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Mysore

Mysore with its magnificent palaces is a beautiful city. Mysore Dasara lends splendor and grandeur to the city. Decorated elephants, illuminated palaces and parades give a peek at royalty of the erstwhile Wodeyars. The main festival is held at the Palace grounds of the Mysore Palace, the earlier residence of the Wodeyars. This palace has an unmatched grandeur.

Mysore’s good climate has made it a tourist hub. The city is famous for its silk and sandalwood. On the Chamundi Hills is Chamundeeswari, the tutelary deity of the Mysore Maharajas.

Best time to visit

The weather in Mysore is pleasant throughout the year. One can visit the city any time of the year. It is best to avoid during monsoons.

History

The word Mysore comes from "Mahishasurana Ooru", meaning the town of Mahishasura. According to legends, demon Mahishasura was killed by goddess Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi hill near Mysore. The Chamundi Hills are at the eastern end of Mysore town.

Mysore was ruled by Hyder Ali, Tippu Sultan, the Wodeyar family and the British.

Attractions

The Mysore Palace, St. Philomena's Church (one of the oldest churches in Mysore), Shri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Mysore Zoo, Lalitha Mahal and Chamundeshwari Temple on Chamundi Hills.

Festivals

Dussehra in Mysore is celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. This tradition began in the 16th century. 

How to reach

Air: The nearest airport from Mysore is 140 km away in Bangalore.

Rail: Mysore well connected with most of the metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai through regular trains.

Road: A good network of roads connects Mysore to other important cities.