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About Mysore

Located 140 Kms from the state capital Bangalore, Mysore is the erstwhile capital of Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore state. The Wodeyar family ruled Mysore since 14th century except for a short period of 40 years when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were the rulers. Mysore has never failed to mesmerise the tourists with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. The charm leaves no one untouched.

Mysore traces its history into the mythological books where there is reference of Mahishasur (Mahishasura) or the buffalo-headed demon king who is believed to have lived here. Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi hills killed this demon and hence the Dussehra, the festival of the victory of good over evil, is celebrated with unprecedented grandeur. Today Mysore is one of the major cities of Karnataka. Mysore has emerged as a thriving market for exotic sandalwood & incense, the Mysore silk sarees and stone carved sculptures.

Climate

Mysore does not have an extreme type of climate and the weather throughout the year is pleasant. The summers are warm and winters are cool. One can visit the city any time of the year but it is advisable to avoid the rainy seasons.

Getting Here

The nearest Airport is the Bangalore airport from where one has to take a train or a bus to reach Mysore. There are regular train services from Bangalore to Mysore. The state transport as well as the private operators have buses plying between the state capital and the former state capital. From Bangalore one can go on conducted sightseeing tours.

Fairs & Festivals

During the month of October and November, for ten days the Dussehra festival is celebrated. This is the most famous festival of Mysore. During the festival the city is at its colour best with music & dance, Sports, Literary competitions, fairs and exhibitions all over Mysore. All This culminates in the Dussehra Procession and torch light parade.

TOURIST PLACES of interest inside Mysore City limits :

  • Ambavilas Palace (Mysore Maharaja's Palace)
  • Chamundi Hills
  • Jaganmohana Palace - Art Galary
  • Krishnaraja Sagar Dam - Brindavan Gardens.
  • Srirangapatnam
  • Mysore Zoological Garden / Zoo.
  • Cauvery Emporium - Sandle wood/inlay works
  • GRS Fantasy Park Themed Water & Amusement park
  • Planet X Mysore
  • Kukkarahalli Kere Lake
  • Karanji Kere Lake


TOURIST PLACES of interest outside Mysore City limits :

  • Enchanting Coffee land Kodagu (Coorg)
  • Bylakuppe - Buddist Golden Temple
  • Somnathpura - Historic temple
  • Talakadu
  • Shivanasamudra - Cauvery water falls
  • Halebidu -Historic Temple
  • Belur - Historic Temple
  • Shavanabelagola - tallest Monolithic Gomateswara statue
  • Bandipur – National Park
  • Nagarahole National Park, inside Kodagu
  • Kabini Dam
  • M.M Hills
  • BR Hills
  • Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple / Hill

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