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MYSORE (MYSURU)

MYSORE:- Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka. The City is situated at the base of Chamundi Hills and is famous for the Dussehra Celebrations during which a large number of tourists visit the city.


Hindu mythology says that Mysore was ruled by Mahishasura a demon who was later on killed by Goddess Chamundeshwari. Till the 15th Century, the area where Mysore stands today, was know as Puragere. The Fort was constructed in the year 1524 by Chamaraja Wodeyar III.


Mysore city is the cultural capital of Karnataka. Dussehra is the most important festival of the city and this festival is celebrated for a period of 10 days. Mysore is also know as City of Palaces. There are a large number of palaces around the city to be visited,. The most famous attraction of Mysore is the Mysore Palace, which is best visited during the evening when the whole palace is lit up with sparkling lights. 

 

Nearest Railway Station / Airport : Mysuru  (110 Kms).

Best Season: Throughout the Year.

Mysore Palace


One of the most magnificent buildings located in the heart of the city is the Mysore Palace. Spacious halls called Mantaps can be seen in the Palace. Paintings and architectural beauty decor the hall. The palace is a fantabulous assemblage of Indo-Sarcen Architecture.

Chamundi Hill Temple


The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore. The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakthi, a tutelary diety held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas. One of the main tourist attraction of Mysore. You can also have a scenic view of the Mysore City from top of Chamundi Hills.

Brindavan Gardens


The Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir across the legendary Cauvery River is round 18km north-west of Mysuru.  The Brindavan Gardens are located just a level below the dam.Often described as the best example of illuminated terrace gardens in the country, the idea was brainchild of Sir M.Visveshwaraiah and Sir Mirza M ismail, former Devans of Mysuru.  The overall design here displays an orientation of Mughal patterns-with garden paths and a shimmering necklace of fountains.On the South bank there is a pavilion, where visitors can get a breathtaking view of the gardens.  Other highlights at the gardens include a children’s park, a fisheries station and a hydraulic research station.  Adding a touch of sanctity to the place is a beautiful sculpture of Goddess Cauvery at the foot of the dam.

Mysore Zoo


Mysore Zoo or Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens is one of the oldest zoo in India. It is home to a wide range of wild species and takes the credit for alluring vast number of visitors with its rich breed of flora and fauna. Mysore Zoo is a must in the itinerary for sightseeing in Mysore. Mysore Zoo is a pleasant experience also because most animals are kept in well spaced enclosures and it’s a delight to see them move around freely. The Mysore zoo abounds in natural vegetation cover and comprises of various rare species of plants & trees that are hard to find some where else. It is located inside the city unlike many other Zoos in India and Mysore Zoo is considered to be one of the best and oldest in the world.

St. Philomena's Church


The St. Philomena's Church in Mysore is one of the oldest churches in India. It is over 200 years old. Initially over 250 years ago there was a small church in its place. When the capital of Mysore state was move from Srirangapatnam to Mysore city in 1799, many British officers and soldiers came and settled down in Mysore. The Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III realized the need for a Christian church for these people. So the Maharaja gave them a small plot of land on the Mysore-Bangalore Road and a little church came up there. As the city expanded and the Christian population of the city increased there was a need for a larger church.

Srirangapatna Fort


It is s a historical fort located in Srirangapatna, the historical capital city in the South India state.Built by the Timmanna Nayaka in 1454, the fort came to prominence during the rule of Tipu Sultan.The fort was fully fortified and the architecture was modified with the help of French architects to meet the growing needs of saving against invaders. The river Kaveri surrounds the fort in one of the sides

Somnathpur


Somnathpur is well known for the breathtaking Prasanna Chennakeshava Temple, one of the three famous & finest representations of Hoysala architecture (other two being temples at Belur & Halebid). This is one of the three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore & Mysore and one of the wonderful weekend getaways from both the cities. The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing.

Sand Museum


Sand sculpture Museum displays around 150 sculptures of sand in 16 different themes, which have been placed over an area of 13500 sq. feet. These sand sculptures have been created using more than 115 truckloads of sand. Various interesting themes have been used at the museum ranging from mysore heritage, wildlife, culture, instances from different religious epics and fairy tales and stories.

Talakad


Talakadu also Known as 'Talakad' is on the banks of the river Cauvery. Talakadu is situated 45 km from Mysore. It is known for its sand dunes. Tradition says that two hunters by name Tala and Kada attained moksha by offering worship to the deity Vaidyanatheswara and the place came to be called after them. The place was also known as Gajaranyakshetra

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