States of India
Population : 735,000
Climate : The summers are warm and winters are cool.
Telephone Code : 0821
Language Spoken : Kannada, English, Tamil.
About Mysore :
This charming, easy-going city has been a favourite with travelers - it's a manageable a size, enjoy a good climate and has chosen to retain and promote its heritage rather than replace it. The city is famous for its silk and is also a thriving sandalwood and incense center, through don't expect the air to be any more fragrant than that of the next town.
Until Independence, Mysore was the seat of the maharajas of Mysore, a princely state covering about a third of present-day Karnataka. The maharajas walled Indo -Saracenic palace is a major attraction.
The railway station is on the north-western fringe of the city center, about a km from the main shopping street, Sayaji Roa Road. The central bus terminal is on the Bangalore Mysore Road, on the north-eastern fringe of the city center. Mysore Palace occupies the entire south-eastern sector of the city center. Chamundi Hills is an ever visible landmark to the south.
Places of Interest :
Once the residence of the Wodeyars, this structure is one of the largest of its kind in India. Built in 1912 in the Indo-Saracenic style, this palace exudes a grandeur that is unmatched. The Golden Royal Elephant Throne, the Durbar Hall, the Kalyana Mandep and the Gallery are the main attractions here.
St. Philomena's church
In the Gothic stule, is one of the largest churches on the country and has beautiful stained-glass windows.
Towering over the city, these hills are 13 km away from Mysore. Halfway-up is the Nandi Bull, a 4.8 m monolith. Right on top is the 2000-year-old.
19 km north-west of Mysore is the KRS Dam and the ornamental Brindavan Gardens. The musical fountains and colourful lights transform this palace into fairy land in the evenings.
Sir Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
Housed in the Jaganmohan Palace, this gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings dating back to 1875, the Russian Svetoslav Roerich and the traditional Mysore gold leaf style of painting.
Houses some rare animals bred in captivity and exotic species of plants.
Dedicated to the patron goddess of the royal family. The Chamundeeswari temple is located on a hill in the vicinity of Mysore and is accessed through a motorable road. Chamundeeswari the tutelary deity of the Mysore Maharajas has been held in reverence for centuries, and the Wodeyars of Mysore have made extensive contributions to this shrine.
How to reach There :
Air : Nearest airport Bangalore 139 km.
Rail : Mysore is connected by rail with major cities of the State. Mysore is connected with Chennai by Shatabdi Express.
Road : Mysore is connected by road to all important cities of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Regular bus services and tourist taxis are available from Bangalore.