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About Mysore
A city of natural beauty, royal aura and quaint charm, Mysore was the capital of Tipu Sultan and a inspired mosaic of beautiful palaces, parks and gardens, the resplendent rustle of Mysore silk, the exotic fragrance of sandalwood and delicious Mysore cuisines, its a world heritage city that beckons travelers across the world.

The cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is the second largest district in Karnataka. Mysore is a city of Palaces, most prominent of them being Amba Vilas, Rajendra Vilas, Jayalakshmi Vilas (now the Mysore University premises), Karanji Mansion (now postal training institute) and Crawford Hall (university administrative building).

Mysore is also famous for its silk, Railway Museum, Mysore zoo, the Chamundeswari temple (on Chamundi hill), Kalamandira, Bandipur National Park, Raganathittu bird sanctuary etc. Temples, ghats (riverbanks) and small riverside shrines surround Mysore and its outskirts. Lush greenery and shrines and the idol pasted with vermilion gives it a mystic look. The city could be easily taken for the Mysore kingdom's capital even today.

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Mysore Palace- The signature monument of Mysore was designed by English architect Henry Irwin exudes a grandeur that is unparalleled. The Durbar Hall with its ornate and sculpted pillars and Golden Howdah(elephant seat) are the treasures of the palace. The palace is beautifully adorned by 97000 electric bulb and the whole it covers with royal purple garb.

Jaganmohan Palace- It was built by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar in 1861 as a retreat of royal family. Still stained glass window shutters interior hall speak about the historical saga of the palace. Inside the palace Jayachamarajendra Art Museum maintains some fantastic collections of paintings of Mysore and Tanjore style, sculptures and musical instrument.

Sri Jayachamarajendra Zoo- Some of the rarest animals found in this zoo. One of the best zoo in India has a collection of endangered animals like, tapir, chimpanzee,giraffe,zebra and white tiger. It takes almost two hours to visit the zoo completely. Fees are nominal and tram service inside the zoo takes you to every corner.

Chamundi Hills- Chamundi Hills are the landmark tourist spot of Mysore. Chamundi hills are specially known for Chamundeeswari temple, which is located on the hills and easily accessed through a motorable road. One has to struggle one thousand steps to reach the hill at a height of about 3000 feet.
Mysore
Planet X- Planet X is an amusement club specially famed for Go-Karting track. It is situated at Maharana Pratap Singh Road in Nazarabad. The campus includes a bowling alley,a video-game arcade, a restaurant and Mysore’s only disco at weekends.

ST Philomena’s Cathedral- This is 175 ft high,modeled in a gothic style is one of the tallest churches in India. It looks like a big chocolate cake. The church is near the Five Light Circle. Photography is permitted after a prior permission.

Rail Museum – This small museum near the station exhibits a maharaja’s saloon carriage dating to 1899,among other exhibits.

Not To Overlook-Excursions From Mysore

Bandipur National Park - The national park is located about 80 km away from Mysore city. The park conserve animals like swamp deer, Asian elephants and gaurs. You can enjoy a elephant ride and stroll around the park.

Talakad- Talakad is a serene place famed for sand dunes. It is located on the bank of Kaveri near. It is said there were many temples but burried under the sand dunes of Talakad. Some of the temples were excavated in last 12 years for special worship.

Shivanasamudra : Shivasamudra a place situated 855 kms to the east of Mysore. Here due the deluge of river Cauvery down a deep rocky gorge and creates two magnificent waterfalls. The best time to visit the place is during monsoon season.

Srirangapatana : This is an island fortress of Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, which is located 15 kms from Mysore. Ranganathaswamy temple and a mosque still speak about the bravery of Tipu Sultan. Srirangapatana also have Daria Daulat Bag, a beautiful lush green gardens. Neighborhood of it Daria Daulat Palace is there,which was a summer palace of Tipu Sultan. It has some rare collections of paintings,manuscripts and Tipu record.

Travellers Factoid
Location- Mysore is a city in the Karnataka State and is located between Mangalore and Bangalore (Capital of Karnataka). The Capital is 130 km from Mysore. It is geographically located between 12 degree North latitude and 76 degree East longitude

Climate- Mysore enjoys wonderful climate due to its geographic location. It's never too hot in Mysore, the maximum temperature being around 30 degree Celsius (May & June). Monsoon stays from June to October, during which mostly the rainfall occurs. Average annual rainfall is 86 cm.

How To Reach?

By Air- Nearest airport is Bangalore,which is 139 kms away from Mysore city. Bangalore is well linked with all major cities of India and also with some international airport.
By Rail- BangaloreMysore is connected with Bangalore with number of trains. The quickest and comfortable way to reach Mysore is via Bangalore.
By Road- From Bangalore to Mysore will take around 3 hours. The road is excellent and traveling via the road is a nice experience. There are government buses as well as private luxury coaches. There are option of rent a cab from Bangalore.

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