Top 5 Places to visit in Mysore

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Once the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore for six centuries, Mysore is now the third most populous state of Karnataka. But not much as changed in terms of its cultural ambiance and heritage, hence deeming it as the cultural capital of Karnataka. This city is popular for its year-round pleasant climate, silk, sandalwood and many majestic palaces, such as Lalitha Mohan Palace, Jaganmohan Palace and the most visited and grand one being the Mysore Palace. To get an exclusive insight into Mysore's culture, Folklore Museum would be the best place, where a plethora of carved wooden figures, ceremonial headdresses, vibrant masks can be seen along with puppet shows depicting Hindu mythological stories. Mysore Zoo is perfect for animal and nature lovers while the Regional Museum of Natural History serves those interested in ecological history. For those looking for unwinding strolls or simple relaxation, Karanji Lake and Kukkarahalli Lake are the best to visit, preferably early in the morning or evenings. More attractions include Brindavan Gardens, Railway Museum and St. Philomena's Church. Cauvery Arts and Crafts emporium is renowned for an array of silk sarees, carved sandalwood, wooden toys and inlay work, whereas Devaraja market is ideal for a more local shopping experience. Restaurants such as Hotel RRR Restaurant, Malgudi Cafe, Vinayaka Mylari, Sapphire and Anu's Bamboo Hut cater to popular local and international cuisines. Mysore comes alive during the 10-day festival of Dussehra, celebrated in October, when one can witness the entire city bedecked with lights, colours and music, making Mysore a memorable visit.

Chamundi Hill - Mysore

This is the highest and probably the most important landmark of Mysore. Located very close to the Tipu Sultan's Palace, this is a perfect option for adventure seekers. Hiking is a popular activity enjoyed by tourists here and the most important attraction is of course the Chamundeshwari Temple on the peak of the Hill. This place was once named Mahishapura after the name of the Buffalo Demon. He became extremely powerful with a boon that no man could kill him. He became arrogant and started torturing all the gods and goddesses. This is when all the lords of heaven decided to take the help of Goddess Shakti who then took the form of the fierce Chamundeshwari. The goddess is said to have killed the demon on this hill after which the hill was named Chamundi Hills. The region was once also named as Mahabaleshpura as the cult Deity was Lord Shiva and there is also a lovely temple dedicated to the God of Gods, Lord Shiva here. Later, when the Wodayar kings accepted Chamundeshwari as the royal goddess, the temple of Chamundeshwari temple became more popular. There is also a life size statue of Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva. This Bull statue is the third largest bull statue of India. There is also a brightly painted statue of Mahishasura on the foothills and this is a hotspot for clicking group photos by all tourists.
Chamundi hills is something that only Mysore can boast of and it is has an unavoidable importance in the history of the city. It visible from any part of the city. And once you reach at the top of the hill you'll get a bird's eye view of mysore which includes the mysore palace . People who loves trekking will not forget this destination. It is not just a hill but it holds the famous chamundeshwari temple and the Mahabaleshwara temple. The Mysore Wodeyar dynasty considers Chamundeshawari as the deity of the royal family. Therefore the hill is important for the people here from religious as well tourism perspective.
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This morning, after breakfast, we head out for our first steep challenge, the Chamundi Hills. Scaling 3489 ft in just 13 Kms to see the temple of Sri Chamundeshwari, the deity of the royal family, we'll spend the morning at the beautiful temple with its colossal statue of the Nandi Bull, before cycling down for lunch in the city. Post lunch a lot of Mysore, still unseen, awaits us. We start with the 14th Century Amba Vilas Palace, which we pass again later at night, to see this beautiful structure lit up at night. We then move onto the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. After the two main historic sights here, its time for the busy Devaraj market. The market is a heady concoction of sights, sounds and smells - stalls stacked with conical mounds of Kumkum, stacks of glittering bangles, blocks of jaggery, and huge mounds of fragrant marigolds, jasmine, asters and even antiques!
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Things to do
trekking, worship, photography
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Chamundi Temple - Mysore

This is a famous religious center on top of the Chamundi Hills in Mysore. This temple was built ust after the Wodeyars started their rule on this place and the Goddess Shakti was thei cult deity. Later, many contributions were made by the Hoysalas and Vijayanagara rulers. The legend goes that after the Goddess Chamundi had slayed the demon kind Mahishasura, everyone started praying to her and thus was built a very small shrine in devotion of the Goddess. This is the same temple which was rebuilt and beautified to form what we see today.
A 'darshan' of this temple is worth it to admire this architectural achievement.
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Best time to visit
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Things to do
worship
Open Hours
7:30 - 2:00 PM, 3:30- 6:00 PM and :30 PM - 9:00 PM
Budget
Free.

Mysore Zoo - Mysore

This beautiful zoo was established in the year 1892 by Raja Chamarajendra Wodeyar who is also said to be one of the main architects of the Mysore City. The original name of this zoo was thus Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. The zoo covers a large area and the animals are protected in a way that they have ample amount of space to roam about freely and feel close to nature. The Karanji Lake inside the zoo at present was taken over by the zoo authorities to increase the charm of this zoo as well as provide visitors with a little more. The Karanji Lake is thus a perfect place for boating and bird watching. Early hours of the day are when you will enjoy the most here with the beautiful views of gorgeous animals and also a peaceful experience with very less crowds. Regular programs and educational events such as insect exhibitions are organized here and a tour to this zoo is not only entertaining but also educative.
The zoo is a destination in the city much anticipated by the tourists . It is large zoo with ever stretching boundaries you feel when you get inside it. The zoo provides the animals something that stand next their natural habitat by replicating the greenery you will see in any other place like a forest. As I said before its really large zoo so it takes nothing less than 2 hours to see all that is here. If you find yourself tired enough , take the buggy service provided that will take you a round through the zoo. But exploring zoo on your foot is the best experience you can have. We got to see he only gorilla present in the zoo and not only the zoo but in the whole county there. There is animal adoption system by which you can adopt an animal and take care of all its expenses like many well known people in the country. You get to see all kinds of animals , birds, reptiles over here. Had a nice time in realizing and accepting we alone are not the owners of this planet.
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Best time to visit
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
Wildlife safaris, boating, photography
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM except Tuesdays
Budget
Rs 50 for adults, Rs 25 for children and senior citizens

Mysore Palace - Mysore

This palace which was the seat of the Wodeyar kings was rebuilt in the year 1912 by an English architect named Henry Irwin as the original one was destroyed of fire in 1897. This palace is one of the best examples not only of the Edwardian Raj Era but also of Indian Royal architecture. The beautiful kaliedoscope of stained glass enhanced with the wood carved doors and mosaic floors is exquisite undoubtedly. The museum of weapons is a must visit along with the part of the palace where you see a number of beautifully carved statues and paintings referring to the life of Mysore in that era.The palace is lit up with hundreds of bulbs every evening from 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM and the whole evening on public holidays. This is when you get a more extravagant view of this royal beauty.
Without a visit the Mysore palace your trip to Mysore won't be complete. This palce is a poetry in architect made by a well known British architect by then. It ia mid of Hindu, Muslim and Raj put style if architecture. Inside the palace the walls will give you a treat of oil paintings depicting history and famous festivals and personalities of the royal family. You will get a chance to see this magnificent palace bathed in light once it is dark from outside. It is wondrous site to see and experience.
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Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
History tours
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Budget
Indians- Rs 40, Foreigners- Rs 200, children under 10- free,prices include the charge of audio visual aid.

Saint Philomena's Church - Mysore

This is the most beautiful church in Karnataka and was built by a French Architect in the 19th century. The church is dedicated to a 3rd century Greek Saint named Philomena whose statue is here in a reclining position. A part of the saint's bones and clothes are still in the church. The church was earlier known as St. Joseph Chaver. The church is inspired from the St. Patrick's Church in New York and a local church of Cologne. King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV laid the foundation of the church. The stained glass windows with the beautiful paintings of the incidents of the life of Jesus Christ. The most attractive are the birth of Christ and his Baptism.
This church was built in the pre-independence era. the structure is glorious indeed. This is a must to visit.
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Best time to visit
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Things to do
Worship
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Budget
Free

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