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Karnataka >> Karnataka Cities >> Mysore


Mysore - Karnataka


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Location :

140 Kms from Bangalore, Karnataka

Prime Attractions:

Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill,Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo

Festivals :

Mysore Dassara,


Kannada, Hindi and English.

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Local Transport

Cycle Rickshaws, Tongas, City Bus Service.

Nearest Rail-head


Nearest Airport

Bangalore (140 Kms)

Road Distances

Bangalore (140 Kms)


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Located 770m above sea level and 140 Kms from Bangalore, Mysore, the imperial city, was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars. Also known as the city of Palaces, Mysore has never failed to mesmerise the tourists with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples.


Mysore is the erstwhile capital of Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore State. The Wodeyar family ruled Mysore since 14th century except for a short period of 40 years when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were the rulers. Today Mysore is one of the major cities of Karnataka. Mysore has emerged as a thriving market for exotic sandalwood & incense, the Mysore silk sarees and stone-carved sculptures.

Mysore is certainly a charming, old-fashioned and undaunting town dominated by the spectacular Maharaja's Palace, around which the boulevards of the city radiate. Nearby is the city centre with the colourful and frenetic Devaraja Market is inviting a stroll.


On the outskirts of Mysore, Srirangapatnam still harbours architectural gems from the days of the great Indian hero, Tipu Sultan, and the magnificent Hoysala temple of Somnathpur lies little more than an hour's drive away.


In the tenth century Mysore was known as "Mahishur", the town where the buffalo-demon Mahishashur was slain by the goddess Durga. The word Mysore expands to "Mahishasurana Ooru", which means the town of Mahishasura. It is believed that during one of the wars between devils and demons on the one hand and gods and goddesses on the other, the demon Mahishasur (Mahishur) overpowered the gods.

The goddess on seeing this, incarnated as the fireceful Chamundi or Chamundeshwari and consequently, Mahishasura was killed by Her atop the Chamundi Hill near Mysore. Ever since, the Mysore royal family has worshipped Chamundeshwari as the palace deity. Hills dedicated to Her stand at the eastern end of Mysore town to this day

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Visiting Places :

The Mysore Palace :
Once the residence of the Wodeyars, this structure is one of the largest of its kind in India. Built in 1912 in the Indo Saracenic style, this place excludes a grandeur that is unmatched. The Golden Royal Elephant Throne, the Durbar Hall, the Kalyana Mantap and the Gallery are the main attractions here.


Hotels Karnataka; Online Hotel Reservations of all hotels in KarnatakaThe Jaganmohan Palace :
           This is a converted art gallery which houses paintings that date back to the late 19th century. Paintings of Raja Ravi Verma of Travancore and the Russian Painter Svetoslav Roerich are on display. Paintings in the traditional Mysore Golden leaf style can also been seen here


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           Perched atop a hill is a 12th century temple of Chamundershwari. About 13 Kms from Mysore by road these is also a 1000 step walking track for all those young at heart to try. The gigantic 4.8 meter tall monolith of Nandi the sacred vehicle of Lord Shiva is a marvel to watch. Also close to the temple stands a gigantic statues of the demon Mahishasura.


Hotels Karnataka; Online Hotel Reservations of all hotels in KarnatakaBrindavan Gardens :
           Built in 1924, this is India's first irrigation dam. Sir.M.Vishweswariah, the engineer who designed and built this dam, has shown his acumen in converting a dam site into a beautiful garden with colourful fountains and ponds downstream. The dam is named after the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who financed this novel project. KRS represents a marvel of civil engineering achievement in pre-independence India and was among the first in the world to use automatic sluice gates. Locally available surkhi was used instad of importing cement from England (a scarce commodity in those days).

With his slogan of "Industrialize or Perish," Sir. M.V. as he is better known, this visionary engineer built not only the KRS dam but a whole chain of generating stations and industries to modernise the then princely Mysore state at the beginning of this century. Krishnaraja Sagar also has an engineering (hydraulics) research station to study water flow, control, and design of dams.


Brindavan gardens is located 12 Kms north-west of Mysore city and has rows-of colourful fountains. There is a boating pond to cross the dam from the south bank to the north bank and at the northern edge are the dancing fountains. Using advanced lighting techniques, the fountains are made to jump and dance to the tune of music. The dam is over 3 Kms long and is constructed at the junction of three rivers - Kaveri, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha. This site has been popularised over the years by the large number of Indian/foreign films shot at this location.


Hotel Ritz- K.R. Sagar is located in a pivotal postion overlooking the entire gardens. The northern bank also houses a well established horicultural nursery providing good variety of fruit/flowering plants. At 6.30 PM the garden lights up with fountains shining to different coloured lights. The variety of flower beds glow in the light adding to the charm. This spectacular sight makes Brindavan gardens unique and it lasts till 8 PM every day (longer during week-ends).


K.R. Sagar dam is well connected to Mysore by road and rail (Arasikere line) There are many tourist buses going directly to Bangalore. This dam has not only served as a model to several dams in India, but is also a testimony to prove the superiority of surkhi (a mixture of brick powder and lime) over cement, in dam construction. The best season to visit KRS is June-July when the monsoon brings in plenty of water which gushes through the sluice gates which open automatically after the maximum head of 124 Feet is reached. The beauty of KRS can be enjoyed all year long except during the summer months, when there might be little water in the lake.


Surrounding Places:

Srirangapatna :
           14 Kms north east on the Bangalore Mysore highway, this island fortress was once the capital of the warrior king Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. There are beautiful monuments that are well worth a visit.


Nanjangud :
           is 23 Kms of Mysore. This is an important pilgrim center and is famous for its Nanjundeshwara Temple ( from which the place derives its name). Built in the Dravidian style, the temple is one of its kind in Karnataka.


Bandipur :
           Situated 80 Kms from Mysore, the Bandipur national Park is one of the most beautiful wide life centers in the country. Rare species of birds and animals can be seen in their natural habitats. Bandipur has been chosen by the WWF for their project tiger scheme to protect tigers.


Ranganathittu :
           4 Kms from Srirangapatna and 18 Kms from Mysore is a bird sanctuary that houses exotic birds. Birds from as far away as Siberia and even North America make their home here. Crocodiles basking in the sun is also a familiar sight. The best season to visit is between January and March.



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