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    Visit the Brindivan Gardens

    by JMSYMONDS Written Nov 17, 2010

    These are beautifully maintained gardens with fountains and a light show at night (looked good from the photos, but we only saw it in the day and that was great too).

    There's a hotel there, serving drinks, snacks, (yummy Chicken Tikka Toastie!) or a restaurant meal. Its called the Royal Orchid Hotel, and is very attractive and colonial, and worth a stop-over we thought, next time we're passing through! (Swammy is the Restaurant Manager, and a real Sweetie when you show an interest!).

    Its about 1 hour out of Mysore and combines well with a visit to Tippu Sultan's Summer Palace (about 1/2 an hour out of Mysore).

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    Srirangapatna

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    Srirangapatna is a small town that's located about 16km (10 miles) northeast of Mysore. The town lies on an island in the middle of the Kaveri River and takes its name from the celebrated Ranganathaswamy Temple which dominates the town. The temple was built by the Ganga dynasty rulers of the area in the 9th century before it was strengthened and improved upon architecturally some three centuries later, making it a medley of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles of temple architecture. However, the town is most famous for being the capital of Tipu Sultan who fortified it during the 18th century. It was the scene of the last and decisive battle fought between Tipu Sultan and the British forces led by General Harris. This battle was the last engagement of the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War in May 1799 which saw Tipu killed within the fort. He is buried in a tomb complex, about 3km east of the fort, known as Gumbaz along with his father, Hyder Ali, and wife. Another site to visit, here, is his summer palace which is located along the road to Gumbaz. Buses depart from near the clock tower in Mysore so it's easy to get to. For more info, visit my Srirangapatna page below:

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    Sandalwood Oil Factory

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

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    This sandalwood oil factory is government run (by the Forestry Department) and is a good place to visit to see the process of how the oil is produced. I came here after visiting the silk factory and found this far more interesting. You're shown around by a guide who takes you around and tells you facts about how the oil is made (which I noted down) - 1kg of wood costs Rs6000 and 200kg is needed to produce 60 litres of oil which sells at Rs130,000 per litre! The wood is turned into sawdust which is then added to water and distilled. The oil is then separated from the water, refined, re-distilled and then ready. There's a shop out front where you can buy their products - basically a load of different toiletry items such as soap.

    Open: 9am-1pm & 2-5pm. Admission: Rs20.

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    Silk Factory

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    The Government Silk Weaving Factory was built in the year 1932, by the Maharaja of Mysore. After I signed in, I was allowed to walk around the old warehouses and buildings by myself. There's plenty of old machines operating looms making white cloth with gold decoration plus spindles and a colouring area but I didn't see any silk worms. I was told they were elsewhere. Not overly interesting but makes a change from the normal palace, temples and museums that you see. There's, of course, a shop at the front selling all the items they produce here.

    Open: 7-10.45am & 11.30am-3pm.

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    Statue of the demon Mahishasura

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    Legend has it that the demon Mahishasura, the king of the area that is currently Mysore, was killed by the Goddess Chamundeswari after a fierce battle. The Chamundi Hills got their name because of this and a temple of the goddess was built on the top. The goddess is also known as Mahishasura Mardini meaning she who slew Mahishasura. Outside the temple is this statue to Mahishasura.

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    Jaganmohan Palace

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    The Jaganmohan Palace, which lies to the west of the Mysore Palace, was constructed in the year 1861 by the king, Krishnaraja Wodeyar III as an alternate retreat for the royal family. The Mysore Palace, which was the original home of the royal family, was burnt down in a fire and the construction of a new palace in its place was started in the year 1897. Till the new palace was completed in 1912, the Jaganmohan Palace was used by the royals as their home. In 1902, the king Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar was installed to the Mysore throne, in a ceremony that took place in a pavilion inside the Jaganmohan Palace. This ceremony was attended by Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy and Governor General of India. Today it houses one of the largest art galleries in Southern India.

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    Sri Shweta Varahaswami Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    This temple is located near the southern entrance of Mysore Palace. The presiding deity is Varaha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. A fine Hoysala structure, the temple was built under the patronage of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. It boasts carved doorways, pillars and towers, apart from five tiered Rajagopuram and the stuccoed images at the entrance. Its hall is graced with mural paintings, which represent the scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, popular being the one depicting the coronation of Lord Ram. The inscribed images of Srivaishnava Acharyas, Desikar and Jiyar are the added attractions.

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    Chamarajendra Statue

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    In front of the northern gate of the palace at the junction of Ashoka Road and Albert Victor Road is the white marble statue of Chamarajendra Wodeyar erected in the 1920s. The Indo-Saracenic style canopy stands on a granite base. It is capped in marble by a gleaming, gilded, ribbed, onion dome.

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    Art Deco Buildings

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    I walked from the city centre to the train station in order to book a train and passed by a series of large Art Deco buildings that have been well maintained and look very nice. You can see them along Irwin Road.

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    St Bartholomew's Church

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    This simple classical church was built in 1830 on land donated by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III to serve the civil and military officers attached to the Residency. Despite its size, the church twice played host to the visiting British Royalty - Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's husband) in 1889, and the future King George V in 1906. At the west end of the church, over the altar, is a large stained glass window depicting St Bartholomew which was donated by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV to mark the centenary of the church.

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    Silver Jubilee Clock Tower

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    This 75 ft high square clock tower, was built during the Silver Jubilee of the reign of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in 1927. It is designed in an Indo-Saracenic style of architecture with a domed canopy which rests on a base just above the 5 ft diameter clock.

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    Rangacharlu Memorial Hall

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 20, 2009

    This building was constructed in 1884 in memory of C. Rangacharlu who served as the first Dewan of Mysore State. The foundation stone of this Greco-Roman building was laid by His Highness the Maharaja Chamarajendra Wodeyar in 1884. It features 8 grand-columns, topped off with a heavy entablature of multiple mouldings, pediment containing complicated carved motif, Roman arched windows with pilasters, louvered window shutters and sun-rise glazing and a hall with balconies on either side.

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    Visit the city palace

    by abi_maha Written Jan 15, 2009

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    The Mysore Maharaja palace is truly an awesome building, with spacious and intricately decorated Halls, a Durbar on the first floor for public audience this palace is truly worth a visit when in Mysore. Not to miss is the palace lit up in the evenings on sundays and public holidays, we caught the same on Aug 15th- Independence Day. The Wodeyar dynasty resided here, mostly Hindu architecture with traces of Muslim architecture in the domes.
    Entry Fee :Rs 15
    Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm
    Illumination : 7 pm to 8 pm on sundays and other public holidays

    palace all lit up on 15th Aug AJ at the palace Ride the elephant like a Maharaja
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    Mysore - Railway Museum

    by mallyak Written Feb 12, 2008

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    The first of its kind in India, the Rail Museum was set up in 1979. Situated at Krishnaraja Sagar Road, the museum sets a good pattern for regional display and has a good collection. The highlight here is the Chamundi Gallery that showcases a unique and interesting collection of photographs and paintings depicting the development of the railways. Don't miss the Sri Ranga Pavilion, which has two royal coaches. They belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore and have a certain old-world charm about them, harking back to a time when royalty travelled in splendour. Most of the exhibits in the museum once graced the Mysore palace.

    The first of its kind in India, the Rail Museum was set up in 1979. Situated at Krishnaraja Sagar Road, the museum sets a good pattern for regional display and has a good collection. The highlight here is the Chamundi Gallery that showcases a unique and interesting collection of photographs and paintings depicting the development of the railways. Don't miss the Sri Ranga Pavilion, which has two royal coaches. They belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore and have a certain old-world charm about them, harking back to a time when royalty travelled in splendour. Most of the exhibits in the museum once graced the Mysore palace.



    The particular interest is the Maharani's saloon carriage that boasts of a kitchen, dining car unit and a royal toilet dating back to 1899. One of the first steam engines built, it is indeed remarkably well kept. There is also a battery-operated mini-train, which takes you for a fancy ride along the grounds

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    Musical Fountains

    by bradbeaman Written May 13, 2007

    Brindavan gardens is one of the major Mysore attractions. The KRS dam is impressive and the gardens are on the opposite side of the dam. Be sure to go up on the dam on the Orchid Hotel Brindavan Garadens side. That is the best overall view of the gardens and the lake created from the Cauvery and the spillway.

    Brindavan Gardens

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