Mysuru: Best Things to Do

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Mysore is a city in India famous for its Mysore Palace and other temples

The famous local food here is Masala Dosa. You have to try this tasty dish!

Shop in Devaraja Market to find lots of foods, vegetables, and flowers

Mysore is also famous for its heritage and festivals, such as Vijayadashami

Let's explore this amazing city!

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SIGHTSEEING

Our pick for sightseeing in Mysore is Mysore Palace and Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. Mysore palace is the most famous and iconic place in Mysore. It’s a historical palace as well as royal residence of the Wadiyar dynasty. Mysore itself is known as ‘City of Palaces’ as there are seven palaces including Mysore Palace.

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens is also known as Mysore Zoo. It is one of the oldest zoos in India, established in 1892. It was found by Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur. It’s considered as a huge zoo, with the total area of 78 acres. Not only protecting endangered animals, the zoo also actively hosting education programs involving students, NGO, resource persons, and volunteers.

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace is first built on 1897 with Indo-Saracenic architectural style, with blends of Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic

The palace has three entrances: The East Gate (the front gate, opened only during Dasara and for dignitaries), the South Entrance (for public) and the West Entrance (only during Dasara)

The palace opens every day from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

The ticket price is RS 70 per adults regardless of the nationality and RS 30 for children above 10 years and below 18 years

Address : Sayyaji Rao Rd, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden is home for 1450 specimens, comprising 168 species representing more than 25 countries

The zoo is very well maintained, attracting more than 3 million visitors annually

It’s a perfect place to bring your kids to as they will learn more about animals

Address : Zoo Main Road, Indira Nagar, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka 570010, India

DOWNTOWN

While in Mysore, you can’t miss walking visiting Melkote. Rather than just one building, Melkote is a temple town built by the dynasty of Karnataka. There is a Yoganarshimpa on the top of the hill and twin ponds named Akka Thangi Honda. It’s not very big, but the building’s aesthetic and local atmosphere will not disappoint you.

Kabini Dam is another place you can visit while in Mysore. This huge dam was built in 1974, with covering the area of 55 hectares including forests, rivers, lakes, and valleys. It caters the need of water to 22 surrounding villages and is a prominent source of drinking water to Bengaluru.

Melkote

The distance from Mysore to Melkote is around 50 km, reachable by bus or cab

Yoga Narashima Swamy and Cheluvanarayana Swamy are the major temples in Melkote

Yoga Narashima Temple is open from 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM and 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM

Cheluvanarayana Temple is open from 7:30 AM until 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Address : Karnataka 571431 India

Kabini Dam

Kabini Dam is an attractive place for nature lovers, offering wide varieties of birds and other wildlifes

The main attractions in Kabini Dam area are the Elephant Safari, Jungle Safari, and boating on the Kabini River

During the colonial era, it was used by the British colonials to relax and get closer to the nature, as well as hunting (as it was a form of entertainment back then)

Address : Kabini Reservoir, Karnataka, India

SHOPPING

What is visiting a city without stepping your foot in their local market? You will feel the intense local atmosphere in this market. The products that are sold here are mostly foods and flowers which is very picturesque to take photos of. You can also find many exotic fruits while strolling around.

Devaraja Market

Devaraja Market is open daily from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

The market has more than 800 shops on 3 acres of land

The market is designed with individual sections, separating one types of product to another

Address : Devaraja Mohalla, Mandi Mohalla, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India

FOOD & DRINK

The local food in Mysore that you must try is South Indian Masala Dosa. While Masala is the local food for the whole country, local people of Mysore likes to eat them with coconut chutney and an espresso. You can also try their Mysore Pak, a traditional sweet food.

The local beverages would range across carbonated drinks, juice and nectars. You can easily find these in local restaurants or bars.

CULTURE

Mysore is famous for their palaces, museums, and art galleries, not to mention how festive the town in during Dasara. Mysore is also the origin of silk sari known as Mysore silk sari which has a huge influence to Mysore painting. Dasara itself is a 10 days festival that falls between September or October. It celebrates the victory of truth over evil, when Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Mysore would be from October to February. Because it’s a tropical city, it’s best to visit the place in monsoons and winter months. The summer in Mysore would be very hot and less ideal for traveling.

HOTEL

There are many hotels you can book in Mysore. Our picks are Aishwarya Residency and Hotel Sandesh The Prince. Aishwarya Residency is a hotel with affordable prices, but with superb amenities. It’s also only 5 minutes away from Mysore Palace and in a close distance to other attractions. Hotel Sandesh The Prince itself is also close to the palace, only 3 minutes of driving. It’s one of luxury 4-star hotels in Mysore with distinctive interior design.

Aishwarya Residency

Staying in Aishwarya Residency will give you easy access to Mysore’s attractions and popular landmarks

The hotel offers spacious rooms, elegantly designed and furnished with modern amenities

Address : 2932/A, Off Bangalore-Nilgiri road, Lashkar Mohalla,, near KSRTC suburban BUSSTAND, behind Kalyan jewels, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India

Hotel Sandesh The Prince

Hotel Sandesh The Prince offers Executive Superior Rooms, Premier Rooms, Executive Suites, Premier Suites, and Prince Club Suites

Fitness center, Spa, and children play area is available in the hotel

Enjoy jacuzzi in premier suites

Address : No 3, Nethra Nivas, Nazarbad Main Rd, Mysuru, Karnataka 570010, India

RESTAURANT

While staying in Mysore, we recommend you to have your meals in Gufha Restaurant and Andhra Ruchulu. Gufha restaurant offers Indian and Asian cuisines, with vegan and halal options. It’s only 0.5 miles away from Mysuru Palace. The place is quite small with dim lighting (it’s part of the theme) but the foods are top notch. Andhra Ruchulu is another restaurant you can visit. They serve biryani cuisines and desserts. The restaurant’s décor will make your lunch/dinner comfortable and they are known for their friendly service.

Gufha Restaurant

Gufha Restaurant has dark cave theme for its interior design

The staffs are very attentive and ready to help

A perfect restaurant for family dinner/lunch

Don’t forget to try their fried ice cream and soups

Address : 35/A, Bangalore Nilgiri Rd, Nazarbad, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India

Andhra Ruchulu

the foods are served on a banana leaf

you can try both north and south Indian foods in this restaurant

Address : 35/A, Bangalore Nilgiri Rd, Opp to Sub Urban Bus stand, Nazarbad, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India

CAFE

Frosting café is one of the most famous cafes in Mysore. Instead of Indian food, they serve Italian foods such as pizza and other European food. It’s located 1.4 miles from Mysuru Palace. The café’s architectural setting is very comfortable. It’s a perfect place to wind down from your busy day and sip your coffee.

Other café we recommend while visiting Mysore is Depth N Green. The café serves bites such as burgers, cheese omelette, lentil soup, sandwiches, and many others. The décor makes visitors feel comfy as well.

Frosting

Frosting is a must visit café in Mysore

The staffs are known to be helpful and friendly

The café is complemented with beautiful and serene atmosphere

Address : 2649, 2nd Main Road, Vani Vilas Mohalla, Mysore, Gokulam, Mysore

Depth N Green

The food is served on a tree trunk-designed tables

It’s a vegan friendly cafe

Address : 228/3, Gokulam Main Rd, Gokulam 2nd Stage, Gokulam, Mysuru, Karnataka 570002, India

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Have fun and exciting nights in Mysore by visiting Infinit bar and Purple Haze Mysuru. Infinit bar is placed in a rooftop of Roopla Hotel, so you can enjoy the night with breeze of night air. The price is reasonable, we recommend you to try their tonic and gin. Purple Haze is located on a rooftop as well, with best seller dishes including purple haze, beer, cocktails, and sholey kebab.

Infinit Bar

Infinit bar offers candle lit dinner for your romantic meals

You will be spoiled by the view of Chamundi Hills from the rooftop

Address : 2724/C, Bangalore Nilgiri Rd, Lashkar Mohalla, Doora, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India

Purple Haze Mysuru

Purple Haze has live music in the background with DJ

Great wine list will make your night more enjoyable

Open every day from 11 AM to 11 PM

Address : 129, 130, High Tension Double Rd, Mahadeswara Badavane, Vijay Nagar 2nd Stage, Vijayanagar, Mysuru, Karnataka 570017, India

INTERESTING PLACE

Somnathpur Temple is one of the most interesting places in Mysore that you must visit. It’s a Hindu temple located in Somanathapura, Mysore. This temple has three shrines dedicated to Keshava, Janardhana, and Venugopala which are forms of Hindu God Vishnu. The meticulous detail of the ornament is unparalleled and telling so much story behind it.

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple is located about 13 km from Mysore. In the temple present several images of Nandi, or the bull mount of Shiva. The Nandi is over 15 feet high and 24 feet long. Around its neck are bells.

Somnathpur Temple

Absorb the rich heritage of Mysore through visiting Somnathpur Temple

The ambience of Somnathpur Temple is quiet and peaceful

The temple is star shaped surrounded by beautiful intricate ornaments

Address : Unnamed Road, Karnataka 571120, India

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple is famous for celebrations such as Aashada Shakravara, Navararti, and Ammanavara Vardhanthi

The night view of the temple is exquisite, with majestic built

No entry fee to this temple

Address : Chamundi Hill, Mysuru, Karnataka 570010, India

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery and Auditorium is one of the most instagrammable places in Mysore, India. It was a palace used by kings of Mysore as their home and now transformed into an art gallery and function hall. The architectural style is truly an Instagram aesthetic material, with white colour mixed with reds and greens on the building.

Kukarrahalli Kere or Kukarrahalli an artificial lake is located in Mysore city. The lake has 4.5 km walkway on the periphery with shaded stone benches for sitting, relaxing, and enjoy the scenic view of the lake. There was a restoration for the lake in 2003-2004, giving it a fresh look with bougainvillea flowers, fences, and lightings around the lake.

Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery And Auditorium

The art gallery contains one of the largest collections of artifacts in South India which mostly in the form of paintings

Other exhibits include weapons of war, musical instruments, sculptures, brassware, antique coins, and currencies

Address : Jagan Mohan Palace Road, Subbarayanakere, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570004, India

Kukkarahalli Lake

The lake is famous for bird watching as well

No entry fee to the lake area

Address : Kukkarahalli, Saraswathipuram, Mysuru, Karnataka