If you thought Mysore is all about the palaces, silk, sandalwood, yoga and those exquisite cuisine, you are wrong. Add the imposing Chamundi hills , the sprawling Zoo and the Brindavan Gardens to your list... you are still way off the mark!

The facts is Mysore's  popular attractions are quite good enough to satisfy an average tourist. If you are on a couple of days tour to this city, it is more likely that you get exhausted of sightseeing rather than your 'list' is completed.

Mysore city hides a lot more than what it reveals as its attractions. Dig a little deeper, scratch the surface a bit or what ever analogy one can use, you'll get to see a different Mysore. Despite the whole cacophony of 'modernisation' and the spree of construction works, Mysore city still reserves its right to retain that old-world charm and its traditional way of life.

So you get the point, this is not about the typical tourist agenda.
Feel the pulse of this bustling city; eavesdrop for its politics,gossips,hearsay and folklore (in the reverse order, of course!); engage in a casual chat with the local people (they don't mind, really!); go for a walk and get lost in the maze of those narrow alleys;walk into one of those traditional markets, try your bargaining skills (a kg of mango is fit case to start with);
Don't be that typical camera toting passive tourist.When in Mysore, do as the Mysoreans (what a name!) do.

Swap that pineapple print shirt for something less obnoxious. If it is possible get rid of those sunglasses. Just observe, you'll surely find clues on how to prepare yourselves street ready.

You can do this on your own or join one of those like minded explorers. Mysore city has its own version of organised bicycle tours and the heritage walks.

You will sure savor this experience of Mysore for long time to come, as much as the awe you had seeing those 96000 lightbulbs of the palace switched on in one stroke!

A traditional market street in Mysore city

A traditional market street in Mysore city

A traditional market street in Mysore city

Mysore Railway Station

Mysore Railway Station

Mysore has a few railway stations in and around the city.The main railway station however is the Mysore Junction (MYS) railway station.

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Mysore to Srirangapatna distance is about 20km

Mysore to Srirangapatna

Mysore to Srirangapatna distance is about 20km.Srirangapatna island makes a great excursion from Mysore.

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Heritage Buildings of Mysore

Mysore being an erstwhile royal capital has has well over 200 heritage structures scattered all around the city.

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Shadabdi Express on platform 1

Shatabdi Express

Shatabdi Express is the fastest train between Mysore and Chennai, with a stop at Bangalore City Jn.The train is fully airconditioned with Chair Car (CC) and Executive Class (EC) type coaches.

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KSRTC Bus stand

Mysore to Bangalore

Mysore to Bangalore road distance is about 140km.The most frequent option to travel from Mysore to Bangalore is bus, followed by train.

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Pearl De Loyal

This restaurant is right in the middle of the residential locality.It's clientele are the local residents, unlike the ones located closer to the popular tourists circuit of Mysore.

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Wellesley Bridge

Wellesley Bridge, over the Kaveri at Seringapatam, was erected in 1804, under the direction of Dewan Purnaiya, at the cost of 5½ lakhs, and named after the Governor-General, the Marquis of Wellesley.It is an interesting specimen of native architecture, being composed of stone pillars, capped with stone corbels, and surmounted by sto...

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