Located 140 Kms from the state capital Bangalore--
Mysore is the erstwhile capital of Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore
state. The Wodeyar family ruled Mysore since 14th century except
for a short period of 40 years when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were
the rulers. Mysore has never failed to mesmerise the tourists with
its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully
laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred
temples. The charm leaves no one untouched.
Mysore traces its history into the mythological books where there
is reference of Mahishasur (Mahishasura) or the buffalo-headed demon
king who is believed to have lived here. Goddess Chamundeshwari
of Chamundi hills killed this demon and hence the Dussehra, the
festival of the victory of good over evil, is celebrated with unprecedented
grandeur. Today Mysore is one of the major cities of Karnataka.
Mysore has emerged as a thriving market for exotic
sandalwood & incense, the Mysore silk sarees and stone carved
Place to See
The Mysore Palace was the former residence of the Wodeyar rulers.
This palace was built in 1912 and is a splendid structure in the
Indo-saracenic style. The Mysore Palace is one of the largest of
its kind in India. The major attractions of this palace is the magnificent
golden royal elephant throne with diamonds and other precious stones
which is displayed during the Dussehra festival, the Durbar Hall,
the Kalyana Mandap with detailed murals, gallery and a carved silver
The other major tourist attraction in Mysore is the Chamundi Hills.
The Chamundi Hills are about 1000 feet high and can be seen from
any part of the city. As you drive up the hill, you will come across
a 4.8 m monolith of Nandi, the Lord Shiva’s sacred bull. On
these hills, the statue of the buffalo-headed demon Mahishasura
with a cobra in one hand and a scimitar on the other hand is also
situated. Right on the top of these hills, there is a 2000 year
old temple which is dedicated to the goddess Chamundeshwari, the
patron goddess of the royal family. According to the legend, the
goddess killed the evil demon Mahishasura on these hills. There
is a splendid view of the city from the top of the hill.
This fine museum is housed in the magnificent Jayalakshmi Vilas
mansion in the Mysore University campus at Manasagangotri. It has
rich collection of over 6500 folklore articles andis perhaps the
biggest of its kind in Asia.
Sri Jayachmarajendra Art Gallery
Jayachamarajennndra Art Gallery is located in the Jaganmohan Palace.
This art gallery houses a collection of exquisite paintings of the
1875 period. This celebrated collection includes paintings by Raja
Ravi Varma, the Russian Svetoslav Roerich and the traditional Mysore
gold leaf style of painting. Besides paintings it also has a vast
collection of musical instruments, curios, medieval playing cards
and other antiques.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located about 18 kms. from Mysore.
This bird sanctuary is located on the lush island on the Cauvery
River. This bird sanctuary is a home to various exotic varieties
of water birds and crocodiles. Some of the birds migrate during
the winter from Siberia and North America. It is possible to see
them at a very close range through boats. The best period to visit
this sanctuary is between June and February.
How to Reach
: Bangalore Airport (139 km) is the nearest
airport. The airport is connected to major cities of India and Middle
: Mysore railway station is connected to Bangalore
and Chennai. Major railhead is Bangalore which has trains from important
places of India.
: A good network of roads connects Mysore
with Bangalore, Hassan, Ooty and other cities of India. KRTC (The
Karnataka Road Transport Corporation) and private buses run from
Mysore to other cities of Karnataka