Mysore or also known as Mysuru is located in the southern parts of Karnataka. Mysore is one of those places, where you can never run out of places to visit. It is a diversified city known for its cuisine, culture, palaces, sweets, paintings and also the famous Mysore silk sarees. Mysore is referred with many names like the cultural capital of Karnataka, the city of Palaces and so on. Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty during the early stages. The ideal time to visit this city is during winters( October- March) or even during monsoon( July – September) because summer can get intense in this city. So when in Mysore city lets have a look at what are the top 10 places you must visit.
1. Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace is located around 2.6km from the city. Mysore Palace is one of the famous tourist attractions, the palace gets around 6 million visitors annually. The marvellous architectural designs of the palace are certain to impress people, especially with its beautiful domes. It said that this palace was constructed between 1897 and 1912 after the old palace( wooden palace) was burnt to ashes due to the celebration of Dasara. It would be a sin visiting Mysore and not paying a trip to the famous Mysore Palace.
TIMING: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Entry fees: Rs 50 for adults (per person)
Rs 30 for children (per kid)
Rs 50 for foreigners (per person)
2. Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple
Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple is located approximately 13.7km from Mysore city. This temple is located on top of the beautiful Chamundi hills. The temple was built in the 12th century by the Hoysala dynasty. It is said that people in the state refer to Chamundeshwari as ‘Naade Devathe’ which stands for state Goddess. It is one of the most famous temples in the city and one should visit this place, especially during festivals like Navaratri and Mysore Dasara.
TIMING: 7:30 am -2:00 pm
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
3. Mysore Zoo( Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens)
Mysore Zoo is located 3.9km from the city. It is one of the oldest zoos in the country, created way back in 1892. This is a perfect place to spend time with family, especially children who would get to witness various animals in the zoo ranging from Tigers, Lion, Elephants, Birds, Reptiles and many more. It is one of the famous tourist attraction in the city. You will fall in love with the place after witnessing these magnificent creatures.
TIMING: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
ENTRY FEE: adults Rs 50 (weekdays) Rs 60 (weekends)
Children: Rs 20 (weekdays) Rs 30 (weekends)
4. Brindavan Gardens
Brindavan Gardens is located 21.3km from Mysore. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in the city, it is said that every year around 2 million tourists visit Brindavan Gardens. The place is known for its beautiful greenery and the garden also has a lake which offers boating facilities. The garden looks beguiling during the night with its musical fountain, which is the main attraction in the Brindavan Gardens. The fountains are a wonder to look at.
TIMING: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
ENTRY FEE: Rs 15 per person for adults
Children Rs 5 per kid
5. St. Philomena’s Cathedral
St. Philomena’s Cathedral is located around 4.9km from the city. It was built-in 1936. The Neo-Gothic style of architecture makes it an impressive artefact to look at. St Philomena’s Cathedral is also one of the tallest churches in Asia. Visiting this church must be in your bucket list.
TIMING: 5:00 am – 6:00 pm.
6. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located around 18.2km from the city. It is said to be the largest bird sanctuary in Karnataka. You can get to witness about 170 different species of birds, with the help of ranger-guided boat tours, it is a convenient way to watch all birds and different mammals as well. If you are someone who loves nature, this is one place you must visit.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: June – November, Migratory birds can be witnessed during December. However, it can vary
ENTRY FEE: adults Rs 50 per person
Children Rs 25 per kid
Foreigners: Rs 300 per person
7. Krishna Raja Sagara Dam (KRS Dam)
Krishna Raja Sagara Dam or popularly known as KRS dam is located around 20km from the city. It is one of the most famous places in Mysore. The boat rides in Brindavan Gardens is done right under the dam. It is also said that this dam is the main source of drinking water for all of Mysore.
TIMING: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
8. GRS Fantasy Park
GRS Fantasy Park is located around 8km from the city. It is a famous amusement park among locals. This is a perfect place to spend time with family and friends, as one can have an amazing time in the swimming pools and various land rides that is sure to get your adrenaline running high.
TIMING: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm (mon-sat) 10:30 am – 7:00 pm (Sundays)
ENTRY FEE: adults Rs 749 per person
Children: Rs 649 per kid
9. Ranganatha Swamy Temple
Ranganatha Swamy Temple is located approximately 19km from the city. The temple is located on the island of river Kaveri. It is a holy shrine for the people in and around the state. The deity of this temple is said to be Lord Ranganatha.
TIMING: 7:30 am – 1:00 pm 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
10. Kukkarahalli Lake
Kukkarahalli Lake is located around 3.5km from the city. This lake is located in the heart of Mysore. If you are someone who likes spending time in a serene and beautiful environment and also loves nature, then this place is for you. The lovely greenery that surrounds the lake is perfect for morning and evening strolls.
TIMING: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm