Mysore Travel Guide

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Mysore Highlights

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     Many things to do and see 

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     Tourist central wherever you go 

  • In a nutshell
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     A perfect place to get away for a few days rest and sight-seeing! 

Mysore Things to Do

  • Chamundi Hill

    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...

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  • Palace

    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,...

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  • Brindavan Gardens

    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...

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  • Deveraja Market

    I love exploring foreign markets and this was one of the largest and best I came across during my four months in India. It provides some excellent photo opportunities with locals selling and buying fresh fruits, flowers, vegetables, fish and general groceries.

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  • Zoo

    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,...

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  • St. Philomena Church

    This huge cathedral is located about 2km to the north of the city centre and was constructed in 1936 in a Neo Gothic style inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. It stands on the site of an earlier church that was built in 1843. It is dedicated to a Greek teenage girl who was martyred in the 4th century and her remains were found in a...

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Mysore Restaurants

  • Garden courtyard and live Indian music

    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.

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  • On Hotel Palace Plaza rooftop

    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...

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  • North Indian Cuisine in a Poolside...

    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...

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Mysore Nightlife

  • Spectacular nighttime display

    On Sunday nights, and during festival, the palace is lit up by an amazing 5000 lightbulb. A truly magnificent sight, and worth planning your trip around.

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  • Illuminated fountains

    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.

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  • The Palace at night

    On sunday nights (and Holidays too) the Palace is illuminated with more than 5.000 bulb lights from 19 to 21:00. It is a fabulous view, you cannot enter the Palace at night but can go in the gardens and enjoy this beautiful show…

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Mysore Transportation

  • AZIZ the driver!

    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...

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  • Safe and inexpensive driver? Shaffi's...

    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...

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  • Your own driver

    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...

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Mysore Shopping

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  • Natural colors at the market

    He's selling sharp, natural color powder made of stone, plants etc.We bought color powder, for gifts to send home, at this vendor in the exciting Devaraja market. Color powder

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  • Textiles

    Simply the best selection of fabrics in Mysore if not the entire state. Overnight tailoring. Excellent product. Kahti (hand-loom) cotton and a huge range of silks. Very reasonable. RS1500 for four hand-tailored shirts (kurtas).

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  • Incense and perfume? Go to Noor's stall!

    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...

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Mysore Local Customs

  • HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!

    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...

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  • Decorated bullock carts

    On my travels through southern India I often came across bullock carts painted in vibant colours and patterns like this here

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  • Nut sellers

    These colourful peddlers with their barrows piled high, offer all types of nuts, cashew peanut, dried peas, spicy and salted

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Mysore Warnings and Dangers

  • Food Stalls

    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...

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  • Cauvery water issue

    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...

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  • Desera Festival Pickpockets

    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.

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Mysore Tourist Traps

  • Sandalwood products inside the palace-...

    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.

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  • Maharaja's palace - it's not worth the...

    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...

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  • Mysore Palace - If you want to buy...

    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...

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Mysore What to Pack

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    Photo Storage

    by muddybok Updated Feb 22, 2006

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    Photo Equipment: How are you going to store thousands of high resolution pictures when you're on a photo safari trip? The answer is get yourself a digital photo storage that capable of synchronize you picture whenever your CF/SD/MS is full at your own timing.

    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.

    Miscellaneous: Good news for Malaysian travelers that you can easyly get one of this portable storage casing come complete with all memory card slots for the price of RM200 from Low Yat Plaza stores. You can opt for 40/60/80GB 2.5" capacity HDD to be fitted into this casing.

    I have been using my unit for slightly more than 1 year & I am very satisfied with it.

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Mysore Off The Beaten Path

  • Somnathapur

    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

    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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  • Somnathpur - Kesava Temple

    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...

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  • Don't feed them Monekys!

    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.

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  • Rupees

    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...

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  • Rangacharlu Town Hall

    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...

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