Have a fascination for magnificent palaces and royal splendour? Want to revisit the era of rajas and maharajas and relive their historical legacy? Well then it’s about time to plan a trip to India’s City of Palaces – Mysore – a city located in the state of Karnataka in Southern India.
Like most other cities in India, the city of Mysore has over the years been gradually transforming into to a modern city but that hasn’t resulted in the city and its populace detaching itself from his rich traditional and cultural heritage.
Mysore – A Popular Tourist Attraction
The city of Mysore is a hugely popular tourist destination attracting thousands of visitors from both within and outside the country. Visitors get to explore a myriad of royal buildings and palaces, beautifully laid gardens, scores of temples and several big and small heritage structures.
The beautiful and imposing palatial structures built in Dravidian-style architecture even today exhibits the opulence and grandeur of the royal family when they ruled the state of Mysore. One gets to instantly get a glimpse of the arts, music, design, sculpture and other work of artistry that flourished during the rule of the royals.
Other than the palaces and heritage structures, you can visit the Goddess Chamundi temple on the Chamundi Hills which also incidentally happens to be a prominent religious destination for the locals and people from other parts of the country. Next up is the KRS dam and the famous Brindavan Gardens that is popular for its colourfully illuminated fountains.
Other places of interest in and around Mysore are the Karanji, Kukkaranahalli and Lingabudi lakes; the famous Mysore Zoo which also happens to be one of the oldest zoos in the country; and St. Philomena’s Church built way back in 1936.
Due to its proximity to the city of Bangalore which is at a distance of approximately 139 kilometres, getting to Mysore is fairly easy by rail, road or air. While there are direct train and bus services connecting Bangalore to Mysore, the nearest airport is at Bangalore.
Being a popular tourist hotspot, you can find a variety of accommodation options or hotels in Mysore that will suit the needs and budget of all kinds of travellers, be it the extravagant kind looking to indulge in luxury and grandeur or the budget minded who get to choose from a variety of decent economy hotels. Even a backpacker who’s running on a shoe-string budget can easily manage to find a good enough place to stay a couple of nights or more in Mysore.
So what’s the hold up? Pack up and plan for a memorable trip to the city of palaces.