Tour to Mysore
Mysore Palace, MysoreBrindavan(Vrindavan) Gardens, MysoreChennakesava Temple, Somanathapura, MysoreBylakuppe, MysoreJaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery, MysoreKrishnaraja Circle, MysoreSt. Philomena's Church, MysoreVarahaswamy Temple, MysoreUniversity of Mysore, MysoreMysore Dusshera, Mysore

Welcome to Mysore,

Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka. The city is situated at the base of Chamundi Hills. Mysore is famous for the Dussehra celebrations during which a large number of tourists visit the city. Mysore is also known as City of Palaces. There are a large number of palaces around the city to be visited. The famous Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is now being converted into a museum and is dedicated to folk culture.

Today it has developed into a modern city like many other cities in the country. But this city has not lost touch with its rich historical and cultural legacy. Mysore is a favourite tourist destination in Karnataka. Tourist from within the country and from outside come see the splendour of the city of Mysore. 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.

Famous Places in Mysore
Anthropological Museum

Relating to the past, Mysore is also a major place of tourism. As such, there is located the Anthropological Museum. Established in the year 1965, the Anthropological Museum in Mysore was formed by the Anthropological Survey of India. The displayed objects are those of ethnographic type from the tribes of Southern India.

Astanga Yoga Research Institute

The Astanga Yoga Research Institute teaches Yoga education, which is earning popularity now a day, especially among foreigners. This type of Yoga requires a lot of concentration and dedication and extreme physical exercises. Tourists from all the corner of the globe practice this special form of yoga. The Mysore based Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute was established by K.Pattabhi Jois, who is a master of Hatha Yoga. This institute is a paradise for the people who are suffering badly from the stress.

At the Astanga Yoga Research Institute, students from all ages and abilities practice together; but the ladies and gents practice separately. Some students` say that presence of Pattabhi Jois creates a state of powerful knowledge based awareness. The basic course is designed in such a way that a minimum of one-month stay is required.

Biligiri Ranganna Temple

This Vishnu temple of Purana fame is situated amid thick forests on top of the Biligiri Ranga Hills at an altitude of 1566 metres and 120 km from Mysore. Known as Swetachalam, the hill and the various Theerthams are held as sacred as those of Tirumala. Sage Vasishta and his wife had worshipped Lord Vishnu for being blessed with a progeny. They got Shakti as their son, followed by Parasara, Vyasa and Suga as the illustrious lineage.

Sri Rama and sage Parasurama are said to have worshipped Sri Ranganatha. The presiding deity, installed by Vasishta, is worshipped as Srinivasa, Venkateswara and Ranganatha and His consort as Alarmelmanga, Lakshmi and Ranganayaki. There is a separate shrine for Lord Gangadhareswara. The sculptures of Saraswati, Krishna and Anjaneya on the pillars are worth checking out. This place can be reached by road via Kollegal, Yelandur or Chamarajnagar.

Brindavan(Vrindavan) Gardens

he Brindavan Gardens, then called the Krishnarajendra Terrace Garden, on the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam site, one of the most beautifully laid out terrace gardens in the world. It is world famous for its symmetric design. The creative beautification of the whole dam complex has been the achievement of Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Dewan of the princely State of Mysore. The garden is designed based on the Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir in the Mughal style. The Department of Horticulture in 1927 started the work of laying out this garden.

The garden is enriched with fountains, terraces, parterres, running and cascading waterchannels, water chutes, lush green lawns, flower beds, shrubs and trees. This garden is a public park and it is one of the important tourist spots of India. The boating pond in the midst of the garden is a location where the visitors can enjoy a boat ride around the famous statue of Goddess Kaveri. It is a mesmerizing sight when the whole garden is lit up in the evenings. Today, the Brindavan Gardens is world famous for its ethereal beauty, grandeur and illumination/ musical fountain.

The Musical and dancing fountain, located in the North Brindavan Garden, is the main attraction of the visitors. The water, coloured lights and music are synchronized fountain to create a water ballet controlled by an aquatic organ operated through a controller. A laser show has also been developed for visitors' attraction The illumination timing is the same as that for the garden. Crowds gather in large numbers at the gallery provided for the viewers.


Bylakuppe is the location of "Lugsum Samdupling" (established in 1961) and "Dickyi Larsoe" (established in 1969), two adjacent Tibetan refugee settlements, as well as a number of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. The area is located in the west of the Mysore district in the Indian state of Karnataka.

Chamundeshwari Temple

The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India. The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas. The original shrine is thought to have been built in the 12th century by Hoysala rulers while its tower was probably built by the Vijayanagar rulers of the 17th century. In 1659, a flight of one thousand steps was built leading up to the 3000 foot summit of the hill.

At the temple are several images of Nandi (the bull mount of Shiva). There is a huge granite Nandi on the 800th step on the hill in front of a small Shiva temple a short distance away. This Nandi is over 15 feet high, and 24 feet long and around its neck are exquisite bells. The temple has a seven story tall 'Gopura' decorated with intricate carvings. The deity of the goddess is said to be made of gold and the temple doors of silver.

Chamundi Hills

The Chamundi Hills are located in India, close to the palace city of Mysore. Its average elevation is 1,000 meters. According to legend, the demon Mahishasura, king of the area that is currently Mysore, was killed by the Goddess Chamundeswari (also Chamundi) after a fierce battle. The hills are named for the goddess, and a temple honors her in the hills. The temple has a beautiful idol of the goddess wearing a garland of skulls. The temple has always been patronised by the rulers of Mysore.

A panoramic view of the city is seen from the top of the hills. Among other landmarks, you can see the race course, the Lalitha Mahal palace, Mysore Palace, Karanji and Kukkarahalli lakes. There a long stairway leading to the top of the hill. The top of the hill has a few attractions - the Mahishasura Statue, the Chamundeswari Temple, and a few other temples nearby. The Rajendra Vilas palace used to be a popular hotel earlier, but is now closed to the public. The palace is now being redone and provides a panoramic view of Chamundi Hill, Chamundi Temple and the city of Mysore.

Chennakesava Temple, Somanathapura

The Chennakesava Temple located at Somanathapura in Mysore District, is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. This temple was built by Soma, a Dandanayaka (commander) in 1268 under Hoysala king Narasimha III, when the Hoysala Empire was the major power in South India. The ceiling of the hall is supported by lathe turned pillars. Between pillars, the ceiling is domed and intricately decorated. These decorations include multi-petalled lotuses, banana bud motifs based on stepped ponds and ananta (snake) knots symbolising eternity.

Of the three shrines, one is of Keshava, but the image is missing from the sanctum. The other two shrines house images of Janardhana and Venugopala (the three images are forms of Vishnu). This is strictly a Vaishnava temple and there is no depiction of any forms of Hindu God Shiva. Other sculptures are of depictions of affluence of that age including members of the royal family riding richly decorated chariots, soldiers and commoners riding horses, camel drawn vehicles, dancers, musicians, hunters armed with bows and arrows and accompanied by their dogs, and heading for a hunt. There are sculptures of palaces of kings protected by armed guards, jewellery such as pendants, necklaces, waistbands and rings and of woman with different hair styles as well.

Folklore Museum

The Folklore Museum at Mysore, India, is a museum which exhibits folk art and crafts from all over the state of Karnataka. The museum was founded in 1968. It is located in the University of Mysore in the Manasagangothri campus in the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion. Folklore Museum encompasses temple chariots, wooden images from Mekkekatte, religious objects, objects belonging to the Soliga tribe, lamps, ornamental wooden altar, costumes of Yakshagana plays, masks, boundary goddess, joint puppets, village deities, saw dust dolls, woodcarvings, cooking utensils, measures, churns and jewellery.

People will also feel great and interested to show the collections of metal ware, leather dolls, fold weapons, agriculture implements, pots, beads, baskets, weavings, puppets, folk musical instruments, textiles, objects of folk games and objects of children interest.

GRS Fantasy Park

GRS Fantasy park is Mysore's only Amusement cum water park with numerous fun rides and multi purpose play system. The Park spreads over 30 acres with many thrilling rides offering healthy entertainment for all ages. The main attractions are the water games, amusement rides and the kid's pool. GRS is located about 5 kms from the Mysore railway station.

Gunja Narasimha Swamy Temple, Tirumakudalu Narasipura

Tirumakudalu Narasipura, commonly known as T. Narasipura, is a panchayat town in Mysore district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The first name refers to the land at the confluence, (trimakuta in Sanskrit) at the confluence of the Kaveri, Kabini and Spatika Sarovara (a mythical lake or spring, also named Gupta Gamini). This is the place in South India where Kumbhamela is held every three years.

Gunja Narasimha Swamy temple on the right bank of the Kaveri river, is a massive complex belonging to the Vijayanagara period. The image of Narasimha in the sanctum sanctorum has a weighing balance with a twig with seed of the Gunja (botanical name-Abrus precatorius) tree and hence is called Gunja Narasimha Swamy. It signifies the importance of the temple vis-a-vis the Kasi pilgrimage center by a measure of the seedgulaganji. It has inscriptions dating from the Krishnadevaraya period with a m?lange of Dravidian and Hoysala Architecture and is renowned for the voluminous records in Nagari script. The temple, which is more than 500 years old, was in need of repair and restoration. Apart from the Gunja Narasimha Swamy temple, there are many other temples such as the Agasthyeshwara temple. This temple complex contains many monuments belonging to the Ganga, Chola, Hoysala and Vijayanagara periods at Thirumakudlu, and also at the Bhiksheswara temple, the Moolasthaneshwara temple and the Anandeswara temple in the surrounding area.

Horse Race

The popular horse race in Mysore is conducted by the Mysore Race Club. There are three racing seasons. The Winter races begin in November and conclude in January. May-June-July is the Summer racing season. The Mysore Derby race during the second week-end of October is the biggest event of the season.

Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery

Jaganmohan Palace is a palace in Mysore, in the state of Karnataka, India. Its construction was completed in 1861 and was initially used by the Wodeyars, kings of Mysore as their home. It was later converted into an art gallery. The palace is built in traditional Hindu style and has three stories. In 1900, an external facade with a hall behind it was added to the palace. This facade has three entrances and the entablature has religious motifs and miniature temples crafted on it. The walls of the interiors are painted with murals. These mural paintings which follow the traditional style of the Mysore school of painting depict the Dasara scene and the canvas depicting the sequence of the Jumboo Savari stretches across three walls.

The art gallery contains one of the largest collection of artefacts in South India. Most of these artefacts are paintings, prominent among which are those by Raja Ravi Varma, some of which demonstrate scenes from the Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabharatha. The collection of paintings in the gallery exceed 2000 in number and these belong to different Indian styles of painting like Mysore, Mughal and Shantiniketan. 16 paintings of Raja Ravi Varma were donated to the gallery by Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.

Other exhibits here include weapons of war, musical instruments, sculptures, brassware, antiques coins and currencies. Some other unique artefacts exhibited here is a French clock which has a mechanism in which a parade by miniature soldiers is displayed every hour; beating drums mark the seconds and a bugle marks the minute. Paintings made on a grain of rice which can be viewed only through a magnifier are also displayed here.

Jayalakshmi Vilas

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is a heritage building in Mysore. It is located in the green surroundings of Manasagangothri, the campus of the University_of_Mysore. It rises on a hillock on the west side of Kukkarahalli Kere(lake). The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion houses a museum of priceless collections of artifacts. The Karnataka government classifies it as a heritage structure. The mansion was built in 1905. It was originally called 'the First Rajkumari Mansion'. The first princess Jayalakshmi, was married to Sirdar M. Kantharaj Urs in 1897, who later became the Dewan of Mysore.

The renovated mansion has 125 rooms, 300 windows, 287 exquisitely carved doors and it was spread across 6 acres (24,000 m2). There are entrances on each side, different from each other. The entrance on the northern side has an extrusion on the stairs presumably to be used as alighting platform from cars and chariots. The mansion is chiefly built of brick and mortar, timber and iron. Stone was dispensed with considering the amount of delay it would have on construction if it were used. There are separated drainages for rain water and used water.

Kabini River

The river of Kabini lies in the Nanjangud district from Mysore. The river also has other names like Kabani and Kapila. Located near to the town of H D Kote, it serves as a huge Kabini Reservior. It is 80 km away from Mysore which also comprises of the south-eastern part of Nagarole National Park. Kabini is also a popular wildlife destination of Karnataka. The wildlife sanctuary which is located on the banks of Kabini River presents a large eccentric lake surrounded by verdant landscape. The forest covers over 55 acres of forestland and water bodies. Tourists can get a glimpse of herd of elephants. Kabini is a perfect place where tourists can pitch their camp and also plan out a trek to Kumara Parvatha or Tadiyadamol close by. The backwaters of Kabini are an ideal camping site allowing tourists to let down their hair and enjoy the virgin surroundings.

Karanji Lake

Karanji Lake is a lake located in the city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India. The lake is surrounded by a nature park consisting of a butterfly park and a walk-through aviary. This aviary is the biggest 'walk-through aviary' in India. There is also a museum, the Regional Museum of Natural History which is located on the banks of this lake. The total area of Karanji lake is 90 hectares. While waterspread area is about 55 hectares, the foreshore area measures about 35 hectares. Karanji lake is owned by the Mysore Zoo Authority.

The aviary constructed on the shore of the lake has a height of 20 m, length of 60 m and width of 40 m making it India's biggest walk-through aviary. The butterfly park has been created on a small island within the Karanji lake. About 45 species of butterflies have been identified here.

Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai Garden

There is a collection of over 300 bonsai plants collected from all over the world all within the precincts of the Ganapathi Sachchidananda Ashram on the city's outskirts. The Kishkinda bonsai garden with neat arrangements of plants and their nameplates is accessorized with statues, figurines and small water-bodies with bridges besides pathways for visitors following an oriental/Chinese style.

There are about 400 bonsai species, many of them with medicinal value, in the ashram and there is a rotation of plants on display in the bonsai garden. Rare varieties include marine bonsai, are also found here. The Nakshatra Vana has a collection of rare cacti and succulents. An interesting feature of the garden is that precious stones are kept here so that their vibrations enhance peace and happiness.

Krishnaraja Circle

Krishnaraja Circle alias KR circle is one of the best shopping centers of Mysore. Located in the heart of the city, it lies at the north-western corner of Mysore Palace. Established in 1950, the statue of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar is the main attraction of the circle. The statue consists of a hexagonal umbrella and a ribbed dome over it. The circle also forms the intersecting point of Sayyaji Rao Road, Albert Victor Road and Devaraj Urs Road.

Krishnaraja Sagar Dam

The Krishnaraja Sagar dam is, one of the principal dams in South India. The KRS dam, built across the river Cauvery is named after Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. The Chief Engineer, Sir M. Vishveswaraya engineered the construction of the dam during the Wadeyar kings regime in 1932. It is built close to confluence of three rivers cauvery, Hemavathi and Lakshmana Teertha. The length of the dam is 2621 meters and height 39 meters. The reservoir itself is spread over an area of 130 Sq. Kms.

Kukkarahalli Lake

Kukkarahalli Lake also called Kukkarhalli Kere, located in the heart of the Mysore city, adjoins the Manasgangotri (University of Mysore), the Kalamandir (Rangyana) and the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) campus (separated by the Hunsur Road). The lake was once a big attraction to bird watchers. According to Naturalists, about 180 species of birds (a large number of them migratory birds, including birds from Siberia) with 10,000 to 15,000 of them visited the lake during winter to roost. The birds now found in the lake are Spot-billed Pelicans, Little Cormorant, Painted Storks, Openbill Storks, Eurasian Spoonbills, Black-crowned Night Herons and Oriental Darters. Birdlife International has included Kukkarahalli Lake in the list of 38 important Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in the State or Karnataka.

Lalitha Mahal

The Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore. It is located near the Chamundi Hills, east of the city of Mysore in the Indian state of Karnataka. The palace was built in 1921. Built on a raising ground, the palace was fashioned on the lines of the St. Paul's Cathedral in London and is one of the imposing structures of the Mysore city. The palace painted in pure white colour is strikingly elegant. It was converted into a heritage hotel in 1974. It is now run as an elite hotel of the Ashok Group of the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) under the Government of India. However, a veneer of the original royal ambience of the palace is maintained.

The palace built in Renaissance architectural style is considered an adaptation of the St. Paul's Cathedral in London, particularly the central dome. The architecture of the palace reflects English manor houses and Italian Palazzos. It is a two storied structure. The supporting structure of the palace is of Ionic double column. At the ground level, there is a projecting porch. Spherical domes with the dominating central dome sets the front elevation of the palace. Decorative stained glass has been extensively used to enhance the elegance of the palace both in the exterior facades and in interiors doors, windows and ceilings. A lovely view of the Chamundi Hill to the left and the Mysore city in front of the palace is seen from the balcony upstairs. The palace has exquisitely designed viceroy room, a banquet hall, a dancing floor and an Italian marble staircase (has an arresting curve) and also embellished with small ornamentations, which are said to be replicas from various palaces in Britain.

Lord Srikanteswara Temple

Srikanteshwara Temple in Nanjangud near Mysore is a holy temple devoted to Lord Shiva and has been constructed in the Dravidian style. This temple is also synonym as Nanjundeshwara temple, and this quaint town claims to have been the residence of Lord Shiva since immemorial times. The temple that stands today is known to have been constructed during the reign of Hoysala king. The original temple is believed to be constructed during the Ganga period that lasted from 325 to 1000 century. Tipu Sultan and the Woodeyar kings are said to have been deeply associated with this temple. According to historical data, it is said that Tipu Sultan's favorite elephant was bestowed with eyesight here, and since then the reigning deity of the temple was also called as Hakim Nanjundeswara. Devotees still believe the temple to have healing properties, and this is one reason, the temple is flocked by believers from all over the world. Besides the main temple various shrines like - Narayana with consorts, Chandikeswara, Parvathi, Natya Ganapath are also worth visiting. The best time to visit the temple is during the festivals of Rathutsava (car festival). This festival is called Dodda Jathre and is held twice in a year. During this festival idols of the five gods - Lord Srikanteshwara, Goddess Parvathi, Lord Ganapathi, Lord Subramanya and Lord Chandikeshwara are placed in separate chariots and an elaborate Puju is performed. Thousands of devotees participate in this gala festival.

Mahabala Temple

This temple is situated close to the beautiful Chamundi Hills. It was built during the 10th century. It was earlier known as `Marbala Betta`. On the way to the temple, the visitors can see a huge monolithic Nandi. It stands 16 ft x 2 5 ft in height with an ornamental chain around the neck with a bell attached to it.

Melukote Temple

Melukote is considered to be one of the most pious religious destinations in Karnataka. Adorned with various religious sites, this temple town is built on a rocky hill that overlooks the Cauvery River. Also known as Thirunarayanapuram, Melukote has two main temple attractions, a few Kalyanis and Mantapas. The two temples in Melukote are - Tirunarayana temple located on the foothills of Yadavgiri hill and the Yoga Narasimha, which is located on the hill top. While the Tirunarayana temple is a square structure and is dedicated to Lord Cheluva Narayana Swamy, the remarkable temple on the hill top is dedicated to Lord Yoga Narsimha. One of the main attractions at Yoga Narsimha temple is the large pond, Kalyani Teertha, located inside the temple. The best time to visit the temples at Melukote is during the Vairamundi festival, held during the months of March and April. The main highlight of this festival is the procession of the idol of Cheluvaya Naran Swamy which is adorned with a diamond crown. As per an interesting legend, viewing the diamond crown, when not being worn by the idol is considered bleak. So the priest blindfolds himself before crowing the idol with the diamond crown.

Museum Department of Anatomy and Forensic Medicines

The Museum Department of Anatomy and Forensic Medicines at Mysore in the state of Karnataka is situated in the Medical College. As a medical museum, this museum exhibits anatomical specimens, models, charts, specimens of drugs, paintings of plants, charts and diagrams of medico-legal importance, weapons, human skeletons, wet specimens, dry specimens, weapons, paintings, charts and different kind of drugs and toxicological specimens.

Museum of Art and Archaeology

The Museum of Art and Archaeology at Mysore is an archaeological type of museum established in the year 1972. It is exactly located in the University of Mysore in the P.G. Department of Ancient History and Archaeology. The specimens that are exhibited in the museum are that of archaeology, excavated antiquities, sculptures, inscriptions, coins, etc.

Mysore Dusshera

Mysore Dusshera is the state-festival of the state of Karnataka. It is also called as Navaratri (Nava-ratri = nine-nights) and is a 10-day festival with the last day being Vijayadashami, the most auspicious day of Dasara. Dasara usually falls in the month of September or October. Mysore has a long tradition of celebrating the Dasara festival and the festivities here are an elaborate affair and attract a large audience including foreigners.

On Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession (locally known as Jumboo Savari) is held on the streets of Mysore city. The main attraction of this procession is the idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari which is placed on a golden mantapa on the top of a decorated elephant. This idol is worshipped by the royal couple and other invitees before it is taken around in the procession. Colourful tableaux, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses and camels form a part of the procession which starts from the Mysore Palace and culminates at a place called Bannimantap where the banni tree (Prosopis spicigera) is worshipped.

Another major attraction during Dasara is the Dasara exhibition which is held in the exhibition grounds opposite to the Mysore Palace. This exhibition starts during Dasara and goes on till December. Various stalls which sell items like clothes, plastic items, kitchenware, cosmetics and eatables are set up and they attract a significant number of people. On all the 10 days of Dasara, various music and dance concerts are held in auditoriums around Mysore city. Musicians and dance groups from all over India are invited to perform on this occasion. Another attraction during Dasara is the Kusti Spardhe (wrestling-bout) which attracts wrestlers from all around India.

Mysore Painting

Mysore Painting is an important form of classical South Indian painting that originated in the town of Mysore in Karnataka. These paintings are known for their elegance, muted colours, and attention to detail. The themes for most of these paintings are Hindu gods and goddesses and scenes from Hindu mythology. In modern times, these paintings have become a much sought after souvenir during festive occasions in South India.

The process of making a Mysore painting involves many stages. The first stage is the making of the preliminary sketch of the image on the base. The base consists of cartridge paper pasted on a wooden base. A paste made of zinc oxide and Arabic gum is made called "gesso paste". With the help of a thin brush all the jewellery and parts of throne or the arch which have some relief are painted to give a slightly raised effect of carving. This is allowed to dry. Thin gold foil is then pasted onto the surface. The rest of the piece is then painted using watercolors. Only muted colors are used.

Mysore Palace

The Palace of Mysore is a palace situated in the city of Mysore in southern India. It is the official residence of the Wodeyars - the erstwhile royal family of Mysore, and also houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court). Mysore has a number of historic palaces, and is commonly described as the City of Palaces. However, the term "Mysore Palace" specifically refers to one within the old fort. The palace was commissioned in 1897, and its construction was completed in 1912. It is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in Mysore. Although tourists are allowed to visit the palace, they are not allowed to take photographs inside the palace.

The architectural style of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic, and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. It is a three-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. The three storied stone building of fine gray granite with deep pink marble domes was designed by Henry Irwin. The facade has seven expansive arches and two smaller ones flanking the central arch, which is supported by tall pillars. Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck, and abundance with her elephants.

Every autumn, the Palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival, during which leading artists perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. Ambavilasa or Diwan e Khas, Gombe Thotti (Doll's Pavilion), Kalyana Mantapa are the unique rooms in the palace and it also owns some temples.

Mysore Zoo (Jayachamarajendra Zoo)

Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in Southern India. Located very close to the Palace of Mysore, the zoo is home to a wide range of wild species. The official name for the zoo is Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, though it is known commonly by its shortened name. Mysore Zoo is one of the city's most popular attractions. It was established under royal patronage in 1892, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world.

Initially, the zoo covered an area of ten acres but after some time the zoo was expanded to nearly forty-five acres. A striking part of the zoo is the `orphange`, which is meant for rearing, abandoned animals. The zoo is also the breeding ground for animals like zebra, wild beast or Eland Antelope, Barbery sheep, Emus, Giraffe, Kangaroos.

Nagarhole National Park(Rajiv Gandhi National Park)

Nagarhole National Park, also known as "Rajiv Gandhi National Park", is located 94 kilometers (58 mi) from Mysore in Karnataka in South India. The exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore, the park has rich forest cover, small streams, valleys, and waterfalls. The park stretches over 643 square kilometres (248 sq mi), protecting the wildlife of Karnataka. The place derives its name from Naga meaning snake and hole referring to streams. Set up in 1955, it is one of the best-managed parks in the country.

Nagarhole has a large elephant population; and tigers, leopards, wild dogs, and sloth bears are found in viable numbers. The large predators prey on a variety of ungulates, like gaur, sambar deer, chital (spotted deer), common muntjac, four-horned antelope, mouse deer and wild boar. Gray langurs, lion-tailed macaques and bonnet macaques represent the primates in the park. On the surrounding hills outside the park occurre Nilgiri tahrs and Nilgiri langurs.

Oriental Research Institute

The Oriental Research Institute at Mysore, India is a research institute which collects, exhibits, edits and publishes rare manuscripts in both Sanskrit and Kannada. Formerly it was known as the Oriental Library. The Oriental Library was started in 1891 on instructions from Chamaraja Wodeyar, the then Maharaja of Mysore State. The Oriental Library was renamed as the Oriental Research Institute in 1943. From the year 1893 to date the ORI has published nearly two hundred titles. The library features rare collections such as the Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics by James Hastings, A Vedic Concordance by Maurice Bloomfield, and critical editions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. It was the first public library in Mysore city for research and editing of manuscripts. The prime focus was on Indology.

The institute publishes an annual journal called Mysore Orientalist. Its most famous publications include Kautilya's Arthashastra, written in the 4th century B.C, edited by Dr. R. Shamashastri, which brought international fame to the institute when published in 1909. Sritattvanidhi, is a compilation of slokas by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. Three edited manuscripts Navaratnamani-mahatmyam (a work on gemology), Tantrasara-sangraha (a work on sculptures and architecture), and Vaidashastra-dipika (an ayurvedic text), all of them with English and Kannada translation are already in advanced stages of printing. Two more works, Rasa-kaumudi (on mercurial medicine) and Paryayapadamanjari (ayurvedic materia medica) have been edited and awaiting publication.


This holiday spot is a perfect urban hang out with bowling alley, go-carting, billiards, games arcade, kiddie zone, pool, Mini golf and restaurant. It is about 5 kms from the Mofusil Bus Stand and is located close to Mysore zoo, behind the race course at the base of the Chamundi hill. There is a party hall where one can arrange parties and a Multi Cuisine Restaurant and Nightclub. Entry and parking is free but all the gaming facilities are charged as per usage.

Prasanna Krishna Swamy Temple

It is situated on the south of the main palace. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It was built in the year 1825 by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III.

Railway Museum

The Railway Museum at Mysore, India is an outdoor exhibit of vintage locomotives. The Railway Museum was established in 1979 by Indian Railways, the second such museum after the National Railway Museum in Delhi. The museum is opposite the Central Food Technology and Research Institute on Krishnaraja Sagar Road. It has locomotives and a gallery of photographs and paintings depicting the growth of railways in India. Railway signals and lights are also displayed. The museum has a battery-operated mini-train giving a short ride for children on the grounds.

Rajendra Vilas

The Rajendra Vilas is a palace-hotel atop Chamundi Hills in Mysore. The Rajendra Vilas palace is located on top of Chamundi Hills, at an elevation of nearly 1,000 feet. An older building existed at the location that dated back to 1822, which was used as a summer palace by the Wodeyars of Mysore.

It has four chhatris and a central dome. The chhatris are in Rajasthani style, the other stylistic elements being distinctly Indo-Sarcenic. The central dome rests on a high neck in the style of Mysore Palace. The central tower is ribbed and showcases a lantern. A semi-circular verandah to the north provides a panoramic view of the city. The first floor opens to spacious terraces adjoining the chhatris. The palace-hotel has about 25 suites.

Regional Museum of Natural History

The Regional Museum of Natural History at Mysore, is a museum in India with exhibits on plants, animals and geology of the southern region of India. The Regional Museum of Natural History at Mysore, was inaugurated on 20 May 1995. It was undertaken by the government of India, ministry of environment and forests. The museum is located on the banks of Karanji Lake, with the Chamundi Hills visible in the background. It is now a landmark in the city. The museum exhibits plants, animals and geology of the southern region of India. The galleries emphasize the conservation of nature and natural resources while depicting ecological interrelationship among plants and animals. Visually challenged students can feel the exhibits of animals on the premises. The museum provides an extracurricular activity for schools and promotes environmental awareness.

Biological Diversity has multiple sections. The first section has a special emphasis on the western ghats. It exhibits the biodiversity of the southern region of India. The next section is about tropical rain forests, of countries that possess them, showcasing their diversity and global benefits. The Discovery center consists of a discovery room, a computer room, a vivarium and a mini weather station. Children can handle, examine and study specimens in the discovery room. A mini theater, a sound booth are also present to keep children occupied. The bioscience computer room facilitates studying biology through interactive and multimedia techniques at a high-school or college level.

Sri Lakshmi Narayana Swamy Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narayana, a variation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed to be the oldest in the city.

Sri Nimishambika Shrine

It is 20 km away from the city. This ancient shrine is dedicated to Mouktikeswara and His consort Nimishambika. The deity is another form of Shiva. Lord Lakshmi Narasimha is also enshrined. The temple, very popular among the pilgrims, is situated on the banks of Cauvery. It is 20 kilometers away from Mysore.

St. Bartholomew's Church

This church is located in the City of Mysore and was built in 1830A.D. St. Bartholomew's Church is near the suburban bus stand. The site for church was a generous gift from the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (1799-1868). The church was affiliated to the Anglican denomination and in 1852 it was handed over to the madras government. In 1874 the church had initiated Sunday school. They still provide a good christian education to students.

The stained glass window seen was donated by the Maharaja of Mysore. Initially the church was bulit in the outskirts of Mysore. Due to the growth and development of the city the church is now located in the heart of the City.

St. Philomena's Church

St. Philomena's church is a church built in the honour of St. Philomena in the Diocese of Mysore, India. It was constructed in 1936 using a Neo Gothic style and its architecture was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The church was designed by a Frenchman named Daly. It was designed to be built in the Neo Gothic style with inspiration drawn from the Cologne Cathedral. The floor plan of the cathedral resembles a cross. The long part of the cross is congregation hall called the nave. The two arms of the cross are the transepts. The part containing the altar and the choir is the crossing.

The cathedral has a crypt that houses a statue of St. Philomena. The twin spires of the church are 175 feet (53 m) in height and they resemble the spires of the Cologne Cathedral and also the spires of the St. Patrick's Church in New York. The main hall (nave) can seat up to 800 people and contains stained glass windows depicting scenes from the birth of Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension of Christ.


Talakad(also known as Talakadu) is a town on the left bank of the Kaveri river at a spot where the river makes a sharp bend. It is 45 km from Mysore. Among the temples of Talakad, the Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaidyanatheshwara and Mallikarjuna temples, the five Lingams believed to represent the five faces of Shiva, form the Pancha pathi and have become famous.

The Panchalinga Darshana is held on a new moon day in the month of Karthika when two stars conjoin, the stars of Khuha Yoga and Vishaka.On this day, tradition has it that pilgrims should first bathe in the Gokarna theertham, worship Gokarneswara and Chandikadevi, and then worship Vaidyeshwara, and then bathe in the northern eastern southern and western stretches of the Kaveri and then worship Arkeshwara, Pataleshwara, Maraleshwara and Mallikarjuna, returning to Vaidyeshwara after each worship, finally worship Kirtinarayana and conclude the pilgrimage in one day.

The Lake of Thousand Lights

The lake got its name so because thousand lights are lit during the `Teppotsava` or the ceremonial sailing of the `Holy Raft`. This festival with a thousand light illuminations attracts lots of visitors to experience the grandeur. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day during the Dasara season in the beautiful evening with the Sun filling the sky with crimson. This lake is situated on the east of Chamundi hills.

Trinesvara Swamy Temple

The holy site of Trinesvaraswamy Temple in Mysore overlooks the Mysore Palace and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legend has it that Lord Shiva instructed a sage to build the holy Lingam there. The Lingam represents the three eyed Shiva. The south entrance of the temple also houses a metallic statue of the god.

Build in the Dravidian style, this temple also possesses unique idols of Virabhadra and Dakshinamurthy. Historical data confirm that this temple was initially located on the banks of Devarya Sagar but as the fort was expanded during the reign of Kanthirava Narasaraja Wodeyar (1638-1659), it later became part of the fort. Some of the main highlights of the temple are the main entrance which used to have a towering Gopura, which was demolished during the 18th century. The statues of Kumara, Surya, Kshetrapala and Dakshinmurty are also worth watching.

University of Mysore

The University of Mysore, is a public university in India.The university opened on 27 July 1916, and the first chancellor was the Maharaja of Mysore. The University became the first outside the domain of the English administration in India, the sixth University in India as a whole, and the first ever University in Karnataka.

The University encompasses 122 affiliated colleges and 5 constituent colleges (forming an aggregate of 53,000 students). In addition, the University has 37 postgraduate departments, 8 specialised research and training centres and 2 postgraduate centres that together offer about 55 regular academic programmes to 3,500 students. It also runs a number of employment-oriented diploma courses and certificate programmes.The Mysore University Library comprises over 800,000 books, 2,400 journal titles and 100,000 volumes of journals. The main campus features an amphitheater, an auditorium, a swimming pool, and hostel accommodation for men and women. The University collaborates internationally for the purposes of academic, technical and cultural exchange.

Vairamudi Festival

The annual Vairamudi festival at the Cheluvanarayana temple of Melkote is a part of the Brahmotsavam during the month of Panguni (March-April). Vairamudi festival is celebrated on the 4th day of Brahmotsavam. On this day Lord Cheluvarayaswamy decked with the legendary diamond-studded crown (Vairamudi crown), along with his consorts was taken in a procession at the auspicious hour around the town. This nightlong event is witnessed by thousands of devotees.

Varahaswamy Temple

This temple is dedicated to `Lord Varaha`, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The grand Hoysala type architecture is reflected in this temple. There are excellent sculptural works and inscriptions.

Vasantha Mahal

Nested amidst lush green surroundings, the three (two) -storied structure of Vasantha Mahal was built in 1842 by the then ruler of Wodeyar Dynasty. Sprawls over an area of 36 acres of land, it was built as a pleasure palace to house special school for the education of young Princes.

The most interesting feature of the palace is its protruding front portions made of wrought-iron grills of three graceful arches which leads to a curving verandah and an over shaped hall. The long verandah stretches along the wings to connect it with the other parts of the building. The first floor is the replica of the ground floor. The columns of the palace are reminiscent of Tuscan style of architecture. Later, Vasantha Mahal has converted to a hotel and now it has been closed.

Yugadi Festival

Yugadi Festival in Mysore is the Celebration of the New Year day in the Kannadiga calendar. The New Year day of Yugadi falls on the second half of March or early April is celebrated with great vigor and joy. This day is considered to be very auspicious and sacred to start new endeavors. The Festivals and Events in Mysore gives the true essence of the people of Mysore. The Yugadi Festival in Mysore starts off with ritualistic bath and prayers and continues till late at night. Hindu Mythology says that Brahma created the world on this day and thus this day is celebrated with great joy. The other version says that Lord Vishnu incarnated himself, as Matsya to save the world. Brahma chief God is worshipped on this day. Yugadi Festival in Mysore also signifies the arrival of spring with colorful blossoms, green lush fields all heralding a new beginning of life.

The preparations for Yugadi Festival in Mysore are made a week ahead with houses being thoroughly washed and buying for new clothes. People decorate the entrance of their houses with fresh mango leaves and draw colorful floral designs in front of the houses which signifies prosperity. The women prepare special dishes to mark the occasion. For dinner dishes are specially prepared and it starts with jaggery and neem leaves. Apart from that other dishes are also prepared depicting various moods like Tamarind Juice for sour, Salt for salty, Green Pepper for hotness. All This depicts that life is a mixture of pleasure and pain, joys and sorrows, which should be accepted together and equally.

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  • Lingambudhi Lake etc.