Top 9 Places to visit in Mysuru

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Best things to do in Mysuru and sightseeing in Mysuru

This is the third largest city of Karnataka and also the most popular in terms of tourist ratings. The princely state was where the Sultan Tipu Sultan stayed and at that time Mysuru was also the capital of his kingdom of present day Karnataka. The name Mysore or Mysuru has been taken from the name of the buffalo- headed demon named Mahishasura who was killed by Goddess Chamundeshwari whose temple is on the Chamunda Hills in this city itself. Mysore is also known as the cultural capital of Karnataka and the Vijayanagar Style of Painting is the most popular here. King Raja Wodeyar was a patron of Art and Culture and the Vijayanagar School is said to have flourished the most during his rule. The rosewood carvings including the Gesso works are also a specialty of Mysore. This type of art involves the work of gold foil. The Mysore silk sarees with silver and gold zari work is also famous here. The well known palaces of Mysore include the Amba Vilas, Jaganamohana Palace, Rajendra Vilas and The Lalitha Mahal. These are some of the examples of the beautiful architecture commonly used here in early times. The Brindaban Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Rail Museum, Chamundi Hills and Karanji Lake Nature Park are some of the tourist attractions here.

Mysore Zoo - Mysuru

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.
Mysore zoo is one of the oldest zoo in country and the best i have ever seen. The entry fee is mere 50 Rupees per person which seems very nominal as compared to the inside view.This is the second tourist attraction after Mysore Palace.
Juliet Kilo

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A treat to zoophyllics and a pleasure to birdlovers, the Mysore Zoo is one of the most significant and popular tourist places in Karnataka. It is located on a vast area of 157 acres near the famous Mysore Palace and has more than 150 species of animals and birds living in their natural habitats and ecosystems. It was built in the late 18th century and also has a wonderful lake on it eastern side making it one of the best picturistic locations in Mysore.
Karthik Rao V

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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 - Mysuru

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.
Glamorous Palace
Subhadeep Banerjee

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The heritage of Mysuru
Mohan Bvk

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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.

Chamundi Temple - Mysuru

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.
The Chamundeshwari temple was built in 13th century. The temple is located on the top of Chamundi hills about 13 km away from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka. This temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of shakti . This is considered as the shakti peeth and is among the 18 maha shakti peeth. The temple has a seven storey tall Gopura/Gopuram decorated with intricate carvings. The deity of the goddess is said to be made of Gold and the entrance doors are of Silver.
Juliet Kilo

152 Followers, 7 Reviews


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.

Chamundi Hill - Mysuru

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.
Mahishasura - the asura (demon). His father was Rambha and he fell in love with a princess called Mahishi who was cursed to be water buffalo. Asura was born out of their union. Hence, he was able to change human and buffalo form at will. (Mahisha is a sanskrit word meaning buffalo).
Juliet Kilo

152 Followers, 7 Reviews


Best time to visit
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Things to do
trekking, worship, photography
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Nandi - Mysuru

Also known as the Nandidurg or Nandi Betta, this is a popular hill fortress in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. The name of the hills has been derived from the Dravidian temples dedicated to Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva. Out of these two temple one ois on top of the hill and the other is on the foothills. During the rule of the Cholas, this hill was known as the Ananadagiri or the 'hill of happiness'. The name of the hill according to two other legends talk about the presence of the sleeping Nandi Bull here and also the penace performed here by yoga Nandeeshwara. There is also a temple dedicated to Yoga Nandeeshwara on top of this hill. The temple that you find on the foothills date back to the 9th Century by the Banas Dynasty and is a beautiful blend of various temple building styles due to the repeated renovations and beautifications during various dynasties. The fort on top of the hill was a contribution of Tipu Sultan and is said to have been built in such a way that soldiers could shoot from all directions without beeing seen. The beauty of the hills is also remarkable with the lovely view of the Amrit Sarovar Lake. The rolling stretches of greenery and the evergreen forests of the nandi hills are the home to rare species such as the shaheen falcon, Malabar whilstling thrush, Uropeltid snakes, pill millepedes and yellow throated bulbuls. Trekking and paragliding are the main activities to be enjoyed here.
This huge granite Nandi (the bull mount of Shiva) is situated on the Chamundi Hill step. This is over 15 feet high, 24 feet long and around its neck are exquisite bells.
Juliet Kilo

152 Followers, 7 Reviews


Best time to visit
September- April
Things to do
trekking, paragliding, bird watching, nature trails, worship, photography
Open Hours
Open 24 hours
Budget
N/A

Karanji Kere Lake Park & Boating - Mysuru

A well maintained lake in Mysuru, has a walk-through aviary, gardens. Must see place in Mysuru in the early mornings.
Mohan Bvk

11 Followers, 16 Reviews


Kukkarahalli Lake - Mysuru

Jogging jungle! This is the place where morning joggers meet and walk along its length, you'll encounter floura and fauna in its perimeter.
Mohan Bvk

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Devaraja Market - Mysuru

This is the best market in the whole state and is full of colors. This is otherwise nothing but a local market where you can get farm fresh fruits, vegetables, tea and rangoli powder colors. The colors are decoratively exhibited in a way that it looks no less than a rainbow.
About 125 years old, the Devaraja Market gives you everything from the local culture. This colourful, traditional market has something for everyone. From rich Indian spices, to traditional souvenirs, the Devaraja Market is always filled with tourists and locals. There is always something to choose from on its 800+ stalls. An hour might not just cut it here. Get your bargaining skills along!
Vinay Nagaraju

140 Followers, 3 Reviews


Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Things to do
shopping
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Budget
Free

Nagarhole National Park - Mysuru

It is a national parl located in Kodagu district as was declared as a Project Tiger tiger reserve, it covers the Western Ghats ad moves down to Kerala and is about 645 sq kms in area.
One of the best rides I have taken so far .
Piyush

240 Followers, 35 Reviews


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