Mysore is a beautiful city and the third most populated city of state Karnataka. This city has various beautiful places that attract tourist to explore. This city has very rich and fascinating history, Click here to read the history of Mysore city.
How to reach: Mysore is well connected with every mode of Transport. It has Airport, railway station and several bus depot. It depends on you how will you prefer to reach Mysore.
The place to visit in Mysore
There is the various place that you can see when you are in Mysore.
The Mysore Palace:
Mysore palace is a beautiful place. It is the house of Wodayer dynasty since 500 years. We have a very detail blog post dedicated to Mysore place. Click here to check very detailed information about Mysore palace.
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens:
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens is also referred as “Mysore Zoo”, it is the oldest Zoo in India. The zoo was established in 1892 by Sri Chamarajendra Wadiyar Bahadur. Chamarajendra Wadiyar called Mr. G.H. Krumbeigal, who was a landscaper and horticulturist from Germany, to create a zoo. Initially, it was started with 10.9 acres and gradually expanded to 78 acres. Today the zoo is the house of 1450 specimen comprising 168species, which are the habitat of more than 25 countries.
Zoo Ticket Fee: For child 20 Rs on regular days 30 Rs on weekend and government holidays. 5o Rs for an adult on regular days 70 Rs on weekend and Government Holidays.
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple:
According to the story in Devi Puran, this city was ruled by Demon king Mahishasura. Mahishasura was a buffalo-headed demon king. So God and Goddess prayed and in response to their prayer Goddess Parvati took birth as Chamundeshwari and killed the Monster on the top of Chamundi Hills. Thus the city and the hills have names Mysore and Chamundi Hill respectively. The beautiful temple is situated on Chamundi hills. The temple remains closed between 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangapatna:
The Ranganathaswamy temple is in Srirangapatna was built in 817 A.D by a lady name Hambi. It is 20 KM away from city Mysore. It is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Mysore. This is the first ever temple in which Lord Vishnu is in lying pose. The temple is centuries old but the statue is so maintained and looks amazing. Don’t visit this temple between 1:30 to 4:00 p.m because temple closes during this time and you have to wait for 2 hours.
Best Time to visit: You can visit this temple throughout the year.
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum:
The Mysore Sand Sculpture museum near Chandi hills is India’s first sand and art museum. There is more than 150 Sculpture in this sand museum. This museum is spread in 13500 square feet area and was created by M N Gowri, she is an art graduate and is always keen to do something special for Tourist. The artist successfully engraved the beautiful life across the globe, Story of Indian mythology by using sand. 1.5 hours is sufficient time to admire the artist work. The ticket fee is 40 Rs. there is no fee for Camera here.
Opening Timings: Every day in a week and the opening timing is 8:00 a.m. -6:30 p.m.
Brindavan garden is one of the most beautiful terrace gardens in the world. This beautiful garden was built by Sir Mirza Ismail, who was the Dewan of Mysore state at that time. It is famous for its symmetry. It is spread across more than 60 acres. The garden is built on the KRS dam. It took 5 years to complete the beautiful garden, its construction was started in 1927 and completed in 1932. The construction of this garden shared the same style as of the Shalimar garden in Kashmir. Both gardens are built in Mughal style. Nowadays the maintenance of this garden is done by Public Works Department.
Opening Timings: Every day in a week and the opening timing is 6:30 am -9:00 pm.
Entry Fee: 15 Rs for adult and 5 rs for children.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary:
The Ranganathittu Bird century named on Hindu God Ranganatha Swami. It is speared across 67 acres. It is 19KMs away from main Mysore city. Actually, this place comprised of 6 beautiful small islands. It is declared a bird sanctuary in 1940. This place has a great collection of flora and fauna. You can find White Ibis, river tern, Darter, Peafowl, Pond Heron, Cattle Egret, the lesser whistling teal, Indian cliff swallow Great Stone Plover, River Tern, shag, white ibis, Little Egret, little cormorant, open-billed stork, Spoonbills, painted stork,, Wild Duck, large cormorant, heron, great stone plover, kingfisher easily. You can also find small mammals here.
Boating: If you want to see more beautiful birds and take photographs, you should go for boating here. You can take a very close look of crocodile, of bats and of small and large birds.
Best time to visit: June to November is considered as the best time to visit this place because these are the nesting months for birds.
Opening Time: Every day in a week and the opening timing is 9:00 am -6:00 pm.
Entry Fee: The entry fee is a bit expensive in comparison with others. It is 50Rs per person and if you are carrying a camera then it is going to bit expensive for you. The minimum fee for a camera is 200. Actually, Fee for a camera depends on your lens. It means if you are carrying a camera which has up t0 200 mm lens then the fee will be 200 and if a camera lens is above 200mm then fee will be 500 Rs and so on. So think and buy ticket according to your need.
St. Philomena’s Church:
The Church, Philomena is the largest church of India and second largest church of Asia. It is very famous in the world not because of only the large in size but also for its architectural beauty and religious significance. The great church is dedicated to Saint Philomena. The church has a great example of secularism of the city.
History of the church: Initially there was a church at the same location, it was a small church and its name was St. Joseph Chavez. It is built in 1840. It received its present form in 1933, it was the time when more Europen started to live here and the old church was not sufficient for them. The Diwan and chief justice TRV Thamboo Chetty had a meeting with Europeans and they are ready to convince the King Krishnarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur IV to built a new and great church. The capacity of this church is 800 people. They convinced the king and King gave permission to built a great church for them. The foundation of the church was laid out in 1933, it took 8 years to complete this and now the Church you are admiring is the result of 8 years of continuous hard work. Philomena was a great devotee of God. His father took her to Rome to marry the king of Rome, but she refused to marry and Roman king executed her, thus the name of the church is the name of the holy soul.
Opening Timings: Everyday 5:00 am to 6:00 pm
How to reach: The church is well connected with the city. It is 2km away from Mysore Palace, 3 km away from bus stands. You can reach here very easily.
Melody World Wax Museum:
As far a museum is concerned, there is a road in Mysore called The Museum road. On this road, you can find the various small privately running museum. This museum is located 3 KM away from Mysore palace. This is a great collection of the musical band from across the globe. This museum is the result of hard work of Shreeji Bhaskaran. This museum was started in October of 2010. Not only the Melody World max museum, the artist has two other museums one at Ooty with a name of Wax World and another is in Goa.
Opening Timings: Everyday 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
Entry Fee: 30 Rs per person and 10 RS for a camera.
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