The name of this splendid city is derived from the name of a demon named ‘Mahishasura’.The city is situated at 770 meters above the sea level. It is about 140 kilometers away from the famous city of Bangalore. The historical city is eminent for its lavish palaces which attract a mob of tourists every year from the country and from abroad. The Maharajas of India used to rule the country from this glorious capital and hence they have left behind a rich cultural heritage which is worth acknowledging. Located in the southern part of India, the city never fails to mesmerize the tourists.
The folk art of Mysore acts as a magnet to pull visitors from all over the world. In addition to this, Mysore attracts people because of its sandalwood oil. People come from all corners of the world to admire the sandalwood and rosewood carved masterpieces. It is a shopper’s paradise as several markets open their roads to the people who visit the place. One cannot miss the charm and magnetism of the rich Silk Sarees which are available exclusively in this part of India. The ultimate cuisine comprises of numerous South-Indian dishes which is a delight for the taste buds.
The Dasara festival which is celebrated in the month of September and October is yet another reason why Mysore is famous for its cultural heritage. The hills, the palaces, the markets and the temples amalgamate and create an awesome treat for the people of all backgrounds.
Why Visit Mysore?
Mysore is known for its folk art comprising of singing, dance , drama and puppet shows. Bessu Kamsale, Somanakunitha and Yasksghagana are the popular folk arts which form the main attraction of this city’s culture.
Mysore proudly owns the credit for the famous Gold Leaf paintings which can be found at the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery at Jaganmohan Palace and the Maharaja's Palace. The people who have a fine taste in art cannot escape the charisma of these masterpieces.
The vacations spent in Mysore are a treat to all the senses including the tongue as the cuisine is absolutely incredible. Most of the dishes are rice based and one is taken by surprise at the large variety of dosa and idlis and chutneys that are available in all the parts of the city.
The Dasara festival
Dasara is the most exuberant and extravagant fiesta of Mysore. The calm city of Mysore erupts into action and loud noise during the month of September and October when this festival is celebrated. The large scale celebrations, pompous processions mark the victory of goddess Chamundeshwari and the defeat of the demon Mahishasura. The ten day festival is a matter of pride for Mysore and one of the main highlights of Mysore tourism.
Mysore silk wins heart of all the women tourists and no one can resist the beauty and luster of it. Apart from this, the Mysore sandalwood and the products carved out of it, win people’s heart.
The design of this historical palace was conceived by the well known British Architect, Henry Irwin.The palace is stunningly beautiful and the beauty is more enhanced on Sundays when the palace is decorated with around 97,000 artificial lights.
The timings to visit the palace is 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Entrance Charge: Adults- Rs. 20 and Children (5-10 Years) - Rs. 10
There are 1000 steps which should be climbed before the actual darshan in the 300 years old temple. The hill is 3490 feet above the sea level. The temple is dedicated to Chamundeshwari Devi who was the slayer of Mahishasura.
The timings for Darshan:
7:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
3:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Also known as Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, the zoo is home for around 1500 animals. It is spread over 250 acres of land and is one of the main attractions for visitors as well as the natives.
Visiting hours: 8.30 A.M. - 5.30 P.M.
Entrance Fee: Adults Rs.25-Children(5-12 yrs) Rs.10
The zoo is closed on Tuesdays.
The Brindavan Gardens
The mesmerizing gardens are situated a level below the Krishanaraja Sagar reservoir. The design of the gardens is inspired by the Mughal architecture. The view of the gardens from the pavilion on the South Bank is absolutely incredible. The musical fountain show which is held in the garden on all week days from 6:30 to 7:30 in the evening and 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening on Saturdays and Sundays is one of the main events which pull a huge crowd of admirers.
The entry fee for adults is Rs.15 and that for the children(5-15 years) is Rs.5.
Timings: Monday to Friday- 6 A.M. to 8 P.M.