8 Unforgettable Places To Visit In Mysore: Things To Do, Sightseeing And Attractions

Mysore, also known as the city of Palaces, is a majestic city in Karnataka. Apart from the numerous palaces, there are several beautiful places to visit in Mysore, including temples, wildlife sanctuary, and museums. The city offers some of the most picturesque and interesting locations that one cannot be found anywhere in the country.

Here’s a Neo Travellers’ list of 8 best places to visit in Mysore:

Mysore Palace

Topping the charts of best places to visit in Mysore is the magnificent and important Mysore Palace. The palace was the official residence of the Wodeyars, the former royal family of Mysore, that ruled the princely state of Mysore for more than seven centuries. It was initially constructed by the Wodeyar kings in the 14th century.

Did you know the annual footfall of Mysore Palace is over 2.5 million, which is second to the famous Taj Mahal?

The construction of the current Mysore Palace was completed in 1912 and was commissioned by the regent of Mysore, Maharani Vani Vilas Sannidhna. The palace is famous for its unique architecture which is in the Indo-Saracenic style (a unique blend of the Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles). The three-storeyed palace has marble domes and a 145-f00t high, five-storeyed tower.

Mysore Palace - best places to visit in mysore

The best time to visit the palace is during the famous Mysore Dasara festival. During the festival, the entire palace is illuminated for two months (September and October). While at the Mysore Palace, do watch out for the Audience Chamber, the Public Darbar, the royal wedding hall and the armoury. The palace complex also has around 12 Hindu temples, of which the oldest one dates back to the 14th century.

Distance (From Mysore Junction): 2.5 Km
Entry Fee: INR 40 (adults), INR 20 (Children between 10 and 18 years) and INR 200 for foreign tourists (Audio Kit Included)
Timings: Monday to Sunday (10:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
Address: Mysore Palace, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570004
Trip Duration (From Mysore Junction, Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: Following parts of the Mysore Palace and can be visited together – Private Residential Museum, Trinesvaraswamy Temple, Shweta Varahaswamy Temple, Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple, Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple, Bhuvaneswari Temple, Gayathri Temple, Someswara Temple, and Kodi Bhairava Temple.

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Jaganmohan Palace

Another Palace one of the best places to visit in Mysore is the Jaganmohan Palace. It is one of the seven palaces in the city and was completed in 1861. It was the initial residence of the Wodeyar royal family. It was also used as a temporary residence when the Mysore Palace was destroyed in a fire.

Today, the Jaganmohan Palace is an art gallery and a function hall. The three-storey palace has a very Hindu architecture. The internal walls have several murals that are based on the traditional style of the Mysore school of paintings and depict the Dasara scene.

Jaganmohan Palace

Did you know the Jaganmohan Palace has the biggest collection of artefacts in South India?

Invoke your inner artist and appreciate more than 2,000 paintings in the gallery, including paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and ‘the Lady with the Lamp’ by Haldenkar.

Distance (From Mysore Junction): 2 Km
Entry Fee: INR 20 (adults) and INR 10 (children)
Timings: Monday to Sunday (10:00AM–5:30PM)
Address: Opp City Bus Stand, Jagan Mohan Palace Road, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570024
Trip Duration (From Mysore Palace, Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
Place Location: Near Mysore Palace
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None

Chamundi Hills

The Chamundi Hills is one of the eight most sacred hills in South India and are located near the Mysore Palace. At an altitude of around 1,000 meters, these hills are believed to be the place where Goddess Chamundeshwari also called Chamundi killed the demon king Mahishasura here.

Chamundi Hills mysore

You will also find a temple dedicated to the goddess at the Chamundi Hills, which is one of the best places to visit in Mysore for people with religious inclination. On the way to the temple, you will also come across the Nandi Temple or Bull Temple. Chamundi Hills is the best place to visit in Mysore as atop the hill you can get a panoramic view of the city and also spot city landmarks such as the Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore Palace, Karanji Reservoir and Kukkarahalli lakes.

places to visit in mysore

Distance (From Mysore Junction): 13.5 Km
Trip Duration (From Mysore Junction, Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: Mahabaleshwara temple, located behind the Chamundeswari temple, and can be visited together.

Brindavan Gardens

The Brindavan Gardens is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Mysore and receives around 2 million tourists every year. The garden is near the Krishnarajasagara Dam, built across the Cauvery River. The work of the garden began in 1927 and was completed in 1932. The layout of the garden is similar to the Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir.

The sprawling Brindavan garden is spread across 60 acres and has water fountains, Ficus trees, foliage and flowering plants in great variety. The garden also contains two horticulture farms and several topiary works which resemble the shapes of different animals. The main attraction of the garden is the musical fountain. Adjacent to the garden is a large 75-acre orchard, which is also a nice place to visit.

Brindavan Gardens - Mysore tourist attractions

Distance (From Srirangapatna): 16 Km
Entry Fee: Adult: INR 15, Children: INR 10
Timings: Monday to Sunday (6:30AM–9:00PM)
Address: KRS Dam Road, Mysore, Karnataka 571607
Trip Duration (From Srirangapatna, Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: Brindavan Gardens and the KRS Dam are close to each other and can be visited together –
You can also visit Balmuri Falls and Edumuri Falls when you plan to visit Brindavan Gardens since the falls are around 8 Kms from Brindavan Gardens.

Mysore Zoo

Mysore Zoo is near the Mysore Palace and is also called Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. It is one of the best places to visit in Mysore with your children, as the zoo is home to elephants, baboons, white rhinos, tigers, lion, zebras, etc. The zoo was originally created over 10 acres of land but was extended to an area of 45 acres. Today the zoo, which was established under royal patronage in 1892, is spread over 150 acres of land.

Mysore Zoo - Mysore Sightseeing

Observe the wild animals or sit by a bandstand and an artificial lake to have the perfect outing. You can spot several birds, giraffe, or see the exotic green anacondas contributed by a zoo in Colombo to have a memorable visit to the city of Palaces.
Mysore Zoo is the best place to visit in Mysore as it is one of the oldest zoos in South India.

Distance (From Mysore Junction): 3 Km
Entry Fee: Weekdays INR 50 for adults and INR 20 for children between 5 and 12 years. Weekends, INR 60 for adults and INR 30 for children.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (9:30AM–5:30PM)
Address: Zoo Road, Indira Nagar, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka 570010
Trip Duration (From Mysore Junction, Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None

Lalitha Mahal

The Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore after the Mysore Palace and is situated near the Chamundi Hills. Built on the orders of the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in 1921, the palace is modelled on St Paul’s Cathedral in London and is painted in pristine white. The mahal was converted into a heritage hotel in 1974 and is operated by the Ashoka Group of the Indian Tourism Development Corporation under the Government of India.

Lalitha Mahal is one of the best places to visit in Mysore because of its architecture and the main attractions in the palaces. The magnificent palace is a splendid example of the Renaissance architecture and reflects the styles used in English manor houses and Italian Pallazos.

Lalitha Mahal - tourist places in mysore

The important attractions of the two-storeyed Lalitha Mahal are the Viceroy Room, the banquet hall, a dance floor, crystal chandeliers, full-length portraits of the Wodeyar kings, and an Italian marble staircase.

Distance (From Mysore Junction): 7 Km
Entry Fee: INR 100
Timings: Monday to Sunday (10:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Address: T. Narsipura Road, Mysore, Karnataka, 570011, India
Trip Duration (From Mysore Junction, Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
Place Location: Near Chamundi Hill Road
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: Enjoy a buggy ride around the palace for a unique sightseeing experience

St Philomena’s Church

The St Philomena’s Church was built in 1936 in a neo-Gothic style inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The church is dedicated to St Philomena, a Latin Catholic saint and a young Greek princess who was martyred in the 4th century.

The Saint Philomena’s Church in Mysore is one of the oldest churches in India. It is a cross-shaped floor plan and was designed by a French architect named Daly. The longer part of the cross is the congregation hall and is called the Nave. The cathedral has a crypt where a statue of St. Philomena is kept. The magnificent twin spires of the church are about 175 feet height and have a striking resemblance to the Cologne Cathedral of Germany.

St Philomena’s Church mysore
Distance (From Mysore Junction): 2.5 Km
Entry Fee: Free
Timing: Monday to Sunday (5:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Address: St.Philomena’s Church Mysore Address: Lashkar Mohalla, Ashoka Road, Mysuru, Karnataka, 570001, India
Trip Duration (From Mysore Junction, Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None

Mysore Railway Museum

The Railway Museum in Mysore is one of the best places to visit in Mysore if you are interested in automobiles and history. It is an outdoor exhibit of vintage locomotives and was established by the Indian Railways in 1979. In the museum, you’ll see an array of automobiles and railway coaches. Trace the history of Indian railways as you see old locomotives, photographs, paintings as well as railway signals and lights at the museum.

Mysore Railway Museum

There is also a battery operated mini train within the museum that is exclusively for children. One of the most popular exhibits at the Railway Museum in Mysore is the Maharani Saloon carriage, a YP #2511 made by Telco in 1963. The carriage has a kitchen, dining car unit and royal toilet that dates back to 1899. In addition to the carriage, there are various inspection cars and an Austin rail motor dating back to 1925.

Distance (From Mysore Junction): 1 Km
Entry Fee: INR 15 for adults and INR 10 for children
Address: KRS Road, Opp. CFTRI, Medar Block, Yadavagiri, Mysuru, Karnataka 570005
Timings: Monday to Sunday (9:30AM–5:30PM)
Trip Duration (From Mysore Junction, Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None

Please note: The prices mentioned in the article are as of 2017.

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