Don’t Leave Mysore Without Going To These Places

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About Mysore

Mysore city is well known for its regal heritage and royal history. The city showcases a plethora of options for every traveller. Its majestic palaces, art galleries, decorative temples and sprawling gardens attract many visitors every year. Besides being an art and culture hub, Mysore is also a centre for silk weaves, Ayurveda, yoga endeavours as well as the much talked about sandalwood and incense industry. However, Mysore is most well-known for its annual Dasara festival which is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur.

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Located in the foothills of Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the ‘history lovers’ delight. It is celebrated for a variety of things including their Jasmin flower, silk, Bonda, Masala Dosa and much more. There’s a lot of places you can’t miss when you visit this city. Use Paytm Bus offers to book your tickets to and from the place.

Why Go There: Heritage| History | Silk Weaves Shopping | Buying Sandalwood
Ideal For: Heritage & Culture Exploration | Silk & Sandalwood shopping | Ayurveda & Yoga Things to Bring Back: Sandalwood and Jasmine incense sticks, Mysore silk sarees, Mysore Pak (a sweet delicacy)


Places to Visit in Mysore

1. Mysore Palace

Also known as the ‘Amba Vilas Palace’, Mysore Palace is the second most visited historical edifice by foreigners after Taj Mahal. The awe- inspiring architecture of the Palace is a subtle blend of Hindu, Rajput, Muslim and Gothic architectural styles. The majestic palace was built in 1824 for the Wodeyar Dynasty’s 24th ruler. It is still the official residence of the royal family of the Wodeyar clan. The light and sound show and the grand Dussehra celebrations are major highlights of the palace.

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Open Time: 10:00 A.M – 5:30 P.M
Distance from the city: 2 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for:  History & Heritage Lovers
Best time to visit: Dussehra Festival
Location: Navigate


2. Jaganmohan Palace

The Jaganmohan Palace is one of the seven palaces of Mysore and was used as an alternative residence when the Amba Vilas Palace was under renovation post a fire. This palace has been a host to many significant happenings in the administrative and legislative history of Mysore. The Palace has witnessed convocations of the Mysore university and had been the privileged host to the Legislative Council’s foremost session. Since 1915, the palace has been converted into an art gallery and now houses more than 2000 paintings of varied eras and dynasties.

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Open Time: 10:00 A.M – 5:30 P.M
Distance from the city: 2 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  History & Heritage Lovers
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


3. Mysore Zoo

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens or the Mysore zoo was established in 1892 Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar. The zoo lies in the vicinity of the Mysore Palace and is spread across an area of 157 acres. The zoo boasts of housing 168 species of wild animals, reptiles, birds and primates. The zoo delivered an elephant’s calf through a C-section which is the first of its kind in the entire world. The zoo also doubles up as a shelter for stray animals. Various exhibitions and education programs are held by the Mysore zoo from time to time.

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Open Time: 8:30 A.M – 5:30 P.M (Closed on Tuesdays)
Distance from the city: 3 km
Time required: 3 hours
Ideal for:  Kids | Wildlife Enthusiasts
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


4. Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Garden is located in the Mandya district about 21 km from Mysore. The beautiful garden was built in 1832 by the Mysore Diwan, Sir Mirza Ismail across the river Cauvery. The terrace gardens and symmetrical styles around flower beds look bewitching.A fountain show with music is a major highlight of the gardens. Also, one can go boating in the Cauvery waters for a relaxing experience.

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Open Time: Garden timings: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Music fountain show: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Weekdays) and 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Weekends)
Distance from the city: 3 km
Time required: 3 hours
Ideal for:  Kids | Wildlife Enthusiasts
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


5. Karanji Lake

The Karanji Lake is also known as the Fountain Lake and is a popular picnic spot frequented by locals in Mysore. The lake houses about 147 different varieties of birds such as cormorant, Herons, Pelican etc. The lake has the largest aviary in India. The lake also boasts of a waterfall. There is a butterfly park which has more than 45 species of colourful butterflies.The zoo also includes a Regional Museum which gives data about the natural ambience of South India and how to sustain it.The zoo which was built by the Mysore royalty is now a property Mysore Zoo Authority.

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Open Time: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Distance from the city: 4 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  Friends & Family
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


6. Bonsai Garden

This unique garden is home to about 100 varieties of Bonsai trees. Statues of Buddha and monkey adorn the garden. The garden is a portion of the Avadoota Datta Peetham belonging to the Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Ashrama. The garden is divided into various sections and is a pleasure to view the varied miniature exhibits.The garden hosts Bonsai conventions in the month of December.

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Open Time: Thursday – Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Distance from the city: 2 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  Friends & Family
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


7. Shuka Van

This is a 50m high aviary that holds the Guinness Book of World Records for housing the maximum number of bird species. The aviary is home to more than 2000 birds of 450 different species. This unique park also serves birds which have been injured or left to die. The park is also called as parrot park as many rare species of parrots can be seen flying around.

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Open Time: Thursday – Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Distance from the city: 2 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for:  Friends & Family | Bird Watchers
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


8. Somanathapura Temple

Somanathapura is a quaint town located on the banks of the river Kaveri. The town houses the famous Prasanna Chennakesava Temple (Kesava Temple) which depicts the magnificent Hoysala architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is amongst the three temples of the Hoysala architectural style to be recommended amongst the Unesco World Heritage sites.

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Open Time: 9:00 A.M – 5:30 P.M
Distance from the city: 26 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  Religious people | Heritage Lovers
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


9. Chamundeshwari Temple

This temple is located atop the Chamundi hills and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is also amongst the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. The temple also houses the statues of Nandi and the demon, Mahishasura. One cannot litter the temple premises with plastic waste as it has been declared as a  ‘No Plastic Zone’.

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Open Time: 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Distance from the city: 4 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  Religious people | Heritage Lovers
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


10. Talakadu (Vaidyanatheshwara Temple)

The town of Talakadu is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery. The name of the town is derived from the names of its two chiefs named ‘Tala’ and ‘Kadu’ and hence the name ‘Talakadu’. The town is well known for its Vaidyanatheshwara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.There are a number of temples buried under the sands in the town and are excavated every 12 years for ‘Panchalinga Darshana’, a special worship. It is believed that the ‘Pataleshwara Shivalinga’ changes to red, black and white colour in the morning, afternoon and evening time respectively.

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Distance from the city: 44 km
Time required: 3-4 hours
Ideal for:  Religious people | Lord Shiva Devotees
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


11. Trinesvaraswamy Temple

This temple is located on the outskirts of the Mysore Fort. It houses the deity of ‘Trinesvara’ or the three eyed Shiva. The temple is a magnificent example of Dravidian architectural style.

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Distance from the city: 2 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  Religious people | Lord Shiva Devotees
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


12. Srikanteswara Temple

The Lord Shiva temple is an alluring example of Dravidian style architecture. The temple is famous for its 125 feet tall Gopura and 7 gold kalash.

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Open Time: 6:00 AM – 13:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Distance from the city: 20 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  Religious people | Lord Shiva Devotees
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


13. St. Philomena’s Church

It is the second tallest church in Asia and built in memory of Saint Philomena. The Neo-Gothic style church was built in 1933 by the king Sri Krishnarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur IV. The mortal remains of the church are preserved in the church.

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Distance from the city: 3 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  Heritage lovers | Christian faith followers
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


14. Folklore Museum

This museum is housed in the Mysore University. It has an extensive and elaborate collection of the region’s folk art.

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Open Time: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Distance from the city: 1 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for:  Folk Art Lovers
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


15. Rail Museum

The Mysore rail museum was built in 1979 by the Indian Railways and displays Railway memorabilia. The journey and advancement of the Indian Railways has been captured in the form of photographs, information and locomotive collection. The museum houses the foremost steam locomotive along with the very first signals. A battery run mini toy train takes the tourists around the museum.

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Open Time: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Distance from the city: 2 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  Kids
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate

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Also Read: Things To Do In Mysore


How to Reach Mysore

Nearest Airport

Coimbatore Airport (147 km away)

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Nearest Railway Station:

Mysore Railway Station

Nearest Bus Stop:

State government run buses ply in and around Mysore. Travelling by private company buses and taxis is another option which you can avail.

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Where to Stay

The Windflower Resort & Spa, Mysore | Grand Mercure Mysuru – an AccorHotels Brand | Silent Shores Resort & Spa

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Nearby Places to Visit

  • GRS Fantasy Park (6 km)
  • Melukote Temples (41 km)
  • Nanjangud (20 km)
  • Krishnarajasagara Dam (22 km)

Hidden Gems

  • If you are an art connoisseur, you should surely visit Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery which displays memorabilia of the Mysore Royalty.
  • You can visit the Venugopala Swami Temple which is close to Brindavan Gardens if have a religious bent of mind.

CashKaro Recommendations:

  • To explore more about Mysore, you should go for heritage walks through the Royal Mysore Walks
  • Savour South Indian delicacies at hotels such as Hotel Mylari, hotel Dasaprakash and hotel Siddhartha
  • Have desserts at the Brahmin Soda Factory

The Most Fun Way to Travel

Travelling by car from Coimbatore to Mysore can be a fun experience. You can take suitable halts and absorb the local culture as well as savour delicious South Indian food along the way.

If you do not wish to take your car, you can rent one from: Aha Taxis

Other places to explore:


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