Mysore

770 m above sea level and 140 kms from Bangalore, this imperial city was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars. Also known as, the city of palaces, Mysore retains a quaint charm that never fails to enchant. Situated in the southern part of the Deccan Plateau, Mysore District is an undulating tableland, covered in parts by granite outcrops and fringed by verdant forests. From ancient times, this district has played a significant role in the history of South India. Mysore District is a popular tourist destination, offering several attractions ranging from the royal splendor of Mysore City and its fabulous Dasara Festival to exquisite temples, pilgrimage centers and scenic spots.

Mysore General Information

  • Area: 132 sq. km.
  • Population: 887,476
  • Altitude: 900 meter above sea level
  • Clothing: Summer - Light tropical; Winter - Light woolens
  • Rainfall: 900-1100 mm
  • Languages: Kannada, English, Hindi, Telgu& Tamil

How to get there

By Air
The nearest airport is at Bangalore

By Rail
Mysore is well connected with Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, and Delhi.

By Road
Mysore is connected for various cities of Karnataka Distances from Mysore

  • Bandipur National Park - 90 km.
  • Bangalore - 140 km.
  • Cauvery Fishing Camp – 82 km.
  • Hassan - 130 km.
  • Kabini River Lodge – 80 km
  • Madikeri - 136 km
  • Nagarhole National Park – 93 km.
  • Ooty - 150 km.
  • Srirangapatna – 16 km.
  • Somnathpur – 50 km.
  • Shivasamudrum Fall – 85 km.
  • Talakad – 50 km.

Mysore Place

The residence of the Wodeyars, this structure is one of the largest of its kind in India. Built in 1912 in the Indo-Saracenic style, this palace exudes a grandeur that is unmatched. The Golden Royal Throne, the Durbar Hall, the kalyanaMandap, the Gallery and the Ambavillas are the main attractions here.

Sir Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery

Housed in the Jaganmohan Palace, this gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings dating back to 1875. The collection includes paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, the Russian Svetoslav Roerich and the traditional Mysore gold leaf style of painting.

St. Philomena's Church

It is in Gothic style, is one of the largest churches in the country and has beautiful stained-glass windows.

The Jaganmohan Place

Maharaja KrishnarajaWodeyar built one of Mysore’s most beautiful buildings, The Jaganmohan Palace in 1861 in a predominantly Hindu style, as an alternative retreat for the royal family. This three storied palace with stained glass shutters and ventilators, in a lovely garden setting, has since 1915, housed the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery.

The Mysore Zoo

Sri Jayachamarajendra Zoological Gardens, popularly known as the Mysore Zoo was established in 1892 under the reign of ChamarajendraWodeyar.

Srirangapatna

14 km north-east of Mysore on the Bangalore-Mysore highway is Srirangapatna, the island fortress that was once the capital of the warrior-kings Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore. Tipu's summer palace, Daria Daulat, built in 1784, was his favourite retreat. Now a museum, it tells eloquently of his valour and his losing battle against British expansion. It has ornate and beautiful frescoes. Tipu's Fort at Srirangapatna holds within it a mosque and the Ranganathaswamy Temple. Outside the fort is the Gumbaz, the tiger's tomb, with doors of ebony inlaid with ivory

Bandipur

Situated 80 kms from Mysore, the Bandipur National park is one of the most beautiful wildlife centres. Rare species of animals and birds can be seen in this natural habitat. Bandipur has also been chosen as a centre for the Project Tiger scheme launched i 1973 by the WWF to save the tiger.

Somnathpur Temple

35 kms east is famous for its 13th century Hoysala Temple. The Temple is in excellent condition, has frescoed exteriors depicting episodes from the epics.

Chamundi Hills

Towering over the city, these hills are 13 kms away from Mysore. Half way up is the Nandi Bull, a 4.8 m monolith. Right on top is the 2000-year-old Chamundeswari Temple, dedicated to the patron goddess of the royal family.

Brindavan Gardens

19 km. northwest of Mysore is the KRS Dam and the ornamental Brindavan Gardens. The musical fountains and colorful lights transform this place into a fairyland in the evenings.

Cauvery Fishing Camp

82 km. from Mysore Bheemeshwari is a paradise is a paradise for anglers. Mahasheer, the finest game fish found here. This camp is also accessible from Bangalore 100 kms.

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole national park and Kabini River Lodge are perfect get-away for nature lovers. Abounding in rich variety of wildlife, one can find elephants, tigers, antelopes and even leopards here.

B.R. Hills

This picturesque hill range, at a height of 5091 ft. is 120 kms from Mysore and is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. The temple on the hill, dedicated to BillgiriRangaswamy attracts devotees round the year.

Jumma Masjid

This Mosque is where Tipu offered his ‘Namaz’. Persian inscription tell us the 99 names of Allah and date the period of construction of the mosque to 1787AD.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganathittu, 18 kms from Mysore, is a Bird Sanctuary that houses exotic birds. It is a group of small islands in the Kaveri River. It is home to a variety of water birds, including comorants, herons, egrets and spoonbills.

Shopping

Sandalwood, its products and silk are Mysore's specialities, sold in Government owned emporia at fixed prices. The Government Silk Factory offers silk straight from the looms. Delightful Mysore wooden toys or an incredible assortment of sandalwood, rosewood, Teakwood and ivory arts and crafts