Mysore Travel Guide
Location: South Karnataka
Weather: Semi-arid; 16-34 o c
Nearest Airport: Bangalore International Airport (139 km)
Nearest Railway Station: Mysore City Junction
Tourist Attractions: Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, Brindavan Gardens
Best Time to Visit: October – March
Things to do/Activities: Visiting monuments, temples, zoo etc.
Nearby places: Srirangapatna, Ranganthittu Bird sanctuary
Mysore, the second largest city in Karnataka after Bangalore, is a scenic city located on the foot of Chamundi hills. Mysore once served as the capital of the erstwhile Mysore kingdom ruled by the Wadiyar dynasty and briefly by Mysore Sultanate; it is famous for its archeological depositions. Noted for monuments like Mysore Palace and celebrations like Durga Puja, Mysore is known as the cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore is also famous for silk production and is the best place to shop for silk materials. Legend has it that this place was ruled by the hefty demon Mahishasura, who was killed by Goddess Durga (Chamundi). The name ‘Mysore’ came from a Kannada word ‘Mahisuru’ which means the ‘Land of Mahisha’, which then became ‘Maisuru’ before acquiring its current name. This city is a major tourist center in Karnataka and you may not be able to cover all the tourist spots in one day. Hence, plan a two-day trip if you want to explore Mysore completely.
Things To Do
- Sightseeing: There are many things to see in Mysore. The city has a palace, zoo, museum, temple, garden and many more places worth visiting.
- Climbing Hill: If you are interested in this activity then Chamundi Hills is the best place for you to visit. Located at the greenest part of the city, Chamundi Hill is an important landmark of Mysore with the Chamundeswari temple located atop.
- Outdoor Activities: Are you an adventure buff? Then Mysore has many things to offer you. You may enjoy hang gliding, bungee jumping and river rafting. Adventure clubs like International Academy of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (IAMAS) and Society for Promotion of Adventure and Nature Awareness (SPAN), Almanac International Voluntary Club etc, arrange many such activities in the city.
Shopping In Mysore
- Mysore is famous for silk and if interested, you may visit the factories as well so that you can witness the silk-making process and also avail good discounts on various items. Silk saris are a major fad and are generally expensive but the price varies according to the amount of gold lace or ‘zari’ involved. Mysore crepe silk saris are the most sought after ones.
- Other favorite shopping items are the handicraft pieces of Mysore. There are many alluring artifacts available made of rosewood, sandalwood, teakwood etc. Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium of the Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation is the best place to buy these articles.
- Mysore is also famous for incense sticks and numerous stone carvings and alluring paintings are also available here. Chenapatna wooden toys and traditional playing cards are also hot picks.
Places To Stay
- Lalitha Mahal Palace Heritage Hotel
- Hotel Sandesh Prince
- Nalapad Residency
- KSTDC Mayura Hoysala
- Hotel Royale Heritage
- Hotel Palace Plaza
- Hotel Dasaprakash
- Green House Valley Service Apartment
- Hotel Luciya International
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctury: Also known as Paksi Kashi of Karnataka, this is a small sanctuary extending over 67 km2. The sanctuary consists of six islets in the Cauvery River. Famous Indian Ornithologist and naturalist, Salim Ali, discovered this scenic nesting place and persuaded the King of Mysore to declare it as a sanctuary in 1940. Now, this place is a major tourist spot visited by many bird-lovers. The fauna consists of Bonnet macaque, Flying Fox, Muggar Crocodile and around 170 species of birds including painted stork, Spoonbill, wolley-necked stork, Asian openbill stork to name some. Apart from these birds, there are seasonal migratory birds as well. It is only 14km from Mysore.
Srirangapatna: Srirangapatna is a historical city located on the banks of the river Cauvery. The city was once the capital of the erstwhile Mysore state, under the rule of Tipu Sultan. The city now has many tourist attractions including the death plac of Tipu Sultan, tomb of Tipu Sultan, Dariya Daulat Bagh (Tipu’s Summer Palace), Ranganatha Swamy temple, Nimishamba temple, Sangam (where river Cauvery meets river Loakpavani).
Biligiri Rangana Hills: Also known as BR Hills, this is a wildlife sanctuary and tiger reserve. It is continuous with the Satyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary. Fauna here includes Sambhar, barking deer, chital, four-horned antelopes, tigers, Dhole (wild dogs) leopards, lesser cats, sloth, bears, giant flying squirrels and many more.
Nanjangud: This is an important pilgrimage center, 23km from Mysore. This place is known for the Nanjundeshwara/Srikanteshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known as Dakshina Kashi (Southern Kashi), this Dravidian style temple is one of the biggest temples in Karnataka. Located on the bank of Kabani River, this temple was originally built by the Cholas. Hoysalas, Palegars Vijayanagara rulers and other rulers made many additions to this temple structure.
Tourist Information Centre Address
TTD Information Centre,
Parakal Mutt Building
Krishnaraja Mohalla, Mysore