MYSORE…..Sandalwood City

There are places that mesmerize you with snow-capped mountains, sunny beaches, calming waterfalls. And then there are places that lure you with culture, heritage, and old-world charm. The ‘City of Palaces’, ‘Sandalwood city’, the ‘City of Yoga’. Mysore is not only one of the cleanest cities in India but also the best tourist places to visit in India.

There are numerous Palaces, temples, zoos, and gardens in Mysore but here is a list of places that you must visit.

You can’t leave Mysore without visiting the gorgeous palaces and temples such as the Mysore Palace, Chamundeshwari temple, Trinesvaraswamy Temple, and Somanathapura Temple. 


1: Chamundeshwari Temple and Hills 

It is 13 km from Mysore to Chamundi Hills. At a height of about 1000 meters above sea level, these hills lies. The Goddess Chamundeshwari, a fierce form of Goddess Durga, resides in the Hills, which is why it is named Chamundi Hills. With her immense power and lion as her vehicle, she killed the demon with a buffalo head. Mahishasura. This signifies the victory of good over evil, which is the major reason why we celebrate this day as Dusshera throughout India.

So, the best time to visit the temple is during festivals like Dusshera and Diwali and one must visit in the dusk or dawn to enjoy the Chamundi Hills viewpoint. From 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM the temple daily offers its devotees Dasoha, i.e. free meals. There is no dress code and no entry fees 

Darshana: 7.30 a.m to 2.00 p.m and 3.30 p.m to 6.00 p.m

Chamundi Hills temple Phone number:  +91 08212590127

2: Mysore Palace

Known as Amba Vilas Palace, it was and still is the former palace of the royal family of Mysore, Wodeyars. It is a remarkable example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. This was where the Mysore Palace King and his family lived and is undoubtedly the city’s main attraction. The most visited historical monument in India with the highest number of tourists after the Taj Mahal, is The Mysore Palace. Mysore Palace interior is all intricately decorated with carved doors, Doll’s Pavilion, private Durbar, portrait gallery, golden jewel throne which are amongst the Palace units and treasures. The best time to visit is during Dussehra when the entire Palace is illuminated in a golden hue. The Mysore Palace is lit every Sunday and on all public holidays.

Picture Details: Palace lit during Sunday

Timings : 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Entry Fee : Adults: Indian & Foreigners –  INR 70
Nearby places: Chamundi hills – 10 km
Mysore zoo – 1km
Duration of the visit: 2-3 hours

3: Jaganmohan Palace

The palace is one of the seven palaces of the royal city of Mysore and is converted into a magnificent art gallery. Its name has a remarkable history for its spectacular complex. Today, it hosts a variety of artwork to the public with many exquisite artform pieces with more than 2000 paintings. The main door depicts an excellent architectural epitome of Hindu style, along with that, the premises are also decorated with the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu on two wooden displays.

Jaganmohan Palace Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Daily
Duration: 1-2 hrs  

Entry Fee : Adults: INR 20, kids INR 10



It is one of the best and oldest zoological gardens in India. It is named after Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar. What makes this zoo extremely special is its diligent planning. The zoo hosts a variety of species from small to big cats, mammals to amphibians, reptiles to primates. As most of the birds are active in the mornings and mammals in the evenings it is advised to visit them during these times rather than in the noon. 

PICTURE DETAILS: Mysore Zoological Park

Timings: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Closed on Tuesdays.        

Entry Fee : 

Adult: INR 50 (Weekdays), INR 60 (Weekend)
Child (5-12 yr): INR 20 (Weekdays), INR 30 (Weekend)                                    

5:  Brindavan Gardens, Mysore

These gardens are recognized to be one of the maximum appealing terrace gardens in the world. It is constructed across the Cauvery River. It is famous for its symmetrical design, illuminated fountains and terrace gardens, botanical park, wealthy vegetation and fauna, and boating.

Timings: Garden timings: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Weekdays)

7:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Weekends) 

Musical Fountain Show: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Weekdays)

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Weekends)     

duration: 3-4 hours Entry Fee : Adult: INR 50, Child: INR 10

6: Philomena church 

Recognized as the second tallest church in Asia. In the 19th Century there were lots of Europeans residing in the city of Mysore, which is the major reason why this church was built as a gift to them. This church has tourists who visit very frequently from all over the country. It is an excellent example of a Neo-gothic kind of architecture. It majorly symbolizes secularity and it is one of the most distinguishing sites of the city, it looks very attractive in the dawn. One can surely can’t afford to miss this place. 

Philomena Church Mysore Timings: 5:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Everyday

No entry fee
duration: 1-2 hours 
Places to visit near St.Philomena’s Cathedral:  Mysore Palace, Mysuru Zoo, Chamundi Hills, Karanji Lake, Jaganmohan Palace 

                 Besides visiting the above, Mysore has so many other places to visit for history enthusiasts. It is also a great place to shop for khadi cotton, silk sarees, rosewood, and sandalwood products

            Whether you want to go for a weekend getaway at Mysore or looking for a tourist destination in South India, Mysore is definitely a must-visit destination In India. 

           Like Dalai Lama said, “Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before”. There is something about going to a new place every year. Wherever you go, go with all your heart. 

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