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Calm and serene place

Calm and serene place  Video Review

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Nidhish Patni
27th Jan 17

Very well maintained historical monument

Very well maintained historical monument  Video Review

Dodda Gadiyaara

Avinash Tomer
30th Oct 17

Chamundi temple feeling blessed, sudden plan

Chamundi temple feeling blessed, sudden plan  Video Review

Chamundeswari Temple

Mahadev Hiremath
24th Oct 18

Biggest church in Bogadi

Biggest church in Bogadi  Video Review

St Peters Church

Shivi N
31st Dec 17

A structure preserving and promoting culture

A structure preserving and promoting culture  Video Review

Kala Mandir

Avinash Tomer
30th Dec 17

Huge historical structure a must visit

Huge historical structure a must visit  Video Review

St. Philomena's Church

Avinash Tomer
30th Dec 17

A majestic structure

A majestic structure  Video Review

St. Philomena's Church

28th Dec 17

Divine structure located centrally

Divine structure located centrally  Video Review

Lakshmi Kantha Swami Temple

Avinash Tomer
27th Dec 17

Must visit temple during Mysore palace visit

Must visit temple during Mysore palace visit  Video Review

Vinayaka Swamy Temple

Avinash Tomer
26th Dec 17

An honor for an important literary personality

An honor for an important literary personality  Video Review

Kuvempu Statue

Shivi N
26th Dec 17

I am heading to Mysore

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Reasons to go to Mysore

1Culture and history at Mysore
Culture and history at Mysore

The seat of the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom, Mysore is the centre of art, culture and history. Visit royalty at the Mysore Palace, the iconic Chamundeshwari temple, the Brindavan Gardens, the Mysore Zoo or the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, there is so much to do over a long weekend in Mysore

Tarun tells HolidayIQ, “Mysore Palace and Brindavan Gardens are a must-visit. The Sand Museum, Tipu Sultan Palace, Chamundi Temple are worth visiting. Do not miss to taste Mysore's special dosas.”

Distance from Bangalore: 190 km 

Route: National Highway 275


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2Kokkre Belur near Mysore
Kokkre Belur near Mysore

Mysore, 150 km from Bangalore, is the first stop while heading to the Nilgiris. Enroute, visit Kokkare Bellur, a village "on the banks of the river Shimsha. It is famous for Spot Billed Pelicans and the Painted Storks. I also saw many other birds like-Brahminy kite, Parakeets, Sparrows, Scaly breasted Munias" says holidayIQ reviewer Emo


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3For its marvelous architecture
For its marvelous architecture

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ruta Muley shares, “Interesting Church After our visit to Chamundi Hills on 2nd day in Mysuru, we were going to Bus stand to board a bus back to Bangalore; and The twin spires of the church towering over the trees and the houses grabbed my attention, I forced my Hubby to go to this place before leaving.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Chaurasia shares, “A masterpiece indeed, let the royal inside you ignite. I was here with my friends in May, 2016. It crew as we were on weekend. After entering the main gate, there was a temple on the right and the majestic Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) in front. The first thing that strikes you is the British and Indian architecture.”  


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4For the unending charm of the city and Mysore Masala dosa
For the unending charm of the city and Mysore Masala dosa

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ruta Muley adds, “Goddess Chamundeshwari, a fiercely destructive manifestation of the universal feminine energy, is worshipped as the custodian of Mysore and is also the tutelary deity of the Maharajas of Mysore: the Wodeyars. This mesmerizingly beautiful Sri Chamundeshwari Temple is situated as a glorious crown atop the crest of the towering Chamundi Hills some 13 kilometres from the charming city of Mysore. As one gently walks towards the main entrance of the Devi Chamundeshwari temple, one is greeted with the chants of the Mahishasura Mardini Stotram...The breathtaking aerial view of the city up the Chamundi Hill makes the visit worth.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Chaurasia says, “It was crowded as we were on weekend. After entering the main gate, there was a temple on the right and the majestic Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas) in front. The first thing that strikes you is the British and Indian architecture...You will be amazed by the gigantic painting on the ceiling of the hall. This hall had Kings Throne, Many Seats and in the front wall a huge open ground. This place was where the king and all the higher officials sat and had a talk. The King Army would assemble in the open ground area. The main attraction is if you are there on Sunday evening because then the Palace is lit with thousands and thousands of bulbs, unfortunately, I didn't have that view. At last, it is the best place in Mysore to visit and return to the everlasting memories.”


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5To view the oil paintings of Wadiyars of Mysore
To view the oil paintings of Wadiyars of Mysore

HolidayIQ Reviewer Lokesh Nagaraj says, “ Bylakuppe a small village placed around 80 km from Mysore en route to Coorg which will take an hour and half time of travel holds a Tibetan Settlement within the very small hills...It is very calm and silent place which itself gives you a divine feeling added to the wall paintings and the statues which made me sit in peace closing the eyes and meditate for a while.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Lokesh Nagaraj shares, “A truly mesmerizing palace which depicts the rich history of the Wadiyars of Mysore and also the rich heritage and cultural history of the city Mysore via the beautiful wall paintings, portraits, and photographs.”


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Kanchan  Ghugre

Kanchan Ghugre5.0/5

7 reviews

A day trip to Mysore from Bangalore

Mysore is a small city of palaces. Those who like exploring heritage, old bazaars and nature should definitely visit Mysore. It gives you this cozy town vibe which you would definitely love . . Since it was only a day trip, I couldn't explore all the palaces. But I managed to get a good look at the Ambavilas Palace more commonly known as the Mysore Palace. The palace and other monuments around it are spread over good 72 acres. It took me 3 hours to explore them and still I wasn't bored. It's totally worth spending around 4-5 hours in the palace to get a good look at all the paintings and architecture. Download the Pinakin app and listen to the audio tour guide to get a better experience otherwise you would probably get lost in the palace or its grounds not knowing where to begin. The devraja market is an old big bazaar near the Mysore Palace which sells spices, flowers, sweets, and what not. Just outside the Devraja market, you will find many shops selling the famous Mysore Pak.

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Weather was great. The moment I landed the wind was great temperature was perfect the breeze . Lovely. Food and Shopping: official trip so no time to shop but Mysore park from airport was great. Highlight of the trip: already shared

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Mysore Overview

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.

Photos of Mysore

St. Philomena's Church, Mysore

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Deena Pinto

St. Philomena's Church, Mysore
St. Philomena's Church, Mysore

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Pradeep Ramachandran

St. Philomena's Church, Mysore
Karanji Kere Lake, Mysore

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Santosh Rao

Karanji Kere Lake, Mysore

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