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Places to visit in Mysore

When you travel to Mysore, you will love to visit popular sightseeing tourist destination in Mysore and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Mysore, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Mysore to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Mysore things to do can include exploring Mysore attractions and visiting the Mysore points of interest

Attractions in mysore

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This monument is situated at the summit of the Chamundi Hills and is one of the most popular Hindu gods. This god was born to parents, Rambha and Princess Mahishi, who had been put under a curse and could change into a water buffalo. Mahishi had passed down that transformation power to her son, Mahishsura

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This is also known as the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens and it is situated near the palace. This zoo is one of the most popular and oldest in the country and is home to around 168 different species of animals.

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This Catholic church was built in 1926 in honor of St. Philomena of the Mysore Diocese. Saint Philomena was a Roman Catholic martyr as a Greek Princess and the remains of the young girl were located in the Saint Priscilla Catacombs in 1802

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This museum is home to crafts and folk art from all over the state and is one of the most popular places to visit in Mysore. There are over 6,500 different exhibits in the museum, including Yakshagana costumes, a crown from Hanuman and much much more.

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This park is located 3 kilometres away from the train station and is one of the favourite places to hang out for parents and their kids. The park is small, but includes a miniature sized zoo along with ducks and hens that roam the park.

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This garden took around 5 years to fully build and is one of the biggest sightseeing tourist attractions in Mysore, with almost 2 million visitors each year. The garden is full of art pieces and there is a huge fountain here that lights up at night.

 

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This temple is located around 13 kilometres away from the city and was dedicated to Shakti, one of the gods that was worshiped by the Maharaja's of Mysore. The original shrine is still intact, which was built during the 12th century and the tower built in the 17th.

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This park is also called Rajiv Gandhi National Park and is full of waterfalls, valleys, hills, streams and lush forests. Here you can see a huge variety of animals, including dhole, wild dogs, leopards, tigers, mongoose, flying squirrels and much more. There are also more than 270 different species of birds that call this park home.

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This is a research institute that also functions as a library and they have an extensive collection of rare manuscripts in many languages, including Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Sanskrit and even English. They currently have more than 33,000 different manuscripts written on palm leaves.

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Hailed as one of the top attractions in India and an edifice only second to Taj Mahal, Mysore Palace also known as Amba Vilas. Mysore Palace is a visual delight and an architectural marvel with awe-inspiring intricate beauty. 

Mysore palace has been converted into a museum that displays a wide array of exhibits showcasing the exuberant lifestyle of the dynasty. View the priceless jewelry, portraits and paintings, souvenirs, royal costumes, and other items including an original painting by the legendary artist Raja Ravi Varma and a painting illustrating the eight manifestations of the Goddess Shakti.

Best Time to Visit Mysore Palace

The best time to visit the Mysore Palace is during Dussehra festival. The 10 days of the festival is celebrated with a lot of grandeur. The palace comes alive with full glory during the time and the spectacular Royal Golden Throne that consists of the main seat, a staircase and a golden umbrella is also put on display and is a spectacular sight to behold.

How to Reach Mysore Palace

By Air 

The nearest Airport is the Bangalore airport. From the airport, Mysore Palace is about 181kms

By Train 

Mysore is well connected by railways from all the parts of the country. Trains 6210 Express, 6222 Kaveri Express, and the Shatabdi Express run between Mysore and Bangalore regularly. 

By Bus 

There are regular bus services from Bangalore to Mysore. Bangalore is well connected to major cities in the state as well as others such as Mumbai, Hyderabad etc.

Timings of Mysore Palace 

10:00 am – 5:30 pm, Daily

Light & Sound Show: 19:00 pm – 19:40 pm, Monday - Saturday

Mysore Palace Ticket

TICKET TYPE

PRICE

Adult

INR 50

Child (7-11 years)

INR 30

Sound and Light Show

Adult

INR 50

Child (7-11 years)

INR 30

Highlights of Mysore Palace

• One of the most fascinating features of the Mysore Palace is the Durbar Hall is its beautifully painted columns that create an illusion of endless corridors.

• The octagon-shaped Kalyana Mantapa, where royal weddings and functions were organized, features a prominent feature of 26 paintings that depict the Dasara procession and stained-glass ceiling that is decorated with marvelous peacock motifs and floral mandalas.

• Immerse in the history of the Wodeyar Dynasty and as you tour, marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the brilliant architecture reflecting the Indo Saracenic style.

• The palace consists of 12 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, and many others.

• On Sundays and Dussehra Celebrations, witness the striking sight of the palace which gets illuminated using 97,000 electric bulbs and is a riveting sight to behold.

• Watch the spectacular Sound and Light Show which is a weekly attraction at the Mysore Palace.

History of Mysore Palace 

Built in the 14th century, the magnificent intricately carved and embellished palace was originally constructed of solid wood, only to get burnt down in 1897, during the wedding of Jayalakshammanni, the eldest daughter of Chamaraja Wodeyar- the Maharaja of Mysore state. It was then rebuilt in 1912 at the cost of INR 42 lakhs. The present palace is erected in Indo-Saracenic style and is a tasteful mélange of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, neo-classic and Gothic styles of architecture within a three-storied stone structure. Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Gajalakshmi along with her elephants- the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck, and abundance. Designed by the well-known British architect of that era- Henry Irwin, Mysore palace is a treasure house of artwork and splendid carvings from around the world.

Mysore Palace is a priceless national treasure, pride of Mysore and a prominent tourist attraction luring millions of tourists throughout the year. Facing Chamunda Hills, it was the official residence of the famed Wodeyar dynasty that ruled from 1399 – 1950. The sprawling resplendent palace comprises of two exquisitely ornated durbar halls, finely chiseled solid silver door, pink marble ceilings, several gigantic courtyards, buildings and strikingly splendid gardens. The main attractions are the Doll’s Pavilion, Elephant Gate, Golden Throne, Portrait Gallery, Marriage Pavilion, Swan Centrepiece, Royal Furniture, Wrestling Courtyard and the 12 temples inside the palace.

Recommended For

Mysore Palace is recommended for all those who wish for a historical tour to admire the majesty and grandeur, discover the Royal history of the Wodeya Dynasty and the intriguing lives of its inhabitants.

Interesting Facts About Mysore Palace 

• Mysore Palace is visited by more than 6 million visitors annually.

• The original palace was built of wood in the 14th century.

• During the regime of Raja Wodeyar II in 1638 the original palace got damaged by a lightning strike. It was later repaired and further extended.

• The old palace was demolished and a new one was built in 1803 under the regime of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III.

• In 1897 during the wedding of Princess Jayalakshmanni, the palace got completely destroyed in a fire.

• Vani Vilas Sannidhana, Queen of the then ruler Chamaraja Wodeyar X commissioned Henry Irwin, a renowned architect of British India to design the modern Mysore palace which we see today.

• The opulent palace has a 145-ft five-storied tower

• The main doorway known as the Elephant Gate comprises of two mounted heads of elephants shot by the King in 1955 and a crest containing a double-headed eagle – the lion symbolizing power and royalty, and the elephant strength. All ceremonial processions began outside this gate amidst the sounds of marching bands, regiments of soldiers, garlands of flowers, decorated animals, heraldic flags and sacred umbrellas, the king riding in his gold howdah atop elephant would travel through this corridor and head on into town.

• The royal throne called the Chinnada Simhasana or Ratna Simahasana is always put on display during the Dussehra festival and comprises of an impressive artwork on its goldplate.

• Mysore Palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara Festival which is celebrated over 10 days, during which leading artists perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and other floats originate from the palace grounds.

Location of Mysore Palace

Sayyaji Rao Rd, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001

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One of the best ways to enjoy nature in this city is to go out and hike in the many different parks. However, you can also explore nature in some of the many parks in the city, which are perfect for a bit of light reading and relaxation.

Activities in mysore

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Here you can go around and visit the many different parks and wildlife refuges, which means there will be safaris. If you are lucky enough, you might even be able to book an elephant ride and see some of the parks from the back of an elephant.

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There are a few spas in the area, including Kumuda Spa and Massage where you can get a range of different treatments such as massages and facials. Also, another good activity for relaxing is to take a book and go and sit in one of the the many parks and just read and relax.

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This restaurant has live music, Indian of course and good food. They serve a range of dishes, including Continental, Indian and even Chinese. You can sit outside under the stars and enjoy your meal and live music.

 

Food in mysore

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This restaurant serves only the best vegetarian food in the city, which is typically served on a banana leaf. Here you can get a huge range of dishes, including dosa and even Indochinese food, which is a combination of Indian and Chinese food.

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If you want to try a traditional South Indian meal in the traditional way of eating, which means on a banana leaf, then you need to come here. You will only find this restaurant to be open during the afternoons, but the meal will be worth it.

 

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One of the most popular dishes in this city is their Mysore Pak, which is sweet item. The dish is made from gram flour that is mixed with ghee, sugar or jaggery and cooked. After it is cooked it is then cut into pieces and eaten. Also, some other traditional dishes are bisibele baath, raagi mudde, idli and sambar and much more.

Night Life in mysore

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This is one of the best places to visit in Mysore if you are looking for somewhere to dance. There is a variety of music that the DJ plays here, including pop and rock. You can also get a wide range of different drinks and cocktails here.

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There is a huge variety of different pubs in the city and all of them are a good place to sit down and have a drink. Some of the top ones include Pelican Pub, Lobo's, Opium Pub, Purple Haze and Keg Pub.

Shopping in mysore

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There aren't any flea markets in this city, but there are plenty of street markets that line the city. These small stores in the markets have a huge variety of different goods, which can be purchased for cheap. However, you might want to bargain with the vendors or they might overcharge you.

 

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This is the most popular mall in the city and it is where most of the department stores can be found. Some of the top stores in the mall include Shopper's Stop, Puma, Nike, Woodlands, and many more local shops.

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This street market can be found on Sayaji Road and is one of the most popular places to visit in Mysore. Here you can find a huge variety of local goods, including caskets and figurines made of Sandalwood, incense and many different types of toys and clothes.

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