Mysore Tourism

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 Ranganathittu 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 under 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.

Mysore is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Bangalore and Coimbatore.

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  • Tourist
  • Deepa
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  37 readers

"Mrs Deepa" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Went toCountry Inn and Suites with family for a weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Though not in town the hotel is on par with many 5 star hotels. The courteous, helpful and efficient staff particularly Alka Gurung and Nurilia made our stay even more special. The breakfast buffet, the ambience, the serene surroundings and the wonderful view are worth mentioning. The cleanliness and room service too was excellent. Country Inn and suites is a must visit with family to unwind after a hectic week.
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  • Shyama shrivathsa
  • 2 Reviews
  •  271 readers

"Mysore is a must visit place in Karnataka"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is the old capital of Karnataka. It is a wonderful place. Palace is really awesome. Zoo is very vast and it's nice place. You can even visit chamundi hill and have a wonderful look of Mysore City from the hill. There are museums and many more attractions of you have more time.
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"Nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I along with my family visited Mysore palace, zoo and temple at the hill which gave pleasant feeling while ascending as well as climbing the hill for temple. At Mysore we stayed and enjoyed swimming pool as well as spa at Country Inn & Suites. One bird sanctuary at Mysore is one other place to visit.
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  • Manoj n
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 12 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  338 readers

"Royal Mysore"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
If you want to experience royalty, Mysore has to be in your visit destination list. Mysore Palace, Mysore zoo, food all have a tinge of royalty which will surely mesmerise you. The roads around the Palace area gives you a feel of how life would have been during the great Maharajahs & Sultans. Would highly recommend a visit to the Mysore Palace light show in the evening ... The story telling about the Palace with the super sound and light system, enthralling songs gives you goosebumps. The rendering is in Kannada but the emotions are very universal, so language should not be an issue. The Mysuru Zoo is a must see, with the variety of birds, animals as its native. Should compliment the zoo staff for taking good care of the zoo and animals as can be seen from the cleanliness maintained and the healthy animals in the zoo. Mysore is known for its Silk sarees. However would suggest to cross verify the prices and products while shopping Silk sarees, as their are elements who can be spoilsport and make a scapegoat of you by selling mixed silk material at very high prices. A visit to the sand work museum, wax museum if time permits is also recommended.
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  • Venson Lobo
  • 14 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  8860 readers

"A friendly Town will help you out in any way."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2017
Nicknamed as City of Palaces. In true sense It is a city filed with palaces. Travelling within the city is very easy. Just catch the bus to any destination from city bus stand, and you'll be there without burning a hole in your pocket.
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Saroj sahoo

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  • Saroj sahoo
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  806 readers

"Nice Place to Visit with Couple and Family"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 18, 2017
I went this place with my Friends. Really its a very nice place to stay and visit there lots of tourist place is there to enjoy and you can after you can go from Mysore to Ooty or Madikeri to more enjoying your Trip better to suggest here to go Madikeri as Ooty is very population and Traffic jam issue you should not go there if you want enjoying really it's horrible you will get more Traffic and you can't reach your location at correct time. Mysore is best place you wont Much more Traffic city is very clean. Weather also Very good.
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Sridhar Basavaraju

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  • Sridhar Basavaraju
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 11 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  566 readers

"Nice Place Good TimeWith My Girl Friend"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2017
In Mysore Is Good Places We Can See Mysore As religion and Historical Wise Mysore Palace And Also We Can Hang Up In Ranganthittu bird sanctuary and Krs Garden For nice Boating Coll Good Climate. In Behalf God I seen Chamudi Hills I Enjoy lot Grs also Good day For me In Mysore
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  • Vivek
  • 2 Reviews
  •  572 readers

"Trip to Mysore"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2017
Mysore or Mysuru as it is called, is a serene place. The beauty of the city lies in its greenery all around. The people around are friendly and ready to help anytime. Also the eateries provide all kinds of foods.
Some of the places I visited:
1. Mysore palace
2. Chamundi hills
3. Zoo
4. Museums
Overall it was I nice two day trip with lots of memories.
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  • Himanshu Khandelwal
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 32 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  42 helpful votes
  •  2533 readers

"Good city to view"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 4, 2017
Nice city & one day is enough for Mysore sight seen.
As I have taken a taxi for Mysore sight Seen (Cost Rs 1200) & see all important points.
Top place which I like
1) Mysore palace
(Good palace & architecture also so good)
2)Mysore zoo
(it take minimum 2 Hrs for sight Seen & food facility also available in zoo end)
3)Chamundi Hill bull
(Big statue of Nandi & 20 mins enough)
4) Sri chamundeshwari temple
(situated on the top of mountain & good view if you are come in early morning)
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  • Amit kaushal
  • 5 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  899 readers

"Good place but bad tour agents and auto wala"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Feb 22, 2017
Mysore is a wonderful place and has significant importance in our history. But the auto wala and tour agents are most corrupted. Don't book a tour package.. Have a little bit research and you can visit at your own. Uber facility is there. And if tour guide ask you to pay all entrance in starting itself don't pay.. If you don't mind to pay 240 instead of 180 than you can pay. Book hotel online after research. Otherwise auto wala ask you to drop anywhere in 50 rs But you will burn your pocket without knowing. In hotels there have commission around 200-500 per room per night. Same if you book your package through them they will earn 50-150 rs per person. I had visited many places But the tour agent and auto wala are most corrupted I had ever seen. In Mysore all places are nearby and bus service is there. For nearby places uber is best option. Through online booking also you first do a little research and than book. Have advance booking. I had booked H K residency at 950 rs per night which was a bad choice and also booked king castle family suite through offer at 1150 which was AC and breakfast was also provided complimentary. But even if you get same room at 2000 it is worth.. Because breakfast at tourist place like Mysore cost you more than 100 rs. If you are 4 person than it is best to book with breakfast. Both was booked through Makemytrip... Read the review than decide with your common sense. I had visited Shirdi, Pulavarti Tryambakam, Ellora cave, Shani Shingnapur, Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty in a single trip with family and have good and bad experience. Thinking to write a blog But being a central govt employ I doubt I will be able to get time for that. But if anybody is going anywhere in these places I can share my experience and guide a little.
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