Mysore, the city of Palaces, is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka located at the base of Chamundi Hills about 146km from Bangalore. Mysore Jasmine is famous for its exotic fragrance. This place is famous for its temples, palaces and parks.
Mysore kingdom was earlier ruled by Wodeyars , initially served as the vassal state of the Vijayanagara Empire. The Kingdom reached the height of military power in the latter half of 18th century when it comes under the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. They demolished all the legacies of Wodeyar Dynasty. At that there were conflicts going on with the Britishers who generally handle the administration of the city. Most of the Indian independence movements were held in Mysore, the famous being the Quit India Movement.
A city of spiritual places, wild life, art and culture
As already mentioned, Mysore is a city of rich heritage famous for its palaces, temples gardens, classical music and dance. The fragrance of Mysore Jasmine refreshes peoples’ minds. The sandalwood of Mysore is also famous for its indigenous properties. Those who love shopping, Mysore is the perfect destination for them. Famous are the Mysore silk, sandalwood and Handicrafts.
There are also lots of historic places around Mysore which are a source of attraction to the tourists. Also people love to enjoy the waterfalls at Shivanasamudra.
Mysore is also referred to as “Cultural Capital of Karnataka”. This city is a mix of historic heritage and contemporary achievements. The great architecture, music and paintings have contributed to the culture of Mysore which is really magnificent. The kingdoms of Mysore have always spread the message of brotherhood and this is the reason that people of different cultures live in harmony with each other.
The festivals in Mysore are also a great source of attraction among the tourists specially the Mysore Dusshera. It is celebrated with great pomp and show and the people there enjoy this festival with great enthusiasm.
Tourism is the major source of revenue in Mysore. The city attracts approximately 3.15 million tourists in the year 2010.
Mysore is also rated as the fifth best city in terms of business growth as per to the survey conducted by Business Today. Industrialization is also happening at a fast pace in this city. Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory and the Sri Krishnarajendra Mills are the great examples of Industrialization growth in Mysore.
The University of Mysore established in 1916 was the sixth university established in India and the first in Karnataka has also contributed to the enhancement of education in the city.
Climate and best time to visit
Summers in Mysore are very hot with a maximum temperature of 39 degrees and a minimum of 10 degrees. Mysore experiences medium to heavy rainfalls. Winters are very pleasant with a minimum temperature of 10 degrees. Mysore can be visited during any months of the year but best time considered is from September to March.
- Tha Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
- The Shivanasamudra Waterfalls
- Mysore Palace
- Brindavan Gardens
- The Regional Museum of Natural History
- The Rail Museum
- Chamundi Hills
- Mysore zoo
- Ranganathittu Bird Sanstuary
- Halebid Temple
- St. Phelomena’s Church
- Chamundeswari Temple