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Mysore
From Bangalore
 143 km
 2 hrs 51 mins
Known for its rich history and cultural affluence, Mysore boasts its traditional beauty consistently. The Chamundi Temple, Brindavan Gardens, the Mysore zoo, the Government silk factory and the Sandalwood oil factory are some famous jewels in the crown of Mysore. Also called the City of Palaces, it evokes everybody's interest with its ornate examples scattered across the city. With a choice between home stays and luxury resorts, and cuisine that tempts even the most critical of connoisseurs, Mysore has it all.
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  • Regal Palaces as well as meticulously crafted silks, the sandalwood oil factory and more!
  • The ideal time to visit would be during September and October, to witness the 10 day dushera festival
  • Visit GRS Fantasy Park to get a dose of adrenaline, or de-stress at the Inuds Valley Ayurvedic Centre
  • The Royal Mysore Walks are a great way to discover the city of Mysore
  • The Mysore zoo, Brindavan Gardens, Chamundi temple and the Mysore Sand Sculpture museum are some of the interesting sights here
  • The city lends its name to two dishes- a heavenly sweet, Mysore Pak
  • and the breakfast choice of locals, Mysore Masala Dosa
  • The Government Silk Factory has showrooms where beautiful silk sarees are sold, and the Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium displays various local made crafts for sale.
Getting to Mysore
Mysore Palace: Centrally located, the Mysore palace puts on a grand display of lights during the dushera festival, and features a gigantic array of courtyards, gardens, and buildings. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in India. Audio Kits are available in various languages.
Fees:
Adults Rs. 40
Children below 10 years : Free Entrance
Children between 10 - 18 Years : Rs. 20
Foreigners : Rs. 200
Timings: Everyday from 10am to 5.30pm
Illumination timings: Sundays & Public Holidays from 7pm to 7.45pm

Chamundi Hills: The temple devoted to Goddess Chamundeshwari, atop a hill 13kms from Mysore. A beloved place of the state of Karnataka, Chamundi temple is held in great esteem. The hills are also a no plastic zone, so be careful!
KSRTC Bus Facilities are available every 30 minutes from City bus stand to Chamundi Hills.
Timings: Everyday, 7.30am to 2pm; 3.30pm to 6pm & 7.30pm to 9pm.

Mysore Zoo: No holiday is complete without a trip to the zoo. The birds and mammals welcome you to Mysore, and entice you to stay.
Timings: Every day except Tuesday; 8.30am to 5.30pm. Before 11am and after 3pm is recommended, since animals will be easy to spot at these times.
Fees: Rs.60 for adults; Rs.30 for children
Royal Mysore Walks: There is no better way to discover a place and its intricacies than by foot. Experience the Royal Mysore Walks, where other than walking tours themselves, cycle tours, Jeep tours, corporate tours, and kids tours can also be arranged.  For bookings, visit www.royalmysorewalks.com

Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre:
Set on 25 acres of gardens, this classy center derives its therapies from ancient scriptures and prescriptions. The overnight package (single/double being for Rs.10,900/19,500) includes one session each of Ayurveda, yoga and beauty therapy.

GRS Fantasy Park:
An amusement park fosters excitement and joy, and is fun for the whole family. The park is open between 10.30am to 6pm every day, but on Sundays and public holidays, stays open for an additional hour. Tickets for adults start at Rs.500, and for children at Rs.400.
Hotel RRR: Located near Harsha road this hotel serves classical Andhra cuisine. The piping hot vegetarian thali offered on plantain leaves is a must have!

Gayathri Tiffin Room (GTR): Gayathri Tiffin Room (GTR) located in Chamundipuram, sells steaming coffee and mouthwatering South Indian snacks that adds a perfect ending to your evening. The Mangalore Bajji is an all-time favorite among the regular visitors!

Tiger Trail:
This restaurant works up delectable Indian dishes in a courtyard that twinkles with torches and fairy lights at night, and a menu comprising jungle recipes collected from different tiger reserves across India.
Government Silk Factory: Mysore is a major hub for silk production in India; hence silk clothing, particularly sarees from here are much sought after, all over the world. Behind its show room is the Government silk factory where one can drop by to see how silk is made. Guided tours are available around the factory.

Sandalwood Oil Factory, Sayyaji road:
Mysore being the largest producer of sandalwood is a great place to pick up sandal wood based products like incense, soap, cosmetics and pure sandalwood oil at a reasonable price.
  • Languages Spoken: Predominantly Kannada, but English and Hindi are also spoken.
  • Currency: Indian rupee
  • Climate: Aside from summer, the climate remains pleasant throughout the year.
  • Connectivity: Payphones are widely available. Being a bustling city, mobile connectivity will not be an issue here. 
  • Trivia: Mysore is the place where Goddess Chamundi killed the demon Mahishasura, after whom the city is named.
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