Places to Visit in Mysuru
Located in southwest part of Karnataka, a state in India, Mysuru (which was Mysore till November 1, 2014) is one of the most enchanting cities in India. It is not only a clean city but also one of the well-planned cities in India. It is the most popular tourist destination in Karnataka.
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How to Reach Mysuru
Kempegowda International Airport (170 km from Mysuru) is the nearest major airport to Mysuru. Flights are available from this airport to Musuru. Mysuru has a railway station, the Mysore Junction, and bus stops. Buses and trains are available from cities and towns in the region to Mysuru. Helicopter charter services are available Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Hubballi to Mysuru.
Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru
Places of Interest in Mysuru
Here are top places to visit in Mysuru.
Located at the heart of the city, this historical palace is one of the most visited monuments in India. It is the official residence of the Wodeyars who ruled Mysuru from 1399 to 1950.
Also known as Amba Vilas palace, this palace is open to public every day from 10am to 5.30 pm. The palace is built in Indo-Saracenic style. It houses twodurbar halls and incorporates many courtyards, gardens, and buildings.
Popularly known as Mysore zoo, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens covers an area of 157 acres. It houses a wide range of species; currently there are around 1450 animals belonging to 170 species.
Here you will find native and exotic animal species in natural settings. When you visit here, you can expect to see gorilla, chimpanzee, zebra, giraffe, African rhinos, tapir, marmoset, lemur, baboon, emu, etc.
The average elevation of Chamundi Hills is 1,000 meters. Chamundi is the tutelary deity of the Mysore Maharajas and the presiding deity of Mysore. Sri Chamundeswari Temple is located on top of the hill. Huge statues of Mahishasura and Nandi are other attractions in the hills.
Temple on Chamundi Hills
Built in 1861, this beautiful palace was one of the residences of the Wodeyars. Today it is an art gallery that displays a rich collection of painting by various artists, including the celebrated Raja Ravi Varma.
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum
This beautiful museum houses many intricate sand sculptures; around 150 of them in 16 themes. It is the first sand sculpture museum in India. You will find a huge 15 feet tall statue of Lord Ganesha at the entrance to this unique museum.
Located adjoining to the Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) dam, this beautiful garden is a celebrated beauty spot in India. It is one of the best terrace gardens in the world. It is well-known for its flower beds, fountains, lush green lawns, terraces, trees, sparterres, running and cascading water channels, water chutes and shrubs.
GRS Fantasy Park
Located just outside Mysuru city, this national award winning amusement park is well-known for its slides, rides, multiple playgrounds & an old-fashioned carousel. “Real value for money...MUST visit in Mysore,” said one visitor.
Mysuru's climate is categorised as Aw in the Köppen climate classification. The city has a tropical savanna climate. Summer (March to June), monsoon (July to November) and winter (December to February) are the main seasons.
Mysuru's average annual rainfall is 804.2 mm. The city was hottest (39.4 °C) on April 4 1917 and coldest (7.7 °C) on January 16 2012. Plan your visit to Mysuru between the months of June and October.
Hotels in Mysuru
The Quorum Hotel
Radisson Blu Plaza
Hotel Maurya Residency
Grand Mercure Mysuru
Country Inn & Suites
Fortune JP Palace
Hotel Crystal Paark Inn
Bus service connects tourist attractions and residential areas in Mysuru. You can explore the city using cab services offered by app-based cab services like Ola and Uber. Auto rickshaw is another option. Before boarding an auto rickshaw insist on meter usage. Use prepaid auto rickshaw counters if they are available.
Mysuru is predominantly a safe city, barring few incidents of chain snatching and purse snatching. Avoid strolling around lonely places during night hours. Do not hesitate to seek help from police; you can reach them by dialing 100 on your phone. Mysorians are generally hospitable, friendly, peace loving and willing to help.