Wading through the busy streets and majestic landmarks of Mysore as a soft mountain breeze brushes past you, the city will slowly but surely enchant you. Stepping into Mysore is like looking into a kaleidoscope, brimming with color, culture, art and nature. The teeming market-streets, pulsating with a fierce burst of vibrant colors will stir your senses with gentle wafts of the sweet fragrances of sandalwood and incense sticks. The bygone eras of Maharajas and Sultans come alive as you admire the splendor of their stately palaces. Amidst these many garbs of Mysore is the essence of this city that captivates you with its unassuming simplicity.
The beautiful city of Mysore, often known to be the cultural capital of Karnataka, lies at the base of the Chamundi Hills in the Western Ghats. The city, which was once the seat of the Wodeyar dynasty, has a world of marvelous experiences to offer you. It’s pleasant weather and even more pleasing sights make it an ideal travel destination.
This genial city will charm you with the fascinating and unforgettable experiences it has in store. Such are its riches, that a number of things from fragrances to food bear the prefix of ‘Mysore’ to their name. The delicious ‘Mysore-Pak’, a traditional sweet, the spicy ‘Mysore-Pan’, and the perfumed beauty of the ‘Mysore Jasmines’ are just a few among them.
Sifting through the markets in Mysore, such as the Devaraja Market, is a fulfilling activity in itself. Here you can buy beautifully crafted sandalwood carvings, rich quality coffee sourced from nearby plantations and a variety of charming perfumes and incense sticks. Mysore is also widely popular for its spice markets. In the past few years, it has also gained the reputation of an international yoga retreat.
An ideal time to visit Mysore is the 10-day festival of Dussehra or Vijayadashmi in October. The local folk art and culture is displayed through spectacles of dance and music organized by the government. A huge procession of the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari on the 10th day is one of the highlights.
The various places of interest are spread across different locales in the city. But that is no reason to deter you from exploring each location. In terms of transport within the city, there are many options available. Auto-rickshaws are by far the most convenient, affordable and comfortable way of traveling within the city. For a more economical option and for a glimpse of the local lifestyle, travel by the public transport buses. You can also hire private cars by booking them in advance.
You can reach Mysore through train. Mysore Jn, Ashokapuram are some of the most popular train stations in Mysore. On an average about 31 trains pass through Mysore on a daily basis. Bangalore to Mysore, Mandya to Mysore, Ramanagaram to Mysore are some of the most popular routes to Mysore with 93, 86, 63 trains weekly respectively.
By road Mysore is surrounded by Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Channapatna which are 23.12 km, 33.24 km, 44.72 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Mysore has a total of 149 hotels.
There are 149 hotels in Mysore with the popular ones being Aishwarya Residency, Ginger Mysore, The Windflower Resorts & Spa - Mysore, Fortune JP Palace, Royal Orchid Metropole, Pai Vista etc.