Mysore One Day Trip From Mysore By Car And Bus
The Best of (Mysuru) Mysore in a Day!
Travelling to pleasant and peaceful places is the best way to find yourself. Mysuru is definitely that heavenly place for you. The city, the weather, the people, all have a blessing of being pleasant. There are plenty of places to visit in Mysore, brace yourself to join us on this journey of rich culture, scenic beauty and heritage.
1. Chamundi Hills
Chamundi Hills are where nature, divinity, people, animals and birds, are all in perfect harmony. Goddess Chamundi is the main deity whose temple is the main attraction atop the hill. To behold the panoramic view of the city from atop the hill, at any time during the day or night is the best thing that can happen to you. ‘Betta’, as everyone here calls it, is not just a place for Mysureans, but an ecstatic emotion.
- Statue of Mahishasura
Mahishasura will make you look tiny, whatever is your height! The city gets its name from ‘Mahishaooru’ meaning the city of Mahishasura. You also get to see him as a cartoon or in logos across Mysuru. An iconic statue of Mysuru, though of a demon, is everyone’s favourite. A selfie here is a must!
3. Nandi Statue
Nandi Statue is situated a few hundred steps below the temple. Nandi, the bull, is ‘vahana’ or vehicle (mount) of Lord Shiva. Carved from a single boulder of granite stone, the statue has beautifully carved bells and adorned in fragrant flowers. The 15 feet high statue is reckoned to be at least 350 years old, built by Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar. It is blissful to set your eyes on this statue which has a calm gaze and tranquil expression.
4. Sand Museum
Sand Museum will amaze you with the best of sculptures made of sand! Grains of sand are much more than one can think of, after all. Sculpted by M.N. Gowri, the museum is one of its kind in South India and the first sand museum of India. You cannot afford to miss this!
5. Wax Museum
Mysuru’s very own wax museum, is a unique blend of over hundred life size wax statues, over three hundred musical instruments, vintage electronic devices, enthralling antiques and a lot more to amaze you. Along with impressive wax statues including those of former Kings of Mysuru and of the people of earlier times, the museum is a reflection of their culture and way of living. It is named ‘Melody World’ as a tribute to all musicians.
6. Karanji Lake
Scores of trees, a variety of birds, a butterfly park, a watch tower for observation, India’s biggest walk-through aviary and Regional Museum of Natural History, all on the banks of the serene Karanji lake! Probably the closest you can get to nature. What more can one ask for?
- Mysore Zoo
Shri Chamrajendra Zoological Gardens or popularly called Mysore Zoo is the oldest zoo in India, opened in 1892. Built by the Mysuru Kings, located near the Mysore Palace, the zoo stretches across 157 acres. The zoo’s objectives, to name a few, are conservation education, rescue and rehabilitation alongside recreation for tourists and visitors. This home of over thousands of animals will make you as curious as a child!
8. Mysore Palace
In the city of palaces, ‘Amba Vilas Palace’, fondly called Mysore palace is the most attractive and prominent one, always on the list of the best palaces in the world. Facing the Chamundi hills, eastward, it is the official residence of the Wodeyars, the royal lineage of Mysuru. The palace is a blend of Indo-Saracenic, Hindu, Mughal, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture and when it is illuminated with over ten thousand bulbs, it is simply a feast for the eyes!
9. Lunch Break
That’s not all! Mysuru definitely has more for you. Refresh with food and gear up for more!
10. Jaganmohan Palace
An Art Gallery, a function hall and the largest collection of artefacts in South India, the Jaganmohan Palace is home to many more fascinating things. It was originally built as a residence for the Wodeyars when the Amba Vilas Palace was under construction. The palace is very different from any other in Mysore and is built in Hindu architectural style. Another aesthetic treat!
11. St. Philomena’s Church
Mysore is home also to Asia’s tallest church, Cathedral of St. Joseph and St. Philomena popularly called St. Philomena’s Church. Another structure for you to feel not just tiny but also humble! The foundation was laid by the Maharaja, Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar after he obtained a relic of the Saint from Peter Pasani, Apostollic Delegate of the East Indies, which was later handed over to Father Cochet. The relic is preserved in a catacomb below the main altar. The church is another prominent place of tranquillity in Mysore.
12. Srirangapatna Sightseeing
The town of Srirangapatna is nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site and is of historic, religious and cultural importance. The Ranganatha temple is the main attraction in this town and the town had Tipu Sultan as a prominent ruler in the late 1700s, and his palaces, armouries and forts are important tourist attractions.
13. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
Also referred to as Daria Daulat, the palace is of the times of Tipu Sultan, who spent his summer here and also in another summer palace in Banglore. It is worth to witness the cool breezes in this palace. Built entirely in teak wood, intricate designs on the walls and the paintings of the museum display typical Mughal royalty. It is an architectural beauty of Indo-Islamic style with green gardens, indispensable to any palace. The palace is also a small museum depicting Tipu’s achievements. Experience summer here, in king’s style!
14. Bird Sanctuary
‘Pakshi Kashi’ or heaven of birds is the Ranganthittu bird sanctuary, the largest one in the state of Karnataka. Hundreds of species of birds have been recorded here, painted stork, spoonbill, egret, kingfisher, to name a few. This pleasant guest house of birds will surely bring out the curious birder in all of us!
15. Brindavan Gardens, KRS.
Lush green gardens alongside the majestic Krishna Raja Sagara Dam is a place without visiting which the trip is incomplete! The dam is named after Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar who commissioned the construction of the dam to the mastermind behind its construction, Sir M. Vishweshvarya. Watching the river water turn milky white as it comes rushing through when the gates open is an enthralling sight. Boating in the river and fountain show where the water dances to the tunes of songs are other exciting add-ons for your enjoyment.