A Local's Guide to Mysuru
Recently I met my childhood friend Vishwajith. We were glad to meet after a long time. During our conversation he told me that he is working as a tour guide in Mysuru. He was born and brought up in Mysuru. After reminiscing about our childhood days he started to speak about his profession and Mysuru. Listening to him, I realized that he knew a lot about Mysuru.
"Vishwa" I said, "I'll interview you about experiences that Mysuru can offer tourists. It will be fun. What do you say?"
"I'm game" replied my friend.
Have you been to Mysuru?
"Tell me how to reach Mysuru?"
"Even though Mysuru has an airport, it is not well-connected by air. However, it is very well-connected by rail and road."
How to Reach Mysore from Bangalore
"The hill temple is dedicated to which diety?" I asked.
"It is dedicated to goddess Chamundeshwari. It is one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. The 15-feet tall statue of Nandi (bull) is another major attraction in this region. It is located near the 800th step on the hill."
Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple Sevas
"Why do so many people go ga ga over Ambavilas Palace?" I asked.
"Ha ha ha ha! Because it deserves all the attention it gets" replied Vishwa. "It is a three storied structure with a 44-meter-tall central tower. It is an excellent example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.
"Tell me about the zoo. I remember reading somewhere that it houses more than 1,300 animals" I asked.
"Yes it does" replied my friend. "Popularly known as Mysore Zoo, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens covers an area of around 157 acres. Here you will find tigers, lions, jaguars, elephants, giraffes, leopards, rhinos, baboons, crocodiles, hippos, deer and many other animals and birds."
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
"Experience of Mysuru is incomplete without a visit to Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. Right Vishwa?" I asked.
"True. The 150-year-old Jaganmohan Palace was converted into an art gallery and named as Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery in 1955 in honor of HH Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar. This art gallery is well-known for its exquisite collection, which includes 16 original paintings by world-renowned painter Raja Ravi Verma" replied Vishwa.
Gold leaf paintings of the Mysore, Bengal and European Schools are displayed in Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery.
"Which other place do you suggest?" I asked.
"If you want to experience the culture, language and life of people in Mysuru, I suggest that you visit Devaraja Market. Knitted into the heritage of this unique city, this colorful, noisy and vibrant market is oriented along the Sayyaji Rao Road. Here the business starts well before the sunrise and continues for many hours well after sunset" replied Vishwa.
Devaraja Market Mysore History
- Devaraja Market
Devaraja Market in Mysore is a must-visit for anyone who visits the city.
"What about Brindavan Gardens?" I asked.
Vishwa said "Oh! That is a piece of heaven on earth. It is not exactly in Mysuru, but in Mandya district. It is around 22 kilometers from Mysuru. It is spread over 60 acres.
Brindavan Gardens is adjoining to the KRS Dam, which is built across River Kaveri. It is famous for its musical fountain, colorful fountains, topiary works, pergolas and gazebos."
Continuing, he said "There are many tourist attractions around Mysuru, including Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Kesava Temple and Ranganathaswamy Temple."
© 2018 Srikanth R