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Interesting Facts About Mysore :

Located at the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore, which is officially called Mysuru now, is just 146 kms to the southwest of Bengaluru. Situated at an average altitude of 2,526 feet, the city lies between the Kaveri River which flows through the north of the city and the Kabini River that lies to the south. While summers in Mysore stretch from March to June, followed by monsoons from July to November and then winter from December to February, the city experiences a cool climate practically throughout the year. However, one of the best times to visit this destination is during the period from October to February, when the temperature really dips and the weather becomes very cool.

Mysore is a beautiful destination, known for its magnificent palaces and impressive heritage structures. But it is also famous for its breathtaking gardens, lakes, spectacular waterfalls, dense forests, yoga retreats and more. With art and culture having been an integral part of the history of this city and continuing to play an important role in it’s cultural growth, Mysore is also known as the Cultural Capital of Karnataka. Though the city has modernized now, it still retains its traditions and values which manifest during festivities and certain ceremonies. The festivities during Dussehra take place on a really grand scale here and extend over a 10 day period, during which time the city sees a huge number of tourists from around the world.

Getting from one place to another in Mysore is easy as one can travel by rickshaws or the city bus which is a cheaper option. Taxis/ cabs can be hired too. One can also enjoy rides on the tonga (small horse carriage ) which is especially in use by tourists and can be found at all the popular tourist spots. However, walking around in this wonderful hill-station lets you enjoy the various sights and structures more fully.

How to reach Mysore :

By air – The Mysore airport has limited connectivity with nearby cities. However, the nearest airport which has regular flights coming in from various cities across the country is the Bangalore International Airport which is around 170 kms from Mysore. One can travel to Mysore from there by taxi, bus or a train.

By train -  The railway station is just about 2 kms away from the city centre and well connected to several cities in the region including Bangalore, which in turn is well connected to most major cities of India.

By bus – Several private as well as the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation operates buses from several cities to Mysore.
The Mysuru Road Satellite Bus Station, located on Mysuru Road is the major bus station here.

Some must-visit attractions :

Mysore Palace :

One of the most visited monuments in India, this grand palace which is also known as  the Amba Vilas Palace, was once the official residence of the former Royal family of Mysore. A combination of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic style architecture, the palace is a spectacular work of art and looks stunning during the day as well as night, when it is lit up. The famous Mysore Dussehra festival event takes place here.

Timings: 10 am to 5.30 pm every day; 7 pm to 7.45 pm – Sound and light show from Monday to Saturday

The Sand Sculpture Museum :

This unique eco-friendly museum is located on the way to Chamundi Hills and exhibits some stunning sand artworks amidst different themes. The use of just sand, water and glue to create several mangnificent sculptures like the 15 feet statue of Lord Ganesha, another of Goddess Chamundeshwari, the Laughing Buddha, a Christmas Tree with Santa Claus, Tom & Jerry cartoons and many many more has indeed filled tourists with awe and delight.

Timings: 8.30 am to 6.30 pm on all days.

Brindavan Gardens :

This beautiful location adjoining  the Krishnarajasagar Dam is ideal for families and groups of friends to hang out at in the mornings and evenings. The amazing flora at the botanical garden, the boating facility and the colourful water fountains of different shapes and designs are a huge attraction here.

Timings: 6.30 am to 9 pm everyday.

St. Philomena’s Church :

Inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, this Catholic Church is constructed in an impressive Neo-Gothic style and dedicated to St.Philomena. This Church is not only a very popular tourist attraction in Mysore, but also one of the largest Churches in the country. Besides looking beautiful, especially in the evenings, this Church with its peaceful environment provides visitors with that much needed calm and solace.

Timings: 5 am to 6 pm everyday.

Karanji Lake :

A very popular tourist spot, Karanji Lake is located at the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, just behind the Mysore Zoo. An extremely tranquil, serene and beautiful location, tourists have a choice of just roaming around taking in the scenery, settling down for some peace and time to reflect or indulge in some boating.

Timings: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm everyday, except Tuesdays.

Mysore Zoo :

One of the oldest zoos in India, the Mysore Zoo is officially called the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. One can find all kinds and plenty of variety of animals and birds here which add to the thrill of this tourist spot. Zebras, lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes and plenty of others can be found here. The zoo also has an artificial lake, a bandstand and an artificial island, created as a sanctuary for the various species of birds.

Timings: 8.30 to 5.30 pm everday, except Tuesdays.

Chamundeshwari Hill Temple :

Located atop the famous Chamundi Hills, this much sought after temple in Mysore is one of the famous pilgrimage spots in Karnataka and dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The temple is a beautiful work of Dravidian temple architecture and leaves one with awe at all the carvings and sculptures. The Chamundi deity within the temple sanctum is made of pure gold and the huge Nandi sculpture on the steps of the temple is another attraction.   

Timings: 7.30 am to 9 pm everyday.

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Interesting Facts About Mysore :

Located at the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore, which is officially called Mysuru now, is just 146 kms to the southwest of Bengaluru. Situated at an average altitude of 2,526 feet, the city lies between the Kaveri River which flows through the north of the city and the Kabini River that lies to the south. While summers in Mysore stretch from March to June, followed by monsoons from July to November and then winter from December to February, the city experiences a cool climate practically throughout the year. However, one of the best times to visit this destination is during the period from October to February, when the temperature really dips and the weather becomes very cool.

Mysore is a beautiful destination, known for its magnificent palaces and impressive heritage structures. But it is also famous for its breathtaking gardens, lakes, spectacular waterfalls, dense forests, yoga retreats and more. With......Read More


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