About Mysore

Mysore ,the second largest city of Karnataka, is a vibrant city teeming with tourists & visitors all through the year, Its known internationally for its exotic sandalwood, rich silks and imposing places, majestic temples & colourfull gardens, leaving an everlasting impression on visitors that brings them back time after time. HISTORY,

Mysore antiquity can be tracked back to the ancient tales of the Bhagavatha and Mahabharatha, we know that the Ganga dynasty of the 2nd century ruled Mysore till 1004 A D .In the third century they established their capital at near by Talakad, The next dynasty was the Cholas, who ruled the region for about a century followed by the Chalukyas and the Hoysalas.In 1399 AD, the yadu dynasty came to power in Mysore.Part of the Vijayanagara empire, the Yadu Dynasty contributed significantly to the development of Mysore In 1610,Raja Wodeyar shifted his capital to Srirangapatana but from 1761 to 1799 their rule was interrupted by Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sulthan.After the defeat of Tippu Sulthan in the Anglo Mysore war, power was returned, under the watchful eyes of the British, until Independence in 1947.During the enlightened Wodeyar’s rule,Mysore reached the Zenith of its glory as a fabled centre of oriental splendor, education and art.

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION
Situated 770 mtr above sea level, Mysore has a warm to cool climate throughout the year. It is near to regions of exceptional beauty, ranging from the undulating forested hills and low mountains of the Coorg District to pastoral plains dotted with fascinating rocky outcrops, wooded jungle teaming with wildlife to water bodies and the Cauvery river where both fish and birds around.

WHAT TO SEE,

MAHARAJAS PALACE

In Feb 1887,at the close of the festivities attending marriage princess Jayalakshammanni,the greater part was severely damaged, indeed almost destroyed fire. Maharani Vanivilas sannidhan initiated the construction of the new palace in 1897, the design and building plans were approved by the architect of the Vice – regal lodgeSimla.and Henry Irwin whom was the consultant of the Madras Presidency. The actual construction was supevisered by Ragavalu Naidu, palace completed in 1912, it cost 4.14 million.

GOLDEN THRONE

 

The golden throne is the main attraction in the Mysore palace during Dasara festival for 10 days, which tourist can see.The throne is adorned with golden plantain posts and golden mango leaves has a bird set with jewels at the top of the umbrella is rendered charming.

JAGANMOHAN PALACE 

This art gallery located to the west with a walking distance to the of main palace, which is famous art Gallery. It was built during rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1861to celebrate the marriage of his daughter. The Museum was started officially started in 1915.The Museum was named after Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar in 1955 as Jaganmohan palace art gallery. The original oil paintings of Raja Ravi Verma of Travancore on display here are on many mythological themes.

LALITHS MAHAL PALACE

Lalitha Mahal Palace is set in the middle of sprawling terraced gardens, 11 K M from the heart of Mysore city, Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV commissioned this two storied palace in 1921 to accommodate the Viceroy of India on his visit to Mysore

CHAMUNDI HILL

 

A well known 335 Mtr high landmark, Chamundi Hills can be reached by a 13 Km road which snakes its way around the hills, or by climbing over 1,000 steps laid out by the Mysore Maharaja in the 17th century. The largest and best known is the large Dravidian temple, dedicates to Sri Chamundeshwari Devi.

Mysore Zoo was started in 1892 by Chamaraja Wodeyar X initially as a private Zoo, and named as Khas Bangle. The Zoo has spread an area of 250 acres the Zoo has about 1500 animals, ranging from the opossum to orangutan. Many animals which are imported from countries like Africa, America and Australian Countries.Karanji Lake is part of Mysore Zoo. The lake attracts about 45 varieties of birds some of the birds migrate here from too far away places. The lake has been renovated recently and boating facility is also available.

ST PHILOMINA’S CHURCH

This Roman Catholic Church was built between 1933 and 1941.It was initially known as St Joseph Chaver which later assumed the present name. The twin towers of the church stand majestically at 175 feet. The church is located about 1 Km from Mysore palace on the Bangalore highway. The Mysore king Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV laid the foundation for construction of the church in 1933.it has been designed by a French Architect.

BRINDAVAN GARDEN

The Krishna Sagar reservoir across the legendary Cauvery river is around 18 Km north – west of Mysore.The Brindavan gardens are located just a level below the dam. Spread over 150 acres special attractions include the Dancing Fountain, Boating and the gravity fed fountains spread throughout the gardens. In 2004, the entire garden was revamped with new fountains and light. it is truly a spectacle not to be missed.