Mysore, the city of palaces, is a popular travel destination in South India. It is a leading center for traditional arts and crafts, music, dance and literature. The city is known for its magnificent palaces, majestic buildings, sprawling gardens and tree-lined boulevards. The second largest city in the state of Karnataka is also the cultural capital of the state. It is the second cleanest and one of the most well planned cities in India.
The city well connected by all means of transport. While Mysore airport has only one airline offering its services, the nearby Bengaluru airport connects it well to the rest of the country. The railhead is within the city and connects it all major cities of Southern India. The road network is also very well connected with all the major cities of the state.
The best time to visit Mysore is between October to February as the temperature is cool and pleasant. December is the coldest month and the most popular season for couples , especially honeymooners visiting the city. The summers are bright and warm between March to May. Monsoons between June and September offer a lush green view of the city which is beautiful and soothing.
There is much to see and explore in and around Mysore. Mysore Palace or the Mysore Maharaja Palace which is one of the most visited monuments in India. And it is one of the largest palaces in the country, also known as Amba Vilas Palace; was the residence of the Wodeyar Maharajas of the Mysore State.
Chamundi Hills can be viewed from a distance of about 8 to 10 kms and from all the corners of Mysore City. Chamundeshwari temple is dedicated to Sri Chamundeshwari, the titular deity of the Mysore Royal Family also described as "Mahishasura Mardini" for having killed the buffalo headed demon Mahishasura.
Brindavan Gardens lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam which is built across the river Kaveri. Mysore Zoo or Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens is one of the oldest zoos in India. It is home to a wide range of wild species and takes the credit for alluring vast number of visitors with its rich breed of flora and fauna.
The beautiful St. Philomena's Church was built in 1956 and is one of the largest churches in the country. The illuminated church in the evening is a wonderful site not to be missed.
The Railway Museum in Mysore was the earliest railway museums set up in India, established in 1979 by Indian Railways, it is the second such museum after the National Railway Museum in Delhi.
The Jaganmohana Palace , the original home of the royal family, was burnt down in a fire and the construction of a new palace in its place was started in the year 1897 .
Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion was constructed for the royal comforts of his eldest daughter Jayalakshammanni.
The Lalitha Mahal Palace is the second largest palace in Mysore. It is located near the Chamundi Hills. Karanji Lake is a picturesque lake located at the footsteps of Chamundi Hills and behind Mysore Zoo. The lake attracts painted storks, pelicans and darters and a host of other winged beauties.
Kukkarahalli Lake is reckoned to be a jewel in the crown of Mysore; the picturesque lake, which inspired poet laureate Kuvempu to pen many of his works, provides the much-needed lung-space to the city.
Mysore city is famous and also synonymous for Mysore Silks, Mysore Jasmine, Mysore Sandalwood and Mysore Eggplant. Shopping in Mysore is also a fantastic experience.