Places to Visit in Mysore
Karnataka is known for the Nilgiri mountain ranges but moreover, the place is known for its destinations that have more historical significance. One such place which has great historical significance is the city of Mysore.
Mysore is the third largest city in the state of Karnataka. It is one of the major tourist destinations of the state that attracts large footfalls at almost all given times of the year. It is famous for its monuments, churches, palaces as well as lakes. It is known as the cultural capital of Karnataka. The great warrior Tipu Sultan was once a distinguished ruler of the place.
The word Mysore is the anglicized version of Mahishuru, which means the abode of Mahisha that represented the demon Mahishasura that could assume the form of both Human as well as a Buffalo. Mysore is known for its tourist attractions and these places are a must visit if you are on a trip to this city.
Here are some of the important places in Mysore:
Sayyaji Rao Road
Mysore, Karnataka 570001
Phone:0821 242 1051
Monday to Sunday (10am to 5:30pm)
This is another major tourist attraction in the city of Mysore. A botanical garden spread across 60 acres, it is located on the Krishnarajasagara Dam. It attracts footfalls of close to 2 million people annually. Adjoining the place is also a fruit orchard that is spread over 75 acres.
KRS Dam Road
Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, Mandya
Phone: 080 2657 1925
Built by the emperor Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1861 as an alternate accommodation for the royal family, the palace is now housing an art gallery and a function hall. It is one of the seven palaces of the city of Mysore. Majority of the paintings of the famous painter Raja Ravi Verma are housed in the art gallery. The auditorium is used mainly for cultural programmes, and for Dusshera celebrations.
Mysore, Karnataka 570004
Phone: 0821 242 3693
Now, this is one place which is going to delight your kids. The Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest and most popular Zoos in the country. It was established under the royal family in the year 1892. It was handed over to the forest department of the state in 1972. The Zoo currently houses 10 Elephants, Lions, Tigers, Zebras as well as Giraffes.
Mysore, Karnataka 570010
Phone: 0821 244 0752
Wednesday to Monday (8:30am to 5:30pm)
Located at the heart of Mysore city and adjoining the University of Mysore, it acts as a lung – space to the city. The lake earlier used to act as a source of water supply to the city. However, due to severe pollution and encroachment, the lake has almost been eutrophicated. However, the citizens have taken and are continuing to take steps to preserve the lake.
Mysore University Campus
JLB Road, Mysore, Karnataka, 570005
Mysore Rail Museum
It is the second national museum after the one in Delhi in memory of the Indian Railways. It has locomotives and has a gallery of photographs depicting the growth of Indian Railways over the past 170 years. It also has a mini – train which is operated on battery to give small children a ride around the museum.
Mysore Rail Museum
KRS Rd, Mysore, Karnataka
Phone: 0821 286 6955
Tuesday to Sunday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 3:00–5:00 pm)
A tour around the city of palaces would be incomplete without a visit to these places. So ‘Bittaga!’ (Lets go!)