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About Mysore

Karnataka’s second largest city, Mysore is known for its peacefulness and cleanliness, as it is the second cleanest city in India. Mysore has a long history that dates back over 1,000 years, but today it is filled with apartment complexes, shopping malls and supermarkets. It is also famous for being the birthplace of Ashtanga Yoga.

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Mysore is a major tourist destination that attracts visitors from all over the world, and many visitors spend weeks here.

The intricately carved rosewood Mysore Palace is a main attraction in the city and also where the popular 10-day Dasara festival takes place. The former palace that now houses the Jagmohan Palace and Art Gallery is famous for showcasing the work of many Indian artists, including Ravi Varma.

There are around 180 parks and playgrounds in Mysore, including the beautiful Brindavana Gardens. The Mysore Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions as it houses animals from over 40 countries around the world. It is also one of the oldest zoos in the world.

Visitors that want to enjoy nature should hike to the top of the Chamundi Hills, also home to some interesting temples. Many visitors also come to Mysore study yoga at the world famous SK Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.

Restaurants and Bars

The sweet dish Mysore pak is a must while visiting the city, as are Karnataka specialities like bisibele baath, masala poori and idli sambar. Visitors will find it hard to find anything but Indian food in Mysore apart from at some of the more upmarket hotels like Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Mysore and The Windflower Resorts and Spa. Mysore is quite relaxed when it comes to alcohol and there are bars all over the city.


Mysore is known for its silk saris, incense sticks and sandalwood carvings. The main market place is a good place to purchase souvenirs, as is Devaraj Urs Road. Travellers who want to bring home a selection of local spices should head to the Devaraja Market.