Top Choice Palace in Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysore Palace

Among the grandest of India’s royal buildings, this fantastic palace was the former seat of the Wodeyar maharajas. The old palace was gutted by fire in 1897; the one you see now was completed in 1912 by English arch…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Hampi

Vittala Temple

The undisputed highlight of the Hampi ruins, the 16th-century Vittala Temple stands amid the boulders 2km from Hampi Bazaar. Work possibly started on the temple during the reign of Krishnadevaraya (r 1509–29). It wa…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Hampi

Virupaksha Temple

The focal point of Hampi Bazaar is the Virupaksha Temple, one of the city’s oldest structures, and Hampi’s only remaining working temple. The main gopuram (gateway tower), almost 50m high, was built in 1442, with a …
Top Choice Monument in Bijapur


Set in tranquil gardens, the magnificent Golgumbaz mausoleum houses the tombs of emperor Mohammed Adil Shah (r 1627–56), his two wives, his mistress (Rambha), one of his daughters and a grandson. Octagonal seven-sto…
Top Choice Monument in Bijapur

Ibrahim Rouza

The beautiful Ibrahim Rouza is among the most elegant and finely proportioned Islamic monuments in India. Its 24m-high minarets are said to have inspired those of the Taj Mahal, and its tale is similarly poignant: b…
Top Choice Art Gallery in Bengaluru

National Gallery of Modern Art

Housed in a century-year-old mansion – the former vacation home of the Raja of Mysore – this world-class art museum showcases an impressive permanent collection as well as changing exhibitions. The Old Wing exhibits…
Museum in Mysuru (Mysore)

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya

Lovely arts and cultural centre that presents rotating exhibitions showcasing arts from rural India.
Art Gallery in Mysuru (Mysore)

Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery

Built in 1861 as the royal auditorium, the Jaganmohan Palace, just west of the Mysore Palace, houses the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. Set over three floors it has a collection of kitsch objects and regal memorabil…
Museum in Mysuru (Mysore)

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Museum Complex

Housed in a grand mansion, on the university campus west of town, this museum specialises in folklore, with artefacts, stone tablets and sculptures, including rural costumes and a wooden puppet of the 10-headed demo…
Zoo in Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysore Zoo

Unlike many other pitiful zoos in India, Mysore Zoo conforms to much higher standards, set in pretty gardens that date from 1892. Highlights include white tigers, lowland gorillas and rhinos. It’s situated around 2k…