Mysore Travel Guide
Welcome to Mysore, the city that boasts of grand heritage and awe-inspiring monuments. It is popularly known as the cultural capital of Karnataka and true to its name, Mysore is rich in heritage and culture. The people are so warm and welcoming, which make the overall travel experience all the more pleasing. The main attraction of the city is the mighty Mysore Palace. The city also has some stunning temples, well maintained and beautiful gardens, and monasteries. Mysore is a shopaholics’ delight and is famous for pure sandalwood, silk, and handicrafts. There are wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, and caves near Mysore. Travelers can have a magnificent experience visiting them. Visit Mysore once to witness the real meaning of opulence and grandeur!
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
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A City with Glittering Royal Heritage & Magnificent Monuments
Mysore is Karnataka's second biggest city and was the capital of the erstwhile Wodeyar dynasty. Known as the cultural capital of the state, this city’s history dates back to thousand years and a fictitious history says that the origin of the name Mysore, apparently came into existence as this was the place where Goddess Chamundi killed demon Mahishasura. There is a statue of the demon on Chamundi Hill to commemorate this. The World Heritage listed Mysore palace attracts maximum number of travelers here. Ashtanga yoga is another feature that interests tourists and there are many acclaimed Ashtanga yoga schools that teach the art to who so ever is interested. The city is driven by its culture, tradition and heritage and is the cleanest city of India. People here are warm, helpful and peaceful in attitude.
Located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore is decorated with remains from the past. This city gained prominence when it became the capital in 1584, of the Vijayanagara Empire named Chamaraja Wodeyar. Later in 1610, Wodeyar moved the capital to Srirangapatna. Further in 18th century, Hyder Ali who was a commander usurped power and was further succeeded by his son Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan fought battle in 1799 and lost the war the British.
Tipu Sultan lost his life in this war and British restored the Wodeyars as their puppet rulers. It was then the capital was again shifted the back to Mysore.
Mysore attracts tourists from world over for its palace, museums, temples, and gardens. The must see places here are Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Srirangapatna and Brindavan Gardens, Chamundi and Hill Temple. There are a number of places near Mysore that tourists also prefer to visit. Some prominent and most enjoyed ones are Belavadi (Near Halebidu), Dubare Elephant Camp (Near Coorg), Soochipara Waterfalls / Sentinel Rock Waterfalls (Near Wayanad), Brindavan Gardens (Near Srirangapatna), Golden Temple / Tibetan Monastery, Bylakuppe (Near Coorg), Pykara Falls (Near Ooty), and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (Near Srirangapatna).
It is not only history & architecture here in Mysore. The place is known for silk and in particular the popular Mysore Silk sarees and pure sandalwood carved artefacts and perfumed incense sticks. Mysore's local market places will be a good hunt for shopaholics. None the less, government emporiums are always better to shop for silk, sandal wood items and other artefacts as they assure equinity of product and fair price.