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Mysore is one of the best tourist places of India. Sweet perfume lingers from saffron and sandalwood carvings, and bright silks wave in the breeze in the 'sugar and spice-all things nice? city of Mysore. The city is famous for its silk and is also a thriving sandalwood and incense center, through don't expect the air to be any more fragrant than that of the next town. The maharaja's walled Indo -Saracenic palace is a major attraction of Mysore.

Places to See in Mysore :

Brindavan Gardens : Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Tour & TravelThese tranquil ornamented gardens, are laid out below the immense Krishnaraja Sagar dam. The Gardens are a popular picnic spot and are illuminated in the evenings. Also, the musical fountains and colourful lights, turn this place into an enchanting fairyland in the evenings.

Srirangapatnam : The place is an island town, surrounded by the River Cauvery. The town makes its name from Sri Ranganathaswamy, the presiding deity who is enshrined in one of the oldest Dravidian temples in the state.

Ranganathittyu : 4 kms from Srirangapatnam and 18 kms from Mysore, Ranganathittyu is an exotic bird sanctuary, that allows a close view of exotic and familiar birds, such as the white ibis, openbilled stork and cormorants. One can also come across crocodiles, that resemble mud banks. Migratory birds from as far as, make Ranganathittyu as their home, between June and October.

Chamundi Hills : This is an important spot of Mysore, in which the Chamundeswari temple, which is located, on the top of the Chamundi Hills takes its name from the Goddess Chamundi, an aspect of the consort of Shiva, who defeated the demon Mahishasura and settled here.

Shivanasamudram : The place is well known for its beautiful twin waterfalls, Gaganachukki and Bharachukki, which plunge about 60m down. It is better to visit the place during the rainy season to enjoy the beauty of the fall.

Cauvery Fishing Camp : At Bhimeshwari, the Cauvery Fishing Camp is a paradise for anglers,where mahaseer is found in abundance. Fishing is only for fun and the fish has to be returned to the river by the angler. This camp is also accessible from Bangalore.

Mysore Palace : Once the residence of the Wodeyars, it is one of the largest and most brilliant palaces in India. The palace is a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors, gilt and colours. There are beautiful carved wooden doors, mosaic floors, as well as exquisite paintings. Built in 1912, this Indo-saracenic building, is adorned with beautiful Hoysala style carvings. Moreover, some other attractions here, are the golden Royal Elephant Throne and the Darbar Hall.

St. Philomenas Church : One of the largest churches in the country, this is built in the Gothic style, and has beautiful stained glass windows and is full of bird song, from the resident pigeons and sparrows.

How to Reach Mysore :

By Air : The nearest airport is Bangalore, which is just 139 km from Mysore. All the domestic airlines in the country operate their flights to Bangalore from all the major cities in the country.

By Train : Mysore is well connected with a number of trains from Bangalore and major cities of India. Shatabdi Express connects Mysore with Chennai.

By Road : Mysore is well connected by road to all-important cities of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Regular bus services and taxis are available from Bangalore city.

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