mysore Travel Guide

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Mysore,The Cultural Capital of Karnataka 

Mysore is the second largest city after Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is also regarded as the cultural capital of Karnataka. The city is also well-known for sandalwood products and the Dussehra festival held every year. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated with great joy in this city. The city is located between two rivers are the Kaveri River which flows through the north of the city and the other is Kabini River which flows through the south of the city. Mysore city is also popularly known as City of Palaces because there are a number of palaces around the city that make the place worth visiting. The local folk culture of the city is really unique and worth admiring. The cool climate and inspiring scenic views exhibited by the place will leave you mesmerized. Natural remnants, rich biodiversity and pleasing climate make Mysore a great place worth visiting. Apart from this, it is also a centre for yoga-related health tourism that attracts domestic and foreign visitors. Mysore has been associated with traditional industries such as weaving, sandalwood carving, bronze work and the production of lime and salt.

The history of Mysore is both rich and fascinating. The history of Mysore reveals interesting and often charming aspects of the culture and life of the people of Mysore. Mysore was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore until 1950, except in the 18th century when Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan were the defacto rulers for a 40-year period. Mysore state continued to be ruled by Maharaja H.H. Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar till Mysore became part of Indian Republic on 26-1-1950. Mysore was ruled by the demon-king Mahishasura, he was a buffalo-headed monster. Hence, came the name of this place - Mahishuru, the city of demon Mahisha. The demon was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hills. Mahishuru later became Mahisuru and finally came to be called Maisuru, its present name in the Kannada language. The anglicised form of the name is Mysore.

Mysore is a major tourist city of Karnataka. The city has a number of places a person can visit. There are a number of Royal buildings, gardens, waterfalls, temples, museums and modern amusement parks. The city of Mysore is known as the City Of Palaces. There are number of buildings built by the Royal family and are exquisite examples of Dravidian architecture and display grandeur and lavish life lead by the Emperors while they ruled the state. Apart from the Palaces, there are number of other tourist attractions that one can visit in Mysore. Some of the major tourist attractions in Mysore are Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Chamundi Hills, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karanji Kere Lake, Rail Museum and many more.

Places to visit 

Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace is a most beautiful palace located in the Mysore city. It is a three storey stone-building built with grey granite that has three pink marble domes. There are many rooms in the Mysore Palace that are dedicated to portrait gallery, gallery of royal costumes and jewellery, royal armoury, etc.

Brindavan Gardens
Brindavan Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the city of Mysore. It spreads over an area of 60 acres. It has beautiful lawns, flower beds, shrubs, trees and numerous pools and fountains. There is a pond in the middle of the gardens, where tourists often go for a boat ride around the statue of Goddess Cauvery.

Rail Museum
Rail Museum is also a major tourist attraction located on the Krishnaraja Sagar Road in Mysore. It has a number of galleries which depict the development and growth of railway systems in India. These can be noticed from the locomotives, photographs and painting depicted in these galleries.

Somanathapuram Temple
Somanathapuram Temple is a most famous Hindu temple located at a distance of 25 kms away from the city of Mysore. The temple is exquisitely carved in star shape and consists of triple towers. The temple is a world heritage site and is a must visit for history seekers as well as nature lovers.

Jaganmohan Palace
Jaganmohan Palace is also a nice place to visit in Mysore. It was built in the year of 1861. The palace stands as one of the most beautiful contributions of Wodeyar kings. Presently, the palace was converted into an art gallery that houses one of the largest artifacts in entire South India.

Area 132 km²
Population 887000
Language Kannada
Pin Code 5700

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