Flanked with historical boundaries, pilgrimage sites and beautiful ecosphere, Mysore, which is approximately 150 kilometers far from Bangalore, is one of the beautiful places in India that attracts both domestic as well as international travellers.
Mysore with its colorful cultural fusion has attained the status of cultural capital of Karnataka.
Some of the remarkable things to see in Mysore are:
* Mysore Palace
* Brindavan garden
* Chamundi hills
* St. Philomena’s Church
* Rangannathithu Bird Sanctuary
Apart from visiting the famous attractions of Mysore, here is the list of remarkable things to do in Mysore:
* The city’s trademark Mysore pak and mysore masala dosa are something that should not miss while you are here.
* Visit Railway Museum of Mysore which is second only after the National Railway Museum, New Delhi.
* Explore the colorful Mysore at Devaraja Market which dates back from Tipu Sultans reign. This lively bazaar has local traders selling traditional items such as flower garlands, spices and conical piles of kumkum. (Open everyday from 6am-8.30pm)
* Visit Karanji Lake Nature Park, which is a less popular place among tourist but a beatiful place to sight many variety of birds and butterflies.
* Witness the 10-day Dussehra festival held in the month of September or October. During this time the Mysore Palace is dramatically lit, and the town is transformed into a gigantic fairground, with concerts, dance performances, sporting demonstrations and cultural events.
Donot miss to see the dazzling procession of richly costumed elephants, garlanded idols, liveried retainers and cavalry, marching through the streets to the rhythms of clanging brass bands.
You will get a chance to relive the royalty and hieratage of this beautiful cultural city of these 10 days of celebrations.
Make sure you take the VIP Gold pass to bypass suffocating crowd gathered to witness this spectacular event.
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Entry Fees :₹ 20 Time To Visit :10:00 to 17:30
Ambas Vilas Palace was popularly known as Mysore palace was an official residence of royal family.
Built during 1897-1912, is a three storied structure constructed in the Indo Saracenic style.
The golden howdah (elephant seat) along with intricately carved doors and fabulous paintings are among few other treasures of the Mysore Palace.
On Sundays, public holidays and during Dasara Celebrations, the palace is illuminated with more than 90,000 electric bulbs. The bulbs are lightened in the evening from 1900 Hrs to 2000 Hrs.
Open: Every day
Children (Aged 5-10 Years): 10 INR
Adults: 20 INR
Entry Fees :₹ 15 Time To Visit :06:00 to 20:00
Located at a distance of 19 kms from Mysore City Center, the Brindavan Gardens is a magnificent example of engineering and a major tourist attractions.
The gardens are built across river Cauvery and below Krishnaraja Sagar Dam.
The dam was built by Sir M. Vishweshwariah in 1924 whereas the Brindavan Gardens were built by Sir Mirza Ismail.
The beautiful botanical garden, boat rides and the musical fountain are the favourites attractions.
Best time to visit the garden is after sunset as one can view the fountain show and enjoy a pleasant evening.
Visiting Timings: 06:00 to 20:00
Music Fountain Show Timings:Mon to Fri : 1830 Hrs to 1930 Hrs Sat & Sun : 1830 Hrs to 2030 Hrs
Visiting Charges:Children (Aged 5 to 15 Years) : 5 INR Adults (Aged 15 Years and above) : 15 INR
Entry Fees :₹ 50 Time To Visit :10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Mysore zoo aka Sri Chamrajendra zoological garden is yet another hit among the tourist where you can see a wide variety of wild animals and birds, It is one of the oldest zoo of the country and has a successful breeding track record, and is also being repeatedly preferred by tourist on their succeeding visits
Entry Fees :₹ NA Time To Visit :07:30 to 21:00
Chamundi Hills which lie 3,489 ft. above ground is one of the famous attractions in Mysore. It is located 12 kms from Mysore.
One can reach atop the hills through a motor road or by climbing the 1000 steps which were built approximately 300 years ago. On reaching the top of the hill, one can visit the Dravidian Temple dedicated to Sri Chamundeshwari Devi who is regarded as the goddess of Mysore.
Open: Every day
07:30 Hrs to 14:00 Hrs
15:30 Hrs to 18:00 Hrs
19:30 Hrs to 21:00 Hrs
Rangannathithu Bird Sanctuary
Entry Fees :₹ 10 Time To Visit :NA
Boat ride on crocodile infested water - its a experience that you will not want to miss.
Rangannathithu Bird Sanctuary is a must visit for all nature and bird lovers.
It is an important nesting and breeding ground for the thousands of bird species. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary witnesses the arrival of a large number of migratory birds of different flocks from as far as Siberia, North America and Australia. The migratory birds start arriving at the Ranganathittu Bird sanctuary in December and the breeding season starts during the winter months and they finally migrate back with their nestlings in August.
This sanctuary is situated at 4 Kms. from Srirangapatna and 19 Kms. from Mysore.
Entry Fees :₹ 15 Time To Visit :10:00 to 17:30
Located on Krishnaraja Sagar Road, the Railway Museum of Mysore (set up in the year 1979).
The Railway Museum has a number of galleries which depict the development and growth of railway systems in India.
St. Philomena’s Church
Entry Fees :₹ NA Time To Visit :8 AM to 6 PM
The St. Philomena's Church is over 200 years old and is one of the oldest churches in India.
The church is located at a distance of 3kms from the city bus stand and 2km from the Palace.
By Road/Self Drive
Distance between Mysore and Bangalore is just 150 kms and there is good road connectivity between the 2 cities.
If you want to drive to Mysore from Bangalore, take the Mysore Road all the way till Mysore via Kengeri, Ramnagaram and Mandya.
You can also take the bus from Bangalore's Kempegowda Bus Station in Majestic (near the Bangalore City Railway Station) to Mysore. There are several options of state transport buses as well as private tour operators. Tickets are easily available at the bus station ticket counters.
Mysore is very well connected by rail throughout the region and the railway station is just about 2 kilometres from the city centre. You will find many express trains between Bangalore and Mysore that cover the distance between the two cities in about three hours.
Mysore Airport has a domestic airport that is situated at a distance of 14 km from Srirangapatnam and seasonal flights from Bangalore.
The nearest International airport for Mysore is at Bangalore.