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Weekend getaway to

MYSORE

[ Travel date : April 2018 ]

Mysore (officially known as Mysuru) is a famous city of Karnataka known for its rich culture, royal sites, and vibrant art scenes. This city is also popular for its Silk and Sandalwood. It is approximately 150 kilometers (3 hours by road) from the state capital- Bangalore.

 

Why did I choose to visit Mysore? Well, I didn't plan to visit this place but because it was close to Bangalore, I decided to make an impromptu 1-day trip to the place and I'm glad that I did.

Here are the places that I visited in Mysore :

Sri Ranganatha Temple

Sri Ranganatha is in the town of Srirangapatna also know as "Town of Temples". This temple is only 19 kilometers from Mysore. On our way to Mysore, we stopped by here. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and houses Ranganatha, an idol of the Lord in his reclining form.

Mysore Zoo

Mysore Zoo also known as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, was founded in 1892 and is one of India's oldest zoos. Elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers, white rhinoceroses, and a wide variety of other animals can be found at this zoo.

 

To be honest, I don't like zoos because I believe that animals should be kept in their natural habitat rather than being confined in small spaces for our entertainment. Well, there can be a long discussion on this topic, and different people have different points of view.

 

Opening time: 08:30 AM to 5:30 PM (except Tuesdays)

Entry Cost: INR 50 /-

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 MYSORE PALACE 

One of the reasons people come to Mysore is to see this palace. It was constructed in the 14th century and rebuilt in 1912. This three-story building has a distinct Indo-Saracenic style that draws inspiration from Hindu, Muslim, and Gothic designs.

As you walk around the palace, you will notice various chambers with beautiful architecture, a royal wedding hall, massive courtrooms, and gardens. The palace contains paintings, weapons, thrones, and other mementos of Mysore's royal lifestyle.

 

The royal family's descendants continue to live in a section of the palace that is not open to the public.

 

Opening time: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Entry Cost: INR 50 /-

Viewing Mysore Palace at night is one of the palace's highlights. Every Sunday, this palace is illuminated by 100,000 light bulbs, creating a spectacularly magical atmosphere. This show lasts for an hour, so if you want to see it at night, arrive on time and plan accordingly. Alas! We had to leave because it was only a one-day trip and we couldn't stay until night. Perhaps next time.

 

The image below is from the internet and shows how the Palace looks at night.

Mysore Palace

Coffee & Dosas

Because Mysore is close to many mountain regions, such as Coorg, which produces the best coffee in the country, you can find and taste authentic coffee in Mysore at almost every cafe and restaurant.

 

And, as I always say, "When in the South, eating Dosa is a must." Because I'm a Dosa fan, I try Dosa in almost every new place I visit in the south, not to mention "Mysore Masala Dosa" is one of my favorites.

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Things you can buy from Mysore

 

As previously stated, Mysore is well-known for its silk and sandalwood, but it is also well-known for its sweets and other goodies. Here are a few items you can purchase during your visit to Mysore:

 

  1. Mysore Pak

  2. Sandalwood products and handicrafts

  3. Coffee

  4. Wooden toys and stone sculptures

  5. Paintings

  6. Silk Saree

Other Places to visit in Mysore

 

Though I only visited few places in Mysore, here is a list of tourist attractions that one can visit while in Mysore.

  1. St. Philomena’s Church

  2. Mysore Market

  3. Chamundi Hills

  4. Brindavan Gardens

  5. Karanji Lake

 

Overall, I would say that Mysore is a one-of-a-kind place where I wish I could have stayed a little longer to experience many other things that this place has to offer. This unplanned trip, on the other hand, turned out to be fantastic, with no regrets.

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