Mysore or Mysuru is one of South India’s most famous tourist destinations. It has a rich heritage and magnificent buildings and it is also a thriving center for the production of the finest silk, sandalwood, and incense. One of the best places to visit in Karnataka, Mysore is all about its heritage, culture and the best of architectural palaces and buildings. Located at a distance of 130 kms from Bangalore, Mysore is easily connected by rail and roads. Mysore offers a lot of sightseeing options. Explore a few of them.
Best time to visit Mysore
The best time to visit Mysore is between October to February when the weather is extremely pleasant.
Mysore sightseeing options
Mysore offers an array of sightseeing options. Here are a few of the sightseeing options in Mysore.
Mysore Palace: The fantastic Mysore Palace is a must visit in Mysore. It is located in the heart of the city and it has a rich heritage and intricately carved architecture. It was a former seat of the Wodeyar Maharajas. The palace houses two Darbar halls and has huge courtyards, gardens, and buildings. It is an impeccable combination of the Indo-Saracenic architecture and houses a number of rooms. The palace complex includes 12 Hindu temples. The entire palace was built over a period of 15 years and is currently the official residence of the rules of Mysore.[Read more]
Brindavan Gardens: Located at a distance of 19 kms from the Mysore city center, are the Brindavan Gardens. The garden is one of the most beautiful and famous gardens in India. The Brindavan Gardens are situated adjacent to the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam. The symmetric design and terrace gardens are a favorite among the visitors. The dancing fountains are an attraction in the gardens. The beautifully orchestrated show with colourful lights and music and water can be seen after the sunset. [Read more]
Chamundi Hills: The Chamundi Hills is located in the outskirts of Mysore. Considered as one of the most sacred hills of India, the Chamundeshwari Temple is located atop the hills. The temple was patronized for centuries by the rulers of Mysore, the goddess Chmundeshwari is seated inside the temple. From the top of the hills, the Mysore Palace, and various other temples are visible. To reach the top of the hills, there is a long stone stairway comprising of 1008 steps. [Read more]
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery: Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery is considered one of the best art galleries in South India. The three storied art gallery has an excellent collection of paintings and artifacts which once belonged to the rulers of Mysore. Famous painters whose works are a part of the gallery include Russian painter Nikolav Roerich, Colton from Italy and Sterling of England, Jiladin Ville from Germant and many more. The works of Indian artists are also displayed in the gallery, these include, Raja Rama Varma, Ishwardas, M. Verappa, Haldenkar, Subbukrishna and Mysore K. Venkatappa. The gallery also has a huge collection of antique coins, sculptures, musical instruments, brass ware, furniture, ivory and Mysore gold leaf paintings. [
The works of Indian artists are also displayed in the gallery, these include, Raja Rama Varma, Ishwardas, M. Verappa, Haldenkar, Subbukrishna and Mysore K. Venkatappa. The gallery also has a huge collection of antique coins, sculptures, musical instruments, brass ware, furniture, ivory and Mysore gold leaf paintings. [Read more]
Mysore Zoo: Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country and unlike many other zoos, Mysore Zoo has much higher standards. The official name of the Zoo is Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. The highlight of the zoo is white tigers, lowland gorillas and rhinos. It is also well known for the variety of plants and trees. The zoo is a popular tourist attraction and is located near the Mysore Palace. [Read more]
Rail Museum: The rail museum in Mysore is the second rail museum in the Country after Delhi. The museum is known for being the only place in India that displays vintage locomotives. Located on the Krishnaraja Sagar Road in Mysore, the museum also houses royal carriages belonging to the former rulers of Mysore. There is a huge collection of photographs, painting, signaling signs and various items that portray the history of Indian railways. The highlight of the museum is the battery operated toy train that offers a short ride for children.[Read more]
Sightseeing and activities in and around Mysore
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- Mysore Dasara Walking Tour
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