Mysore, the second largest city in Karnataka is a perfect place to spend some quality time with your family. The places has many historically and culturally rich attractions which will take you back in time. Moreover, there are many gardens, museums and temples, which will make up for a great Mysore trip.
Here's an exhaustive list of the best things to do in Mysore.
Imposing and grand, the home of the Wodeyar Royal Family is nearly as impressive as the Taj Mahal. It also has much more to offer. The palace is a eclectic mix of Muslim, Rajput, Hindu and Gothic architecture styles. There are four main rooms; the Ambavilasa (for private audience with the King), the Doll Pavilion, the Kalyana Mantapa (the marriage hall) and the Diwaan-e-Aam (the Public Audience Chamber). In these rooms you’ll find ornately gilded columns, stained glass ceilings, decorative steel grills, chandeliers with fine floral motifs, traditional dolls, Indian and European sculpturing. Some of these were made in England and Scotand before being brogut here. Rememebre to check out the three temples outside the palace, dedicated to the Lords Shiva and Vishnu and an avatar of Vishnu.
Though it’s impressive enough in the day, the palace is magnificent during the autumn festival of Dusserah, when it’s lit up, and prominent Indian artists perform in front of it. The Palace is also illuminated on Sunday evenings and other public holidays from 7:00p.m – 7:45p.m.
Mysore Palace is one of the prime historical attractions of Mysore. Missing a visit here is definitely not done. Mysore Palace ticket prices are inexpensive in comparison to the kind of aesthetic experience that it does offer. A visit to this place will be much better if you buy tickets for Mysore Palace tours and get an insider’s perspective of this attraction. Tickets for Mysore Palace assure you a smooth entry into the history of this place. Mysore Palace Tickets will render an ultimate experience to be cherished for lifetime.
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KRS Dam Road, Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, Mandya, Karnataka, 570005
06:00 am - 08:30 pm
This 70 year old garden receives over two million visitors every year. It’s design and layout took inspiration from the Mughal Style Shalimar Gardens in Kashmir. Although it does not offer anything unique when compared to other gardens around the orld, it’s still well maintained and serene. The music fountain show in the evening is fun. They light up the garden at 7:00 pm and it looks prettier than ever.
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Chamundi Hills, Mysore, Karnataka 570001
07:30 am - 06:00 pm
These eight hills are among the most sacred in the country. Legend has it the the eponymous goddess once defeated the demon Mahishasura here, and was consequently enshrined. There’s a lovely temple dedicated to her on one of the hills. The hills offer a panoramic view of the area surrounding Mysore and one can see the Mysore Palace, the race course and a couple of lakes. 1008 steep steps will lead you to the top of the main hill and you’ll pass a 16-foot tall statue of Nandi the Bull, Gatekeeper and Mount to Shiva and Parvati. The temple on this hill are a popular pilgrimage destination.
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Indiranagar, Near Mysore Palace, Mysore 570 010, India
08:30 am - 05:30 pm
Zebras, lions, hippos and giraffes… this sounds like a good spot for the next production in the Madagascars series. You’ll also catch sight of anacondas, cheetahs. baboons and white tigers and even a gorilla. The zoo was set up over a century ago by the Wodeyar King Chamaraja, a fervent nature lover. It’s reported one of the best zoos in India. It’s in a good location; a lovely bandstand silhouetted by the Charmundi Hill. There’s a snack bar that serves decent food. Naturally, don’t feed the animals without asking.
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Chamrajpura, Mysore, KA 570004
08:30 am - 05:30 pm
This white palace is one of the most beautiful creations left to Mysore by the Wodeyar kings. The three story building was built in the traditional Hindu style and was built to serve as an alternative retreat for th Roal Family. The Art Gallery here holds an immense collection, most of which are paintings depicting epic scenes. There’s a curious French clock with a mechanical soldies parading every hour as well as an extecnsive collection of musical intruments, brassware, sculptures, etc. Be sure to catch the painting of the Lady with the Lamp.
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ashoka road, Mysore, Karnataka 570001
05:00 am - 06:00 pm
Philomena is a nice name, isn’t it? She was a young girl martyred at the age of 14. She was a consecrated virgin and as such had spurned the advances of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The emperor had her scourged, drowned, shot with arrows… efforts foiled by the work of angles protecting the girl. He finally decapitated her.Her remains were disovered in 1802. The Maharaja of Mysore had the church built in 1933, when he received a relic of the saint from his secretary. The church, which is supposed to be Asia’s second largest, was built in neo-gothic style. It’s floor plan is based on the cross. The elegant twin spires of the church reach 175 feet from the ground.
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Jayalakshmi Vilas mansion, Mysore, Karnataka 570001
08:30 am - 06:00 pm
The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is a building in of Mysore city, Karnataka. It is placed in the green surroundings of the Manasagangothri, which are the grounds of the University of Mysore. It climbs on a hillock on the west side of Kukkarahalli Kere lake. The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion houses a display center of extremely valuable accumulations of antiquities. The Karnataka government characterizes it as a legacy structure and heritage site. The prestigious mansion was built in 1905, throughout the time of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, for the princess Jayalakshmi Ammani, the eldest girl of the Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar, at an expense of Rs. 7 lakhs. The area was purposefully decided to be on top of a modest hillock above the Kukkarahalli lake. It was basically called the First Rajkumari Mansion. The primary princess Jayalakshmi, was wedded to Sirdar M. Kantharaj Urs in 1897.
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Lalith Mahal Road, T Narsipura Rd, Mysore, KA 570011
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Lalitha Mahal is the second biggest royal residence in Mysore. It is found close to the Chamundi Hills, east of the city of Mysore in the Indian state of Karnataka. The castle was completed in 1921 at the requests of His Highness Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore for the selective stay of the presiding Viceroy of India. Built on a raised ground, the royal residence was molded on the lines of the St. Paul's Cathedral in London and is one of the encroaching structures of the Mysore city. The royal residence painted in immaculate white colour is strikingly stylish. It was changed over into a legacy lodging in 1974. It is presently run as the best inn of the Ashok Group of the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) under the Government of India. Be that as it may, a culture of the definitive illustrious feeling of the royal residence is administered. The supporting structure of the royal residence is of the Ionic twofold section.
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KRS Rd, Mysore, Karnataka 570001
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The collection of vintage trains here is small but charming. Apart from the cars, carriages, engines and locomotives, the Chamunidi gallery here depicts the growth of Inidan Railways through photgraphs and paintings. The museum showcases two royal coaches that the Maharaja of Mysore used. Children will love the battery operated mini train that takes visitors around the exhibits.
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Karanji Lake, Mysore, KA 570011
08:30 am - 05:30 pm
Bird watchers listen up. This is the favorite destination for a whole host of migratory birds, whether comorants, egrets, ibises, black swans, storks as well as a wide range of butterfly species. They call it he bggest walk-through aviary in India. Once, this treasure was in danger, when rising pollution levels threatened to deplete the food sources for these birds. The government stepped in with extensive restoration efforts and today the lake is more populated than ever. For Rs. 25, you can go paddle boating in the water. Bring the kids. And the cameras. And a picnic.
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Kukkarahalli Lake, Mysore, KA 570011
06:00 am - 07:00 pm
The Wodeyar King had this lake constructed in the 19th century in order to provide water for irrigation for the land outside the city. Over the years, human activity led to eutrophication of the water, prompting the University of Mysore and other civil development bodies to step in to preserve the lake. Their efforts were successful, but the damage to wildlife is still evident. Once, over 10000 birds would fly to the lake – now it’s less than 2000. Still, that’s something, and the three mile pathway around the lake is provides for an excellent and relaxing strolling opportunity, and you can rest on the stone benches on the path.
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Krishna Raja Sagara, Mysore, KA 570011
The Krishna Raja Sagara, a.k.a KRS, is the name of both a lake and the dam that spans and safeguards it. It is spotted near the settlement of the province of Krishnarajasagara. The dam is built crosswise over Kaveri River, in Mandya District close to provincial Mysore in Karnataka state, India. There is a fancy enclosure joined to the dam, called Brindavan Gardens. The dam was constructed crosswise over waterway Kaveri, the nurturing stream for the Mysore and Mandya regions, in 1924. Apart from being the primary wellspring of water for watering system in the mostly populated Mysore and Mandya, the water supply is the principle wellspring of drinking water for all of Mysore city and practically the entire of Bangalore city, the capital of the state of Karnataka. The water discharged from this dam is further utilized as a paramount wellspring of water in the state of Tamil Nadu, which has its own particular Mettur dam in the Salem region.
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Kabini River Lodge, Karapura, Nisana Beltur Post, HD Kote Taluk, Mysore, Karnataka 571114
05:00 am - 09:00 pm
A small hamlet located within a huge forest range, the Nagarhole National Park is situated south of Coorg. There are many designated wildlife parks within the Nilgiri Biosphere and Nagarhole National Park is one of them. Highlights of the National Park include:
Jeep and bus safaris
Accommodation and lodging
A must visit for nature and wildlife animal lovers.