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Mysore is one of the tourist hot spots of southern India. Apart from having lots of tourist places within the city, Mysore also serves as a base for many other tourist places nearby. Be it religious, academic or adventurous, whatever maybe your calling to tour Mysore, the city of Palaces, the city of Lakes, the Heritage/Cultural Capital of Karnataka - Mysore, has plenty to offer.

Top tourist spots in and around Mysore:

Mysore Palace

The official residence of the Wodeyars, the Mysore Palace is situated in the heart of the city. The construction of the Palace was completed in 1912. Tourists are allowed to go inside the Palace after paying a certain amount of fees. Read More 

Chamundi Hills

Chamundi Hills is close to the palace city of Mysore. Its average elevation is 1,000 meters. A panoramic view of the city is seen from the top of the hills. Among other landmarks, you can see the race course, the Lalitha Mahal palace, Mysore Palace, Karanji and Kukkarahalli lakes. Read More 

KRS Dam and Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens is a show garden that has a beautiful botanical park, full of exciting fountains, as well as boat rides beneath the dam. Diwans of Mysore planned and built the gardens in connection with the construction of the dam. Display items include a musical fountain. Various biological research departments are housed here. There is a guest house for tourists. Read More 

Mysore Zoo

Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in Southern India. Located very close to the Palace of Mysore, the zoo is home to a wide range of wild species. The official name for the zoo is Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, though it is known commonly by its shortened name. Read More 

Other famous Palaces in Mysore:

Lalitha Mahal 

The official residence of the Wodeyars, the Mysore Palace is situated in the heart of the city. The construction of the Palace was completed in 1912. Tourists are allowed to go inside the Palace after paying a certain amount of fees. Read More 

Jaganmohan Palace

The official residence of the Wodeyars, the Mysore Palace is situated in the heart of the city. The construction of the Palace was completed in 1912. Tourists are allowed to go inside the Palace after paying a certain amount of fees. Read More 

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion

The official residence of the Wodeyars, the Mysore Palace is situated in the heart of the city. The construction of the Palace was completed in 1912. Tourists are allowed to go inside the Palace after paying a certain amount of fees. Read More 

Lakes in Mysore:

Karanji Lake

This lake is located at the bottom of the Chamundi hills and is close to the center of the city. This lake is spread over 90 acres and is home to more than 90 species of resident and migratory birds. The lake also has India's largest walkthrough aviary. The lake has boating facilities that are available on all days except Tuesday. Read More 

Kukkarahalli Lake

This lake is in the middle of Manasagangothri, the Mysore University campus. This beautiful and placid lake is visited by a variety of migratory birds during winter. During the winters this lake attracts a lot of bird watchers, who come observe and enjoy the birds. The lake provides boating facilities at nominal rates. Read More 

Lingabudi Lake

This lake is in Sriramapura and is about 8km from the center of the city. This picturesque lake also attracts numerous types of migratory birds. The lake has a beautiful lush green park beside it and the entire sight that is presented is one that sooths the mind and soul. There are a number of buses to this lake from the city bus stand. Read More 

 Temples in and around Mysore:


Nanjangud, also known as Garalapuri, is famous for its huge Nanjundeshwara or Srikanteshwara Temple. This temple is considered very holy and there is a time in history where the Muslim ruler Hyder Ali Khan also believed in this God and worshiped him. Read More 


The temple Nimishambha rests on the banks of the river Cauvery. This is also considered a very holy place and the number of pilgrims and devotees coming to this place always increase and never reduce. Nimishambha Jayanthi is one of the large scale celebrations of this place. Read More 


Once upon a time considered as the storehouse of knowledge by scholars and musicians, this town reflects the fact that Mysore is rich in heritage. There are two main temples here, which are Cheluvarayaswamy and Tiruanrayana. There are a number of stories from the historic times about this place. You must visit this place if you interested about the rich culture of Mysore. Read More 

Mahabaleshwara Temple

Mahabaleshwara Temple on top of the Chamundi hills is the oldest temple on top of the hill. The Mahabaleshwara temple was a very important before the Chamundeshwari temple gained prominence. The Mahabaleshwara temple lost its importance after the Mysore Kings started patronizing the Chamundi temple. Read More 

Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple

Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple is one of the oldest temples in the city. In an inscription found at the Banni Mantapa in Mysore there is a mention of a grant for God Lakshminarayana in 1499 by the Vijayanagara King Narasa Nayaka, the father of the famous Vijayanagar emperor Krishnadevaraya. Read More 

Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple

Krishnaraja Wodeyar III built the Prasanna Krishnaswamy temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna the founder of the Yadu dynasty. Construction of temple began 1825 and was completed in 1829. He presented the temple with about 40 bronze statues of Gods, Goddesses and saints. His name was inscribed next to the name of the statue. Read More 

Waterfalls and other water spots near Mysore:

Shivanasamundram Falls

320 ft deep and 890 m wide, you can imagine how beautiful this would look. It indeed is one of the splendid waterfalls of the state or I can even say of the country. The river Cauvery falls from this height and forms a mist at the foot of the waterfalls which is just beautiful. Read More 

Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls

When you travel from Mysore to the KRS dam, 3kms off the main road are the two small beautiful waterfalls. They are Balmuri and Edmuri waterfalls. The place where the waterfalls are located is surrounded by lush greenery and is a hot spot among the locals as well. A visit to this place is calming and relaxing. There is an ancient Ganesh temple close by that you can visit. Read More 

Blue Lagoon

About 2kms from the KRS dam there is a small enchanting island created by the backwaters of KRD dam. You can reach the place by wading through the shallow waters around the island. It is an excellent picnic spot and you can unwind on this pleasant island. You can take an auto from KRS dam to reach this island. Read More  

National Parks and wild reserves near Mysore:


Yes, another national park. Now you know how nature friendly Mysore is? We love nature and we even love to preserve it. So here we present yet another wildlife sight. It’s spread between Mysore and Kodagu districts. It has dense forest cover, valleys and small waterfalls out of the few. This place is known for the snakes it has. It also has crocodiles and Asian elephants. Read More 

Bandipur National Park

Being one of the well known national parks of the country, it’s particularly known for the tigers it houses. The national park was started in 1931 and the Tiger Reserve was constituted in 1973. It has beautiful valleys and rocky hills carved by the rivers Kabini, Nugu, Moyar and a number of small streams which give a pleasant sight. Read More 

BR Hills

The Biligiri Rangaswamy Sanctuary (B R Hills) is again another sanctuary. This is a heaven for the wild animals. At almost 3000 – 5000 ft. above sea level, it’s got the proper wildlife characteristics for the life of the jungle beasts. One can unfold the glory of a hill station wildlife sanctuary which is pretty much a rare combination. Read More 

Other attractions in and around Mysore:

St. Philomena's Church

St. Philomena's Church :is a church built in the honour of St. Philomena in the city of Mysore. It was constructed in 1956 using a Neo Gothic style and its architecture was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. Read More 

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

The bird sanctuary is situated on the banks of Kaveri near the historic town of Srirangapattana. One can obvious sight a variety of birds which come there during particular seasons from different parts of the world. There are guided tours for the visitors so that they can enjoy the place even more. Read More 


Bylakuppe is the Tibetitan Refugee resettlement, location of "Lugsum Samdupling" (established in 1961) and "Dickyi Larsoe" (established in 1969), in the west of Mysore district. The nearest town is Kushalnagar in Kodagu in the State of Karnataka. Read More 

Planet X

Planet X is another modern entertainment center in the city. Planet X is about 5kms from the Mysore Zoo. It is the ideal place to spend with friends on a weekend or to have a birthday party. The center has Go-carting facility, a bowling alley, a mini golf course, video games, a bar cum cocktail lounge and a family restaurant where you can have a private party. Read More 

GRS Fantasy Park

GRS Fantasy Park is an amusement cum Water Park that can rival any other amusement park in any of the modern cities of India. GRS Fantasy Park is spread over 30 acres. The park caters to the needs of all ages. There is entertainment for the young and the old. Read More 

Regional Museum of Natural History

This museum is located on the banks of the Karanji lake in Mysore and has exhibits related to biological diversity, ecology and geology of Southern India. Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) was opened on 20th May 1995. Read More 

Rail Museum

This museum is located near the Mysore Railway station and is the second one of its kind established in India after the one at Delhi. This museum exhibits ancient locomotives and carriages some of which are still in working condition. Photographs and books related to railway are also present. Read More 


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Vinay J
+1 #1 Vinay J 2012-07-19 10:05
Kokkare Bellur

A 30 minute drive from Mandya, you can see huge birds there around January and March.

Flamingoes can be seen there.

If you'd allow I would post some pictures of the place too. :-)
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