In this trip, I am going to share my experience during my stay in Mysuru and Mandya districts of Karnataka state. We have planned for this trip during Dussehra but unfortunately not happened at that time. We have started from Hyderabad early in the morning and reached Mysuru by 9 PM. We have booked our accommodation near the palace and checked into the hotel and rested for the day.
We have a plan to visit Nanjangud, Talakadu, Shivanasamudra, and Somanthapura on Day 1. Booked a vehicle to roam around these places and started at 8 AM.
Nanjangud: Is a small village that was around 18 km from Mysuru famous for Lord Shiva who was worshipped as Srikanteshwara. You can find a large Shiva statue in the temple premises.
A small town on the banks of Kaveri river famous for the sand dunes. You can find a group of temples here but most of them were buried in the sand. One of the main temples in this temple complex is the Vaidyeshvara temple.
After visiting the temple, we have started towards Shivanasamudra and Somanthapura.
ShivanaSamudra is an island town in Chamarajanagar district on the banks of the Kaveri river where the river divides into twin waterfalls [Barachukki and Gaganachukki]. One of Asia's oldest Hydro-Electric power station located here.
Another attraction is Shivasamudra is the Ranganathaswamy Temple, which is known as Madhya Ranga.
There are three Ranganatha temples built on the islands of Kaveri river, other two temples were located near Srirangapatna [Adi Ranga] and Srirangam [Adya Ranga].
If you are a fish lover, you can find so many stalls providing fresh fish fry.
On the way to Somanthapura, we found one Boating point on the bank of the Kaveri river and spent some time there.
Somanthapura is a small village in the Mysuru district famous for the Kesava Temple built by the Hoysala king Narasimha III during the 13th century. The temple was built on a high star-shaped platform which was similar to the Architecture of Belur and Halebidu temples.
Most of the temple walls being carved with the deities of Lord Krishna and the sculptures depicting the Indian epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata Purana. Below are some pictures I took during the visit.
Upon completing all these places, we headed towards Mysuru and spent time at the palace.
We have resumed our trip towards Chamundi Hills and visited the temple on the hilltop.
After completed the Darshan, we have headed towards Srirangapatna and Summer palace of Tippu sultan.
As I mentioned earlier, Srirangapatna is famous for one of the Ranganatha Swamy temple [Adi Ranga] on the banks of the Kaveri river. During the weekends, the darshan will take time, please factor this.
After that, we have headed towards Tippu Sultan summer palace [Daria Daulat Bagh] which has been turned into a museum with beautiful wall paintings and the weapons used during wars. Outside of this palace, you can find tomb of Tippu Sultan.
Back to Mysuru by 2PM and had our lunch. After lunch, we started to explore the city and visited the Sand art Museum, St. Philomena Church and reached the Palace.
Mysore Palace is one of the beautiful palaces in India which was also a residence of the Wadiyar dynasty. You can find beautiful artworks in and around the palace. The roof paintings, carvings inside the dooms, carvings on the doors are the special attractions here.
During Sunday evening, free entry available for the tourists to visit the palace lighting. Check this link for the timings of the palace. https://www.inmysore.com/mysore-palace
With this our two day trip comes to an end. We packed our bags and reached the bus station to catch our bus to Hyderabad which was scheduled at 8 PM.
Things to do:
Mahalakshmi sweets for Mysuru Pak.
Hotel Mylari for Dosa