Famous Places In Mysore
Mysore has never failed to spellbound
the visitors with its unique charm, royal palaces, rich heritage,
majestic buildings, exquisitely laid-out gardens, sacred temple
complexes and broad shady boulevard. The city is often called as a
garden city that offers some of the splendid views to be cherished
through out one's lifetime.
Here we highlight for you the most loved Mysore tourist places, the ones that are not missed by any traveller to the city.
Famous Tourist Places of Mysore
¤ Mysore Palace
Top amongst Mysore tourist places is the beautiful Mysore Palace.
One just cannot miss the famous Mysore Palace, as all roads in the
city lead to this majestic Palace of Maharaja's. The Palace is a
treasure abode of gorgeous sculptures and carvings from all over the
The palace is the foremost specimen of Indo-Saracenic style of
architecture with its imposing Durbar Hall showcasing arrayed ceiling
with beautiful designs and patterns and many sculpted pillars.
Majestic golden throne all studded with jewels and precious stone is
worth a watch. The throne is displayed in the hall during the time of
Dasara for public viewing.
Timings :Palace illuminated
on Sundays, National holidays and on festivals during 7:00 p.m. - 9:00
¤ Chamundi Hills
Nestling on a hilltop about 335m high, Chamundi Hills houses a temple
of patron Goddess of Wodeyars and is a popular Mysore tourist place to visit. Chamundeshwarithe temple is 13kms from
Mysore and can easily be approached by a tourist cab or a bus
The temple can be reached by climbing 1000 steps up to the hill or
taking a curve road to the temple. The temple was constructed in 11th
century, adjacent to the temple is erected a massive statue of the
demon Mahishasura. The peak offers a magnificent vista of Mysore City
embellished with beautiful lakes, gardens and palaces.
¤ Bull Temple
Another Attraction of the Chamundi Hill is famous Nandi Bull Temple.
The temple houses a huge monolith of Nandi - a divine bull of Lord
Shiva. Nandi Bull is 4.8m high sculpture carved out a single granite
rock, initially the bull was of gray in color but due to the
application of coconut oil by the devotees, the color transformed into
During the month of November- December, Kadalekayi Parishe -the
Groundnut Fair is celebrated near the temple which is participated by
thousands of devotees with much enthusiasm.
¤ Brindavan Gardens
15 km from the city, Brindavan Gardens are yet another name in top Mysore tourist places that must be visited. The
gardens are situated below the KR Sagar Dam in Mandya District,
spreading over 150 acres.
The garden is also known as a Musically lighted Garden, that gives a
splendid view of the garden in the night. The main charm in the garden
is its "Dancing Fountain" where fountains dance on the tunes
of music and makes magnificent color patterns. To reach actual site of
Brindavan Gardens, visitors need to walk about 1.5km from the main
gateway of the park.
Timings : Brindavan Garden
is open from 7:00am to 8:00pm every day.
On weekends the lighting are done from 7:00pm to 8:45pm.
During Dasara Festival the garden is illuminated every day.
¤ St. Philomena's Church
Imposing the magnificent medieval style of architecture, St.
Philomena's Church is an elegant chapel showcasing the beautiful glass
windows and elevated minarets. One of the largest 'houses of god' in
the country, the church is visited by thousands of devotees and
visitors every day.
¤ Jayachamarejendra Zoological Gardens
Set up in 19th century under royal custom, this zoological garden is
one of the biggest zoological gardens in India. The garden is the home
to some of he rarest species that are breaded, protected and taken
care of, it has more than 2000 species of mammals and aerial
population. Main attractions of the garden are the white tiger,
chimpanzee, gorilla, penguin, giraffe etc. It is an idle place to hang
out, children specially enjoys the site of these rare mammals in
captivation. It requires minimum of two hours to cover the park.
Timings : Open from 8:00am
¤ The Art Gallery
The Art Gallery showcases some of the rare masterwork of royal era.
In 1875 the Jaganmohan Palace was transformed into a fine arts museum
treasuring all the royal artifacts. Paintings and portraits of kings
and royal people, painted using natural vegetable and mineral dyes
dating back to that period can also be seen. The famous Mysore 'gold
leaf ' painting and oil paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Svetoslav
Roerich are the other attraction of the art gallery.
¤ Mysore Rail Museum
Rail Museum was set up in 1979 in Mysore, it was the first regional
Rail Museum in India. The museum houses engaging accumulation of
pictures, paintings displaying the evolution of the railways from the
time of its origin. The Museum is a great source of attractions among
the children and students.
The fort houses a mosque and the Ranganathaswamy Temple which itself
a great source of attraction. Gumbaz -Tipu's tomb lies outside the
fort adorned with exquisitely carved doors ornate with ivory is a
masterpiece holding a unique charm. Must a visit site.
¤ Himvad Gopalaswamy Hills
Nestling on the hilltop is the temple, dedicated to Lord Hoysala.
Famous hill resort Himvad Gopalaswamy Hills is situated in the dense
Western Ghats of Mysore District.
Due to its picturesque location the hills also makes an ideal
location for trekking for adventure enthusiast.