Mysore

Mysore

Things to do - general

Mysore is a city with a rich legacy of art, culture, royal traditions and wild life. The legendary Mysore Palace is of course the single biggest attraction of the city and attracts more than 6 million people every year, next only to the Taj Mahal. There are 7 Palaces in Mysore with The Amba Vilas Palace, the seat of the Wodeyar Kings and Jaganmohan Palace, the Art gallery,  being the most popular.

However, there is much more to Mysore than its royal heritage. Mysore is often called the cultural capital of Karnataka and is most famous for its colorful Dasara festival where the Goddess Chamundeshwari’s idol is placed on a heavily decorated elephant and taken on a procession. It is accompanied by elephants, horses, camels. musicians and dancers. Mysore is also a haven for Carnatic musicians, the classical museum form of South India.

Mysore has a thriving Sericulture industry and is famous its Silk Sarees which are woven from Silk and Gold threads. The city also has thousands of craftsmen who work on rosewood inlays. The other speciality of Mysore is its unique Painting style. The gesso work with gold foil is a speciality in this style of Painting.

Mysore is also home to Ranganathitu, one of the finest Bird Sanctuaries in India. While it is only 40 acres of islands spread across the River Kaveri, it attracts 40000 birds from far away Siberia and Latin America.

We have designed a few fascinating itineraries in Mysore which will provide a rich experience of the various facets of Mysore. There is a mix of the royal heritage, music, wild life, art and farming!

CountryIndia
Visa requirementsA valid Indian visa is required for most foreign nationals
Languages spokenKannada, Hindi, Urdu
Currency usedIndian Rupee
Area (km2)128.4

Sports & nature

The Mysore Zoo and Ranganathitu Bird Sanctuary are the best destinations for nature lovers. The zoo in Mysore is more than a 100 years old and spread over 150 acres. Other than elephants, the zoo also is home to giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers, rhinoceroses, and baboons. Ranganathitu is a fantastic experience as you take a boat and meander though the River Kaveri spotting the 170 types of birds that nest here. Sports and nature image

Culture and history info

Mysore was the capital of the Kingdom of Wodeyars for 500 years since 1399. The other notable rulers of Mysore were Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. Mysore is the cultural capital of Karnataka with its own style of painting, architecture, music and poetry. The Dussera festival is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety over 10 days. There is a great performance of dance and music which accompanies the grand procession of the Goddess Chamundeswari on elephants. The King ascends the throne in a pre-ordained hour. Mysore cuisine is also a speciality and includes kosambri (cereal salads), huli or saaru (a thick broth of lentils and vegetables cooked together with ground coconut, spices, tamarind and chilli powder), gojju (a vegetable cooked in tamarind juice with chilli powder), palyas (vegetable salads made of parboiled vegetable chopped finely and tossed with grated fresh coconut, green chillies, curry leaves and mustard seasoning), rasam, pappad, pickle and curds. The Mysore Masala Dosa is equally famous. The legendary sweet itemt, Mysore Pak, which is a gram flour fudge, has also origins in this city.Culture and history image
Organic Farming & Culture trail to Mysore-Weekend

Organic Farming & Culture trail to Mysore-Weekend

Mysore
Organic Farming & Cultural Trail is a 2 day guided experiential tour over weekends from Bangalor More info
Palaces & Museums of Mysore

Palaces & Museums of Mysore

Mysore
Mysore is most famous for its Royal Palaces and on this day trip from Bangalore, you will get to exp More info
Royal Heritage & Cultural Trail to Mysore - Weekend

Royal Heritage & Cultural Trail to Mysore - Weekend

Mysore
Royal Heritage & Cultural Trail is a 2 day guided experiential tour over weekends from Bangalore More info