Mysore is one of the most beautiful places anyone gets to see in their lifetime. Also known as the cultural capital of India, Mysore is one of the cleanest cities in India. Formerly ruled by the Wodeyars of Mysore, it is world famous for its Dussera celebration. Mysore is also known for its moderate weather and temples. Mysore has rich cultural heritage which has been well maintained for thousands of years. Mysore is about 150 km from Bangalore, which is well connected through roads and regular trains. Some of the top places to visit in Mysore are mentioned below.
Renowned as one of largest palace is the world, Mysore palace is just glorious to watch especially during the nights which is lit by more than a lakh light bulb. Palace is in the centre of the city and gives a glow to the city. Mysore palace was built after old wooden palace was burnt down. Work was commissioned in 1896 and was finished in 1912 under Krishnaraja Wodeyar VI’s rule. Mysore palace shines like a star, especially during Dussera season. Mysore palace is one of the places that can’t be missed in Mysore.
Another gem built by Wodeyars family, Brindavan gardens is built on the banks of Kaveri river.Brindavan gardens are spread over 60 acres. Highlights of the Brindavan gardens is the colourful water show that’ll take place every evening. Brindavan gardens adjoins with Krishnarajasagar dam or KRS dam, which has a beautiful scenic view. Brindavan gardens was built in 1932 and is still maintained in a best way. Best time to visit Brindavan gardens is the evening when you can chill out enjoying the green view.
Mysore Zoo is renowned to be one of the oldest and well maintained zoo in India. It was the first zoo built in Karnataka in 1892 under the leadership of Jaya Chamarajendra Wodeyar. It was first built in 10 acres which is now spread to 157 acres. Mysore Zoo is near Mysore palace and is a home to a wide variety of fauna. Mysore Zoo houses different reptiles, mammals and birds including some exotic species. Mysore Zoo sees a footfall of more than thousand people. During summer holidays and Dussera footfall is almost double than normal. Mysore Zoo sometimes holds breeding programs and rescue and rehabilitation programs of wild animals. Mysore Zoo is the best place to see some exotic animals and birds.
Chamundeshwari temple on the top of Chamundeshwari hills is one of the holiest places in South India. Chamundeshwari hills is about 13 km from Mysore city and it is also famous among people who love trekking. Trekking in the night was recently banned because of wild animal’s movement. Temple is dated back to 12th century and the deity of Chamundeshwari Devi is made of pure gold. Chamundeshwari Devi is considered being a powerful god, and the shrine attracts thousands of people every day and during Dussera the place will be full the whole time. There is a Nandi on top of the hill which is one of the largest Nandi statues in India. GRS
GRS Fantasy Park
One of the oldest amusement parks in India, GRS Fantasy Park is the best choice to have some fun with friends. GRS Fantasy Park has one of the best water themed games. GRS Fantasy Park has made some improvements and has introduces kids friendly rides as well. GRS Fantasy Park is about 8 km from the city centre and it is an excellent option to have fun during weekends.
Rail Museum in Mysore is the second rail museum in India after National railway museum in Delhi. Rail Museum highlights the Indian Railways journey so far, its history and its achievements. It houses a huge collection of photos from the past and information about the Indian Railways. There are many replicas of older train and steam engines used in 19th century. Railway Museum is the best place to visit to get a sneak peek about our railways history.