16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India

Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India. Mysuru(Mysore) was the political capital of the Wodeyar Dynasty which ruled Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British.

It was the Wodeyars who instituted the tradition of the grand celebration of Dasara festival, the 10-day festivities that celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2010. The kings, great patrons of art and culture, developed Mysuru as an important centre of religion, education and culture.

Today, Mysuru is a city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world while stepping into modernity with enthusiasm.

1| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: The Mysore Palace (Amba Vilasa)

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
The Mysore Palace (Amba Vilasa)
The Palace was built in 1912, at a cost of Rs.41.50 lakhs in the Indo-Saracenic style, a combination of Hindu and Saracenic features. The construction of the new palace was started in 1897, after the old wooden palace was caught in an accidental fire.

Henry Irwin was the architect, and E.W. Fritchley worked as a consulting Engineer. The elevation is composed of intricately detailed and variegated elements - a profusion of rounded and slightly carved arches, canopies, slender columned colonnades, some with Hindu features in Rajput style, the intricately executed multiple mouldings, marble architraves, stained glass pavilion, durbar halls, panels, fine carvings of birds, foliage, animals in Hoysala style.

It is closed only one day of the year, i.e., on the day of the Dussehra Procession. Timings: Daily 10 am to 5.30 pm

2| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
With a contiguous wildlife habitat area of 1027 km, the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary interspread in the taluks that dot three districts of Ramnagar (Kanakapura), Chamrajnagar (Kollegala) and Mandya (Malavalli) of Karnataka.

It is an area that has the ecotourism zones of Bheemeshwari Nature Camp (part of Jungle Lodges and Resorts), Hogenekkal Falls, Mekedatu (Goats Leap), Sangam and the Gopinatham Mystery Trails.

Tucked away amidst mountains, valleys, a mighty river, jungle sounds, and lush greenery, the sanctuary is an idyllic getaway where anglers and nature enthusiasts can get a whiff of raw adventure and a view of the majestic Cauvery as it bounces over jagged rocks.

Here, you can trek to the top of the hill to get a panoramic view of the Cauvery flowing through the picturesque valley below.

You could also visit the ruins of the magnificent sculpted Shiva temple, a place of worship for the local Soliga tribes, raft down the rapids of the Cauvery, or even indulge in a game of fishing/angling for the endangered Masheer which one can angle, take a picture and leave it back to nature.

The fauna that one can see besides the Asian Elephants are tiger, leopard, wild dog, striped hyena, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, chital and the four-horned antelope.

3| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Saint Philomena's Church

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Saint Philomena's Church
Everything built in Mysuru was grand, or so it appears. St. Philomena's Church is awe-inspiring with its Neo-gothic style, built along the lines of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. Built in Gothic style, it has some beautiful stain glass windows.

The only one of its kind in this part of the world, the imposing building of the church brings to mind the architectural styles of the medieval times.

Considered to be Asia's second largest church, it contains stained glass windows depicting scenes from the birth of Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension of Christ. The Spires of the Church are 175 feet (53 meters) in height and are awe-inspiring.

4| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Bandipur National Park

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Bandipur National Park
The Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary puts life back into perspective. Or rather it puts the perspective back into life. Trying to spot elusive animals, listening for bird calls and commuting on the first elephant into the heart of the forests which were once the private hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mysuru himself - it's a little like everyday life, only drastically different.

The elephant safari is an experience not only because you feel like the lord of all that lies before you, but also because, you never know what you might see.

Depending on the Peacock's temperament in the moment, you could get treated to a Peacock dance, or you might catch it on a bad day when it might get modest and a vividly-hued tail peeking from the thick foliage is all you'll get.

You might spot a bison playing peek-a-boo from behind a bush, or a crocodile sunning itself on the banks of the River Kabini.

The Sanctuary is home to the Spotted Deer, the Sambar Deer, Pythons, Sloth Bears, Porcupines, Monkeys and over 230 species of birds. That's a lot of spotting to do - just might help you see the good things in life again.Bandipur is steeped in history and one can see it evolve over the centuries.

The Maharaja of the Mysore created a sanctuary of 90 km2 (35 sq mi) in 1931 and named it the Venugopala Wildlife Park. The Bandipur Tiger Reserve was established under Project Tiger in 1973 by adding nearly 800 km2 (310 sq mi) to the Venugopala Wildlife park.

5| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Srirangapatna

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
The island fortress of the legendary Warrior-King Tipu Sultan, Srirangapatna is just 16 km from Mysuru city. The River Kaveri engulfs the town from all sides and creates unique island fortress which impenetrable.

Inside the fortress is Tipu's mosque with its twin minarets, the celebrated Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Tipu's Summer Palace, the Wellesley Bridge, and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned.

Equally impressive is the ornate white-domed Gumbaz, an imposing structure with doors of ebony inlaid with ivory and lacquered with Tipu's tiger-striped emblem. About 1 km to the east of the fort is Tipu's Summer Palace (known as the Daria Daulat Bagh) set amidst a lovely garden.

The renowned Nimishambha (incarnation of Mother Parvathi) Temple on the banks of the river is located about 2 km from the town.

The Wellesly Bridge was built by Dewan Poorniah in 1804 was named after Governor General Marquis of Wellesley, clearly proves a point about the abilities of constructing infrastructure for the long haul. The bridge stands tall, as a testimony to the folks who visualized the same.

6| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Madikeri

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Madikere, located in Coorg in Karnataka, is a quiet, relaxed hill-town that can rejuvenate the soul. Mudduraja Keri was the capital of the Kodagu King Mudduraja in 1681. Later it came to be known as Madikeri. It is the headquarters of Kodagu District standing at a height of 1,170 metres above sea level.

Madikeri is famous for its coffee and oranges. Kodavas are believed to be the descendants of the soldiers of Alexander the Great who invaded India in 327 BC. The soldiers married into the local population and migrated along the coast. Having maintained a separate identity, this warrior like clan is fiercely independent and was never conquered by either Tipu Sultan or the British.

7| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Rajiv Gandhi National Park

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Rajiv Gandhi National Park
Nagarahole has an astonishing abundance of wildlife, especially the Asiatic Elephant. The backdrop of the distant misty blue Brahmagiri Mountains, the natural sounds of the jungle, the gurgling of streams and rivers, and the twitter of birds make sure that Nagarahole stays with you as a memorable experience, long after your visit.

8| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Chamundi Hill

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Chamundi Hill
Chamundi Hills is the prime landmark of Mysuru city, visible almost from anywhere in the city center. The hill has very close association with the founding of the city.

According to mythology this was the domain of the demon called Mahishasura. The place was thus known as Mahishapura or Mahishuru, the land of Mahishasura. And that later morphed into Mysore in English and Mysuru in Kannada, the local language.

9| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Lalith Mahal Palace (1931)

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Lalith Mahal Palace (1931)
Designed by E.W. Fritchley, a much patronized Bombay-based architect of those days, the building was built in 1931 at a cost of Rs. 13 lakhs as a guest house for European visitors of the Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.

The building is a majestic two-storey composition of twin Ionic columns, a projecting porch on the ground floor, spherical domes, the circular entrance hall, domination centraldome, stained glass embellishment present a regal touch.

10| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Bylekuppe

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
One of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India, it is known for its monasteries, handicrafts, carpet factories, and incense factory. The landscape is dotted with several monasteries, but be sure to visit the most important amongst these - the Great Gompa of Sera Jey and Sera Mey.

The Mahayana Buddhist University is located here. It also has an enormous prayer hall. The other important monastery in the neighbouring settlement of Bylekuppe is TashiLhunpo renowned as the seat of the Panchen Lama.

11| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Namdroling Monastery

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Namdroling Monastery
Namdroling Monastery belongs to Sangha Community, where Buddha’s preachings are preserved intact for worldwide propagation. This monastery was founded by His Holiness, Pema Norbu Rinpoche.

Home to 5000 monks and nuns, this monastery is known as a center for pure upholding of the teachings of Buddha.Currently, the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery is one of the largest teaching centers of Nyingmapa, which is a lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world.

Besides, this monastery also features a retreat center, which was opened in 1985. At this retreat center, thirty monks have undergone an intensive three-year retreat.Every year in the autumn season, Pema Norbu Rinpoche gives instructions on Ngondro, Tsa Lung and Dzogchen, from the Namcho cycle of Terton Mingyur Dorje. This one month retreat can be attended only by people of Buddhism faith.

12| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Brindavan Gardens

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Brindavan Gardens
The Brindavan Gardens, a celebrated beauty spot in this part of India is world famous for its symmetric design. It is one of the most beautifully laid out terrace gardens in the world.

The creation of this garden in the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam site has been the achievement of Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Dewan of the princely State of Mysore. The beautification of the whole dam complex was conceived by Sir Mirza Ismail.

Modeled on the design of the Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir in the Mughal style, the garden is enriched with a number of terraces, parterres, fountains, running and cascading waterchannels, water chutes, lush green lawns, flower beds, shrubs and trees.

Today, the Brindavan Gardens is world famous for its ethereal beauty, grandeur and illumination/ musical fountain.Located in the Krishnaraja Sagar dam site in Srirangapatna taluk of Mandya district, the Brindavan Gardens is at a distance of 24 Km from Mysore, and 143 Km. from Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka.

13| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Gumbaz

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Tipu's Fort at Srirangapatna holds within it the Juma mosque and the Ranganatha Swamy Temple. Outside the fort, is the Gumbaz, the tomb of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Gumbaz is a magnificent example of Indo-Islamic architecture, with an imposing dome, doors of ebony inlaid with ivory.

The Masjid-e-ala mosque built during Tipu's time(1784) was completely painted with the “Baburi“ motif which was later whitewashed by the British.

It has two tall graceful minarets and beautifully carved flowery designs on the roof and pillars. In the centre of the mosque are delicately chiseled bunches of grapes and other creepers. A stony solar clock is in the courtyard.

14| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Tipu Summer Palace

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Tipu Summer Palace
Built in A.D. 1784, Dariya Daulat Bagh, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan is in the Indo-Islamic style, constructed mostly of teak wood. It is situated outside the fort on the bank of river Kaveri. It is rectangular in plan and stands on a raised platform.

15| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Melukote

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
36 km North from Mandya is Melukote, a pilgrim centreknown for its Vairamudi festival held in March- April. More than one lakh devotees congregate here for this festival. Melukote used to be known for its handlooms.

The great Saint Ramanujacharya walked this land a thousand years ago. The Chaluvanarayan Swamy and Yaganarasimha Swamy temples of Melukote boast of a history of more than 1000 years. Melukote is also home to the Academy of Sanskrit Research.

16| Best Places To Travel In Mysuru: Dasara

16 Best Places To Travel In Mysuru, India
Mysore is an enthralling destination for travelers, especially during Dasara. The Mysore Dasara, the royal Festival which has a centuries-old association with the Mysore Palace and falls during October-November, is a must-experience by all means.

The Festival celebrates victory of Truth over Evil. Legend has it that the Goddess Chamundeeswari or Durga slew the demon Mahishasuran on Vijayadashami day.

Dasara is a 10-day festival in the region culminating on Vijayadashami or tenth day. Vijayadashami is also a day of victory of the King and his subjects. The day marks the successful conclusion of the preceding nine days.

On tenth day a grand spectacular Procession is held which starts from Mysore Palace and ends in Bannimantap. In Karnataka, Dasara is observed as the State festival – Nadahabba. The celebration of the festival is steered by the Royal Family of Mysore. The Dasara festivities have a rich history of more than 400 years.

During Dasara, the Palace and the entire City is gaily decorated and illuminated. Cultural programmes by famous artists and other events, are arranged in the Palace, witnessed by a large number of people. The illuminated Mysore Palace, during the Dasara celebrations, draws tourists from all over the world.

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