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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka in India. It is approximately 140 km away from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. The city, situated at the base of the Chamundi Hills, can be reached both by rail and road transport.

The name Mysore is a derivative of Mahishasura, a demon from Hindu mythology. Mysore city was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty. So the city houses a lot of historical monuments.

There are plenty of places to see in Mysore. The Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, St Philomena's Church, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Rail Museum, Jaganmohan Palace, Karanji Lake, Kukkarahalli Lake and Lalitha Mahal Palace are some of the big attractions in this city.

The city has a cool climate so it can be visited at any time during the year. The people here are very friendly and speak Kannada, English and Hindi. Thank God for Hindi and English or else we would have been lost in this beautiful city.

There are many motels here which offer a nice stay and a panoramic view of the city. One can make on-the-spot bookings also after checking the rooms. Most of the motels are 3-star.

The food is good. I personally prefer the vegetarian food over the non vegetarian, as the latter is prepared very differently from the non-vegetarian fare we are used to in Mumbai. The pricing of the food is very reasonable and the quality of the food is quite nice. You can taste spicy Andhra style cooked food, served on a banana leaf, at one of the many food outlets here. Eating on a banana leaf was a first for me and I enjoyed the experience.

Mysore is famous for its silk sarees, and ivory and sandalwoods handicrafts. These handicrafts are extremely unique and beautiful and I felt like buying all of them. Unfortunately, they are priced rather exorbitantly. Making one of these beauties your own will make a huge hole in your wallet.

This city is like a pit stop on the way to Tamil Nadu, so you will have many inter state buses plying through Mysore. The city is not clogged with traffic as compared to Mumbai. There are state transport buses and rickshaws taking you around the city at low rates.

Mysore Palace

The Mysore Palace is the official residence of the Wodeyars. This place is beautiful both by day and night and is very massive. A must-see for anyone who is on a trip to Mysore. The Palace is a huge tourist attraction.

Chamundeswari Temple

The Chamundi Hills are located very close to the Mysore Palace and are at a height of 1000 metres. There is a statue of the demon Mahishasura at the summit. The hills offer a panoramic view of the city. One can also visit the hill via a stairway, consisting of 1511 steps, to reach the top. Buses ply regularly to Chamundi Hills from the central bus stand.

A major attraction here is the Chamundeswari Temple and the Nandi.

St. Philomena's Church

St. Philomena's Church, one of the oldest and largest churches in India, is located in Mysore. This church was built in 1959 in Gothic style and is one of the largest cathedrals in South Asia.

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens are near the Krishnarajasagara dam built on the river Kaveri. These gardens were built in 1932 and are a huge tourist attraction thanks to the musical water performance held in the evenings.

Engine at Mysore Rail Museum
Rail Museum, set up in 1979, was the first one in the country and has a good collection of engines and coaches used in the British era.

Mysore Zoo is very close to the Palace of Mysore. The official name of the zoo is Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. I was unable to photograph a single animal here :-(

Jaganmohan Palace, built in 1861 by the King, is currently an art gallery.

Lalitha Mahal Palace is now converted into a hotel and offers a panoramic view of the city.

I felt that Mysore is a better city to live in as it is rich in all aspects, be it food, literature, or the arts. I just loved this city so much that I found it difficult to leave.


ngoa4u said...

Most beautiful place on Earth to live. Good work Merwyn, Keepitup.


I agreem wouldnt mind relocating to Mysore

Unknown said...

Nice post about Mysore. The Mysore city attracts visitors from all around the world and there are budget hotels and resorts in Mysore available for tourists and visitors.

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