Tourist Information In and Around Mysuru

KARNATAKA, the 8th Largest State in the Indian Union. Its history dates back to the 3rd Century BC. The succession of able administrators from the Hoysalas, Chalukyas and the mighty Vijayanagara rulers, to the arrival of the Mughals in the 17th century and the British in the 18th Century have contributed to the mix of culture and heritage that is as rich as it is ancient; Is a veritable treasure trove of tourist hill delights with dazzling array of the ancient sculpted temples, modern cities, friendly people, scenic hill ranges, unexplored forests and endless beaches, a land as fragrant as the sandal wood trees grown in abundance here, a place that has all the ingredients for a great holiday, a pleasant hill station climate, an incredible choice of shopping delights including silk, spices and handicrafts, an environment where English, Kannada, Hindi are spoken with equal ease.
The state is well connected with all major cities in India by air, road and rail. Each spot in Karnataka has something unique to offer.
Area : 385.129 km² (50 sq mi)
Population : 30 lacks approx in Mysore District 13 lakhs aproximately in Mysore
Constiuency : 04
Taluks : 09
Temperature Summer : Max 34° C Min 21°C
Temperature Winter : Max 30°C Min 12°C
Rainfall : 80 cms. Average yearly
Best Time to Visit : October to March
Languages : Kannada, Hindi, English, Urdu
Local Transport : City Bus Services Transport within the City is Provided by the KSRTC Town Bus Services, Connecting Different Parts of the City and Suburbs.
City Bus Stand
Tel : 0821 - 2425819
Suburban Bus Stand
Tel : 0821 - 2443490
Currency : Indian Rupee
Religions : Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Jainism
Climate : Moderate with Cool Winters and Warm Summers.
Pincode : 570 0xx
Telephone : +0821
Vehicle : KA - 09, KA-55
Lush green, picturesquely located 750 m above sea level, Mysore is located at a distance of 140 km to the south west of Bangalore. Known for its magnificent palaces and majestic buildings, sprawling gardens and treelined boulevards, shimmering silks and sandalwood, the ‘City Royale’ always figures in the tourist’s itinerary. It conjures up visions and memories of the resplendent glory of the illustrious Wodeyar Kings. This former state capital is a seamless blend of old-world charm and modernity. It retains its tradition in music and dance, art and literature, and time-honoured crafts

Mysore Palace 
Built in Indo-Saracenic style, with domes, turrets, arches, and colonnades, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Known as Amba Vilas Palace, it was designed by Henry Irwin, the British consultant architect of Madras state, and completed in 1912 on the site of the old wooden palace that was destroyed by fire in 1897. The majestic Durbar Hall with its ornate ceiling and sculpted pillars, and the Marriage Pavilion with its chandeliers, cast-iron pillars, and Belgian stained glass arranged in peacock designs in the domed ceilings are the main attractions. Make sure you see the magnificent jewel-studded golden throne, the pride of the Wodeyars and the symbol of their sovereignty, displayed here during the Dussehra festival in October.
Mysore Palace
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
The Jaganmohan Palace converted into an Art Gallery in1875 exhibits paintings, which date back to that period. Paintings of masters like Raja Ravi Verma of Travancore and the Russian painter Svetoslav Roerich are on display.

Location: About ten minutes walk from the Mysore city bus stand in the heart of the city
Timgings: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
St. Philomena's Church
A beautiful Cathedral St. Philomena's Church, built in imposing Gothic style with stained glass windows and lofty towers is a truly majesticsight. Never missto see the illuminated church in the evening. The church was consecrated on 28th October 1956.
St. Philomenas Church
St. Bartholomew’s Church
Compared to St Philomena’s Church, St Bartholomew’s is small and unobtrusive. It is located just a couple of minutes away from the city bus stand. It dates back to 1832 and is dedicated to Satin Bartholomew, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, believed to have visited India. The officers of the British administration used St. Bartholomew’s as their main place of worship. Decorated with teakwood, the interior of the church is noted for its marble altar and large stained glass window, representing St Bartholomew. The church also has a royal connection. Members of the British royal family attended the St Bartholomew’s Church on two occasions—Prince Albert Victor attended a service in 1889 and in 1906 the future King George V did likewise.
St. Bartholomew’s Church
Zoological Garden
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens was established in 1892. Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar, one of the architects of modern Mysore, established the Zoological Garden. He was a lover of nature and was responsible for creating many parks and gardens. The Zoo Garden was created in a portion of the Summer Palace or Pleasure Palace in the eastern part of Mysore City. Initially, the Zoo covered an area of 10 acres of the Summer Palace. The Maharaja engaged the services of Mr. G.H. Krumbeigal, German landscaper and horticulturist, who had created the beautiful and the famous Brindavan Gardens in Krishnarajasagar and the Cubbon Park in Bangalore. It is considered as one of the best in India and ranks high in zoological circles as a major archive in conservation of wild life. It is situated at the foot of Chamundi Hill. It has beautiful landscape and good vegetation cover resembling that of natural environment. It has to its credit the breeding of rare animals and largest mammals in captivity. Hence, it is grouped under `A' class category zoos in India.

The Mysore Zoo is famous for rare animals bred in captivity, which are housed in lush, green surroundings.

This zoo has about 35 species of ornamental plants and 85 species of trees from India and abroad beautifying the landscape of the zoo, thus providing the most natural environment to the captive animals. It is home to some 2,000 animals belonging to different species, fascinating among them being the royal Bengal tigers, giraffe, Indian and African elephants, white tiger, lions, rhinos, Nilgiri langur, Himalayan brown bears, hippopotamus, peacock, parakeet and others. The Zoo Authority of Karnataka manages the Zoo.
Timings: Daily 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (Tuesday-Holiday)
Zoological Garden
Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai Garden
Located on Nanjanagud Road is the Avadhoota Datta Peetham Ashram with high walls and constant buzz of devotees throughout the day. However, in one corner of the Ashram and usually deserted is the bonsai garden. Over three decades in development, the garden is touted to be the biggest bonsai garden in the country. On display are over 250 bonsai specimen collected from all over the world as well as grown and nurtured at the site. They are placed in an oriental garden setting with pebbled paths and tiny water bodies. The garden has some rare varieties of casuarinas and some marine bonsai. It is said to have been designed with various aspects in mind including zodiac signs, stars, notes in Indian music and Indian sages.
Timings: Daily 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (Tuesday-Holiday)
Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai Garden
Rail Museum
The Railway Museum at Mysore, India is an outdoor exhibit of vintage locomotives. It was setup in 1979 by Indian Railways and is the second such museum after the National Railway Museum in Delhi. The museum is situated opposite the Central Food Technology and Research Institute on Krishnaraja Sagar road. In addition to the locomotives it has a gallery of photographs and paintings depicting the growth of railways in India. Railway signals and lights are also displayed. The museum also has a battery-operated mini-train for children which makes a small ride in the grounds of the Museum.
Rail Museum
Regional Museum of Natural History
The Regional Museum of Natural History at Mysore, was inaugurated on 20th May 1995. It was undertaken by the Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests. The museum is located on the banks of Karanji Lake, with the Chamundi Hills visible in the background. It is now a landmark in the city. The museum exhibits Plants, Animals and Geology of the Southern Region of India. The galleries emphasize the conservation of nature and natural resources while depicting ecological interrelationship among plants and animals. Visually challenged students can feel the exhibits of animals on the premises. The museum provides an extracurricular activity for schools and promotes environmental awareness.
Regional Museum of Natural History
Folklore Museum
This small museum located in the Mysore university campus in the Manasagangothri campus in the The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion. north-east of the city centre. The museum was founded in 1968. Among the exhibits is a superb collection of carved wooden figures from Karnatakan villages, decorative masks and ceremonial head wear and a display of leather shadow puppets used to perform stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata - similar to the wayang Kulit of Java in Indonesia. There are also wooden puppets, including one of a 10 - headed demon Ravana. As a folklore museum it not only showcases items but also elements of music, dance and drama.
Folklore Museum
Postal Museum
Located inside the Postal Training Center in Nazarbad, the Postal Museum is one of the most unusual and rare museums in the country. It depicts the country’s over one and half century’s history. On display is an array of paraphernalia that relate to the postal tradition such as bells and poles used by Post Runners (post carriers who ran from place to place and used bells to attract attention) and leather water bags used to keep water cool. There’s a philately section with stamps from various eras. Besides there are badges, spears, shiny red post boxes, Morse code equipment, weights and measures, uniform worn by postmen, collection pouches and sling bags are also on display.
Postal Museum
Oriental Research Institute
The Oriental Research Institute (ORI) at Mysore, is a research institute which collects, exhibits, edits and publishes rare manuscripts in both sanskrit and kannada. Formerly it was known as the Oriental Library. The Oriental Library was started in 1891 on instructions from Chamaraja Wodeyar, the then Maharaja of Mysore State. It is located at one end of the road Krishnaraja Boulevard, in the architecturally attractive Jubilee Hall built in 1887 to commemorate the golden jubilee of queen Victoria`s accession to the British throne. It was a part of the Department of Education until 1916, in which year it became part of the newly established University of Mysore. The Oriental Library was renamed as the Oriental Research institute in 1943.
Oriental Research Institute
Rangayana
For theatre buffs there cannot be a better and bigger place than Rangayana, a cultural and performing art space. Located on sprawling grounds, this is more of a cultural complex. A lovely auditorium, a library, an exhibition space, a bookstore and a cafe form a part of the complex. Rangayana has three aspects—a professional repertory, a training school and a research division. Apart from plays and other performances, it holds training programmes and workshops in acting as well as other related aspects, such as direction, music and stage setting among others. Rangayana’s theatre festivals are very popular, especially the 6-day long Bahuroopi which showcases not just traditional plays but various kinds of performances including narratives and folk forms. In addition, other prominent fests are the Dasara theatre fest and fests for children, colleges and professional repertory companies. There are also workshops, seminars, talks and lectures, food fests and handicraft expos which are held on the sidelines of these fests..
Rangayana
Devaraja Market
Located in the central and old part of Mysore, Devaraja Market supposedly goes back a few centuries. From the time of Tipu Sultan, a market in some form is believed to have existed here. Long and rectangular in structure, this market is a covered one. It is noisy, vibrant, colourful and seems to buzz with organised chaos. Though there are many entrances, the main ones are located at either end. As you enter, you will be assaulted by the combined fragrances of vegetables, fruits and flowers, each of which occupies a specific section. It is fascinating to see spirals of lush green betel leaves and strings of colourful flowers, which are interspersed with shops selling incense sticks, household articles, mounds of turmeric and vermilion, and souvenirs. The outer perimeter is taken up by regular establishments, among which are a couple of sweet shops specialising in the famous Mysore Pak.
Devaraja Market
Karanji Nature Park  
Known for its thousands of different varieties of Butterflies. This is also know as butterfly park.Karanji Lake situated on the way to Chamundi Hills behind Mysore Zoo, houses the first & biggest aviary and also the first butterfly park. Karanji Lake is often visited for boating facilities available for one and all. This lake is open for public on all days except Tuesday between 10 am to 6 pm. It is advisable that visitors should insist on wearing lifesaving jackets while opting for boating facilities.
Karanji Lake
Kukkarahalli Lake  
Kukkarahalli Lake , Amidst Manasa Gangothri campus, situated is a beautiful lake, which is frequently visited by bird watchers, health conscious people and nature lovers. This lake is also visited by varieties of migratory birds during winter and to watch those birds is feast to ones eyes. The lake is very near to the railway station and bus stand.
Kukkarahalli Lake
Lingambudi Lake  
Towards the southwestern part of Mysore lies Lingambudi tank or lake, considered to be among city’s oldest and renowned lakes. Its biggest claim to fame is the incredible number of birds, some 250 species, which call it home. The lake is surrounded by an unusual variety and diversity of flora which is probably the reason why it is popular with winged creatures, some of which are known to be on the endangered list. It also gets a fair share of seasonal migratory birds, such as painted storks, spot-billed pelicans and whistling teals. Similar to other lakes in the city, Lingambudi also has a path that runs around the water body, which is predictably a hit with walkers and joggers. The place also finds favour with naturalists and herbalists owing to the herbal park that is located on the lake’s banks.
Lingambudi Lake
Brindavan Gardens.
19 kms North-West of Mysore is the famous reservoir Krishnarajasagar Dam and the fabled Brindavan Gardens with its dancing fountains. Here are varieties of decorated fountains, illuminated at night by colourful lights.

This is India's first irrigation dam, built in 1924. Sir. M. Vishweswariah, the engineer who designed and built this dam, has shown his acumen in converting a dam site into a beautiful garden with colourful fountains and ponds downstream. The dam is named after the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who financed this novel project. Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) represents a marvel of civil engineering achievement in pre-independence India and was among the first in the world to use automatic sluice gates. There is a boating pond to cross the dam from the south bank to the north bank and at the northern edge are the dancing fountains. The dam is over 3 kms long and is constructed at the junction of three rivers - Kaveri, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha
The Musical fountain is of special interest, which present spectacular harmony of water, colours and music. The Gardens are illuminated on Wednesday (7.00 p.m. to 7.55 p.m.) and on Saturday and Sundays (7.00 p.m. to 8.55 p.m.)
Brindavan Gardens
Balmuri 
On the way to K.R.S. from Mysore City, 3 Kms away from the main road, there are two beautiful small waterfalls, which are the hot spots for students and nature lovers. People visiting Balmuri get an opportunity to visit an ancient Ganesh temple in the vicinity.
Balmuri
Chamundi Hills
Chamundi Hills can be viewed from all the corners of Mysore City. Atop the hill abode of Goddess Chamundeswari, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Goddess Chamundeswari is the presiding deity of Mysore and the family Goddess of the Maharajas. Goddess Chamundeswari is the fierce form of Shakti who vanquished the demon Mahishasura.

According to this story Mysore was ruled by the demon-king Mahishasura, so called because he was a buffalo-headed monster. Hearing to the prayers of Gods and Goddess to save them from the monster, Goddess Parvathi, (consort of Lord Siva), took birth as Chamundi or Chamundeswari and killed the monster. Hence, came the name of this place - Mahishuru, the city of demon Mahisha. After killing the demon, the Goddess resided atop the Chamundi Hills where she is worshipped with reverence and devotion.

Mysore Dasara is the celebration of this victory of good over evil. However, the original name of the hills is 'Mahabaladri Hills' and it derived the name Chamundi Hills at a later period, after 17th century. Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar, is said to have built the steps for the convenience of the pilgrims. It's a pleasant trip to the top past a huge Nandi, Shiva's bull, takes about thirty minutes. A statue of the demon Mahishasura from whom the city got its name, attracts as soon as you are atop the hills. The magnificent Nandi, carved from a single piece of black-granite in 1659, is an object of worship himself, adorned with bells and garlands and tended by his own priest

From Mysore city 13 kms from by Road. OR 1000 odd steps from the foot of Chamundi Hills.
Timings: For Darshana and Pooja 7.30 am to 2.00pm and 3.30pm to 6.00pm and 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Chamundi Hills