Positioned close to the IT hub of India (Bangalore), it is one of the mostfascinating places to visit with family, friends and loved ones located in the Indian state of Karnataka. Also known as the garden city, it has never fallen behind to captivate the visitors with its wide array of architectural masterpiece and natural extravaganza.
Numerous travelers flock to this place to enjoy its royal charm and authenticity belonging to its rich history and culture. Here, I highlight to you with some of the most attractive places to visit in this garden city.
It was built in 1912 century and was expanded in 1940 by Wodeyars (Royal Family who ruled Mysore before the Independence) and is one of the most amazing arts of workman ship. It receives a total visitation of 3 million in a year. This Great Palace houses two durbars and is an architectural fusion of Muslim, Hindu and Rajput styles.
The garden that surrounds this wonderful palace makes it beautiful while it is illuminated. The best time to visit this place is during the festival of Dasara when it is ornamented with varied decorative. Cameras are forbidden inside the premises and one have to enter this palace in bare foots.
It is located close to Mysore Palace and is the oldest zoo in South India built in 1892. Spreaded across an area of 250 acres it protects about 1500 animals belonging to 170 species. Elephants, tigers, anacondas, giraffe etc. can be seen here. It exhibits mammals, reptiles and birds in various species.
Chamundi Hills and Chamundeshwari Temple
Positioned at an elevation of 1000 meters, the Chamundi Hills offers awe-inspiring view of Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal Palace, race course etc.
Chamundeshwari Temple is located on top of the hills and one can also see a statue of ‘Nandi’ (Lord Shiva’s Bull) which is 16 feet tall and 25 feet in broad, it is carved out of a single granite rock. Thousands steps were built by Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar to reach the temple. Both of these, receives a large number of tourists.
Popularly known as musically lighted garden, it is located 15 km from the city and is situated below the KR Sagar Dam in Mandya district. Stretch over a vast area of 150 acres, to reach the actual Vrindavan Gar4dens one needs to walk a distance of 1.5 km from the gate. The prime magnetism in this garden is the “Dancing Fountain” which dances rhythmically to the tunes of music impressing each of the visitors.
The Art Gallery
The Jaganmohan Palace was transformed into a museum in 1875 treasuring all the royal artifacts. Paintings and portraits of Royal Kings, Mysore 'gold leaf ' painting, oil paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and Svetoslav Roerich are some of the prime attraction of the art gallery.
Jayachamarejendra Zoological Gardens
Constructed in 19th century, it is one of the biggest zoological gardens of India and is home to 2000 species of mammals and aerial inhabitants. It protects some of the rarest of the animals. White tiger, gorilla, chimpanzee, giraffe, penguin etc. are some of the major magnetisms of this park.
It holds a mosque and the Ranganathaswamy Temple. Gumbaz is located outside the fort festooned with delicately imprinted doors elaborated with ivory and house the tomb of Tipu Sultan, his father Hyder Ali and mother Fatima Begum. It is a major attraction site of Mysore.
Apart from these magnetisms there are other places to quench your thirst of sightseeing which include; Himvad Gopalswamy Hills, Mysore Rail Museum, St. Philomena’s Church, Lalitha Mahal, Planet X Park, etc.