Mysuru- The Cultural Capital of Karnataka
Mysuru is the historical and cultural capital of Karnataka state in Southern India. It is located 140 kilometers away from the Karnataka state's capital city of Bengaluru. Mysuru is known for its rich traditions and culture.
Mysuru Dasara is a popular ten-day festival celebrated with pomp and glory at the Mysuru Palace. Mysuru is well connected by road on Bengaluru-Mysuru national highway, through trains on Bengaluru-Mysuru railway section, and by flights.
This article discusses five places to visit in Mysuru especially during festive holidays from September to October every year. The iconic places include-
- Chamundi Hills
- Mysuru Palace
- Krishnaraja Sagar Dam
- Brindavan Gardens
- Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
- Mysuru Railway Museum
Chamundi Hills is an iconic destination in Mysuru. Chamundi Hills is located within the city limits. The hill town is popular for its temple deity Chamundeshwari and Nandi statue. The ride to Chamundi hills is scenic which gives a glimpse of Mysuru city and is a very popular hang-out for tourists, especially in the evenings. One can also spot the Mahishasura statue near the temple from which the city of Mysuru derives its name.
The Mysuru Palace
Mysuru Palace is a popular tourist attraction in South India. The palace is owned by the royal family The Wodeyars. The Mysuru Palace is managed by the government of Karnataka and is open to visitors. The palace's main attraction is its beautiful architecture and not to miss the light show arranged in the evenings especially on weekends and festive holidays during the Dussera season. The courtyard in the palace is also famous for its iconic Dussera processions during the Dussera festival and popular for the Golden Howdah pulled by elephants and is popularly known as 'Jumbo Savari'.
Krishna Raja Sagar Dam
Krishna Raja Sagar Dam dam popularly known as KRS dam is built across the river Cauvery. The dam flows across Karnataka and Tamil Nadu before joining the Bay of Bengal. The fertile lands on the Cauvery river belt have benefited from the river water built mainly for the purpose of agricultural needs. An attractive light show is arranged during the weekend holidays and festive holidays and the dam looks colorful especially during the evening lightings.
Brindavan Gardens are located adjacent to Krishanraja Sagar Dam. The gardens have a well-designed landscape. The gardens are an iconic attraction to the tourists especially during the evenings when the light and sound show is arranged through musical fountains of Brindavan Gardens.
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens or Mysuru zoo is another famous landmark in Mysuru. The zoo is home to many species. The zoo houses many elephants and other animals which is a popular attraction to visiting tourists. The zoo is maintained by the Zoo Authority of Karnataka.
The Mysuru Railway Museum
The Mysuru Railway Museum is located next to the railway station. The museum houses many meter gauges and narrow gauge steam locomotive exhibits. The museum also has a toy train and attracts many tourists, especially children. The museum also houses a souvenir shop within its premises. The museum can be accessed through the rear entry side of Mysuru railway station.
How to Reach Mysuru City?
Bengaluru is the ideal point to start the journey towards Mysuru. A number of options are available to reach Mysuru city.
- By Road- Bengaluru is connected to Mysuru through a four-lane National Highway. The road journey either by private cars or taxis will take up to three hours with en route rest stops.
- By Rail- Indian Railways provides good connectivity through trains to Mysuru. Chennai Central-Mysuru Shatabdi Express is a popular train on this rail section. It leaves Bengaluru at 11 am and reaches Mysuru at 1 pm. There are several other mail, express,super-fast, and passenger trains operating to Mysuru from Bengaluru and usually takes three hours to reach Mysuru.
Some of the popular destinations like Howrah, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai Central, Thiruvananthapuram, have direct connectivity to Mysuru via Bengaluru. Some of these trains operate either as weekly, bi-weekly, or tri-weekly trains to Mysuru.
- By Bus- The state-owned Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation or KSRTC operates buses to Mysuru city from Bengaluru. The buses operate from Bengaluru's Mysuru Road Satellite Terminal from 5.30 am to 11 pm and some buses operate beyond 11 pm too.
The popular mode of bus travel is by air-conditioned multi-axled services operated and popularly known as 'Airawata'. The journey to Mysuru is usually three hours with a rest-stop for about thirty minutes en route. For a detailed bus schedule and advance booking of tickets tourists may avail online bus ticket booking facility through KSRTC's web portal www.ksrtc.in
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