Mysuru Tourism

Mysuru Tourism is published with the noble intention to help tourists visiting the city.

To make your visit to Mysuru easy, we have listed all topics a tourist will need during his or her visit to Mysuru.

Mysuru erstwhile Mysore is located at around 140 Km from the state capital Bangalore.

it is connected by road and rail from Bangalore and by Air from Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi and Hubballi.

The Mysore Airport is located at a distance of 10km from the city centre.

The City has many Palaces, Mansions, and Heritage structures and is hence called the Heritage City.

Mysuru is at a height of 780m above sea level.

it is also an education hub that has institutions dating back to the era of the maharaja.

The University of Mysore is one of the oldest universities in India founded in the year 1916 by Krishnaraja wadiyar IV.

Mysuru is the Yoga Capital of South India, with many reputed Yogashala. Indian and International students come to the city to learn yoga.

Mysore was renamed Mysuru in the Year 2014. The Mysore Pin Code is 570001 and the STD Code is 0821.  

NHAI is constructing a 6 Lane Highway with two service roads on each side from Mysore to Bangalore. The New Highway will be completed by October 2022

The 6 lane highway begins from Columbia Asia circle on NH 275 till Panchamukhi Ganesha temple on Mysore road . The Travel Time between Mysuru and Bengaluru  Outskirts will take only 90 minutes to drive.

Electrification and Track Doubling between Mysore to Bangalore was completed in the year 2018. 

  The Wadiyars | Royals of  Mysuru 

The Kingdom was ruled by the erstwhile Wadiyar Dynasty.

The Head of the Royal Family is Queen Mother Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, the wife of the scion of the wadiyar dynasty His Highness Srikanta Dutta Narasimharaja Wadiyar.

The Titular Maharaja is His Highness Yaduveer Krishnadutta Chamaraja Wadiyar and his wife is queen Trishika Kumari Devi.

They live in the private portion of the Mysore Palace.

To know more about the Royals visit the website ykcwadiyar.in

Baby Prince Adhyaveer Narasimharaja Wadiyar is the newest member of the royal family.

Mysuru Palace

Nada Habba Mysuru Dasara is going to be held from September 26th to October 5th 2022

come discover, majestic mysuru!

  Things to Do 

Must-Visit. if you are on a corporate visit and have only a few hours to visit tourist attractions, then one major attraction that you must see during your visit is the Amba Vilas Palace.

Mysore Palace / Mysuru Palace Your visit to the city is incomplete without visiting the Amba Vilas Palace.

Located in the centre of the city, it is one of the most visited monuments in India.

The palace is famous for its illumination at night when more than one lakh bulbs are lit.

Must Buy. if you are visiting the city then Silk sarees, Sandal products & Mysuru pak are the three things that you take with you, when you return from your Trip.

Mysuru Silk   The city is famous for its silk.

Buy genuine Mysore Silk Sarees from KSIC showrooms.

Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation runs the government silk factory, which is a must-visit in case you want to see how a saree is being made.

Sandalwood Products. The city is famous for its Sandalwood Products.

It has products for every Traveler’s need from the Humble Sandal Soap to the Exquisite Sandalwood Handicrafts and the very expensive Sandalwood Oil.

Do Buy the handicrafts from the Government Cauvery handicrafts showroom.

Mysuru Pak  The sweet is named after the City. it was invented by the chef of the Palace and has become a famous south Indian sweet.

Do carry a box of this sweet for your family, when you return from your trip.

you can buy it at Guru sweets which is run by the great-grandson of the chef of the palace.

Mysore Sandal Soap The soap is available at most shops and also at the shop located in the Sandalwood oil factory on Manathavady road. 

Must Eat. These are the signatory dishes available only in our city.

Mysore Pak  This sweet was invented by the cook at the Mysore Palace.

The sweet was named after the city and is famous the world over now.

The best place to get this sweet is Guru Sweets which is a corner shop at Devaraja Market on sayaji rao road.

The shop is run by the great-grandson of the cook who invented it.

Mylari Dosa. The city is famous for Masala Dosa, but today it is available in other cities also.

Mylari Dosa is a speciality of our city available only at a small old shop called Original Vinayaka Mylari.

it is a soft Dosa served with chutney. The shop is located on the nazarbad main road.

Mysuru Hanumanthu Palav  This is the famous Non-Veg Dish which is a type of non-veg Biryani and is a must-try.

They make a limited number of plates in a day and they get sold out in no time. The dish is available at Hotel Hanumanthu in Mandi Mohalla.

Tegu Mess Tucked away in the first-floor building on adi pampa road near chopati circle is a small eatery called Tegu Mess.

The Place is famous for its authentic Non-Veg dishes.

The mess is a small residence that is converted into a food joint serving food at a reasonable price and with the taste of home.

  Mysuru Tourism Insights

A Dream destination and a Tourism hub with many tourist towns nearby, the economy of the city to a large extent depends on its Tourism industry.

The city receives nearly 3 million tourists every year.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals to Karnataka in 2018 were 0.5 million and Domestic Tourist Arrivals to Karnataka in 2018 were 214 million.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India in 2018 were 17.4 million.

Foreign Exchange Earnings from tourism in 2018 for India was $28.6 Billion.

Nearly 50% of families in Mysuru depend on the Mysore Tourism industry.

Amba Vilas Palace is the most visited Mysore Tourism Place in the city and is the second most visited monument in India after the Taj Mahal. 

  Flat Flight Fares 

The Government of India under UDAN  (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik – help common citizens fly) scheme has capped the Airfare of flights under one hour to approx INR 2500 +Taxes ($40)  to encourage tourists to fly to their destination.

Under the scheme, 50% of seats in a flight are capped at INR 2500+Taxes and the balance amount will be compensated by the government to the airline through viability gap funding. Trujet, Alliance Air, Indigo operate flights to Mysuru. Visit their website for details.

KSRTC has introduced the Vayu Vajra AC bus service from various parts of the city to Mysore Airport

Mysuru Airport

 

 

  Trip Itinerary 

we have planned an itinerary for your weekend trip on how you can cover most of the attractions in a couple of days.

We have created an order of the attractions listing nearby places together.

You can add another day to your trip starting on Friday early morning from Bengaluru by following the age-old touristic tradition of visiting temples first.

Further, you can add an extra day (Monday) to your itinerary by visiting the tourist attractions in srirangapatna and beyond on your way back to Bengaluru 

Friday (en route onward journey from Bengaluru to Mysuru)

Panchamukhi Ganesha temple

Melkote temple ,  Varahanatha Kalahalli  Bhoo Varahaswamy temple

Somanthapur temple, Talakad temple

Amba vilas Palace temples

Chandramouleshwara temple, Sri Lakshmi Venkatramanaswamy temple

Saturday

Chamundi temple,  City view telescope

Nandi bull , Sadhguru spot

Sand Museum, Seashell museum

Lalitha Mahal palace, Melody wax museum

Regional Museum of Natural history

Karanji lake , Mysore zoo

Chamundeshwari wax museum

Bird Park & Bonsai park at Ganapathi ashram

 Shopping – silk, sandalwood, sweets

G.R.S.fantasy park

Jalbagh

Brindavan gardens lighting & musical fountain.

Sunday

Nanjangud temple

Silk factory,

AmbaVilas palace, Jaganmohan palace

Oriental research institute

Folklore Museum, Rail museum

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalya

Postal museum, Philomena church

Kuppanna park, Silver jubilee clock tower

Dufferin clock tower, Devaraj market

Amba Vilas palace lighting on Sunday.

Monday (en route  on the return journey from Mysuru to Bengaluru)

Ranganathittu bird sanctuary

Sriranganathaswamy temple, Nimishamba temple

Tipu sultan dungeon, Tipu’s tomb, Gumbaz

Tipu summer palace, Sangamam

Wellesley bridge

Kokere Bellur

Shopping at Chanapatana for toys

Ramanagara – Sholay film hillock

Mysore Zoo is closed on every tuesday. 

  Hub and Spoke Tours

With Mysuru as the hub, you can visit many tourist towns that are within a short drive, yet return back to the city to stay overnight.

Start at 6 am with packed breakfast from your hotel and you could return back at the night.

Day 1: Ooty

Day 2: Coorg

Day 3: Kabini

Day 4: Belur Halebidu Shravanabelogola

Day 5: M.M.Hills  & Shivanasamudra.

This way you can plan an extended stay in the city in case you don’t get the hotel of your choice in these tourist towns, as there are more hotel rooms in mysuru.

Shree Chamundeshwari Temple

 

  Chamundi Hill Hike 

To spend time in the midst of nature and to exercise during your visit to the city, try taking the steps up the Chamundi hill.

There are close to 1000 steps. The best time is 6:00 am in the morning or 5:00 pm in the evening.

Morning you get to feel the mist on the hill and in the evening you get to see the city lit up after sunset.

Kindly do not venture out of the steps as Chamundi hill is a nature reserve and leopards are sighted often and do carry a torchlight in case of a power outage.

  Tourist Haunt

Tourist Haunt is the new telescopes installed at Nandi viewpoint which gives a fabulous aerial view of the city. It is located at Nandi junction on the way to Chamundi temple at a distance of 5 km up the hill road.

  Local Lingo

Converse with the locals in their language ” Kanada “

Word used to greet a person  – ” Namaskara”,  To say Thank You – “Dhanyavada”

Want – ” Baeku “, Don’t want -” Baeda”, This – Idhu, That – Aadhu, How Much – Yeshtu

Where – Yellee, When -Yaavaga, Which – Yaavudu  Who -Yaru, why – yaakae

Yes – Haudu, No – illaa, Give – Kohdi, Put – Haaki, little -sulpa

  District Delicacy

Local food the district is famous for, to add to your culinary experience.

Breakfast – Ragi mudde ( finger millet balls )

Lunch      –  Rasam ( tomato curry )

Hi-Tea     –  Bonda (fried snack ), Mysuru Pak (sweet)

Dinner    –  Masala dosa  (rice pancake with spicy potato filling )

  Budget Travel Advice

if you are a budget traveler then plan your trip during weekdays (Monday to Thursday) in the months of February, March, April, June, July, August to get the best hotel deals. 

As most tourists visit during weekends. it is better to avoid long weekends, holiday season, and peak season from September till February.

There are few tourists and fewer vehicles on weekdays and hence you can visit tourist spots faster.

  Thrift Travel Tips

The cheapest mode of travel between Bengaluru and Mysuru is by the MEMU train between the two cities which has many halts and takes around four hours but the ticket cost is only thirty rupees.

 

  Trip Note

if you are planning a weekend trip then, you have to plan in such a way that you visit the Brindavan gardens on the first evening and Palace illumination on the next evening.

Tourists don’t plan this and they skip one of the attractions as both Palace illumination and Brindavan gardens lighting with its musical fountain are in the evening.

The other activity to plan in the evening is shopping, as you should spend your morning in visiting the main tourist attractions, as most are open from 8am to 7pm.

Mysuru Palace Illumination

   Take A Tonga

In this era of motorized transport, ride back in time and enjoy a Tonga ride.  Now available only in a few towns in India, riding a Tonga is a once in a lifetime experience  They are available near the Balarama entrance of the Amba Vilas Palace.

  Mysuru Weddings

With the title of Greenest and  Cleanest medium city in India, which also has one of the best air quality in the country, why not choose this beautiful city which is a short drive from Bengaluru as your wedding destination.

  Romantic Retreats

There are many  Romantic Retreats at a short drive from Mysuru which are overnight destinations, spend the entire week after your wedding exploring these picturesque places.

  Holiday in the Hills

if you like nature and want to spend your holiday in the hills, the places close to the city  are

Nagarahole

Bandipur & Gopalaswami Hills

Mahadeshwara Hills

Billi Ranga Hills

  Winter Mist Walks   

The Best time for couples who would love to have a ” Walk in the clouds in Mysuru ” is during November and December.

A drive up the Chamundi hill at 6:00 am in the morning to the Temple will be like driving in the clouds and also since there will be mist everywhere, the walk from the parking lot to the Temple will be like walking in the clouds.

There is a cemented seating area on the road behind the temple from where you can get a nice view of the city below and is the best place to enjoy sitting in the clouds. Temple opens only by 06:45 am.

  Heritrail

Heritage City has nearly 180 Heritage Structures and we would like you to take a tour of the Heritage buildings and monuments to know about the history of the city. some of the important heritage buildings and monuments are listed Here

Tiny Tots Tours  

When on vacation it is important to plan a way to keep your little one busy. Plan your day and take your kids on a tour to the following places.

Mysore Zoo, Melody Wax Museum, Celebrity Wax Museum

Sand Museum, Seashell Museum

Bird Park and Bonsai Park at Ganapathi Ashram

Rail Museum, G.R.S.Fantasy Park,  Jalbagh

Boating & Musical Fountain at Brindavan Gardens

  Juniors Joy Jaunt

When on vacation it is important to plan a way to keep your children busy. Plan your day and take your children on a tour to the following places.

Depending on the age of your children you can visit or omit certain places.

Chamundi Temple  (Hill Drive), Telescope at Nandi Junction

Mysore Zoo,  Karanji Lake, Melody Wax Museum,

Celebrity Wax Museum, Sand Museum, Seashell Museum

Regional Museum of National History, Postal Museum

Bird Park and Bonsai Park at Ganapathi Ashram

Folklore Museum, Oriental Research Institute

Kukarahalli Lake, Gandhi Statuary at Gandhi Bhavan

Rail Museum, G.R.S.Fantasy Park, Jalbagh

Boating & Musical Fountain at Brindavan Gardens

  Morning Walk or Evening Exercise Track 

When in Mysuru and if you need a place to go for your Morning Walk or Evening Exercise then head to Kukkarahalli lake.

The walking track is open to the public at 6 am in the morning and it closes by 6:45 pm in the evening.

There is a circular walking path around the lake which is 4 km in length. You can find regular walkers from children to the elderly.

Enjoy time with nature. Hear the chirping of birds on trees and also on the island in the center of the lake.

The Lake with its mini forest is a bird sanctuary in the center of the city.

What’s New

Latest Attractions

Ambari Double Decker City Tour Bus by K.S.T.D.C.

Upside Down illusion Museum at G.R.S Fantasy Park

Renovated Rail Museum on K.R.S.road

Forum Centre city mall, located on Hyder Ali road

Jalbagh, worlds first reflection garden on K.R.S.road, Belogola

Glasshouse at Kuppanna park on Guesthouse road.

Heritage Restaurant at Gun house.

Mysuru Central on B.N.road

Chamundeshwari wax museum, besides CAR grounds, racecourse road

Statuary of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Bhavan, Mansagangotri.

Mysuru Tourism: we believe that a great trip experience, is what makes the visitor recommend our city to the world.


Mysuru Tourism