Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Mysore – More than three thousand years ago, Mysore city was once known as Mahishuru. Mysore is home to the renowned Mysore Palace and the Chamundeshwari Temple, which enshrines one of India’s most powerful deities, Goddess Chamundeshwari.
1) Lalitha Mahal Palace
Lalith Mahal Palace, situated in the Mandya district of Karnataka, is one of India’s most cherished heritage sites. Designed by Scottish architect Robert Chisholm and built by Rev Arthur Bedford,
An equestrian statue of King Krishnaraja Wodeyar II sits on a nearby plot overlooking the beautiful city of Mysore, adding an extra touch of royal grandeur. The palace is a harmonious blend of Hindu, Muslim, and British influences.
2) Chamundeshwari Temple
A temple dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari is located atop Chamundi Hills, one of the seven hills located near the city of Mysore. The Chamundeshwari Temple dates back to the 6th century BC.
After the Prathihara dynasty ruled for about 500 years, the Ganga, Chola, and Hoysala ruled here before Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala III contributed to the renovation of Melkote and Dharamsthala temples in the 14th century AD.
3) Brindavan Gardens
This garden is located on a hillside that provides fantastic views of Mysore, which is ideal for those in need of a break from the daily grind. From here, you can take walks through well-laid gardens, see thousands of flowers bloom during springtime, or marvel at the night sky, which is filled with millions of stars. You can also visit Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, which is just 3 km from here.
4) SP Bijapurkar Art Gallery
This gallery is dedicated to Shri SP Bijapurkar, a renowned artist from Karnataka, India The gallery houses more than 400 paintings, the majority of which were painted by Mr. Bijapurkar himself. Today, it has become a place of great cultural significance because hundreds of art lovers visit it every year, some of whom travel long distances to view it.
5) Laxmipuram Park
Laxmipuram Park is the quintessential Bangalore garden, with its neatly manicured lawns and artificial lakes. It was once home to Bangalore Palace, the second-largest mural collection in India after Ajanta & Ellora Caverns (about 200 km away).
Laxmipuram is now one of Bangalore’s most popular tourist attractions. It has been open since 1911 and was built by Sir Mirza Ismail when he was the Dewan of Mysore under Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV
6) Mysore Zoo
There are more than 80 species of animals at the Mysore Zoo, including elephants, zebras, and deer. The white tiger known as Maharaja has been featured on Animal Planet several times. You can easily spend a half-day exploring the zoo.
7) St Philomena’s Church & Grotto
St Philomena’s Church was built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1679. The church is home to 53 sculptures of life-sized elephants carved from wood, which represent Hindu elephants who converted to Christianity in ancient India. It is dedicated to St Philomena, a 3rd-century martyr, and patron of children and unmarried mothers.
8) Mariyamma Temple
Mariyamma Temple is one of the most famous temples in Mysore because the idol of the Hindu goddess Chamundeshwari was also kept there temporarily before being moved to its present location at Parakkadavu. In Kannada, ‘Mariyamma’ means mother and ‘mata’ means goddess.
There are no doors or walls separating sections within the temple, except for some wall pillars between room areas and the sanctum sanctorum. The Garuda Stamba, which stands inside the temple, attracts thousands of devotees throughout the year.
9) Manasagangothri Laxmi Venkateshwara Swamy Temple
Located on a hill, the Mysore temple of Manasagangothri Laxmi Venkateshwara Swamy boasts a legend of Goddess Lakshmi manifesting herself there after her husband Lord Vishnu left her to deal with matters on earth One can also see the summer palace of Tipu Sultan from here It is also an ideal place for picnics and weddings.
10) Jagan Mohan Palace
The Jagan Mohan Palace is located in Chamaraja Puram and was built by Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar. It is a magnificent palace built with a beautiful garden called Kaveri Betta and represents a new style of architecture that had come into vogue. It was refurbished by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan maintained it well after his death.
Today, it is one of the two-state guesthouses of Karnataka and features an excellent museum with king portraits, old coins, and paintings. Also, see the Jaganmohan Palace Museum This is one of the great museums because it’s small but contains lots of interesting historical artifacts including weapons!