Mysuru (Mysore) attractions

Top Choice Palace in Mysuru (Mysore)

Mysuru Palace

The second-most-visited sight in India (after the Taj Mahal), this palace is among the very grandest of India’s royal buildings and was the seat of the Wodeyar maharajas. The original palace was gutted by fire in 18…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Mysuru (Mysore)

Keshava Temple

Small in scale but masterly in detail, 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, this star-sh…
Hindu Temple in Mysuru (Mysore)

Venugopala Swamy Temple

Back from the dead, this stunning 12th-century Hoysala temple was submerged when the Kaveri River was dammed in 1930. However, villagers had tantalising glimpses of the ancient structure during drought years when th…
Market in Mysuru (Mysore)

Devaraja Market

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

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Museum Complex

On the university campus west of town, this (somewhat neglected) museum specialises in folklore, with artefacts, stone tablets and sculptures, rural costumes and a wooden puppet of 10-headed demon king Ravana. The b…
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 the bui…
Palace in Mysuru (Mysore)

Jaganmohan Palace

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

Rail Museum

This open-air museum’s main exhibit is the Mysuru maharani’s saloon, an 1899 wood-panelled beauty with gilded ceilings and chandeliers that provides an insight into the stylish way the royals once rode the rails. Th…
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.