Mysore! It is difficult to say if Mysore is a modern city that is trying hard to uphold traditions, or an old world city that tries even harder to wear a modern outlook. What ever is the truth, the word Mysore evokes a lot of anticipation. You can still anticipate a lot more, and Mysore has the character to match all those anticipations.
And lastly Mysore won’t burn a big hole in your wallet. It is more likely the time that you will get hard pressed for, rather than the budget in exploring Mysore. This city is not a typical tourist trap, albeit the fact that it is a major destination that attracts millions visit Mysore every year. As a tourist, it is very unlikely that you would go back unsatisfied.
Dasara elephant at Mysore Palace . The Dasara, the state festival,completed its 400th anniversary in year 2010! The anticipation to the festivities builds up right when the elephants start their march to the palace from their base camps located in the fringes of the forest. During the days of the Maharajas, they walked all the way to the palace, though now they are brought on trucks, the walks are reserved for the ceremonial short distances.
No talk of Mysore is completed without a mention of silk, sandal wood and probably Mysore Masala Dosa.
Mysore district has a long tradition of sericulture. Of the 14,000 metric tons silk produced in the country every year , nearly 70% of the mulberry silk is produced in Karnataka state, an overwhelming part of it comes from Mysore district.
Terraced rice paddy fields on the banks of Kaveri River. Seen in the background is the KRS Dam
There are quite a few aspects that add to the aura of Mysore. For over 500 years this has been a capital city of the region of the Wodeyar kings, later popularly called the Maharajas of Mysore. They built a large country called the Mysore Kingdom. The city of Mysore was its imperial yet human scale capital.
This giant image of Nandi of Mysore (Bull) is located at the top of Chamundi hills in Mysore. More than 350 years old, this is one of the oldest icons in Mysore. Mark it as the must see attraction in your Mysore list
Mysore is sophisticated enough to receive 2.5 million visitors (more than 3 times its population) every year. And it is trying harder to attract even more. The climate is as pleasing as its population. Mysore is easily to access from the of India by road, rail and air connections.
Yes. You read it right – wildlife in a city!
Well we are not talking about those rodents that roams the household backyards and the underground drains of the city.
If you thought this is about those cheeky monkeys ruling the lofty towers in the city’s temples, you are wrong again. Elephants? No way. They are very much domesticated and are well knitted to the heritage moorings of this city. Is it about the tigers, lions and rhinos of the Mysore zoo? The answer is no again! See urban wildlife in Mysore!
Mysore Masala Dosa
Gateway near the Central Bus Station
The Silver Jubilee clock tower was built in 1927 to commemorate the silver jubilee (25 years) of the rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore. The cost for this was shared by the palace staff of that era.
The clock tower is also called Dodda gadiara , means the “big clock tower”, the “small clock tower” being the Dufferin Clock Tower located near KR Circle. This stands in a bustling area adjacent to Chamaraja Circle and the Town Hall. The ever busy Ashoka Road starts from this locality. So is the Sri Harsha Road along the parklane. A little north of the clock tower is the Gandhi Square. Built in the socalled Indo- Saracenic style, is clock 75 feet tall tower spots features from different architectural schools. The curvilinear chhajja ( overhanging eaves supported on carved brackets) is of Rajasthani tradition. The tall double arches and framing slit windows of early English church architecture. The 5feet diameter clock spots Kannada numerals.
Location of Mysore on India . Mysore is in Karnataka, a state located in the southern part of India. Mysore is about 140km (87 miles) southwest of Bangalore, the state capital. Distance from Delhi to Mysore is about 2200km (1367 miles). A train takes two days and two nights to reach Mysore from Delhi. Mumbai to Mysore distance is about 1000km (622 miles), about 24 hours travel by train.
Mysore is the name of the district and also Mysore City is the headquarters of the district. The name Mysore is also used to the mention the erstwhile Mysore kingdom.
The recorded history of founding of Mysore dates back to 1000AD. And what gap history had left behind is easily filled by the numerous myths and folklore associated with Mysore. The very name Mysore is mythical in origin. Centuries old traditions go on as regular part of Mysore’s life. Located atop the Chamundi hills in Mysore city , this brightly painted state of the demon Mahishasura statue is an iconic image in Mysore tourism. The fact the very name Mysore is associated with Mahishasura.
Peacock , the national bird of India at Mysore Zoo
Mysore Palace . Heritage, art or history , Mysore city sits in the middle of a tourism hotspot, like no other cities in this part of the country.
Mysore Palace illuminated in the evening. Mysore Palace Illumination is a much sough after event, a highlight of any Mysore itinerary
Chamundi Hill route map
The 1920 erected statue of Maharaja Chamarajendra Wodeyar (ruled 1868-1894) at the New Statue Circle . This is at the northern gateway of the palace.
Located in the heart of Mysore city, Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens , more popularly known as the Mysore zoo is a very popular tourist attraction in Mysore. It’s arguably the second sought after attraction in the city after Mysore Palace.
There are many reasons for its popularity. The location is an obvious plus point from a itinerary point. More importantly this is a sprawling zoo with a great variety of exotic and rare animals. The animals are let in a natural habitat like environment. For the visitors it is a joyous place to explore in a picnic style.
Approach Mysore in a casual, slow and relaxed fashion – true to very spirit of the city.Tonga (Horse Cart) is a fun way to explore the city
Thanks to the Tibetan temples and monasteries, Bylakuppe on the way to Madikeri from Mysore is a popular destination. Mysore to Bylakuppe is about 85km. Technicaly Bylakuppe is in Mysore district, but closer to Madikeri than Mysore City.
Mysore Palace Illuminated
Mysore to Wayanad route map. The neighboring Coorg and Wayanad (in Kerala) makes great extended itineraries from Mysore
Map showing the route to Mysore palace and main attractions inside the palace complex. Most of the Temples in Mysore Palace are also shown on the map along with other attractions inside & around the palace complex
Traffic block of a different kind. A view from the Mysore to Bandipur road
Irwin Road in Mysore named after the architect of the the Mysore Palace
Farmlands outside Mysore city.
Snake charmer , Image from Melkote near Mysore
Places Around Mysore
The soapstone carved image of ‘Lady with Mirror’ at Keshava Temple in Belur
& Attractions in Mysore