Mysuru formerly known as Mysore is one of south India's most enchanting cities with the right blend of modernity whilst preserving the cultural heritage of the land. It is rightly known as the cultural capital of Karnataka for its multifaceted manifestation of the rich cultural history of the past. Here’s our pick of 7 experiences that you shouldn’t miss in this enchanted land.
Topping the list of places to visit in Mysuru is undoubtedly the Mysore Maharaja Palace, the seat of the Rulers of Mysore. Situated at the center of the city it is very hard to miss the palace. The Palace is magnificent as it is with the blend of Hindu, Gothic, Muslim and Rajput Architectures that signify the complex and intriguing past of India's Heritage. The palace is open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
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Any visit to Mysuru is incomplete without a visit to this magnificent garden spread over 150 acres at the foot of Krishna Raja Sagar dam. This garden houses numerous flowering species spread across the area. The musical Fountain show during the evenings is a major attraction to visitors who visit the park. A beautiful sculpture of the Goddess Cauvery set at the foot of the dam only adds to the place's attraction. The best time to visit the gardens is in the evening when you can also catch the musical fountain show.
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Chamundi Temple also known as the Chamundeshwari temple is located atop the Chamundeshwari hills, is dedicated to the patron of the region, Goddess Chamundeshwari. A journey of 1000 steps from the foot of the hills will lead you the temple. Apart from the temple, the hills are a picturesque place to experience Sunrises and sunsets, if you're up for it. With an average elevation of 1000 meters, the hills offer a scenic overview of the city of Mysuru.
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St. Philomena’s Church
Hailed as one of the most important and the largest churches in India, St.Philomena’s church stands tall at 175 feet in the heart of the city. It’s easy to notice the twin spires of the church from anywhere in the vicinity. The church looks splendid with a mix of European architectures infused in its structure. With a neo - gothic architectural style and striking similarities to Germany's Cologne Cathedral - The place is as photogenic as it can get. The interiors of the temple are as exuberant as the exterior with an exquisite marble altar. The church remains open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the evening.
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Karanji and Kukkaranahalli Lake
Alongside numerous lakes and tanks in the city these two lakes are must visit if you are a person who loves waterbodies. The places are picturesque and a paradise for shutterbugs. Hosting a plethora of natural species, the ecosystems are a treat for nature lovers who wish to experience mother nature up close and personal.
The folklore museum in Mysore is a one stop destination to experience the indigenous culture of Karnataka. Setup in 1968, the museum has been curated by the scholars of University of Mysore. The museum hosts artefacts gathered from across Karnataka that signify the indigenous culture of each region of the state. It houses over 6500 exhibits that denote various folk art forms of the state.
Bazaars of Mysore
Apart from such tourist spots across the city, the city is well known for the handicrafts made in the city. Ranging from Silk textiles to Toys to handlooms the city never stops to impress. To indulge and experience the thriving local markets of the city step out on the streets of Devaraja Market, Ashoka road, Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium and Sandalwood oil factory.
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Rapido bike taxi is a mobile application based bike taxi service currently operational in Mysuru from 7 a.m. to 11.59 p.m. So why wait? Book your Rapido ride and experience Mysuru like never before. Application available on Google Play and App Store.