Mysore was the previous capital city in the state of Karnataka, India. It is the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division and lies about 140 km (87 mi) southwest of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. The city covers an area of 128.42 km2 (50 sq mi) and is situated at the base of the Chamundi Hills. Mysore is one of the most important tourist centers of India. Mysore is also known as Palace City of India.The Mysore Palace in the city is the most visited place in India, beating Red Fort, Qutb Minar and the Taj Mahal in 2006. The New York Times recently listed Mysore as one of the 31 must-see places on Earth for two consecutive years.

Mysore is a major tourist city of Karnataka. The city was the erstwhile capital of the state and hence has played an important role in the history of the state and of South India. Today it has developed into a modern city like many other cities in the country. But this city has not lost touch with its rich historical and cultural legacy. Mysore city is a favourat tourist destination in Karnataka. Tourist from within the country and from outside come to see the splendor of the city of Mysore. The city has a number of places a person can visit. There are a number of Royal buildings, gardens, water parks, temples, museums, zoo and modern amusement parks.

Places In And Around Mysore
Mysore Palace
The Palace of Mysore (also known as the Amba Vilas Palace) is a palace situated in the city of Mysore in southern India. It is the official residence of the Wodeyars - the erstwhile royal family of Mysore that ruled the princely state of Mysore for over seven centuries, and also houses two durbar halls . Mysore palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India after Taj Mahal with more than 2.7 million visitors. Although tourists are allowed to visit the palace, they are not allowed to take photographs inside the palace.
Art Gallery
A little away from the main Mysore palace is Jagmohan Palace and Art Gallery. Another popular attraction is the gothic style St. Philomena's Church on the Ashoka Road. Those interested in museums, Mysore city has a number of them. The Rail Museum is located on KRS Road close the Mysore railway station. National Museum on Natural History is on the banks of Karanji Lake. Folk Art Museum is located in Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, that is inside the Mysore University campus.Oriental Research Institute is one of its kind in the country that preserves many thousands of ancient manuscripts, including Kautilya's Arthashastra of 4th Century BC.
Bird Sanctuary
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary also known as Paksi Kashi of Karnataka is a Bird Sanctuary in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the state, only 0.67 km². in area, which is about 40 acres and comprises six islets on the banks of the Kaveri river.Ranganthittu is located three kilometers away from the historic town of Srirangapatna and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) north of Mysore.The sanctuary attracted about 2.90 lakh visitors during 2011-12, which shows its notability as important bird sanctuary of India.
Chamundi Hills
A little away from the main Mysore palace is Jagmohan Palace and Art Gallery. Another popular attraction is the gothic style St. Philomena's Church on the Ashoka Road. Those interested in museums, Mysore city has a number of them. The Rail Museum is located on KRS Road close the Mysore railway station. National Museum on Natural History is on the banks of Karanji Lake. Folk Art Museum is located in Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, that is inside the Mysore University campus.Oriental Research Institute is one of its kind in the country that preserves many thousands of ancient manuscripts, including Kautilya's Arthashastra of 4th Century BC.
Talakadu
Towards the eastern side is the ancient capital of Talakadu with numerous temples buried under sand dunes. Near to Talakkadu is Somnathpur, known for the Hoysala style Keshava temple. Further east of Somnathpur is Shivanasamudra (Bluff) with the twin waterfalls – Gaganachukki and Barachukki ( Bharachukki).

Mysore to Somnathpur distance is about 40km. Somnathpur to Talakadu is some 30km. Bluff is another 35km northeast of Talakadu. Somnathpur-Shivanasamudra-Talakadu make a triangular route ideal for a days trip, if one can start a bit early from Mysore and prepare for a bit hectic schedule. Both Shivanasamudra and Talakadu involves some trek.
K.R.S Dam
A little away from the main Mysore palace is Jagmohan Palace and Art Gallery. Another popular attraction is the gothic style St. Philomena's Church on the Ashoka Road. Those interested in museums, Mysore city has a number of them. The Rail Museum is located on KRS Road close the Mysore railway station. National Museum on Natural History is on the banks of Karanji Lake. Folk Art Museum is located in Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, that is inside the Mysore University campus.Oriental Research Institute is one of its kind in the country that preserves many thousands of ancient manuscripts, including Kautilya's Arthashastra of 4th Century BC.
St. Philomena's Church
This beautiful St.Philomena's Church was built in 1956 and is one of the largest churches in the country. The illuminated church in the evening is a wonderful site not to be missed. St. Philomena's Cathedral is among the most majestic churches in India. Drawing inspiration from Germany's Cologne Cathedral, this colossal church built in the neo-Gothic style.

The twin spires of the Cathedral, 175 feet in height, are seen from miles around making it a distinctive city landmark. The main hall or nave of the cathedral can seat up to 800 people and is as exquisitely conceived as the ornately crafted exterior with beautiful stained glass windows depicting scenes from the birth of Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension of Christ.
Zoo
Mysore Zoo was originally created in 1892 on 10 acres (4.0 ha) of the summer palace of Maharaja Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar, and was originally called the Palace Zoo. The zoo was originally set up by G.H. Krumbeigal, a German landscaper and horticulturist. Over the next 10 years the zoo was expanded to 45 acres (18 ha) with spacious enclosures that are still in use. Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar The zoo was opened to the public in 1902, and now includes a bandstand and an artificial lake. It was given to the Department of Parks and Gardens of the Mysore State Government in 1948. The zoo was expanded first with another 50 acres (20 ha), and then another 150 acres (61 ha) with the acquisition of the Karanji Tank (Karanji reservoir), in which an artificial island has been created as a sanctuary for birds.
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