Historical Places in Mysore for a Peek into the Past

List of Historical Places in Mysore

The historical places in Mysore are a peek into the glorious past of the city. Boasting of the innumerable tales of the battles fought and won, of the numerous incidents of the prowess of Tipu Sultan and other rulers, and of monuments reverberating with striking architecture, these age-old historical places in Mysore are a living example of the splendour of the bygone era. Other than standing sturdy as a testimony to the rich past, these magnificent monuments and historical places in Mysore attract a large tourist influx every day all through the year. We have compiled an elaborate list of the historical places in Mysore. Check it out!

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Here is the list of 12 Historical Places in Mysore for a Peek into the Past

1. Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore

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Situated in the majestic city of Mysore, the Jaganmohan Palace is a spectacular edifice that has an illustrious history attached to its name. Built in the year 1869, it was used by the Wodeyars of Mysore when their main residence Amba Vilas Palace was under renovations post a fire accident.

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2. Chamundeshwari Temple, Mysore

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The Chamundeshwari Temple is traditional Hindu temple located on the eastern edge of Mysore at the height of 1000ft on the Chamundi hills. Dedicated to and named after goddess Durga, the temple also has statues of Nandi and Mahishasura, the demon. Being one of the oldest temples in the palace city of Mysore, the temple is a must-visit attraction for the travellers. The Chamundeshwari Temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha and is one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. The temple exhibits a divine aura and offers an exhilarating view of the Mysore city.

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3. St. Philomena's Church, Mysore

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Recognized as the second tallest church of Asia, St. Philomena's Church was constructed to pay tribute to the Catholic Saint and martyr of Roman Catholic Church, Saint Philomena. It is one of the most important historical sites in Mysore and is frequently visited by tourists from all over the country. The church is beautiful and one of the most distinctive landmarks of the city. It looks even more beautiful in the evening sky and is given religious importance having a Neo-Gothic style of architecture which makes it all the more famous amongst masses.

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4. Mysore Palace, Mysore

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An incredibly breathtaking example of Indo - Saracenic style of architecture, the Mysore Palace is a magnificent edifice located in Mysore in the state of Karnataka. Also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, it is the former palace of the royal family of Mysore and is still their official residence. Referred to as the 'City of Palaces',

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5. Trinesvaraswamy Temple, Mysore

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This ancient temple is located outside the Mysore Fort, the main deity being Trinesvara i.e. the three eyed Shiva. The gopura of this temple was destroyed in the 18th century, but the beauty of the Dravidian architecture is still on display here.

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6. Somanathapura Temple, Mysore

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On the banks of Holy river Kaveri is a tiny tranquil town of Somanathapura. Here stands the finest and most exemplary monument of Hoysala architecture known as the famous Prasanna Chennakesava Temple or simply the Kesava Temple. Consecrated in the year 1258 CE, it is a Vaishnav Hindu Temple dedicated to might and beauty of Lord Krishna (Chenna= Beautiful and Kesava= Krishna). Tourists from near and far come to visit the temple to get a view of the beautiful place. The Chennakesava temple is one of the 1500 Temples built by the Hoysala Empire kings in different parts of their kingdom, and is said to be the climax development in Hoysala temple style and yet is unique in many other ways. 

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7. Srikanteswara Temple, Mysore

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This temple built in the Dravidian style is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is said to have healing powers. The 125 feet tall Gopura along with the 7 gold kalash are a must see on visiting this temple.

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8. Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore

Built in the year 1921, Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore. It was built at the orders of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV of Mysore for stay of the then Viceroy of India. The architecture of the grand palace was inspired by St. Paul? Cathedral in London, making it one of the most remarkable structure to grace the landscape of the city.

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9. Melukote Temples, Mysore

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The two temples in Melukote are Tirunarayana temple and Yoga Narasimha, both located at the foothills and top respectively of the Yadavgiri hills.

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10. Talakadu, Mysore

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Nestled on the banks of River Kaveri, the town of Talakadu in Karnataka is a mystic place submerged in the sand of extremely fine quality. Steeped with rich past and heritage, it is famous for its Vaidyanatheshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The place derives its name from two local chieftains Tala and Kada and thus is called Talakadu. Situated only 3 hours drive from Bangalore, this is an ideal place for history buffs and for the devotees of Lord Shiva.  With a rich past and heritage, the town is also quite famous among the devotees who come here for a special worship.

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11. Nanjangud, Mysore

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Nanjangud also known as "Dakshina Kashi", is a town in Mysore of Karnataka that lies on the banks of the river Kapila, which is situated 23 km from Mysore. The temple is constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture and was built in 300-1000 CE during the reign of the Ganga dynasty. Later on, renovations were also done by the Hoysalas.

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12. Srirangapatna

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Known For : Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary | Gumbaz | Balmuri Falls

Srirangapatna is an egg-shaped island town amidst the Cauvery river in Mandya district of Karnataka. Situated at a distance of 18 kms from Mysore, the town is an architectural masterpiece of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles. One of the most important Vaishnavite centres of pilgrimage- the Ranganathaswamy temple, is the major attraction of the town which draws thousands of tourists. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the largest of its kind.

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