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About Mysuru

The City Of Palaces

Mysuru also known as the City of Palaces, Mysuru retains a quaint charm, that never fails to enchant. Situated in the southern part of the Deccan Plateau, Mysuru District is an undulating tableland, covered in parts by granite outcrops and fringed by verdant forests. From ancient times, this district has played a significant role in the history of South India. Mysuru District is a popular tourist destination, offering several attractions ranging from the royal splendor of Mysuru City and its fabulous Dasara Festival to exquisite temples, pilgrimage centers and scenic spots.

The district forms the southern part of the Deccan peninsula with Tamil Nadu to its southeast, the Kodagu district to its west, Mandya district to its north, Hassan district to its northwest and Bangalore district to its northeast.

Mysuru district forms a distinct land unit, besides being a cultural entity lying between 11°30' N to 12°50' N latitudes and 75°45' E to 77°45' E longitudes. It covers an area of 6854 sq. km. that is, 3.57 per cent of the state’s total geographical area.

Somanathapuram Temple


Situated in the unobtrusive village of Somanathpur, 35km from Mysuru, the exquisitely carved, star-shaped temple with triple towers is a perfect example of Hoysala architecture. The friezes on its outer walls with their intricately cared rows of caparisoned elephants, charging horsemen, and mythological birds and beasts will leave you spellbound. Beautifully sculpted images of gods, godesses and scenes from the epics, as well as the remarkable ornate celings in the pillared hall take your breath away.

Timings: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm

Entrance Fee: Indians Rs.5, Child below 12 Yrs. Free, Foreigners Rs.100.

Distance: : Mysuru-35km, T.Narasipura – 10km, Maddur -60km, Bangalore -120km.

Phone: 08227-270010


Bandipur National park

Bandipu rNational park

Tread the path of the erstwhile Maharajas of Mysuru with a visit to Bandipur, about 80 km south of Mysuru on the Mysuru-Ooty Road. The reserve is a playground for wildlife, with elephants taking the lead role. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience – you might see a tiger prowling amidst the mix of deciduous, evergreen forest and scrubland vegetation. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the enchanting Niligiri Mountains with its mist-covered peaks, Bandipur was once the Mysuru Maharaja’s private hunting ground. It was brought under Project Tiger in 1973. This is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe and photograph wildlife in close proximity. A temple perched atop Himvad Gopalaswamy Hill, the highest peak in the Bandipur range, is worth a visit.

Go wild and see just how therapeutic it can be. Trade those concrete jungles for a fresh breath of green. Put a pause on the rat race and ride an elephant instead. Take a break from bearding the lion in his corner office and go looking for tigers. The Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary puts life back into perspective. Or rather it puts the perspective back into life.

Trying to spot elusive animals, listening for bird calls and commuting on the first elephant into the heart of the forests that were once the private hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mysore himself - its a little like everyday life, only drastically different. The elephant safari is an experience not only because you feel like the lord of all that lies before you, but also because, you never know what you might see. Depending on the peacock temperament of the moment, you could get treated to a peacock dance, or you might catch it on a bad day when it might get modest and a vividly-hued tail peeking from the thick foliage is all youll get. You might spot a bison playing peek-a-boo from behind a bush, or a crocodile sunning itself on the banks of the River Kabini, its wicked grin intact. The Sanctuary is home to the spotted deer, the sambar deer, pythons, sloth bears, porcupines, monkeys and over 230 species of birds. Thats a lot of spotting to do - just might help you see the good things in life again.

Distance: Mysuru -80kms, Gundlupet -20kms, Bangalore -220kms, Ooty -60kms

Location and
Area :874.2
District: Chamarajnagar

Bandipur is flanked by Karnataka’s Gandhi national Park (Nagarahole) to its northwest, Tamilnadu’s Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary to its southwest. Together, these constitute the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.


Chamundi Hills


The hill is 3,489ft. above the sea levels and is 12 km from Mysuru city. An energetic visitor will be well repaid by climbing up the 1000 steps, fashioned about 300 years ago, and a good motorable road leads to the top of the hill. The largest and the best know is the large Dravidian Temple, dedicates to Sri Chamundeshwari Devi, the tutelary deity of Mysuru and here royal house, generally regarded as an incarnation of Parvati or Durga. One account claims that the Goddess slew two demons, Chanda and Munda , so winning for herself a name combined of both. But the more usually accepts version speaks of here as Chamundi – Mahishasura – Mardini, the slayer of minotaur. She is therefore the household deity of the town named in (Maheshaputra) commemoration Maisa(baffalo),uru(town) her image on the hill bestrides a lion, and has twenty hands. It is said that Raja Wodeyar (about 1600 AD) intended to build a gopura, and for that purpose erected four large pillar posts, which were removed when the present gopura was built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. He built a gopura with golden finials, and set up statues of himself and his 3 queens in the presence of the Goddess. In 1827 he made arrangement for festivals and processions. In 143 he presented the simhavahana and other cars.

Darshan Timings:7:30am to 2:00pm, 3:30pm to 6:00pm, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Sacred Bull


Half a top of the hill you may reachthe bull in a few minutes. Fashioned says legend, in one night, out of the basalt of the hill, this recumbent colossal Nandi (the vehicle of Shiva) was a gift of Dodda Deva Raja. Over 25 ft long and 4.8 mt high (16ft high), adorned with ropes, chains, bells and jewels of stone, the bull with half shut eyes, which seem, in yogic fashion.




One of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India, it is known for its monasteries, handicrafts, carpet factories, and incense factory. The landscape is dotted with several monasteries, but be sure to visit the most important amongst these - the Great Gompa of Sera Jey and Sera Mey. The Mahayana Buddhist University is located here. It also has an enormous prayer hall. The other important monastery in the neighbouring settlement of Bylekuppe is Tashi Lhumpo, renowned as the seat of the Panchen Lama.




Situated on the banks of the River Cauvery, the Kirti Narayana Temple, also known as the Vaideshwara Temple, is completely buried beneath sand dunes. The temple comes to life when it is excavated once every 12 years during the Panchalinga Darshan.


Rajiv Gandhi National Park


Explore the environs of The Rajiv Gandhi National Park, also called Nagarahole, Kannada for Snake River. It derives its name from the winding course of the river that flows through the forests. Nagarahole has an astonishing abundance of wildlife, especially the Asiatic elephant. The backdrop of the distant misty blue Brahmagiri Mountains, the natural sounds of the jungle, the gurgling of streams and rivers, and the twittering of the birds make sure that Nagarahole stays with you as a memorable experience, long after your visit.

Shivanasamudra Falls


Discover nature's handiwork in the form of this tiny island-town, 65km east of Mysore. Forested hills and lush green valleys cradle a small hamlet and two fine temples. Together, they provide a startlingly calm setting for the Cauvery River as it plummets from a height of 75m into a deep, rocky gorge with a deafening roar to form two picturesque falls, Barachukki and Gaganachukki. When the Cauvery is in spate, watching the river crash into a cloud of foaming spray is an exhilarating experience. During the monsoon (June-September), the falls are at their impressive best. Downstream from the falls is Asia's first hydroelectric project, established in 1902.


Mysore Palace


Built in Indo-Saracenic style, with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Known as Amba Vilas Palace, it was designed by Henry Irwin, the British consultant architect of Madras State, and completed in 1912 on the site of the old wooden palace that was destroyed by fire in 1897. The majestic Durbar Hall with its ornate ceiling and sculpted pillars, and the Marriage Pavilion with its chandeliers, cast-iron pillars, and Belgian stained glass arranged in peacock designs on the domed ceilings, are the main attractions. Make sure you see the magnificent jewel-studded golden throne, the pride of the Wadiyars and the symbol of their sovereignty, displayed here during the Dasara festival in October. A row of souvenir shops leads to the Residential Museum, which houses musical instruments, Tanjore and Mysore paintings, and an array of personal effects belonging to the Maharaja's family. The palace, illuminated on Sundays and public holidays, presents a spectacle of breathtaking beauty.


Biligiri Rangana Hills


Another interesting getaway from Mysore for nature enthusiasts is the Biligiri Rangana Hills popularly known as the B.R.Hills. Though these hills are famous for the ancient temple on top of the hills, it is also home to a lesser-known wildlife sanctuary. The Biligiri Rangana Hills are 120kms from Mysore. The Billigiri Rangana hills are ideally located between the Cauvery and Kapila rivers. It is at a height of about 5, 091 feet above sea level and runs north to south for about 16kms. The lower hills are covered with rich deciduous forests that are home to a large number of elephants.

The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of about and is inhabited by a number of animals including elephants, sloth bears, bison, deer, porcupines and a number of other wild animals. It is said that the sanctuary has more than 250 species of birds like the Paradise Flycatcher, Racquet Trailed Drongo and the Crested Hawk Eagle, to name a few. The sanctuary is inhabited with such a large population of wildlife that one does not have to go looking for them. There is accommodation in the sanctuary in the form of Jungle lodges and resorts. The best time to get a good look at the wildlife is at dawn.

To visit the temple on top of the hill you can either climb the 150 steps leading to the temple or drive through the lush green forests. The temple is dedicated to Biligiri Rangaswamy and the temple is built in the Dravidian style. There is a guesthouse maintained by the temple authorities that provides accommodation as well. These hills are a wonderful combination of a hill resort and a wildlife sanctuary. There are buses that ply from Mysore at regular intervals to B.R.Hills.




Another popular excursion from Mysore city is Nanjangud. Nanjangud is 25kms from Mysore. It is a holy place because of the Nanjundeswara or Srikanteswara temple. It is called Garalapuri because of this famous temple. This place is an important pilgrim center and is named after its famous temple the Nanjundeshwara temple. The temple is built in the Dravidian style and is the only one of its kind in Karnataka. It is said that the sage Gauthama stayed in Nanjangud for sometime and installed a Linga in this place. Nanjangud is also known as 'Dakshina Kashi' or the Varanasi of the South.

Nanjangud is situated on the right bank of the river Kapila also known as Kabini. This river is a tributary of the River Cauvery. Close to the town of Nanjangud is the confluence or Sangam of the rivers Kapila and Gundlu. This confluence is called "Parahurama Kshetra". It is said that it is here that Parashurama had repented for the sin of beheading his mother. There is a Parashurama temple built in the Mysore style, the sanctum has an idol of Lord Parashurama and he is worshipped here. This place has temples dedicated to Anjaneya and Basaveshwara too. Nanjangud is also an important industrial hub of Myosre district. Many big Indian and multinational companies have their units in Nanjangud.


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