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Mysore district had played important role in the history of South India. Today it is a favored tourist destination of the Karnataka state, and the second biggest city of the state. Here Dusshera festival is celebrated in temples in pomp and style, which are reflective of the Raj era. The temples are the major pilgrimage centers. Banglore airport is the nearest airport from Mysore while, the Mysore junction is the main railway station of the city. There are daily trains available from Banglore, Chennai and other major cities of country.

Mysore City Palace and Museum is the heart of the Mysore city. It is one of the largest palaces in India. It was the residence of Wodeyar Maharaja. The original palace, built of wood was burnt down in 1897. The current palace was re-designed by British architect Henry Irwin in 1912. The stained glass roof, wall paintings and rosewood doors leave a lasting impression in the mind. The palace is now under the control of Department of Archaeology and Museums of Karnataka.

The Chamundi Hill is a favorite tourist attraction of Mysore. It is located 13 km from the Mysore city. It is devoted to Durga Devi, who was known as Goddess Chamunda after her victory over demon Mahishasura. The construction of temple is in Dravidian architectural style. The gold idol of Goddess Chamunda is placed inside the temple. The beautiful view of Mysore city can be enjoyed from the top of the hill, where the temple is placed.

Saint Philomena's Church was designed by Reverand Rene Feuge. It is one of the grand churches of the country. It is located on the Cathedral Road, about 3 km away from the Mysore city. It is a Neo-Gothic style construction of 1933. There is a statue of Saint Philomena, which is placed in an underground chamber.

Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar built the Jagmohan Palace in 1861. It is a three storey building, and one of the oldest and majestic buildings of Mysore. Now it is renowned as Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. It houses the paintings, handicrafts and rare musical instruments of the nineteenth century. Lalitha Mahal Palace is located about 11 km from the Mysore city. The two storey palace was built by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, and was designed by E.W. Fritchley in the Renaissance style. India Tourist Development Corporation converted this majestic palace into a five star hotel in 1974. However, the building has retained various beautiful aspects of the palace like Viceroy room, the ballroom, the banquet hall and Italian marble staircases.

Krishnaraja Sagar Dam is located 12km north-west of Mysore. It was designed by Sir Vishweswaraiah. It is around 130 feet high and 8600 feet long. The reservoir of the dam is spread over an area of 130 It is a fine civil engineering architecture of India,constructed before independence. A separate boating lake from the south bank to the north bank, and the dancing fountains at the northern area of dam, are provided for fun loving tourists.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is about 13 km from the northeast area of Mysore. It is located in the Kaveri river. It is the home for various native bird species. The migratory birds from Siberia and North America fly here every year. The forest department of Karnataka provides the boating arrangement for bird watchers. May and September are the best times to see a variety of birds here.

Najanagud, Somanathapura, Shivanasamudra, Bandipur National Park, and Nagarahole National Park are some of the nearby tourist destinations from Mysore.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/11