings and mosu famous Palace in India, Jaganmohan Palace – Museum showcasing Paintings, Sculptures and Musical Instruments,Lalitha Mahal Palace – Heritage Hotel having pretty interior.
Temple Attractions : Somnathapura Temples – 45 kms from Mysore and famous for intricate carvings, Chamundeshwari Temple – Having huge statues of Nandi Bull and Mahishasur.
Most Famous Church : St. Philomena's Church – Famous Gothic church having the statue of St. Philomena, a third century saint from Greece.
Most Famous Festival : Dussehra – Held in October. Watch the royal throne of Woodeyar kings during this festival.
Don't Miss : Enjoying 13 km long trek atop Chamundi hills. Enjoy panoramic views of Mysore from here.
Other Attractions : Mysore Zoo – home to a large variety of animals.
Shopping Delight : Manandavadi Road for Exclusively Designed Silk Sarees.
Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium and Karnataka Handicrafts Development for Excellent carvings on sandalwood, rosewood and teakwood and other souvenirs.
Krishnaraja Circle and Devaraj Urs Road for ethnic items and sandalwood incense sticks.
Excursions : Srirangapatana – 15 kms,Somnathapura – 35 kms,Melkote – 50 kms, Nagarhole National Park – 93 kms, Bandipur National Park – 80 kms, Shivasamudra – 85 kms.
Important Distance : Bangalore – 130 kms,Mangalore – 247 kms,Chennai – 470 kms, Mumbai – 1064 kms.
Getting There : Air – Bangalore has the nearest international and domestic airport. Well connected by Indian, Kingfisher airlines an other air operators.
Rail – Mysore has its own Railway station that is well connected with major cities of India. Fast trains, daily express as well as luxury and passenger trains are available.
Road – National Highways as well as State highway Bangalore – Mysore connects Mysore to various parts of the country. It takes approx 3 hours to reach Mysore from Bangalore via buses. Local transport includes auto rickshaws and taxis.


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Mysore – Palace City of South India

Mysore, the historical city of India has many exotic attractions that makes it a popular travel destination in the state of Karnataka. Mysore is just majestic, mysterious and mesmerizing City adorned in its own world charm displaying a perfect blend of modernity and traditions. Mysore forms the second biggest city of Karnataka spread at a distance of 130 kms from Bangalore, world known for its majestic palaces, royal gardens, holy temples and shady avenues. Travel to Mysore and explore the various heritage attractions that were built by the Woodeyar king who ruled over Mysore. Mysore has also been very successful in retaining the charms of its heritage that reflects in the famous Carnatic classical music and dance of India, legacy of Karnataka.

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Dussera Procession at Mysore
Dussera Procession at Mysore

Major Attractions of Mysore – The Erstwhile Royalty

Mysore is the heritage town of Karnataka that has been adorned with various monuments, ancient temples and gardens to enjoy a peaceful retreat. Travel attractions of Mysore highlights the most popular Mysore Palace which is famous for its magnificent carvings and lightning. The Brindawan gardens are the most sort after gardens in entire India, musical dancing fountains are the major highlights of these stretched green yards. Also enjoy the 13 km long trek to Chamuna Hill, another tourists attraction in Mysore. The art galleries inside the palaces and the zoo of Mysore is equally illustrious in the city as well as the state.


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The Historical Mysore Palace

A magnificent sight beholds the viewers in Mysore. It is the famous Mysore palace that is the signature of the sandalwood city. Also known as the Amba Vilas palace or Main palace, this monumental structure is nothing short of splendorous. Built in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture, this palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and historical remembrandts. Tourists are advised to see the Durbar hall that has ornate ceiling and many sculpted pillars. Historically, this palace belonged to the ruling kings of Karnataka, Woodeyars. But today it is a public property. There are twelve temples inside the Palace complex dating from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries and have varying architectural styles. Take exclusive Mysore palace tours of Karnataka as it is the most celebrated monument in Karnataka.

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Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace

Brindavan Gardens – Among the Peaceful Ambiance of Mysore

One of the most famous gardens in South India are the Brindavan gardens, located on the outskirts of Mysore, just below the famous reservoir Krishnarajasagaraon on the river Cauvery. The main highlight of this garden includes the musical fountains that have served as an perfect backdrop for various Bollywood films.


Colors at Mysore Market
Colors at Mysore Market

Temples in Mysore – The Religious Satiate of Mysore

Karnataka is world famous for its Somnathapura temples. Located just 45 kms from Mysore the temples of Somnathapura are knonwn for their intricate details. These temples were built in AD 1268, and are considered an example of the fully evolved style of Hoysala architecture. On the hill top of Chamunda hill is the Chamudeswari temple. Reaching the temple is the best part of as it requires travellers to indulge in a 13 km long trek.

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Dussehra Delight in Mysore

Dussehra is one popular festival in Mysore that should not be missed by the tourists. This festival is held in the month of October and is famous all over the world. The major activity during Dussehra festival is to see the royal throne of the Woodeyar kings. This popular throne weighing 200 kg and made of gold, is displayed in Mysore Palace every year.


Shopping in Mysore – The Excellent Activity

Mysore, the sandalwood city of India offers tourists with unique shopping attractions. Shopping tours of Mysore highlights the traditional handicrafts of Karnataka, aromatic Agarbathies or Incense sticks and sandalwood, rosewood and teakwood carved decorative items. Buy them from Handicrafts Emporium and Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation. The intricately designed silk sarees that are famous all over the world should not be missed. The best place to buy these sarees are shops in Manandavadi Road and government silk weaving factories. Krishnaraja Circle and Devaraj Urs Road are the places to buy ethnic products like stone carvings and paintings.

Getting There – Reaching the Sandalwood City

Mysore being a famous cultural city of Bangalore is well connected with all parts of the country. The nearest airport is at Bangalore (130 kms).
Air : Bangalore has a domestic as well as international airport. Flights like Indian, Kingfisher airlines and other ply between Bangalore and other major areas of the country. From here one has to book for local transport to reach Mysore.
Rail : Mysore has its own railway station that is well connected with major cities of India. Options of fast trains, daily express as well as luxury and passenger trains are available.
Road : If you want to go to Mysore via road transport then it takes just 3 hours to reach from Bangalore. National as well as state highways can also be used to reach Mysore via roads.

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Mysore Palace is the most famous attractions of Mysore. Having museums that house exquisite carving and objects of art, this is the most important palace attraction in South India. Also witness the Mysore Dussehra here which is quite unique and interesting. Held in October, the major attraction of this festival lies in the display of the 200 kg gold throne of the royal Woodyer kings, inside the Mysore palace.

A little away from the main town of Mysore is the Brindaban garden that has beautiful musical fountains. Interestingly the garden has served as a backdrop for many Indian films. The dancing fountain should not be missed inside the garden.

A beautiful cathedral that reminds Mysore of the Christian influence is also worth watching. Build in the medieval architecture and gothic style, this church has the statue of St. Philomena, a third century saint from Greece.

Just 45 kms from Mysore are the temples of Somanathapura, that are famous for their intricate carvings. This is one of the best preserved temples of Hoysala dynasty.

This sandalwood city also offers various shopping options. Do not miss buying the Agarbattis or incensed sticks and other traditional handicrafts. The famous silk saree of Mysore cannot be missed either.

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