I had visited Mysore in one of the early days of January. It was a day’s trip and we covered four of the most popular tourist hotspots in and around Mysore. I hope this write up helps all you guys a bit who are planning a trip to Mysore.
Reaching Mysore: Travelling to Mysore is no difficult business. There are various modes of transport that would take you to Mysore. We had hired a cab from Bangalore. That took us to Mysore in less than three hours. Cabs could be costly. However, we were four girls and thus, contributing the expenses made it easier and reasonable. Other modes such as buses and trains are available from various cities.
Places to visit:
Chamundi Hills: This was our first stop in the city. The temple is named after Goddess Chamundeshwari and is truly beautiful. Since it’s located on the top of a hill, you are sure to enjoy the beautiful view of the city. You can go a little earlier in the morning to this temple, just to avoid the rush. There are queues for the tourists and devotees and you wouldn’t want to stand there for long.
Mysore Zoo: We landed in the zoo next. Unfortunately, we weren’t really lucky here. All the animals were busy with their respective afternoon siestas. And afternoon is not really a great time to visit the zoo. However, Mysore zoo has a variety of species of animals and birds and makes a great attraction to the children. We spent hours in the zoo, which would have been a mistake. You can easily wrap up the visit here in two hours.
Mysore Palace: This was undoubtedly the best part of the trip. Mysore palace is magnificent and you would fall in love with it the minute you see it. It is said that this palace today is just as popular as the royal Taj Mahal among all the tourists, and witnesses more than a million tourists every year. DO NOT MISS A VISIT TO THIS PALACE, if ever you happen to travel to India. The camel and elephant rides add to the whole fun here. However, you must remember to hire a guide to know about this historical place.
Brindavan Gardens: This is probably the most popular garden around Mysore. Though not located in Mysore, the distance to this garden is not very much from Mysore. You should visit the garden during the in the evening to enjoy the much known fountain show.
These are all the places we covered in a day. Mysore has a lot more to offer though- the regional museum, Srirangapatna (the palace) and Ranganthittu (the bird sanctuary) are a few places among others. ‘Dussera’, a festival that falls sometime around October, usually, is the best time to visit Mysore. People all over the world fly down to see Mysore especially during Dussera, mostly because of the royal parade that takes place on the streets of this city.
Tip: Make sure to stay in Mysore at least for two days. You wouldn’t want to miss on any places. One day for the city isn’t really sufficient.