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Introduction

Mysore was the political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty which ruled the state of Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British. Somnathpur in Mysore has one of the finest 13th century Hoysala temple in the shape of a star with 16 points. Sravanabelgola has the 1000 year old colossal statue- 57 feet tall of the hermit Gomateswara. These kings were great patrons of art and culture and Mysore was the cultural capital of the south under the rule of the Wodeyars. The Wodeyars made the Dasara festival an event. A centre of sandalwood-carving, silk and incense production, 159km southwest of Bangalore, Mysore the erstwhile capital of the Wadiyar rajas, is one of South India's most popular attraction

Area 128.42 sq km
Altitude 763 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-21.0 C-34.0 C Winter-12.0 C-30.0 C
Language
Kannada, English, Tamil, Hindi
STD Code
0821
Rainfall __ cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit Round the year

Mysore MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :-The nearest airport is Bangalore. All domestic airlines are operating flights to and from Bangalore to all major cities of the country. A few international flights to the Middle East are also operated from Bangalore.
  2. Rail:-There are many train services operating between Bangalore and Mysore. The Shatabdi Express connects Mysore to Chennai. The ideal route to reach Mysore is via Bangalore.
  3. Road:-State Highways connect Mysore to the national Highways and to all parts of the country. Bus services by Karnataka Road Transport Corporation and transport corporations of the neighboring states as well as private tour operators make it easy to reach the city without any difficulty. It is only a 3 hour journey from Bangalore.

Places to Visit

Chamundi Hills Jaganmohan Palace Mysore Maharaja's Palace Mysore Amusements

Excursion

Sriangapatam Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Somnathpur Bandipur National Park

Shopping

Mysore Sandalwood (Mysore Srigandha) and Mysore Eggplant (Mysore Badane) are the things that the city is famous for. For centuries now the city of Mysore has been famous for these things and this tradition continues to this day. The craftsmen of Mysore are equally famous. The city has some of the most beautiful and intricately carved temples in Karnataka. This tradition exists to this day, though the craftsmen use sandalwood and rosewood to carve on and make exquisite artifacts. Mysore is known all over the world for its silks. Mysore is famous for its handicrafts as well. Most of the work is wood based. The artifacts are made out of sandalwood, rosewood and teakwood.

Accommodation

Lalith Mahal Palace The Green Hotel Hotel Best Western Ramashree Hotel Palace Plaza
Hotel Siddhartha Hotel The President Nalapad Residency Mysore