State : Karnataka
Best time to visit :September - March
Famous For : Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill, Zoo, Brindavan Garden, Birds Sanctuary, National Park, Temple, Rail Museum
Climate :Summer 21 to 34°C, Winter 12 to 30°C
The earlier capital of the Maharaja of Mysore, the city still holds its old-world charm along with cultural traditions, heritage buildings, and numerous temples. The city is also popular for attractive crepe silk sarees, rosewood and sandalwood carved articles, sandalwood oil, sumptuous Mysore 'Pak' and much more.
Mysore, 2nd largest city of Karnataka state, is located at the base of the Chamundi Hills. The city is very popular for the celebration of Dussehra, which has attracted tourists from all across the globe. According to the Hindu Mythology, Mysore was under the rule of a demon, Mahisasur, who was assassinated by Goddess Chamundeshwari. The present day Mysore was known as Puragere till the 15th century. The fort was built by Chamaraja Wodeyar III in 1524.
The City of Palaces, Mysore features numerous palaces that are worth visiting due to their unique architectural brilliance. Mysore Palace is the major attraction of the City and the sparkling evening lights captivate the hearts and minds of the tourists. The sought-after Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is also one of the attractions of the city. This is now being converted into a museum and showcase the folk culture of the city.
The Vijayanagar School of Painting is also popular at international level for the unique style of painting. The special attributes of these paintings are Plaster of Paris and gold hydrofoils pasted on it.
Mysore is also a very popular travel destination in India as there is a lot to offer to the tourists visiting Mysore from every nook and corner. There are attractions like the Jagmohan Palace and Art Gallery, Happy Man Park, Lalit Mahal Palace, Karanji Kere, Brindavan Gardens, Datta Peetham, St. Philomenas Church, Mysore Zoo, Parks and Gardens, Chamundi Hills, etc. Apart from this, the city has about 180 parks and playgrounds that are popular for cleanliness and greenery. The museums and art galleries are also available to help the visitors get a step closer to the rich culture.
Mysore is also dubbed as the ‘cultural capital’ of the state of Karnataka. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated for 10 days with great pomp and grace. In 1610, King Raja Wodeyar I started the celebration and the ninth day – Mahanavami, was considered very auspicious and worshiping ceremony of the imperial sword was organized. Processions featuring ornamented horses, elephants and camels are witnessed.