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"A glimpse of Southern India"

Mysore Tourism

Famously known as The City of Palaces, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Mysore is one of the most flamboyant places in the country. It is replete with the history of its dazzling royal heritage, intricate architecture, its famed silk sarees, yoga, and sandalwood, to name just a few. Located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the third most populated city in the state of Karnataka, and its rich cultural heritage draws millions of tourists all year round.

Mysore is steeped in royal history – it was one of the three largest Princely States in the erstwhile British Empire of India. To this day, the Mysore Palace stands tall as one of the most spectacular palaces all over the country. A very famous tourist spot that sees thousands of visitors milling in and around it every day, the Mysore Palace is renowned for its architecture, design, artisanship and ancient upholstery. A mesmerizing example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, every inch of the palace drips with opulence and intricate details, and every room that you visit stands out in terms of its elaborate architecture, beautiful paintings, rich colours and stained-glass windows. On every Sunday, and during the Dussehra celebrations, the palace is spectacularly lit up once dusk falls.

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Tipu Sultan was the eldest of Hyder Ali, who was the Muslim ruler of Mysore. He fought the second Mysore war in February 1728 where he defeated Col. John Brathwaite. Tipu Sultan succeeded his father in December the same year. He continued his aggression against the British by recapturing Baidanur and Mangalore. In 1784, he settled peace with the British and assumed the title of Sultan of Mysore. Tipu introduced some administrative revolutions during his rule, including his currency, a new Mauludi lunisolar calendar and a new revenue system of land which instigated the development of the Mysore silk industry. Tipu Sultan was a capable general and administrator, and, though a Muslim, he reserved the faithfulness of his Hindu subjects. Tipu Sultan was commonly known as the Tiger of Mysore and adopted this animal as the symbol of his reign. It is said that while he was hunting in the woods with a French companion, he encountered a tiger. His weapon did not work, and his knife fell on the ground as the tiger hopped on him. He went after the blade, lifted it up, and killed the tiger with it. That earned him the name "the Tiger of Mysore."

Mysore Pak is a delicious sweet dish that is made of roasted gram flour and butter. It is a traditional South Indian sweet dish. History states that this mouth-watering dish was first made in the kitchens of the Mysore Palace which was then ruled by Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. The sweet delighted the royalties so much that it was declared as the ‘Royal Sweet.' However, at that time it did not have a name, so it was named as “Mysore Pak’.

The architectural style of structures in the Mysore kingdom experienced significant changes during British rule – a blending of European conventions with local components. The Hindu temples in the kingdom were constructed in typical South Indian Dravidian style. The city’s main place, the Mysore Palace, was designed by the English architect Henry Irwin in 1897. The design is a combination of Hindu, Islamic, Indo-Saracenic and Moorish styles, which for the first time in India, used cast iron columns and roof frames. One can also find architectural designs from the Renaissance period and exhibits concepts English manor houses and Italian palazzos. These styles can be found in the architecture of the Lalitha Mahal Palace that was built in 1921 by E.W. Fritchley under the commission of Maharaja Krishnaraja IV. One can also find buildings constructed in the Greco – Roman style in the Chaluvamba Mansion and the

Mysore is considered the cultural capital of Karnataka with good reason. Apart from the Mysore Palace, there are other palaces too that house art galleries and museums inside their premises, such as the Jaganmohana Palace and the Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace. If you’re a nature lover, Mysore has something on offer for you too. The Brindavan Gardens is a huge park that is frequented by tourists looking for a place to take an idle stroll, or simply to relax. This famous park has been the backdrop of several song sequences from movies of the 80s and the 90s, and if you visit the park in the evening, you can even get to watch a musical fountain show. A must-do activity when you’re in Mysore includes climbing Chaumundi Hill to visit the Sri Chamundeshwari Temple which is built at the very top of the hill. Make sure to stay there for a while and enjoy the birds-eye view of the entire town and the hills surrounding it. Another must-visit place in Mysore is the Devaraja Market, where you can experience the vibrant atmosphere of Mysore in all its glory. Standing for over 100 years, this market bustles with life and colour at any given hour of the day. You can get to buy literally anything you want here, starting from flowers to fruits, vegetables and even spices. Taking in the sights and sounds of the busy market is an essential part of the Mysore experience. Mysore is home to some of the most delicious and authentic food you can find in South India. With plenty of eateries to cater to all budgets, meals in Mysore are a feast for the culinary senses.

Also known as 'the city of palaces', Mysore houses grand palaces, majestic temples, gardens that mesmerise the tourists. The Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Karanji Lake are a few of the many tourist attractions the city offers.

Dussehra or Dasara as it is known as in the southern part of India is synonymous with Mysore. It is the most extravagant festival which sees the entire city lighting up and coming alive. Also called Navaratri, this is a 10-day festival that ends with the celebration of Vijayadashami.

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The cuisine of Mysore has a distinct influence of Udipi cuisine on its dishes. One of the most famous items here is the traditional sweet, Mysore Pak. Other than this, Mysore's platter is brimming with authentic, traditional and local cuisines. These include Idli, Dosa, Shavige Bath, Pongal, Chutneys and Pickles, Vangi Baath (rice with Brinjal curry), Bisi bele bath (a spicy preparation of rice) as well as a number of sweets such as Payasam, Jalebi, Rave Unde, Ladoo and more. Indian filter coffee and Adike (Areca nut) with Betel leaf are also popular items.

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Day 1- Arrive and check-in. Then visit St. Philomena Church, Brindavan Gardens and Amba Vilas.
Day 2- Begin day at the banks of Karanji Lake. Then visit Chumundi Hills Bull Statue, Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and Zoological Gardens and Srirangapatna.

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9 months ago by Prajwal Prabhu

You can see a glimpse of history,architecture,culture,....and many more ... And if you can get to go in "dasara" then you can see the whole city in a festive mood !!

9 months ago by Kovid Kapoor

Today, the Mysore Palace is the greatest reminder of the legacy of the Wadiyar dynasty in Karnataka. It is a must-visit location of site-seeing for its marvellous architecture and grandeur. Although there are a number of larger, more popular temples such as Somnathpur Temple in Mysore, I find the Chamundeshwari Temple to be far more fascinating. It is located on the Chamundi hills and can be reached either by foot (which is a fair walk) or by car. It has gorgeous architecture and a lovely view of the city. To those travelling with children, Mysore Zoo could offer some source of entertainment for its many animals and related exhibitions. I find that knowing Kannada comes in handy in this city.

9 months ago by ARM Info STUDIO

Nice places to visit and feel majestic in palace

9 months ago by Saanya Lulla

The city is often rightly considered as Karnataka's 'cultural capital' and is known for its rich heritage. It is home to architectural wonders like the Mysore Palace, Somnathpur Temple, Sri Chamundeswari Temple, which left us amazed. The Brindavan Garden was another fun evening, with its fountain shows, beautiful flora, and even a boat-ride nearby! The St. Philomena?s Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in India, was a wonderful spiritual experience. The boat ride in Karanji Lake was simply breathtaking. A tip for tourists who go here is to dress weather-friendly, as summers can get hot and humid here.

2 months ago by Anjali Vij

The Mysore Palace is the major attraction of Mysore which is also known as City of Palaces. The Mysore Palace is a beautiful delight to sore eyes as the detailed carving and hand sculpting that has gone into its creation. The Palace is colourful and highly maintained such that it serves a very photographic location. One cannot use dedicated cameras such as DSLRs or even Polaroid Cameras inside the Palace, but mobile photography is permitted and not penalized. It is also a place that is historically significant. Its history can be read on the internet before visiting the palace, if you are not willing to pay for a guide because that?s what my friends and I did. If one means to visit other places arounf the Mysore Palace in Mysore do check if the city is open during that day because we went on a Tuesday and all the shops and places in the city were shut.

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Beautiful Palaces. Rich cultural heritage.

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Communication with locals can be difficult.

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Mysore is a beautiful city for everyone who wishes to enjoy the grandeur of a royal kingdom.


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Although Mysore has its own airport, it is not fully functional hence tourists can access this city through the Bangalore airport (170km). Getting on a train to the Mysore railway station is a very... (Read More)

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