15 Places to visit in Mysore!

1. Mysore palace
Mysore palace
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Mysore Palace is a historical palace and a royal residence at Mysore in the Indian State of Karnataka. It is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore. The palace is in the centre of Mysore, and faces the Chamundi Hills eastward.

Mysore is commonly described as the 'City of Palaces', and there are seven palaces including this one; however, 'Mysore Palace' refers specifically to this one within the Old fort. The land on which the palace now stands was originally known as puragiri (literally, citadel), and is now known as the Old Fort. Yaduraya built the first palace inside the Old Fort in the 14th century, which was demolished and constructed multiple times.

The current structure was constructed between 1897 and 1912, after the Old Palace was burnt ablaze Mysore Palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, after the Taj Mahal, with more than 6 million annual visitors.

2. Mysore Zoo
Mysore Zoo
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Mysore Zoo (Now Mysuru Zoo) (officially the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens) is a 157-acre (64 ha) zoo located near the palace in Mysore, India. It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India, and is home to a wide range of species (168). Mysore Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

While mainly depending on entry fees for its financing, an adoption scheme introduced in the early 2000s has been a success. Celebrities, institutions, animal lovers and volunteers of various clubs in the zoo have contributed directly to the welfare of the zoo inhabitants.

3. Shuka Vana- Bird paradise
Shuka Vana- Bird paradise
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Home to over 2000 birds, the Shuka Vana in Mysore is a must visit for ornithophiles and nature lovers. With over 450 varied species, this striking 50m high aviary spanning an area of 1 acre currently holds the record for most bird species in an aviary in the Guinness Book of World Records. This unique park, commonly known as parrot park, is a part of the Avadhoota Datta Peetham in the Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Ashram, and also serves as a rehabilitation centre for abused, injured and abandoned birds. One can find many rare species of parrots flying around this beautiful enclosure.

4. Brindavan Gardens
Brindavan Gardens
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The Brindavan Gardens is a garden located in the Mandya District of the Indian State of Karnataka. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara Dam which is built across the river Kaveri. The work on laying out this garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932.

Visited by close to 2 million tourists per year, the garden is one of the major attractions of Srirangapatna. Sir Mirza Ismail, the Deewan of Mysore, a man with a penchant for gardens, founded the Brindavan Gardens (Krishnaraja Sagar Dam in particular) and built the Cauvery River high-level canal to irrigate 120,000 acres (490 km2) in modern Mandya district. He was inspired by Hyder Ali who had earlier built the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens at Bangalore.

5. Chamundeshwari Temple
Chamundeshwari Temple
Sri Chamundeshwari Ammanavara Temple. Chamundihill, Mysore - Show on Map

The Chamundeshwari Temple is a Hindu temple located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India. The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas. Chamundeshwari is called by the people of Karnataka as Naada Devathe which means State Goddess. It is situated at the elevation of 838 feet from the mean sea level.

6. St.Philomena's Church
St.Philomena's Church
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7. Jaganmohan Palace
Jaganmohan Palace
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Jaganmohan Palace is a palace in the city of Mysore, India. Its construction was completed in 1861 and was initially used by the Wodeyars, kings of Mysore as their home (when the present Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace) was under construction after the previous palace burned down). It is now used as an art gallery and a function hall. The palace is one of the seven palaces of the royal city of Mysore.

8. Mysore wax museum
Mysore wax museum
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9. Devaraja Market
Devaraja Market
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Devaraja Market is a market located in Mysuru. One can buy flowers, fruits, and choose from conical piles of colorful Kumkum powder. Spices, sandalwood products, silk saris, essential oils, and incense are also available for purchase. The market is on Sayaji Rao Road.

In 2017, there were 1,122 shops in the market employing over 3,000 people and receiving 8,000 to 10,000 visitors each day. It is a tourist attraction, and a popular place to take photos.

The market was constructed in 1886. It was initially a weekly market. The market was built above the Dewan Poornaiah Canal that supplied drinking water to Mysore Palace. It was named in 1925 after Dodda Devaraja Wadeyar. It is also known as Dodda market.Its area spans 3.67 acres.

The market is bounded by a structure with wooden rafters and stone masonry walls that faces the street on all four sides. The north gate is on Devantri Road. The market is bounded by Sayaji Rao Road on the east side. The south gate faces Dufferin Clock Tower. Inside the market, there are open areas where vendors can sell their wares.

The inner shops are arranged along three aisles that go through the entire market.Throughout the years, Devaraja Market has also seen fires and other disasters. 150 shops were destroyed by fire in 1981, 175 in 1990, and 30 in 1999. In August 2016, the north entrance gate collapsed due to structural weakness. There have been discussions about demolishing the market due to the state of disrepair.

10. Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai Garden
Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai Garden
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11. Venugopalaswamy Temple
Venugopalaswamy Temple
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The Venugopala Swamy Temple located at Hosa Kannambadi, near Krishna Raja Sagara, is an example of Hoysala architecture in Karnataka, India. This temple was built in the 12th century AD around the same time as the Chennakesava Temple at Somanathapura, Mysore district.

12. Mysuru Sand Sculpture Museum
Mysuru Sand Sculpture Museum
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13. Jayalakshmi Vilas
Jayalakshmi Vilas
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Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is a heritage building in Mysore.

Built in 1905, for Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar’s eldest daughter, Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace also used to be called First Rajkumari Mansion. One of the most beautiful palaces in Mysore, it has been declared as a heritage site by the government of Karnataka. This palace houses three museums namely Folklore Museum, Archaeology Museum and General Museum.

This spacious palace, which is spread over 6 acres of land, has around 125 rooms and more than 250 carved doors and windows. It is located near another popular Mysore attraction Kukkarahalli Lake.

14. Mysore Rail Museum
Mysore Rail Museum
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Mysore rail museum promises a unique experience to its visitors. One of its kind, this museum was established in 1979 by Indian Railways. Another similar kind of Museum is located in Delhi- National Railway Museum. This museum displays a wide array of locomotives along with pictures and items from various stages of Indian railways development.

15. Government Silk weaving Factory
Government Silk weaving Factory
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