Mysore name is derived from the demon king Mahishasura. Mysore is one of the major tourist places in Karnataka. It was once State capital, and now it has grown into a modern city like any other cities. This place is famous for rich historical and cultural legacy. There are many Waterfalls, Temples, Museums, Royal buildings, Beautiful Gardens and modern amusement parks.
Mysore has many buildings that were once built by Royal families like Emperors. This is the reason that Mysore is also known as “City of Palaces”.
Places to visitKRS Dam
KRS is a good example of excellent engineering, built by one of finest engineers Sir M. Vishveswariah and named it after Maharaja of Mysore, Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar who had financed the dam. KRS is locally known as Kannambadi. The dam was the first in the world, to have automatic sluice gates. The lake formed by dam is one of the largest in India. This dam was a built for multipurpose project to supply water to the agricultural lands of Mysore and Mandya Districts and power supply to Shivanasamudra.Brindavan Gardens
Brindavan Garden is situated at the heart of the city. This garden is laid out below the KRS. As the sun sets, thousands of fountains of different size and shapes that are lit by colorful lamps start dancing as they are set to pleasant music. This Garden was designed by Sir Mirza Ismail, Diwan of Mysore.Mysore Zoo
It is one of the oldest zoos in India. After independence this zoo was handed over to Government by Royal patronages, who had flourished this zoo. Zoo has all the modern facilities and is as pioneer in breeding animals in captivity.St. Philomena Church
This church has 175 feet high spires. This church has St. Philomena’s relic of the 3rd century, which is been preserved in a catacomb, below the main altar.Chamundi Hills
A Chamundi hill is 1065 meters high above sea level and 800 feet above city. Chamundeshwari temple is situated on top of the hill. 1000 steps leading to temple are carved out of granite rock. On half way to temple there is huge monolith statue of Nandi, the bull. Near temple you can find gigantic statue of Mahishasura made of mortar. Beside temple there is a small palace belonging to Lalithadri, king of Mysore.Mysore Lakes
There are 3 lakes in Mysore namely Karanji Lake, Kukkaranahalli Lake in Manasgangothri and Lingabudi Lake in Srirampura. These lakes are favorite picnic spot as you can watch many migratory birds. Karanji lake has largest walkthrough aviary in India.