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Mysore

The perfumed Sandalwood City. The city of palaces.

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  • General Information

    Other Name: -, District: Mysore, State: Karnataka, India
    Area: 6269 Sq. Km.
    Languages Spoken: Kannada, Tulu, Hindi and English
    Long Distance Code: +91-821
    Importance: Famous for its Vrindavan gardens and the Dushhera celebrations.
    Best Time to Visit: October to March and -
    International Access: -
  • Description

    Mysore city was the capital of the old royal Mysore province. The word Mysore expands to "Mahishasurana Ooru". According to a legend, the demon Mahishasura was killed by goddess Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi hill near Mysore, which gave the city its name. Ever since, the Mysore royal family has worshipped Chamundeshwari as the palace deity. The Hill dedicated to her stands on the the eastern end of Mysore town today.<br />Mysore is the erstwhile capital of Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore State. The Wodeyar family ruled Mysore since 14th century except for a short period of 40 years when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were the rulers. Today Mysore is one of the major cities of Karnataka. Mysore has emerged as a thriving market for exotic sandalwood & incense, the Mysore silk sarees and stone-carved sculptures.<br />
  • Location

    Located 770m above sea level and 140 Km from Bangalore, Mysore, the imperial city, was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars, Also known as the city of Palaces.
  • Climate

    Mysore has a semi-arid climate. The main seasons are summer from March to June, the monsoon season from July to November and winter from December to February. The highest temperature recorded in Mysore was 38.5 °C (101 °F) and the lowest was 7.7 °C (46 °F) on 16 January 2012. The city''''''''s average annual rainfall is 804.2 mm (31.7 in).
Brindavan gardens and Krishnarajendra DamBuilt in 1924, this is India's first irrigation dam. Sir M. Vishweswariah, the engineer who designed and built this dam, has shown his acumen in converting a dam site into a beautiful garden with colourful fountains and ponds downstream. The dam is named after the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishna raja Wodeyar, who financed this novel project. KRS represents a marvel of civil engineering achievement in pre-independence India and was among the first in the world to use automatic sluice gates. Locally available surkhi was used instead of importing cement from England.\r\nBrindavan gardens is located 12 Km northwest of Mysore city and has rows-of colourful fountains. There is a boating pond to cross the dam from the south bank to the north bank and at the northern edge are the dancing fountains. Using advanced lighting techniques, the fountains are made to jump and dance to the tune of music. The dam is over 3 Km long and is constructed at the junction of three rivers - Kaveri, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha. This site has been popularised over the years by the large number of Indian/foreign films shot at this location.\r\nTimings: 7.00 P.M. to 7.55 P.M. on weekdays.\r\n7.00 P.M. to 8.55 P.M. on holidays.\r\nDuring winter: 6.30 P.M. to 7.25 P.M. on weekdays.\r\n6.30 P.M. to 8.25 P.M. on holidays.\r\nEntrance fees: Rs.10/- per head.\r\n
The Mysore PalaceThe palace was originally built of wood, which got burnt down in 1897 AD and was rebuilt in 1912 AD. The Mysore Palace, built is Indo-Saracenic style with domes turrets, arches and colonnades; the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. The tastefully decorated and intricately carved doors open into luxuriously decorated rooms.\r\nThe walls of the palace are painted with pictures of the Dassera processions and these paintings are painted in such a manner that from any angle you can see the procession coming towards you. The royal throne of the Wodeyars is displayed during the Dassera festival.\r\n
BelurOne of the three major Hoysala temples still in daily use today is the Channekeshava Temple of Belur. The construction of the temple, which took almost a century, was started in 1116 to commemorate the Hoysalas' victory over the Cholas. Enclosed in a paved compound, the temple complex includes a well and a bathing tank. It is believed that every major deity of the Hindu pantheon is represented in the temple.
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art GalleryIt is popularly known as Jaganmohan Palace. The Jaganmohan Palace was converted into an art gallery in the year 1875. It exhibits paintings, which date back to that period. The artists of that time used natural vegetable and mineral dyes. The famous traditional Mysore "Gold leaf" paintings are also exhibited in the gallery, as are oil paintings of contemporary artists like Raja Ravi Varma and Svetoslav Roerich.\r\nIt is just opposite to the City Bus-Stand and walk able distance from the KSRTS Bus-Stand or the Main Bus-Stand.\r\nApart from these, regular cultural programs are also arranged there.\r\nTimings: 8.30 A.M. to 6.00 P.M.\r\nEntrance Fee: Adults Rs.10/- and Children Rs.5/-\r\n
Kukkarahalli LakeIn the heart of Manasa Gangothri campus, situated a beautiful lake, which is frequently visited by bird watchers, water sport lovers and nature lovers. Varieties of migratory birds visit the lake during winter and to watch those birds is feast to the eyes. The lake is very near to the railway station and bus stand. Boating facilities are available on nominal rates.
Lingabudi LakeLingabudi Lake, which is situated in Sriramapura, also accommodates varieties of migratory birds. There is also a beautiful park by the side of the lake. The whole place is full of green and it is another favorite place of nature lovers.\r\nIt is about 8 Km from the city. Frequent buses are available from city bus stand.\r\n
St. Philomena ChurchThis beautiful Cathedral was built in 1956 and is one of the largest churches in the country. It has been built in the Gothic style with beautiful stain glass windows and lofty towers. The illuminated church in the evening is a wonderful site not to be missed.
Chamundi HillsForming the backdrop of the city is the 1,100-feet-high Chamundi Hill. On the top of the hill stands the temple dedicated to the Goddess Chamundeshwari, the royal family's patron deity. To reach the temple one can either drive through the 13-km stretch up to the summit or climb the 1,000 stone steps. Nearby the temple stands the huge statue of Mahishasura, the demon slain by the Goddess. Halfway up along the stone steps stands the majestic 4.8-metre monolith of Nandi the Bull, Lord Shiva's chosen mount. The statue is believed to be 300 years old and its chief attraction, apart from its size, is the meticulous craftsmanship of its ornaments-from its delicate anklets to the magnificent pendant bell around its neck.
Mysore DasaraMysore Dasara is the celebration of this victory of good over evil. Mysore also has associations with the Mahabharata and King Ashoka of the 3rd century B.C. during the Wodeyar rule Mysore reached the zenith of its glory as a fabled centre of oriental splendour. \r\nPomp and Pageantry Relived Come to Mysore in October when the tranquil city awakens to ten days of Dasara festivities. Brilliantly lit up Palaces, decorated arches, festooned streets, colourful costumes and cultural shows…classical music, folk dances, Bharata Natyam, Yakshagana, Huthari, Torch Light Parade, Theppotsava… The culmination is the legendary Mysore Dasara Procession with caparisoned elephants, the golden howdah, decorated horses, stately coaches, troops in ceremonial uniforms, folk dancers and colourful floats.\r\n
Bandipura Wildlife SanctuaryBandipura is 80 Km southwest of Mysore, directly on the Mysore-Ooty road. It is a forest reserve created to protect the Royal Indian Tiger and has been one of the success stories for "Project Tiger." A forest lodge located at the heart of Bandipura on the Mysore-Ooty road, provides an excellent and quiet location for exploring this wonderful nature paradise.\r\nEarly morning, jeeps go out into the forest-taking tourists who want to catch a glimpse of the tiger. With luck, most of them will be able to see the Tiger, Elephant and other wild animals in their natural habitat. For late risers, there is an elephant ride through the forest, which is a pleasant experience. Deers, Langur monkeys, Peacocks; Wild dogs are often encountered on these adventure trips on the elephant's back.\r\nThe best seasons to visit Bandipura are the spring, post-monsoon, and autumn. During the summer months the forests dry up and water holes are scarce.\r\n
Somnathpur is a small village on the banks of the river Cauvery that was founded by the commander of the Hoyasala army, Somnath. The village is famous for its splendid and grand Keshava temple that has been built in the Hoyasala style. The temple is famous for its elaborate and intricate sculpturing. The temple is enclosed in a walled courtyard that has a gate and a porch. The temple is built on an elevated star shaped platform.

The sides of the raised platform are decorated with richly carved friezes, portraying rows of cavalry, elephants and scenes from the epics. The rows above have sculptures of Gods mainly Vishnu in various forms. The shrine has three shrines and three sanctums. The temple has three intricately carved pinnacles and a common Navranga. The northern sanctum has the idol of Lord Janardhana and the southern sanctum has the idol of Lord Venugopala. The main hall has exquisitely turned pillars and ceiling panels. The image of Lord Keshava that once adorned the main hall is missing today.

The temple is an example of the grand and glorious temples built by the Hoysala rulers. The names of the sculptors are inscribed on their works, which was a common practice during the reign of the Hoysalas. This temple is as beautiful as the world-renowned Belur and Halebid temples and is worth visiting while is Mysore.
The Chennakesava Temple, also referred to as Chennakeshava Temple, Keshava Temple or Kesava Temple, is a Vaishnava Hindu temple on the banks of River Kaveri at Somanathapura, Karnataka, India. The temple was consecrated in 1258 CE by Somanatha Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala King Narasimha III. It is located 38 kilometres east of Mysuru city.

The ornate temple is a model illustration of the Hoysala architecture. The temple is enclosed in a courtyard with a pillared corridor of small shrines (damaged). The main temple in the center is on a high star-shaped platform with three symmetrical sanctums.
The Kesava temple too was badly damaged, according to 15th-century inscriptions. It was repaired in the 16th century with financial support and grants by the emperors of the Vijayanagara Empire. The repairs are evidenced by the different color of stones and quality of work in the veranda and parts of the northern tower and platform of the main temple. The repaired temple was damaged in the 19th century, then repaired again in the early 20th century by the colonial era Mysore government.
The Kesava temple is one of some 1,500 Hindu and Jain temples built by the Hoysala Empire kings in different parts of their kingdom. The other well studied Hoysala temples include those at Belur and Halebidu.

Timings: Sun rise to Sun set


Remarks: No photography allowed inside the temple

Island Tour

Island Tour
(14 Days / 13 Nights)

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Island Tour / PI-015 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
Chennai-Port Blair-Chennai-Mysore-Bengaluru-Mumbai

From the splendid carved Dravidian temples of south India, there is a drastic change in the surroundings once you reach the island of Andaman. The luxurious forests and the unexploited beaches lined with historically important monuments are the places of tourist interest in Port Blair. As the flight approaches Port Blair, an interspersed bunch of islands come in view. It actually seems as if some emeralds have been thrown out of a beautiful necklace, floating on this vast blue lagoon! Splendid beaches of soft white sands with foamy roaring waves kissing them lightly, the vast mangrove forests spawning with infinite variety of flora and fauna, the magnificent underwater sea life and a bump into some aborigine tribes those have inhabited the islands from time unknown; is the real beauty of these islands.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Chennai
Day 2 : Chennai
Day 3 : Chennai - Port Blair
Day 4 : Port Blair
Day 5 : Port Blair
Day 6 : Port Blair
Day 7 : Port Blair
Day 8 : Port Blair
Day 9 : Port Blair
Day 10 : Port Blair - Chennai - Mysore
Day 11 : Mysore
Day 12 : Mysore - Bengaluru
Day 13 : Bengaluru - Mumbai
Day 14 : Mumbai
The Southern Heritage and the Goa beaches

The Southern Heritage and the Goa beaches
(17 Days / 16 Nights)

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The Southern Heritage and the Goa beaches / PI-0369 (17 Days / 16 Nights)
Mumbai-Hyderabad-Gulbarga-Bijapur-Badami-Hospet-Hassan-Mysore-Bengaluru-Goa-Mumbai

There is much more to the south of India other than the natural beauty. The splendours of Nizam those rest in Hyderabad or the ancient temples built by the Hoysala rulers, south of India is one surprise package that one can ever imagine. Add to it the relaxed mood for the Goan beaches and fast life of Mumbai, put all this together to get a completely different insight of India.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Mumbai
Day 2 : Mumbai
Day 3 : Mumbai - Hyderabad
Day 4 : Hyderabad - Gulbarga
Day 5 : Gulbarga - Bijapur
Day 6 : Bijapur - Badami
Day 7 : Badami - Hospet
Day 8 : Hospet
Day 9 : Hospet - Hassan
Day 10 : Hassan - Mysore
Day 11 : Mysore
Day 12 : Mysore - Bengaluru
Day 13 : Bengaluru - Goa
Day 14 : Goa
Day 15 : Goa
Day 16 : Goa - Mumbai
Day 17 : Mumbai
South India Legacy

South India Legacy
(30 Days / 29 Nights)

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South India Legacy / PI-0450 (30 Days / 29 Nights)
Mumbai-Bengaluru-Mysore-Chennai-Mamallapuram-Covelong-Puducherry-Tiruchirappalli-Madurai-Thekkady-Munnar-Kumarakom-Alappuzha-Mararikulam-Kovalam-Kollam-Kochi



Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Mumbai - Bengaluru
Day 2 : Bengaluru
Day 3 : Bengaluru - Mysore
Day 4 : Mysore
Day 5 : Mysore - Chennai
Day 6 : Chennai - Mamallapuram
Day 7 : Mamallapuram
Day 8 : Mamallapuram
Day 9 : Covelong - Puducherry
Day 10 : Puducherry - Tiruchirappalli
Day 11 : Tiruchirappalli
Day 12 : Tiruchirappalli-Madurai
Day 13 : Madurai
Day 14 : Madurai-Thekkady
Day 15 : Thekkady
Day 16 : Thekkady-Munnar
Day 17 : Munnar
Day 18 : Munnar - Kumarakom
Day 19 : Kumarakom
Day 20 : Kumarakom - Alappuzha
Day 21 : Alappuzha
Day 22 : Alappuzha - Mararikulam
Day 23 : Mararikulam
Day 24 : Mararikulam
Day 25 : Mararikulam - Kovalam
Day 26 : Kovalam
Day 27 : Kovalam
Day 28 : Kovalam - Kollam
Day 29 : Kollam-Kochi
Day 30 : Kochi
South Indian Odyssey

South Indian Odyssey
(9 Days / 8 Nights)

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South Indian Odyssey / PI-0484 (9 Days / 8 Nights)
Bengaluru-Mysore-Ooty-Kodaikanal-Coimbatore



Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Bengaluru
Day 2 : Bengaluru
Day 3 : Bengaluru - Mysore
Day 4 : Mysore
Day 5 : Mysore- Ooty
Day 6 : Ooty
Day 7 : Ooty - Kodaikanal
Day 8 : Kodaikanal
Day 9 : Kodaikanal - Coimbatore
Horse Safari in India

Horse Safari in India
(10 Days / 9 Nights)

On Request
Horse Safari in India / PI-0128 (10 Days / 9 Nights)
Bengaluru-Mysore-Srirangapattana-Coorg-Madikeri-Hassan-Belur & Halebid-Hassan-Shravanabelagola-Bengaluru

Sturdy, well - maintained horses are nothing new to the visitors but a few could have taken such long trips on horse - backs. Conditions are similar to camel safaris with grooms accompanying. We do undertake such tours in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. There are bonfires and entertainment provided by folk entertainers on the way. A tiring but exhilarating experience.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Bengaluru
Day 2 : Bengaluru - Mysore
Day 3 : Mysore-Srirangapattana
Day 4 : Srirangapattana
Day 5 : Coorg
Day 6 : Coorg
Day 7 : Madikeri - Hassan
Day 8 : Hassan - Belur & Halebid - Hassan
Day 9 : Hassan - Shravanabelagola - Bengaluru
Day 10 : Bengaluru
Wild Adventure Tour

Wild Adventure Tour
(11 Days / 10 Nights)

On Request
Wild Adventure Tour / PI-0207 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
Bengaluru-Bannerghatta-Bengaluru-Mysore-Ranganathittu-Mysore-Nagarhole-Bandipur-Ooty-Bengaluru

Prepare yourself for a Wild Camp in India or Wild Adventure on a tour of South India's best wildlife sanctuaries. See tigers and elephants in the forest and experience the richness of India's rare and unique natural treasures on a Wild Adventure in India.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Bengaluru
Day 2 : Bengaluru - Bannerghatta - Bengaluru
Day 3 : Bengaluru - Mysore
Day 4 : Mysore - Ranganathittu - Mysore
Day 5 : Mysore - Nagarhole
Day 6 : Nagarhole
Day 7 : Nagarhole - Bandipur
Day 8 : Bandipur
Day 9 : Bandipur - Ooty
Day 10 : Ooty
Day 11 : Ooty - Bengaluru
Exclusive South India

Exclusive South India
(15 Days / 14 Nights)

On Request
Exclusive South India / PI-0340 (15 Days / 14 Nights)
Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysore-Ooty-Kochi-Thekkady-Kumarakom-Alappuzha-Kovalam-Mumbai

If your idea of holiday revolves around lazing around on backwaters while indulging yourself in relaxing Ayurvedic massages, then this is the tour for you. Pamper yourself in the palm fringed tranquility of Kerala backwaters with this exclusive South India tour that takes you floating across the paddy fields, viewing azure waters and taking in serene palm forests. You can also spoil yourself to the max in the Kerala spas and experience the exotic birdlife in the Kumarakom bird sanctuary.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Chennai
Day 2 : Chennai
Day 3 : Chennai - Bengaluru
Day 4 : Bengaluru - Mysore
Day 5 : Mysore - Ooty
Day 6 : Ooty
Day 7 : Ooty-Kochi
Day 8 : Kochi-Thekkady
Day 9 : Thekkady-Kumarakom
Day 10 : Kumarakom
Day 11 : Kumarakom - Alappuzha
Day 12 : Alappuzha - Kovalam
Day 13 : Kovalam
Day 14 : Kovalam-Mumbai
Day 15 : Mumbai

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