Mysore Travel guide
 

Quick Getaways near Mysore

 

Srirangapatna - The old Capital of Tipu Sultan is situated 15 km east of Mysore. The Fort here is located on an island in the river Cauvery. A mosque, a temple, Tipu’s summer palace; Daria Daulat ornamented with wall paintings and Gumbaz, his Mausoleum with ivory inlaid doors are all seen inside the Fort.


Somnathpur -
Situated 14 km east of Mysore, the star-shaped Somnathpur Temple in the small village here is delicately carved. Built around 1260 AD this magnificent temple is a masterpiece of Hoysala Architecture.

Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks - This Park was established in 1954. The forest covered with valuable teak and rosewood trees and the Kabini River which flows through it provide a perfect habitat for many wild animals and birds. The Kuruban (honey gatherers) tribes and various other tribes live here.

Bandipur National Park - The park established in the year 1974, with an area of 874 sq. km is nestled in the foothills of the Nilgiris. The
Bandipur National Parks near Mysore

landscape is hilly, traversed by rivers and gorges. The animals found here are tiger, leopard cat, sloth bear, four horned antelope, elephant, flying squirrel and mouse deer. The reptiles are mugger and monitor lizard. The main birds to be seen here are spoonbill, jungle fowl, partridge, bush quail, woodpeckers, teal and coot.


Activities in Mysore


Silk Sarees in Mysore
Mysore is famous for carved sandalwood, pure silk sarees and incense. The best place to shop is the Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium on Sayyaji Rao Road, which is the Main shopping area. There are also many other craft shops on Dhanavanthri Road. At the Government Sandalwood Oil Factory, you can buy Sandal Powder, Sandal Oil and scented incense sticks. At the Government Silk Factory you can see the master weavers at work. Buy shimmering silks straight off the looms. Shop at Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium or in the little back streets and by lanes that offer some exiting bargains.
Events in Mysore

Dussehra - The pride of Mysore's festivals is Dussehra. It is a celebration that lasts for ten days. The rulers of Vijayanagara Empire used to celebrate Dussehra with remarkable brilliance. The rulers of Mysore continued the tradition. The Maharaja of Mysore used to hold a Durbar for 9 days and on the 10th day went in a procession on a caparisoned elephant. With the ending of the royal rule, a picture of Bhuvaneshwari, the patron goddess of Karnataka, is taken out in procession. It is a unique and significant festival of the Hindus.

Yugadi - The Kannadiga new year day of Yugadi that falls on the second half of March or early April is celebrated with devotion and delight.

Getting There & Away to Mysore


Flights to Mysore
The nearest airport is in Bangalore, 140 km from Mysore, which has daily flights to most of the important cities in India.
Trains to Mysore
Mysore is well connected with regular trains to most of the metros like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. The railway station is almost 2 km from the city center.
Car and Bus Service to Mysore
Mysore has a good network of roads connecting it to the other important cities of the region.

Getting Around in Mysore


Auto Rickshaws, Private Taxis and Tongas are available for commuting within the city. Buses are also available, though they should be used only if you are ready for some adventure!
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