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Mysore Tourism

Mysore Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 763 m
  • Pincode: 570001
  • District: Mysore
  • Language: Kannada
  • STD code: 0821
  • Weather: Summer 19 to 34°C, Winter 16 to 27°C

History of Mysore

An ancient city which is believed to have existed from the time of Emperor Ashoka’s rule, Mysore has grown into one of the biggest cities in Karnataka. From the 10th century onwards there is documented evidence of the role played by this city in various historical events. It became the headquarters of the Wodeyar dynasty in 1584 AD, and since then there has been no turning back. Besides being one of the country’s top tourist destinations, it is also known for its cleanliness and old world charm.

People and Culture of Mysore

The people of this city of palaces are a laidback lot and are by and large peaceful. Kannada is widely spoken and people of all faiths including Hindus, Muslims, and Christians live and here. Some of their places of worship date back centuries and figure on the list of places to visit in Mysore. Known as the cultural capital of the state, the city is known for its patronage of the arts. The Dasara celebrations here are globally famous and many choose to take a Mysore tour during this time. Mysore paintings and Ganjifa Art are promoted here.

Things to Do in Mysore

A short trip might not suffice to cover all Mysore attractions. Amba Vilas Palace, popularly known as Mysore Palace, was once the official residence of the royal family. The beautiful botanical park and musical fountain at Brindavan Gardens are a hit with tourists on Mysore sightseeing trips. Yet another of the Mysore tourist places that appeal to the young and old alike is the sprawling Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. Commonly known as Mysore zoo, it is one of the oldest zoos in the country and has a successful breeding track record not to mention being one of the best Mysore places to visit even with returning visitors.

Jagan Mohan Palace, Rail Museum, Folklore Museum, Chamundi Hills, St Philomena’s Church, and Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary are some other places to see in Mysore. The numerous parks offer a choice of picnic spots in Mysore for locals and visitors alike.

Food and Shopping in Mysore

Rice is the staple food of people in the region and dishes like Chitranna and Puliyogare are to be tasted when on a trip to Mysore. The city’s namesake Mysore Pak, jalebis, and rava unde are some of the lip smacking desserts any visitor should sample.

If you find time after ticking off the things to do in Mysore list, pick up a silk saree or two to take home. Mysore silk is globally known as one of the finest and so are the exquisite rosewood inlay products.

Accommodation in Mysore

Do not spend any time worrying about how to reach Mysore. The city has its own airport, railway station, and bus stand with good connectivity to cities within the state as well as in neighbouring states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.

There is no dearth of good resorts or budget hotels in Mysore. From 5-star accommodation to home stays, most accommodation is located close to at least a few points of sightseeing in Mysore.


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Arshin Ashraf

  • Tourist
  • Arshin Ashraf
  • 1 Review
  •  9 readers

"Excellent place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Its an awesome place to visit .. Must visit in groups and single .. Its a calm and beautiful place.
The best thing is the Mysore palace and the place where tippu sultan has ruled. There are many monuments which is to be seen as it is part of our Indian Civilisation
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Vivek Gorakh

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  • Vivek Gorakh
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Wonderful Experience" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was a wonderful experience in Mysore. I drove from Bangalore with my wife and daughter. The city is very clean and I find the traffic problem which I was expecting. We reached Mysore in the morning and decided to visit the Bird sanctuary. It was amazing experience and after that we went to Palace which was also a wonderful experience and then we went to Zoo. I have never seen so many Birds, Animals, Snakes in my life and finally in the evening we went to Palace again for Light and sound show. Since the sound show was in local language or Kannada, it was over our head but lighting was good. Overall wonderful experience. One must visit the city.
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Harish tyagi

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  • Harish tyagi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  183 readers

"Great experience." new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a great experience in Mysore. I have never seen before this type of Palace. In evening it's lighting was so beautiful. We also bought some silky saree's from there. In next visit we will plan to visit whole Mysore and also visit near by palaces. Thanks
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Pruthesh kayastha

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  • Pruthesh kayastha
  • 3 Reviews
  •  246 readers

"Very good" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The city is clean & good. Roads are well maintained. Overall well organised city. We don't know much more about transportation mode & cost because we had our own vehicle. Mysore palace & brindavan garden are very good & well maintained. We hadn't take dinner or lunch there in city so we don't know the price, quality & quantity of food.
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Kulkarni Atul

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  • Kulkarni Atul
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Grouo thing" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Childhood trip was too much fun with friends initially thought that palace would be small and not that good, but later on when I entered thee it took me to the whole new level it was simply superb the palace mainly and tippu sultans palace too was a remarkable one
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Raghavendra Kalmadi

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  • Raghavendra Kalmadi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  402 readers

"Mysore trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visited Mysore post Dassera festivities. The weather was pleasant for sight seeing. Since we had seen Mysore palace previously, went there in the evening to see it fully decked in lights. Definitely worth seeing it. Went on the horse cart ride, great experience to go around the streets of Mysore near the palace. Be at the palace at 6. 30 pm, lights switch on at 7 pm.
Next was the visit to Zoo, definitely one of the better zoos in India. Take the electric vehicle to around else have to walk for 3 kms or so. Preferable to visit at 8. 30 am at the time of opening to avoid the rush.
Karanje lake close to Zoo is an ideal place to spend time gazing at the vast expanse of water in front of you. Kids have a play area to spend time. There is small enclosure for birds, has variety of birds inside.
KRS garden was disappointing, too crowded and poorly maintained. Better to give it a miss.
Went to Chamundi hills, turned back half way due to non availability of parking space, though saw the famous Nandi ...
Overall, our stay at Mysore was enjoyable and satisfactory.
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S ravi Prasad

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  • S ravi Prasad
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  743 readers

"Heritage City"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The kings of the Wodeyar dynasty set the bar high for the southern cultural capital of Mysore. Ornate palaces and the Gothic St. Philomena's Church with its 175-foot spires pack a visual punch; local institutions keep Carnatic classical music and dance in the public eye. A prominent 11th-century temple sits atop 1, 000 steps on the city's outskirts. Dress to the nines and party like a rock star in celebration of Mysore heritage during the lively Dussehra festival, held for 10 days in October/November.
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Jawahar kumar chille

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  • Jawahar kumar chille
  • 3 Reviews
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"Wonderful place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mysore is the place to see at least once in two years. Beautiful Mysore palace is awesome and Brindavan garden is an additional attraction on way to Srirangapatnam covering all Tippu Sultan's gym, vaz and palace. Must see beautiful gardens and wonderful weather throughout the year. One can enjoy every moment of the area. You never get bored at any point of time.
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Aziz merchant

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"Palace to see"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its a famous place in Mysore. Due to many restriction in the palace, its now worth to see once. Many places had been blocked due to security reasons. We went during Dussera festival starting. So we were lucky to see the full lightenings in the Mysore city and also the palace lightings. Next day, we went to see the palace from inside, but there are many restrictions and some places are blocked, thats why once to see is worth. Climate in the starting of October was also cool.
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Saranya Devanathan

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  • Saranya Devanathan
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Clean Royal city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I went to attend a conference. Since it was a Friday, I thought of visiting Goddess Chamundeshwari first. After that I saw the palace from outside. Though it was not lit with bulbs, it was lit with concealed lights. What a royal majestic view! The elephants were practising for their Ambari ( Royal parade) next week. The roads were broad with low pollution. No plastic anywhere at Mysuru.
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