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Mysore is a beautiful city located in the state of Karnataka, in southern India. Known for its rich history, culture and heritage, Mysore is a popular tourist destination and attracts millions of visitors every year.

The city is renowned for its stunning beauty, with its lush green parks, elegant palaces, and stunning temples. The most famous of these is the Mysore Palace, which is considered to be one of the most magnificent and largest palaces in India. Another popular leisure spot is the Brindavan Gardens, which is located on the banks of the Kaveri River and is renowned for its beautiful fountains and colorful lights.

One of the main attractions of Mysore is its rich cultural heritage, with numerous temples, museums, and galleries showcasing the city's rich history and art. Some of the must-visit places include the Chamundeshwari Temple, Mysore Zoo, Folklore Museum, and Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Art Gallery.

There are many activities to enjoy in Mysore, from exploring the local markets and shops to taking a leisurely walk in the beautiful parks. The city is also a popular destination for yoga and wellness, with many retreats and centers offering a variety of classes and workshops. In addition, Mysore is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, with numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants providing entertainment for visitors.

Mysore has a tropical savanna climate, having hot and dry summers and mild, pleasant winters. The city experiences a moderate temperature throughout the year, with the average temperature ranging from 15°C to 35°C.  Hence, Mysore's cool and breezy weather, particularly during the winter months, makes it an ideal destination for tourists, especially those looking to escape the scorching heat of other Indian cities. The pleasant weather, combined with rich cultural heritage and historical monuments, makes Mysore a popular tourist destination.
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Which are the best places to visit in Mysore?

1. Chennakeshava Temple, Somanthapur: This Temple in Somnathpur is a magnificent 13th-century Hindu temple known for its intricate carvings and Hoysala architecture. The temple's star-shaped plan and intricate floral designs on the towers and columns make it a photographer's delight. Tourists visit the temple to admire its beauty, marvel at its architectural prowess, and immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of India.

Location: Somanathapura, Karnataka
Timing: 9 AM to 9 PM

2. Mysore Palace: Mysore Palace is a beloved tourist destination in Mysore, and is one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. It welcomes more than 2.7 million tourists annually and is one of the biggest palaces in India. It has positioned itself as a remarkable masterpiece given its exquisite craftsmanship and the stunning Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The Mysore palace becomes a sight to behold during Dussehra celebration with its awe-inspiring decoration, and showcases the rich culture and customs of the city.

Location: Sayyaji Rao Road, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Karnataka.
Timing: 10 AM to 5:30 PM.
Entry Fee: INR 100 for adults, INR 50 for children.

3. Brindavan Gardens: The Brindavan Gardens, located on the banks of the Kaveri River, is a popular picnic spot known for its musical fountains, well-manicured lawns and its symmetric design. The garden covers 60 acres and is divided into three terraces with fountains, running water channels, lush green lawns, and flower beds. The South Brindavan has a glass house for propagating ornamental plants and the North Brindavan has four extensive terraces with lawns, flowerbeds, and ornamental trees. Tourists can enjoy a pleasant boat ride at the serene boatlake and enjoy a picnic with their friends and family.

Location: KRS Road, Mysore.
Timing: 8 AM to 8 PM.
Entry Fee: INR 50 for adults, INR 10 for children.

4. Karanji Lake: Karanji Lake is a popular tourist destination in Mysore. It is a picturesque location surrounded by lush green hills that covers an area of 90 acres and is home to a variety of species of birds, animals, and plants. It is a dream spot for birdwatchers as it houses over 90 different species of birds. It has a nature interpretation center where visitors can learn about the different species of birds, animals and plants found in the lake. It has a butterfly park as well which is a major attraction for tourists.

Location: Chamundi Hills, Adjacent to the Mysore Zoo.
Timing: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Entry Fee: INR 10

5. Lokaranjan AquaWorld Underwater Zone: It is a popular underwater-themed amusement park located in India. The park offers a unique and exciting experience for visitors, like a glass tunnel walkway through a giant aquarium filled with exotic marine life, virtual reality shows, and interactive games. You can also participate in activities like scuba diving and snorkeling to experience marine life. Lokaranjan AquaWorld also features a research and development center, dedicated to studying and preserving the world's oceans and marine life.

Location: 853-n-15 Zoo Garden Road, 15b, Lokaranjan Mahal Road, Indira Nagar.
Timing: 10 AM to 5 PM (closed on Tuesdays).
Entry Fee: INR 80 for adults, INR 50 for children.

6. Sri Nandi Temple: This ancient Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva. The temple is known for its grand and intricately carved architecture with the sturdy idol of Lord Nandi and attracts thousands of devotees every year, who come to offer their prayers and seek its blessings. The temple is also a popular destination for tourists, who are drawn to its rich history, cultural significance, and beautiful architecture. It offers stunning views of the city and is a popular spot for hiking and picnicking.

Location: Chamundi Hill, Mysore.
Timing: 6 AM to 7 PM.

7. Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple:
Also known as the Golden Temple, Namdroling Monastery is a Buddhist monastery that is home to over 5,000 Tibetan refugees. Known for its stunning architecture and intricate gold-plated statues and carvings, it includes a 50-foot statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. The temple is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world. Visitors can attend daily prayer ceremonies, participate in teachings and meditation sessions, and learn about Tibetan culture and Buddhist philosophy. In addition to that, tourists can try out the  mouth- watering Tibetan food like dumplings,

Location: Bylakuppe, Mysore.
Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM.

8. Chamundeshwari Celebrity Wax Museum: Chamundeshwari wax Museum is a popular tourist attraction located in Mysore, India. It showcases lifelike wax figures of famous celebrities from India and around the world, including politicians, film stars, sports icons, and more. Visitors can take photos with their favorite celebrities, learn about their lives and achievements. In addition to its exhibits, the museum also features a gift shop and a café, offering a range of souvenirs and refreshments for visitors.

Location: Gateway, near Chamundi Hill, JC Nagar, Thavarekatte, Karnataka Timing: 9 AM to 7:30 PM.
Entry Fee: INR 40-60.

Planning a trip to Mysore? Checkout: Mysore Tour Packages

What are the best things to do in Mysore?

These are the best things to do in Mysore:

1. Stroll around Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens: The zoo, located in the heart of Mysore, is a popular tourist spot that houses a wide range of animals. Visitors can take a stroll through these gardens and see exotic species from across the world, including big cats, primates, reptiles, and more. Visitors can spend the whole day exploring the park, and there are also several food stalls and picnic spots within the premises.

Location: Indira Nagar, Ittige Gudu, Mysore.
Timing: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Price: INR 20 for Indian citizens and INR 200 for foreign visitors.

2. Visit the GRS Fantasy Park: As a popular amusement park located in Mysore, it offers a wide range of fun-filled activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. The park boasts several thrilling rides, such as the Wave Pool, Columbus, and the Roller Coaster, that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. It also has a variety of games and attractions for kids, including a go-karting track and a spacious play area. In addition to the rides and games, the park also features a variety of food stalls serving delicious local cuisine and refreshing drinks.

Location: Metagalli, Mysore.
Timing:10:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
Price: INR 350.

3. Explore the St.Joseph's Cathedral: Don't miss a chance to explore this stunning Roman Catholic cathedral located in the heart of Mysore, India. Built in a Gothic architectural style, the cathedral features pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and elegant stained-glass windows. Admire the cathedral's main altar adorned with a statue of St. Joseph, the patron saint of the church, surrounded by intricate carvings and paintings. You can sit and enjoy the  peaceful and serene atmosphere that makes it an ideal place for prayer and reflection.

Location: Lourdes Nagar, Ashoka Rd, Lashkar Mohalla Mysore.
Timing: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

4. Experience the art at Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery and Auditorium: Be awed as you step into the beautiful Mysore Palace, which was originally a royal residence for the Wodeyar dynasty, now an art gallery showcasing a diverse collection of traditional and contemporary Indian art. It is a must see for cultural and musical events and also for its beautiful and intricate wood carvings. Considered a premier art institution in South India, it attracts thousands of tourists and art enthusiasts every year, making it a major cultural hub in Mysore.

Location: Jaganmohan Palace Road, Chamaraja Mohalla.
Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Price: INR 10.

5. Seek blessing at Sri Chamundeshwari Temple: Experience the spiritual beauty of South India by visiting the Chamundeshwari Temple, located on top of Chamundi Hill in Mysuru. Dedicated to the goddess Chamundeshwari, an incarnation of Hindu goddess Durga, the temple is renowned for its magnificent architecture, intricate carvings, and a golden statue of the goddess. Immerse yourself in the devotional atmosphere as you join thousands of visitors who come here annually to offer prayers and receive blessings from the powerful goddess.

Timing: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

6. Learn about Karnataka's culture at Folklore Museum: Discover the vibrant cultural heritage of Karnataka at the Folklore Museum. Immerse yourself in the rich folklore of the state as you explore a diverse collection of traditional clothing, musical instruments, jewelry, and other artifacts. Get a closer look at the puppets, masks, and dolls used in traditional performances, and admire the paintings and sculptures that bring popular folklore tales and legends to life. With its interactive and engaging exhibits, the museum provides a unique and educational opportunity for visitors to learn about the culture and traditions of the region.

Location: Manasa Gangothiri, Mysore.
Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Price: INR 10.

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How to reach Mysore?

- By Air: The nearest airport is the Mysore Airport, located about 10 km from the city center. Flights are available from major cities such as Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai.
- By Rail: Mysore has its own railway station, Mysore Junction, which is well connected to other major cities in India such as Bengaluru, Chennai, and Mumbai.
- By Road: Mysore has a good network of National Highways, State Highways, and Major District Roads. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private operators offer frequent buses for traveling back and forth from the city.

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What is the best time to visit Mysore?

The best time to visit Mysore is from October to February as the weather remains quite pleasant during this time. You can spend your days sightseeing, additionally if you plan a visit during the month of October you can witness the cheery festive atmosphere of Dussehra celebration that the city is renowned for.

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How long does it take to explore Mysore?

A minimum of 3-day trip is required to explore Mysore as this place is filled with major tourist attractions in the city, such as the Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill, and the Mysore Zoo. Additionally, if you are interested in visiting the nearby places of interest such as the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and the Shivanasamudra Falls, you may need to extend your stay in Mysore.

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What is famous about Mysore?

Mysore is famous for its sandalwood and rosewood products like soaps, scents, oils. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore and is home to the magnificent Mysore Palace, ornate Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, and the Brindavan Gardens. Mysore is also renowned for its traditional silk sarees, delicious cuisine, and the grand celebration of Dussehra annually.

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Mysore Reviews

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Tirthankar Patel
Reviewed: 26 May 2024
5.0/5
Overall very nice tour organised by Thrillophilia. The cost of package was also in budget and service quality was also very nice. The hotel check-in process was seamless. The driver was very professional, friendly and supportive. The itinerary was well planned and it covered majority of the tourist ... Read More
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Ajinkya
Reviewed: 21 Aug 2023
4.0/5
Good experience. Whatever promised in itinerary was covered. Good co- ordination by POC Ms Komal & driver Mr Gagan..!!
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Sukesh Seth
Reviewed: 12 Jun 2023
5.0/5
The trip was really great. Driver was professional & we covered all of the attractions in Mysore. Overall a great trip. Only thing I wish I knew earlier was how many kms extra it would go & how much toll/parking charges will be there so if this information could also be added to the website it would... Read More
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Smita Chavan
Reviewed: 23 Oct 2023
5.0/5
It was our 1st all girls road trip Everything happened as programmed. The opportunity and reliability made us feel secure and that helped to have a very enjoyable experience. They were unfailingly kind and helpful, and were very flexible Komal,the Travel Specialist that helped to plan my trip, has ... Read More
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Devashish Bose
Reviewed: 20 Jun 2023
5.0/5
The driver was so good, patient, he dropped us in hsr, he didn't want to get stuck in Bangalore traffic so he booked us a cab with his own money, fair breakdown of charges and not a single call to hurry for converting places.
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Jatin Sanwal
Reviewed: 27 Nov 2023
5.0/5
It was good experience with there team Mahika and Kapil both were good.. Especially driver was good too Kiran TT
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