Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka, is a popular city in South India. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km southwest of the state capital Bangalore, it is spread across an area of 128.42 sq km. Mysore has been under the ruled of the Woodeyar dynasty, the rulers of which have made immense contribution in art, culture and growth of the city. There are numerous heritage, religious as well as natural attractions that tourists can enjoy visiting in Mysore.
All the flights to Mysore land at the Mysore airport, which is also known as Mandakalli airport. It is a domestic airport with regular flight connectivity from Bangalore and Chennai. Mysore is very popular for its Dussehra festival which is held in the month of October. It is the most important festival of the city and is celebrated for a period of 10 days. The city experiences semi-arid climate with 3 seasons – summer from March to June, monsoon from July to November and winters from December to February. The weather is pleasant from September to March; making is the best time to visit Mysore.
Mysore is a perfect blend of history, culture, religion and natural attractions, making it a perfect place to holiday. The erstwhile Mysore Palace is the most popular attractions, while the beautiful Brindavan gardens and St Philomena’s church are a must visit. Tourists should not miss visiting the Chamundi hills to enjoy scenic views along with paying reverence at the Chamund devi temple, which is located atop the hill. An excursion a trip to Srirangapatna from Mysore is highly recommended. Srirangapatna was the kingdom of Tipu Sultan and there are many attractions to be explored here. The nearest international airport linking Mysore to the rest of the world is the Bangalore airport, around 152 km from Mysore.
Eating & Shopping
Mysore is a cosmopolitan hub; therefore, varieties of menu options are available for tourists. From the traditional restaurants to the international food chains, the options are endless. Mysore is very famous for its sweet, Mysore Pak, which is a must try. South Indian breakfast like idlis, sambars, masala dosas are widely available and taste quite good. Bisibele bath, masala poori and Akki rotis are traditional food items. There are many non-veg restaurants in the city as well.
The silk sarees and sandalwood crafts and varieties of perfumed incense sticks of Mysore are very famous. Ashoka Road, Sayyaji Rao Road and Devaraj Urs Road are popular shopping areas. Cauvery Arts and Crafts Emporium on Sayaji Road is best place to shop for sandalwood figurines and caskets, incense, Chenapatna Dolls and wooden toys.
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