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Mysore

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Mysore

Chamundeswari Temple:

Located on a hill at the edge of the city of Mysore, the famous Chamundeswari Temple was built by Krishnaraja III in the later half of the 18th century. The temple is decorated with different incarnations of Nandi. There is a big Nandi statue here which measures 15 feet by 24 feet. A seven feet tall gopuram is another highlight of the temple. The idol of the Goddess is a sight to behold being made of gold while the entrance is built with polished silver. The site presents a panoramic view of the city of Mysore.

 

Mysore Palace:

The Mysore Palace ranks top among the major attarctions in the entire city. The Palace includes large halls known as Mandaps designed in Indo-Saracen style. A fabulous specimen of the Indo-Saracen style of architecture, the halls of the Palace is decorated with rich paintings and beautiful architecture. The Palace serves as a perfect example of the kind of architecture present during the age of Krishnaraya and Yaduraya in the 14th century.

Visiting Time: 10:00 to 17:30

 

Trinesvaraswamy Temple:

This holy site in Mysore, overlooking the Palace, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to legend, Lord Shiva ordered a sage to construct the holy lingam in the temple. The lingam depicts the three-eyed Shiva. There is also a metallic statue of the Lord at the south entrance. The temple, constructed as per the Dravidian style, houses the unique statues of Dakshinmurty, Surya, Kumara, Virabhadra and Kshetrapala.

 

Brindavan Gardens:

A popular tourist attraction in Mysore, the Brindavan Gardens happens to be among the most scenic spots in the city. Built during the age of Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the gardens are situated across the Kaveri River, right below the Krishnarajasagar Dam. The garden consists of sprawling lawns and plenty of colourful flowers. The dancing fountain located within the premises is quite popular. The site acted as the official dwelling of the former royal family of the city of Mysore. A number of biological research facilities are present within the premises.

Timing: 8 am to 8 pm everyday

 

St. Philomena’s Church:

This church was built in honour of St. Philomena. The foundation stone for the place was laid by the Maharaja himself in the year 1933. Inspired by the Cologne Cathedral, the Church was constructed according to the Neo Gothic style of architecture by Daly, a Frenchman. The stained glass windows of the Church are quite beautiful, depicting the nativity of Christ. A catacomb present below the main altar preserves the relic of St. Philomena.

 

Happy Man Park:

Situated about 3 km away from the railway junction in Mysore, the Happy Man Park is a popular family hangout spot. This compact park coasts of a mini zoo. Many ducks and hens roam around freely on the lawns. The park is beautifully landscaped with small streams and wooden bridges. The main appeal of the park is a statue of the Happy Man representing the unhealthy eating habits of the people of Mysore.

 

Jaganmohan Palace:

This palace was constructed in 1861 as an alternate palace for the royal family. Built according to traditional Hindu style, this palace with three floors is a museum of paintings and artifacts. It also boasts of shutters and ventilators composed of stained glass. The palace has two large wooden doors with carvings of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The palace is also the site for the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery which showcases collections by Raja Ravi Varma and Svetoslav Roerich.

 

Melody World Wax Museum:

This wax museum is a unique one as unlike the others it is based on musical instruments and music. The museum exhibits more than 300 musical instruments and 100 life-size statues made up of wax.

 

Mysore Zoo:

One of the most popular tourist sites in Mysore, the zoo is also one of the oldest in India. It houses many species of animals along with a wonderful outdoor stage. The zoo was renamed Sri Chamarajendra Zoo after its founder. The zoo was presented by the Maharaja to the government after the independence of India.

 

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion:

The first university museum complex in India, the Jayalakshmi Palace was constructed in the year 1905 by Chamaraja Wodeyar for Jayalakshmi Devi, his eldest daughter. The mansion is an architectural wonder with twin Ionic and Corinthian columns, oval ventilators and regal pediments. The main hall has a dome in the shape of eight petals along with stained glass windows and even a gold-plated kalasha placed right at the top.

 

Captain Bailey’s Dungeon:

This fortress is located in Srirangapatna region, 19 kms from Mysore. The big mansion has many interesting chronicles associated with it especially during the reign of the legendary leader of Mysore- Tipu Sultan. Tipu’s war prisoners were imprisoned here in the underground chamber.  The prison hooks are still there on the walls of the fortress upon which the prisoner’s hands were tied with iron chains. Another interesting thing is a canon hit which pierced the ceiling of the fort during the 18th century.

 

Dariya Daulat Bagh :

This is an Indo-Muslim mansion completely made of teak. Dariya Daulat Bagh was the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. Its beautifully landacaped lawns and flower beds beholds any traveller.  There are many rich paintings decorating the walls of the beautiful palace interiors

Gumbaz:

This is the burial chamber of Tipu Sultan, the legendary leader of Mysore and his royal family members. This is architectural marvel showing the majesty of the Mysore empire. The interiors are gorgeous with huge ivory studded ebony doors, walls with lacquer Tiger stripes, corridors lined by Gumbaz. The beautiful garden surrounding the mansion adds to its beauty.

 

Srirangapatna Fort:

This is one of the famous monuments of India.  It is also known as Tipu’s palace and is constructed in Indo-Islamic style. Located on the banks of river Kaveri, the palace and its beautiful gardens displays the majesty of Tipu’s empire in full splendor.

 

Balmuri falls:  

This is a beautiful picnic spot in Srirangapatna with a man-made reservoir over river Cauvery.

 

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary:

This is a small island spread over 57 acres in River Cauvery, just 5 kms from Srirangapatna. It is a great picnic boat and you can enjoy a pleasant boat ride and watch many birds. The best time of visit to the island is from June to October.

 

Nimishamba temple:

This temple located on the banks of Cauvery River, has great historical and cultural significance. It is located 2 kms from Srirangapatna. Its beautifully carved tower, exquisite wall paintings and interesting legends draws many tourists here.