Many things to do and see
Tourist central wherever you go
A perfect place to get away for a few days rest and sight-seeing!
The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty from 1399 until the independence of India in 1947. The Wodeyar kings first built a palace in Mysore in the 14th century, but this palace was partially damaged by a lightning strike in 1638. It was repaired and expanded, but fell into neglect by the late 18th century. It was demolished in 1793,...more
It makes for a nice drive from Mysore. You will find one of the most popular temples in India here. Do check out the huge Nandi (Bull) statue on the way there. The hill is at 1000 meters elevation. Legend has it that Mahishasura- a king of Mysore was killed by Goddess Chamundi here. The temple has the deity wearing a garland of skulls. The...more
The first of These gardens are laid on the banks of Krishnarajasagar Dam. Spread over vast area , the terraced lawns and fountains make these gardens one of the best in South India. The swirling Fountains are illuminated on weekend and have given backdrop to many movies in recent times. The Dancing fountains called as musical fountains are a major...more
Mysore Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in Southern India and is located about km southeast from Mysore Palace. It was established under royal patronage in 1892, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world. It's very big with lots of tigers including at least two white ones, elephants (African and Indian), bears, deer, lions, antelope, zebra,...more
A priceless national treasure and the pride of a kingdom, the Mysore Palace is the seat of the famed Wodeyar family. The Mysore Palace was built over one thousand years ago, in AD 897. Saracenic in style, the palace has both Hindu as well as Muslim influences. After a fire in 1897, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV rebuilt the palace as we see it today. The...more
this is great hotel to stay in the beautiful city of Mysore. i highly recommend this, it is set in...more
Very pleasent and helpful staff. Nice room. Note they have only an indian style breakfast.more
We loved the position and ambiance of this wonderfully conceived little resort on the outskirts of...more
This place has some good ambience what with a garden courtyard and live Indian music. All kinds of food is served here such as Indian, Chinese and Continental with red lights above each table which you turn on via a switch in order to attract service. Good food as well as entertainment.more
This rooftop restaurant was located at the top of my hotel, the Hotel Palace Plaza, which, itself, is located very close to the northern side of the Mysore Palace. There's some great food to be had here where you can see the chefs cooking. The food was very good and very spicy with a beer costing Rs72 + 12% tax. Service was fairly OK but it's the...more
We had a nice dinner at the Charcoals Restaurant of the Regaalis Hotel. They specialize in North Indian cuisine, and we had Lasooni tangri Peshwari, Tandoori salad, Jeera matter pulao and an onion kulcha.The food was tasty and plentiful, and the poolside location , nicely illiminated at night, gave the restaurant atmosphere which was both casual...more
Most city tours of Mysore finsih with a visit to the gardens, in order to take in the illuminations. At the far end of the gardens are the "Dancing Fountains". The gardens were more impressive after dark, but I still wouldn't class them as a highlight. Very pleasant, but nothing more. Sorry.more
We hired Aziz to work for us three days in a row because he was such a great driver. We originally hired him to take us to the temples in Belur and Halebid and he charged us 700 rupees less than the hotel travel agent. Then we hired him to do a day trip around Mysore and then to take us to the airport on the day we were leaving. He is a really good...more
We met Shaffi on our first trip to Mysore last Feb', when he transferred us from the Train Station to our hotel, (he serves the Windflower Hotel, and has 4 drivers he can call on). On that occasion he supplied us with a Driver to take us to Orange County Kabini, 2 hours drive away, at a very reasonable rate (even doing it through through the...more
C. Ramaswamy is the union organizer for all the drivers in Mysore - so if you take another auto-rickshaw mention his name and you will get service. Friendly & polite and tirelessly committed - I was looking for specific antiques and he searched the city on his own time until he found them. He'll take you about the city and will arrange a car for...more
Noor's Incense and Perfume store is an absolute MUST when you visit the Night Market of Mysore. (This is the main fruit, veg and flower market which is enormous fascinating and very attractive). Noor's stall is in the middle aisle at the 'bottom end' of the market (near the apple and pomegranite sellers!).Noor's family have been selling their own...more
majority religion in india is hindu.hindus regards cow as their mothergod(gomata).it is a ageold tradition to worship these gentle animals who give us milk till our land.cows are usually found at street places squares as livestock in rural indian homes in the wild and crossing the highways.they are harmless and a part of indian cultural...more
As you know that Mysore is a place with a hefty tourist traffic, the entire economy of the place is dependent on the same. You might find food stalls with those heavy lights and colorful food on display all over.Beware and try avoiding the food as much possible, especially the road side joints. I went to Brindavan Gardens once. I was hungry and was...more
Krishna Raja Sagar Dam (KR Sagar Dam) provides water to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu from the Cauvery River near Mysore. This sharing of water supply is the source of much dispute and at times the Bangalore-Mysore Road can be closed because of Cauvery water protests. If the road and trains are closed to Mysore and you are still desperate to get there...more
The Desera fastival is famous at Mysore, but be careful. My friends returned from the festival with razor slits at the bottom of their pants pockets and their wallets and passports gone. They later remembered the time some people in the crowds were pushing in on them to create a disturbance for the pickpocket artists to strike.more
There are hoardes of shops inside the city palace that claim to be authentic sandalwood products. We bought some incense sticks, soaps etc. All of them turned out to be frauds!! Not a single item even had the scent of sandalwood! Such a hoax really. Go to authentic Mysore Sandal stores for the soaps.more
This monument is beautiful and a must-see sight - but only from the outside. See it illuminated at night (weekends 7-8 in the evening), walk around it, however, you will not get enough for the relatively hefty entrance fee if you decide to go into the complex and you will have to endure many nuisances.As the place have been thoroughly written about...more
There are many local folks that sell flute, "violin" made by bamboo, postcards, wooden box with nice crafting..... if you don't intend to buy, just ignore them. If you have a peek on the product, most likely they will follow you all the way...... :)Bargain is required, thumb of rules, the best price is right before you leave the place. Postcard...more
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You can even forget about looking for cyber cafe to transfer & burn pictures into CDs. Try to imagine having your CD pouch with you & you need to handle them with special care else losing or broken CDs simply means losing all you great shots.
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I have been using my unit for slightly more than 1 year & I am very satisfied with it.
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...more
It's a joy to watch the behaviour of roadside monkeys. So much more natural than those in rehab centres or controlled enclosures. This family clearly wanted to be left alone. So after this shot, i did leave them alone :) Getting a moneky family to naturally pose for you has to be one of my fondest memories of Mysore.more
The Indian Rupee (Hindi: रूपया) is the official currency of India. The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Reserve Bank of India. (the Hindi copied from Wikipedia)In India, Rupees that marked with ink and covered with scotch tapes are of common sights, but you still can transact with them. Of course some very...more
The Rangacharlu Town Hall building was constructed in 1884 in memory of Late C. Rangacharlu, who served his first Dewan of Mysore State. The Rangacharlu Memorial Hall housed the City Improvemment Trust Board and the City Municipal Offices in the beginning. The elevation is dominated by a projecting frontage of a pediment containing intricately...more