Mysore

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Mysore showing heritage architecture

From opulent palaces to attractive gardens and fascinating museums, this city in southwest India enthrals with its diverse attractions. 

Mysore is known as the City of Palaces for its grand palatial buildings, but magnificent architecture is just one part of this ancient city’s charms. There are museums, expansive gardens, mythology and history.

Embark on a tour of Mysore's seven palaces. Start with Mysore Palace, one of the most visited tourist attractions in India. The former home of the Royal Family of Mysore is a vast, multi-domed edifice in the center of the city. There is a sound and light show here on most evenings. On Sunday nights and during festive occasions, the royal structure is illuminated by thousands of light bulbs.

Visit Jaganmohan Palace for its large collection of paintings, including examples of the Mysore genre that depict scenes from Hindu mythology. Admire the architecture of the white-painted Lalithal Mahal Palace that was inspired in part by St. Paul's Cathedral in London. For more impressive structures, see Chamundeshwari Temple and Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple. Some of the city’s temples are within the grounds of Mysore Palace.

If you want to visit a museum, Mysore has several good ones. Learn about the flora, fauna and geology of India at the National Museum of Natural History. View vintage locomotives at the Rail Museum and examine hundreds of paintings, sculptures and archaeological artifacts at the Folk Art Museum.

Enjoy some of Mysore's outdoor attractions. At Brindavan Gardens, stroll through terraces that are filled with flowers, trees and water features. Don’t miss the musical fountain’s night-time light and music show.

Spend a few hours at Karanji Kere Lake and in the park that surrounds the large body of water. Rent a peddle boat, go to the butterfly park and photograph peacocks and other birds inside the walk-through aviary. For more wildlife, head to Mysore Zoo.

Mysore is approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of Bangalore, where there is an international airport. The two cities are connected by a rail network and four-lane highway.

Where to stay in Mysore

Grand Mercure Mysore
Grand Mercure Mysore
5 out of 5
2203 60 New Sayyaji Rao Road, Nelson Mandela Circle, Mysore, Karnataka
The price is Rs2,095 per night from 22 Sep to 22 Sep
Located in the heart of Mysore, this luxury hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Mysore Palace. Mysore Zoo ...
4.3/5Excellent! (182 reviews)
"Exemplary staff service. Check in procedure was simple and didn’t make us wait long."

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2021

Grand Mercure Mysore
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mysore
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mysore
4 out of 5
345/A, Hebbal Area, Mysore, Karnataka
Fully refundable
The price is Rs2,562 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Located in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Basappa Memorial Hospital, Mysore Zoo and Statue of Maharaja Chamarajendar ...
4.2/5Excellent! (128 reviews)
not so good
"AC was not working in a 4 star hotel ... lol"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Mysore
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore
5 out of 5
1 MG Road, Nazarabad Mohalla, Mysore, Karnataka
The price is Rs4,200 per night from 22 Sep to 22 Sep
This family-friendly Mysore hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Rail Museum and Mysore Zoo. Statue of Maharaja Chamarajendar Wodeyar and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (170 reviews)
"Location of the property amazing"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2021

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore
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CampinGround
CampinGround
4 out of 5
Near Survey Institute Hadajana Village,, Varuna Hobli, Mysore Tq, &, Dist,, Mysore, Karnataka
Situated in Mysore, this campsite is within 6 miles (10 km) of Shweta Varahaswamy Temple, Mysore Palace and Mysore Zoo. Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery and ...
CampinGround
Cnssk Service Apartments, Located in the Heart of the City
Cnssk Service Apartments, Located in the Heart of the City
3.5 out of 5
G3 Sai Mohan sadanna apartments, Beside nexa showroom Lakshmipurm Mysore, Mysore, Karnataka
Located in Chamarajapura, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Mysore Zoo. Jayachamarajendra ...
Cnssk Service Apartments, Located in the Heart of the City
Ss Temple View 3 Bedroom Entireapartment,mysore
Ss Temple View 3 Bedroom Entireapartment,mysore
3 out of 5
4th Main Road, Mysore, Karnataka
Situated in Mysore, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery, Mysore Palace and Chamundi Temple. Jayachamarajendra ...
Ss Temple View 3 Bedroom Entireapartment,mysore
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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