A trip to Mysore cannot be called complete if you don’t visit the famous Maharaja Palace. In fact, the palace should rank top in your itinerary. Situated in the heart of the city, this iconic structure has mesmerized people from all over the world and now boasts of over 6 million annual visitors.
Treat the animal lover in you, visit Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens at Mysore. Popularly known as Mysore zoo, this place makes it to the best of places to visit in Mysore. A number of school and college students visit this place periodically making it a popular educational trip location.
Located on the top of the peak this is not only a sacred place but also caters to the 360-degree view of the city and one of the famous places to visit in Mysore. Homing the deity of Goddess Durga, devotees from all over the map come here to seek her blessings.
Holding the meaning of a ‘fountain’- Karanji Lake is another place of extreme tourist attraction in this city of palaces. It is situated at the foot of Chamundi hills and was constructed by one of the kings of Mysore.
Once famous as a home to the kings of Mysore, Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery and Auditorium is housed within the Jaganmohan Palace which was established in 1861. It is one of the seven palaces in the city. Regarded as one of the most impeccable contributions of Wodeyar Kings, the palace, one of the most important Mysore tourist places, is now an art gallery as well as a function hall.
The second largest palace in Mysore, Lalitha Mahal Palace is situated near Chamundi Hills and has been in existence since 1921. Constructed to serve as the exclusive resting place of the then Viceroy of India, Lalitha Mahal was designed to imitate St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Set in the heart of the city, Kukkarahalli Lake is a J-shaped lake spread over 58 hectares and has a shoreline of 5 kilometres. Oozing with an awe-inspiring natural landscape, the lake is one of the best tourist places in Mysore to get away from the bustling city and catch a breath.
Formed by Cauvery River, Srirangapatna is a rocky island town which was once a fortified city that served as the capital during Tipu Sultan’s reign. The small town located approximately 18 kilometres from the center of Mysore is also an architectural masterpiece depicting the styles of Hoysala and Vijaynagara, so much so, that the monuments here have been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage.
Witness the serenity of nature, closest to your vicinity. Not far from Mysore, this celestial destination- Rangantittu will provide you a picture perfect outing destination. Take a break from your routine and relax at this mesmerising nature’s nest or be in the wild and experience the best in one stop.
With the fame of being one of the largest churches in India, this majestic church captivates everyone with its architectural excellence. It also boasts of being the second largest church in Asia. Dedicated to Saint Philomena, St. Philomena’s Church is not only known for its architectural beauty and religious significance; it stands as an exemplary of secular viewpoint and the religious harmony which existed in Mysore. This can be seen from the fact that this church was built by Mysore ruler for the European residents in the city.
Brindavan Gardens of Mysore is undeniably one of the best terrace gardens in the world. A must sightseeing place of a Mysore tour, Brindavan Garden mesmerizes everyone. It is located about 12km towards the north west of the Mysore city. Brindavan gardens with its illuminated fountains, botanical park, extensive varieties of plants and fulfilled boating, is place for everyone. Especially famous for its symmetric design and illuminate terrace gardens, Brindavan Gardens was built by Sir Mirza Ismail, the then diwan of Mysore state.
In 1906 The Late Maharaja Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar chose the foothills of the famous Chamundi Hills as the location for the Race and Golf courses. Located on 110 acres in the premises. The course was redesigned in 1996 by Pacific Coast Design Company Australia. It is an 18-hole par-70 course on the foothills of the Chamundi Hills. The browns have all been converted to greens and they are of good quality. The fairways are tight and improving every year. The course was started by Krishnarajaa Wadiyar, the Prince of Mysore.
Dasara exhibition is another major attraction during Mysore Dasara. Mysore Dasara exhibition is held in Dasara exhibition grounds, opposite to the Mysore Palace. Maharaja of Mysore Chamaraja Wodeyar X started Dasara exhibition in 1880 with the aim of introducing timely developments to the people of Mysore. Now Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA) is entrusted of holding the exhibition every year. A play area containing attractions like a Ferris wheel is also present to provide entertainment to the people.
The Mysore Race Club is the most picturesque in the country. Set up in the foothills of the imposing Chamundi Hills, the Mysore Race Club has a distinct identity of its own. It was started in 1891 by the king of Mysore Chamaraja Wadiyar. The original location of the Race Course was near the present J.C.College. In 1920 a new race course was built on a 152-acre land. The races were affiliated to the Royal Calcutta Turf Club. The present race course was leased from the Karnataka government in the year 1977.
With a theme of music, Melody World Wax Museum is one of the popular sightseeing places of the city. A heritage building of Mysore, the building of this museum is said to be more than 90 years old. It also boasts of having the largest collection of musical instruments in Karnataka. Varied kinds of musical instruments belonging to different parts of the country and ages have been displayed here. Life-size wax statues in native attires are a few of the major attractions at this museum.
Also known as Dariya Daulat Palace, the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan is one of the main tourist attractions near Mysore, in Srirangapatna. While Tipu Sultan was ruling Mysore, for a small span of time, he had shifted his capital to Srirangapatna. However, after Tipu Sultan’s death in 1799, the British shifted back the capital to Mysore and made King Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, the ruler of Mysore. When Tipu Sultan was reigning the region, he had built the Summer Palace in Srirangapatna, which is an island in the Kavery River.
The Keshava temple at Somanathapura is another magnificent Hoysala monument, perhaps the last. This is a breathtakingly beautiful Trikuta Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in three forms – Janardhana, Keshava and Venugopala. Unfortunately, the main Keshava idol is missing, and the Janardhana and Venugopala idols are damaged. Still this temple is worth a visit just to soak in the artistry and sheer talent of the sculptors who created this magnificent monument to the Divine with high star-shaped platform with three symmetrical sanctums
Talakadu is a desert-like town on the left bank of the Kaveri river. It once had over 30 temples, most of which now lay buried in sand. The extant group of temples, where the eastward flowing Kaveri river changes course as the sand on its banks spreads over a wide area, is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is an ancient town where remains of pre-historic settlements have been unearthed. A large part of Talakad is covered by sand dunes. There is also the idea that a fault running through the river Kaveri caused the sand dunes.
Situated on River Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is among the popular Tourist places in Karnataka. The island of Shivanasamudra divides Kaveri River into two waterfalls, one is Gaganachukki and the other is Bharachukki. Both are collectively called as Shivanasamudra Falls though Gaganachukki is most commonly represented as Shivanasamudra Falls. This place offers breathtaking sight in the peak monsoons. The way down to the waterfall is relatively safe as it fenced with railings and there are benches to sit on and relax.
Established as a tiger reserve in the year 1974, Bandipur National Park is well known for its breathtaking natural beauty. Replete with a wide range of beautiful wildlife and multitudes of teak and sandalwood trees, this is the first Biosphere Reserve of the country. Once a private hunting ground to the Maharaja of Mysore, this one travelled a bit through irony, only to be transformed into a tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Neighbors with the Nagarhole and the Wayanad Wildlife sanctuaries, and at a distance of a few minutes from the Mudumalai National Park
Shravanabelagola is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimage center in South India. This place is named after the pond in middle of the town. It is famous for the Bahubali Statue which is supposed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world with a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite. The Gomateswara temple is built on top of a hill at an altitude of 3347 feet, called as Vindhyagiri hill. About 620 steps provide access to this temple from bottom of the hill. The statue was carved during the period of Chamundaraya, a minister of the Ganga King Rajamalla between 982 and 983 CE.
Nagarahole is named after Nagarahole (Cobra river in the local language, Kannada), a winding river which runs eastwards through its centre. Situated in the two districts of Mysore and Kodagu in the state of Karnataka. It was originally constituted into a sanctuary in the year 1955 covering an area of 258 sq. kms and subsequently enlarged to include the adjoining areas of Mysore district and now extends over an area of 643.39 sq. kms which was given the status of a National Park in 1983. It is one of the last remaining and best protected habitats for endangered species like the Elephant and the Tiger.
A prominent hill station in Karnataka, lovingly called the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg is closely connected by road from Mysuru, Coorg is a heaven for tourists who want to escape the monotonous work routine. Local attractions are Abbey Falls, The place where the River Kaveri originates (Talakaveri), Nagarahole National Park, Namdroling Monastery, White Water Rafting, Burude Falls, Tadiandamol Peak, Iruppe Falls, Trekking, Bird Watching, Raja’s Seat, Dubare Forest, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuaries to name a few.a
Devaraja Urs Road & Sayyaji Rao Road are the most prominent shopping centers in Mysore. Bustling with traffic, tourists and residents equally, these most visited areas attract many who thirst to grab offers & promotions throughout the year. Sayyaji Rao Road is known for its retail shops and restaurants that date back to the ruler’s times. Devaraja Urs Road is more on to the modern day set up with a lot of national and international brands showcasing their products.