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Mysore

The heritage city of Mysore is bedecked with all the charms that make this destination an important tourist hub. Mysore, the capital city of the Woodeyar kings, as been an important center of culture, religion and arts. The city highlights the Mysore Palace as its most sought after attraction. Also the Brindavan garden is a popular tourist site amongst the tourists.

The city was once the royal seat of Tipu Sultan and boasts of various waterfalls, gardens and hills as its attraction. Located near Bangalore, the city has various art galleries that have vast collection of paintings and artifacts. Shopping for articles carved out of Sandalwood is an indispensible activity here.

Mysore also has many temples and religious places that attract tourists from all over the world. The best time to visit Mysore is during the months of October, when the much awaited Dussehra festival is celebrated with pomp and show.

When To Go

Mysore can be visited throughout the year but the best time to visit is from September to March.
  • Winters (October to February) has cool atmosphere with minimum temperature touching up to 10°C, and are very pleasant. Perfect time for Mysore tourism.
  • Summers (March to May) has hot weather with recorded maximum mercury level of 39°C, and minimum of 22°C. There will be a wide variation in temperature between days and nights in summers.
  • Monsoons( June to September) in Mysore has medium to heavy rainfalls.
On an average summer months from March to May has moderate warm weather which makes it possible for sightseeing and other tourist related activities. Southwest monsoons bring heavy rainfall in monsoon months. Rain lovers can always book tour packages for Mysore to enjoy the serene sites of the places. October to February is perfect for exploring the glorious city of Mysore and its outskirts.

Major festivals celebrated in Mysore are Sankranti (Pongal) in January, Holi during February-March, Deepavali during October and Vijaya Dashami during October. All these religious festivals are celebrated with much enthusiasm and gaiety. Many fairs are organized during these period and the places are illuminated with colored lights.

One of the most popular festivals in India is Mysore Dusshera celebrated during October-November. This festival lasts for 10 days with first nine days for Navaratri celebrations and tenth day for big attractive processions. The processions are very attractive with decorated majestic elephants, decorated horses, soldiers, folk dancers, nobles, and courtiers.

The procession is led by an elephant that carries the idol of goddess Chamundeswari seated on a golden throne. During this renowned festival period the whole Mysore is illuminated with colorful lights and many events held during the season. This is highly worth to witness to remember all through the lifetime.

History

Mysore, the second largest city in Karnataka, has a rich and cultural history associated with it. Mysore, believed to have come from the earlier name ‘Mahishuru’ has been associated with the Puranic stories of the Devi Bhagat. This erstwhile capital of the Mysore kings was ruled by the demon king Mahishasura since its inception.

Till the advent of 15th century, the region of the Mysore city was known as Puragera and it was this time that the magnificent Mahishuru fort was constructed by King Chamraja Woodeyar III. During the rule of the Vijayanagr Kings, The city served as a feudatory of the Mysore kings and later was taken over by the Raja Woodeyar, who made Mysore his capital. The Wodeyar dynasty was patrons of art and culture. They served as a vassal to the Vijayanagara Empire. Till 1947, the Mysore city was the capital of the Wodeyars.

It was during the time of King Narasraja Woodeyar, in the year 1565, that Mysore became an independent state. The rule of Mysore was in the hand of the woodeyar kings till the death of Tipu Sultan in 1799. The city was then distributed among the allies of the British. The British too are known to have contributed much architectural splendour to Mysore.

During the reign of the British Empire, Mysore had lost the status of the administrative center. But in the year 1881, when the British moved their capital to Bangalore, Mysore regained its lost impetus.

Mysore was ruled by the Woodeyar kings until the independence of India. Inspite of the fact that all the kingship titles were absolved after independence, the then ruling Jayachamrajendra Woodeyar was allowed to retain his title and worked as the Rajpramukh of the state till his death in 1974.

Travel within city

Mysore is a city of historic interest and there many travel option that a person can choose from, to reach the places of interest. Some of the most popular options are Tongas or horse drawn carriages, buses and auto rickshaws. Mysore does not have an international airport and the nearest airport is at Bangalore. Mysore has a new airport which is used by chartered flights. The railway station is also well connected to the city by auto rickshaws and taxis. Auto rickshaws are available from outside the airport and they connect most partsof the city. There are white taxis also available outside the railway station. These are private taxis and they are charge Rs 200 to the city.

Tonga


Tongas are the most popular method of travel for locals around the city. They are available extensively and can be hailed off the road. However they are useful only for short distances and are not very comfortable. They are an extremely cheap mode of transports and prices are negotiable.

Auto Rickshaw


Auto rickshaws are another popular mode of transport as they are affordable and can get around the traffic quickly. Travelers are required to bargain as most of the meters do not work. They charge special night rates and travelers should be aware of this.
Attractions

Brindavan Gardens

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Brindavan Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in Mysore and a center of tourist attraction. This garden was constructed during the period of Krishnaraja Wodeyar. It is built across the Cauvery river and below the Krishnarajasagar dam.

The garden is decorated with huge lawns and various kaleidoscopical courses of flowers. The main attractive feature of the garden is the ‘dancing fountain’.
Timings: 6.00 am to 8.00 pm daily Music Fountain Show: 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm (weekdays days), 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm (Sat and Sun).  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 15 (Adult), Rs 5 (Children between 5 to 10 yrs),  

Chamundeswari Temple

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The Chamundeswari Temple is situated on a hill in the neighborhood of Mysore. Krishnaraja III during the latter part of the 18th century built this temple tower. He gifted the Nakshatramalika jewel which has Sanskrit poesies engraved on it.

The temple is adorned with various epitomes of Nandi. The colossal Nandi is 15 feet wide and 24 feet long and was made during the reign of Dodda Devaraja. It also has a seven floor ‘gopuram’. The idol of the Goddess is made of gold and the entrance with shinning silver. The dumbfounding construction appeals to the visitors’ aesthetic senses.
Timings: Darshan timings - 7.30 am to 2 pm, 3.30 pm to 6 pm, 7.30 pm to 9 pm.  Charges: Free, Special darshan - Rs. 100  

Mysore Palace

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One of the most magnificent buildings located in the heart of the city is the Mysore Palace. Spacious halls called Mantaps can be seen in the Palace. Paintings and architectural beauty décor the hall. The palace is a fantabulous assemblage of Indo-Saracen architecture.

The palace gives a clean evidence that a royal structure existed during the period of Yaduraya and Krishnaraya when they came to Mysore in 1399 AD.

The palace is open to visitors every day from 10 am to 5.30 pm. The palace is illuminated from 7 pm to 7.45 pm on Sundays including public holidays and also during all the ten days of the Dussehra celebrations.
Contact: 00-91-821-2421050  Timings: 10.00 am - 5.30 pm daily (Closed during Dussera) Light illumination - 7 pm to 7.45 pm (Every Sunday and all public holidays). Sound & Light Program - 7 pm to 8 pm (All days expect Sundays & Govt. Holidays).  Charges: Adults - Rs 40(Indians), Rs 25 (Children between 10 to 18 yrs), Rs 200 (Foreigners) (Photography prohibited inside the palace, must be left at the gate)  

St. Philomena's Church

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This church was built to honor St Philomena and thus it got its name. The Maharaja of Mysore laid the foundation stone for the church in the year 1933. The followed the Neo Gothic style of architecture. The Cologne Cathedral was the inspiration of the Church.

The church was planned by Daly a Frenchman. The congregation hall is called the nave. The two steeples of the church are 53 meters in height. The main hall can hold a capacity of 800 people. The windows depict the birth of Christ and the important events in his life.
Timings: Daily 5 am to 6 pm  Charges: Free  

Jaganmohan Palace & Art Gallery

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150 years old Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore is one of the oldest buildings. The palace is a beautiful and ornamental building which was built by the Kings of Mysore. Before the main Mysore palace was built, the Jaganmohan palace was the house of the royal family. The palace is witness to many cultural activities and conferences as it is located in the heart of the city.

Two huge wooden doors with carvings of the Dashavatharas of Lord Vishnu can be seen in the palace. The main structure has three stories which displays the paintings and artifacts of the Kings of Mysore.
Timings: Open 8 am - 5 pm  

Kabini River

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The river of Kabini lies in the Nanjangud district from Mysore. The river also has other names like Kabani and Kapila. Located near to the town of H D Kote, it serves as a huge Kabini Reservior. It is 80 km away from Mysore which also comprises of the south-eastern part of Nagarole National Park. Kabini is also a popular wildlife destination of Karnataka.

The wildlife sanctuary which is located on the banks of Kabini River presents a large eccentric lake surrounded by verdant landscape. The forest covers over 55 acres of forestland and water bodies. Tourists can get a glimpse of herd of elephants.

Kabini is a perfect place where tourists can pitch their camp and also plan out a trek to Kumara Parvatha or Tadiyadamol close by. The backwaters of Kabini are an ideal camping site allowing tourists to let down their hair and enjoy the virgin surroundings.

Lord Srikanteswara Temple

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Srikanteshwara Temple in Nanjangud near Mysore is a holy temple devoted to Lord Shiva and has been constructed in the Dravidian style. This temple is also synonym as Nanjundeshwara temple, and this quaint town claims to have been the residence of Lord Shiva since immemorial times.

The temple that stands today is known to have been constructed during the reign of Hoysala king. The original temple is believed to be constructed during the Ganga period that lasted from 325 to 1000 century. Tipu Sultan and the Woodeyar kings are said to have been deeply associated with this temple. According to historical data, it is said that Tipu Sultan’s favorite elephant was bestowed with eyesight here, and since then the reigning deity of the temple was also called as Hakim Nanjundeswara.

Devotees still believe the temple to have healing properties, and this is one reason, the temple is flocked by believers from all over the world. Besides the main temple various shrines like - Narayana with consorts, Chandikeswara, Parvathi, Natya Ganapath are also worth visiting.

While in Srikanteshwara temple, do not miss seeing the 125 ft tall Gopura or tower which is popular for its decoration, 7 gold kalash and various images.

The best time to visit the temple is during the festivals of Rathutsava (car festival). This festival is called Dodda Jathre and is held twice in a year. During this festival idols of the five gods - Lord Srikanteshwara, Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ganapathi, Lord Subramanya and Lord Chandikeshwara are placed in separate chariots and an elaborate Puju is performed. Thousands of devotees participate in this gala festival.

The timings to visit the temple are from 6.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m & 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m, during the weekdays and from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. on Sunday. This pilgrim destination is located 25 kms from Mysore and is 163 kms from Bangalore.

Mysore Zoo (Jayachamarajendra Zoo)

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One of the main tourist attraction is the Mysore Zoo. The zoo has an excellent collection of animals, a beautiful outdoor stage and a colorful setting with the Chamundi Hills as its background and a contrived lake on its premises. It was renamed as Sri Chamarajendra zoo after the founder of the zoo.

After India attained freedom, the Zoo was presented by the then Maharaja to the Department of Parks and Gardens of the Mysore State Government. The Maharaja in his travel abroad collected rare animals from different countries and brought them to the zoo's collection.
Contact: 0821 - 2440752, 2520302  Timings: 8.30 am - 5.30 pm (Closed on Tuesday)  Charges: Rs 50 for Adults, Rs 20 for Children (5-12 yrs). On weekend and holidays Rs 60 for Adults, Rs 30 for Children (5-12)  

Nanjangud

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Nanjanagudu is a temple town on the banks of Kapila River. It is known as the southern Kashi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva whose other name is Nanjundeshwara which means God who drank poison.

The temple seems to be built during the Ganga period and was later renovated by the Hoysala kings. The Wodeyar kings were patrons to many renovation of the temple.

The temple is very spacious and includes minor shrines of Narayana with associates, Chandikeswara, Parvathi, Natya Ganapathi and other gods and goddess.

The temple is open from 6 am to 1.30 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm on all week days and from 6 am to 10 pm on Sundays.

Somnathpur

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Somnathpur is a tiny village which is situated in close to the Karnataka-Kerala border. The hamlet is located on the banks of river Cauvery and is named after its founder Somnath the chief commander of the Hoysala army.

Somnathpur is a town where one can interact with nature and is an ideal picnic spot with family. The temple of Somnathpur is a typical example for Hoysala architecture. The stone carving which is inside the temple is an awesome example of stone carving.

For tourists there is no accommodation facility at Somnathpur so it is advisable to halt in Mysore and then make a trip to Somnathpur.

Talakad

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Amidst the water and sand of the Cauvery river lays one of Karnataka’s most important archeological site – Talakad. The fact that almost 30 temples of the area are now buried in sand, makes this place an interesting place to visit.

The main attraction at Talakad is the Vaideshyara temple. The entire area is covered with sand and only the temple is visible above the ground. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and boasts of Dravidian style of architecture.

Some of the main sites this place is famous for are the Panchalingams, which comprises Mallikarjuna, Saikateshwara or Maraleshwara, Vasukishwara or Pataleshwara, Arkeshwara and Vaideshyara. Spend some time at the Pataleshwara Shivalinga, as people claim that the temple changes its colour from red in the morning to black in the afternoon and finally white at night.

This historical site has many folklore associated with its inception. A very interesting curse is also associated with this sand site. It is said that Alamelamma, a pious lady, had cursed the kings of Woodeyar dynasty, the reason for which is not known.

The best time to visit Talakad is during the Panchalinga Darshana, which is held once in 12 years. This event takes place in the month of November and lasts for 10 days. This mahotsav begins from 4:30 in the morning and continues till 11 in the night. Various 1 day tour packages are offered by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC),for the pilgrims and tourists alike during the celebration of this event.

Talakd is located at a distance of 45 kms from Mysore and 185 kms from Bangalore. It can be easily accesses via roads. The nearest railway station is at Mysore.

Trinesvaraswamy Temple

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The holy site of Trinesvaraswamy Temple in Mysore overlooks the Mysore Palace and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legend has it that Lord Shiva instructed a sage to build the holy Lingam there. The Lingam represents the three eyed Shiva. The south entrance of the temple also houses a metallic statue of the god.

Build in the Dravidian style, this temple also possesses unique idols of Virabhadra and Dakshinamurthy. Historical data confirm that this temple was initially located on the banks of Devarya Sagar but as the fort was expanded during the reign of Kanthirava Narasaraja Wodeyar (1638-1659), it later became part of the fort.

Some of the main highlights of the temple are the main entrance which used to have a towering Gopura, which was demolished during the 18th century. The statues of Kumara, Surya, Kshetrapala and Dakshinmurty are also worth watching.

If possible try to visit this temple during the Shivratri night, when a special puja is organized which goes on from late night till early morning.

Datta Peetham

  
Datta Peetham unfolded in a 35 acre area is a religious and spiritual abode of Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda. Sri Ganapati Sachchindananda is one of the worshiped religious gurus of Mysore. He follows an unparalleled conception to treat patients with serious ailments. He does it through the symmetrical blend of music and meditation.

The Cosmopolitan Prayer Hall appeals to devotees from all religions. An advanced way to realize the spiritual vigor and to be close to the Supreme Being, this ashram is one of the important travel plans of the Mysore tourist. The tranquility and calm surrounding of Datta Peetham gives an intense sense of satisfaction and pleasure.

Folklore Museum

  
Situated in the distinguished Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, the Folklore Museum is a telling depository of folk culture. There are about 6500 folklore articles displayed. The museum is hailed as one of the most prominent of its kind in Asia. The museum is supposed to be an important tourist spot.

This museum was founded in the year 1968 and houses around 7,000 unequalled folklore displays from all over the city. It also displays South Indian playthings, marionettes and house hold objects.

The museum can be visited between 10 am to 5 pm from Monday through Saturday. It is closed on all Sundays and second Saturday of the month.
Timings: Closed on second Saturday & every Sunday  

GRS Fantasy Park

  
The GRS Fantasy Park is the only amusement and water park in Mysore. It is located in the outskirts of city of Mysore at Metagalli enroute to Brindavan Gardens. The park is situated in an area of 30 acres.

Apart from water games and amusement rides, interactive water based games for the kids are also one of the important attractions of the fantasy park. The park has baffling things to extend for the slackening visitors and also for the full of energy and enthusiasm visitors.

The visiting hours of the park are between 8.30 am to 6.30 pm.
Timings: Open 10.30 am - 6 pm  Charges: Rs 300/-  

Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery

  
A must see place while visiting Mysore is the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. Sited within the Jaganmohan Palace, Jayachamarajendra art gallery is considered as one of the best art galleries in South India. The interiors of the art gallery depict the royal past. The gallery displays exclusive collection of paintings and artifacts that were once possessed by Wodeyars of Mysore.

The paintings and murals on the ground floor of the gallery portray the genealogy of kings and princes of Mysore. The first floor of the gallery displays paintings of various artists from over the world. The gallery also possesses paintings of famous artist Raja Ravi Verma. In the second floor, there is a fantabulous collection of musical instruments of Maharajas especially Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.

Karanji Kere Lake

  
A water body amid lush green environment is the Karanji Kere Lake in the heart of the city of Mysore. The surroundings of the lake are used by the people for jogging and the lake is used as a place to immerse the idols of Ganesha after the festival.

At present this lake houses many breeds of birds. Various species of wild fowls are also preserved in addition to the peacock. The great Indian hornbill wild hens and ducks are also seen here. A pelican swimming meditatively on the calm waters of the lake can be sighted from a distance.
Timings: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm  Charges: Entry - Rs 20, Camera - Rs 10, Video - Rs 25  

Kesava Temple

  
Kesava Temple is one of the major tourist attractions in Mysore. The temple is situated on Somnathpur, a village near Mysore and is the last major temple in Hoysala dynasty. Constructed in 1268 by the Hoysala general Somanatha in Hoysala style, Kesava Temple is well known for its elaborate and intricate structures.

The temple has three shrines and three sanctrums along with a three intricately carved pinnacles and a common Navranga. The Lord Janardhana’s idol lies in the northern sanctum while the southern sanctum has the idol of Lord Venugopala. The main hall of the Kesava Temple has elaborately turned pillars as well as ceiling panels. This beautifully structured temple is worth visiting in Mysore.
Timings: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm  Charges: Rs 5  

Krishna Raja Sagara Dam

  
Krishnaraja Sagara Dam is one of the prominent tourist spots in Mysore. This magnificent dam lies 12 kilometers away from Mysore. Built in 1932 by renowned architect Sri.M.Vishweshwaraiah, the dam serves as a vast reservoir. There is a boating pond to cross the dam from the north to the south bank.

The northern side of the dam is beautifully decorated with colorful dancing fountains, making every visitor to dance and jump in its vibrant music. The famous Brindavan Gardens that is located below the dam makes it’s a well known picnic spot and tourist attraction. Visitors are sure to enjoy the cheerful fountain and sparkling lights in the evenings.

Kukkaranahalli Lake

  
Set in the heart of the city, Kukkaranahalli Lake is located amidst the Manasgangotri (University of Mysore), the Kalamandir (Rangyana) and the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) campus.

With a catchment area of 414 square kilometers, the lake boasts of being half partial and fosters various kinds of aquatic habitat. Bird sighting is another activity which tourists can indulge into. The lake encompasses an area of 3.5 kms and many people enjoy walking around it and soaking the untouched beauty of the lake.

Do not miss enjoying the view of the Chamunda hills from the north western part of the lake. The lake is fused with the flora attraction as well. One can see a variety of wild flowers. At one end of the lake you can find a well maintained garden as well.

The lake can be easily accessed from the Mysore railway station, which is just 3 kms away.

Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple

  
One of the temples of tourist attractions in Mysore is Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple. Being one of the oldest temples in Mysore along with its archeological significance, this temple is visited by many people from all over India. The temple was renovated by the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyor III and the statue of the respected King can also been seen within the temple.

Dedicated to Nambinarayan, a form of Lord Vishnu, the main image of worshipped deity is kept in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and cell beside the deity is a magnificent idol of Laxmi. A beautiful statue of Lord Vishnu is also there in the temple. Behind the main temple is the wonderfully constructed Mandapa, which was built by Kantiva Narasaraja Wodeyor during the 17th century.

Lingabudi Lake

  
Lingabudi Lake is one of the most apt places to enjoy some solitude bliss in Mysore. Located at Srirampura, at a distance of 8 kms from the centre of the Mysore city, this is like a dream place for nature lovers. Besides the tourists, this scenic lake also invites a lot of migratory birds and is home to around 250 species of birds.

This lake qualifies to be a bio diversity lake which allows the visitors to enjoy walking on the sidewalks of the lake. Besides, the beautifully laden garden just next to the lake ia also another attraction. The lake is open for tourists from 6 in the morning till 6 in the evening.

Reaching the lake is a very easy task and many buses are available for Lingabudi Lake from the city bus center.

Mahabaleshwar Temple

  
The ancient Mahabaleshwar Temple in Chamundi Hills is one place to see while visiting Mysore. The Ganga Kings constructed this temple in 8th century AD and later on it was renovated by Hoysala Kings. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the idol possessed by the temple is believed to be of Chola period, thus very popular during Ganga, Chola and Hoysala period.

The architecture of the temple is a blend of Hoysala and Ganga architecture with its main deity in the form of Shiv Linga, having Shiva’s face on it. On the left side of the Shiv Linga is the idol of Parvati and Nandi’s idol being located in front of the main shrine of Mahabaleshwar. The temple also possesses the images of Sapta Mata (seven mothers), Ganesha, another Ganesha, and Nataraj along with Sivakami. Such a well structured temple is never to be missed while visiting Chamundi hills in Mysore.

National Museum on Natural History

  
The museum on the banks of the Karanji Lake with Chamundi hills as its background is known as the National Museum on Natural History. The museum is dedicated to nature and the natural world.

It provides information of fauna and flora of South India, ecological interrelationships. Providing students biological studies, and to develop environment awareness among the people are the main objectives of the museum.

The museum has showcase art gallery which deals with Biological Diversity, Evolution of man kind, Ecology and preservation and growth of Man and the Environment.

No admission fee is charged from the visitors.

Oriental Research Institute

  
The Oriental Research Institute is an honored establishment which has a rich and worthful accumulation of Sanskrit holographs. It is the depository of more than 50,000 manuscripts. The Institution was founded in 1891 by the then Government of the Maharaja of Mysore. Gathering, changing, publishing and maintaining old Sanskrit and Kannada holographs was the objective of the Research Institute.

The institute started as a library under the Department of Education which was later on taken over by the Mysore University. The institute changed its name to Oriental Research Institute in the year 1943.

The Institute functions from 8 am to 8 pm on all working days and from 10 am to 5.30 pm on all holidays.

Planet X

  
The largest family entertainment center in South India and the first such center of Mysore is the Planet X.

It is cuddled at the foot of the beautiful Chamundi Hills and is 5 km away from the Mysore Zoo. It is set over an area of 6 acres. This center has bowling alleys and carting facility. Snooker, billiards with a mini golf course also forms a part of the entertainment center. It also has video games. Besides this, a coffee shop is also located in the center.

The entertainment center is open from 4 pm to 11 pm from Monday through Saturday and from 12 pm to 11 pm on Sundays.
Timings: Open 4 - 11 pm  

Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple

  
The city of Mysore offers many places of tourist attractions and Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple being one of them. Built during 1825-1829 by the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, the temple features an enclosure or Prakaram and Navaranga or the central pillared hall. It is believed that Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore is the descendents of Yadu Vashna, thus the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, founder of Yadu dynasty.

The temple houses more than 40 bronze statues of deities and saints which were presented by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. Within the temple there is a small shrine dedicated to sage Atri, the gotra-rishi of the Wodeyar dynasty. The image of the main deity, Lord Krishna in the sanctum sanctorum is made of chlorite schist.

One can always visit Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple during Krishna Janmashtami celebration as it is very well known and during this celebration a religious procession is held from this temple. Devotees and visitors can always participate in this procession.

Rail Museum

  
In the year 1979, the Rail Museum was set up in Mysore. The museum is located at Krishnaraja Sagar Road. The development of railways is depicted in the Chamundi Gallery of the museum. The Sri Ranga marquee has two royal coaches which belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore.

The museum also has on display the first steam engine built in India. A battery operated toy train which takes the visitors round the museum grounds. Children are more attracted towards the toy train.

The museum is open to the public on all days other than Monday from 10 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 5 pm. A small amount of fee is charged as entrance fee. Fee is also charged for cameras.

Shopping

  
Shopping in Mysore would be a real experience. The warmhearted people and the conventional handloom varieties and the different handicrafts are food for the eye.

Mysore silk saris are hot favorites among Indian women. Silk saris come in vivacious colors and beautiful designs and purchasing one or two saris is traditional among the tourists of Mysore. Numerous sole private shops are scattered around the Devaraja Market that borders the principal Sayyaji Rao road. Government Silk Weaving Factory and the Government Sandal Oil Factory have their retail shops in the city markets.

Shweta Varahaswamy Temple

  
Located close to the southern portion of the Mysore Fort, Shweta Varahaswamy Temple is one among the ancient temples in Mysore city. It is built in Hoysala architectural style. One will always admire the wonderful intricate carvings on its doorways, pillars and towers. On the walls of the Navaranga are some of the amazing murals and paintings. It depicts the incidents from epics - Bhagwat Gita, Ramayana and the life of Lord Krishna.

The temple also possesses some contributions from Wodeyor Kings; among them are the two images of Srivaishnava Acharya - Jiyar and Desikar, with valuable inscriptions on them. The walls of the Shweta Varahaswamy Temple are beautifully carved with magnificent murals, making it one of the greatest Mysore Temples.

Wax Museum

  

Excursions

Srirangapatna
Srirangapatna is an egg-shaped island formed by the two subdivisions of river Cauvery. It is located in the district of Mandya. The whole of the town is surrounded by the River Kaveri and gives a look of an island. The town has historic, cultural and religious importance. History says that Lord Buddha visited and remained on one of the islands near Srirangapatnam.

The town got its name from the celebrated Ranganathaswamy temple. This temple dominates the town which is the reason that Srirangapattana is one of the most important Vaishnava centers of South India. In the 9th century the temple was built by the rulers of the Ganga dynasty.

The existence of the Kaveri river is regarded auspicious. The Paschima Vaahini division of the Kaveri at Srirangapattana is considered to be sanctified. It is here that the pious come from far and wide to submerge the ashes of the dead soul and perform obeisance to their antecedents in these waters.

Srirangapatna was the capital of Hyder Ali & his son Tipu Sultan. In the 18th century the Marathas assaulted Srirangapatna. Hyder pulled back the Marathas and thus saved the Kingdom. But in the year 1799 Tipu triggered a furious combat against the British and he fell down courageously thus supporting his capital.

A fort was built at Srirangapatna by a feudal lord in 1537 and it had four main entering. It had a dual wall defense arrangement. The architectural mold of the fort is Indo-Islamic with Persian inscription on the gateway which shows the date of construction.

Gumbaz

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Gumbaz is the burial chamber of Tipu Sultan, his father Haider Ali and mother Fatima Begum. It is built on a lifted platform and is circumvented by various other tombs of his relatives and nobles.

The Gumbaz has magnificent ebony doors decorated with ivory which was presented by Lord Dalhousie. The interior walls are covered with lacquer Tiger stripes which is Tipu's favourite. A corridor lined by pillars of black amphibole walls Gumbaz.

Masjid-e-aksa a mosque is situated next to the Gumbaz. The Gumbaz is surrounded by a beautiful gardens adds to its beauty.

Srirangapatnam Fort

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Srirangapatna fort, also called as Tipu’s palace is one of the most popular monuments in India. The architecture of the palace is a mix of Indo-Islamic style and the huge Persian inscription on the entrance gate embodies the date on which the fort was constructed, i.e 1537. This fort has ‘Lal Mahal’ which was the then residence of the most audacious king of Mysore, Tipu Sultan.

The fort was built in a double wall defense system and has four entrances, namely – Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore & Water and Elephant gates. The two dungeons located at the lower chambers of the fort are a must visit. These dungeons were used to detain the British soldiers who were arrested. Srirangapatna Fort also houses a mosque and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, that is famous for its gopuram and thick fort-like walls.

Various paintings like ‘The storming of Seringapattam’ by Sir Robert Ker can be found on the walls. The paintings depicting the glorious victory of Tipu Sultan over British, also adorn the walls. Do not miss to see the Chaturvimsati pillars that bore carvings of 24 forms of Vishnu, at the inner entrance of the fort. The tomb of Tipu Sultan can be found in the vicinity of the fort.

The fort is scenically located on an island formed by the river Cauvery. On your visit to Mysore, one must definitely visit this fort which is an emblem of history and culture that lived and flourished during the glorious times of Tipu Sultan.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located about 5 km away from Srirangapatna. Spread over 57 acres, the sanctuary is a small island on the banks of river Kaveri. A bird lovers paradise, this sanctuary is a nesting and breeding center for all kinds of birds.

One can see species like the herons, egrets, white ibis, little cormorants, dantes, open billed stork etc. are some of the birds that can be seen in island while on a boat ride.

The best time of visit to the island is from June to October.
Timings: Daily 8.30 am to 6 pm  Charges: Rs 20 for Indians, Rs 60 for Foreigners.  

Jama Masjid

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Jama Masjid is Tipu’s favourite mosque. It is painted white and has an unusual small dome. It also has predominant towers.

The Masjid was built by Tipu Sultan. It is a two storeyed building. The Masjid also has two minarets. A religious school known as the Madrasa can be seen in the premises of the Masjid.

The Jama Masjid has a clock that has been ticktocking from the past 97 years and is still going strong. Late Abdul Hafeez Junaidi has the distinction of being the only imam to have carried on prayers for 50 years in a row.

Dodda Ghosai Ghat

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The Dodda Ghosai Ghat is nearer to Gumbaz. It is located in a place known as Ganzaam. It is a picnic spot 2 km away from Gumbaz. Sri Kashi Visweswara Swamy temple is also situated here close to the river Kaveri.

Ghosai Ghat is a common route to Triveni Sangam which is located one kilometer from Gumbaz. This is also a picnic spot where boating facility is available. On the banks of the River Kaveri Nimishamba temple is located. To reach the temple one has to go via Ghosai Ghat.

Nimishambha Temple

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Enroute to Mysore from Bangalore, one can find the Nimishamba temple, which is famous for its history, culture and religious significance. Located on the banks of Cauvery river, this ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Nimishamba, believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.

The stone ‘Sri Chakra’ kept in front of the idol of a deity has an interesting legend associated with it. It is said that the founder of this holy spot was Muktharaja, a king, who inscribed the ‘Sri Chakra’ before going into penance. The stone is said to have been established during the reigns of Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, around 400 years ago.

If you are planning to perform a Puja in the temple then do not forget to carry a lemon with you. The lemon is kept on the ‘Sri Chakra’ during the Puja and in return is believed to bring good luck. The priest will advise you to either keep the lemons in the praying room for a few days before submerging them in flowing water or drinking it in the form of lime juice.

The main attraction of the temple lies in the beautiful carving on the temple tower, which highlights some exquisite paintings. The various idols of Ganesha, Hanuman and the cement structure of goddess Lakshmi and Sarawati are also a major draw among tourists.

Shopping is another activity that you can indulge during your visit to the Nimishamba temple. There are many artifacts available at an economical rate. Also, do not miss trying the ‘Tender Coconuts’ served at the exit of the temple.

This temple is just 2 kms from the main town of Srirangapatna and can be reached via cars, bikes or even buses. The roads are not very good, but riding just for 2 kms won’t hurt much.

Dariya Daulat Baug

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Dariya Daulat Bagh is an Indo-Muslim structure built of Teak. It is the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. This monument was built in the year 1784.

This wooden palace is set among groomed lawns and flowerbeds. It looks modest from outside. This is because the most part of the palace is hidden from sight by green shades.

The rich paintings on the walls and the elaborate interiors leaves the visitor enraptured.
Timings: Daily 9 am to 5 pm  Charges: Rs 5 for Indians, Rs 100 for Foreigners, Entry Below 15 yrs is free. Video cameras can be used only in the garden with a fee of Rs 15.  

Captain Bailey's Dungeon

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Captain Bailey’s Dungeon is a fortress with measurements of 30.5m x 12.2m built of brick and mortar. On a lifted platform near the fort wall is the fortress where Tipu's prisoners of war were imprisioned. In the underground of the prison hooks on the walls on to which the prisoners hands were chained can be seen.

The fortress was named after Colonel Bailey who passed away here in 1780 A.D. During the military blockade at Srirangapatnam a cannon rolled back piercing the ceiling and fell into the dungeon which can still be seen here.

Sangam

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Sangam is a spot 3 km away from Srirangapatna where the other branch of the river Cauvery - Loakpavani joins in. The Sangam is otherwise known as the confluence of rivers. It is located near a temple. A dip in the Sangam is considered to be holy. There is a common belief among people that their sins can be washed away by this holy dip.

This is a popular picnic spot and is a picturesque place. From here the river Cauvery flows into the Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

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The presiding deity of Srirangapatna is Sri Ranganathaswamy. The expression on the face of the Lord is humanly. Lined with beautiful pillars, the temple is dark and the visitors can take a walk around the temple.

Within the abode of the temple lies the Lord on the back of a snake. The lord is carved out of black stone. He looks beautiful with a philanthropic smile on his face.

The temple is well known for its Lakhadweepotsava when one lakh lamps are lit during Sakranthi.

Puja timings are from 8 to 9.30 am and 7 to 8 pm but the temple is open for devotees all through the year.

Balmuri Falls

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Balmuri falls has developed as an ideal picnic spot and is located at a distance of 11 km from the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. Balmuri falls is a man-made reservoir which has been constructed across river Cauvery. It is not a huge waterfall but an ideal place for those who love to play in the water.

This is a hot spot among South Indian film makers, as many Kannada movies have also been shot at this spot. The best time to visit is during the winter month when the level of water is relatively high and one can enjoy bathing in the open air.

Balmuri falls are conveniently located at a distance of 10-15 kms from Mysore and can be easily accessed by cars and bikes. One can book a taxi from Mysore or Bangalore. The falls are located on the Bangalore - Mysore highway. Accommodation, in the form of Riverside Cottage is also available at Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary.

The Obelisk

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220 yards away from the dungeon is a monument which is known as The Obelisk.

The Obelisk marks the place where Tipu Sultan breathed his last when he was trying to stop a British soldier from pulling his legendary sword from its sheath. He was killed in this encounter due to the betrayal of his own men.

A commemorative Obelisk, is located in a small envelopment into which one is not allowed to enter,. This is the same spot where Tipu fell dead. His body lay there for two days before it was noticed by the locals.
Nanjangud
Nanjangud is a temple town that is located in the State of Karnataka. The town which is located in the Mysore District is known for its many temples that are located along the banks of the River Kabini. Nanjangud attracts many tourists and devotees alike every year; the streets are filled with people for many months of the year irrespective of the weather conditions. The architecture of the temples and the overall charm of the place are some of the main attractions of the town. The town is also easily accessible from the main cities.

The primary temple in the town of Nanjangud is dedicated to the God Shiva. There are many Shiva devotees in the nearby regions. Many of the temples are located along the river banks and they are a beautiful sight, especially in the evenings. After sunset a cool breeze can be experienced flowing in from the River Kabini.

The town has been ruled by many dynasties and different influences can be seen in the town. Some of the rulers are, The Wodeyar Kings, Tipu Sultan, Hoysala Kings and Hyder Ali. The Wodeyar Kings provided finances for improving and renovating the temples. Other dynasties have also been crucial in building these temples.

Kabini River

  
The river of Kabini lies in the Nanjangud district from Mysore. The river also has other names like Kabani and Kapila. Located near to the town of H D Kote, it serves as a huge Kabini Reservior. It is 80 km away from Mysore which also comprises of the south-eastern part of Nagarole National Park. Kabini is also a popular wildlife destination of Karnataka.

The wildlife sanctuary which is located on the banks of Kabini River presents a large eccentric lake surrounded by verdant landscape. The forest covers over 55 acres of forestland and water bodies. Tourists can get a glimpse of herd of elephants.

Kabini is a perfect place where tourists can pitch their camp and also plan out a trek to Kumara Parvatha or Tadiyadamol close by. The backwaters of Kabini are an ideal camping site allowing tourists to let down their hair and enjoy the virgin surroundings.

Lord Srikanteshwara Temple

  
Lord Srikanteshwara Temple is one of the oldest temples of India located on right banks of Kabini River in Mysore district of Nanjangud. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Srikanteshwara Temple is a must see temple while visiting Mysore. It is believed that the Shiva Linga in the temple is installed by the sage Gauthama who had lived here for some time.

The temple is built in Dravidian style and houses three main deities – Lord Nanjundeshwara, Goddess Parvathi (wife of Lord Shiva) and Lord Vishnu with Sridevi & Bhudevi. The temple also has other deities including Ganesh, Subramanya (Muruga or Karthikeyan), Goddess Sharada (Saraswathi), Chandikeshwara, Navagraha, and Nandi (Bull).
Distances
Mysore 1 km
Kabini 60 km 1h, 30m
Bandipur National Park 80 km 1h, 40m
Nagarhole 89 km 2h
Madikeri 118 km 2h, 10m
Coorg 130 km 2h, 50m
Bangalore 144 km 3h, 20m
Bangalore Mysore Ooty 144 km 3h
Coimbatore 204 km 4h, 50m
Chikmagalur 212 km 4h, 30m
Mangalore 260 km 5h, 20m
Kochi 344 km 7h, 30m
Jog Falls 345 km 6h, 10m
Hampi 422 km 8h, 10m
Chennai 474 km 9h, 30m
Aihole 502 km 8h, 40m
Pattadakal 506 km 9h, 10m
Trivandrum 543 km 11h
Badami 567 km 11h
Srirangapatna 21 km 30m
 

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