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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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Rahul fadnavis

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  • Rahul fadnavis
  • Lives in Pune
  • 4 Reviews
  •  62 readers

"Heritage city" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We went for Tour in Jan-2017. Booked the cab from Bangalore to Bangalore. First we went to Mysore. On first day we saw, Bird sanctuary in the morning. This is paradise for the bird watchers. I will recommend to visit this place as its uniqueness in its own as it has natural beauty with different species of birds.

Then we visited to Srirangapatnam temple, it is very nice. Then in evening we went to Mysore Vrindavan garden, please make sure you go to garden around 5 or 5:30 Pm, as it closes around 8 PM.

In Mysore, we saw places like Mysore Palace, Original Palace just adjacent to new palace, Chamundi devi temple, And Museum etc. Mysore is a clean, developed and heritage city and famous for Mysore silk sarees.

Night we stayed at Coorg. In Coorg we visited the places like, Tail Cauvery (Origin of Cauvery river), Madikeri temple, Omkareshwara Temple, Raja Seat, Toy train at Raja Seat.

On return journey from Coorg to Bangalore we saw Nisargadhama, a place with natural beauty, boating, few adventure activities and food. Also visited buddhist temple, this is really an amazing experience.
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Pnd'fasai Saii

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  • Pnd'fasai Saii
  • 3 Reviews
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"Mysore is such a nice place👍" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I went to many places in Mysore ... Mysore palace is the most famous place in Mysore. It is very beautiful palace and inside the palace is very interesting but we couldn't take pictures inside the palace. Mysore zoo is closed on Tuesday and I went there on Tuesday:( Chamundi hills, it is the best sightseeing to see the view around Mysore.
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Amit chanchlani

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  • Amit chanchlani
  • 3 Reviews
  •  328 readers

"Good family place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Mysore is nice place with wide and clean roads. Not much traffic and travelling in the city is easy. If you ask people for direction, you get good help.
The tourist attraction in the city like zoo, garden/lake and other places are well maintained and clean.
People are helpful, which is always a plus for any place :)
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Yaseen Hashim

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  • Yaseen Hashim
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  951 readers

"Mysore, the place of palace and monuments and all"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Infact it is an awesome place we could see more monuments like palace and all and all beautiful infrastructure and way which it is constructed. We could see mostly two palaces there one is the Mysore palace itself and other is "The Tiger of Mysore" Tippu Sultan's palace.
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Abhay raorane

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  • Abhay raorane
  • 3 Reviews
  •  443 readers

"Good place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This palace is very beautifully built, the old palace was of wood and was brunt in fire new palace is very well maintained. Refreshing place. The place is near by city. Mysore zoo is another place to visit. Royal animals in their own habitat. Don't buy silk in city it will be costly same silk you will get in border of karnataka and TN in 40 % less rate. Book om shakti travelling buses you will get cheaper rate which include Mysore Ooty Coonoor and kodai ..
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Anup Tejale

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  • Anup Tejale
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Happy to have visited but not like what I thought"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This was my first trip to Mysore and I was very excited to be there. Initially I had an impression that I'll be seeing traffic less roads with meadows along side but in reality it's nothing like that. The place is very much commercialized now. The only two places I liked here were Mysore Palace and Mysore Zoo. If you are planning for vacation in Mysore then don't extend it more than two days because there isn't much to see around. Instead spend more time in Coorg (Madikeri).

Tip: Please don't order Non Vegetarian food. You will be just more than disappointed. Even the restaurants which are famous around here serves terrible Non Veg. I was served Plain Chicken Rice along with Sambar and they call it Chicken dum Biryani.
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Ajith kumar r

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  • Ajith kumar r
  • 2 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  554 readers

"Royal city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mysuru is a clean city has a lot of royal touches every location. Try to visit the garden before 4pm to see its beauty. The temples in around the city are very ancient and the tactic of bargaining is essential for shopping. All the locations are maintained but need to be cautious about the taxi/auto as they are very greedy and they charge for every trip very high. Most of the hotel are very poor in quality so be selective before booking.
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Arshin Ashraf

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  • Arshin Ashraf
  • 1 Review
  •  577 readers

"Excellent place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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  • 6 Reviews
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"Wonderful Experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
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"Great experience."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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