The second largest city of Karnataka has a typical old world charm and traditional cultural aura about it that makes it one of the most beautiful places in India, this cultural capital of the state of Karnataka has been for long a tourist’s paradise, since the weather here is pleasant throughout the year, you may drop in at any given time.
Mysore palace; the star attraction:
Mysore palace has been synonymous with Mysore which is interestingly termed as the ‘city of palaces’ this palace has a royal history, it was a residence of the of the kings and the royal lineage and Dynasty called the ‘Wodeyar’ who reigned over Mysore for a considerably enormous period of time; from the 14th century till India broke free from its colonial clutches in 1947. This palace is often regarded to be one of the seven wonders of India and believe it or not is the most visited place on Pan- India basis only coming second to Taj Mahal at Agra.
The palace houses 12 Hindu temples which are dedicated to Hindu deities of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and their incarnations. The entry fee for Indians is INR 40 while for the international tourists the rate is INR 200.
Tourist places near Mysore palace:
To begin with, Karanji lake is a beautiful serene and calm garden cum lake which you could visit after a tiring day, it is very near to Mysore palace and Mysore zoo, so after a tiresome walk at the zoo you could just boat in here or indulge in bird-watching (you may spot beautiful peacocks besides other fauna), the nature is at its beautiful yet simple best! It is as ideal for children as for young couples and even ideal for alone time where you could just sit watch wonder and ponder in leisure!
Second on the list of tourist places near Mysore palace would be the Philomena church
which is more than 200 years old, here you would experience spiritual peace and indulge in appreciating the architectural excellence (the entire look is that of a medieval European monument constructed in a neo- gothic panache), this church is said to be the third largest in India.
Chamundeshwari temple a few kilometres away from the Mysore palace is another religious cum architectural splendour to indulge in, this is an ancient temple built in the devotion of Goddess kali as referred to as Chamundi in Mysore who is believed to be reincarnated to kill Mahishasur thereby giving the name ‘Mysore’ to the city. It is one of the best tourist places near Mysore palace.
Brindavan gardens is one of the beautiful tourist places near Mysore palace in specific and Mysore in general, once it is dawn the musical and well lit up fountains dance to the instrumental music, it is one of the most relaxing places to be in the city.
Above were few of the enchanting tourist places near Mysore palace, there are lots more, hire a local guide to know more about such places and yes holidays spent at this city makes for more than an amazing time.
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Anjali, a travel writer at ixigo, an online trip planner has written about the important places to visit in mysore. Apart from it, she also explores about Mysore hotels ranging from luxury to budgeted hotels.
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