There are some places that captures your heart and weaves a magical feel in your soul.There are some cities that leaves you spell bound.Well, Mysore is one of the destinations that precisely does that. Mysore leaves a lasting impression on the traveler with its compelling charishma and leaves one wanting for more.The City has some thing to offer to all the kind of travelers - backpackers, slow travelers, solo travel,short family trips or for people just looking for a getaway to unwind and let their hair down.
The city, located about 140 kms from Bangalore is known as the cultural capital of Karnataka. One visit to this marvelous city will let you know how aptly the title fits in.Mysore is rich in heritage and has a history dating back to about 300 years. For starters, Karnataka was known as the princely state of Mysore until the year 1950. The Wodeyars dynasty - known as 'Maharajas of Mysore' ruled the state and they inherit their lineage from the golden era of the Vijayanagar Empire.
Mysore is known all over the world for its pompous and glorious celebration of Dasara festival.The procession here draws lakhs of visitors every year.And this procession is a tradition that has been passed down from the Vijayanagar Kingdom.
For those who are visiting Mysore for the first time or for those new to this city, here are the places that I would recommend:
Mysore Palace -
Also known as 'Amba Vilas Palace', this palace is the residence of the Wodeyars and boasts of truly majestic architecture.There are about seven palaces in Mysore and the most important of them is the Mysore Palace. The durbar hall with its astounding interiors, the long corridors with tall ceilings that showcase the history of the state and the paintings depicting the tradition are not to be missed.Try to spend a whole day here,because in the evening the palace is lit with about 30,000 bulbs of light and this is a spectacular sight to witness. It makes you fall in love with the shere beauty of the place and you cannot stop admiring the palace.
Chamundi Hills -
For the religious folks, this place is of high reverence and piligrims from all over come to seek the blessings of mother goddess. This place is just perfect for nature lovers. Tucked away from the hustle bustle of the city, this place is truly charming.One call climb up till top or simply take a long drive on bike letting the cool breeze play against the face. The entire city of Mysore can be viewed from atop the hill.This view point gives a panoramic view of the wonderful city which is breath-taking and awesome.
Brindavan Gardens -
Brindavan gardens lies adjoining the Krishnaraja Sagar dam which is built across the river Cauvery.The garden is very huge and spreads across a vast area and has big fountains.A walk in the garden during the evening is a pleasant experience and there are varieties of colorful fauna that makes the place more pretty.This is an ideal place to hangout and relax.
St.Philomena's Church -
This is one of the famous Catholic church known explicitly for its architecture. The walls run higher and the inscriptions on the inside are truly beautiful.Visit this place to experience the gothic style of architecture.
Mysore Zoo -
Officially known as Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, this zoo is located at a stone's throw from Mysore Palace.It is one of the oldest and the most popular zoos in India and is home to some of the unique species like King Cobra, Giraffe, Orangutan and various rare breeds of birds.It was built during the princely rule and is very well maintained to this day.It attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Jaganmohan Palace -
This place is known for the largest collections of artefacts dating back to hundreds of years.The palace has a gallery which has the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma- one of the renowned painters.Apart from this, there are numerous paintings related to Hindu mythology and rare collection of artefacts are preserved here.
Karanji Lake -
Karanji lake has a nature park surrounding it and a butterfly park.This lake is a place to unwind and get a view of a number of beautiful birds around.This lake is pristine and peaceful and is a great place to lay back and enjoy.A large flock of birds migrate and make home for themselves in this park.There is a Museum - Regional Museum of Natural History beside the lake.Boating is also available here.
Mysore has good weather condition throughout the year and so don't worry - you can pack your backs anytime to this place. The connectivity is also pretty good since it is a three-hour drive from Bangalore and is one of the popular getaway from Bangalore.