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 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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Mysore Traveller Reviews

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Sikandar imran

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  • Sikandar imran
  • 3 Reviews
  •  78 readers

"My Experience in The Quorum" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Nothing Special or interesting in this hotel.
The Rooms are OK but the AC in the room is sooo Bad ..
Breakfast is average not so satisfactory
Location is good only if we need Railway station
Rest the hotel looks like 3 star because the lift in the so called 5 star hotel is sooo small and dirty not up to standard ..
If guys you are looking for 5 star hotel this is not the place because you will be disappointed big time ..
All the best
Best Regards
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  • Prasad
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Heritage city Mysore" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Once in lifetime opportunity t visit Heritage city Mysore
Not t miss Historical places like, Palace, KRS, Chamundi hills, etc
Zoo is sure shot entertainer t your whole family
Visit early morning Chamundi hills & miss big Nandi & city view from hill top almost @ 3500 ft high. Expect crowd during weekend
Palace can be completed before lunch & post lunch can visit KRS dam & Brindavan garden & unwind until late evening to see all lights are switched On
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Doller Jain

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  • Doller Jain
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  5887 readers


  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice place for people who love to explore history what they read in school. Temples of 100 years of history, fort a must watch place, brindavan garden, excellent setup of zoo and bird sanctuary. So overall a family destination and specially for children.
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Aditi Kale

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  • Aditi Kale
  • Lives in Aurangabad
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"The historic Mysore"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mysore is an amazing place.. It has historical places, it has monuments, temples, and yummy food options!

Shrirangapattana a small town near Mysore, around 17 km was the capital of Tipu Sultan! Daulat Dariya is one beautiful monument that was their summer palace which is now a museum, this place also has a temple which is beautiful as well!

Mysore city has much more to offer the wax museum, railway museum are amongst them! Brindavan gardens located around 20 km must be visited at evening and musical fountains are just treat to your eyes... The amazing Mysore Maharaja Palace is the most amazing monument of the great wadiyar dynasty! It's just breathtaking and it should be visited on sunday evening as it gets lit and shines bright!

Chamundi hills is one point which is really high and the view will make you feel relaxed along with Nandi Temple and Shri Rangnath Swami Temple! Don't forget to bring kilos of Mysore pak from a famous local sweet! Amazing south dishes are available which should be tried like benne dosa, mallige idli, Mangalore bajji and thatte idli!
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Sri Krishna khandelwal

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  • Sri Krishna khandelwal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 16 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  7599 readers

"Nice Trip with Family"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We left from Bangalore on Sat late afternoon.

Reached brindavan garden by 6. Stayed there till 8 to enjoy the evening in the garden along with fountain show. Water show is not that great. I mean nothing new. It has been the same since its opening. With technology, some fancy stuffs should also be done.

From there we went to Shree Guru residency to stay at night. Hotel was not that great but worth the money paid.

Next day morning we went to chamundi hill. Back to hotel. Relaxed for an hour and checked out to visit the Mysore zoo and evening at Mysore Palace to see the lighting which happens only on sundays 7-8pm.
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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 14 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  11014 readers

"A nice trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
So it all started in the month of October 2015 after which I have traveled around 10 different places. So coming back to the point.

We started around 5 AM from Silk Board, Bangalore and that was, of course, a bike ride.

The road condition of nice road has deteriorated over couple of months (while leaving Bangalore whereas the nice road during returning to Bangalore is pretty good) so be careful when you think riding above 100kmph.

With some tea breaks we reached Shivanasamudra, around 8:00 AM, after which we learned entry starts at 8:30 AM I would suggest you to reach early as the place becomes too crowded towards noon. So after an hour of Bath we were off to Mysore. Again the road is not pretty much good, so with some struggles and breaks we reached our destination around 1:00 PM and we stopped at the main attraction i.e Mysore palace. Well, to me the place is not much attractive during day time but it depends on individual. After a bit of exploring and photo clicks we left for lunch. You can find bunch of restaurants over there.

Then we left towards Kali temple located above the hill. There was a big queue to enter temple so we decided to avoid it. So after spending an hour or two we headed downwards hill to leave Mysore. You can stop by in a mid place of hill to get better view of Mysore Palace when they light up in evening. You will be seeing a huge crowd stopping by at a point, helping you to let you know that is the good point to see Mysore palace.

So overall, I did not like the road condition though it is not too bad. Places were fine. You can have this place in your list for one day trip.
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Shuklendu katdare

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  • Shuklendu katdare
  • 2 Reviews
  •  6272 readers

"Excellent Architectural experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A perfect blend of the ancient Architecture and modern city. Mysore is a very relaxing place with the feel of the small city and facilities of a metro city. Good hotels, good roads and excellent food. The Palace is a must see for everyone. For Children don't miss the well planned zoo and the bird sanctuary. Chamundeshwari Temple is also great place to visit, don't miss the bull temple on your way down from the chamundeshwari temple, a lovely bull carved out of stone of an humongous size is a must see to believe. There are some more palaces that you can visit as well for its architecture. You can also visit the bandipur and the kabini wildlife sanctuaries. I love to travel by road so will suggest that one should travel by road.
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Vivek manoj gangishetty

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  • Vivek manoj gangishetty
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  6372 readers

"Brilliant Getaway from Bustling Cities"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Been to Chamundi Hills and Zoo, only an overnight with Kid and Wife, the place is calm and serene, Auto Rickshaws are extremely disciplined, drive to Chamundi Hills is breathtaking, the temple itself is iconic, loved every moment of it, the temple comes alive in the evening, the street food is awesome, must try the Mangalore Bajji and Bhel!

Zoo is small, would recommend to reach early say by 8. 30-9. 00 to get Buggies if travelling with Kids or Elderly, they get sold out very soon! Also carry some food as the only eatery inside the Zoo is after you have walked a while and badly Managed! Try going to Mysore Silk Factory Outlet if interested in Buying some Silk Sarees, they are Just Brilliant :-)
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Bharat bhasin

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  • Bharat bhasin
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Nothing outstanding at the location"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We visited the destination after a gap of 38 years. Found no new place for special attention. Vrindavan being only attraction in mysore is not at all well maintained and does not qualify for a must visit. The city is heritage city, lots of greenery and overall neat and clean, people are friendly and overall stay was comfortable without any hassle. Highly recommended for people who want to relax in good hotel like Radisson blu for a couple of days.
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Manasi sarangi

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  • Manasi sarangi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice place to spend time"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a nice family time spent in Mysore. I will recommend it as the best place to stay after retirement. Will love to spend leisure time in brindavan Garden and all. Hence please go with friends and family to have an amazing time to stay over there, so that you will never regret in the life.
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