Mysore or Mahishasur, as it was called in ancient times is a place of royal grandeur and grand glory. Mysore, once the capital city of the Wodeyars, the princely rulers of the estate in olden times has always enchanted its admirers with its serenity and wonderful charm, rich and royal cultural heritage and traditions dating back to a few centuries, magnificent and lavish palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. The place, an important city of the Indian state of Karnataka, is an ideal fusion of ancient and rich traditions, cultural extravaganza and modernity and advancement and has a capacity to touch the cord of one and all who visit this beautiful place.

Tourist Places in Mysore

Mysore Palace is one of the most important sights in Mysore and is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and artifacts from all over the world. The majestic Durbar Hall, the magnificent jewel studded golden throne of the Wodeyars will leave you spell bound with its grandeur. Chamundi Hills offers a panoramic view of Mysore's lakes, parks and palaces and is a must visit. Brindavan Gardens are spread over an area of around 150 acres and are a treat to watch. St. Philomena's Church is a beautiful Cathedral, reminiscent of medieval architectural style and is one of the largest churches in the country. Mysore Zoo is famous for its flora and fauna and exotic species which are housed in lush, green surroundings. Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, which has emerged as one of finest zoos in the country to breed a wide range of animals in captivity.

Tourist Places Around Mysore

Daria Daulat Bagh which was the palace of Tipu Sultan is now a national monument housing various mementos and artifacts. Mysore Fort is another tourist spot. Himvad Gopalaswamy Hills is a popular hill resort and a trekker's delight as well. Melkote situated 50 Kms. north of Mysore, is a sacred pilgrim centre, known for its Vairamundi festival in March-April. Talakad 48 Kms from Mysore is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery and is completely buried beneath sand dunes. Only the Dravidian style Vaidyeshwara temple is visible above the ground. Nagarhole National Park 93 kms.from Mysore, is a National Park and is an abode for a rich variety of wildlife such as elephants, antelopes and leopards. B.R. Hills which is a picturesque hill range, is 120 kms. from Mysore and is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna.

Where to Stay in Mysore

Due to tourist attraction, Mysore has some of the most beautiful hotels and resorts suiting all budgets. One can do an advance booking or get it done after reaching there. However during festivals, it is advisable to do the booking in advance.

Specialties of Mysore

Mysore is famous for carved sandalwood artifacts, pure silk sarees and incense. You have the option of shopping at the world famous Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium or in the little back streets and by lanes that offer exciting bargains and value for money items.

How to Reach Mysore

Mysore is very well connected by air, road and rail network. Road journey is a memorable one and Bangalore, Madras, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Ooty, Cannanore, Calicut and Panaji connect to the city by road.