A Complete Travel Guide to Mysore

When my friends and I moved to the suburbs of Mysore (also known as Mysuru), we all witnessed a whole new world of endless boating opportunities, bird watching, strolling in vacant towns and getting acquainted with the numerous species of flora and fauna. I would like to suggest you some of the astonishing destinations that will make you stay here forever.

Mysore Palace

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Popularly known as the Amba Vilas Palace, this Palace is a historical palace situated in the most populous city in the state of Karnataka, southern India. It is the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore, Wodeyars which ruled the princely state of Mysuru from 1399 to 1947. It has two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court).

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens

The Brindavan Gardens is one of the most popular tourist’s attractions, located in the state of Karnataka in India. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam which is built across the river Kaveri. In the year 1927, the work on laying out this garden was started and completed in the year 1932. The garden is visited by close to 2 million tourists per year.

Chamundeshwari Temple

Chamundeshwari_Temple

Located on the top of Chamundi Hills, the Chamundeshwari Temple is about 13 km away from the palace city of Mysuru in the state of Karnataka in India. The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the vicious form of Shakti.

St. Philomena’s Church

St. Philomena’s Church

Built in the honour of St. Philomena, the St. Philomena’s church is a Catholic church located in the Diocese of Mysuru, India. By using a Neo-Gothic style, the church was constructed in 1936 and its architecture was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

Mysore Zoo

Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India, located in the heart of the city Mysore, India. It is spread over an area of 157 acres and is home to a wide range of species, most probably 168 species. The Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions and was established under royal patronage in 1892.

Lalitha Mahal

Located near the Chamundi Hills, the Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysuru. At the orders of the Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the palace was built in 1921. Also, it is one of the imposing structures of the Mysore city.

Railway Museum

Established in the year 1979, the Railway Museum Mysuru is an outdoor exhibit of vintage locomotives. It has locomotives and a gallery of photographs and paintings depicting the growth of railway networks in India. The museum also has a battery-operated mini-train that gives a short ride for children on the grounds. Railway signals and lights are also displayed along the tracks.

Krishna Raja Sagara

Popularly known as KRS, Krishna Raja Sagara is the name of both a lake and the dam that creates it. There is an ornamental garden attached to the dam, called Brindavan Gardens. Located quite close to the settlement of Krishnarajasagara, the dam is placed across Kaveri River, in Mandya District near Mysuru.

Oriental Research Institute

Formerly it was known as the Oriental Library, the Oriental Research Institute (ORI) at Mysore is a home to many collections, exhibitions, edits and rare manuscripts in Sanskrit and Kannada. Moreover, it has a few words in English, Tamil, and Telugu.

Folk-Lore Museum 

The Folklore Museum is the most prominent museum at Mysore that exhibits folk art and crafts from all over the state of Karnataka. Since its foundation in the year 1968, the University of Mysore has contributed much to study of folklore, and the museum has been developed to its present level by the famous scholars.

Regional Museum of Natural History

The Regional Museum of Natural History is another popular destination in Mysore, which exhibits on plants, animals, and geology of the southern region of India.

Gommatagiri 

Situated in Bilikere hobli of Hunsur taluk in Mysore, the Gommatagiri is a Jain centre that attracts many pilgrims during the annual “Maha masthakabhisekha” in September. The locals have a belief that since the 2nd Century BC, the entire region was a bastion of Jainism.

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