Top things to do in Mysuru (Mysore)

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…
Top Choice South Indian in Mysuru (Mysore)

Vinayaka Mylari

This tiny, no-nonsense place is one of the best spots in town to try the South Indian classic masala dosa (a large savoury crêpe stuffed with spiced potatoes). Here they're beautifully light and fluffy and served on…
Top Choice Cafe in Mysuru (Mysore)

Frosting

One of the city's most attractive cafes, occupying an elegant villa in an upmarket corner of town. It's a relaxing spot for an espresso or a glass of wine, with an attractive AC interior, a garden and a menu of Ital…
Cultural in Mysuru (Mysore)

Dussehra

Mysuru is at its carnivalesque best during the 10-day Dussehra (locally spelt ‘Dasara’) festival. During this time Mysuru Palace is dramatically lit up every evening, while the town is transformed into a gigantic fa…
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…
Indian in Mysuru (Mysore)

Tiger Trail

This hotel's grand dining room (with portraits, chandeliers and Murano-glass mirrors) makes quite a setting for delectable Indian cuisine, or opt for the courtyard, which twinkles with fairy lights at night. Try a P…
South Indian in Mysuru (Mysore)

Cafe Aramane

This atmospheric and authentic South Indian eatery rolls out steaming breakfast platters for Mysuru’s office-goers, serves up thalis for lunch (from ₹80), and welcomes everyone back in the evenings with aromatic fil…
Clothing in Mysuru (Mysore)

Government Silk-Weaving Factory

Given that Mysuru’s prized silk is made under its very sheds, this government-run outlet, set up in 1912, is the best and cheapest place to shop for the exclusive textile. Behind the showroom is the factory, where y…