Ultimate Guide of Things to do in Mysore

Mysore city is often referred to as the cultural capital of Karnataka. It is part of and the HQ of Mysore district that has six other taluks. It is one of the cleanest cities in India and it ranked number one in 2014, 15 and 16.

The city has been ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty. The city saw development when Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan ruled in the 18th century.

It was after Tipu’s death, when the Wodeyars took over the rule of Mysore in 1799. It saw scientific, technological and social development in the 19th century.

Intro: Good things have happened in this city for a very long time. I have visited Mysore once every year during school.

I made it a point to read about this city, pick up books about kings, this city and visit sights when I get time. I have trained at the Infosys campus near Hebbal, I have volunteered with Raleigh International in 2015 and met some nice people over the years.

Getting Into Mysore

Mysore is one of the most important cities in India due to its cultural importance. It is important due to industry, education and infotech companies operating in this city.

1. Bangalore Airport

Bangalore airport is just 220 KM from Mysore. There are direct buses from the Bangalore airport to Mysore.

You can get taxis to Mysore. However, the other option is the fly bus that goes straight to Mysore from the Bangalore airport, which is a cheaper and more comfortable option.

2. Mysore train station

When the Mysore Junction train station was built, the authorities connected it to Bangalore with a meter gauge in 1882. These days it is of broad gauge, with bigger and faster trains. The Shatabdi takes two hours from Bangalore to reach Mysore. Tipu Express which is the next fastest takes around three hours.

The train station has three lines, one to Bangalore, one to Mangalore and another to Chamrajnagar. It is connected to Bangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Arsikere, Tirupati, Tuticorin and Chennai.

Popular lines:

Bangalore > Mysore > Mangalore (business, tourism)

Chennai > Bangalore > Mysore (business, tourism)

Mysore > Nanjangud > Chamrajnagar (pilgrimage, tourism)

3. Bus

Whilst the Bangalore to Mysore route is the most popular, there are buses to Mangalore which are equally popular due to their scenic routes.

Mysore has direct bus connectivity with Chennai, Bangalore, Ooty, Coorg, Coimbatore, Kochi, Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Hyderabad.

Getting Around Mysore

1. City Buses

Buses are the cheapest mode of transport. The city is well connected by bus and are frequent.

MITRA or Mysore Intelligent TRAnsport System that is owed by the KSRTC operates the city buses.

2. Taxis

Taxis are the fastest way to get around Mysore. There are many taxi companies operating in Mysore to get you around to historical places in the city and outside.

Uber and Ola have a small presence but useful nonetheless.

3. Auto rickshaws

Auto rickshaw fares start from ₹25 within the first two kilometers and ₹13 per kilometer.

There are plenty and they double up as tour guides for an extra fee. Negotiate price before getting on one.

4. Tongas:

Tongas are the horse drawn carts. The city center is where most of the sights are in Mysore and there are plenty of tongas.

However, they will not take you to the suburbs because they do not get clients back to the city center.

5. Walk:

Walking in the city center of Mysore is easy as the attractions are within 3 kilometers of each other.

With many bazaars and eateries along the way, there are plenty of places you can stop at.

Culture of Mysore

Mysore has been cosmopolitan since a long time. Europeans along with Indians from different kingdoms and local Mysoreans have been in employment with the royals in government and other facets of Mysorean life.

Today, people are traveling to Mysore for work in private or government organizations. Despite this, the city has retained the old-world charm.

People following different religions have co-existed. Other than religious freedom, these are synonymous with being Mysorean:

Mysore Dasara

Mysore Dasara celebrations represents the victory of good over evil. They are spread over ten days in the month of September or October every year during Navaratri. Throughout the days, there are folk dances, fireworks, food stalls and doll display shows.

Dolls are displayed in public and even in people’s homes that depict everyday life and life of royals. Sports tournaments and entertainment activities happen at the exhibition grounds near the palace.

The star attraction is the main elephant carrying the 750 KG golden howdah with Goddess Chamundeshwari in it (read further and you will know why Goddess Chamundeshwari is important to Mysore).

This elephant is flanked on both the sides by elephants. The procession known as Jambu Savaari is attended by the royal family who sits on the viewing pavilion in the palace.

The procession starts from the palace and it ends at grounds of Bannimantapa. Leaves from the Banni tree are plucked and kept safe until the next year.

The event is watched by thousands of people, celebrities and other invitees. The streets in the city center are emptied for the procession. They are instead thronged by the locals and tourists.

If you are traveling to Mysore to watch this splendor, book your accommodation in advance.

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Current scion of Mysore. I bet he ♥ his job

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Elephant with the howdah at the procession

Mysorean Art

Mysore paintings are an offshoot of the Vijayanagar style of painting. The Mysore kings employed painters from Vijayanagar after the fall of the Vijayanagar empire.

It is similar to Tanjore paintings, they paste gold foils after the painting is done. Popular themes of the paintings include Hindu gods and goddesses, scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharatha.

Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who ruled from 1799 to 1831, commissioned more than 1000 paintings of the royal family and famous people of the time. Some of the paintings can be seen at museums in Mysore and other museums in India.

How Mysore paintings are made:

Sketch: The painter makes the sketch of the image on a paper pasted on a wooden base. The charcoal powder for sketching is made by burning tamarind twigs in an iron tube.

Gesso paste: Mix of white lead powder zinc oxide and Arabic gum.

Paint: Mix of vegetable and minerals colors.

Paint brushes: The paint brushes were made of squirrel hair, camel hair and goat hair. The charcoal powder is used first to make a sketch, the gesso paste is applied next so that it appears raised.

Gold foil is pasted using Arabic gum. This is used to highlight jewelry, clothes and architecture. The colors are then used on the sketch and left for drying.

After it is dried, it is covered with thin paper and rubbed with a glazing stone. After the sheet is removed, the painting lights up and remains as it is for generations.

Mysore paintings were made in the whole of the Mysore district, Tumkur, Hassan and Bangalore.

Rosewood Inlay: Sculptures and inlay work are made when thousands of craftsmen worked together to make idols from sandalwood, ivory shells and colors.

After carving out stories from Hindu epics, sandalwood is inlaid into the carvings. Back then craftsmen from Tanjore joined too. These days ivory are replaced by plastic coated with hydrogen peroxide.

Sandalwood is important to the Mysore royals. It is yellowish brown in color. It's extracts are used in Ayurveda and is used to carve out figurines and household material like boxes for jewels and other household items.

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Sandalwood figurines on display at Radisson Blu

Carnatic Music

Mysore kings patronized Carnatic music and musicians. Musicians and sometimes Mysore kings would play the veena, rudra veena, ghatam, flute, mridangam among others.

King Krishnaraja Wodeyar (1884 – 1940) was a dream king. He spoke Kannada, English, Urdu, Sanskrit and Tamil. During his reign, he encouraged education, science and technology in his kingdom.

Being a musician, he encouraged Kannada composition. He could play the veena, violin, saxophone, mridangam, sitar nagaswara and harmonium. Veena Shashanna, Bidaram Krishnappa, T. Chowdiah and Mysore Vasudevacharya are some of the famous names.

Mysorean Attire

Mysore has a unique culture of dressing little different to the culture of the rest of the country. Mysore silk saree for women, panchey and peta (traditional turban), also known as Mysore peta are the traditional dressing style for Mysoreans.

Panchey is an piece of cloth that is plain white or in colors which is wrapped around the waist. The best time to see men and women wear it is during the dasara procession when the royal family and the people associated with the royal family.

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Food in Mysore

Mysore is a foodie city. There are many cuisines available, but a traditional vegetarian meal available during Mysore dasara include:

Kosambari: A salted mix of salad.

Palya: Finely chopped boiled vegetables with grated coconut, chopped green chillies and seasoned with mustard.

Gojju or Tovve: Gojju is a spicy vegetable curry and Tovve is dhal.

Happala (pappad, poppadom)

Saaru: Thick vegetable curry with spices, tamarind and spices.

Rice dishes: Chitranna, which is rice with lemon juice with friend groundnuts or Vangibath, which is spiced rice with brinjal (aubergine) or Puliyogre which is flavored spicy tamarind rice.

Desserts: Mysore Pak is the most popular dessert. It was invented by a royal cook when he accidentally cooked a semi solid paste off gram flour. To his luck, the king loved the dish and it is a Mysore delicacy ever since.

Other sweet dishes that are served include Chiroti, Obbattu/Holige and Shaavige payasa. All these desserts are made of different ingredients, but have one thing in common. They are sweet and extremely delicious.

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Mysore pak

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Vegetarian meals in Mysore

Things to do in Mysore

Chamrajpura (ಚಾಮರಾಜಪುರ)

Clearly the center of Mysore and the cultural center of Mysore, Chamrajpura was one of the first suburb of Mysore.

Small shops dot the old narrow streets on the sides, there are old buildings and lot of horse drawn carts ruling the streets. Most of the must see sights are in this suburb.

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Amba Vilas Palace

Also known as the Mysore Palace, it is often listed at top of things to do in Mysore. This palace is the official residence of the Mysore royalty. It was built in 897 A.D., but the palace in its current form was built in 1912 to replace the wood structure.

It is of the Indo-Saracenic architecture and has three gates. Whilst the public enters through the South gate, the other two gates are opened only during the Mysore Dasara.

The palace has a museum with paintings and other art collections on display. There are murals that portray the life of the Wodeyar dynasty. Golden throne, doll’s pavilion and the audience hall are the main attractions here.

There are 12 temples on the premises that are worth visiting like the ancient Lakshmi Ramana and Sri Prasanna Krishna Swamy temple.

Palace at night: Illuminated between 7 PM to 7:45 PM on Sundays and public holidays.

Time: 10 AM to 5:30 PM every day

Fee: ₹40 for adults, ₹20 for children and ₹200 for foreigner nationals

Location: Sayyaji Rao Road, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru

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Jaganmohan Palace & Art Gallery

Krishnaraja Wodeyar III built it as a residence in 1861. The royal family lived here until the Amba Vilas palace was built. A museum was started there in 1915 and they have added to the collection ever since.

It was renamed as Sri Jayachamarajendra Palace Art Gallery in 1955. There are over 2,000 valuable paintings including Raja Ravi Verma’s. Most paintings were commissioned by the Wodeyars for the palace.

There is amazing vintage furniture on which you cannot sit, probably because it is old and broken.

The building is under the control of the government and is poorly maintained. But worth a visit nonetheless.

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM everyday

Fee: ₹20 for adults and ₹20 for children.

Location: Jagan Mohan Palace Road, Chamrajpura, Mysuru

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K.R. & Chamaraja Circle

Krishna Raja and Chamaraja Circles are two of the most prominent circles in Mysore as it is at the center of the city. The circle provides for a great photo opportunity and it is best visited at dusk.

The Mysore suburban bus station is right next to the K.R. Circle. There is a statue of King Krishna Rajendra Wodeyar, one of the richest man in the world when he died in 1940.

Mysore saw a lot of scientific and social development in his time.

Not far from his statue is the Charamaja circle that has the statue of King Chamarajendra Wodeyar, a just king who ruled the kingdom democratically.

Bangalore owes its palace and the glass house at Lalbagh to him. The zoo and the Dodda Gadiyara came into existence in his time.

Distance: K.R. Circle > Chamaraja Circle > Hardinge Circle = 900 meters.

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Devaraja Urs Market

Devaraja Urs Market is a monumental market near the K.R. Circle and the market has lanes that are dedicated to colors and flowers. This market is old and has survived urbanization.

Incense sticks, flowers, bananas, perfumes, oils, jaggery and many other things can be bought.

Plenty of hard selling will happen at you, but a great opportunity to buy things you usually do not buy and you can get some nice photos of the said colors, people and the items for sale.

Time: 6 AM to 10 PM

Location: Sayyaji Rao Road

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Chikka & Dodda Gadiyara

The French style relic known as Chikka Gadiyara (small clock) is also known as Dufferin Clock Tower and it was built by Lord Dufferin.

It has a keystone at the center. The clocks still work perfectly even after a century of its existence.

Thanks to recent renovation, it also has a gathering space, great place for tour groups to reunite, if they are split up. There is good street food available at night.

With Mysore Palace in the backdrop, Dodda Gadiyara (Big Clock) serves as a small roundabout. It was the official clock for the citizens of the kingdom. The numerals of the clock has Kannada numbers.

Distance: Chikka Gaiyara is 550 meters from Dodda Gadiyara

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University of Mysore

While the East side of the campus is in Chamrajpura, the West side is in Manasa Gangotri as the campus is known.

One of the oldest university in India, King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV founded it in 1916, which makes it a little more than 100 years old.

Crawford Hall is part of the university and is set amidst the green lawns. The structure has a pillared entrance and it serves as the administrative building of the university.

There are many other vintage buildings in this area including the office of the District Commissioner.

Location: Krishnaraja Boulevard Road, K.G Koppal, Chamrajpura

Ittige Gudu (ಇಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಗೂಡು)

Translated as 'Nest made of bricks' in Kannada, this area is situated to the East of the Mysore Palace. It has many sights like the Karanji Lake, the zoo and there are the Kuppanna Park and Putta Mane parks. Dr. Vishnuvardhan Udhyana Vana is nearby and is next to the palace.

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Mysore Zoo

One of the oldest zoos in the world, it was established in 1892 during the reign of King Chamarajendra Wodeyar on the palace’s land.

More than 100 years old, this park originally developed by Krumbiegel, a German landscapist.

This zoo has a giraffe breeding programme, first of its kind in India. Other animals here are tiger, white tiger, rhino and anaconda to name a few.

The whole zoo is almost a 4.5 kilometer walk and is a good place to walk. There are electric vehicles too.

The zoo has raised money by allowing adoption. There are celebrities, sportspeople that have adopted animals.

It is a plastic free zone and they expect you to not carry plastic inside. There is a restaurant inside, a bit expensive though.

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM every day.

Fee: ₹50 for adults and ₹20 for children. There is a fee for parking and for cameras. ₹125 for the electric vehicle.

Location: Zoo Road, Indiranagar

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Watch an Event at the Kalamandira

A spacious auditorium next to the Kukkarahalli lake, it is suitable for a crowd of 1000.

A space for cultural events, classical and western music, dance and conferences.

Acoustically designed with good lighting. However, basic facilities need to be fixed.

Rangayana, a performance art company established with the help of the government, maintains one of their facility in the building.

They have three platforms, bhoomigeetha, a soundproof auditorium, varanaranga, an open-air theater and sriranga, another auditorium.

Location: Vinoba Road, Kukkarahalli, Mysuru

Website: http://www.rangayana.org/

Regional Museum of Natural History

Located right next to Karanji Lake, this museum has a good collection of exhibits. Though the collection is not as extensive, it is a good place for children for its informative and educative value.

Time: 10AM to 6PM.

Location: Next to Karanji Lake, Off T. Narsipura Road

Melody Wax Museum

A museum for wax models of musical instruments, and statues of men and women of music are on display. There are wax models of modern, ancient and rare musical instruments.

It is not on the top of things to do in Mysore, but a music lover will like it, not considering the level of maintenance.

Time: 9:30 AM to 7 PM every day.

Fee: ₹40 per head

Location: 1, Vihara Marga, Siddhartha Layout, Kurubara Halli

Exhibition Grounds

It is in between the palace and the zoo. It holds the three-month long Dasara exhibition that ends in December. During that time, it hosts food joints and exhibition stalls of the government.

During the Dasara, the Devraj Urs stadium next to the exhibition ground hosts the wrestling tournament which is another attraction during the festivities.

When the exhibition ground doesn’t host the Dasara exhibition, it hosts other interesting events like a football tournament.

Location: Dodda Kere Maidana, Indira Nagar, Ittige Gudu

Mandi Mohalla (ಮಂಡಿ ಮೊಹಲ್ಲ)

It is a suburb of the city located on the East of the train station. It has nice sights, small streets lined with trees, small businesses operating on the street sides and small homes.

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St. Philomena’s Cathedral

St. Philomena's is a cathedral that belongs to the Diocese of Mysore. The construction was finished in 1936 in Gothic style on the real estate donated to the Brits by King Mammudi Krishnaraja Wodeyar.

It was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The glass stained windows near the altar has amazing art that depicts the life of Jesus Christ. There is a catacomb near the congregation hall but is sometimes off limits.

It has the statue of St. Philomena, a Greek princess. The catacomb tunnels will lead you out of the church.

It is one of the largest church in the continent and the church’s bells tolls four times every day.

Time: 5AM to 6PM every day.

Location: Ashoka Road, Earangere, Lourdu Nagar, Mandi Mohalla

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Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya

Few years ago, this building was home to the Duke of Welllington. Today, it is a museum dedicated to Indian culture.

The place has few sculptures, ancient implements and art works. The government can think of maintaining the building better. Clearly, the building has seen better days.

Time: 9:30 AM to 6 PM every day

Fee: ₹30 for Indians. ₹500 for foreign nationals

Location: Wellington House, Irwin Road, Mandi Mohalla

Shop at Cauvery Emporium

This government outlet has silk sarees, sandalwood items, semiprecious stones, perfumes and furniture on sale. Cost of these items are higher than other shops around, but if you’d like a souvenir, then go for it.

Another interesting place is the Chikka Market, close to the emporium. It has spices, vegetables, colors and other eco-friendly stuff on sale.

Time: 10:30 AM to 8 PM

Location: Near K R Hospital Devaraja Mohalla, Sayyaji Rao Road, Mandi Mohalla

City Central Library

It seems there are more than 200 libraries in Mysore as per survey. The City Central Library is the biggest library in Mysore and was established in 1912.

There is a huge collection of more than 400,000 books. The library subscribes to many English, local language newspapers, fortnightlies, and Kannada and English monthly magazines.

A nominal fee of ₹25 will help you borrow a book. Multiple books can be borrowed for a higher price. They have reading rooms and a mobile library too.

They are not immune to problems though. People steal books, tear from rare ones and the building is too old to renovate and have cameras installed. This calls for government attention, don’t you think?

Time: 8AM to 8PM every day.

Fee: fee differs on how many books you borrow and the duration of your membership.

Location: Sayyaji Rao Road, Mandi Mohalla

Yadavgiri (ಯಾದವಗಿರಿ)

Yadavgiri is close to Chamrajpura and the University of Mysore campus. People coming to Mysore by train first arrive at Yadavgiri. There are many government buildings there like Akashvani and the CSIR.

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Railway Museum

Railway Museum is located next to the Mysore Junction. It is best to visit this while leaving or after arriving in Mysore.

There are locomotives and coaches of the British era, royal coaches of the Maharaja and steam engines. There are narrow and meter gauge steam and diesel engines seems like a toy.

The attraction is Maharani saloon that was used by the Queen of Mysore, with its private quarters for the queen and living quarters for her servants and attendants.

Time: 9:30 AM to 6 PM

Fee: ₹15 for adults, ₹10 for children and ₹10 for a train ride.

Location: K.R.S. Road, Medar Block, Yadavgiri

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CSIR Campus

CSIR campus is maintained by the CFTRI. It is one of the premier institutes in the field of food technology. It has a beautiful campus in Mysore that houses research labs.

They assist farmers by testing and introducing farming technologies. The campus has a lot of trees and is a good place for a stroll.

The institution has made its home in the Cheluvamba Mansion that Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV built for Cheluvajammanni, the third princess of Mysore.

Time: 9 AM to 5:30 PM between Monday to Friday

Location: Opp. Railway Museum, Devaraja Mohalla

Manasa Gangotri

Manasa Gangotri is the campus that houses the University of Mysore campus and several other institutions. The campus has many educational institutes and residential quarters for students and staff. There is a quite a bird life on campus because of the Kukkarahalli Lake and the trees.

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Kukkarahalli Lake

Kukkarahalli Lake is a beautiful lake with a tank bund that has a 4-kilometer jogging track. It was established in 1864 as a source of water for irrigation and for Mysore residents.

There is an amazing bird life in this area and is good for photographers. Joggers use the 4-kilometer long track but there are reports of crocodile sightings near the banks.

You don't want to run into a sunbathing crocodile with its jaws open. If the croc attacks you, other joggers will be sad.

Time: 6 AM to 10 AM & 4 PM to 7 PM.

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Folklore Museum

The Archeological and Folklore Museum is housed in the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, once a home of Jayalakshmi Ammanni, the eldest daughter of Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar.

The Jayalakshmi Vilas mansion is a heritage building that houses artifacts that once belonged to the kingdom. Another highlight is that it houses the Constitution of India.

It does not carry an entrance fee and you need a minimum of one hour to cover everything.

Time: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM every day except for Sundays.

Location: Manasa Gangotri

Chamundipuram (ಚಾಮುಂದಿಪುರಂ)

Chamundipuram suburb is at the foothills of Chamundi Hill and is home to the famous Datta Peetha and the temples. The eastern part of Chamundipuram has its resorts, restaurants and the golf club.

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Admire the Bonsai Garden

Kishkinda Moolika is a private garden that is privately maintained, it has a good collection of bonsai trees. There are more than 400 bonsai trees here from China, Mexico, Australia, Indonesia and other countries.

Volunteers are trained to look after the garden and make it look the same all the time. You can find many birds in the park as well. A peaceful place near the Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Ashram.

 

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Fee: ₹20 per head

Location: Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysuru

Website: http://sgsbonsai.org/

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Talk to the Parrots

Not far from the bonsai garden in the premises of the Datta Peetham is the Shuka Vana, a bird sanctuary. Some parrots living there are trained to speak.

They let you feed the birds and you can get your photo clicked with the birds siting on you. Let us hope they do not take a dump on you.

Birds that need treatment are taken to the aviary hospital where they are looked after by bird doctors. The ashram also has a museum that has some old things on display.

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

Fee: Free

Government Silk & Sandalwood Factories

Traditional Mysore silk saree is made in the government owned silk weaving factory. They welcome visitors and they have staff who answers questions and you can see the silk production process.

They also have a shop outside the factory where they sell silk clothes. The staff are patient and explain how each saree or pieces of cloth is made and why is it priced what it is priced.

The sandalwood factory is close to the silk factory. It was built by the Mysore Maharaja. It extracts sandalwood oil from sandalwood from which soaps are made.

Unlike the silk factory, sandalwood  factory has a small window of time for visitors, 15 minutes at best. The shop at the premises of the factory sells sandalwood products at discounted price.

Time: 8 AM to 4:30 PM at the silk factory & 2 PM to 4 PM at the sandalwood factory.

Location: Mananthavadi Road, Vidayaranya Puram

Chamundi Hill (ಚಾಮುಂಡಿ ಬೆಟ್ಟ)

Chamundi Hill is a 40-minute ride from the city center to the top of the hills. People can also walk up the hill, which is best done early in the morning.

Once you are at the top, you are greeted by Mr. Mahishasura, a demon after whom this city is named. The story is that Mahishasura irked the devas (the good guys) by threatened their extinction. In a battle, he indeed defeated them.

Someone prophesized that he will meet his end at the hands of a woman. It happened to be Goddess Durga who fought him for nine days, an event recognized as the Navratri and she defeated him on the last day of the Navratri.

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Sand Sculpture Museum

Technically not on the Chamundi Hills, it is at the foot of the Chamundi hill, on the Chamundi Hill Road, just before the arch entrance to the hill. A new addition to the things to do in Mysore, it is a unique museum run privately by M.N Gowri, a sand sculptor and entrepreneur.

There are around 150 sculptures and are off course delicate. Some of the sculptures are Goddess Chamundeshwari, a 15 feet Lord Ganesh, of the King Srikanta Datta Wodeyar and ancient Egypt.

Time: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM every day

Fee: ₹40 for adults and ₹20 for children.

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Stay at the Rajendra Vilas

Located on the top of the Chamundi Hill, it was a summer palace of the Wodeyar royalty that was completed in 1939.

However, the world war imposed restrictions on import of materials and the palace was not completed to the expected grandeur.

This heritage structure was converted to a hotel two decades ago. Staying here will give you a view of the city.

Location: Chamundi Hill

Chamundeshwari Temple

If you are walking the 1000 steps carved on the hill, it will take you to the top near the statue of Mahishasura. A few minutes’ walk from the Mahishasura statue is the temple dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari.

Goddess Chamundeshwari is often portrayed as deformed and fanged deity that lays waste to people doing bad things.

This temple was built by the Hoysalas in the 12th century and the gopuram was added by the Vijayanagar rulers in the 17th century.

She is worshipped by the Mysore kings and is treated as the guardian deity of the Mysore royalty. Interestingly, soldiers invading Mysore have seen a deformed woman scaring them away.

Time: 7:30 AM to 2 PM, 3:30 PM to 6PM & 7:30 PM to 9PM.

Lunch: A delicious free lunch is served to devotees from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Fee: ₹100 will get you the darshan sooner than the free line.

 

Conclusion

Mysore evolved from being a tourist destination to IT city with its technology parks and software conglomerates opening opportunities for young professionals.

Visits to this city will not decrease anytime soon. Before this guide ends, be informed about some organizations that are helping you go offbeat.

Royal Mysore Walks

Founded by Vinay Parameswarappa, Royal Mysore Walks have many themed tours around the city. You can tour Mysore on a bicycle or by walk and you can get never before heard stories on the tour. You might learn from them what you will not have read about in any guide book.

Website: http://royalmysorewalks.com/index.html#

Duration: 2 to 4 hours

GoMowgli tours

GoMowgli is backpacker's bus touring company. They cover most of South India and they would like you to hop on their bus in Mysore so that they can show you around. Along with the main attractions, they have a trip to Government silk and sandalwood factories.

They are next to each other and this factory has contributed to the country's silk production. Karnataka produces 80% of the country's silk.

Website: Gomowgli.in

Learn Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga was developed by Guru Pattabhi Jois right here in Mysore. There are many Ashtanga Yoga schools or shalas in Mysore.

A ten day visit will not be enough to see everything, but if you have booked a ticket to Mysore, that's a start.