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Places to see in Mysore

Maharaja's Palace, Mysore

Archeological survey of India

It is the only one in India with more than 10000 ancient inscriptions those are available to researches & scholars for study and examination. This office collect, deciphers and publish ancient inscription found in temples, caves and monuments.

Maharaja's Palace

Mysore Palace

Built enormous and lavish in 1911 to replace the old palace in the fort that burned down, the Maharaja's Palace is an extravagance of domes, arches, turrets and sculptures. It is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. With vast pillared corridors and stately halls, carved ceilings, intricate mosaics, carving in ivory, stone and wood, life like paintings, antique royal weapons, this palace is a must in every visitors itinerary.

CFT Research Institute

Once a royal residence, the European Renaissance style palace with lovely mosaic work and pilaster work houses the central food technology Research Institute

Chanarajeswara Museum & Arts Gallery

Vast collections of handicrafts, sculptures, paintings and other objects of interest are houses in the Jaganmohan palace. The paintings of renowned Raja Ravi Varma and Nicolas Roerich and the ivory collections are of special interest. The palace was built in 1861.

Lalit Mahal Palace

Lalit mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore

Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV built the palace, designed by E.W.Fritchley, in 1921 as a guesthouse for European friends. Nesting at the foot of the Chamundi Hills, the pleasing white structure was modeled in the lines of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. ITDC converted it into a hotel in 1974. One can enjoy the grandeur and elegant luxury of a bygone era in this hotel.

Rail Museum

Situated opposite the CFTRI on Krishnaraja Road, the rail Museum has exhibits from Mysore State Railways that operated between 1881-1951

. St. Philomina's Church, Mysore

St. Philomena's church

Built as a miniature reproduction of the Cologne Cathedral in 1930s, this is the largest church in Southern India. The church has white washed walls, high vaulted Gothic ceilings and color stained glass representations of different aspects from the life of Jesus. It is presently known as St. Joseph's Church.

Chamundi Hills

Mahishasura, Chamundi Hills, Mysore

This is a 1150m high hill that is named after Goddess Durga, the consort of Lord Shiva, who vanquished the Demon Mahishasura. From the top of the hill, one can have a panoramic view of Mysore. The peak is accessible by a 13km road. But the summit can be reached by climbing the 300 year-old flight of 1000 steps reducing the distance to 4 km.

Chamundeswari Temple

Chamundeswari Temple, Mysore

Built in the 12th century, a fine example of Dravidian temple architecture, Krishnaraja Wodeyar renovated the temple in 1827. The temple tower is 40m high with seven stories. The deity is Goddess Durga. On the way to the temple, there is a monolithic statue of Nandi bull and a mortar statue of Mahishasura.

Folk Art Museum

The University of Mysore has a folk art museum that contains representative collections of art and crafts from allover Karnataka. Founded in 1968, it displays the rich folk arts of Karnataka.

Other Places of Interest

Gandhi Square, zoological gardens, Government Sandal Oil Factory, Government Silk Factory, Mysore University, Orient research Institute, Rajendravilas Palace, St. Bartholomew's church etc. are places worth to include in one's visit.