The first time I visited Karnataka was in 2014. We landed in Bengaluru, the capital city, and an absolutely stunning weather awaited us.
Mysore, when Mysore Palace was being built. It is mainly an art gallery now. The original paintings Raja Ravi Verma which are over 100 years old are preserved here. Unique artifacts, paintings, coins, dresses worn by the royals are all preserved here.
We visited Nandi statue on the hills of the Chamundi hills, followed by the Chamundeshari Temple. I visited the temple in 2016 as well. Here are some of the snaps of the place:
The church was constructed in 1936 using a Neo Gothic style and is also one of the tallest churches in Asia.
The last spot was Vrindavan Gardens. It is a garden located in the Mandya district of Karnataka.
|Stretch from Bengaluru Airport to the city|
Coming from Kolkata in the month of July, the weather was very welcoming. We were supposed to take a bus from Bengaluru to visit Mysore that day. We spent the morning with a friend of my sister's and left for Mysore that very afternoon.
140 kms from Bengaluru, Mysore, very famous for its sandalwood, is the third largest city in Karnataka. The historic settlement of Mysore is one of South India's most enchanting cities. It is located in the foothills of Chamundi hills and the weather was equally impressive. The city is well connected by road and trains.
We visited the Jaganmohan Palace. Over 150 years old, it was the home of the Wodeyars, kings of
Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, popularly known as the Mysore is one of the oldest zoos of the country.
The zoo was very well maintained and is one of the most popular destinations of Mysore.
|Entrance to the zoo|
The zoo was created in 1892 and was originally called the Palace zoo as it it was built on 10 acres of the summer palace of Maharaja Shri Chamaraja Wodeyar. The zoo was opened to the public after 10 years and now it is 157 acre zoo. I saw elephants, giraffe, zebras, tigers, leopard, a lot of deer, rhinoceroses, snakes.
Next attraction of Mysore is the Chamundi hills. You can see the city of Mysore while travelling around the steep roads around the hill.
The average elevation of the hill is 1000 metres.
|Along Chamundi hills|
|Big Bull Nandi|
St Philomena's Church is yet another tourist attraction.
Mysore sight seeing is incomplete without the magnificent Mysore Palace and the Vrindavan Gardens.
Mysore palace is the official residence of the Wodeyars.
The carvings and the art work inside the palace is exquisite. It made me stare at the wall for a long time to see the beauty of it. The architecture and the carvings are a sign of what royalty means in India. Some of the beautiful snaps of the palace:
|Google Image of the entire palace|
|Inside the palace (Google Image)|
The garden lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam, built across Kaveri river. Small food stalls outside the garden gate were crowded with tourists. Gobi manchurian was found in almost all the stalls and it was a delicious snack with red sauce. The smell of boiled corns with butter and masala filled the place.
Things to look out for in Mysuru: Silk, Sandalwood, spices, Mysore pak (a special sweet).