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Mysore Tourist Attractions Places to Visit

Mysore is a famous Indian tourist destination located in the Karnataka state of India. This historic city is well known for its ancient monuments, palaces, forts, museums, gardens, lakes, handicrafts, sandalwood products, temples, churches, and pilgrimage centers. The driving distance from Delhi to Mysore is 2220 km via National Highway 7 (NH 7). Following are the important tourist places and sight seeing locations in Mysore.

Tourist Places to Visit in Mysore Karnataka

Mysore Palace - Mysore Palace which is popularly known as the Maharaja Palace is located in the heart of the city. This beautiful monument is one of the largest palaces in India with marble domes and a five storied tower. Inside this monument, there are world renowned carvings and art works. The palace is opened to visitors from 10 AM to 5.30 PM.

Chamundi Hills - The famous Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore is located on Chamundi hills which are about 13 km away from the Mysore city. There are regular city buses from Mysore to the Chamundi Hill base and from there to reach the temple, there are 1000 steps. A huge granite statue of Nandi (the Bull of Lord Shiva) can be seen on the 800th step in front of a small Shiva temple. Since this temple is about 3489 ft above sea level, the tourists can have an eye catching view of the city especially at the time of desk.

Camel’s Back Road - Also known as Camel's Back Point, individuals desiring to have some peace and isolation can come to Camel’s Back Road. The view of the four kilometer long road is similar to a camel’s hump and people can have their pleasure ride either on horse or rickshaw.

Brindavan Gardens - The world famous Brindavan Gardens are about 15 km away from the city center. The major entertainments of this garden are enchanting Botanical Park, dancing musical fountains and boat riding. The fountains are decorated with colored lights to have an exciting glimpse of the ejecting water. The Krishnarajasagar Dam in river Cauvery is nearby to this garden and, both the dam and the flowing river beautify the environments to a great extent.

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Mysore Zoo - The Mysore Zoo which is well known by the name Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden is the oldest Zoo in India. Here, wild animals belonging to 40 other countries are seen, in addition to the native wild animals. The important attractions of Mysore Zoo are Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, Fallow Deer, giraffe, gaur, elephants, white peafowl, penguins, Indian rhinos, and Gorilla. The distance from Mysore to this Zoo is only 3 KM.

Mysore Railway Museum - The Railway Museum, established in 1979, is next to the National Railway Museum in Delhi. Here, the exhibition of various types of old locomotives is arranged in open spaces. The center of attraction of this museum is an E – class engine built in 1920. The old railway signaling system is the other rare collection of this museum. The distance to this location from Mysore is only 3 KM.

Jaganmohana Palace - Jaganmohan Palace is located in the heart of the city. This was an optional residence of the royal family of Mysore. During the reconstruction of the Maharaja Palace after the fire mishap, the royal family members were staying in this beautiful monument. At present Jaganmohan Palace is an art gallery.

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion - The beautiful mansion constructed by Chamaraja Wodeyar is located in the Mysore University premises. Visitors can enjoy the beauty and benefits of green vegetation growing around this locality. The charming art works that can be seen in the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion are really outstanding. The distance from Mysore city to this place is only 3 km.

Lalitha Mahal Palace - This is the second largest royal palace in Mysore which is about 5 km away from the city. The monument is very near to the Chamundi hills. The beautiful sightseeing and the freshness of gardens around the Palace will be an excellent experience to tourists. The mansion is super white in color with gracefully arranged viceroy room, banquet hall, and dancing floor. Currently Lalitha Mahal Palace is the heritage hotel in Mysore where important social gatherings are arranged.

St. Philomena’s Church - Saint Philomena’s Church is not only a religious center but also an important tourist attraction in Mysore. This is the landmark of the secular approach of ancient Mysore rulers. The 175 feet height towering cathedral is one of the largest churches in India. During evenings the illuminated church spires will be a marvelous appearance from miles away. The distance from Mysore city to St. Philomena’s Church is only 3 km and the entrance timing is from 5 AM to 6 PM.

Srirangapatanam - Srirangapatanam is about 15 km away from Mysore and is well known for temples, forts and palace. River Cauvery flows very close to this location. The city got its name by the Ranganathaswamy Temple located here. This ancient holy temple of Lord Vishu is famous for its construction, sculptures and carvings. Sivasamudram Waterfalls, Dariya Daulat Palace and the Srirangapatanam Fort built by Tipu Sultan are the other major attractions of this city.

Bandipur National Park - Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary is on the Mysore – Ooty National Highway and locates about 65 km from Mysore. Here, the forest is very dense because of the three rivers flowing through the locality. The major wild animals seen in Bandipur National Park are elephants, gaurs, sloth bear, tiger, leopard and wild dog.

Karanji Lake - This beautiful fresh water lake is located at a distance of 3 km from Mysore. Both the Chamundi Hills and Mysore Zoo are on the banks of Karanji Lake. Rare species of butterflies and different types of wandering birds are the main attractions. Water birds like Painted storks, Pelicans and Darters are also found here. Entrance to this location is allowed from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM.

Kukkarahalli Lake - Kukkarahalli Lake covers an area of 58 acres and locates very adjacent to Manasagangothri, the University of Mysore. More than 180 species of birds are found here and in winter rare Siberian birds also migrate to this location. From Mysore city, the distance to Kukkarahalli Lake is only 3 km and can be visited between 6 AM and 6 PM.

Lingabudi Lake - This Lake is in Sriramapura and about 8 km away from the Mysore city. The marvelous lake area is the house for numerous species of migratory birds. The beautiful park that locates on the banks of this lake has very attractive vegetation. Hence this is an ideal place for those who love nature to a great extent.

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