To gain the maximum experience out of Mysore, visitors are encouraged to dive-in with both feet by indulging in the many magnificent activities, festivals and events that the city offers. Mysore is a thriving city, full of tantalizing options of activities that will sure to leave a lifelong memories of your epic journey through our beloved city.
It is recommended that visitors engage with the locals, and read publications dedicated to local events and activities to assist you in finding the most current and up to date venues happening throughout Mysore. With so many various activities, cultural community festivals and events, it’s best that you research on your own to locate the perfect venue that you will find entertaining and educational.
However, with so many annual events and daily activities on offer, here’s a list of top rated, most visited, and ever popular happening right here in Mysore.
Fun IN Mysore
1. Mysore Artisan Walk
This tour is an excellent way to acquaint yourself with Mysore’s epic tradition of Mysore artistry including the production of sandalwood production, carved masterpieces and discover the 600-year-old legacy of art, architecture, heritage and royalty.
2. Mysore Market Walk
Get a 2-hour preview of the Mysorean’s daily life. Ritual daily shoppers bartering amongst the traders, scents of organic produce, fresh fruit and vegetables, food establishments all entangled in a unique space makes for an enchanting aromas throughout the tour.
3. Mysore Food Tour
Tempt your taste buds with local cuisine containing innumerable snacks, breakfast delights, a variety of sweet dishess, and main courses. After this culinary tour, you will know that there’s more to Mysore’s food bonanza than just dosas.
4. Dasara Festival
The most proliferate festival of Mysore and observed in the months of September and October. This 10 day long festival pay homage to the Goddess Chamundeshwari victory after slaughtering the demon Mahishasura and the triumph of good over evil.
During the celebration, Mysore bursts into vibrantc olors of life and every street is swarming with activity and decoratively illuminated houses, shops and important buildings of the city.
Fun AROUND Mysore
The Karanji Lake includes a walk through aviary for chirping birds, generating cheerfulness among visitors. This aviary is the biggest ‘walk-through aviary’ in India. The aviary constructed on the shore of the lake has a height of 20 m, length of 60 m and width of 40 m making it India’s biggest walk-through aviary.
It has about 40–50 birds of 17 species such as grey pelican, painted stork, ibis, cormorant, egret, etc.. Also. Herons, Asian open bill storks, egrets, red wattle lapwing, sandpipers, rose ringed parakeet, black drongo, brown shrike, red-whiskered bulbul, booted warbler, sunbird and greenish warbler are some of the other species of birds found here.
Bandipur National Park (Safari Timings: 6 to 9 AM & 4 to 6 PM)
Bandipur is located in Gundlupet taluq of Chamarajanagar district. It is about 80 kilometers (50 mi) from the city of Mysore on the route to a major tourist destination of Ooty. It was established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger, is a national park located in the south Indian state of Karnataka. Together with Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and Nagarhole National Park in the North, it creates the India’s biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the ‘Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve’.
The Bandipur National Park occupies a special place in India’s efforts towards Eco-conservation. Bandipur also has a sizable number of Tigers. Other natural inhabitants of this lovely forest are gaur (a type of bull), sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild dogs, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, malabar squirrel, porcupines and the black-knapped hare. Birds like jungle fowl and green pigeon are also found here.
Jeep Safari (Rs. 300 per head), Mini Bus Safari (Rs. 75 per head) & Elephant Safari (Rs. 50 per head, 10-11 AM) are arranged by the forest department. The cost and timings keep changing and some times they cancel the safari without any prior notice.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM.)
It is a bird sanctuary in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India. Just outside Srirangapatna, 4th from Srirangapatna, near Mysuru, the Cauvery river meanders around a string of tiny nesting sites of waterfowls. Delight watching the winged visitors making happy forays into the water.
River in the forest as well as some deciduous forests, bamboo, eucalyptus, figs, jamun and Karanji. Mammals and Reptiles. The sanctuary is a breeding ground for many migratory birds from all over the world. It is home to a wide species of birds including cormorants, darters, white ibis, spoon billed storks, open billed storks, painted storks, white necked storks, egrets, herons, terns, swallows, kingfishers, sandpiper etc.
It is a small city in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka, India. It is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, which forms here the boundary to the Chamarajanagar District. At a distance of 130 km from Bangalore & 81 km from Mysore, Shivanasamudra is a famous waterfall situated in Mandya District of Karnataka State.
The island of Shivanasamudra divides Kaveri River into two parts that form two waterfalls, one is Gaganachukki and the other is Bharachukki. Gaganachukki and Barachukki Falls are collectively called as Shivanasamudra Falls though Gaganachukki is most commonly represented as Shivanasamudra Falls. This place offers breathtaking sight in the peak monsoons.
Nagarahole National Park
Nagarhole National Park, is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka state in South India. a distance of 10 km from Kutta, 20 km from Iruppu Falls, 62 km from Kalpetta, 88 km from Mysore, 88 km from Madikeri and 218 km from Bangalore, Nagarhole National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in South India. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is spread across Mysore and Kodagu districts in Karnataka.
Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is spread across Mysore and Kodagu districts in Karnataka. It was converted into a sanctuary in the year 1955 covering an area of 258 sq. km and subsequently enlarged to include the adjoining areas of Mysore district and now extends over an area of 643 sq. km.
The important animals in Nagarhole National Park are tiger, leopard, wild dog, sloth bear, the hyena, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelope, gaur, wild boar and elephant. Among reptiles, the marsh crocodile, monitor lizard, rock python and several other species are represented.
Other mammals includes the common langur, bonnet macaque, jungle cat, slender loris, leopard-cat, civet cat, mongoose, common otter, giant flying squirrel, giant squirrel, porcupine, jackal, mouse-deer, hare and pangolin. Over 250 species of birds are found at Nagarhole National Park.
Park Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM, Entry Fee: INR 200 for Indians, INR 1000 for foreigners
It is situated a mere 15 km from Mysore city, Srirangapatna lays in the neighboring district of Mandya. The Place Srirangpatna had the name of the Srirangapuri in the early ages later it got the name of the Srirangapatna. The town is an island being surrounded by the river Cauvery.
Tradition holds that all the islands formed in the Kaveri River are consecrated to Sri Ranganathaswamy, and large temples have been built in very ancient times dedicated to that deity on the three largest islands. These three towns, which constitute the main pilgrimage centers dedicated to Ranganathaswamy, are 1. Adi Ranga – at Srirangapatna, 2. Madhya Ranga – at Shivanasamudra, 3. Antya Ranga – at Srirangam
Talakadu is a desert-like town on the left bank of the Kaveri river 45 km from Mysore and 133 km from Bangalore in Karnataka, India. Talakadu had over 30 temples, most are them are buried in the sand today. Some of these temples have been excavated and are open for public. Talakadu was ruled by several dynasties – Gangas, Hoysalas, Rashtra Kootas and Vijayanagara Kings. The temples of Talakadu have mixed architecture styles of these dynasties.
Melkote (Timings: 8.30 AM -12.30 PM, 4-6 PM & 7-8.30pm)
Melukote in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district, Karnataka, in southern India, is one of the sacred places in Karnataka. The place is also known as Thirunarayanapuram . Melkote is a popular center of pilgrimage center and has two different temples.
The main temple is dedicated to Lord Cheluva Narayana Swamy. It is built on rocky hills known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri overlooking the Kaveri valley. The deity is referred as Cheluvapille Raya whose original name appears to have been Ramapriya. Rayagopura, about 300 meters from Cheluva Narayana temple is an interesting place and a favorite shooting spot.
Somanathapura (Temple Timings: 9 AM to 5.30 PM)
Somanathapura is a town located 35 km from the historic Mysore city in Mysore district, Karnataka state, India. Somnathpur is well known for the breathtaking Prasanna Chennakeshava Temple, one of the three famous & finest representations of Hoysala architecture (other two being temples at Belur & Halebid). This is one of the three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore & Mysore and one of the wonderful weekend getaways from both the cities. The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing. It is one of the well known Karnataka tourist places. The most characteristic feature of this temple is its 16 different ceilings, each depicting a different stage of a blooming plantain (banana flower). Small and large pieces of finely carved stone chips are set in complicated patterns.
One of the main highlights of this temple is the central wall space. There are images of deities decorated with heavy jewellery, bangles on every arm, towering crowns and chunky anklets. The vimana over the sanctums have greatly carved images of gods.
Kabini (Timings: 6AM – 1.30PM & 4 – 9PM)
The Kabani, also called Kabini or Kapila, is a river in southern India. It originates in the Wayanad District of Kerala state by the confluence of the Panamaram River and the Mananthavady River. At a distance of 27 Kms from Mysore, Nanjangud is a temple town on the banks of Kapila (Kabini) River.
The temple is dedicated Nanjundeshwara (which means God who drank poison) an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Built in the Dravidian style, the original temple is said to be from Ganga period. The spacious temple has minor shrines of Narayana with consorts, Chandikeswara, Parvathi, Natya Ganapathi and others. The Chariot festival takes place twice a year and this is commonly known as Dodda Jathre and the Chikka Jathre.
BR Hills (Temple Timings: 5 AM – 11 AM and 5 PM – 8 PM. )
The Biligirirangana Hills, commonly called B R Hills, is a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka, at its border with Tamil Nadu in South India. An attraction of the BR Hills is the 500 years old famous Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple which is situated on the highest peak of the hill range, on the white cliff (biligiri) which gives the hill its name.
BR Hills is famous for BRT Wildlife Sanctuary (Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary). The sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 5091 feet and is spread across an area of 540 km. It was declared a tiger reserve in 2010 by the Karnataka State Government.
The highest peak within the sanctuary is the Kattari Betta. The wildlife sanctuary is inhabited by a number of animals including elephants, sloth bears, bison, deer, porcupines and a number of other wild animals. It is said that the sanctuary has more than 250 species of birds like the Paradise Flycatcher, Racquet Trailed Drongo and the Crested Hawk Eagle, etc.