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Mysore- The City of Palaces

Mysore officially Mysuru, is the third-largest city in Karnataka, located at the right at the foot of Chamundi hills. It was once the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore. It is most famous for the Navarathri celebrated. The festivities last for 10 days and the whole city is decked up in beautiful lights. On the last day known as Vijayadashami, Mysuru Dasara is celebrated with great pomp and show, and people from every corner of the globe visit this city during the festival. There are around 200 buildings identified as heritage buildings of Mysore. It is popularly known as the ‘City of Palaces’, and there are seven magnificent awe-inspiring palaces. Of them, Mysore Palace is located at the heart of the city and is the most prominent tourist destination. The soothing and enchanting flora and fauna of the place is also an addition to the beauty and tourism of the city. The backwaters, lakes, and other waterfalls in and around Mysore also make it a preferred visiting place.

Major Monument Attractions –

  • Mysore Palace

It is also known as Amba Vilas Palace. It is considered to be the second most famous attraction in India, first being the Taj Mahal. It is easily one of the most imposing architectural buildings in the country. The palace was only built in the 20th century and is the fourth structure to be constructed in the same location. The architectural style of domes of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic, with blends of the Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic styles. It is a three-story stone structure with marble domes and has a 145-foot five-story tower. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. The Palace is a spectacle come every evening when it is lit with approximately 97,000 lights.

Opening and closing time: 08:30 AM to 5:30 PM

  • St Philomena’s church

With a history of over 200 years, St Philomena’s church is one of the most popular tourist places in Mysore. Not just in Mysore but this church is a well-known tourist spot in the entire state of Karnataka. Take a break from exploring the history, soothe your mind at this divine tourist spot in Mysuru. Initially, it was built as a small church was then reconstructed by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar. It is one of the largest Cathedrals in the whole of South Asia.

Opening and closing time: 05:00 AM to 06:00 PM

  • Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

Located on the top of the peak, this is not only a sacred place but also caters to the 360-degree view of the city and one of the famous places to visit in Mysore. Homing the deity of Goddess Durga, devotees from all over the map come here to seek her blessings. The structure of the temple is adorned with intriguing pillars and the walls are carved with the sayings. Built back at the time of Maharaja’s, this place is of utmost importance and is one of the most revered places to visit in Mysore.
Opening and Closing Timings in 3 shifts: 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Places of Natural Beauty –

  • Chamundi Hills

Chamundi Hills is one of the most popular places to visit in Mysuru for nature lovers, religious travellers, and photographers pouring in from all over the world. It is also one of the best points for a panoramic view of Mysore city. You can reach the hill summit either via road or for something more adventurous, take the stone stairs. If you are on a spiritual journey, spend some time at the temple on the summit. Mahabaleshwara Temple, the oldest ones in the city, was established roughly around the 9th century to commemorate the mythological goddess, Mahishasurmardini, who killed the demon Mahishasur to save the world.
Opening and Closing Timings in 3 slots: 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM; 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM; 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

  • Brindavan Gardens

The Brindavan Gardens are located just a level below the Krishna Raja Sagara dam. It is a major tourist attraction for all the Mysuru and KRS dam visitors. It is also regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in the state of Karnataka. The most popular and exciting experience at this garden is the musical fountain that is scheduled in the evenings being one of its kind, Brindavan Garden attracts tourists from across the world.

  • Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens

Treat the animal lover in you, visit Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens at Mysore. Popularly known as Mysore Zoo, this place makes it to the best of places to visit in Mysore. While you are busy taking trips of various palaces, museums, and temples in this city, Mysore zoo is an offbeat and enthralling destination that can engage you for an entire day.
Opening and Closing Timings: 08:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Other Leisure Activities and Attractions –

  • Art and speciality of Mysore

Mysuru is a centre for artwork, carpentry, and fashion. The kings of Mysore were patrons of the form of painting known as Mysore Painting. Ivory motifs etched into rosewood carvings is one of the speciality. The city is also home to the famous ‘Mysore Silk Saree’ made with pure silk and real gold thread. The favoured cuisine of Mysoreans contains rice as the main dish, reminiscent of Udupi cuisine. This city also offers quite a few mouth-watering delicacies like the Mysore Pak and Mysore Masala Dosa and brands such as Mysore Sandal Soap, Mysore Ink; and styles and cosmetics such as Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban) and the Mysore silk sarees. Mysuru is also known for its special variety of jasmine flower fondly referred to as “Mysore Mallige” and betel leaves.

  • Vairamudi Festival

This festival is also known as the ‘diamond crown’ festival, which is named after the diamond-crusted crown which decks up Lord Cheluvarayaswamy. It takes place around March and is held on the sixth day of Brahmotsavam of Lord Cheluvarayaswamy in Melkote. Temples are decorated with candles and lamps, and thousands of devotees pay a visit to the city.

  • Mysore Open Street Festival

After the Dasara festival, holds the 10-day long spectacular winter festival which consists of a flower show at the Mysore Palace. Artists from all around the state are cordially invited and there is a huge number of spectators visiting the festival. Children also actively participate and enjoy the form of an exclusionary Children’s’ Festival.

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Author Bio-

Name- Abhishek Dey

Hello, I’m a college student pursuing engineering, I am a passionate writer and a sucker for knowledge. In my spare time, I write and research about various topics of the world and also like to play basketball.

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