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Kanchipuram - One of the seven sacred cities of India

Kanchipuram, the city of 1000 temples, is one of the ancient cities of India. Kanchipuram is also called as Kanchi or Kancheepuram. In olden days, it was called as Kachi or Kachiampathi. You can learn the importance of Kanchipuram city from the description "Nagareshu Kanchi" meaning "Kanchi - the best city" by the great poet Kalidasa of India. Kanchipuram has a lot of important features to talk about. I try to cover as much as possible in this small blog post.

1) Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. The other six sacred cities of India are Varanasi aka Kasi, Haridwar aka Hardwar, Ayodhya, Mathura, Dwarka, and Ujjain.

2) Kanchipuram is called as city of 1000 temples. It is believed that there were around 1000 temples in ancient Kanchi. Now, you can find around 250 temples in and around the city.

3) Kanchipuram is famous for its silk sarees too (Kanchi Pattu). The other city is India which is famous for silk materials is Kasi aka Varanasi.

4) Kanchipur…

Avudayar Koil Temple, Aranthangi, India

Avudayar Koil temple is one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu state, South India. It is located in a small town, Avudayaurkoil, which is situated at a distance of around 14 kms from Aranthangi city of Pudhukkottai district in Tamil Nadu state, India. The town was called as Tiiruperunthurai in the ancient times. The temple is the only attraction of the town and it attracts hundreds of devotees and tourists daily. Avudayar Koil temple (the word "Koil" means "temple" in Tamil language) is attractive not only due to spiritual reasons, but also due to its architecture and sculptures. It is because of this temple, the entire Avudayarkoil town has been declared as a 'heritage town' by the Government.

Even though the temple is popularly referred as Avudayar Koil, the name of the temple is Atmanatha Swamy Temple. The original temple is believed to have been built by Manickavasagar in the 8th century CE. It is evident that the temple has been extended in the later…

Hotels in Mysore, India

Mysore, the heritage city of India, has a lot of accommodation options in and around the city. I just wanted to list some of the important hotels. Please go through other relevant sites for the address, URL, or phone number of these hotels.

5 Star Hotels in Mysore:

Lalitha Mahala Palace hotel - originally a palace, which was converted into a hotel now.

4 Star Hotels in Mysore:

Golden Landmark Resort

Royal Orchid (at Brindavan Garden)

Royal Orchid Metropole

The Village

3 Star Hotels in Mysore:

Hotel Ramanashree

Hotel Palace Plaza

Hotel Siddhartha

Royal Inn

Parklane Hotel

Budget Hotels in Mysore:

Royale Heritage Hotel

Hotel Roopa

Grand Maurya Resort

Howard Johnson Inn the Monarch

Ginger Mysore

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Tourist Attractions in Mysore, India

Mysore or Mysuru, 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.

Mysore is always crowded by thousands of tourists throughout the year, and it remains as a main excursion option for school children of various schools across India for many decades. Let us see what all the important tourist places in Mysore. This list also includes the important tourist attractions in Mysore and around Mysore.

Tourist attractions in Mysore:

Mysore Palace - Mysore Palace is located at the center of Mysore city. It is the most famous tourist attraction of Mysore. It is considered as the proud of India. It looks like a heaven in the evenings when the entire palace complex is illuminated.

Mysore Zoo - Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest and most beautiful zoological parks in India. It houses a lot of rare animals.

Brindavan Gardens - Brinda…

The tombs of Tipu Sultan & Hyder Ali - Gumbaz, Srirangapatna, Near Mysore, India

Srirangapatna, the historical town of India, located near Mysore city, has many important tourism and historical sites. Gumbaz, the tombs of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali is one of the most important tourist site in Srirangapatna.

Tipu Sultan, the tiger of Mysore, the great warrior who fought with the British empire, built Gumbaz in the midst of Lal Bagh, a beautiful garden. He built tombs for his father Hyder Ali and mother Fathima Begam (Fakr-Un-Nisa) in Gumbaz. The structure is very beautiful standing on a high and wide platform with an open verandah of polished pillars all round. The highlight of the Gumbaz structure are well shaped large dome, ivory inlaid doors, and carved stone windows of fine workmanship. The chamber is painted with the tiger stripes.

In Gumbaz, you can find the tomb of Hyder Ali in the middle, with the tombs of Tipu Sultan and Fathima Begam on either sides. (The tomb of Tipu Sultan was added to Gumbaz after he died.) You can also find the tombs of other family me…

The Wealth of the Sea - Daria Daulat Bagh aka Summer Palace, Srirangapatna, Near Mysore, India

Srirangapatna, the historical town of India, which is located next to the heritage city of India, Mysore, is an important tourist spot in Karnataka state of India. It has a lot of interesting tourist destinations. Among those sites, Daria Daulat Bagh is one of the most important tourist destination in Srirangapatna.

Daria Daulat Bagh aka "the wealth of the sea" was the summer palace of the great warrior of Mysore region, Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan built this summer palace in 1784 CE.

The summer palace (Daria Daulat Bagh) is square in plan, and was built on a raised stone plinth. There are a lot of teak pillars in the outer edge of this two storeyed beautiful palace. All the walls and ceilings of this palace are painted, mostly depicting the victories of Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali, the durbar (court) scenes of Tipu Sultan and his contemporaries, and other people and scenes related to Tipu Sultan. The architecture of the palace is Indo-Islamic style. There is a well la…

A historical Masjid - Jumma Masjid, Srirangapatna, Near Mysore, India

Srirangapatna, the historical town of Karnataka state in India, is located near Mysore city (the city famous for Mysore Zoo, Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, and Brindavan Gardens). Even though the highlight of Srirangapatna town is Ranganathaswamy temple, there are many historical sites and monuments too located in the town. Masjid-e-Ala aka Jumma Masjid is one of the important historical tourism sites in Srirangapatna, which you must visit during your Mysore travel.
Tipu Sultan built Masjid-e-Ala aka Jumma Masjid (some people write it as Jama Masjid too) in the year of 1784 CE, once he came to the throne of Mysore. It is said that he performed his first Imamath here (Imamath = some religious course in Islam). The masjid (mosque) has an open court and a covered verandah. The highlight of the masjid is two lofty minarets, which stand on a high platform. The minarets are very attractive and can be watchable even from long distance. The octagonal shaped minarets are two stories surmounted…