Filled with temples, gardens and palaces, Mysore in Karnataka is known as the City of Palaces and Sandalwood City throughout the world. September to October is the best time to visit Mysore,which is rich in culture and tradition. Dussehra is one of the most popular festivals celebrated here with joy and vibrancy and is worth watching. The details of the most popular tourist places in Mysore are discussed below:
At the heart of the city the Mysore Palace is also known as Maharaja Palace. It is a three storied stone building designed by British architect Henry Irwin. This is one of the most visited monuments in India and tourists from different parts of India and the world come here every year. In Mysore state this palace was the residency of Wodeyar Maharaj and was built in wood. Later in got burnt in 1897 and was re-built in 1912. The style of architecture displayed in the Mysore Palace represents a combination of Hindu, Islamic, Rajput, and Gothic styles. A large lake surrounds the Palace and makes it look beautiful.
The Jaganmohan Palace
The JaganMohan Palace was built in 1861 and it was used as a home by the Kings of Mysore, the Wodeyars. But later it got converted into an art gallery. This palace is three storied and is a major tourist attraction. The art gallery displays sculptures, paintings and musical instruments.
The location of Mysore is in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills that are 1000 meters tall. The view of the city from here is beautiful. The Chamundeshwari temple is a landmark on the Chamundi Hills. The statue of Mahishasura can be located near the temple. The localities of Mysore believes that climbing the steps of the Chamundi Hills is a way of keeping fit.
St. Philomena's Church
Built in the honor of St. Philomena in Mysore, St. Philiomena’s Church is a popular tourist destination. In the Neo Gothic style this church was built in 1936. It was designed by a Frenchman called Daly and it displays unique work of art, which till date inspires people to visit this place. Around 800 people can seat here and the walls have paintings like birth of Christ, The Last Supper and the Crucifixion.
The magnificent zoo of Mysore was built in 1892 and it is one of the oldest zoos in the world. Spread over 10 acres, this zoo has animals like elephants, giraffes, tigers, chimpanzees and zebras. The animals are also kept in their natural habitats here. In 1948,this zoo was gifted to the department of Parks and Gardens of the Mysore State Government.