Mysore Off The Beaten Path

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    Somnathpur - Kesava Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009
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    Somnathpur is situated about 33km from Mysore and is where the you'll find the beautiful Kesava Temple. It was built in 1268 by Somanatha Dandanayaka, an illustrious general of the Hoysala king Narasimha III (1254-1291). The temple stands on a raised platform and is a perfect example of the Hoysala style of architecture. It has three sanctums to the west, south and north dedicated to Keshava, Venugopala and Janardhana. It is an ornately carved temple of magnificent craftsmanship depicting Vishnu, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha, Ratimanmatha and Mahishasura - as many as 194 idols, of which 114 are female figures. The temple shrine is housed in the middle of a walled compound, around which runs an open verandah with 64 cells.

    The temple is well worth a visit from Mysore, if you have the time. Take a bus from the main bus stand near the palace which costs Rs14.

    Admission: Rs100.

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    • Architecture

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    Musical Fountains at Brindavan Gardens

    by abi_maha Written Jan 16, 2009

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    Adjacent to the Krishnarajasagar Dam is the beautifully landscaped Brindavan Gardens. Not to miss while in Mysore you will get to see the fountains dancing to popular bollywood tunes in the evening every day. (Have uploaded a video of the same too!)
    Timings: 6:30 am to 9:00 pm

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    Drive down to the Shiva temple at Nanjangud

    by abi_maha Updated Jan 16, 2009

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    The Nanjangud Temple
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    It is a good 40 kms away and makes for a very scenice drive as you cross the kabini river! The shiva temple is revered by many, expect huge crowds on full moon / new moon days. But gives you a chance to wet your feet in the holy waters of Kabini. Very non touristy and nice place to get a typical kannadiga thali !

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    Water Cascades down at Shivansamudra

    by abi_maha Written Jan 16, 2009

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    The falls amidst all the greenery is spectacular!
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    If you have half a day to spare it may well be worth your time to drive down to Shivanasamudra from Mysore to view this spectacular waterfall!
    Dis from Mysore: 80kms
    Height of the fall: 98 meters
    Best time to visit: Monsoon (Aug-Nov)

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    Ravenna the mosaics

    by jayalst Written Apr 2, 2007

    Italy has a lot to offer and lots of famous destinations. However, Ravenna seems to have been left by the ages and the tourists in sleepy contentment. There is probably no good reason to visit Ravenna except for the exquisite mosaics and it's sleepy warm mood.
    Ravenna is compact, most of the churches with the mosaics are within walking distance of each other. The only major "site" which is a bit out of the way is Theodoric's Tomb.
    It is easy to stroll around the umber walls and narrow streets, grab a table at an outdoor cafe and be glad that you are not dealing with the crowds found in the more popular locales.

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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    Travel with a friend

    by Fudge Written Jan 15, 2007
    Friends for life

    When going off the beaten track, it is nice to have a friend with you :) Or take your family along for a walk along Mysore's many attractions.

    Although Mysore is generally safe for lone travel, it is enjoyable to have someone along, esp sicne you see many wonderful things that one tends to talk about.

    These fellas made me smile ~ so chummy!

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    Bandipur National Park

    by grets Written Dec 15, 2004

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    Our journey from Mysore to Ooty took us through Bandipur National Park. We were keen to go off the main road to exlpore, but were told that it was forbidden.

    Apparently there was a bandit on the loose in the park, having evaded police for some considerable time. He had already killed 90 people in the area, and was now looking to spread his notority by appearing on the BBC, so he was "advertising" that he intended to kill one or more British tourists.

    We chose to remain in the car on the main highway.

    We did come across this man with his elephant while in the park, and hoping he was not the villain, got out of the car to take photographs.

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    Jaggery Production

    by Canadienne Written Apr 10, 2003

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    Boiling Sugarcane Juice

    The first step in the process is running the sugarcane through a press to wring out the liquid. Then the juice is boiled and stirred until it reaches the desired consistency. We saw (and tasted) the finished blocks of product in the Devaraja market.

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    Somnathapur

    by orix Written Jun 23, 2013
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    Take a taxi (or bus) to Somantapur - about 45 minutes drive to an old temple from 13 century. Mangificant sotne carving - well worth.

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    Airforce campus

    by husain Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    posing with officers

    The No.2 Airmen selection board of the Indian Airforce is based in Mysore.
    They conduct the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test, or the PABT, a once-in-a-lifetime test for budding fighter pilots in India.

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    Magic Babu

    by bradbeaman Written May 12, 2007

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    This Magician "Magic Babu" has been at Lalit Mahal Palace hotel performing magic for 24 years. I saw him once in 1996 and once in 2007. His shows just get better each time you see them.

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    Unexpected pleasure

    by grets Written Dec 15, 2004

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    After the disappointment of not being able to do a safari in the park, we were delighted when these deer appeared alongside the road. We didn't even have to get out of the car to photograph them.

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    • National/State Park

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    Jaggery Production

    by Canadienne Written Apr 10, 2003

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    Sugarcane Press

    Jaggery is a type of sweetener made from sugarcane. During our roadtrip to see the Hoysala Temple at Somnathpur, we stopped by a farm where they process sugarcane into jaggery.

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