Mysore is the second biggest city in the State of Karnataka lying 130 kms
from the State Headquarters, Bangalore. The city extends from latitude 12°18'
in the North to longitude 76°42' in the East. Mysore is well connected
through road and rail networks with other parts of Karnataka and India.
Famous for its sandalwood and silk, Mysore enjoys an excellent climate. The
profile of the Mysore Palace dominates the city skyline. The seat of the
Maharajas, this palace is a stunning tribute to Indo-Saracenic architecture.
There are a number of temples in the grounds and inside the palace itself.
The Sri Chamundeswari Temple sits on Chamundi Hill overlooking the city.
Places Of Interest
City Palace and Museum
The Palace was designed by Henry Irwin and built in 1897 after a fire burnt
down the old wooden palace. It is one of the largest palaces in India. The
stained glass, wall paintings, ivory inlaid doors and the ornate golden
throne are all remarkable. The Maharaja's Residence is now converted into a
Chamarajenendra Art Gallery
The gallery is inside the Jaganmohan Palace. It displays Indian miniature
paintings including paintings by renowned artists like Ravi Varma and
Nicholas Roerich. Curios in Ivory, sandal wood, ceramics, stone, old musical
instruments and antique furniture are also on display.
13kms South east of Mysore, this temple is situated on the hill and is 2000
years old. It is dedicated to Durga Devi or goddess Chamundi (avatar of
Parvathi, Shiva's consort) for celebrating her victory over the demon
Mahishasura. From the top of hill you can have a panoramic view of Mysore.
The zoo here was established in 1892. It has well kept lawns and gardens.
The tiger is the main wild animal bred here.
This garden is situated at Krishnaraja Sagar Road, 19 Km northwest of
Mysore. Garden is open daily, but the fountain show is there only in spring.
Entry fee Rs.5. The main attraction is the 'dancing musical fountains'. The
garden is fully illuminated during the night.
Saint Philomena's Church
Built in 1933, this church is one among the grandest churches in India. It
is the tallest Church in India built in the new Gothic style. A statue of
Saint Philomena is placed in an underground chamber. The twin spires are 175
feet in height and are visible from miles around. Some fine attractive glass
paintings can also be seen here.