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Mysore, 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 which are famous for its history related to yogis and siddhas. However, if we talking about travel, then, Mysuru can really stun you with various surprises. For instance, one such interesting tourist spot would be the Mysore Palace. Besides the palace, Mysore Dussehra is another well-known event that defines Mysore in its full glory. If you are looking for reasons to travel and explore then all we can say is that Mysuru won't disappoint you. 

History of Mysuru 

Mysuru has acquired titles like ‘the city of palaces’ and ‘the ivory city’ in its honour and for its unique culture and rich history. While tracing the annals of Mysore one will come across the fact that this city was ruled by many charismatic leaders and great emperors once upon a time. 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. 

During the 14th century, Chamaraja Wodeyar III rebuilt the Mysore fort also called the Mahishuru Nagara. The fort was such a big attraction for the surrounding empires that the entire region became very popular among the tourists. Historically, the Wodeyar kings are known to be the most prominent kings ever to rule Mysore. By the 17th century, Mysore became the most powerful region in all of 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 the Britishers.     

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

Major Attractions in Mysuru

Mysore Palace

You won’t be regretting visiting this place. Here, you will be witnessing an extremely breath-taking architectural style that is amazing enough to mesmerize you. This palace was built in the year 1912 and is considered as one of the largest and the biggest palaces to exist in our country.

Also Read: Historically speaking, this city has been the epicentre of Portuguese influence since 1843

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 you must consider visiting this temple with your loved ones. Furthermore, this place is a very classic example of the stone carvings 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 in the year of 1892 by Maharaja Chamaraja who belonged to the Wodeyar dynasty.

Things to do in Mysuru

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. It is indeed 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 that 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

You must not miss the shopping experience. From the bazaars, you can check out Mysore silk saris, artifacts as well as handicrafts.

Events and Festivals in & Around Mysuru

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 colours 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 Mysuru was named after the demon King Mahishasura who was killed by Goddess Durga. Dussehra is celebrated in the entire country, but the celebrations in Mysuru is unique. The very purpose of this ten-day long festival is to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Read More

Food of Mysuru

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 Mysuru

Mysuru has a tropical climate in general. However, if you are planning a trip to Mysuru then the monsoon and the winter seasons would be the perfect time to visit Mysore 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 Mysuru

Mysuru is indeed one of the most amazing places to visit in Karnataka. This is a place which is replete with incredible nuances of history. While on your trip to Mysuru, you can explore various things like sandalwood, sarees made of silk, historical tourist spots. Here is how you can reach Mysuru via the following routes. 

By Air. Although Mysore has its own airport of the same name, it is not well connected with other cities. Along with the Mysore Airport, another option to visit here would be the Bangalore International Airport (BLR).

Bangalore International Airport is situated at a distance of 150-180 km whereas the Mysore Airport is located at a distance of 8-9 km from the city centre. The Mysore Airport was constructed in the 1940s during the kingdom of Mysore.

Thus, your best option to reach here would be Bangalore Airport a.k.a Kempegowda International Airport. This is an international airport that serves Bengaluru and nearby areas. Many airlines like Air India, IndiGo, GoAir, AirAsia operate to and fro with fairly good connectivity. 

After you deboard at the airport, you will need to travel 180-190 km. For this, you can hire a cab or some other means of public transportation.

  1. Delhi - Board Air India, Go Air, IndiGo, Spicejet from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The starting airfares are from Rs.3,500
  2. Jaipur - Board Air Asia, Air India, Spicejet from Jaipur Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.4,000
  3. Hyderabad - Board Air India, Air Asia, Spicejet, Vistara from Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. The starting airfares are from Rs.3,000
  4. Mumbai - You can board Air Asia, IndiGo, Air India, Vistara from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

By Train. The Mysore Railway Junction is the nearest train station. It is located 3 km from the city centre. This station is situated on the Mysore Bangalore Railway line. Previously, this station was connected to a single line meter gauge. Then it was only later on that this place was converted into a non-electrified broad-gauge line. After you deboard at the station, you will need to take some sort of public transportation to reach your respective destination.

  1. Bengaluru - Board Shatabadi Express from KSR Bengaluru and deboard at the Mysuru Junction
  2. Coimbatore - Board Mysuru Express from Coimbatore Junction and deboard at the Mysuru Junction
  3. Madurai - Board Mysore Express from Madurai Junction and deboard at the Mysuru Junction
  4. Mumbai - Board Sharavathi Express from Dadar and deboard at the Mysuru Junction

By Road. You can also consider traveling via road as well wither by your own vehicle or by a bus. From Bengaluru, the bus fares are starting from Rs.635. From Tirupati, the starting bus ticket price is Rs.300-400. From Visakhapatnam, the fares are starting from Rs.1,500. Otherwise, here is the route to travel here via road. 

  1. Delhi - 726 km via NH44 or NH150A
  2. Bengaluru - 144 km via Mysore Road
  3. Vellore - 346 km via NH48
  4. Madurai - 379 km via NH44
  5. Tirupati - 395 km via Mysore Road

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