21 Best Places to Visit in and around Mysore
When my friends and I did the South India tour in February, one of the most recommended places by the locals was Mysore. We had a tight schedule in South India and fearing that we would get exhausted by adding one more destination in our itinerary, we foolishly dropped the idea of visiting Mysore. And I regret it now, if we would have been a little more courageous and would have pushed each other a bit, we would have not missed to visit this amazing place. Well, it is not for nothing that this city is so famous, dubbed ‘Cleanest City of India’ and a cultural centre of Karnataka, Mysore fulfills the criteria that makes it amongst the best places to visit in India. One gets to trace the history of Wodeyars; witness the magnificent Mysore art and architecture; enjoy day outings at beautiful places of nature and modern entertainment hubs. The city and the places around it offer everything that an avid traveller or someone seeking a rejuvenating break from work is looking for. Here is a blog that brings to you the best places in and around Mysore that one must visit.
Mysore Palace, Photo: https://goo.gl/QuYZuC
Also known as the Mysore Maharaja Palace, it is the biggest thing that you will ever notice in Mysore! The palace is situated in the city’s center, so you know, it cannot be missed anyway. The architecture is up for appreciation as it is a fine mix of Hindu, Islam, Gothic and Rajput styles. The stunning interior displays intricate craftsmanship. One would transcend to the era of Wodeyar dynasty while feasting eyes on the palace’s exclusive design and properties. The palace is decorated in a grand manner every year during theDasara festival, which propbably is the best time to visit here.
Chamundi Hills, Photo: https://goo.gl/n4xHkR
Chamundi Hills is the identifier of Mysore. It is famous for a temple that was built in the 11th century and has been renovated and turned into a tourist spot. The temple has a 5-meter tall statue that is said to have been sculptured out of a single rock. A flight of stairs with 1000 leads to Chamundi Hills that also offers spectacular vistas of the surroundings. Middle of the way, you shall also encounter the statue of Nandi the Bull.
Karanji Lake, Photo: https://goo.gl/vhWbSC
At the foot of the famous Chamundi Hills is a huge lake called Karanji Lake. Constructed by the King of Mysore, Karanji is a 90-acre water body and is amongst the biggest lakes in Karnataka. The lake has become the shelter for migratory birds and as many as 90 species of birds can be found here. There is also a scenic park around the lake that has a huge enclosure for birds and it is considered the largest of its kind in the country.
Mysore Zoo, Photo: https://goo.gl/M2LlQE
Behind the Karanji Lake is the Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens at Mysore also known as Mysore zoo. The Zoo is spread in a 157acre of land and houses a huge range of wildlife species not only from our country but animals from around the world.
Brindavan Gardens, Photo: https://goo.gl/hXXLdn
The Brindavan Gardens are located a level below the Krishna Raja Sagara dam. It is a major tourist attraction near Mysore and is also regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in the state of Karnataka. The most exciting experience at this garden is the musical fountain show that is scheduled in the evenings.
KRS Dam, Photo: https://goo.gl/YSdow2
Above the famous Brindavan Gardens, Krishna Raja Sagara dam is a major tourist place near Mysore. Almost all the tourist that make it to the palace in Mysore that ensures to offer a refreshing experience. The dam is also the first irrigation dam in India and is accounted to be one of the most beautiful tourist spots around Mysore.
St. Philomena Church
St. Philomena Church, Photo: https://goo.gl/qMA66L
St. Philomena is a 200-year old Church, which is also known as St. Joseph’s Church. Built in Gothic Style, the church was established by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. It is amongst the largest Cathedrals in India and is dedicated to St.Philomena who was a 3rd century saint from Greece.The church has a celler where there is a statue of St.Philomena in a reclining posture and a piece of her bone and clothes are kept.
Lalitha Mahal, Photo: https://goo.gl/hSrBpu
Located at a short distance from Chamundi Hills is Lalitha Mahal that happens to be the second largest palace in Mysore . Of course after Mysore Palace. The palace was built by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and its architecture is inspired by St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Therefore, we can see a good mixture of several architectural forms from Europe in this palace. Another thing that caught the eye here is the magnificent view of Chamundi hills and the city.
Railway Museum, Photo: https://goo.gl/XwtFt0
Railway Museum is one of the most visited tourist places in Mysore. The museum is situated close to the city’s railway station and serves as a place that exhibits ancient locomotives and carriages that are still in working condition and are being used by the Indian Railways even today.
GRS Fantasy Park
GRS Fantasy Park, Photo: https://goo.gl/u2PZW2
GRS Fantasy Park is an amusement park that is ideal if visiting in summer. The park offers number of land and water rides that can surely excite kids and adults alike. It is located the Mysore-Bangalore highway and lie sprawled in prawling 30 acres of lush greenery. Number of features like wave pool, 5D virtual rides, telecombat and pendulum slide ensure that one actually have a time of his life here!
Somnathpura, Photo: https://goo.gl/NeqBCR
Somanathpura is town, which is about 35kms from Mysore. The place is known for its Chennakesava Temple also called Kesava Temple. Feel the divinity at the Kesava Temple that reflects the Hoysala architecture and explore the wildlife in its surroundings.
Srirangapatna, Photo: https://goo.gl/p3K1Ak
Srirangapatna is a majestic heritage site situated some 15kms from Mysore. The entire town is enclosed by the river Kaveri to form a river island. The town is named after the revelled Ranganathaswamy temple which dominates the town. Srirangapatna is one of the most important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage in South India and the temple here was built by the Ganga Dynasty in the 9th century. The temple is a mix of the Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles of architecture. Apart from it, you can also take a tour to the toy factories of Srirangapatna and witness how the toys are made.
Shivanasamudra Falls, Photo: https://goo.gl/CbDHe8
Situated on a river island, Shivanasamdura is where the River Kaveri falls 90m to form as waterfall. Shivanasamudra is an island town that divides River Cauvery into two falls, namely Gaganachukki Falls and Bharachukki Falls that together make Shivanasamdura Falls. It is known for being Asia’s first hydroelectric power station and is situated some 85 kms away from Mysore. It is a spectacular fall and is rated as one of the best waterfalls in India.
Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary
Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary, Photo: https://goo.gl/lSMEpG
Not far from Mysore, Rangantittu is a popular hub for bird lovers as it is one of the biggest bird sanctuaries in South India. Sprawling in an area of 40 acres, the sanctuary is the home to about 170 birds species. Rangantittu is a short distance from the sacred town of Srirangapatna and is easily accessible.
Talakad is some 45kms from Mysore and is known as a popular pilgrimage site in Karnataka. It is situated on the left bank of River Kaveri and is amidst the serene landscape. The place once had 30 temples that now lay buried under the sands, however, people still like to go and visit the ruins of these historical temples. Apart from it Talakad has also become the epicentre of horticulture and wine making. Fine wines, exotic Zero Pesticide fresh produce, artisan cheese and diverse culinary experiences are now the identifiers of this sleepy town.
Melukote, Photo: https://goo.gl/4Jxe7s
Melukote is a home to exotic temples and is some 50kms from Mysore. It makes a great destination for a one-day-trip as one can enjoy folk dances, ethnic cuisines and several cultural activities along with temple sightseeing here. This place is also a well-known location for film making as well as it is surrounded by lot of scenic areas. One of the famous temples here is Sri Yoganarasimha Swamy temple, which is situated at the hilltop. Catching a sunrise from here is a spectacular here.
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park, Photo: https://goo.gl/8cAvpr
Nested amidst the Western Ghats, Bandipur National Park is an ideal weekend getaway destination from Mysore. Located at the picturesque location, this national park is the home to a large number of wild animals and birds. Together with Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and Nagarhole National Park in the North, it creates India’s biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the ‘Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve’.
Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park, Photo: https://goo.gl/XUu1Kg
Located at a short distance from the city of Mysore, Nagarahole National Park is situated in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. The national park is a home to a large number of elephants and other wild animals and birds. There are jungle safari and elephant treks that one let the visitors get the best experience in this national park.
Jaganmohan Palace, Photo: https://goo.gl/vvZCxr
It is an Art Gallery located to the west of the main palace. The palace for built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1861 to celebrate the marriage of his daughter and the museum was officially started in 1915, and has since been expended adding many artifacts. This Art Gallery showcases Mysuru style of painting. Also, the original oil paintings of Raja Ravi Varma of Travancore on display here are on many mythological themes. The painting of lady holding the lamp of the Indian Artist S.G.Heldnker is another piece. The other include artifacts made from Glass, Ceramic and Metal.
A good collection of clocks are also display here along with few energravings from china and Japan and paintings of various styles like Moghal and Rajput.
Planet X, Photo: https://goo.gl/oJ494l
Located at the foothills of Chamundi, Planet X is a popular entertainment centre in Mysore. It is an ideal for a day picnic with friends and family as this place is perfect for both kids and grown-ups. There are facilities for snooker, billiards, go-karting and video games. The complex also has a bowling alley, mini golf course, restaurant, coffee shop and even a conference room where one can spend an eventful day.
Melody World Wax Museum
Melody World Wax Museum, Photo: http://goo.gl/8RklRa
Melody World Wax Museum is one of its kind place in Mysore. This place has been named as the Melody World as there musical instruments are showcased here along with wax statues of musicians playing the instruments. There are around 100 life-size wax models and over 300 musical instruments displayed here. There are as many as 19 galleries here that offer a collection of musical instruments and statues have both musical relevance as well as social importance. A major highlight of this museum is the statue of Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, a ruler of Mysore. There is also a special section in this museum, where you can play some musical instruments.
Mysore is truly stunning and you have no reasons to miss out on this amazing place, unless you are stupid like me. If you have already been to this place, we would like to hear your story. And if you think that I have missed out a place in this blog, please mention it in the comment box below. Apart from it, if you are planning a trip to Mysore and don’t know how to go about it, give us a call at +91-9212553106/07 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tour My India offers travel packages that are reasonable and guarantees a trip that you would always remember.