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Here is a list of popular excursion points from Mysore. Checkout the routes options, distances from Mysore city and build your itinerary.
Srirangapatna.

The island of Srirangapatna is located some 15km northwest of Mysore on the Bangalore to Mysore highway.

There are many attractions in Srirangapatna including the Ranganathaswamy temple, after which the island is named, Srirangapatna Fort built by Tippu Sultan, Daria Daulat the summer residence of Tippu Sultan, Gumbaz , the mausoleum of Tippu and a large number of historic sites scattered all round the island. Apart from the Ranganathaswamy temple, Srirangapatna has many other places of religious significance. Karighatta hill top temple and the Nimishambha temple are popular among the pilgrims. So is Paschima Vahini, the confluence of Cauvery river at the end of the island.

 

Brindavan Gardens
Brindavan gardens on at the KRS Dam is an immensely popular tourism spot. It's about 20km northwest of Mysore city. You can travel to KRS from Mysore city as well as bypassing the city.

Bylakuppe The Tibetan settlement at Bylakuppe is quit a fascinating location, an opportunity to experience the Tibetan culture in this part of the country.

This is an important learning center of Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet. The Golden Temple is spectacular along with other schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Bylakuppe is about 2 hours drive (80km) from Mysore towards Madikei (Coorg region).

Somnathpur (east of Mysore) :

Towards the eastern side is the ancient capital of Talakadu with numerous temples buried under sand dunes.

Near to Talakkadu is Somnathpur, known for the Hoysala style Keshava temple. If you start early, Sonmathpur and other attractions in the city can be covered in a day. It will be quite a whirlwind and needs your private transport.

Further east of Somnathpur is Shivanasamudra (Bluff) with the twin waterfalls - Gaganachukki and Barachukki ( Bharachukki). Mysore to Somnathpur distance is about 40km. Somnathpur to Talakadu is some 30km. Bluff is another 35km northeast of Talakadu.

Somnathpur-Shivanasamudra-Talakadu make a triangular route ideal for a days trip, if one can start a bit early from Mysore and prepare for a bit hectic schedule. Both Shivanasamudra and Talakadu involves some trek. The road conditions near Somnathpur is not that great, add an extra 30min.
Also if you are traveling back to Bangalore direction, consider the NH209. You'll save time in driving back to Mysore.

 

Bandipur

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Mysore Road Map

Road map for Mysore. All the road are not shown. Map not to scale.

Road map for Places around Mysore. Mysore to Bandipur (Bandipur National Park):75km Mysore to Belur: 160km Mysore to Brindavan Gardens (KRS) :20km Mysore to Chamarajanagara: 60km Mysore to Channarayapatna : 84km Mysore to Gommatagiri:24km Mysore to Halebid:150km Mysore to Hunsur: 48km Mysore to Kabini:60km Mysore to Kokkare Bellur:70km Mysore to Kushalnagara:90km Mysore to Mandya: 42km Mysore to Nagarhole (Nagarhole National Park):90km Mysore to Nanjangud :23km Mysore to Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary :18km Mysore to Shivanasamudram :80km Mysore to Shravanabelagola : 83km : Mysore to Somnathpur:35km Mysore to Srirangapatna: 18km

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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, after which the town is named is located in Srirangapatna island.

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 A little upstream from the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary  are two bunds across the river, locally called Balmuri and Yedamuri Falls. This is a popular picnic site for the folks of Mysore and around. Further up is Brindavan Gardens with the KRS Dam as its backdrop.

Balmuri and Yedamuri Falls

Balmuri near Mysore city is a popular picnic spot. In this area Cauvery river flows wide over a rocky bed.

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Attractions in Mysore

Here is a list of must see top attractions in Mysore. There are over a dozen prime attractions in Mysore City. While a day's whirlwind tour is possible to see the major attractions of the city, a 2 day itinerary will do better justice to your Mysore tour, a day more the merrier.

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Itinerary for Mysore sightseeing

Attractions in Mysore City

Take a look at the Mysore City Itinerary to make you tour plan.

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Water Gate

The ‘Water Gate’ is located in the northern fort wall, next to the Gangadharshwera Temple.The gateway opens to the shallower portion of the river.

Scott’s Bungalow

The disclaimer first.This is not for the “typical tourists” to Srirangapatna.

Venugopalaswamy Temple

This is a hidden gem in Mysore.As a visitor to the Brindavan Gardens, you are practically visiting the south side of the dam.

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