Mysore is one of the recommended sites for industrial tour; Mysore government initiated the process of industrialization with companies like Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory in early 20th century, which is still an attraction for visit, other industrial establishment in and around mysore includes Government Silk Weaving Factory, Falcon Tyres, Larsen & Toubro, Theorem India, Infosys, Bharat Earth Movers, J. K. Tyres, Wipro, etc. another industrial attraction is CFTRI and couple of Hydro electric projects around Mysore.
Mysore was the political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty which ruled Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British. The kings, great patrons of art and culture, developed Mysore as an important centre of religion, education and culture. It was the Wodeyars who instituted the tradition of the grand celebration of Dasara festival, the 10-day festivities that celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2010. Today, Mysore is a city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world while stepping into modernity with enthusiasm.
Sights to See
Mysore Maharaja’s Palace
Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the palace is an imposing structure standing in the heart of the city. This palace was constructed on the foundations of an old palace which was partially destroyed in a fire in 1897 and was completed in 1907. Only the Gombi Totti, the Kalyana Mandapam containing life size paintings and murals of the Dasara Procession, Durbar Hall and the Amba Vilas used for private functions of the royal family, are open to visitors. The palace is illuminated every Sunday and on public holidays. It is closed only one day of the year, i.e., on the day of the Dussehra Procession. Timings: Daily 10 am to 5.30 pm. Entry Fee: Rs. 20, free for children below 10 years (Tel: 0821 2434425)
Saint Philomena’s Church
Built in the Gothic style, it has some beautiful stain glass windows. The only one of its kind in this part of the world, the imposing building of the church brings to mind the architectural styles of the medieval times. Timings: 7 am to 3 pm. Entry free (Tel: 0821 2563148).
Started in 1892, the Mysore Zoo is spread over an area of 37.25 hectares. Laid out in beautiful gardens, efforts have been made to create a natural habitat for a variety of birds and beasts. It also contains several rare species of birds and animals, some of which have been successfully bred in captivity. Timings: Daily 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Entrance fee: Rs. 25 (adults), Rs. 10 (child), closed on Tuesdays. : (Tel: 0821 2520302)
Rail Museum: Located behind the railway station is the little known but impressive Rail Museum with its priceless locomotives, coaches and collection of paintings and photographs narrating the ‘Rail Stories’. The prize exhibit of the museum is the Maharani’s saloon built in the UK. (Timings: 10 am to 1 pm & 3 to 5.30 pm. Closed on Mondays, Entrance: Rs. 2.
Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
Housed in the Jaganmohan Palace, it has paintings of the members of the royal family, works of Raja Ravi Verma and other Indian and Western Painters, a display of furniture, glass and china ware, oriental and western decorative arts, sculptures and musical instruments. The Palace building was built in 1861 and was converted into an Art Gallery during the reigns of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. It used to serve as a royal auditorium and is still used as one for the public. Timings: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm daily (ticket up to 5 pm
Chamundi Hills (1 3 km): Height: 3,489 feet. Famous for the Mahishasura statue and Chamundeswari Temple. Situated at the foot of the hills is Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel now maintained by ITDC. Planet X, situated at the foot of Chamundi Hills, is a new place opened for bowling, go-karting, mini golf, etc.
Srirangapatna (16 km): Srirangapatna, the abode of Sri Ranganatha (Vishnu), flourished as a small town during the time of Hoysala ruler Udayaditya, brother of Vishnuvardhana. A fort was built here in 1454 by the local Nagamangala chief Timmana Dandanayaka, during the Vijayanagara rule and it was directly ruled by Vijayanagara viceroys. Mysore Wodeyars took possession of this place during the reign of Raja Wodeyar, which ultimately became the capital of Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan till it was captured by the British in 1799. Built in 1784, Dariya Daulat Bagh, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan is in the Indo-Islamic style, constructed mostly of teak wood. It is situated outside the fort on the bank of river Kaveri. It is rectangular in plan and stands on a raised platform. Tel: 0821 08236-252023. Timing: 9 am-5 pm. Entry fee to Dariya Daulat: Indians Rs. 5, Foreigners USD 2 or Rs. 100 per person, children up to 15 years free).
Ranganathittoo Bird Sanctuary (19 km): Just outside Srirangapatna, the Kaveri river meanders around a string of tiny islets, which together form a splendid nesting site for waterfowl. Best season: June to November. Timing: 8 am to 5.30 pm, Entrance: Rs. 25 (Indians), Rs. 75 (Foreigners). Boating: Rs. 20 (Indians), Rs. 100 (Foreigners).
Brindavan Gardens & Krishnarajasagar Dam (19 km): A beautifully terraced garden, laid out on the side of the dam. The illuminated gardens and musical fountains are special features. The garden is open from 8 am to 7 pm. Musical fountain and illumination timings: Weekdays: 0630 to 1930 hrs; Sun & Sat: 1830 to 2030 hrs. Entrance Fee: Rs. 15 (Adult); Rs. 5 (child below 8 years), Camera: Rs. 50.
- Infosys Mysore
- Falcon Tyres Ltd
- Government Silk Weaving Factory
- Government Sandalwood Oil Factory
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
Nanjangud (23 kms): An important pilgrim centre on the banks of the Kapila river, famous for the massive Nanjundeshwara temple. Built in the Dravidian style, it is one of the biggest of its kind in Karnataka. The massive temple has an imposing rajagopuram sculpted with mythological scenes. Regular buses ply from Mysore to Nanjangud.
Talakad(45 kms): Situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, the Kirti Narayana Temple, also known as the Vaideshwara Temple, is completely buried beneath sand dunes. The temple comes to life when it is excavated once every 12 years during the Panchalinga Darshan.
Shivasamudram Falls (65 km):Forested hills and lush green valleys cradle a small hamlet and two fine temples together they provide a startlingly calm setting for the Kaveri river as its plummets from a height of 75 m into a deep, rocky gorge with a deafening roar from two picturesque falls, Barachukki and Gaganachukki. Downstream from the falls is Asia’s first hydroelectric project, established at the behest of Sir M. Visveswaraya in 1902.
Bluff(76 km): This hydro-electric station is named after Sir K. Seshadri Iyer and is a beautiful picnic spot, 5 km from Malavalli on the Malavalli Kollegal road. One of the oldest power generating stations in India, Bluff is so called because of the 450 feet high “bluff” which has facilitated the laying of the generating station. Visitors can see the power generation process going down on a trolley.
Bandipur National Park (80 km): Set against the picturesque backdrop of the enchanting Nilgiris mountains with its mist-covered peaks, Bandipur was once the Mysore Maharaja’s private hunting ground. It was brought under Project Tiger in 1973. This is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe and photograph wildlife in close proximity. A temple perched atop Himavad Gopalaswamy Hill, the highest peak in the Bandipur range, is worth a visit. Best season: June to October.
Bylakuppe (83 km): A small village on the Mysore-Madikere road, Bylakuppe became famous as a rehabilitation centre for thousands of Tibetan refugees. The refugees were first permitted to settle here in 1960 and since then have been involved in growing maize, carpet weaving, poultry and dairy farming and in making handicrafts.
Sravanabelagola (93 km):The statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali at Sravana Belgola is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad.
Nagarhole National Park (96 km): The park has rich forest cover, small streams, valleys, and waterfalls. The park has a healthy tiger-predator ratio, and tiger, Indian bison, and elephant are much more populous here than in Bandipur.
Biligiriranga Hills(120 kms): Also called Swetadri or White hills, they stand 5091 feet above the sea level. Thick forests of teak, sandalwood, hone matti trees and grass growing to a height of 10-22 feet makes it an ideal abode for a variety of wildlife. On top of the hill is the Ranganatha Temple built in the Dravidian style.
How would you like to travel?
- Bandipur 80 km
- Bangalore 140 km
- Belur 155 km
- Halebid 149 km
- Hassan 118 km Jog Falls 348 km
- Madikere (Mercara) 124 km
- Mangalore 259 km
- Mudumalai 99 km
- Ooty (Ootacamund) 159 Km
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