February 13, 2010

The heritage city of Karnataka - Mysore, India

Mysore, located at a distance of around 150 kms from Bangalore city (the Silicon Valley of India), has been one of the greatest tourist attractions in South India for many decades. Mysore is located in Karnataka state of South India. The city is famous for its extraordinary palace, Mysore silk sarees, Mysore paintings, and Dussera (Dasara) festival. Especially, the Dasara function (a Hindu festival) in Mysore is world famous.

The word "Mysore" is basically an anglicised version of "Mahisuru", which means the adobe of Mahisasur, a demon as per Hindu mythology. The city was recently renamed as "Mysuru". However, a lot of people around the world still know this city by the name of "Mysore".

The city was under the Wodeyar kings for many centuries. For a brief period, the city was ruled the famous king Tipu Sultan. The main attraction of the city, Mysore Palace, was built by Wodeyar kings.

The city, which is always crowded by thousands of tourists throughout the year, remains as a main excursion option for school children of various schools across India for many decades. Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Chamundi Hills, St. Philomena's Church, Brindavan Gardens, Somnathpur, and Srirangapattinam are some of the popular tourist attractions in and around Mysore city.

Mysore, as a city, is well connected internally by local buses and auto rickshaws. Mysore is well connected with other parts of South India by train and road. The nearest airport is at Bangalore city at a distance of around 150 kms. The best time to visit Mysore is between September and March.

Let me take you for a virtual tour to various destinations in and around Mysore through my next few posts.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

City Name: Mysore
Official Name: Mysuru
Location: Located at a distance of around 150 kms from Bangalore city, Karnataka state, India
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
Nearest Railway Station: Mysore
Climate: Warm and cool throughout the year
Local Transport: Well connected by buses, private taxis, and auto rickshaws; (even you can find tongos (horse driven carts)
Hotel: A lot of hotels - budget as well as high class - throughout the city
Restaurants: Mysore's cuisine is rice-based; Idlis and dosas are also famous; You can find a lot of restaurants both vegetarian and non-vegetarian throughout the city

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