Mysuru Palace is the royal residence for the Wadiyar dynasty. It’s the thriving heartbeat of Mysuru and most travel day starts with a visit to this magnificent palace. Completed in 1912, there is grandeur in every nook and corner of the palace, especially the Audience durbar. The original palace was prone to fire hence the Royal family had commissioned Henry Irwin to build the new palace. The palace lights up during Dussera celebrations and is one of the major tourist attraction places in India.
One of the tallest Diocese churches in Asia, St Philomena church was built with inspiration from the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. St Philomena was a martyr of the Roman Catholic church. the relics are preserved in a catacomb which can be accessed by a staircase in front of the main altar. The towering spires are Neo-Gothic in style and bear a striking resemblance t the cathedral in Germany. the foundation of the church started in 1933 to encourage communal harmony.
This beautiful garden is built in the bosom of the Krishnasagara dam over River Kaveri. The gazebos are breathtakingly beautiful and the garden is spread across 60 acres with a separate house for orchids. The garden is dotted with beautiful water fountains. Sir Mirza Ismail built the garden with inspiration from the Lalbagh botanical gardens in Bengaluru. We did not stay for the musical fountain show in the evening however we hope to go back for that experience.
Tipu Sultan’s tomb
Tipu sultan’s final resting place is the Gumbaz. The Gumbaz is a dome placed on a cubical structure and decorated with beautiful ornamental railings with 36 black granite pillars in support of the dome. The Gumbaz is said to be inspired by Bijapur architecture. The mausoleum has Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan and Tipu Sultan’s mother’s burial inside the main dome.
“Triveni Sangama” is the confluence of 3 holy rivers Kaveri River, Lokapavani River & Hemavati River. It is situated just few kilometers from the Tipu Sultan’s Gumbaz burial.
Sri Somavamsa Arya kshatriya Committee members commissioned this beautiful red stone temple in 2006. “Nimishambha” means that prayers are fulfilled within a minute. This temple is open from 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM and resumes from 4.00 PM to 8.30 PM. in the evening, however it is better to check on current timings. The temple premises are very peaceful and well maintained.
Perched on the top of the Chamunda hill is the famous Sri Chamundeswari Temple. ‘Chamundi’ or ‘Durga’ is the fierce and warrioe form of ‘Shakti’ who had slayed the twin demons, ‘Chanda’ and ‘Munda’ hence the name ‘Chamundeswari’. It is also said the ‘Mahishasura’ was killed by Devi Chamunda form of Maa Durga in the darkest hours of night. The temple is open from 7.30 AM to 2.00 PM and resumes from 3.30 PM to 6.00 PM. Though there is huge car parking area, devotees often climb to the temple via stairs on the other side of the hill.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
One of the prominent Hindu shrines, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple marks the sheer architectural grandeur mostly inspired by Hoysala style. Constructed in 894 AD, the temple is very ancient with several changes done over centuries. Devotees offer their prayers to Lord Vishnu on Sesh Naag with Goddess Lakshmi. The temple gopuram are adorned with intricate carvings in Vijayanagar style, depciting stories from puranas and holy scriptures.
How to reach :
By Road : Frequently buses ply from Bangalore and can be booked over Bus booking websites like Paytm. By car, you can follow the route as Bengaluru highway via Srirangapatnam.
By Rail : Several trains are available to Mysore Junction or Srirangapatnam station.
By Air : Nearest Airport is Bengaluru International Airport. You can hire out-station cab or Zoom car to drive over to Mysuru which is close to 3 hours by road.
Did you visit Mysuru – what places did you like?
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