Mysore is paradise on Earth and was a dream destination for the British in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mysore is known for its natural beauty and as more and more foreigners come to tour India, attracted by the increasingly positive advertisements in the media regarding India’s beauty, and history. They are increasingly coming to Mysore to see the natural beauty of the place for themselves. This article outlines the top ten best places to visit in Mysore.
Mysore Palace: A palace fit for kings
Mysore Palace was indeed a place fit for kings because it once housed the famous Wodeyar dynasty who ruled Mysore for over seven centuries. The palace resembles a palatial mansion owing to its opulence and natural beauty. Mysore Palace is one of India’s largest palaces and attracts more than 2.7 visitors annually. What attracts many as tourists to this amazing palace is its amazing architecture and detailed craftsmanship which make this palace look like an architectural wonder and a real work of art. Its doorways and corridors will make the visitor experience stories and events from Mysore’s glorious and opulent past.
The palace is huge, with a beautiful and ornate interior, and many opulent and gorgeous rooms which consist of pavilions, large halls, and various shrines. Mysore Palace really comes to life during the annual Dussehra celebrations when it is decorated by 98,000 light bulbs taking the viewer back to a more ornate and opulent time in India – its golden age, and allowing viewers to experience part of India’s rich heritage, culture, and cultural history. Mysore Palace is a place to remember.
Timings and Entry Fees –
The palace is open daily from 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M,
The entry fee is INR 40 for adults and INR 20 for children.
Lalitha Mahal – The guest house for the Wodeyar family
As mentioned earlier, the Wodeyars were India’s ruling royal family for centuries. Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore state and was built as a guest house to accommodate the Wodeyar’s many guests. Its strategic location at the foothills of the Chamundi hills affords the visitor a splendid and panoramic view of these beautiful hills.
The palace has a gorgeous and opulent inside which is decorated with magnificent and spectacular Belgian crystal chandeliers and Persian carpets. The India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has converted part of the palace into a heritage hotel to accommodate those who wish to stay at Lalitha Mahal while touring it.
Timings and Entry Fees
The palace is open daily from 10 A.M. to 5:30 PM.
The entry fee is INR 200 per person.
Jaganmohan Palace – India’s library of extraordinary paintings
This palace was constructed as one of the many vast residences of the Wodeyar family but has now been converted into a vast and ornate art gallery.
Jaganmohan Palace is home to many valuable South Indian artifacts and works of art. Raja Ravi Verma, the famous South Indian artist, has his oil paintings on display in this palace. The famous painting, “Lady with the Lamp” by S.G. Helndrkr is also housed here. The palace also features some very beautiful and valuable antiques and masterpieces.
Timings and Entry Fees:
The palace is open daily from 10 A.M. to 5:30 PM,
The entry fee is 20 INR for adults, and 10 INR for children
Karanji Lake – Karnataka’s largest lake
Karanji lake sits over 90 acres of land, making it a vast and beautiful lake. It is also the largest lake in Karnataka state. It is located at Chamundi Hills foothills and is admired by residents and visitors alike as being one of the most beautiful and scenic views of nature in India.
Karanji Lake also features a walkthrough bird watching area which is home for over 70 species of birds, many of whom are migratory birds. Bird and nature lovers alike consider it to be one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas of natural beauty in Karnataka state. A trip to Karnataka will not be considered complete without a visit to this breathtaking lake.
Timings and Entry Fees:
The lake is open Monday – Wednesday from 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 PM. It is closed Thursday – Sunday.
The entry fee is 10 INR for adults and 5 INR for children
Melody World Wax Museum
This is a unique wax museum and the third largest in India. Melody World Wax Museum is home to over a hundred wax statues and over 300 musical instruments.
The musical instruments and bands on display range in variety from India’s Neolithic age to modern times. Many different genres including jazz, pop, hip-hop, Chinese, tribal, rock, Punjabi Bhangra, etc… are on display here. This museum showcases the work and talents of the world’s best musicians and musical artists.
Timings and Entry Fees :
The museum is open daily from 9:00 AM, to 7:30 P.M.
The entry fee is INR 30 per person.
Railway Museum : home to some of the world’s best trains
Mysore’s railway museum is the second largest in India after Delhi’s. The first trains and steam engines ever invented in the world are on display here. Visitors can experience the entire museum through a mini-train ride.
One section of the museum allows visitors to experience first hand and understand the luxurious and opulent ways the royal families in Mysore used to travel in times past.. This section houses dining rooms, a kitchen, and a royal toilet. The museum is home to interesting and unique artifacts which never stop intriguing the young. The railway museum is a must visit place for families with kids.
Timings and Entry Fees:
The museum is open Tues-Thurs from 10:00 A.M – 5:30 P.M. and is closed on Mondays
The Entry fee is INR 15 for adults, and INR 10 for kids
ST Philomena Cathedral – one of India’s largest churches
Owing to Mysore’s grand past, and its past riches and wealth, the state is home to some of the grandest and most opulent pieces of architecture in India! No trip to Mysore state is considered complete without a visit to St. Philomena Cathedral which is one of Southeast Asia’s largest. It has a planned architectural structure, and is built in Gothic style.
Its basement houses catacombs which lie below the main altar and are a hallmark of places of worship in Ancient Christianity. The floor plan is shaped in the form of the holy cross with the Congregation Hall, Choir, and Transepts lying above it. Its stained glass windows tell important stories and events which happened when Christ was alive.
The cathedral is open every day from 5:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M.
Chamundi Hills and Chamundeshwari Temple – A place to reflect on God, spirituality, and nature
The hills are approximately 13 kilometers away from Mysore and features a beautifully built and designed temple – the Chamundeshwari Temple – at its top. Visitors need to scale 1000 steps to go to the temple.
The temple features intriguing and unique architecture with its 7 tier gopuram, and 7 golden kalash which are at its top. It is home to exquisite and ornate architecture and artifacts, and was constructed in honor of the great Goddess Durga. The statue of the Goddess Durga in this temple sports 8 hands, which are known as Ashta Bhujas. No sightseeing trip to Mysore is complete without a visit to this amazing temple.
Sri Nandi Temple – A temple replete with a 5 meter tall cow idol
Cows are sacred in India, and this is especially true in South India, where Mysore state is geographically located. It would only make sense that this state is home to a great temple built in honor of the cow. The temple is located adjacent to Chamundi hills and lies halfway up the hills. This is a must visit place for religious tourists and pilgrims alike. Nandi has its place in Indian mythology as being one of Lord Shiva’s special friends, and a sacred bull.
The temple is home to a 5 meter tall idol of Nandi which is believed to be sculpted out of a single and large piece of rock. Because monkeys are sacred in Hinduism owing to the Ramayana, hundreds of monkeys call this temple their home.
Brindavan Gardens – a place brimming with natural beauty
These huge and breathtaking gardens are situated across the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, approximately 23 kilometers away from Mysore. It is a great spot for those who love to sightsee because it offers a panoramic and splendid view of Mysore. It is also a great place for nature lovers to spend a wonderful evening.
The gardens are famous for its many attractions which include a magical fountain show, which is the highlight of the gardens. The magical fountain show is accentuated with beautiful lights and cheerful music. Visitors can also amuse themselves with great boat rides and a visit to the beautiful fruit orchards. These are just a few of the many attraction Brindavan Gardens has to offer.
Timings and Entry fees :
The gardens are open daily from 6: 00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
The entry fee is INR 15 for adults and INR 5 for kids.
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