Bangalore to Mysore distance by road is about 140 kilometers.
The driving time and distance of course depends of from where and when you are staring in Bangalore. Otherwise it is typically a 3 hours drive, including a short break at one of those drive in restaurants en route.
Bangalore --- 50 km ---> Ramanagara --- 30 km ---> Maddur --- 20 km ---> Mandya --- 22 km ---> Srirangapatna --- 13 km ---> Mysore City.
Getting out of the Bangalore traffic mess can take one hour or even more. During the peak hours this so called Bangalore traffic mess can extend all the way up to Kengeri or Bidadi , the outskirts of Bangalore. The traffic then thins out gradually and you are in for a pleasurable drive to Mysore. On the map Mysore is located towards the southwest of Bangalore.
There’s a superb 4 lane state highway that connects the two cities. Though it is a busy route the traffic is practically uninterrupted and fast. The only manageable exceptions the few towns and large village centers , through which the Bangalore-Mysore highway passes through.
Exit Bangalore City: Let us start from the Bangalore end of the highway. The Ring Road that encircles Bangalore intersects the Mysore Road (the way the Bangalore- Mysore highway (SH17) is known in the city area of Bangalore) near Kengeri railway station and near the Deepanjali Nagar Bus Station , both located in the southwest of Bangalore.
The Mysore road in fact starts from Majestic, the centre of Bangalore city.
You may save a lot of time in that way. See what leads to the ring road from your locality. In short wherever you are in Bangalore, ask for directions to get to “Mysore Road” by the easiest way.
Drive towards Mysore : As you reach Bidadi, the city traffic practically thins out. The uninspiring city scape fades-out fast and you can feel that freshness in air. You start getting nice views of the rocky outcrops at a distance. Ramanagaram area has some stunningly huge boulder hills.
The Mysore-Bangalore highway practically crosses through this rocky terrain.On your right at some distance in the horizon you can see a giant wheel of an amusement park (Wonderla) .
At Ramanagaram another state highway ( SH-3) intersects the Bangalore-Mysore highway. The right branch leads towards Magedi and further to Tumkur. The left branch goes towards the National Highway 209 , passing via Kanakapura.
Shortly after Ramanagara, on your right will appear the Kamath Lokaruchi drive in restaurant. During the peak season, it's a challenge to cross the highway to get to the Kamath's side. If you find it is overcrowded and wants to save time, continued further, till you find the Kamath Upachar and the Vaishali drive In on your left, near Channapatna. By the way Kamath's is veg and Vaishali is non veg restaurent.
The Bangalore-Mysore Highway further passes through Channapatna. This place is popular for the brightly colored and lacquer coated wooden toys. You may spot a number of outlets facing the highway displaying the candy colored wood articles in this area.
Also there is a McDonald’s and Cafe Coffee Day on the left. Sign boards for both appear well ahead. After Channapatana on your right are Indradanush and the Café Coffee Day on the same compound on the right side of your road. While Café Coffee Day serves Cappuccino and Burger themes, Indradanush offers the typical south Indian menu. Just next to Indradanush is the MTR . The ambient is not jazzy, but they serve tasty south Indian food.
Further ahead, near Madur the SH-33 crosses your highway. Towards right it leads to NH 48 at Kunigal and towards right the SH-33 leads to Malavalli where it meets NH 209.
On the right is Adiga's , another high class veg restaurant, with its easy to notice lotus like building. A while before the Adiga's you would also pass the sprawling Empire Restaurant (afternoon), popular for its non-vegetarian fares.
Though not as ‘exotic’ as the other drive-ins mentioned here, Madur too have a couple of good places to stop for a snacks break.
Maddur Tiffanys before Maddur , Amaravathi just before Mandya , Nandhini Deluxe in Mandya are other subsequent options before reaching Mysore.
After passing Mandya town is Right-O, on your left! It's a food court with many chains like A2B operating inside.
After Mandya before hitting Srirangapatna a major road joins the Bangalore-Mysore highway on your right.
A giant signboard stands across the highway announcing the entry to Srirangapatna . The above mentioned road on your right goes towards Nagamangala and SH-7. The remains of the fort, Rangaswamy temple , Ruins of Tipu’s palace, the place where Tipu’s body was found in the battle field etc are towards your right. After entering the town through a long bridge take the right.
This is a bit messy junction and usually a traffic policeman regulates the traffic here. A little ahead on the highway on your left side you can see some signboards giving direction to the monuments on located the left side of the highway. Tipu’s summer palace, Gumbaz , the Nimishamba Temple etc are located in this part.
To enter Mysore City or Not! A little ahead on the highway you will exit Srirangapatna through the second bridge. 1km after you exit the island, you can see a steep right branch road at an expansive junction. Leave the highway and take this road if you want to head straight to Brindavan (KRS) and Ranganathittu bird sanctuary without entering Mysore city.
This road will eventually merge with the KRS Road and further it will join the SH88 (Hunsur Road) at a place called Yelwal, some 12km outside Mysore city on the opposite site.
Those who want to skip Mysore city altogether ( those heading to Coorg for example ) can take this bypass route. ( See also Mysore to Ooty and Mysore to Coorg ) Otherwise about 8 kilometers from the bridge that you exited Srirangapatna , comes the Outer Ring Road that crosses the Mysore highway. Mysore city centre is some 5½ kilometers ahead from this point.
From this point onwards there are many branch roads that goes towards and around the city. So it depends on where are you heading to in Mysore.
From a historic perspective Lalitha Mahal palace stand for two things : the wealth of the erstwhile Mysore kingdom and the cosy relationship the maharajas of Mysore had with the British.In size Lalitha Mahal palace is second only to the Ambavilas palace , popularly called the Mysore palace.