Mysore, Karnataka: Situated at the base of Chamundi Hills, Mysore city is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. It is the headquarters of the Mysore District and the Mysore division which lies about 140 kms southwest of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Known to be the cultural capital of Karnataka state, Mysore for its glorious past was once the capital city of the Wodeyars.
The name Mysore is derived from Mahishuru or Mahishasurana Ooru, meaning the town of Mahishasura, the demon king who is believed to have lived here.
Brindavan Gardens, Chamundi Hills, Folk Lore Museum, Jaganmohan Palace, Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, Karanji Lake, KRS Dam, Kukkaranahalli Lake, Lalitha Mahal, Lingabudi Lake, Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Oriental Research Institute, Rail Museum, Ranganatha Swami Temple, Regional Museum of Natural History, St. Philomena's Church, Vasantha Mahal Palace, Krishnaraja Circle, Government Silk Weaving Factory, Rajendra Vilas Palace, Jayachamarajendra Museum and Art Gallery are some of the important places to see in Mysore.
Mysore, once the capital city of the Wodeyars is now the cultural capital of the state of Karnataka. The city has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. There's an old world charm about the city that reaches out and leaves no one untouched. A travel to Mysore is always an enriching experience since you will come across its glorious history, and breathtaking tourist sites apart from the genial and hospitable people.
Mysore City is quiet and placid unlike the industrial and cosmopolitan capital city of Bangalore. The aura of grandeur and royalty still exists in Mysore; you can find the reflection of the lavish ways of the former royal rulers. Every edifice stands with a palatial touch - be it the city railway station or a government office or any institution. Buildings with vaulting archways and majestic domes are a common sight in Mysore.
The nearest big town to Mysore is Bangalore about 140 kms.