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Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Mysore

Nearest City to Mysore: Mysore

Best Time to Visit Mysore: September to May

Peak Season: April to May & September to October

State: Karnataka | District: Mysore

Mysore Weather: Summer: Maximum-34°C & Minimum-20°C
Winter: Maximum-30°C & Minimum-13°C

At a distance of 139 km from Bangalore, 476 km from Chennai, 247 km from Mangalore, 203 km from Coimbatore & 128 km from Ooty, Mysore is the 2nd biggest City in Karnataka. It is the erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled the Mysore State between 1399 & 1947. Mysore still retains its old world charm with its palaces, heritage buildings, traditions and temples. At an altitude of 763 meters surrounded by hill ranges from north to south, it is known as the City of Palaces. Mysore is one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism.

According to this story in the mythological Devi Purana, Mysore was ruled by the demon-king Mahishasura. He was called Mahishasura, because he was a buffalo-headed monster. Hearing to the prayers of Gods and Goddess to save them from the monster, Goddess Parvathi took birth as Chamundeswari and killed the monster. Hence, this place came to be known as Mahishuru, later became Maisuru & Mysore.

The Mysore Kingdom, ruled by the Wodeyar family was initially served as a vassal state of the Vijayanagara Empire. After the decline of Vijayanagara Empire, Mysore became independent and the region was ruled from Srirangapatna. The power of Mysore moved into the hands of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan between 1761 and 1799. After the death of Tipu Sultan in fourth Anglo-Mysore war, the power was handed over back to Wodeyar family.

Mysore has several tourist attractions including palaces, museums, temples, gardens, etc. Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill Temple, Mysore Zoo are the most famous places to visit in Mysore. Srirangapatna and Brindavan Gardens are major attractions close to Mysore.

Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport which is about 184 km from Mysore. It has regular flights from Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Goa, Kochi, Mangalore, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram.

Mysore Junction Railway station is well connected by train from Bangalore, Bagalkot, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Hubli, Chennai, Dharwar and Arsikere. Mysore has direct bus connectivity with Chennai, Bangalore, Ooty, Coorg, Coimbatore, Kochi, Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Hyderabad.

Mysore Dussera is the celebration of victory of good over evil. The month long Dussera celebrations, with its colorful processions, fireworks and the beautifully lighted palace, gives an enchanting look to the city. During the Wodeyar rule Mysore reached the peak of its glory.

Mysore has pleasant weather throughout the year, though October to March is the best season to visit. It usually takes about 2 full days to visit the important places in Mysore.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 0821
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Tamil & English
Major Festivals: Dusshera (Sep/Oct)
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HOW TO REACH MYSORE


By Air

Nearest Airport: Bangalore - Bengaluru International Airport (182 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Mysore Junction (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Mysore Central Bus Station (2 Kms)

53 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN MYSORE


Historical & Heritage | Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 2 km from Mysore Railway Station & 2 km from KSRTC Bus Station, the Jagan Mohan Palace which houses the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery is located near City Bus Stand close to Mysore Palace. It is one of the best Mysore tourist places. The Jagan Mohan Palace was constructed in 1861 by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III as an alternate retreat for the royal family.

The Mysore Palace, which was the original home of the royal family, was burnt down in a fire and the construction of a new palace in its place was started in 1897. Till the new palace was completed in 1912, the Jagan Mohan Palace was used by the royals as their home.

The Palace is a three-storied structure constructed in traditional Hindu style of architecture. The original palace was extended in 1900 AD and an external facade with a hall was added to the existing structure of the palace. This new facade has three entrances. The walls of the interiors are painted with murals. These mural paintings which follow .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 2.5 km from Mysore Railway Station & 2 km from KSRTC Bus Station, the Mysore Palace was the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore, and also housed the durbar. Designed by British architect Henry Irwin and built in 1912 after a fire burnt down the old wooden palace, it is one of the largest palaces in India and one of the best tourist places to visit in Mysore. Mysore Palace is the venue for famous Mysore Dasara and it is often used to promote Mysore Tourism.

The architectural style of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture. It is a three-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. The facade has seven expansive arches and two smaller ones flanking the central arch, which is supported by tall pillars. Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Goddess Gajalakshmi with her elephants.

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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 2.5 km from Mysore Railway Station & 1 km from KSRTC Bus Station, St. Philomena's Church is a Catholic Church built in honor of St. Philomena in the Diocese of Mysore, India. This is one of the top places to visit in Mysore. Designed by the Reverend Rene Feuge, it was constructed in 1956 in a Neo Gothic style and its architecture was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

The church is dedicated to 3rd century saint Philomena who was the daughter of the monarch of a small state in Greece. Her parents were childless for several years. They prayed Jesus to bless them with a child and the next year Philomena was born to them. Even in her childhood Philomena showed signs of piety. When Philomena was 13 years old her father took her to Rome to obtain the favour of Emperor Diocletian. The Emperor was enthralled by her beauty and wanted to marry her. But she refused and vowed to give herself to God. She was tortured and beheaded in Rome. But people's devotion for .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 1.5 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, the Mysore Zoo was established in 1892 by Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar and designed by German Landscaper and Horticulturist Mr. G.H. Krumbeigal. Also known as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, it is one of the oldest and one of the best zoo parks in South India. It is also one of the best among Mysore places to visit and often used to promote Mysore Tourism along with Mysore Palace.

The zoo was originally 10 acres and has expanded to over 250 acres currently. Mysore Zoo provides shelter to large number of animal species. The Zoo is famous for breeding some very rare animals in captivity. It has a fine collection of animals like lions, tigers, hyena, deer, elephants, rhinos, king cobras and birds. The highlights of the zoo are Giraffees, Jaguars, African elephants and Wallaby.

The zoo is very organized with a wonderful collection of animals and birds. The vegetation and landscape of the zoo .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 7 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 4 Kms from Mysore Zoo, Lalitha Mahal Palace is located close to Chamundi Hill Road. This is the second largest palace in Mysore after The Mysore Palace. It is one of the top Mysore tourist places and among the best palaces in Mysore. Built in 1921 by Maharaja Krishna Raja Wodeyar Bahaddur IV, this palace initially housed royal guests. It was designed by EW Fritchley from Mumbai in European & Indian styles.

The palace is beautifully designed and it is one of the most attractive palaces in South India. The lobby and corridors of the palace have beautiful paintings of Mysore rulers and historical events of Mysore kingdom, like The siege of Srirangapatna Fort, Tipus Sons, etc. The staircase of the palace is wonderfully designed. The most attractive part of the palace is the restaurant block. The curved roof and the glass dome at the centre follow splendid architectural interest .....


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 13.5 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 8.5 Kms from Mysore Zoo, Chamundi Hill is very famous for Chamundeswari temple dedicated to Goddess Chamundeswari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi who took this form to destroy Mahishasura. The Chamundeshwari Temple is one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas. Representing the hair of Sati Devi, this place is also known as Krouncha Pitham. This is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Karnataka and one of the top places to visit in Mysore.

At an altitude of 1065 meters, the temple on Chamundi Hill was built in 11th century. For centuries, the Wodeyars of Mysore revered the deity and made extensive contributions to this shrine. The idol of goddess Chamundi inside the central sanctum was made with pure gold. The temple is a fine example of Dravidian temple architecture. The temple possesses lots of images of Nandi. The most famous is the 15 feet high and 24 feet long Nandi on the 800th step on the hill.

The temple tower is .....


Historical & Heritage | Park

At a distance of 16 kms from Srirangapatna & 19 Kms from Mysore, Brindavan Gardens is a famous & beautiful garden laid out below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam. The construction work of the garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932. This is one of the best tourist places to visit in & around Mysore.

The garden was designed by Sir Mirza Ismail, Diwan of Mysore based on Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir in the Mughal style. Spread over an area of 150 acres, the Brindavan Gardens is considered as one of the best gardens in India. The garden is enriched with fountains, terraces, parterres, running and cascading water channels, lush green lawns & flower beds.

The Musical and dancing fountain, located in the North Brindavan Garden, is the main attraction of the garden. The best time to visit the gardens is after sunset when all the bright colourful fountains come alive. The garden also has a wonderful palace in southern .....

Distance (From Mysore Junction): 19 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore Junction - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 137 km from Bangalore, 35 km from Mysore & 50 km from Shivanasamudra Falls, Somnathpur is well known for the breathtaking Prasanna Chennakesava Temple, one of the three famous & finest representations of Hoysala architecture (other two being temples at Belur & Halebid). This is one of the three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore & Mysore and one of the wonderful weekend getaways from both the cities. The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing. It is one of the well known Karnataka tourist places.

Located on the banks of Cauvery River, Chennakesava Temple was built in 1268 by Somnatha, a general of King Narasimha III. The temple stands on a raised platform like .....

Distance (From Mysore): 35 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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Museum & Gallery

At a distance of about 500 meters from Mysore Railway Station & 2.5 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, Railway Museum is situated adjacent to the railway station on Krishnaraja Sagar Road. This Museum was established in 1979 by Indian Railways and it was the earliest railway museums set up in India. A visit to Railway Museum is one of the top things to do in Mysore.

The museum houses a great collection of different models of trains ran by India Railways throughout the history. This collection consists of engines running on narrow gauge, meter gauge and broad gauge tracks, inspection coaches, engines from different periods, a cart running with steam, etc. There is also a private train with two coaches used by Maharaja of Mysore exhibited in Sri Ranga Pavilion which has a Maharani's saloon carriage dating back to 1899. The Pavilion also houses several artifacts used during the initial days like different models of telephones, furniture, etc.

It also exhibits several photographs and .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 2 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 3 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, the Cheluvamba Mansion is located on the Mysore- Krishnaraja Sagar road, close to the City Railway Station.

Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV built a mansion for each of his three daughters. This Mansion was built in 1910 - 11 for the third princess of Mysore, Cheluvajammanni. The Mansion is named after the princess and therefore called Cheluvamba Mansion. Like all the other mansions this one too is spread over a huge area and is surrounded by gardens. The Mansion is beautifully built and all the rooms have splendid cravings.

This building houses Mysore's premier research institution, the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI). This is another imposing building constructed on an elevated place with an extensive area.

Entry into this complex is restricted for general public.


Historical & Heritage | Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, The Private Residential Museum attached to the Mysore Palace is located in the old portion of the Palace. Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, the heir of the Mysore royal family has set up this museum.

The museum houses a number of artifacts that provide an insight into the lifestyle of the Wodeyars, former Royal family of Mysore. The living room of Krishnaraja Wodeyar, intricately carved doors and pillars with gold leaf painting, stained glass window panes, marble and tiled floors, personal collection of Wodeyar dynasty are the notable features of the museum. The displayed collection also includes silver royal thrones and paintings of the city.

The museum also features a silver clock with a photo of Jayachamaraja Wodeyar. The wrestling trophies of the Maharaja, silver wedding throne of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the 1940 Dussera procession and black and white photographs of the Royal family .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, Trinesvaraswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in Mysore Palace grounds.

This ancient temple was constructed by the Wodeyar Kings in Dravidian style. The temple was expanded and renovated by several Maharajas of Mysore. Kanthirava Narasaraja Wodeyar constructed a verandah and consecrated 5 Lingas and several deities including Dakshinamurthy, Kshetrapala, Kumara and Surya. The statues of the 2 Wodeyar kings are other attractions of the temple.

An idol of sage of Trinabindu is present to the left of the mandapa entrance. According to folklore, Sage Trinabindu performed penance at this spot and Shiva appeared. The sage then deployed the Linga here, hence the deity is known as Trinesvara.

The temple attracts a large number of devotees during the Shivaratri celebrations.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, The Shweta Varahaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Varaha (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) is situated inside the Mysore Palace grounds. Built in Hoysala style, it is one of the ancient temples of the city. The Temple is an architectural beauty with intricate carvings on its doorway, towers and pillars.

The Mysore King Chikka Deva Raja Wodeyar (1672-1704 A.D.) procured the stone image of Shweta Varahaswamy from Srimushnam in Tamil Nadu and installed the idol in the original temple in Srirangapatna. However, the temple was demolished and the idol was shifted and set up in this temple in 1809. The current temple was built by Dewan of Mysore Purnaiah using materials of a Hoysala building in Shimoga district.

Surrounded by high scaling walls also nicely carved with wonderful murals, the southern wall depicts Rama Pattabhisheka with magnificent .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, the Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is located inside the Mysore Palace towards the eastern end of main palace building. Built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1829, the statue of the temple is made of chlorite schist. The idol of Krishna is in the crawling pose with butterball in the hand.

There are around 40 bronze images of gods, goddesses, saints and sages in the temple. The figures of Krishnaraja Wodeyar along with his wives are still worshiped in the temple. Another shrine is dedicated to Sage Atri who was the priest of the Maharaja. There is another shrine with idols of Ramanujacharya, Paravasudeva, Ananthasayana and Rajamannar.

This temple is also known for the murals on the walls of the mandapa. The murals depict stories from Bhagavata. The murals of this temple are excellent examples of 19th century Mysore Art.

Grand celebrations are held during Krishna .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, The Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located inside the Mysore Palace is one of the oldest temples in the city.

The idol of Lakshmiramana is seen holding the discus and the conch. A 4 feet idol of the lord is installed in this temple. The temple was renovated and the temple tower was added in 1851. The inscription mentions that the temple received grants in 1499 from Vijayanagara King Narasa Nayaka, the father of the Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadevaraya.

According to legend, Rajakrishna Wodeyar defeated the chief of the Karughalli tribe. Raging with vengeance, the chieftain conspired with the priest of the temple to offer poisoned holy water to the king. However the priest confessed the conspiracy to the King. The king on hearing this decided to drink the poison but it could not harm him. It is said that the Lord himself saved his devoted follower. Another legendry story .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, the Bhuvaneswari Temple is located on the northern side of the Mysore Palace. This temple was built in 1951 by Jayachamaraja Wodeyar in Dravidian style. The famous sculptor of Mysore Shilpi Siddalingaswamy carved the main idol of Bhuvaneswari.

The temple also has the statues of Surya, Maha Vishnu, Maheswara, Rajarajeswari, Ganapathi and Chamundeswari. The temple has a large Surya Mandala in its possession. This copper plate was earlier with the Royal family and was handed to the temple by Jayachamaraja Wodeyar. This plate is offered special pooja on Rathasapthami festival celebrated in February / March.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, the Gayathri Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvathi is one of the temples located in Mysore Palace grounds. Gayatri temple was constructed by Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, the last King of Mysore, in 1953.

Along with Goddess Parvathi, the temple has shrines for Savitri, Gayathri and Lakshmi. The mandapa has statues of Ganesha, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The famous sculptor of Mysore, Shilpi Siddalingaswamy carved the sculptures in the temple.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, the Someswara Temple (also known as Kodi Someswara Temple) dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated to the north of the Mysore Palace. This temple dates back to the 13th century and is built in the Chola style.

The temple consists of three shrines in three different chambers. The middle shrine is dedicated to Someswara and the shrines on either side are dedicated to Goddess Somasundari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and Lord Narayana. The navagrahas are also installed in the temple. Maharani Vanivilasa Sannidhana has contributed largely to the expansion of the temple.

The temple played an important role in the Dussera festivities during the reign of Jayachamaraja Wodeyar.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, The Kodi Bhairava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated to the northeast of the Mysore Palace.

The temple enshrines the one meter high idol of the four handed Lord Bhairava holding a trident, a drum, a skull and a sword. It is positioned on the left by the image of Bhadrakali, and on the right by Yakshi.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 3.5 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 0.7 Kms from Mysore Zoo, Vasantha Mahal Palace was built in 1842 by the ruler of Wodeyar Dynasty. It stands on 36 acre landscape and is nestled amidst lush green ambiance. Though it was originally built for pleasure, the palace was later turned into a special school for the princes of Mysore.

The specialty of this palace is that the facing portion of the palace is made of soft iron. After entering the palace we can see a large portico which connects the other parts of the building. The first floor resembles the ground floor. The huge, oval shaped hall is used as royal dining and living area. The same pattern of structure is repeated in the first and third floors.

The columns are reminiscent of Tuscan style architecture and the whole palace has a unique sense of modernity and simplicity. It was converted into a grand hotel later on, but the hotel is now closed.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 3.5 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 4 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, Kukkarahalli Lake is situated in the heart of the Mysore City and lies in the vicinity of the University of Mysore. The Kukkarahalli Lake or Kukkarahalli Kere was built in 1864 AD by Dewan Poornaiah. This lake sprawls over an area of 120 acres.

The lake is a paradise for bird watchers and it has more than 180 types of birds including the aquatic kind. The lake is used by the naval wing of the National Cadet Corps to provide boat-pulling training to its cadets for the annual boat-pulling competition. Karnataka State Tourism division provides boating facility in both motor and pedal boats. There is a sidewalk along the lake with stone benches for people to sit, relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the lake.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 4 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 1.5 Kms from Mysore Zoo, the Karanji Mansion in Nazarbad Mohalla was constructed for the second princess of Mysore, Krishnajammanni. The Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar had two sons and three daughters. The sons lived in the Mysore Palace. For the three daughters he built mansions and named them after his daughter's. The princesses used these mansions after their marriage.

The Mansion was built in Indo-Saracenic Renaissance style of architecture like the other two mansions. It was built in 1902 on an area of 38 acres on an elevated place. The rooms of the mansion are elaborately craved and the gardens that surround them are carefully laid out. It became popular as Karanji Mansion because of its proximity to the Karanji Lake.

This mansion houses the Postal Training Institute of the Department of Posts since 1965. Apart from training its staff, it has set up a museum here depicting the Postal history of the country.


Historical & Heritage | Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 5 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 5 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is situated on a high ridge in the campus of the University of Mysore. It was built in 1905 by Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar for his eldest daughter Jayalakshmi Devi.

Made up of 3 different buildings, the palace was originally set in vast estate of 800 acres. The mansion was initially called the First Rajkumari Mansion or Palace of the first princess or the Kebbekatte Bungalow. It houses a dancing hall and Kalyana Mantapa. Renovated in 2002, it is now a part of the Mysore University and has been converted to a museum. The palace has 125 rooms.

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion has an imposing structure and an equally impressive architecture with large & intricately carved pillars. The interior decorations of this magnificent building are in a purely Indian style. The highlight of the palace is the kalyana mandapa which is a square shaped hall with large teak pillars adorned with .....


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 5 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2.2 Kms from Mysore Zoo, the Regional Museum of Natural History is located on the banks of Karanji Lake.

The museum exhibits plants, animals and geology of the southern region of India. The galleries of the museum are presented under the divisions of Man and the Environment, Ecology, Life through the Ages, Biological Diversity, and Conservation for Development. The galleries emphasize the conservation of nature and natural resources while depicting ecological interrelationship among plants and animals.

Visually challenged students can feel the exhibits of animals on the premises. The museum provides an extracurricular activity for schools and promotes environmental awareness. They also arrange film shows on topics related to natural history.

The lobby of the museum has beautiful art work of Elephants made of metal wire. The Discovery Center (10 AM to 1 PM & 2 PM to 4.30 PM) is a wonderful section that provides the .....


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 5 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 2 Kms from Mysore Zoo, Karanji Lake is located at the bottom of the Chamundi Hill Road and behind Mysore Zoo. Karanji Lake (also called as Fountain Lake) is maintained by the Zoological department of Mysore and a huge fountain is installed inside the lake. It is spread over 90 acres and is home to more than 90 species of resident and migratory birds.

This lake also has India's largest and first walkthrough aviary and a butterfly garden. The butterfly park has been created on a small island within the Karanji Lake. About 45 species of butterflies have been identified here.

Karanji Lake has boating facilities on all days except Tuesdays. Boating on the lake is a favorite activity with row boats and pedal boats.

Timings: 10 AM - 6 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.


Park

At a distance of 6 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 7.5 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, GRS Fantasy Park is located on the KRS Road. This park is an amusement-cum-water park built in 30 acres.

The main attractions of the park are the water games, amusement rides and the kid's pool. The park offers baby train, swing chair, Ferris wheel, jungle safari, racing circuit and dashing cars. The water park facilities include giant pendulum slide, aqua dance floor, crazy cruise, lazy river, wave pool, landing pool, multilane racing slides, and multi purpose play systems. The park boasts of a unique ride- this ride involves a huge slide that has a height of 35 feet and a width of 135 feet.

Timings: 10.30 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Saturday and 10.30 AM to 7.30 PM on Sundays and public holidays.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 10 Kms from Mysore Railway Station & 12.5 Kms from KSRTC Bus Station, Lingabudi Lake located in Sriramapura was built in 1828 by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. Spread over an area of 260 acres, it is the biggest and the oldest lake of Mysore.

The lake is home to nearly 250 species of birds. The whole place is full of greenery and it is a favorite place of nature lovers. There is also a bio-diversity park here. It is an ideal place for jogging and morning walks. To maintain the quiet atmosphere for migratory birds, boating and other recreational activities are not allowed at the lake.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 13.5 Kms from Mysore Railway Station, Mahabaleshwara temple is situated on top of the Chamundi hills behind Chamundeswari Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple was famous before the Chamundeshwari temple gained prominence.

Earlier the hill was called Mahabaladri or Mahabala Thirtha after the Lord of the temple. The temple records date back to 950 AD. The famous Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana is said to have expanded this temple. It is believed that the Hoysalas added the Ardha Mantapa and Nava Ranga. Both of them have structured pillars typical of the Hoysala temples.

Inside the temple there are attractive images of Sapta Matrikas, Nataraja, Parvathi and Bhairava, built in Hoysala's style. The image of Vishnu is from the Ganga period. There are statues of Mahishamardini, Dakshnia Murthy, Lord Indra and Bhikshatana Shiva which were made in Chola style.

Timings : 8 - 9.30 AM & 7- 8 PM


Wildlife

At a distance of 16 Kms from Mysore & 3 Kms from Srirangapatna, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a small sanctuary spread across 67 sq.kms.

The sanctuary comprises of six islets on the banks of the Kaveri River. It was declared in 1940 as a result of many requests from Dr Salim Ali who surveyed the birds in this area. Since then, the sanctuary has become a paradise for bird watchers. The sanctuary is a breeding ground for many migratory birds from all over the world. It is home to a wide species of birds including cormorants, darters, white ibis, spoon billed storks, open billed storks, painted storks, white necked storks, egrets, herons, terns, swallows, kingfishers, sandpiper etc.

A boat ride takes you to the six islets crowded with a number of species of birds. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between June & October.

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM.


Distance (From Mysore Junction): 16 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore Junction - Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 18 km from Mysore, 26 km from Mandya and 124 km from Bangalore, Srirangapatna or Srirangapattana is a historical town in Mandya district of Karnataka. Located near the city of Mysore, Srirangapatna is among the popular tourist places in Karnataka owing to its cultural, religious and historic importance. The entire town is surrounded by the river Kaveri to form a river island.

According to history, Srirangapatna was founded by the rulers of Ganga dynasty in 9th century. However, the destination came into the limelight during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire. The rise of the Wodeyar kings marked the downfall of the Vijayanagara Empire. During the reign of the Wodeyar kings, Raja Wodeyar conquered Rangaraya in 1610, who was then the viceroy of Srirangapatna. From 1610, the town of Srirangapattana was the capital of Mysore state. Hyder Ali defeated the Wodeyar King .....

Distance (From Mysore Junction): 18 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore Junction - Including Travel): Full Day
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 27 Kms from Mysore, Nanjangud is a temple town on the banks of Kapila (Kabini) River. The temple is dedicated Nanjundeshwara (which means God who drank poison) an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Built in the Dravidian style, the original temple is said to be from Ganga period.

According to Legend, the Gods and demons churned the ocean in search of the nectar of immortality. During this churning, there were lots of artifacts emanated out of the ocean including poison. To prevent the poison from spreading across the universe and to destroy it, Shiva came to the rescue and drank the poison. His wife Parvati then held his throat tightly to prevent the poison from spreading to the rest of his body.

The spacious temple has minor shrines of Narayana with consorts, Chandikeswara, Parvathi, Natya Ganapathi and others. The Chariot festival takes place twice a year and this is commonly known as Dodda Jathre and the Chikka Jathre.

Timings: 6AM - 1.30PM & 4 - 9PM


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 7 km from Pandavapura, 14 km from Srirangapatana, 30 km from Mysore and 122 km from Bangalore, Kunti Betta is a picturesque hill situated in Pandavapura Taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka. This place Pandavapura was named after the Pandavas who had been here during their exile days. Kunti Betta is one of the best sites for trekking near Bangalore for one day trip.

Kunti Betta is marked by the two rocky hills at an altitude of 2,882 feet. These rocky hills are surrounded by sugarcane, paddy fields & coconut trees. The Kunti Betta trail is a short but fairly challenging one. It includes steep ascents and descents. There is a temple with a pond at the foot of the hill which serves as a popular destination for pilgrims. There are rooms which are used by the pilgrimage for an overnight stay at the temple. The temple is situated between the two hills of Kunti Betta.

The Kunti Betta trek starts from the right side of the pond. The initial inclination for few meters .....

Distance (From Mysore): 30 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 35 Kms from Mysore, Agasteswara temple is a famous temple built at the confluence of two rivers - Cauvery & Kabini (Kapila).

According to scriptures Maharishi Agasthya went through the Dandakaranya. He reached this place and wanted to offer prayer to Lord Shiva. He ordered Hanuman to get a Shiva Lingam from Kashi for pooja. By the time Hanuman brought the Lingam, Agasthya made a Lingam out of sand and started to worship it. Lord Hanuman was annoyed and tried to destroy the lingam. The height of the lingam grew to about 60 feet.

The panchalingas of T.Narasipur include the lingas at Someshwara lingam, Markandeshwara lingam, the Gargeshwara Lingam at Gargeshwari village, along with the Agasthyeshwara and the Hanuman Lingam at T.Narasipura.

Kumbhamela is performed once in 3 years, only at this location in South India.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 35 Kms from Mysore, Gunja Narasimha Swamy Temple in T.Narasipura is a 450 years old temple built in Dravidian style. The name of the town Narasipura comes from this temple. The temple is a large structure with a high gopura with four pillared mantapa. Lord Narasimha holds a berry stalk of Gunja plant between his thumb and forefinger.

Legend says that Lord Narasimha appeared in the dream of a washer man told him that his idol lays beneath the stone on which he washes clothes every day. The Lord told him to build a temple for him and asked him to look for gold coins beneath the stone that could be used for construction of the temple.

Every year the car festival is celebrated here with great pomp and show.

Timings : 9 AM to 12.30 PM and 5.30 to 8.30 PM


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 24 Kms from Somnathpur, 32 Kms from Sivanasamudram & 49 Kms from Mysore, Talakadu is a historical destination which was once a famous pilgrimage site. Situated on the banks of Kaveri River, Talakadu is a beautiful place surrounded by temples.

Talakadu had over 30 temples, most are them are buried in the sand today. Some of these temples have been excavated and are open for public. There are five temples dedicated to Lord Siva - Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaideeshwara and Mallikarjuneshwara Temple. The Keerthinarayana temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is a beautiful site with wonderful carvings.

Talakadu was ruled by several dynasties - Gangas, Hoysalas, Rashtra Kootas and Vijayanagara Kings. The temples of Talakadu have mixed architecture styles of these dynasties. Talakadu is also known for 'Curse of Talakad' by Alamelamma on the Wodeyar Dynasty of Mysore.

A famous festival called Pancha .....

Distance (From Mysore): 49 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 50 Kms from Mysore, Melkote / Melukote also known as Thirunarayanapuram is a historic town where Sri Ramanujacharya lived in 12th century AD.

Melkote is a popular center of pilgrimage center and has two different temples. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Cheluva Narayana Swamy. It is built on rocky hills known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri overlooking the Kaveri valley. The deity is referred as Cheluvapille Raya whose original name appears to have been Ramapriya. Rayagopura, about 300 meters from Cheluva Narayana temple is an interesting place and a favorite shooting spot.

On the top of the hill is an attractive temple dedicated to Lord Yoga Narasimha. It is believed that the image of Yoga Narasimha temple was installed by Prahlada. Krishnaraja Wodeyar III presented a gold crown to the deity of the temple.

This temple is popular for Vairamudi Utsav held in March/April.

Timings: 8.30 AM -12.30 PM, 4-6 PM & 7-8.30pm.


Waterfall

At a distance of 55 Kms from Mysore, Chunchanakatte Falls is a famous waterfall formed by Cauvery River. The river flows into Chunchanakatte forming a 60 feet tall and about 350 feet wide waterfall.

Legend describes that Lord Rama during his tenure in the forests stayed in this place on the behest of the tribal couple Chuncha and Chunchi. There is a belief that Goddess Sita took holy bath in this place and till now the water colour in that area looks like mixed with turmeric and other holy powders used for pooja. The place is very scenic surrounded by waterfalls and greenery. Lord Kodanda Rama temple is situated just beside the waterfalls.

There is a hydraulic power generating station installed.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 55 Kms from Mysore, Sri Kodanda Rama temple is situated just beside the Chunchanakatte Falls.

Legend describes that Lord Rama during his tenure in the forests stayed in this place like tribal couple Chuncha and Chunchi. There is a belief that Goddess Sita took holy bath at this place and till now the water colour in that area looks like mixed with turmeric and other holy powders used for pooja.

The uniqueness of this place is that the sound of the waterfalls can be heard all over except inside the inner sanctum of the temple. The specialty of this temple is that the goddess Sita is at the right side of Lord Sri Rama. Kappadi kshetram, Arkeswara temples are located nearby.

Brahma Rathostava held in January and cattle festival during August are important festivals of the temple.

Timings: 9 AM-12 PM & 6-7 PM


Wildlife

At a distance of 71 Kms from Mysore, 85 Kms from Bangalore City Junction, Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary is located in Mandya District of Karnataka and is about 20 km from Mandya. The name of the village is derived from Kokkare meaning stork and Bellur meaning village of jaggery. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore & Mysore.

The Mandya district is famous for sugarcane fields and this village is famous for having large colonies of Painted Storks and Spot-billed Pelicans nesting in trees within the village. It is home to cranes, painted storks and pelicans.

The best season to visit the migratory birds is October to March.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM


Wildlife

At a distance of 80 Kms from Mysore, 70 Kms from Ooty & 215 Kms from Bangalore, Bandipur National Park is one of the well preserved National Parks in India. It is located in Chamarajanagar district on the border of Karnataka - Tamil Nadu between Mysore & Ooty. Nagarhole and Bandipur National Park are separated by Kabini reservoir.

Spread across 874 Sq.Kms, the altitude of the park varies between 780-1455 meters. It is part of the famous Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve along with Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park (12 Kms towards Ooty) and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Bandipur forests used to be the private game reserve of the Maharajas of Mysore. This Sanctuary is one of the 15 sanctuaries belonging .....

Distance (From Mysore): 80 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): Full Day
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Waterfall

At a distance of 130 km from Bangalore & 81 km from Mysore, Shivanasamudra is a famous waterfall situated in Mandya District of Karnataka State. This is one of the best waterfalls near Bangalore and also among popular Bangalore weekend getaways. These waterfalls are also known as Siva Samudram, literally meaning Shiva's Sea. Shivanasamudra is a segmented waterfall with several parallel stream formed adjacent to each other.

Situated on River Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is among the popular Tourist places in Karnataka. The island of Shivanasamudra divides Kaveri River into two parts that form two waterfalls, one is Gaganachukki and the other is Bharachukki. Gaganachukki and Barachukki Falls are collectively called as Shivanasamudra Falls though Gaganachukki is most commonly represented as Shivanasamudra Falls. This place .....

Distance (From Mysore): 81 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 140 Kms from Bangalore, 50 Kms from Hassan & 83 Kms from Mysore, Shravanabelagola is one of the most popular Jain pilgrimage center in South India. This place is named after the pond in middle of the town (Bela-Kola means White Pond). This is one of the popular weekend getaways from Bangalore and a major heritage / historical site in Karnataka.

Shravanabelagola is famous for the Bahubali Statue which is supposed to be the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world with a height of 58 feet carved out of a single block of granite. The Gomateswara temple is built on top of a hill at an altitude of 3347 feet, called as Vindhyagiri hill (also known as Doddabetta or Indragiri). About 620 steps provide access to this temple from bottom of the hill. The nude statue of Bahubali is carved carefully with much perfection.

Lord Gomateshwara (Lord Bahubali) was son of the first Jain tirthankara named Lord Adinatha. .....

Distance (From Mysore): 83 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station | Wildlife | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 85 km from Mysore, 40 km from Chamarajanagar and 170 km from Bangalore, the Biligiri Ranga Hills popularly known as the BR Hills is a lofty hill range in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. It is considered to be the wildlife corridor that connects Eastern Ghats to Western Ghats. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Mysore & Bangalore.

BR Hills is famous for BRT Wildlife Sanctuary (Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary). The sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 5091 feet and is spread across an area of 540 km. It was declared a tiger reserve in 2010 by the Karnataka State Government. The highest peak within the sanctuary is the Kattari Betta. The wildlife sanctuary 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, .....


Lake & Backwaters | Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 85 Kms from Mysore & 100 kms from Bangalore, Bheemeshwari is a small town that lies between the Sivanasamudra falls and Mekedatu falls, on the Cauvery River.

The presence of the River Cauvery has made Bheemeshwari a major fishing hub. Many enthusiastic anglers come here every year to try their luck at fishing. A number of fishing camps have sprouted here for catching the mahseer, the finest game fish in India. These camps provide comfortable tents equipped with all basic facilities like cots, mosquito nets, shower and toilet. Food is usually served in the open air common dining room.

There is abundant natural scenery in this place together with ample fishing facilities. Tourists can see a large number of animals in this region including leopards, jackals, crocodiles, deer, wild boars and plenty of exotic birds.

Bheemeshwari is also an excellent trekking spot. Boating facilities are offered in River Cauvery.


Wildlife

At a distance of 10 km from Kutta, 20 km from Iruppu Falls, 62 km from Kalpetta, 88 km from Mysore, 88 km from Madikeri and 218 km from Bangalore, Nagarhole National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in South India. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is spread across Mysore and Kodagu districts in Karnataka. It was converted into a sanctuary in the year 1955 covering an area of 258 sq. km and subsequently enlarged to include the adjoining areas of Mysore district and now extends over an area of 643 sq. km.

Nagarhole got National Park status in 1988 and declared as 37th Project Tiger Reserve in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats Nilgiri sub-cluster of 6,000 Sq km, including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage for World Heritage Site status. The original forest was once an exclusive hunting ground for Maharajas of Mysore. .....

Distance (From Mysore): 88 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): Full Day
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Wildlife

At a distance of 37 Kms from Ooty, 12 kms from Bandipur National Park, 92 Kms from Mysore & 570 Kms from Chennai, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is the first Sanctuary in South India set up in 1940. At an altitude of 1140 meters, the sanctuary is spread over 321 sq. kms on Ooty - Mysore road. It is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Tamilnadu.

The sanctuary is situated on Karnataka-Kerala border adjacent to Bandipur National Park of Karnataka and Wayanad (Muthanga) Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala. It is rich in wildlife, like Elephants, Gaur, Tiger, Panthere, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, wild boar, Porcupine etc., and many birds and reptiles.

Theppakadu is the entry point to the Sanctuary which has an Information Centre. There is an Elephant camp at Theppakadu which also offers short Elephant rides into the sanctuary. Trekking is NOT permitted in Mudumalai. Also, NO .....

Distance (From Mysore): 92 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bandipur National Park - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Waterfall

At a distance of 83 Kms from Bangalore (near Harro Shivanahalli after Kanakapura - diversion at Kanakapura via Dodda Alahalli) & 101 Kms from Mysore, Chunchi Falls on the River Arkavathi is one of the famous weekend getaways around Bangalore and also among the most visited Bangalore tourist places.

Water drops from a height of about 100 feet through multiple tiers into a small pool creating a swimming pool with running water. It is an ideal place to swim, play & relax in water amidst naturally formed rock formations. This place is usually crowded on weekends. A little walk is required from the nearest road point to reach the falls.

The place is little dangerous due to the slippery rocks and deep gorge on the way to the falls. It is advised to be careful in the surrounding of the falls, and be careful with kids.

After Kanakpura, take a deviation towards Sangama and drive for about 21.5 kms and take another deviation after Dodda Alahalli and drive 6.5 kms via Harro Shivanahalli .....

Distance (From Mysore Junction): 101 Kms
Trip Duration (From Sangama & Mekedatu - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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Nature & Scenic | Waterfall

At a distance of 93 Kms from Bangalore (via Kanakapura), 107 Kms from Mysore, Sangama and Mekedatu are two lovely places situated nearby. This is one of the famous weekend getaways from Bangalore. Sangama is the place where Arakavathi river merges with River Kaveri. From this point, about 3.5 kilometers downstream, Mekedatu is a place where river Kaveri flows through a deep and narrow gorge.

Mekedatu means goat's leap in Kannada. River Kaveri flows into a deep and narrow gorge, so narrow that a goat could leap over it and that is how it got its name. It is said that a goat being chased by a tiger saved its life by jumping over the gorge whereas the tiger did not attempt to take the risk and abandoned the chase. When reaching the gorge the river flows ferociously onto the rocks sculpting them into some amazing shapes. The river Kaveri flows through a deep ravine of just 5-10 meter wide. The water flow is very fierce at this place during monsoons making it very dangerous to swim here. .....

Distance (From Mysore Junction): 107 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore Junction - Including Travel): Full Day
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Waterfall

At a distance of 248 km from Bangalore, 110 km from Mysore, 75 km from Madikeri, 48 km from Virajpet, 32 km from Gonikoppal, 20 km from Nagarhole National Park, 10 km from Kutta & 10 km from Srimangala, Iruppu Falls is a magnificent waterfalls situated in Brahmagiri Hills between Srimangala & Kutta in Coorg district of Karnataka State, bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is one of the best waterfalls in Karnataka and also one of the well known Karnataka tourist places.

The Irupu Falls or Iruppu Falls are also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls locally. It is formed by Lakshmana Teertha, a stream originated in Brahmagiri Peaks and joins Kaveri River. According to the legend, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana passed along .....

Distance (From Mysore): 108 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 75 km from Bangalore City Junction, 16 km from Kanakapura & 112 km from Mysore, Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta is a hill near Kanakapura town. It is one of the highest hills in the area. It is also called as Bilikal Betta means white rocks. This is a good destination for short one day trekking from Bangalore and is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore city.

Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta lies at an elevation of 3780 ft. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Rangaswamy at the peak of Bilikal Betta. This temple is located underneath a huge, white colored rock. The temple priest lives near to the temple and is the only person living at the peak. Every year, pilgrims from the surrounding area climb this hill to celebrate a festival at the Rangaswamy temple at the top.

The Trekking Trail starts from Konala Doddi (which is about 58 kms from Bangalore City Junction - Bilikal Betta is 6 kms from here). Bilikal Rangaswamy Trek is a moderate one with a well marked .....

Distance (From Mysore): 112 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station

At a distance of 89 km from Coimbatore, 128 km from Mysore, 265 km from Bangalore,158 km from Kozhikode, 244 km from Munnar, 254 km from Kodaikanal, 18 km from Coonoor & 556 km from Chennai, Ooty is one of the best hill stations in India and also one of the top places to experince Tamilnadu Tourism.

Also known as Udhagamandalam, Ooty is often referred to as 'Queen of hill stations'. It is the capital of Nilgiris district in the state of Tamilnadu. Nilgiris means 'Blue Mountains'. A land of picturesque picnic spots & lakes, it was a popular summer and weekend getaway for the British during colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 7,440 feet (2,240 meters) above sea level.

Ooty was originally a tribal land occupied by the Todas along with other tribes. .....

Distance (From Mysore): 128 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Adventure / Trekking | Hill Station | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 135 km from Mysore, 89 km from Hogenakkal, 72 km from Kollegal & 209 km from Bangalore, Male Mahadeshwara Betta, also known as MM Hills is a sacred place situated in the eastern parts of Kollegal taluk in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. It is situated at an altitude of 3000 feet.

Male Mahadeshwara Hills is surrounded by dense forest and is famous for Malai Mahadeshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Mahadeshwara. The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Male Mahadeshwara is a very popular Shaiva pilgrim center and one of the most powerful Shiva temples in the region. The temple is surrounded by 77 hills of the Eastern Ghats. The temple draws large number of pilgrims from the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The Mahadeshwara Temple was built by Junje Gowda Rich Kuruba Gowda Landlord. The Lord Sri Mahadeshwara is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Historical evidences suggest that the Saint Mahadeshwara .....


City

At a distance of 139 km from Mysore, 261 km from Tirupati, 347 km from Chennai, 348 km from Mangalore, 573 km from Hyderabad, 514 km from Kochi and 595 km from Goa, Bangalore (also known as Bengaluru) is the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. Bangalore is third most populous city and 5th largest City in India. It is also known as the Garden City of India. Bangalore is often referred as Silicon Valley of India due to large number of technology companies established in the city.

Bengaluru derives its name from the Kannada words 'Benda Kalluru', which means the land of boiled beans. According to legend, once the Hoysala king Veera Ballara was lost his way during a hunting expedition. He met an old lady and she offered a humble meal of boiled beans to him. In order to show his gratitude, he named the place as Benda Kalluru.

The modern city of Bangalore was founded over 400 years ago by Kempe Gowda, the Vijayanagara .....

Distance (From Mysore): 139 Kms
Trip Duration (From Mysore - Including Travel): 2-3 Days
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