Mysore – Karnataka
Mysore (or Mysuru), a city in India’s southwestern Karnataka state, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. In its center is the Mysore Palace, the seat of the former ruling Wodeyar dynasty. The palace shows Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles. The City is also a home to the centuries-old Devaraja Market, filled with silk, and sandalwood items. Most tourists know the Mysore Palace.
Distance from Bengaluru: 150 Km (takes 3 hours). You can avail Bus, Train or Taxi for this journey.
“Bangalore Mysore Ooty” is a famous travel circuit in Karnataka. Bangalore or Bengaluru is the Capital of Karnataka State. Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is a town in the state of Tamil Nadu. If you see the locations of Bengaluru, Mysore, and Ooty; you will see why they form a travel circuit. While going from Bengaluru to Mysore, you can see Shrirangapatna, the summer palace and fort of Tippu and Ranganathar temple. You will find multiple hotels to stay and good restaurants here. Being a tourist place throughout the year, make sure to book your hotel before you arrive here.
Once you are at Mysore, a key attraction is to visit the Brindavan Gardens. Though the garden is open from early morning till 8 pm, most tourists visit this place in the evening. The reason is the musical fountains with illumination and fabulous lighting in the garden. The garden occupies over 60 acres of land adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam on the river Kaveri. The work of this garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932. More than 2 million tourists visit this garden every year. It is better to visit Palace and Garden on two separate days to avoid considerable walking on a single day and the same thing applies to Zoo also.
Mysore Maharaja’s Palace or Mysore Palace
The City is known as the City of Palaces, and there are seven Palaces in this City. The biggest Palace is Maharaja’s Palace, which was the official residence of the rulers (Wodeyars) from 1399 to 1950. It is a great place to see the history of ancient India and the Palace is the perfectly good shape and well maintained. Experience the Maharaja (King) lifestyle in this glorious Palace. If you have more time in hand, you can visit the other Palaces in the City also.
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
This garden is also known as Mysore Zoo & is a 157-acre zoo near the Maharaja Palace. It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India and is hosts more than 100 different species of wild animals. It is one of the most popular attractions, especially for young children. After visiting the Palace, you can visit the Zoo but remember, you need to walk a lot at both places!
It is a Hindu temple located on the top of Chamundi Hills. Which is about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore. It is a temple of Chamundeshwari or Durga, the deity of power.
If you spare about 3 days for visiting this City and enjoying the South Indian food (mainly dishes made from Rice) here, you can also visit the below places and you can also continue to the hill station Ooty!
- St. Philomena’s Church
- Somnathpur Temple
- Railway Museum