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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Anoop vijayan

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  • Anoop vijayan
  • 4 Reviews
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"Excellent location for family" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The city is neat and clean and in few areas there are construction proceedings. Overall amazing ambience and wonderful for family and children. The Palace, ZOO, Chamundi Hills, Vrindavan Gardens, Railway Museum etc are key destination that you shouldn't miss out in Mysore trip. Ideal destination for small time shoping, some quality sandal wood products and knowing the Indian culture and heritage in depth. Please carry your sun tan lotion and of course umbrella.
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Arun john

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  • Arun john
  • 3 Reviews
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"Calm and serene" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Mysore is a historical city and you can feel that around you if you are interested. The traffic felt like heaven compared to Bangalore. Transportation is easily available within city limits. However, its good to get a cab or a self drive car if visiting more places.
Climate was humid during my stay with light showers couple of times a day. Visited the Zoo, palace, brindavan garden, karanji lake and bird sanctuary. Mysure is both romantic and cultural get-away destination.
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Dileep N. p.

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  • Dileep N. p.
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"An all-round experience of a Royal City."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Mysore was the capital of the Wodeyar Kingdom till Independence. That naturally gives it a special tinge on all fronts.
The central focus is The Palace. Please Google for the history of Mysore's Royal Dynasty & The Palace itself. The illumination at the Palace is really out-of-this-world.
Jaganmohan Art Gallery is part & parcel of the royal era, as is the Chamundi Hill, with a famous temple.
Brindavan Sagar, a park at the famous KRS Dam, is a must-see.
The Zoo, Karanji Lake Wildlife Park, Wax & Sand Museums should definitely be on your agenda.
Mysore is best reached by road or rail from Bangalore, because Mysore Airport is not fully functional.
The weather does not reach extreme levels. Winter clothing is advised between November and February.
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Puneet kataria

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  • Puneet kataria
  • 3 Reviews
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  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I dint like the place as the cleanliness of the palace is not good with that they have put everywhere bulbs on the walls to enlighten the palace in the night but their timings to visit the palace is only for till 5- 5:30 p. M.
They should provide some locker facilities to the tourists to keep their luggage, safe and secure. They charged us Rs. 10 per bag but they kept it in a open place where anyone can open. They force everyone to enter the palace through the shop only, as they have put barriers on the main entrance. Basically they have applied strategy, as people will enter from the shop, attract and will end up to buy something. Again they charged ₹2 for pair of slippers. It's not including in your entry ticket. I really don't know why they are charging ₹40 per ticket and not including baggage lockers and submittion charges of footwear. Then auto rickshaw made us fool as we asked a way to local market of Mysore they said its little far will drop you and charge only ₹40 per auto. Auto took a round of palace and dropped on a road and went. We explored and got to know the palace is just behind us. Hardly a 5 minutes walking distance from the gate of the palace.
Moreover it was a big wastage of time and money. Those who are interested in exploring anything, best for them.
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Sikandar imran

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  • Sikandar imran
  • 3 Reviews
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"My Experience in The Quorum"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  •  2155 readers

"Heritage city Mysore"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
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  •  2 helpful votes
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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  •  4 helpful votes
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"The historic Mysore"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 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
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"Nice Trip with Family"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 5, 2016
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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"A nice trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 2, 2016
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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