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Mysore Sight Seeing
 
 

Mysore Palace

 

Mysore Palace is located at the center of Mysore city. It is the most famous tourist attraction of Mysore. It is considered as the proud of India. It looks like a heaven in the evenings when the entire palace complex is illuminated. Mysore Palace - One of most remarkable landmarks of the city. The Mysore Palace is a witness to the royal splendor that this city enjoyed.

 
It was the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore, and also housed the durbar . One just cannot miss the famous Mysore Palace, as all roads in the city lead to this majestic Palace of Maharaja's. The Palace is a treasure abode of gorgeous sculptures and carvings from all over the world. The palace is the foremost specimen of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture with its imposing Durbar Hall showcasing arrayed ceiling with beautiful designs and patterns and many sculpted pillars. Majestic golden throne all studded with jewels and precious stone is worth a watch. The throne is displayed in the hall during the time of Dasara for public viewing. 

Mysore Zoo

 

 

Mysore Zoo – Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest and most beautiful zoological parks in India. It houses a lot of rare animals.

 
Mysore Zoo - One of the oldest and most popular zoos in India. Located on the outskirts of Mysore, the zoo is home to a wide range of wild animals. The official name for the zoo is Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, though for all practical purposes its known by its short name
 
Mysore Zoo: At the foothills of Chamundi temple, Mysore Zoo is one of the best-managed Zoos in India boasting a collection of exotic animals and birds from all parts of the world. There are battery-operated vehicles to take you around the Zoo for a nominal fee.
 
Brindavan Gardens (K R S)
 
 

Brindavan Gardens – Brindavan Gardens is one of the most beautiful laid out gardens in the world. It is located at a distance of 24 kms from the Mysore city. The innumerable fountains decorated with colorful lights are the highlights of this garden.

 
Brindavan Gardens - The Brindavan Gardens, is a celebrated beauty spot in Mysore. Its world famous for its symmetric design. It is one of the most beautifully laid out terrace gardens in the world. This garden sits besides the Krishna Raja Sagara (KRS) dam and attracts huge number of tourists every year. Read More...
Located 15 km from Mysore City, Brindavan Gardens are must a visit site. The gardens are situated below the KR Sagar Dam in Mandya District, spreading over 150 acres. 
 
The garden is also known as a Musically lighted Garden, that gives a splendid view of the garden in the night. The main charm in the garden is its "Dancing Fountain" where fountains dance on the tunes of music and makes magnificent color patterns. To reach actual site of Brindavan Gardens, visitors need to walk about 1.5km from the main gateway of the park.
 
Brindavan Gardens is on the downstream of the Krishanrajasagar dam. Krishnarajasagar dam (KRS dam), built in 1932 across river Cauvery, is India's first modern irrigation dam. Brindavan gardens transforms into a fairy  land in the evening with numerous lights that are placed near the flower beds and fountains. The music fountain at Brindavan garden is popular. There are plans to introduce laser shows and boating at Brindavan gardens.
 
 

Chamundi Hills – Chamundi Hills which is located at a distance of 13 kms from Mysore city. Chamundeshwari temple and Bull temple are the most important sites of Chamundi Hills. Apart from these two sites, there are two more temples – Mahabaleshwar temple and Lakshmi Narayana temple. Chamundi Hills - Perched at the top of Mysore,

 
Chamundi hills is the abode of Chamundeshwari Temple and the Nandi. A panoramic view of the city is seen from the top of the hills.
 
At dusk, the view of the city is breathtaking, and on Sunday evenings and during the Dasara festival, the illuminated Mysore Palace glitters like 18 carat gold. 
 

Nestling on a hilltop about 335m high, Chamundi Hills houses a temple of patron Goddess of Wodeyars. Chamundeshwarithe temple is 13kms from Mysore and can easily be approached by a tourist cab or a bus transport. 

 
The temple can be reached by climbing 1000 steps up to the hill or taking a curve road to the temple. The temple was constructed in 11th century, adjacent to the temple is erected a massive statue of the demon Mahishasura. The peak offers a magnificent vista of Mysore City embellished with beautiful lakes, gardens and palaces.
 
 

Ranganthittu was formed as a result of a small dam across the river Cauvery in the 1600s. The Bird Sanctuary at Ranganathittu owes its existence to the world famous ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali who convinced the Maharaja of Mysore in 1940 to declare Ranganthittu as a protected area. The sanctuary is not very large it covers an area of 0.67sq.km.

 
But is home to a great variety of birds and a few reptiles. It is said that the sanctuary is a sight to behold during the nesting season of the birds from June to November. The sanctuary is home to a wide species of birds including cormorants, darters, white ibis, spoon billed storks, open billed storks, painted storks, white necked storks, egrets, herons, terns, swallows, kingfishers, sandpiper etc. There are a few mammals in the sanctuary like fruit bats, bonnet macaques, palm civets, common mongoose and common otters. Marsh crocodiles make up the reptile population of the sanctuary.

 

The sight of fruit bats, crocodiles and birds flying around is a beautiful sight to watch. You can take a boat ride around the sanctuary and get a closer look at the birds and the crocodiles. The entrance of the park has huge bamboo surrounding the winding path. On both sides of the path are boards with pictures and information about the different birds that are found in the sanctuary. There is a small canteen situated near the lake made in a clearing between the bamboos. The best season to visit the sanctuary is May-September and October. If you are a nature enthusiast it is best to visit the sanctuary in the early hours of the morning before the sanctuary gets crowded with visitors.

 

St. Philomena's Church

 
 

Built in the gothic form of architecture, St. Philomena's Church is one of the largest churches of the continent of Asia. The church stands on the grounds where the older church built by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III stood. The new church was constructed in the year 1933 by the grandson of the earlier king,

 
Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. The church retains the heritage that is more than 200 years old. 
 

Nanjangud

 

The main temple at Nanjangud is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, also called Sri Nanjundeshwara, "The God who drank poison In Hindu mythology, the Gods and demons churned the ocean in search of the ambrosia. During this churning, poison emanated first, followed by ambrosia.

 
To prevent the poison from spreading across the universe and to destroy it, Shiva came to the rescue and drank it up. His wife Parvati then held his throat tightly to prevent the poison from spreading to the rest of his body and killing him. Narada held his mouth so that he did not vomit it out. The poison remained in his throat, making it blue in colour. For this reason, Shiva is also called Neelakantha, or "the blue-thorated one". Nanjanagud literally means "the place where Nanjundeshwara resides."
 
 

This is the mausoleum of Tippu Sultan; his father Hyder Ali and mother Fathima Begum. Tippu in built the magnificent structure in 1782-84. The Gumbaz is surrounded by the beautiful garden the Lalbagh. The Gumbaz is built on a high and wide platform with an open verandah that has polished pillars all over. The Gumbaz has a large well-shaped dome,

 
it has beautifully carved ebony doors inlaid with ivory, the Gumbaz has carved stone windows with excellent work on it and inscriptions. Inside the tomb Hyader Ali has been laid to rest in the middle and on either side are the tombs of his wife and son. Tippu's tiger stripes cover the walls of the Gumbaz. Next to the Gubaz is a mosque Masjid-e-aksa. One can reach this site by bus or take an auto from Srirangapatna.
 
The Sangam is the place where the River Loakpavani joins the River Cauvery. This is a popular picnic spot and is a beautiful place. From here the river follows into the Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu. From Srirangapatna you can take an auto to this spot. 
 

Colonel Bailey dungeon :

These dungeons are called this because Colonel Bailey died in these dungeons in 1780AD. Captain Baird, Captain Rulay, Colonel Brithwite, Samson, Frazer and Lindsay were also imprisoned in these dungeons. During the siege of Srirangapatna, one cannon rolled back, pierced the ceiling and fell into the dungeon. And to this day it is lying there. 
 

It is from the Fort that Tippu launched his attack against the British. There is an obelisk in the fort in the place where he died, after being betrayed by his own men. Inside the fort there is a mosque and the Ranganathaswamy Temple and outside the fort is the tomb of Tippu, the Gumbaz. 

 
Ranganathaswamy Temple:

The Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangapatna enshrines Lord Vishnu as Ranganatha. It is said that the Ganag ruler Tirumalaiya built this temple in the 9th century. Srirangapatna was the capital of Tipu Sultan and it is said that both Tippu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali made generous endowments to the Ranganathaswamy temple. This enormous temple has fort like walls and an intricately carved gopuram. The architecture is a mixture of the Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles. Lord Ranganatha is shown reclining on the bed laid out by the serpent Aadi Sesha. Within the complex there are temples of Gowtama muni and the River Cauvery. There is a shrine dedicated to Ranganayaki Thaayaar in the northwest corner of the temple. There is a temple dedicated to Krishna as well. The Alwars and the Acharyas of the Sri Vaishnava faith are also immortalized here. There are two images of Srinivasa and Panchamukha Anjaneya. It is claimed that Vyasaraya installed them in this temple. The Chaturvimsati pillars before the inner entrance has the cravings of the 24 forms of Vishnu.

 

Talakadu

 

Talakadu, Mysore is a tourist destination unexplored by many people. Among the many beautiful places to see in Mysore, Talakadu, Mysore holds a special place. It is a beautiful place surrounded by the temples of Lord Shiva. Talakadu in Mysore is situated on the banks of the Kapila Cauvery River. This place is located around 60

 
kilometers to the east of the Mysore City. This place is part of T. Narasipur taluk and was once the capital city of "Ganga Dynasty"
 
 

Shivanasamudra Waterfalls are situated in Mandya District, at a distance of around 120 km from Bangalore. These waterfalls are also known as Siva Samudram, literally meaning Shiva's Sea. It is here that the Cauvery River branches off into two different streams, each of them cascading down the 200 ft fall.

 
The western stream is known as Gaganachukki, while the eastern stream is known as Bharachukki. Surrounding the waterfalls are hill forests of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.
 
Gaganachukki cascades down a height of 98 m, with the maximum flow of 667,000 cubic feet per second (19,000 m³/s). Asia's first hydroelectric power station was set up at this waterfall, in the year 1905. The electricity produced here was mainly used to light up the Gold Mines of Kolar, making Kolar the first Asian city to receive electricity. The power station is situated near a dargah, from where you can have excellent views of Gaganachukki. The waterfall comprises of two porticoes, one in the west and the other in the east. 
 

The cascading edge of Bharachukki is a little wider than that of Gaganachukki. It is situated at distance of approximately one km from the Dargah. One of its sections resembles a 'U', just like the famous Niagara Falls. The waterfall has a fluid and graceful cascade along the side. There is no viewing gallery for the Bharachukki waterfall and even the flow of tourists is quite low. The currents here are quite strong and the gorge is quite deep. So, swimming is not advised at all.

 
 

Somnathpur is a small village on the banks of the river Cauvery that was founded by the commander of the Hoyasala army, Somnath. The village is famous for its splendid and grand Keshava temple that has been built in the Hoyasala style. The temple is famous for its elaborate and intricate sculpturing.

 
The temple is enclosed in a walled courtyard that has a gate and a porch. The temple is built on an elevated star shaped platform. 
 
 
 
 
 

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