Mysore Tourism

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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

1Radisson Blu Plaza is majestic with a modern touch
Radisson Blu Plaza is majestic with a modern touch

HolidayIQ reviewer Manjunath says, “Beautiful interiors, larges room makes very comfortable. Very nice hotel to stay in Mysore, value for money. Nice large swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam are added advantages. Breakfast was great, from south Indian to Continental was very tasty. Located in heart of the city.”

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2Here is what HolidayIQ reviewers have to say about The Mysore Palace
Here is what HolidayIQ reviewers have to say about The Mysore Palace

HolidayIQ reviewer Saravan Prakash says, "It is one of the ancient palace still maintained by the govt of Karnataka. The palace displays the ruling and weapons used by the Wodeyars who ruled Mysore in the ancient days. The pictures in the palace represent the generations dresses and the building techniques used by them. Please visit the place during the time of Dusara." shares HolidayIQ traveller Saravan Prakash.
Adds, HolidayIQ reviewer Deepak, "I believe this is one of the best palace in Southern Indian where all age people can enjoy equally. We can witness of fabulous architecture and well maintained area. Minimum 3 hours required to cover all area."
Here's what holidayIQ traveller Rashmin has to say, "Mysore palace is one of the major tourist attraction in Mysore & in South India. It is very well maintained and looks beautiful at night with the lighting on (Mostly on Sundays and major Indian Holidays). There is a nominal entry fee for Indians and Foreign Nationals. View of Palace from Chamundi Hills at night is just awesome!"


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3You Can’t Adjust For Anything But The Lower Berth & Window Seat
You Can’t Adjust For Anything But The Lower Berth & Window Seat

Bags packed and tickets confirmed! There's a certain sense of joy when the ordeal of booking tickets is sorted. If you have a lower berth, everyone wants it. None of us want to adjust for anything but the lower berth. HolidayIQ Traveller Saranya Devanathan says, “Though I have booked my lower berth in this train, there is none who could retrieve the seat from the locals. Since I booked for window seat, the Cauvery river branches and the canals were nice to see all the way to Mysore. It was a treat to see the green paddy and sugarcane fields. Nearly 20 different birds I could see. Flocks of cranes and egrets were there in the field. Beautiful sunset was another thing I enjoyed forgetting the late arrival of the train.”


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4Mysore Dasara
Mysore Dasara

The victory of good over evil and the culmination of the nine-day festival of Navratri is what the festival of Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, is about. Burning effigies of Ravan, processions and sweet treats characterise the festival. However, Dussehra has different avatars in different regions across India. One of the most prominent attractions of the festival is in Mysore - the Mysore Dussehra Procession. The event attracts national and international tourists to the city and is quite an elaborate affair. Elephants decorated in finery, the Mysore Palace decked up and showcased in all its glory are some highlights of the event. The procession is called a Jumbo Sawari and starts from the Mysore Palace and ends at the Banni Mantap. HolidayIQ Traveller Girish shares, “Good to be back with family & friends on the occasion of Dasara festival, where the whole of Mysore looks good with it's own passion & love , this is why it was once the capital of Karnataka. It was good to see after a decade with all lights around with more of ethnic stuff."

When: October 13 to October 23
Where: Mysore, Karnataka


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5The garden city of India.
The garden city of India.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Chaurasia shares, “A masterpiece indeed, let the royal inside you ignite. I was here with my friends. 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.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Lekha Nair says, “Marvellous architecture; Somnathpura is almost 35kms from Mysore. We visited this place on our way back to Bangalore from Mysore.”  


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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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