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Mysore PalaceMysore is one of the major cities of Karnataka. Today, Mysore is a vibrant city teeming with tourists and visitors. It is known the world over for its exotic sandalwood and rich silks.Its grand and imposing palaces,majestic temples,gardens leave an ever-lasting impression on the visitor. Situated 770m above sea level,Mysore has a warm and cool climate throughout the year.

The City is famous for its palaces, a beautiful city ideal for people who wish to live a peaceful life. With plenty of greenery peaceful people this city can also be called as the Bangalore of the 80's. Mysore is a place well renowned for Dasara festival and is a favored tourism destination throughout India.

The word Mysore expands to "Mahishasurana Ooru" which means the town of Mahishasura. Mysore,or Mahishur as it was called then, traces its history back to the mythical past, when Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi Hills killed the wicked buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura. Mysore Dasara is the celebration of this victory of good over evil. Mysore also has associations with the Mahabharata and King Ashoka of the 3rd century B.C. During the Wodeyar rule Mysore reached the Zenith of its glory as a fabled center of oriental splendor.

Area & Population
Situated 140km west of Bangalore - the capital of Karnataka, Mysore is is at an altitude of 770m above sea level. With an area of 80.5 sq. km., the city lies between Latitude 12 degree 18min North and Longitude 76 degree 42min in the East. Mysore has a population of 1,038,490 according to 2001 census. The city experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year. The maximum temperature goes up to 34 degrees C in the month of April while the minimum drops down to 16 degrees C in December. The average annual rainfall in the city is 667mm.

Mysore Attractions
  • Mysore Palace
    The Maharaja's Palace is one of the important sights in Mysore. Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades,the Palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Intricately carved doors open on to luxuriously furnished rooms. The majestic Durbar Hall has an ornate ceiling and many sculpted pillars. The magnificent jewel studded golden throne of the Wodeyars is displayed here during the Dasera festival. Illuminated on Sundays and public holidays ,the palace presents a spectacle of breathtaking beauty.
  • Chamundi Hill
    Perched atop a hill is a 12th century temple of Chamundershwari. About 13 Kms from Mysore by road these is also a 1000 step walking track for all those young at heart to try. The gigantic 4.8 meter tall monolith of Nandi the sacred vehicle of Lord Shiva is a marvel to watch. Also at the entrance to the temple stands a gigantic statue of the demon Mahishasura.
  • Brindavan Gardens
    St. Philomena's Church Travel MysoreThis picturesque gardens are popular for its coloured blossoms and enchanting musical fountains equipped with special lights. This is a popular hangout for children who can always be seen noising in the place.
  • The Jagan Mohana Palace
    Jagan Mohana Palace popularly known as the Jayachamaraja art gallery. This art gallery has ancient paintings and artifacts that are centuries old.
  • St. Philomena's Church
    This beautiful Cathedral was built in 1956 and is one of the largest churches in the country. It has been built in the Gothic style with beautiful stain glass windows and lofty towers. The illuminated church in the evening is a wonderful site not to be missed.
How to reach
  • Air
    The nearest Airport is the Bangalore airport from where one has to take a train or a bus to reach Mysore.
  • Train
    There are regular train services from Bangalore to Mysore.
  • Road
    Mysore has a good network of roads connecting it to the other important cities of the region. The Bangalore Mysore road is a nice drive where if you have the time you can see plenty of tourism places along the way.

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