Mysore is one of the top places to experience Karnataka Tourism and also one of the famous tourist places to visit in India. Known as the City of Palaces, Mysore still retains its old world charm with its palaces, heritage buildings, traditions and temples.
Mysore Palace is amongst the grandest royal buildings in India. Apart from famous Mysore Palace, Mysore has several tourist attractions including palaces, museums, temples, gardens, etc. Chamundi Hill Temple, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Jagan Mohan Palace, St. Philomena’s Cathedral, Mysore Zoo and Brindavan Gardensare the most famous Tourist places to visit in Mysore. Mysore is also famous for Dussera celebrations. Here are some best places to visit in Mysore.
Mysore Palace, the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore, is the top tourist attraction of Mysore and amongst the largest royal palaces in India. Mysore Palace is one of the popular heritage palaces in India and also one of the best places to experience Mysore Tourism. Mysore Palace is a culmination of Dravidian, European and Roman architectural styles. It is a treasure house of attractive carvings and works of art from all over the world. The Kalyana Mantapa or Marriage Hall with its chandeliers and stained Belgian glass ceiling arranged in peacock designs is another major attraction here.
Jagan Mohan Palace
Jagan Mohan Palace is a magnificent palace built in 1861AD. It was initially used by the Wodeyars kings as their home when the present majestic Mysore Palace was under construction after the old palace was burnt down in a fire accident. Jagan Mohan Palace is one of the seven palaces of the royal city of Mysore and also one of the top places to visit in Mysore. This is a three-storied structure built in traditional Hindu style of architecture. The art gallery contains paintings exceeding 2000 in number belongs to different Indian styles of painting like Mysore, Mughal and Shantiniketan. It also houses the prestigious collection of paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. Weapons of war, musical instruments, sculptures, brass-ware, antiques coins and currencies are the other popular exhibits here.
Mysore Zoo, is one of the oldest and one of the best zoo parks in South India. It was established in 1892 CE by Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar and designed by German Landscaper and Horticulturist Mr. G.H. Krumbeigal. Mysore Zoo is one of the best Mysore Tourist places and often used to promote Mysore Tourism along with Mysore Palace. Mysore Zoo provides shelter to large number of animal species like lions, tigers, hyena, deer, elephants, rhinos, king cobras and birds. The highlights of the zoo are Giraffes, Jaguars, African elephants and Wallaby.
Chamundi Hill Temple
The Chamundi Temple is a famous Hindu temple located on the top of Chamundi Hill in Mysore. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundeswari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi who took this form to destroy Mahishasura. She is the tutelary deity of the Mysore Maharajas and the presiding deity of Mysore. The temple is a fine example of Dravidian temple architecture and it possesses a lot of Nandi images. There is also a colorful image of the Mahishasura situated on the summit of the Chamundi Hill.
Brindavan Gardens is a famous & beautiful garden laid out below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam in Mysore. The beautifully landscaped garden was completed in 1932 and is one of the places to visit in Mysore. It was designed by Sir Mirza Ismail, Diwan of Mysore based on Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir in the Mughal style. Brindavan Garden is laid out in three terraces, and ends in a horseshoe shape. It is enriched with fountains, terraces, parterres, running and cascading water channels, lush green lawns & flower beds. The Musical and dancing fountain is the main attraction of the garden. Boating is also available inside the garden.