Mysuru (Mysore) attractions

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Mysuru Palace

Among the grandest of India’s royal buildings, this was the seat of the Wodeyar maharajas. The original palace was gutted by fire in 1897; the one you see today was completed in 1912 by English architect Henry Irwin…
Hindu Temple in Mysuru (Mysore)

Keshava Temple

The astonishingly beautiful Keshava Temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture, on par with the masterpieces of Belur and Halebid. Built in 1268 AD, this star-shaped temple located some 33km from M…
Market in Mysuru (Mysore)

Devaraja Market

Dating from Tipu Sultan’s reign, this lively bazaar has local traders selling traditional items such as flower garlands, spices and conical piles of kumkum (coloured powder used for bindi dots), all of which makes f…
Viewpoint in Mysuru (Mysore)

Chamundi Hill

This 1062m hill is crowned with the Sri Chamundeswari Temple. It’s a fine half-day excursion, offering spectacular views of the city below. Queues are long at weekends, so visit during the week. From Central bus sta…
Gardens in Mysuru (Mysore)

Brindavan Gardens

If you’re familiar with Bollywood, these ornamental gardens might just give you that sense of déjá vu – they’ve indeed been the backdrop to many a shimmying musical number. The best time to visit is in the evening, …
Palace in Mysuru (Mysore)

Jaganmohan Palace

Built in 1861 as the royal auditorium, this stunning palace just west of the Mysuru Palace now houses the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. Set over three floors it has a huge collection of Indian paintings, including …
Museum in Mysuru (Mysore)

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Museum Complex

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 demon king Ravana. The building…
Museum in Mysuru (Mysore)

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya

This unassuming colonial building, known as Wellington Lodge, was the residence of Colonel Arthur Wellesley from 1799 to 1801. He later become the Duke of Wellington, and defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. Today's it's …
Museum in Mysuru (Mysore)

Rail Museum

This open-air museum’s main exhibit is the Mysuru maharani’s saloon, a wood-panelled beauty dating from 1899 that provides an insight into the stylish way in which the royals once rode the railways. There are also s…
Hindu Temple in Mysuru (Mysore)

Cheluvanarayana Temple

Life in the devout Hindu town of Melukote (Melkote), about 50km north of Mysuru, revolves around the 12th-century Cheluvanarayana Temple, with its rose-coloured gopuram (gateway tower) and ornately carved pillars.