Have you ever been to anyplace, but due to the shortage of time you just couldn’t explore that whole place?
Probably yes!, as you know most of us have been in that situation where we just couldn’t do it due to the shortage of time or lack of planning.
Well, in this particular blog post I’m going to talk about in-depth information about how to cover whole Mysore in a day.
Officially renamed as Mysuru, it is the third most populous city in the state of Karnataka, India. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of the state capital Bangalore.
Mysore is famous for it’s rich culture and heritage. For prolonging 6 Centuries, this glorious city has served as the capital of The Kingdom Of Mysore and kings like Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali have ruled this terrain.
There is one really interesting story that goes by the name Mysore.
In ancient time this place was ruled by the mythological demon who could assume the form of both human and buffalo called Mahisasuru. The people of the city were really petrified by the demonic creature.
As result, they worshipped the goddess Chamundi who killed him and freed the people for the rage of the demon.On the name of Mahisasuru, only the name has been given Mysore.
Things to do-
1- Visit St Philomena’s church
The very first thing which you should do while in Mysore is to visit this glorious building.
Built in the honour of St Philomena, this church is one of the most iconic church the city which is famous for its neo-gothic architecture, which was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
This church is one of the tallest church in the whole world, with its pillars standing up to 120 feets. Apparently, getting the neck sprain is not so unusual while admiring its beauty.
You can visit this place from almost anywhere in the city at very minimal rate. I would personally suggest taking an auto.
There is one underground corridor at the back of the church which takes you directly inside of the church. I believe you should give it a try. It has the names engraved of the member of the church I suppose. This passage is little spooky but totally worth giving a shot.Remember, whatever doesn’t kill you makes you more stronger.
2- Visit the famous Mysore Place.
Mysore palace is one of the main reason, Mysore is famous about and has been serving the royal family since 1399.
The palace houses two durbar halls(ceremonial meeting halls of the royal court) and incorporates a mesmerizing and gigantic array of courtyards, gardens, buildings and temples. The palace is in the central region of inner Mysore, facing the Chamundi Hills eastward.
This palace is open for public throughout the year, but personally, I would suggest to visit it during Dussehra.
Mysore is famous for its Dussehra and during that point this palace is lit with more than 1,00,000 bulbs, which is really mesmerizing. I was lucky enough to witness the famous Dussehra of Mysore, and trust me it was one of the most amazing things I ever was seen. The glow of the lights will take into the world of dream and magic, which is uttermost beautiful.
You can visit the Mysore palace in the first half around 11 because at that time sun won’t be blazing hot, and you can admire it’s beauty without bothering about anything. Just sit in it’s beautiful garden and admire it.
3- Visit the zoo
Mysore Zoo is one of the most important tourist attraction of the city, which fetches people from all around the world. With total 168 varieties of animal, this zoo will make you admire the beauty of the nature and is truly admirable.
The entry fee for the public is 60 or almost 1$, in which you can cover up the whole area, but for food, you have to pay off your on pocket. For the service which they provide, the entrance fee is minimal
The whole tour of the Zoo will easily take you an hour or two, after which you can settle down your starvation in their food court.
One more thing, the Mysore Zoo is 0 plastic zone of which they check at the entrance so I would suggest taking any plastic materials inside and support the movement.
4- Chamundi hills
Located 13km east from the Mysore Chamundi hills is the pilgrimage for the worship of goddess Chamundi. The main hill itself features an ancient stone stairway of 1,008 steps leading to its summit. Approximately halfway to the summit is statue of bull Nandi, the vahana, or “vehicle” of Lord Shiva, which is 4.9m tall and 7.6m long and carved out of a single piece of black granite. Around this point, the steps become significantly less steep and eventually the climber is rewarded with a panoramic view of the city.
Taking personal vehicles are prohibited in the Chamundi hills. But the government free buses are easily available from the ground. You can also take a panoramic view ride by helicopter, only if you can afford.
Apart from the main temple on the top of the hill, there are also lots of other temples located in the same area.
The whole tour of the Chamundi hills can easily take you 2 hours and for their impeccable sunset, when the sun spreads it’s hues till the horizon it totally worth it.
5- Brindavan Garden