Places To Visit In Mysore
Mysore is a place I lived in for more than a month and I was in love with the city. Even after returning from Mysore I couldn’t get over it. I and My friends had our golden time in Mysore city.
I had a visit to Mysore city for training. Our accommodation was done in a mind-blowing training campus in Mysore itself. We were in a big group so we roamed around a lot inside the campus, outside the campus in Mysore city and explored everything.
I would love to share my travel experience in Mysore city with my readers and help them to provide a travel guide for the Mysore trip.
Ways To Reach Mysore
Best Time To Visit Mysore
Places To Visit When We Visit In Mysore
Mysore is a city which is also known as Mysuru. It a city in the southern state of Karnataka, India. Mysore is located at the foothills of Chamundi Hills and spreads across 152km sq. In six centuries from 1399 until 1956 Mysuru was the capital of Karnataka.
Mysore enjoys a moderate climate with cool winters and warm summers. I was in Mysore during the end of the monsoon and beginning of winters. We have moderate-heavy rainfall from the month of July to the mid of October. The average annual rainfall recorded was 761.9 mm.
Winters in Mysore start from November and end in the month of March. It is very cold in December month. The minimum temperature goes to 16º Celsius to a maximum of 27ºCelsius.
Summers start in April and end in June. May and June are the hottest in Mysore. Temperatures during this period range from a minimum of 21º Celsius and goes up to a maximum of 34º Celsius.
Best Time To Visit Mysore:
Mysore has a tropical climate. Monsoons and Winter are the best time to visit Mysore city. The monsoon – winter months from July – February have pleasant weather as an interval from the intense heat of summer. With these months captivating the city’s beauty; summers are less ideal for travelling and sightseeing.
Dasara Festival is also one of the best time to visit Mysore and enjoy the beautiful festival in Mysore city. It’s a very unique experience, do visit and let me know your experience.
I have shared mine in my below blog post.
Ways To Reach Mysore:
The roadway trip to visit Mysore from Pune is approximately 925.7 km. I had been to Mysore by Volvo sleeper bus from Pune to Mysore directly. It was a journey of 16-17hrs by bus.
Mysore is a city place from Karnataka which has a railway station and you have good connectivity to it. Mysore Junction (officially Mysuru Junction) (station code: MYS) is a railway station on the Mysore-Bangalore railway line serving the city of Mysore, Karnataka, India.
When I returned from Mysore to Pune I choose the railway. Again it was the same 18-19hrs journey.
Mysore has its own airport with a code of MYQ. We can take a flight from any city to Mysore. This option is to save time, if you plan well in advance you can book the flights also.
Before we move forward to the Itinerary Of Mysore, let’s check out the tips and tricks for travellers. The TO-DO list for BackPackers.
Places To Visit When We Visit In Mysore
- Mysore Palace
- Chamundeshwari temple
- Somanathapura Temple
- Brindavan Gardens
- Mysore Zoo
- Folklore Museum
Mysore Palace is a historical place situated in Mysore city. It is just an outstanding royal palace which is built by Yaduraya first in the 14th century. Later which was demolished and constructed multiple times. The current structure was constructed between 1897 and 1912 after the Old Palace was burnt.
Mysore Palace is the second most visited historical monument visited by both local and foreign tourists after the Taj Mahal.
An impressive light and sound show takes place at the Mysore Palace every day in the evening except for Sundays and public holidays.
Things to follow when u visit Mysore Palace:
1. You need to remove your shoes. There are lockers for keeping shoes and they charge a minimal amount of INR 2
2. Audio information kits are available in 7-8 languages for interested people.
Entry Fee : Adults: ( Indian & Foreigners)INR 70
Children (between 10 and 18 years): INR 30
Students (Study Tour): INR 10
Parking: INR 40 (Car) %INR 20 (Two-wheeler)
Timings : 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Chamundeshwari Temple is a Hindu temple located on top of the Chamundi Hill at 13km from the Mysore city, Karnataka. This temple is also called Naada Devathe. It is situated at a height of 838 feet from the mean sea level.
There are two options for the visitors to reach the Chamundeshwari temple, either by steps or by driving through the interwoven valley road. The temple consists of Mahishasura statue. The temple also has a Nandi statue.
Chamundeshwari Temple Timings:
The opening hours of the temple – 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. These are the Darshana and Pooja timings at the temple.
While the timing for Abhisheka is 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM and 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Although on Fridays there is a change in the timings, i.e., 5:00 AM to 6:30 AM.
The temple also offers free meals known as Dasoha for the devotees daily from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.
Saomnathapura Temple also known as Chennakeshava Temple, Keshava Temple or Kesava Temple. This temple is located in a Somanathpuri town located 35km from Mysore, Karnataka. The temple was build in 1258 CE by Hoysala King.
Tips For Visiting Somanathapura Temple
2. Pets are not allowed in the temple.
3. You may sit in the open garden surrounding the temple but maintain cleanliness.
4. You can avail of the facilities of a government certified guide for a fixed rate of INR 300 per 30 minutes.
Entry Fee : Indians: INR 20 (Cashless Payment), INR 25 (Cash Payment),
Foreign Nationals: INR 250 (Cashless Payment) INR 300 (Cash Payment)
Children (Up to 12 years): No entry fee
Videography: INR 25
Brindavan Garden is constructed in 1932 by the Diwan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail. It spreads around 60 acres of area.
It took 5 years to construct this lavish garden which includes fountain show with music, boating, beautiful green grass which are always well maintained and colorful different types of flowers spreading all around the garden. All these things are the major attraction for tourists.
Entry Fee: Adult: INR 50, Child: INR 10
DSLR: INR 100
Boating: Round Trip (From North Garden to South Part of Garden): INR 30 (Before 6 PM), INR 60 (After 6 PM)
One side after 6 PM: INR 30
Parking: INR 100 (Inclusive of Toll)
Timings: Garden timings: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Weekdays)
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Weekends)
Musical Fountain Show: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Weekdays)
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Weekends)
Time Required: 3-4 hours
Mysore Zoo is also known as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. The total area of the zoo is around 157 acres. Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar established this Zoo in the year 1892 for the Royals.
Mysore Zoo is the only zoo in India to have a Gorilla. Along with Gorilla, Chimpanzees and Orangutans are also in the zoo. Other animals like Giraffes, Zebras, White Deer, African Elephants, Bears, Porcupines, Rhinoceros, Tapir, Otters, etc.
Birds like White and Blue Peacocks, Silver and Gold Peasant, Horn Bill, the flightless Emu and Ostrich, Spoon Bill, Pelican, Painted Stork, brightly colored Flamingos, the largest bird of India the Sarus Cranes, Love Birds, various types of Parrots, Vultures, Eagles, etc. can be seen here.
Next, it shelters the reptiles like cobras, King Cobra, Python, crocodiles, alligators, and even the star-studded turtles.
Entry Fee : Adult: INR 50 (Weekdays), INR 60 (Weekend), Child (5-12 yr): INR 20 (Weekdays), INR 30 (Weekend)
Timings: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Closed on Tuesdays.
Time Required : 3 hours
The Folklore Museum at Mysore, India, is a museum that exhibits folk art and crafts from all over the state of Karnataka. The museum was founded in 1968. It is located in the University of Mysore in the Manasagangothri campus in the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion.
Timing: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Entry Fees: Rs 15 per person for adults Rs 5 per person for children.
This was my beautiful journey in Mysore. I also went to Ooty on one of the weekends. It’s a very beautiful place.
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