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Mysore which is officially known as Mysuru is the second-largest city in the state of Karnataka. The city is placed right at the foothills of Chamundi Hills. One would have definitely heard of the Mysore Palace which is one of the major highlights of the city. Besides the palace, Mysore Dussehra is another well-known event that defines Mysore. The city is well connected to many nearby cities and also to the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It can be reached from the capital city Bangalore via a four-lane highway. 

History of Mysore 

Mysore has acquired titles like ‘the city of palaces’ and ‘the ivory city’ in its honor and for its unique culture and rich history. While tracing the anals of Mysore one will come across the fact that the city was ruled by many charismatic leaders and great empires. Starting from the 10th century, the region was ruled by the Chola kingdom, then the Chalukyas and then by the Hoysalas in the 13th century. 

In the 14th century, Chamaraja Wodeyar III rebuilt the Mysore fort and is was called Mahishuru Nagara. The fort was such a big attraction for the surrounding empires that the entire region became popular. The Wodeyar kings are known to be the most prominent kings that had ever ruled Mysore. By the 17th century, Mysore became the most powerful region in the Southern Deccan. From 1761 to 1799 Mysore was ruled by Hyder Ali and his successor Tipu Sultan who played a significant role in the freedom struggle of India against Britishers.     

As a result of the Anglo-Mysore war, Mysore came under Britishers which continued till India’s independence in 1947. After 1947 Mysore gradually started gaining its charm back and today is one of the historically, and culturally rich states of India.  

Major Attractions in Mysore

Mysore Palace

The Mysore Palace is one such travel spot that you won’t be regretting after giving this place a visit. Here you will be witnessing an extremely breath-taking architectural style which is amazing enough to mesmerize your core. This palace was built in the year 1912 and what is interesting is the fact this place is still one of the largest and the biggest palaces to exist in our country.

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Somnathapura Temple

This village is named after Somnath who was the chief commander of the Hoysala army. If you want to see someplace drastically phenomenal then this is the kind of tourist attraction which you must be visiting with your loved ones. Furthermore, this place is a very classic example of the stone carvings which are found in the Hoysala architectural style.

Mysore Zoo

The Mysore Zoo is just the right travel getaway to enjoy with your kids. This zoo was founded or we can say established in the year of 1892 by Maharaja Chamaraja who belonged to the Wodeyar dynasty.

Things to do in Mysore

Visit Chamundeshwari Temple

This temple was built around the 12th century. The idol which has been placed in this temple is made of pure gold. This temple also features an intricately engraved seven-story Gopuram which is a silver-plated entrance. The temple is a great fusion of art, architecture, and spirituality at its best.  

GRS Fantasy Park

This is a theme-based park and the kind of place which your children will absolutely love to visit. The park is home to some of the most amazing rides along with several fun activities. Locals and tourists visit the park with their friends and family to unwind from the hectic schedule.  

Go for Shopping

If you visit Mysore then you should not absolutely be missing the shopping experience which this place can offer you. From here, you can take a couple of Mysore silk saris, artifacts as well as handicrafts which this city is known for.

Events and Festivals in & Around Mysore

Ugadi Festival

The Ugadi festival is celebrated in the second half of March or at the beginning of the month of April. During this festival, the whole city prepares for the festivities together. Ugadi is celebrated with a great amount of enthusiasm as it marks the beginning of a new year for the locals. On this day, one can see a great riot of colors in the form of bright flowers. People make sure that they clean their homes for celebrating this festival.

Vairamudi Festival

This festival comes around sometime in March on an annual basis. The Vairamudi festival is specifically held on every sixth day of the Brahmotsavam of Lord Cheluvarayaswamy. On this day, the temples are decorated with lamps and candles as hundreds and thousands of devotees come to the city for praying and having a glimpse of their beloved God.

Mysore Dussehra

The Mysore Dussehra is one of those festivals that kind of tops the list when we segregate the best of the best. Legends have it that Mysore was named after the demon King Mahishasura who was killed by Goddess Durga. Dussehra is celebrated in the entire country, but the celebration in Mysore is unique. The very purpose of this ten-day long festival is to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Read More

Food of Mysore

The food of Mysore equally worth tasting as its worth visiting sites. Some popular dishes from their platter are Bonda(potato bite), Khara Bath(upma), Kesari bath(sweet), Bisibelabath, Mysore Pak, and Kori Gassi.  

Best Time to Visit Mysore

The monsoon and the winter season is just the perfect time to visit the city with your family and friends. The climate during this time is pleasant and it will be a fantastic opportunity for you to click some really good snaps.  

How to Reach 

By Air. If you are planning to visit Mysore by air then the nearest airport is Bangalore International Airport. Direct and connecting flights from all parts of the country arrive here hence one may consider traveling by air if budget is not a constraint. From the airport, one is required to cover another 180 km via taxi or a bus to reach Mysore. 

By Train. Mysore is very well connected by train routes connecting all the cities. So, if you are planning to visit Mysore by train then it should not be a problem for you. Mysore junction railway station is the nearest to reach the city. 

By Road. If you are arriving from other cities of India then you may either take an inter-state tourist bus or drive to Mysore in your personal car/bike. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru one is required to cover approximately 2300, 1000, 2000, and 150 km respectively to reach Mysore. 

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