Mysore attractions are one of the favourite tourist destination city in Karnataka. It was formerly the capital of the state and hence has played an important role in the history of the state and of South India. Like many other cities in India, Mysore has developed into a modern cosmopolitan. However is has kept its rich historical culture and legacy, creating an exclusive experience for travelers. Mysore attracts people from all over the country and the world, that are seeking the splendor and unique culture, that Mysore has to offer
From the Royal palaces, temples and museums, to the gardens, waterfalls and modern amusement parks. Mysore offers an abundance of attractions and activities for all visitors to explore.
Mysore has several historical Royal buildings that are exquisite samples of Dravidian style architecture. It showcases the splendor and posh lifestyle lead by previous Emperors. One of the popular location is ‘Chamundi Hills’ and the temple that sits perched high above. This prominent landmark is a favorite destination for both tourists and locals alike.
The KRS dam and Brindavan Gardens
The KRS dam and the adjoining Brindavan Gardens are both worth visiting. The Brindavan Gardens is one of its kinds in the country. It is famous all over for its vividly lit dancing fountains that come alive once the sun dips beneath the horizon.The dam was built across river Kaveri in 1924.
It is the main source of water for the districts of Mysore and Mandya. The water is used for irrigation in Mysore and Mandya and it is the main source of drinking water for all of Mysore, Mandya and almost the whole of Bengaluru city, the capital of the state of Karnataka. The water released from this dam flows into the state of Tamil Nadu, and is stored in Mettur dam in the Salem district.
Take heaven and seek peace of mind at any of the three pristine lakes in Mysore. Not only have these lakes become popular among visitors,it’s also a utopia for migratory birds set among lush green terrain and walking trails for all to enjoy.
Visiting the oldest zoo in India is becoming a huge attraction over the past few decades. The Mysore Zoo was founded by Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar in 1892. It flourished under Royal financing but was eventually handed over to the government after independence. Today the Zoo is equipped with modern facilities, captivating animals, and has become a pioneer in breeding methods for animals in captivity. Mysore Zoo was started with an area of 10.9 Acres and during 1907 another 6.22 acre was added to the zoo.
A great visionary man Dr. M.H. Marigowda was instrumental in acquiring Kensington Gardens, along with famous Thandisadak from the palace and 5 acres of land towards western side including the road from C.I.T.B. Mysore. The Zoo area extended to 80.13 acres over a period of time. Government transferred 77.02 acres of Karanji Tank area to the Zoo during the year 1976. The master plan of Zoo covers 80.13 acres along with the 77.03 acres of Karanji Lake; right in the heart of Mysore city.
St. Philomena Church
Finally a visit to the famous landmark known as st. Philomena Church and its famous 175 foot high spires is a must. This historical landmark offers a taste of history, religion and culture including the relic of the 3rd century St. Philomena preserved deep in a catacomb below the main altar.
The St. Philomena’s Church in Mysore is one of the oldest churches in India. It is over 200 years old. Initially over 250 years ago there was a small church in its place. When the capital of Mysore state was move from Srirangapatnam to Mysore city in 1799, many British officers and soldiers came and settled down in Mysore.
The Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III realized the need for a Christian church for these people. So the Maharaja gave them a small plot of land on the Mysore-Bangalore Road and a little church came up there. As the city expanded and the Christian population of the city increased there was a need for a larger church.