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6 Interesting And Unknown Facts About The City Of Palaces - Mysore

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Mysore is known as the city of palaces, garden and museums. Here are some lesser known facts about the iconic city.

6 Interesting And Unknown Facts About The City Of Palaces - Mysore:

  1. Mysore (Karnataka)
  2. Karanji Kere Lake, Mysore (Karnataka)
  3. Mysore Zoo, Mysore (Karnataka)

1. The Name Mysore Means Abode Of Mahisha In Kannada

The Name Mysore Means Abode Of Mahisha In Kannadasource: wikimedia.org

The name Mysore is an anglicised version of Mahishuru, which means the abode of Mahisha in the local Kannada language . Though in Sanskrit Mahisha means buffalo, here Mahisha refers to Mahishasura, a mythological demon who could assume the form of both human and buffalo.

HolidayIQ traveller Dibyendu Ghosh from Barrackpore shares, “Mysore, also known as Mysuru is a city in Karnataka. Its is the Cleanest City of our Country. It is the Third Largest city of Karnataka in terms of population. The city is really Beautiful. It is located at the Base of Chamundi Hills. From this hill the scene of whole Mysore city is awesome. At the Chamundi hills there is a temple. People believe that with the blessings of this temple this city is made. There are a lot of attraction in this place.”

2. The Present State Karnataka Was Known As Mysore Till 1973

The Present State Karnataka Was Known As Mysore Till 1973source: flickr - Ananth BS

Mysore State was a separate state within the Union of India from 1948 until 1956  with Mysore as its capital. The state was considerably enlarged in 1956 when it became a linguistically homogeneous Kannada-speaking state in 1956, within the Union of India. It was renamed Karnataka in 1973.

HolidayIQ traveller Rohit Ak shares, “This very city has the capabilities to become the next big thing of India. It has royalty in every nook and corner of its city and modernity is in right quantity. Splendid example of royalty in India this city boasts of beautiful people, city architecture, climate and cuisine. Your trip to Mysore would be incomplete without a visit to the royal palace that boasts of splendid pieces of architecture from all around the world.”

3. Karanji Lake In Mysore Is The Biggest 'Walk-Through Aviary' In India

Karanji Lake In Mysore Is The Biggest 'Walk-Through Aviary' In Indiasource: trekearth.com

The Karanji lake is surrounded by a nature park consisting of a butterfly park and a walk-through aviary. This aviary is the biggest 'walk-through aviary' in India. There is also a museum, the Regional Museum of Natural History which is located on the banks of this lake.

HolidayIQ traveller Viveka V from Mangalore shares, “It is a treat to watch a single splendorous tree in a city, just think a hundreds of them right in the middle of the city. It makes any nature lover go crazy. A visit to this place can break the shackles of the city life and help you fly like a lark! The entry fee of 20rupees is worth every paisa. Must visit place when you are in Mysore.”

4. Wodeyars - The Royal Family Of Mysore Ruled For More Than 500 Years

Wodeyars - The Royal Family Of Mysore Ruled For More Than 500 Yearssource: wikimedia.org

The Wadiyar (alternatively spelt Wodeyer or Odeyer) dynasty was an Hindu dynasty that ruled the Kingdom of Mysore. The origin of Wodeyars is traced to Yadavas of Dv?rak? in Gujarat, who came to Karnataka and seeing beauty of the place made Mysore their abode. The Yadavas then ruled over the area for 600 years.

HolidayIQ traveller Giridhar Fearo from Mysore shares, “Mysore is a great place have fun, it has a lot of heritage place to visit. Mysore is called the land of silk, it's the best place to buy silk. Mysore palace is the greatest attractions. The mysore zoo and chamundi hill temple are other places. So you just enjoy.”

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5. The Mysore Zoo Is The Oldest Zoo In India

The Mysore Zoo Is The Oldest Zoo In Indiasource: wikimedia.org

Mysore Zoo was created in 1892 on 10 acres of the summer palace of Maharaja Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar, and was originally called the Palace Zoo. The zoo was opened to the public in 1902, and now includes a bandstand and an artificial lake. The zoo completed 100 years in 1992.

HolidayIQ traveller Ajmal Rafeeq shares, “Mysore Zoo is one of the biggest and best zoo in south India and a well maintained zoo with lots of different types species like birds, animals, reptiles and many many more. There are different species of same type of things, it's long walk you can spent a whole afternoon in herem must visit place in Mysore and the best and well maintained zoo in south India.

6. Mysore Pak Was First Prepared In The Kitchen Of The Mysore Palace

Mysore Pak Was First Prepared In The Kitchen Of The Mysore Palacesource: wikipedia.org

Mysore pak was first prepared in the kitchens of the Mysore Palace during the regime of Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, by a palace cook named Kakasura Madappa.Madappa made a concoction of gram flour, ghee and sugar. When asked its name, Madappa having had nothing in mind, simply called it the 'Mysore pak'.

HolidayIQ traveller Ameya Tayade from Vasai shares, “Mysore Pak is a local delicacy which is famous everywhere. It is very tasty and pack some of it for your friends and relatives.”

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