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Mysore - garden city OR city of palaces OR rosewood inlay work OR City of Palaces

STATE - KARNATAKA

DISTANCE - 397 KM From Kochi, 491 KM From Kurnool, 248 KM From Mangalore.

CONNECTION

By Air : The nearest airport from Mysore is 140 km away in Bangalore, from where one can take flights for most of the important cities in India.

By Rail : Mysore is connected with most of the metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai through regular trains.

By Road : Bus services by Karnataka Road Transport Corporation as well as private tour operators run regular bus services for the city. It is only a 3-hour journey from Bangalore to reach Mysore. The KSRTC Town Bus services, connecting different parts of the city and suburbs provide transport within the City. Auto Rickshaws and Private Taxisis are the most reliable and easily available mode of transport in the city.

ABOUT MYSORE

Mysore city of Karnataka is the second largest city of this state and an important stopover in the route of a tourist who is on his tour of south India. It is the hub of culture and heritage of Karnataka and is a rapidly increasing town in terms of technology and trade. Lots of palaces and temples speckled around the city speak volumes about the heritage and architecture of the ancient times and the kind of patronage the city received from its rulers. This town has never failed to impress its visitors as it is home to some of the finest tourist sites and the most popular among the tourist attractions in Mysore is the Chamundi hills that house the Goddess Chamundeshwari temple.

Mysore is also known for its sprawling gardens and Brindavan garden is the most prominent among them. It showcases a variety of flowers and in the evening the entire park comes alive with musical fountains and multi-colored lights, exuding a heavenly ambience.

The Mysore Palace is a must see for the tourists on their trip to Mysore which is an exemplary instance of the Indo Saracen style of architecture. There are many other things to watch in Mysore and some of them to mention would be St. Philomena's Church, Mysore Zoo, Jaganmohan Art Galary Jayalakshmi Vilas, Rajendra Vilas, Karanji Lake and Kukkarahali Lake.

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN MYSORE

Mysore Palace : Mysore Palace is one of the major attractions of Mysore. Built in Indo-Saracen style the Palace is an abode of exquisite carvings and precious paintings from all over the world. The fort also has mysterious designed gateways with carved domes, minaret, archways and gallery. The royal Durbar Hall has a decorated ceiling and many chiseled pillars. Another attraction of the palace is the Wodeyars royal throne made of gold, embellished with precious stones and jewels. The throne is displayed in the palace for public viewing during the Dasera festival.

Chamundi Hills : On top of the Chamundi Hills the 12th century temple of Goddess Chamundeshwari of the Wodeyars perches about 335m high from the sea level. The temple can be approached through a 13km well-formed road or can climbed up by the 1,000 steps constructed in 17th century by the Mysore Maharaja. Major attraction of the site is the Nandi, Lord Shiva's Bull, an august 4.8m structure carved out of single granite rock. The zenith of the hill offers a breathtaking panorama of Mysore's lakes, gardens and palaces.

Brindavan Garden : Expended over 150 acres, Brindavan garden is the most acclaimed garden in Indian sub-continent. Situated at the KR Sagar Dam Kannambadi, Brindavan Garden is a popular site of the Indian Films. Since 1960s, it is continuously used for shooting song sequences for the films. A special attraction of the garden includes the 'Musical' Dancing Fountains'.

Mysore Zoo : The Mysore Zoo includes some of the rare species of wildlife, which are kept in natural, green surroundings. The Zoo is also notable for breeding some very rare mammals in confinement.

The Art Gallery : In 1875, the Jaganmohan Palace was transformed into an art gallery, showcasing beautiful paintings of that era. The world prestigious, Mysore 'gold leaf paintings are also exhibited in the gallery, which are also a great source attraction among the tourist.

Nagarhole National Park : The National Park is 93km from Mysore, housing a rich variety of wildlife, aerial population and reptiles. Elephants, antelopes and even leopards are the common sites.

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN MYSORE

St. Philomena's Church : Another attraction of the city is superb Cathedral- the St. Philomena's Church. A specimen of medieval architectural style, the church is one of the biggest churches in the country showcasing stained glass windows and elevated towers.

Talakad : 48kms from Mysore, is a temple site, famous for Vaidyeshwara shrine. Once in twelve years the temple is opened for ritual worships.

Shivsamudra : Shivsamudra 85km from Mysore, is famous for its scenic waterfalls. These falls are best during the monsoons falling down from a height of 75 m into a deep ravine. The other highlight of the region is Asia's first hydroelectric power project set up in 1905 set up a distance of 1.5km.

Somnathpur : 40km has one of the finest 13th centuries Hoysala temple in the shape of a star with 16 points a most visited spot by the devotees.

Belur : 91 km has the beautiful Chennakesava 13th century temple.

Halebid : 117 km has the famous Hoysaleswara Temple. The temple took nearly 80 years in its construction.

Srirangapatna : 14km lies on the Bangalore Mysore highway. This island fortress was once the capital of the warrior king Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. The place also holds the charm of magnificent monuments that are well worth a visit.

WHEN TO GO MYSORE

Climate remains favorable throughout the year. Best time to visit is Sep. to March.

WEATHER FORECAST

Mysore enjoys a beautiful climate where summers are not unbearable and winters are not too cold. city has three main seasons namely summers, winters and monsoons. The average temperatur during summers ranges from 19 degree centigrade to 35 degree centigrade accompanied by a few thunderstorms occasionally. Summer starts from the month of March and ends in May. During winters, the city experiences a temperature of 16 degree centigrade to 31 degree centigrade. Winters are generally seen from January to February. The city receives rainfall from both south-west and north-east monsoon. The ideal time to visit the city is from the month of September to December.

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN MYSORE

Mysore Dasara : Beside other charms of the city, Mysore holds the keenness of Dussehra celebrations. Dussehra Festival is one of the most significant and prominent festivals of India that holds a notably stead in Mysore City. In Mysore, Dasara is observed as State festival also known as 'Nadahabba', which is a 10 day celebration during the month of Oct/ Nov a awe-inspiring event to watch. During the festive season the entire city is bejeweled and illuminated with multicolored light patterns displayed on the prominent monuments and palaces. Majestic processions, of decorated elephants along with a torch light parade, dance and musical events invigorate the beautiful city of Mysore. Many cultural programs are organized in the Mysore Palace, performed by famous artists. Sport events, poets meet, food festival, film festival are also held.

Yugadi : The Kannadiga new year day of Yugadi that falls on the second half of March or early April is celebrated with devotion and delight.Mysore also celebrates the national festivals of Independence Day, the republic day and the birthday of Gandhiji. Religious festivals like Makara Samkramana, Sri Ramanavami, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Deepavali, Christmas, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha etc. are celebrated in harmony.

FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN MYSORE

Mysore is in South India and like all the other states in this part of the country, most of the food is rice based. There is more to Mysore cuisine that the famous dosa and idli that is well known all over the world as the food of the South. Though idli and dosa form an important part of the cuisine of Mysore but the different types of dosas and idlis and chutneys to accompany them will take one by surprise. Traditional Mysore breakfast is simple, wholesome and delicious. Most of them are rice based and are normally served with chutney.

Though the all time favourite is dosa with potato filling eaten with sambar and coconut chutney and onion chutney. There are other types of dosas like set-dosa, rava or semolina dosa. Another type of idli that is commonly eaten is 'thatte idlis' (flat idlis). The other popular breakfast is 'uppittu' (roasted semolina laced with chillies, coriander leaves, mustard and cumin seeds). The other dishes that are common eaten as breakfast are puri palya, uthapam, vada sambar and kesari bath (a sweet made of semolina and sugar laced with saffron).

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