Travelling is the of the most satisfying things for me. Off lately,I am not travelling as often as I do.I miss my holidays and I miss writing the travel posts.
Its been almost two years that I have started living in Bangalore.I have been to Mysore 3 times since then. Its my comfort place. Its a small town with more than a few place to explore.
Mysore is just around 140 kms from Bangalore which is perfect for a weekend getaway or an Impromptu road trip. I like it for its clean streets and yummy Dosa and sweets . There are many famous and important places to explore in Mysore.
Here are my top list of places to visit in Mysore.
- Mysore Palace
The palace is the primary tourist attraction of Mysore. It is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore, the royal family of Mysore, who ruled the princely state from 1399 to 1950.
It has a beautiful architecture which is a mix of Hindi, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic style. The Palace is surrounded by a beautiful garden and it is located quite at the city Center.
The palace will be open to the public from 11 am to 3 pm. The entry fees for the adult is Rs.40 and children is Rs.25.
For the foreign tourist, the entry fee is Rs.200.
Do not miss to take a stroll during the night to the Palace to see the fully illuminated Palace.
- Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
Mysore zoo, spread over 159 acres is one of the oldest and popular zoos in India. It has a wide range of species. It is also very accessible and located within the town.
An interesting thing about this zoo is that there is an adoption schemes of the animals. If you are a hard core animal lover, you can adopt the animal for its welfare.
The entry fees is Rs.50 for adult and Rs.20 for children. This may vary a little on weekends and public holidays.
Be prepared with a comfortable shoes and drinking water as there is a huge area to explore.
- Chamundi Hills
With an average elevation of 1,000 meters, Chamundi Hills is located 13km away from Mysore Town. There is a temple located at the hill top and a huge statue of Nandi.
There are well maintained roads connecting the Town and the hills. The hair pin loops to the hill roads reminds you of the famous Nandi hills ride in Bangalore.
I would recommend you to plan the ride evening. The climate will be chilly and you get to see a beautiful sunset if you are lucky.
- Railway Museum
I am quite sure most of you is unaware of the fact that a railway museum exists in the Southern part of India. The railway museum in Mysore exhibits some of the old carriages, Engines and Royal Carriages. It is located within the Railway Boundaries.
It is a small one and not that well maintained. But, it’s worth a Visit.
I have written a details post exclusive on the Railway Museum. Click here to read it.
- Brindavan Gardens.
It’s a huge garden built adjacent to the Krishnarajasagara Dam built across the river Cauvery. The Garden is located little far from the Mysore town. The Garden is well maintained by the Cauvery Irrigation department and every night it hosts a musical fountain show.
The whole garden is illuminated at night which looks magical and they also organize some speed boat services.
But, I must warn you the place gets very crowded on the weekends and the approach roads are not well maintained. Otherwise, it’s all good.
These are the five major places to visit in Mysore.
Other than this, you should definitely try a ride on those crazily decorated horse carts starting from the gates of the Palace which gives a full sight of the town. Also, do not miss on those some yummy Masala Dosa and Mysore Pak.
So are you ready to explore Mysore now?