Mysore is the most popular tourist spot in Karnataka, was the capital of Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 - 1947. The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except for a brief period in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power. Mysore is noted for its palaces, including the Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists.
Mysore Palace was the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars — the Maharajas of Mysore, the royal family of Mysore, who ruled the princely state from 1399 to 1947. One of the most visited monuments in India, the Mysore Palace, is the center of the Dasara festival.
Brindavan Gardens lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam which is built across the river Kaveri. The main attraction of the park is the musical fountain in which bursts of water are synchronised to the music of songs. There is also a lake within the garden with boating facilities available for visitors.
Garden Timings: All Week Days: 6.00am to 8.00pm
Music Fountain Show:
All Week Days: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Admission Fee: Adult Rs. 15, Children (5 to 10 yrs.) Rs.5
Mysore Zoo is a 157-acre zoo located near the Mysore Palace. Mysore Zoo was created in 1892 on 10 acres of the summer palace of Maharaja Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar, and was originally called the Palace Zoo. Mysore Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions.
Chamundi Hills is located 13 km east of Mysore. The hill is 3,489 ft above the sea level. The largest and the best know is the large Dravidian Temple, dedicates to Sri Chamundeshwari Devi, the tutelary deity of Mysuru and royal house, generally regarded as an incarnation of Parvati or Durga.
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple Darshan Timings:
7:30am to 2:00pm, 3:30pm to 6:00pm, 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Lalitha Mahal Palace
The Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore. It is located near the Chamundi Hills, east of the city of Mysore. The palace was built in 1921 by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore for the exclusive stay of the Viceroy of India. The palace was converted into a heritage hotel in 1974.
Krishna Raja Sagara
Krishna Raja Sagara dam was constructed across Kaveri river in 1924. The reservoir is the main source of drinking water for all of Mysore city and almost the whole of Bengaluru city, the capital of the state of Karnataka
Karanji Lake is located at the foot of Chamundi hills and adjascent to the Mysuru Zoo. The Karanji lake is a beautiful bird sanctuary which provides a wonderful habitat for more than 70 different species of avifauna.
Kukkarahalli Lake is located in the heart of the Mysore city. This lake is created by Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar in the year 1864, to provide water for irrigation to about 4000 ha (10,000 acres) of land outside the city.
Railway Museum Mysore
The Railway Museum Mysore was established by Indian Railway in 1979. It has locomotives and a gallery of photographs and paintings depicting the growth of railways in India. The museum has a battery-operated mini-train giving a short ride for children on the grounds.
Folklore Museum is located in the University of Mysore in the Manasagangothri campus in the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion. The Museum exhibits folk art and crafts from all over the state of Karnataka.
Visiting Timings 8.30 AM to 6 PM
St, Philomena's Church
St. Philomena's church is a Catholic church built in honour of St. Philomena in the Diocese of Mysore in 1936. 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.
Jaganmohan Palace was constructed in 1861. The Palace initially used by the Wodeyars, kings of Mysore as their home when the present majestic Mysore Palace was under construction. Now the palace converted into an art gallery and a function hall.