Mysore Palace, one of Indias most visited attractions, was once royal residence of Wodeyar rulers. The Palace witnesses more than 2.5 million visitors every year. The palace is constructed using fine grey granite and deep pink coloured marbles. It is housing a beautiful collection of European as well as Indian sculptures and objects. On Sundays and Public Holidays, the structure is illuminated using 97,000 electric bulbs. Tourists from across the globe come here to witness this beautiful sight. Mysore Zoo, home to 168 species of animals, spans over a large area of about 157 acres. The Karanji Lake is located on the eastern side of the zoo. The Zoo established in 1892 is one of the city’s most popular attractions.
Srirangapatna is a charming town located approximately 15 kilometres away from Mysore city. It served as the capital of many mighty kings, including Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. This town has several monuments that commemorate their imperial reign and combat against the British. Popular attractions of this town are Tipu’s Death Place, Gumbaz, Sangama, and Ranganatitu Bird Sanctuary.
Brindavan Gardens, the beautiful stretch of land sprawling over an area of about 150 acres, are considered to be the best in Mysore. The idea of building this garden close to the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam was of two former Devans of Mysore, namely Sir M. Visveshwaraiah and Sir Mirza M. Ismail. Brindavan Gardens have beautiful fountains that look amazing whey they are lit up during night. The garden is covered with shrubs, grass and trees. There are children’s park, hydraulic research station and fisheries station in the garden.
St. Philomena Church is one of the largest churches in India. It looks like Germany’s Cologne Cathedral. The exteriors and interiors of this church are very attractive and well-designed. This church is one of the prime attractions of Mysore and tourists visit it year-round.
Karanji Lake is a beautiful place to visit. This picturesque lake is noted for being home to a wide variety of indigenous and migratory birds. This lake spans over an area of 90 acres and features a butterfly park, boating point, childrens corner, watchtower and Indias largest walk- through aviary. A stroll in the butterfly park is a must while you are visiting Mysore.
Chamundi Hills is located 13 km east of Mysore. Its average elevation is 1,000 metres. Mysore Palace, Karanji Lake and several smaller temples are visible from the peak of Chamundi Hills.