|City : Mysore
Location : South India
Language :Kannad And Telugu.
Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka. The city is situated at the base of Chamundi Hills. Mysore is famous for the Dussehra celebrations during which a large number of tourists visit the city.
Hindu mythology says that Mysore was ruled by Mahishasura a demon and the demon was later on killed by Goddess Chamundeshwari.
Till the 15th century the area where Mysore stands today, was known as Puragere. The fort was constructed in the year 1524 by Chamaraja Wodeyar III. The Wodeyar dynasty was patrons of art and culture. They served as a vassal to the Vijayanagara Empire. Till 1947, the Mysore city was the capital of the Wodeyars.
Mysore city is the cultural capital of Karnataka. Dussehra is the most important festival of the city. This festival is celebrated for a period of 10 days and it was started by King Raja Wodeyar I in the year 1610. The ninth day of the celebration is known as Mahanavami and the imperial sword is worshiped on this day. Processions constituting ornamented elephants, camels and horses are taken out.
Brindavan Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in Mysore and a center of tourist attraction. This garden was constructed during the period of Krishnaraja Wodeyar. It is built across the Cauvery river and below the Krishnarajasagar dam.
The Chamundeswari Temple is situated on a hill in the neighborhood of Mysore. Krishnaraja III during the latter part of the 18th century built this temple tower. He gifted the Nakshatramalika jewel which has Sanskrit poesies engraved on it.
Datta Peetham unfolded in a 35 acre area is a religious and spiritual abode of Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda. Sri Ganapati Sachchindananda is one of the worshiped religious gurus of Mysore. He follows an unparalleled conception to treat patients with serious ailments. He does it through the symmetrical blend of music and meditation.
Situated in the distinguished Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, the Folklore Museum is a telling depository of folk culture. There are about 6500 folklore articles displayed. The museum is hailed as one of the most prominent of its kind in Asia. The museum is supposed to be an important tourist spot.
GRS Fantasy Park
The GRS Fantasy Park is the only amusement and water park in Mysore. It is located in the outskirts of city of Mysore at Metagalli enroute to Brindavan Gardens. The park is situated in an area of 30 acres.
Apart from water games and amusement rides, interactive water based games for the kids are also one of the important attractions of the fantasy park. The park has baffling things to extend for the slackening visitors and also for the full of energy and enthusiasm visitors.
The visiting hours of the park are between 8.30 am to 6.30 pm.
Jaganmohan Palace & Art Gallery
150 years old Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore is one of the oldest buildings. The palace is a beautiful and ornamental building which was built by the Kings of Mysore. Before the main Mysore palace was built, the Jaganmohan palace was the house of the royal family. The palace is witness to many cultural activities and conferences as it is located in the heart of the city.
Jayachamarajendra Zoo (Mysore Zoo)
One of the main tourist attraction is the Mysore Zoo. The zoo has an excellent collection of animals, a beautiful outdoor stage and a colorful setting with the Chamundi Hills as its background and a contrived lake on its premises. It was renamed as Sri Chamarajendra zoo after the founder of the zoo.
After India attained freedom, the Zoo was presented by the then Maharaja to the Department of Parks and Gardens of the Mysore State Government. The Maharaja in his travel abroad collected rare animals from different countries and brought them to the zoo's collection.
The zoo is open from 9 am - 5 pm and remains closed on Tuesday.
Karanji Kere Lake
A water body amid lush green environment is the Karanji Kere Lake in the heart of the city of Mysore. The surroundings of the lake are used by the people for jogging and the lake is used as a place to immerse the idols of Ganesha after the festival.
One of the most magnificent buildings located in the heart of the city is the Mysore Palace. Spacious halls called Mantaps can be seen in the Palace. Paintings and architectural beauty décor the hall. The palace is a fantabulous assemblage of Indo-Saracen architecture.
The palace gives a clean evidence that a royal structure existed during the period of Yaduraya and Krishnaraya when they came to Mysore in 1399 AD.
Nanjanagudu is a temple town on the banks of Kapila River. It is known as the southern Kashi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva whose other name is Nanjundeshwara which means God who drank poison.
The temple seems to be built during the Ganga period and was later renovated by the Hoysala kings. The Wodeyar kings were patrons to many renovation of the temple.
National Museum on Natural History
The museum on the banks of the Karanji Lake with Chamundi hills as its background is known as the National Museum on Natural History. The museum is dedicated to nature and the natural world.
It provides information of fauna and flora of South India, ecological interrelationships. Providing students biological studies, and to develop environment awareness among the people are the main objectives of the museum.
The museum has showcase art gallery which deals with Biological Diversity, Evolution of man kind, Ecology and preservation and growth of Man and the Environment.
No admission fee is charged from the visitors.
Oriental Research Institute
The Oriental Research Institute is an honored establishment which has a rich and worthful accumulation of Sanskrit holographs. It is the depository of more than 50,000 manuscripts. The Institution was founded in 1891 by the then Government of the Maharaja of Mysore. Gathering, changing, publishing and maintaining old Sanskrit and Kannada holographs was the objective of the Research Institute.
The largest family entertainment center in South India and the first such center of Mysore is the Planet X.
It is cuddled at the foot of the beautiful Chamundi Hills and is 5 km away from the Mysore Zoo. It is set over an area of 6 acres. This center has bowling alleys and carting facility. Snooker, billiards with a mini golf course also forms a part of the entertainment center. It also has video games. Besides this, a coffee shop is also located in the center.
The entertainment center is open from 4 pm to 11 pm from Monday through Saturday and from 12 pm to 11 pm on Sundays.
In the year 1979, the Rail Museum was set up in Mysore. The museum is located at Krishnaraja Sagar Road. The development of railways is depicted in the Chamundi Gallery of the museum. The Sri Ranga marquee has two royal coaches which belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore.
The museum is open to the public on all days other than Monday from 10 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 5 pm. A small amount of fee is charged as entrance fee. Fee is also charged for cameras.
Shopping in Mysore would be a real experience. The warmhearted people and the conventional handloom varieties and the different handicrafts are food for the eye.
Mysore silk saris are hot favorites among Indian women. Silk saris come in vivacious colors and beautiful designs and purchasing one or two saris is traditional among the tourists of Mysore. Numerous sole private shops are scattered around the Devaraja Market that borders the principal Sayyaji Rao road.
Somnathpur is a tiny village which is situated in close to the Karnataka-Kerala border. The hamlet is located on the banks of river Cauvery and is named after its founder Somnath the chief commander of the Hoysala army.
St Philomena's Church
This church was built to honor St Philomena and thus it got its name. The Maharaja of Mysore laid the foundation stone for the church in the year 1933. The followed the Neo Gothic style of architecture. The Cologne Cathedral was the inspiration of the Church.