IntroductionMysore is an old age city connected to royal majesty, mythology and a place bounded with beautiful landscapes and is the most popular destination of tourists. This place was once a residence of the mighty royal rulers Wodeyar family. They ruled Mysore for seven centuries and brought beauty as well as fame to this great city. The architectural style of this city's construction is said to be Indo-Saracenic which is a blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, Gothic styles of architecture. Mysore was fondly known as 'City of Palaces' and the 'Ivory City'. Here the following are some of the most beautiful tourist's destination of Mysore.
Mysore palaceMysore palace is situated in the center of the city. It was built by the architect Henry Irwin between 1897-1912. This palace is also known as 'Amba Vilas Palace' or 'Mysore Maharaja Palace'. This is one of the largest and oldest palaces in India. The interior of the palace is an excellent place to visit for its aesthetic values, spacious halls, beautiful paintings and with its stunning architectural beauty. This palace will be decorated every year in Dasara festive time. The specialty during this festive time is the touring of elephants in the royal ride. The main attraction of the ten-day Dasara festival is the palace which is illuminated daily with 100,000 light bulbs from 7 PM to 10 PM on all days of the festival. Goddess Chamundeswari is taken in procession on an elephant ride which is called as Jumbo Savaari. The art and cultural exhibit programs will be held opposite to Mysore Palace during Navaratri Dasara festival. The rosewood carvings and ceilings of the palace are a great attraction to the tourists. The exceptional craftsmanship of the palace and stunning garden around the palace makes Mysore a unique place
Mysore Maharaja Palace(Image courtesy:-Author)
Brindavan GardensThis is located 21 Km. away from the heart of the city, near Krishnaraja Sagar Dam built across the river Cauvery. Brindavan garden is a must see garden in Mysore tour and it is one of the well-maintained gardens in India. This garden is spread across 150 acres of land. The garden houses a Botanical Park with sprawling flowering plants and trees that is cut in various shapes and sizes. Besides the park, the Brindavan Garden is famous for waterfalls and fountains. The beauty of this garden in the illuminating lights at night time cannot be described here but one has to see with their own eyes to experience the reality. The musical fountains located in the park is a beauty to watch in the evening time as the colored water squirt out through fountains as the music goes on for twenty minutes. This musical fountain show will be operated from 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM. and one cannot miss this show during the visit of this garden.
Brindavan Garden in Mysore(Image courtesy:-Author)
Krishna Raja Sagar DamIt is one of the first irrigation dams in India and also the most beautiful tourist visiting centers in Mysore tour. The dam was built across Cauvery in 1924. Brindavan Garden was planned in relation to the construction of this dam. The architect for the construction of this beautiful dam is Sir M. Visweswaraiah. This dam is 130 feet in height and has 152 sluice gates with a length of 3 Km. This dam is beautiful to watch in monsoon season when the water is flowing through sluice gates, This dam acts as a great reservoir, provides irrigation facility and is also meant for drinking water purpose.
Nandi Statue at Chamundi HillA 350-year-old Nandi bull that is carved out of a black granite rock can be seen at the foothills of Chamundi hill. According to Hindu mythology, Nandi is a vehicle of Lord Shiva and this statue is located near Shiva shrine on Chamundi hills.
Chamundeswari TempleThe Chamundeswari temple was built by the Wodayar kings in the 17th century as a tribute to the deity of their Royal household. The temple is located at a height of 1062 m on Chamundi Hills of Mysore. A 16 ft monolithic Nandi can be seen on the way to Chamundi Hills. The gopura of this temple appears to be classical South Indian style
Sri Chamundeswari Temple, Mysore (Image courtesy:-Author)
St. Philomena CathedralSt.Philomena Cathedral is a 200-year-old Church and one of the biggest church in South India. This Church was established by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. This is a dark grey structured Church raising to a height of 165 ft into the sky. It was built between 1933 and 1941. It is an interesting Church dedicated to a Greek saint St.Philomena, a Princess martyred in the 4th century. It was built by a French architect for the British soldiers in India but in German Gothic style and paid it for by the Hindu king. Inside the Church, a beautiful statue of the saint and an idol of the Christ can be viewed. The stories of the Bible are depicted on beautifully stained glass windows arranged above the altar.
St.Philomena Church, Mysore(Image courtesy:-Author)
Mysore ZooMysore Zoo is one of the oldest and most popular Zoos in South India. It was located in a 245 acres land near the Mysore palace. It was built in 1892 and established under Royal patronage. The king Chamarajendra Wodeyar built and developed this Zoo. Actually, it is one of the oldest Zoos in the world. This Zoo contains 850 animals from over 110 species. This Zoo houses 10 acres of lush green vegetation with a beautiful garden. Some exotic animal species collected from all over the world like elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, kangaroos, crocs, hippos, rhinos, various species of big cats can be seen in this zoo. Here there is a snake park which includes an Anaconda and aviary. Within the same premises, a library and a museum are also located.
Karanji LakeIt is a 90 acre water body and one of biggest lakes in Karnataka state. It is located close to Mysore Zoo. More than 90 species of migratory birds can be seen in the surroundings of this lake. A nature park consisting of a butterfly park and a walking aviary can be found around this park. For nature lovers, it is a must visiting place.
Bandipur National ParkIt is one of the most beautiful wildlife center located just 80 Km. from Mysore. Rare species of plants and animals can be found in their natural habitat here in this park. In 1973 WWF has started Project Tiger Scheme in Bandipur to save tigers. It covers an area about 874 sq.km. Indian elephants, Bengal tigers, spotted deer, civets, mongoose, Hanuman Langurs, antelopes, bison and a variety of native species animals can be seen in this park.
Somanathpura templeThe famous Chennakeswara temple is situated 35 Km. away from Mysore city in Somanathpur. The temple comprises of three shrines, three sanctums with three carved pinnacles. It is a Vaishnava Hindu temple constructed on the banks of Kaveri river at Somanathpur. It was constructed by Hoyasala King Narasimhan III in 1258 CE. The architecture of this temple is Hoysala architecture. The three Sanctums west, south, and north Keshava, Venugopala and Janardhana connected to each other. This ornately carved temple of magnificent craftsmanship depicting Vishnu, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Ganesha, Rati Manmadha, and Mahishasura. The outer walls of this temple and pillars are decorated with beautiful carvings of the sceneries from Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagavatha. The rock carvings of this temple are really amazing. A beautiful garden is maintained surrounding this temple