Mysore or Mysuru is a city in India’s southwestern Karnataka state. It served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries from 1399 until 1956. The Kingdom ruled by the Wadiyar dynasty, with a brief period of interregnum in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power. Mysore noted for its heritage structures and palaces. The Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives many tourists from around the world. It is various art forms and culture, such as Mysore Dasara, Mysore Pak, Mysore Masala Dosa, silk turban and the Mysore silk sarees. Mysore also known for its special variety of jasmine flower fondly referred as “Mysore Mallige” and betel leaves. Tourism is the major industry alongside the traditional industries. Mysore’s inter-city public transportation includes rail, bus and flights. Below is the list of Top Places to Visit in Mysore.
1. Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace is at the top in the list of Top Places to Visit in Maysore. It is a historical palace and a royal residence at Mysore in the Indian State of Karnataka. It one of the most popular places to visit. Palace is official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore. It is in the centre of Mysore, and faces the Chamundi Hills eastward. Mysore commonly described as the ‘City of Palaces’. The land on which the palace now stands was originally known as puragiri. It now known as the Old Fort. Yaduraya built the first palace inside the Old Fort in the 14th century, which was demolished and constructed multiple times. The current structure constructed between 1897 and 1912, after the Old Palace burnt ablaze. Mysore Palace now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India.
Timings: Every day from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
Entry Fee: INR 40 per person for adults and INR 20 per person for children.
2. Sri Chamarajndra Zoological Gardens(Mysore Zoo)
Mysore Zoo is at the 2nd spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Mysore. Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens Popularly known as the Mysore Zoo. It located near the Mysore palace. The Mysore zoo spread over 157 acre. Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens was established in 1892. It one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India, and is home to a wide range of species. Mysore Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Other than the animals found in our country, this zoo also has some exotic animals acquired from foreign zoos.
Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Tuesday closed).
Entry Fee: INR 70.
3. Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
Chamundeshwari Temple is at the 3rd spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Mysore. It is a Hindu temple located on the Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India. The temple is located on Chamundi Hills, 13 km from the city. It named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti. Chamundeshwari is called by the people of Karnataka as Naada Devathe which means State Goddess. It situated at the elevation of 838 feet from the mean sea level. This is one of the most famous places in Mysore for visiting with family.
4. Brindavan Gardens
Brindavan Gardens is at the 4th spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Mysore. It is a garden located in the Mandya District of the Indian State of Karnataka. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara Dam which is built across the river Kaveri. The work on laying out this garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932.Brindavan gardens are located 23 km from Mysore. It is a famous spot for sightseeing near Mysore and a perfect space to spend a pleasant evening. Visited by close to 2 million tourists per year, the garden is one of the major attractions of Srirangapatna. The magical fountain show is the highlight of the garden, ornated with beautiful lights and cheerful music. Boat rides and fruit orchards are also one of the highlights of this garden.
Timings: Every day from 6:00 am to 8.00 pm.
Entry Fee: INR 15 per person for adults and INR 05 per person for children.
5. St. Philomena Cathedral Church
St. Philomena Cathedral Church is at the 5th spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Mysore. It a Catholic church that is the cathedral of the Diocese of Mysore, India. Church full name the Cathedral of St. Joseph and St. Philomena. It also known as St. Joseph’s Cathedral. It constructed in 1936 using a Neo Gothic style and its architecture was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. This is one of the tallest churches in Asia. Built in Gothic style, the construction plan of the church has been laid very thoughtfully. Before the church constructed, there used to be a small church in the same location. A church at the same location was built in 1843 by Maharaja Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. Maharaja Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar built church to increase number of Europeans.
Timings: Every day from 5:00 am to 6.00 pm.
6. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is at the 6th spot in the list of Top Places to Visit in Mysore. It is a bird sanctuary in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka. It is also known as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the state, 40 acres in area. Ranganathittu is located 3 kilometres from the historic town of Srirangapattana and 16 kilometres north of Mysore. The sanctuary attracted about 3 lakh visitors during 2016–17.
Timings: Every day from 9 am to 6 pm.
Entry Fee: INR 50 per person for adults and INR 25 per person for children.
7. Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery And Auditorium
Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery And Auditorium is a palace in the city of Mysore, India. Its construction completed in 1861 and was initially used by the Wodeyars, kings of Mysore as their home. It is now used as an art gallery and a function hall. The palace is one of the seven palaces of the royal city of Mysore. The gallery houses many valuable artifacts from South India. The antiques and some intricate masterpieces also feature at the art gallery. One of the best places to visit in Mysore is Jaganmohan Palace.
Timings: Every day from 10 am to 5.30 pm.
Entry Fee: INR 20 per person for adults and INR 10 per person for children.
8. Karanji Lake
Karanji Lake is a lake located in the city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India. The lake is surrounded by a nature park consisting of a butterfly park and a walk-through aviary. This aviary is the biggest ‘walk-through aviary’ in India. There is also a museum, the Regional Museum of Natural History which is located on the banks of this lake. The total area of Karanji lake is 90 hectares. While waterspread area is about 55 hectares, the foreshore area measures about 35 hectares. Karanji lake is owned by the Mysore Zoo Authority. The largest lake in Karnataka is among the most gorgeous tourist places in Mysore.
Timings: Wed-Mon 8:30 am to 5.30 pm, closed on Tuesday.
Entry Fee: INR 10 per person for adults and INR 05 per person for children.
9. Rail Museum
The Mysore Railway Museum is second largest museum. It was established in 1979 by Indian Railways. The museum is opposite the Central Food Technology and Research Institute on Krishnaraja Sagar Road. It has locomotives and a gallery of photographs and paintings depicting the growth of railways in India. Railway signals and lights are also displayed. The museum has a battery-operated mini-train giving a short ride for children on the grounds. It is certainly one of the best places to see in Mysore.
Timings: Tues-Sun from 10:00 am to 5.30 pm, closed on Monday.
Entry Fee: INR 15 per person for adults and INR 10 per person for children.
10. Krishna Raja Sagara Dam
Krishna Raja Sagara, also popularly known as KRS, is a lake and the dam that creates it. They are close to the settlement of Krishnarajasagara in the Indian State of Karnataka. You Mysore sightseeing isn’t complete without paying a visit to KRS Dam. Built over river Kaveri, it is another interesting place to visit in Mysore. There is an ornamental garden, Brindavan Gardens, attached to the dam.
Timings: 10 am to 8 pm.
Entry Fee: INR 15.
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