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Mysore Palace in Mysore

Mysore Palace Overview

Mysore’s proud possession and one of India’s most visited attractions, Mysore Palace is an incredible man-made edifice. It is a palatial structure that tells many tales of India’s complex and intriguing past. This palace was once a royal residence of the mighty Wodeyar rulers, who ruled Mysore for seven centuries. At present, it witnesses more than 2.7 million visitors every year.

Built between 1897-1912 as per the designs of English architect- Henry Irwin, this three-storeyed building boasts of a flawless combination of Hindu, Gothic, Muslim and Rajput styles of architecture. The palace is constructed using fine grey granite and features beautiful domes that are made of deep pink coloured marbles. The central arch of the seven broad arches in the façade features an impressive idol of Gajalakshmi (the Goddess of prosperity, wealth and luck with her elephants) on its top.

Public Durbar Hall, Private Durbar (Ambavilasa Palace), Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion), Kalyana Mantapa, Portrait Gallery and Casket Room are important units of this palace. Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion) is the main entrance to the palace. It is a gallery that displays traditional dolls belonging to the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is also known for housing a beautiful collection of European as well as Indian sculptures and objects. In this pavilion, visitors can also see wooden elephant adorned with 84 kilograms of gold.

One of the most interesting features of the Public Durbar Hall is its beautifully painted columns that create an illusion of endless corridors. Paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu Epic Ramayana and large mirrors on the walls are also its major highlights. The Private Durbar, which is also known as the Ambavilasa Palace, is the most opulent room of the palace that was used by the rulers for private audience. Rosewood doorway, decorated columns, fascinating glass ceilings and chandeliers give this hall an eye-catchy look.

The octagon-shaped Kalyana Mantapa, where royal weddings and functions were organised, is another important section of the palace. The most prominent feature of this hall is the set of 26 paintings that depict the Dasara procession. It boasts of a stained glass ceiling that is decorated with beautiful peacock motifs and floral mandalas. It has an en suite Portrait Gallery, where visitors can see old photographs of the royal families.

In addition to the exquisite rooms, halls and pavilions, the palace has many highly revered shrines. Worth mentioning among them are Sri Lakshmiramana Swami Temple, Kodi Bharravasvami Temple and Sri Shweta Varahaswamy Temple. To witness the beauty of the Mysore Palace, tourists must plan their visit on Sundays or public holidays. During these days, the structure is illuminated using 97,000 electric bulbs. People from all across the globe come here to behold this spectacular sight.

  • Opening Closing Time10 am – 5:30 pm

Palace Illumination:

7 pm – 7:45 pm (Sunday and Public Holidays)

Sound and Light Show:

7 pm – 7:45 pm (Expect Sunday and Government Holidays)

Open all days, except Sunday

  • Photo Opp

Photography is not allowed inside the Palace.

  • Movie Connect

Two popular song sequences (Mere naina and Gori tere paijaniya) from the hit Bollywood movie, Mehbooba, starring Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini have been shot at the Mysore Palace.

  • Entrance FeeRs. 20 for Adults

Rs. 10 for Children

Rs. 10 for Students

Rs. 200 for Foreigners

Sound and Light Program:

Rs. 40 for Adults

Rs. 25 for Children (7 – 12 years)

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Brindavan Gardens, Mysore in Mysore

Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Overview

Sprawling over a large area of about 150 acres, Brindavan Gardens are considered to be the best in Mysore. This beautiful stretch of land is situated just a level below the popular Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir that is built across the Cauvery or Kaveri River. The garden is about 18 kilometres northwest of the city of Mysore. The idea of building this fascinating garden close to the dam was of two former Devans of Mysore, namely Sir M. Visveshwaraiah and Sir Mirza M. Ismail.

The most notable thing about Brindavan Gardens are the beautiful fountains that look wonderful during the night when they are lit up. Sunset is the best time of the day to visit this garden and enjoy the sight of water (from fountains) dancing to the tunes of pleasant music. The area of the garden that is covered with shrubs, grass and trees looks like a well-manicured lawn. Within the garden, there is also a children’s park, hydraulic research station and fisheries station. Adding to the beauty of the garden is an attractive sculpture of Goddess Cauvery, set at the foot of the dam.

  • Opening Closing TimeGarden Timing:

6 am – 8 pm

Music Fountain Show:

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Weekends)

  • Photo Opp

The lush surroundings as well as the beautiful fountains dancing to the music would compel you to capture many photographs from various angles.

  • For Kids

Children are up for a gala time at this garden. After sunset, when the fountains start dancing, the garden turns into a fairyland, which very well manages to catch the fancy of kids. They can also play in the children’s park built within the premises of this garden.

  • Movie Connect

Brindavan Garden has been popular among Bollywood directors for long. Several song sequences have been shot here including Tumhe Apna Banane Ki Kasam from the movie Sadak (1991), Kitna Pyara Tujhe from Raja Hindustani (1996), Keh Do Ki Tum from Tezaab (1988) and Mere Naina from Mehbooba (1976). Besides, a hilarious scene from the movie Padosan (1968) has also been shot here. This particular scene featured veteran actors Mehmood (as Masterji) and Saira Banu (as Bindu).

  • Entrance FeeRs. 15 for Adults

Rs. 5 for Children (5 – 10 years)

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Thonnur Lake in Mysore

Thonnur Lake Overview

Thonnur Lake is a picturesque excursion site, located about 30 kilometres away from Mysore. It was once referred to as Moti Talab by the mighty ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. This was because its water was so clear that every pebble in the lake could be seen from above. The lake is spread across 2000 acres and is used as a tank to collect rainwater for irrigation. Surprisingly, it never runs out of water even if there is no rainfall.

The lake and its surroundings (including rocky hills and tall trees) together make it a scenic spot. It is among those places that are not known to many tourists; however, locals are often seen here picnicking with their friends and family.

  • Photo Opp

The lake makes for an incredible subject for any shutterbug. Beautiful views of the landscape seem picture perfect every time a photographer sets the frame for clicking shots.

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Kabini Dam in Mysore

Kabini Dam Overview

Kabini Dam is a remarkable engineering marvel built on the Kabini River in Mysore. This massive structure rises up to an altitude of about 2284 feet and has a storage capacity of 19.52 thousand million cubic feet. It is among those few dams in the state of Karnataka where the water level is always adequate. On one side, you can see water pouring out profusely while making a gurgling noise and on the other, you get to witness placid water of the river. The dam is surrounded by forest and hills, which add to its overall appeal.

  • Photo Opp

Visitors can capture the gurgling water or the lush surroundings of the dam in their camera.

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Karanji Lake in Mysore

Karanji Lake Overview

Karanji Lake, also known as Karanjikere Lake, is a beautiful place to visit. Apart from its natural beauty, this picturesque lake is noted for being home to a wide variety of indigenous and migratory birds. Spanning in an area of about 90 acres, this lake area features a butterfly park, boating point, children’s corner, watchtower and India’s largest walk-through aviary (with over 70 species of birds).

Inhabited by a wide variety of birds, including peacock and geese, the aviary is the main highlight of Karanji Lake. Neighbouring the aviary is another huge area that is home to Sarus Cranes (a striking and possibly one of the tallest flying birds). A stroll in the butterfly park, located on an island in the lake, is a must while you are here. Brimming with plenty of natural treasures, this picturesque site is definitely a must-visit for every tourist coming to Mysore.

  • Opening Closing Time8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Open all days, except Tuesday

  • Photo Opp

Photography at Karanji Lake is bound to be a delightful and splendid experience. Do not forget to carry your camera before setting off for a visit to this beautiful site.

  • For Kids

There is a children’s corner at Karanji Lake that has been built exclusively for kids. The young visitors can engage themselves in different rides and games at this corner for hours.

  • Entrance FeeRs. 10 for Adults

Rs. 5 for Children (5-10 years)

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GRS Fantasy Park in Mysore

GRS Fantasy Park Overview

GRS Fantasy Park is one-of-a-kind amusement park, located about 6 kilometres away from the city centre. An endeavour of Baliga Investments Pvt. Ltd., the park is ideal for both adults and kids as there are a number of fun-filled rides for everyone. Sprawling over an area of 10000 sq ft, Jal Tharang or Wave Pool is the prime highlight of the park. For an experience similar to that of sea waves, this is an ideal place to be. Next is the Dragon’s Den, built in an area of 60000 sq ft, which takes visitors to the Jurassic Age. This particular attraction won the National APT Award in 2003 for being the most innovative ride.

The Red Indian Falls or theme based man-made waterfall catches the fancy of visitors. Witnessing 72000 litre of water falling per minute from a height of 80 feet is truly a sight worth beholding. Keeping the zest alive is the Aqua Tornado that is a four-seater family float ride. Other attractions of the park include Pendulum Slide, Amazinia, Lazy River, 5D Virtual Ride, Hawaiian Paradise, Aqua Dance Floor, Snow Sledge and Baby Train, to list a few.

  • Opening Closing Time10:30 am – 6 pm (Monday – Saturday)

10:30 am – 7 pm (Sunday and National Holidays)

Open all days

  • Photo Opp

The perfect subject for photography at an amusement park is not the rides but the happy, smiling and excited faces of your loved ones.

  • For Kids

What can be a better place for children than an amusement park? This wondrous park is a true retreat for kids where they can enjoy to the fullest. They can either go on the rides or play in the pool, designed especially for them.

  • Entrance FeeEntry before 3:30 pm:

Rs. 450 for Adults (above 4’6″” in height)

Rs. 350 for Children (3′ – 4’6″” in height)

Rs. 200 for Senior Citizens (above 65 years)

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Somnathpur Temple in Mysore

Somnathpur Temple Overview

Somnathpur Temple is a prominent attraction in a small namesake village, situated about 35 kilometres away from Mysore. This temple is also known as the Keshava Temple and Chennakesava Temple. Built by Hoysala rulers during their reign in this region, it stands as a relic of the bygone era. The temple comprises three shrines, three sanctums, a common navranga and three intricately carved pinnacles. Visitors can see the idols of Lord Janardhana and Lord Venugopala in the northern and southern sanctums, respectively.

The shrine boasts of an impressive architecture, with the temple constructed exquisitely on a star-shaped platform, which gives it a distinct look. It is surrounded by a walled courtyard that features a porch and a gate. Both the exteriors and interiors are absolutely stunning that leave visitors completely mesmerised. The friezes on the temple’s outer walls exhibit beautifully carved rows of elephants, mythical birds and beasts along with charging horsemen. These carvings enhance the overall appeal of this temple.

On the other hand, the interiors showcase exquisitely carved ceiling, scenes from epics and beautifully carved images of gods and goddesses. One of the main highlights of this temple is the central wall space. There are images of deities decorated with heavy jewellery, bangles on every arm, towering crowns and chunky anklets.

  • Opening Closing Time9 am – 5:30 pm
  • Photo Opp

This temple has a majestic structure that stands on a star-shaped platform, which looks quite unique. The spectacular architecture and intricate carvings make perfect subjects for photography.

  • Entrance FeeRs. 5 for Indians

Free for Children below 12 years

Rs. 100 for Foreigners

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Kukkaranahalli Lake in Mysore

Kukkaranahalli Lake Overview

Kukkarahalli Lake, noted as a prominent attraction of Mysore, is situated in the middle of Manasagangothri, the Mysore University campus. This lake was built in the year 1864 by Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar as a major source of irrigation. Visitors can enjoy an amazing view of the lake from the north shore, as it looks extremely attractive with trees and the Chamundi Hills in the background.

It is also popular for bird watching as more than 180 species of birds including spot-billed pelicans , painted storks , little cormorant and openbill storks can be seen here. Besides, you can enjoy a leisurely walk on the 4.5 kilometres long walkway with stone benches. In case you get tired, you can sit on these benches, relax and revel in the beauty of the nature.

  • Opening Closing Time6 am – 6 pm
  • Photo Opp

Kukkarahalli Lake has always been a major source of inspiration for writers and poets owing to its natural beauty. So, do not forget to capture this marvel in your camera lens.

  • Entrance FeeFree for Infants (below 3′)

Entry after 3:30 pm:

Rs. 300 for Adults (above 4’6″” in height)

Rs. 250 for Children (3′ – 4’6″” in height)

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St Philomena's Church in Mysore

St Philomena’s Church Overview

St. Philomena’s Church is one of the largest churches in India. This landmark can be spotted from a distance due to its 175 feet long twin spires. Designed by Reverend Rene Feuge, it looks similar to that of Germany’s Cologne Cathedral and boasts of Neo-Gothic style of architecture. The exteriors of this church boast of France-made stained glass windows, which exhibit prominent events of the life of Jesus like his birth, baptism by St. John and crucifixion.

The interior of the church is equally attractive and well-designed. The crypt has a grand statue of Saint Philomena (3rd century saint from Greece) obtained from France. Architecturally, the floor plan of this colossal church resembles a cross. The nave (main body of the church) or congregation hall looks like a cross, where about 800 devotees can pray at a time. There is an exquisite marble altar with the statue of Saint Philomena and a figure of wounded Jesus Christ.

Since this church is one of the prime attractions of Mysore, people from across the country visit it year-round. The Holy Mass performed here regularly in various languages including English, Kannada and Tamil, must not be missed.

  • Opening Closing Time5 am – 6 pm

Open all days

  • Photo Opp

You simply cannot miss the opportunity of capturing the marvellous architecture of this ancient church in your camera lens.

  • Entrance FeeFree Entry

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Chamundi Temple in Mysore

Chamundi Temple Overview

Chamundi Temple, popularly known as Chamundeshwari Temple, is a 12th century shrine situated atop Chamundi Hills, about 13 kilometres away from the Mysore city. A flight of 1000 steps takes visitors to the temple, which is named after Goddess Chamundeshwari or Durga, (the fierce form of Shakti). She is often identified as Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva, and is also the family deity of the Maharajas of Mysore.

Architecturally, this shrine has a quadrangular structure with lofty gopuram (temple tower) and dwara (entrance), which are visible from a distance. It also consists of a navaranga, sanctum sanctorum, antharala mantapa a prakara. The seven-tier gopuram of the shrine has been constructed in Dravidian style of architecture. Atop the tower or shikara, there are seven golden kalashas that capture attention of every onlooker.

At the entrance, there is a tower with a small statue of Lord Ganesha. The silver-plated doorway has images of dwarapalakas (door keepers). As visitors enter the temple, they can see a statue of Nandi (the mount of Lord Shiva) facing the sanctum. Within the sanctum, there is a stone idol of Goddess Mahisha Mardhini, featuring eight hands or Ashta Bhujas.

Many idols and other valuable things of the temple were originally gifted by the rulers of Mysore, who were ardent devotees of Mother Goddess. One of the rulers presented the Simha-vahana (chariot) along with various other valuables. Also, mid-way uphill, near the steps, there is a huge 16 feet tall statue of Nandi that was gifted by Maharaja Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar in 1659.

  • Opening Closing TimeDarshan and Pooja Timings:

7:30 am – 2 pm

3:30 pm – 6 pm

7:30 pm – 9 pm

Abhisheka Timings:

6 am – 7:30 am

6 pm – 7:30 pm

5 am – 6:30 am (Friday)

  • Photo Opp

The perfect subject for photography is the gopuram of the temple that has been meticulously carved. Besides, there are many beautiful sculptures and carvings that visitors can capture in their camera.

  • Entrance FeeFree Entry

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Namdroling Monastery in Mysore

Namdroling Monastery Overview

Bylakuppe, a beautiful yet unexplored region in Karnataka, is home to two major Tibetan settlements. The town is noted for housing one of the most fascinating monasteries across the country – Namdroling Monastery. It is also popular as the ‘Buddhist Golden Temple’ as there are three colossal golden statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, Padmasambhava and Buddha Amitayus. The foundation stone of this three-storey monastery was laid by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche. Later, the monastery was sanctified by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Presently, this beautiful gompa serves as home to about 5000 monks and nuns. In the monastery, visitors can see silver coloured prayer wheels that are inscribed with holy chants. Buddhists are of the view that spinning these wheels is equivalent to the recitation of the prayers inscribed on them.

  • Opening Closing Time7 am – 8 pm

Open all days

  • Photo Opp

The beautiful monastery is a nice subject for photography. The greenery surrounding the monastery only makes it all the more attractive and worth capturing in the camera.

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Akkana Basadi Temple in Mysore

Akkana Basadi Temple Overview

Akkana Basadi Temple is a revered shrine, located in the holy town of Shravanabelagola – a prominent excursion site in Mysore. The temple stands as an exemplar of the Hoysala style of architecture. Visitors can see a 5-feet tall statue of the main deity – Parshwanatha, along with intricately carved images of Yaksha Dharanendra and Yakshi Padmavathi at the shrine. The temple built using soapstone or soaprock also features a sukanasi, sanctum sanctorum and sabha mantapa.

  • Photo Opp

The beautiful architecture of the temple offers many photo opportunities.

Mysore Zoo in Mysore

Mysore Zoo Overview

Mysore Zoo, or Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, was established in 1892. The zoo has been named after its founder and erstwhile ruler of the city, Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur. Initially, it was only meant for royal families, but in 1920, was opened to public. This zoo spans over a large area of about 80.13 acres along with 77.03 acres of Karanji Lake in the heart of the city.

The zoo home to about 1450 animals belonging to 170 varied species. Gorilla, Chimpanzee, African Rhino, Tapir, Baboon, Emu, Marmoset, Lemur and Cassowary inhabit the zoo. Besides, Deer, Antelopes, Candies, Primates and Reptiles can also be seen here. Since the popular Karanji Lake is an integral part of the zoo, you can even spot different types of birds here. Butterfly Park is another highlight of the zoo, which will especially be loved by kids.

Other than these, the zoo offers several opportunities to keep its visitors engaged. It houses a small museum that displays stuffed animals and a library. The zoo authority also organises painting and essay competitions for kids to inculcate in them love for animals and awareness regarding wildlife conservation. You can even be a part of the ‘Adopting an Animal’ scheme, wherein you can pay the amount spent on taking care of animals, for a certain period.

  • Opening Closing Time8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Open all days, except Tuesday

  • Photo Opp

Both photography and videography are allowed at the zoo. Shutterbugs are sure to have a delightful experience clicking photographs of various animals and birds. Make sure to turn the flash of your camera off before clicking the animals.

  • For Kids

From learning about different birds and animals to enjoying painting and essay competitions, there is a lot that will keep the little ones engaged during their trip to the zoo.

  • Entrance FeeRs. 50 for Adults

Rs. 20 for Children (5 – 12 years)

Free for Children below 5 years

Camera

Rs. 150 for Video Camera

Rs. 20 for Still Camera

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Lingabudi Lake in Mysore

Lingabudi Lake Overview

Lingabudi Lake, also known as Lingambudi Lake, is a beautiful water body situated in Srirampura, about 8 kilometres from the city centre. Not many are aware of the fact that this water body is among the largest and oldest lakes in Mysore. Making this place even more attractive is the lush greenery surrounding it. A vast variety of avifauna can be spotted near the lake, such as White Ibis, Kingfisher, River Tern, Little Cormorant, Spoonbill, Open Bill Stork and many more. Every year, more than 250 species of migratory birds visit this lake. Adding to the rich biodiversity of this place is an array of flowering plants like marigold, rose and hibiscus, to name a few.

This lake spans over an area of about 3 acres and has fencing along the periphery. There is a walkway adjoining the lake, which provides an opportunity to enjoy nature walk. Stone benches have also been set up so that visitors can sit and admire the picturesque view of this beautiful lake.

  • Opening Closing Time6 am – 6 pm
  • Photo Opp

This lake with lush green surroundings makes for an ideal place for photography.

  • Entrance FeeFree Entry

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Melody World Wax Museum in Mysore

Melody World Wax Museum Overview

Melody World Wax Museum is a truly fascinating tourist spot in Mysore. This place has been aptly named as the Melody World as several musical instruments are displayed here. Adding to the attractiveness of this place are the wax statues of musicians playing instruments. There are around 100 life-size wax models and over 300 musical instruments displayed here.

Established in October 2010, this museum is a tribute to musicians from around the world. It features 19 galleries and has an wonderful collection of musical instruments. Visitors can also see wax models of various bands – Indian Classical, Hip Hop, Jazz, Punjabi Bhangra, Rock, South Indian, Chinese, Middle East and much more. Many of the wax statues showcased at this museum have musical relevance while others have social importance.

A major highlight of this museum is the colossal statue of Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, a ruler of Mysore. Besides, there is also a special section in this museum, where you can play some musical instruments.

  • Opening Closing Time9:30 am – 7 pm

Open all days

  • Entrance FeeRs. 30 per Person

Rs. 10 for Still Camera

Regional Museum of Natural History in Mysore

Regional Museum of Natural History Overview

Regional Museum of Natural History is a prominent attraction of Mysore. It was established on 20th May 1995 to spread awareness about environment and its conservation. This museum is one of the regional units of the National Museum of Natural History, which was set up to educate people to preserve the natural treasures of the country. A variety of models, audio visual aids, diorama et al. along with theme-based participatory and interactive exhibits can be found at this museum. All of these give visitors a glimpse into the rich flora and fauna and geological wealth found in the southern part of India.

There are many sections in the museum including tropical rain forests, wetlands, mangrove forests and marine life. A fascinating model of blue whale and a big panel showing the Kaveri River (considered as the lifeline of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka) are among the notable features of this museum. There is also an exquisite exhibit panel depicting reckless killings of innocent creatures. This panel has been put on display with an intention to create consciousness regarding the same. An unmissable section of the museum is a walk-through tunnel, which acquaints visitors with the evolution of life on Earth and unravels the mysteries associated with it.

The discovery centre of this museum is a fascinating place with a Computer Room and a Discovery Room, where children can learn while they have fun. Other attractions of the museum include a gallery, bioscience lab, mini theatre and sound booth.

  • Opening Closing Time10 am – 5 pm

Open all days

  • For Kids

There are few museums that combine learning with fun, and the Regional Museum of Natural History is one of them. Numerous fun-filled activities keep kids engaged during their visit to the museum.

  • Entrance FeeFree Entry

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Mahabaleshwar Temple in Mysore

Mahabaleshwar Temple Overview

Mahabaleshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the oldest religious edifices in Mysore that attracts countless devotees every year. It is situated atop the Chamundi Hills and is popularly known as Mahabaladri or Mahabala Thirtha, meaning Hills of Lord Shiva.

The origin of this ancient temple dates back to AD 950, when Ganga kings used to rule the city. Historians believe that Hoysalas renovated the shrine in the later years. The mighty ruler Vishnuvardhana is one of the notable names in the list of Hoysala rulers who made significant contribution in the establishment of this temple. Additions that were made to the temple by Hoysala rulers include the ardha mandapa and navaranga.

There are beautiful statues of Hindu Gods including Vishnu, Nataraja, Parvati (consort of Lord Shiva), Bhairava and Sapta Matrikas inside the temple. Also kept here are idols of Lord Indra, Bhikshatana Shiva and Lord Brahma.

  • Opening Closing Time6 am – 12 pm

4 pm – 8 pm

Open all days

  • Photo Opp

The temple, owing to its beautiful location, is an ideal place for photography. Its impressive exteriors and splendid surroundings are worth capturing.

  • Entrance Fee Free Entry
Melkote in Mandya near Mysore

Melkote Overview

Located around 50 kilometres away from the city of Mysore in the Mandya district, Melkote is an interesting place to visit. Listed among one of the beautifully excavated sites in the state, Melkote boasts of some of the oldest rock formations on Earth. The place gained prominence during the 12th century, when the Hindu theologian and philosopher, Ramanujacharya walked in this town and lived here for almost 12 years.

Two prime highlights of this religious town are Chaluvanarayan (Cheluvanarayan) Swamy Temple and Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple. The former is located in the town while the latter is set on a hill, overlooking Melkote. The Chaluvanarayan Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Cheluvanarayan Swamy and enshrines a metallic idol of the deity. The Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple, on the other hand, is dedicated to Lord Yoga Narasimha. Both these shrines are symbolic of the antiquity and cultural heritage of Melkote.

Another major attraction of the place is the Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, which was established on 17th June 1974. This sanctuary is home to a number of animals and plants. Spot leopards, bonnet macaque, jungle cats, langurs, pangolins and various other animals in their natural habitat while you are here.

Melkote is also known for housing the Academy of Sanskrit Research. Established in the year 1853, this academy is one of the oldest of its kind in the country.

Several Hindu festivals are celebrated in Melkote with great zeal and enthusiasm. Pay a visit during the months of March and April to witness the celebrations of Vairamudi Festival. During this time, the place comes alive as thousands of devotees come here to offer their prayers and be a part of the religious processions.

  • Photo Opp

From one end to another, Melkote has many natural and man-made sights that deserve to be clicked. Whether it is rock formations or temples, the subjects available are unique in their own way. Besides, Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary is where visitors can enjoy wildlife photography.

  • Movie Connect

This temple town has attracted Bollywood as well as regional filmmakers. One of the popular films shot in Melkote is Guru (2007) which was directed by Mani Ratnam. The movie featured Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in lead roles.

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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Mysore

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Overview

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of Karnataka’s largest and most revered shrines. The temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Ranganatha, a manifestation of Lord Vishnu. Within the shrine, there is a colossal image of the deity reclining on Adisesha, which connotes the artistic brilliance of the artisans of the bygone era. An inscription (found in the temple) dating back to AD 894 suggests that the temple was originally built by Ganga Chieftain, Thirumalaiah. Later, Haider Ali, Vijayanagara, Hoysalas and Mysore Wodeyars contributed to the temple.

The shrine is an exemple of the Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles of temple architecture. It is an imposing structure with a beautifully built gopura or (temple tower) and two huge concentric rectangular prakara (enclosures) around its boundary. The porch that leads to the garbha griha (inner sanctum) features multiple mantapa (columned halls). Other highlights of the temple are a sukhanasi (vestibule), navaranga (hall) and mukha mantapa (front hall).

Inside the sanctum, one can see a large statue of God Vishnu (with His consort, Goddess Lakshmi) reclining on the snake, Adisesha. Within the temple complex, several smaller shrines dedicated to Hindu deities are there. Some of them are the shrines of Narasimha (an incarnation of God Vishnu), Srinivasa (a manifestation of Lord Vishnu), Gopalakrishna, Garuda and Hanuman.

Owing to its antiquity, the temple is considered as a historical edifice of national importance according to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It forms an intrinsic part of Pancharanga Kshetram (a set of five holy sites), where Lord Ranganatha is worshipped. The town is enclosed by the Kaveri River which in itself is considered to be pious and auspicious. Interestingly, the name of the town has been derived from the holy temple, which stands as a popular pilgrimage centre in the state.

  • Opening Closing Time8 am – 1 pm

4 pm – 8 pm

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Halebidu Temple in Hassan near to Mysore

Halebidu Temple Overview

Halebidu or Halebeedu is an excursion site that is noted for its temples built in Hoysala style of architecture. Hoysaleswara Temple and Kedareshwara Temple are the most famous ones. During the 12th century, Halebidu was recognised as the regal capital of the Hoysala kingdom. The beautiful frescoes on the walls of these shrines depict sequences from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita. Such is the magnificence of these temples that they have been acclaimed as ‘the marvels of Hindu architecture’ by art critics Percy Brown and James Fergusson.

Hoysaleswara Temple, based in the Halebidu temple complex, is one of South India’s largest shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built in the 12th century and has been named after the Hoysala ruler, Vishnuvardhana Hoysaleswara. The temple interiors are simple and plain, while walls on the exteriors boast of varied projections and recesses. It is basically a Dvikuta, meaning a temple with two gopura or vimana one dedicated to Hoysaleswara (the king) and the other to Shantaleswara (the queen of Vishnuvardhana).

The temple stands on a platform and has four entrances – northern, southern and two in the eastern direction. At the northern entrance, one can see intricate carvings of the Dwarapalakas of Lord Shiva, holding weapons and images of mystical animals symbolising peacock, elephant, lion, pig and crocodile. The beautiful images of Lord Ganesha carved on the left side of the southern doorway and on the right hand side of the northern entrance are quite appealing. Charging elephants (symbolising strength and stability), lions (which represents courage), horses (indicating speed) and floral scrolls add to the overall beauty of this shrine.

Kedareshwara Temple, on the other hand, It was built by the mighty Hoysala ruler, Veera Ballala II and his queen Ketaladevi during 1173-1220. The presiding deity of the temple is Ishwara or Lord Shiva. Soapstone was used in the construction of this temple. It comprises of three shrines, amongst which only the central shrine features a tower. Few noteworthy sculptures are Govardhana (Lord Krishna lifting a mountain), dancing Bhairava (a form of Lord Shiva), Varadaraja (Lord Vishnu) and a hunter.

Within the complex, there is also a museum that has on display a fine collection of Hoysala art and scriptures that belonged to the bygone era.

  • Photo Opp

The twin temples at Halebidu are definitely worth clicking, owing to their antiquity and marvellous architecture. Best shots of the temple can be captured from the southern and northeast directions.

  • Movie Connect

The song Raagam tanam pallavi from the National Award winning movie Sankarabharanam was shot at the Hoysaleswara Temple.

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Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery in Mysore

Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery Overview

Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery is a must-visit attraction for art lovers. Originally built as a residential palace in 1861, it was formed into a museum and art gallery in 1915. Precious artefacts and artworks from all over South India are kept here on display. The entrance door of this art gallery features intricate carvings that are exemplary of fine craftsmanship.

The gallery houses Raja Ravi Varma’s original oil paintings which are based on various mythological themes. Indian Artist S.G. Heldnker’s marvellous artwork named Lady With The Lamp is also kept here. Other exhibits featured in the art gallery are exquisite metal, ceramic and glass artefacts. In addition, a unique assortment of clocks and engravings from Japan and China add to its rich collection. Whta’s more, you can also see antiques like religious bells from Nepal and a musical calendar from France at this art gallery.

  • Opening Closing Time8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Open all days

  • Entrance FeeRs. 20 for Adults

Rs. 10 for Children (5 – 10 years)

Other Tourism Places: Mysore, Kerala, Coorg

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