Wow, this hidden city sure doesn’t have the worldly appeal of India’s global giants. However, Mysore would certainly hold its own in a tourist competition with most other cities in India. Nevertheless, Mysore doesn’t boast about its landmarks and major attractions, and rather, lets tourists come to it.
Getting into the city has gotten even better over the last year with the opening of the Mysore Airport. Even though it only serves domestic connections, this is still much more convenient than having to fly into Bangalore International Airport, and travelling by bus to Mysore. Hotels in Mysore are also beginning to pop up more in the city, and many of the older, more out of date accommodation options are going through renovation work to keep up with the demand of tourism in the city.
Mysore stands as the second largest city in Karnataka Province, Southern India. It does have quite a large population, but nothing the size of India’s major metropolitan areas to the north. Tourists have an enormous wealth of attractions to choose from, and depending on their interests, should be able to keep themselves busy for several days. If travelling to Mysore, have a glance over the following list to get a better understanding of the city’s major attractions.
Gardens and Nature
There are plenty of gardens and natural attractions in the city of Mysore to keep visitors occupied. The most famous natural landmark is Karanji Lake, which is commonly referred to as Karanji Kere by locals. It is basically a small lake inside the city of Mysore, where visitors can enjoy boating, lazing, or bird watching the many species of birds that frequent the park. Some of the more interesting species of birds includes the stork and bee-eaters.
Brindavan Gardens are located near the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, not far from the downtown area of Mysore. Although the gardens are spectacular, they are not the main draw card to the park. At 19:00 every night, there is a fountain and music show located inside the park. Hundreds of people gather around on the weekends to watch this spectacle unfold.
The former palace known as Jagmohan has been re-figured into a wonderful art gallery for local and international artists. In addition to Indian artists, Japanese artists, and musical machines from Indian past are also on display within the Jagmohan Art Gallery.
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is more than just a mouthful. It is a famous museum institution within the city of Mysore. Its main function is to preserve the one-time forgotten art of traditional Indian culture, and through this museum, visitors can find displays and courses that aim to educate people on the various forms of art that come out of traditional India. There is a great souvenir shop in the museum also.
The Indian Folklore Museum, commonly referred to as Jayalakshmi Vilas Complex Museum, is located in Mysore University and exhibits a number of interesting displays, including a Ravana puppet, a 300 year old cart, and various shadow puppets.
There are many architectural sites to witness in Mysore. The Mysore Palace is probably regarded as one of the most important sites in Mysore and Southern India. It boasts a massive land size, and becomes even more beautiful during public holiday celebrations when it is lit up using light bulbs.
The St Philomena’s Cathedral is a gothic style church that stands quite tall in the city of Mysore. This also shows the influence of classic Catholicism and the role of religion in Mysore too.
Government House is also renowned for its Tuscan Dori style architecture, and is surprisingly visited by thousands of tourists every year.
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