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Top Choice Palace in Mysuru (Mysore)

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…
Top Choice South Indian in Mysuru (Mysore)

Vinayaka Mylari

This no-nonsense place is one of the best eateries in town to try South Indian classics of masala dosa (large South Indian savoury crêpe stuffed with spiced potatoes), which are beautifully light and fluffy and idli…
Cultural in Mysuru (Mysore)

Dussehra

Mysuru is at its carnivalesque best during the 10-day Dussehra (locally spelt ‘Dasara’) festival held September or October. During this time the Mysuru Palace is dramatically lit up every evening, while the town is …
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…
South Indian in Mysuru (Mysore)

Cafe Aramane

In a character-filled heritage building, this typically busy South Indian eatery rolls out steaming breakfast platters for Mysuru’s office-goers, thalis for lunch (from ₹80) and welcomes them back in the evenings wi…
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…
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…
Vegetarian in Mysuru (Mysore)

Depth 'n' Green

Wildly popular with local yogis, this buzzing healthy cafe offers a menu of satisfying Indian and Western dishes, including great salads, served up on tree trunk tables. Their green smoothies and lassis and other dr…
Pub in Mysuru (Mysore)

Pelican Pub

A venerable, still-popular watering hole located on the fringes of upmarket Gokulam. Serves draught beer and food (try the chilli pork) at bargain basement rates in the indoor classic pub or alfresco-style garden se…
Multicuisine in Mysuru (Mysore)

Parklane Hotel

Mysuru’s most social restaurant with outdoor tables, lit up moodily by countless lanterns, and there's often live traditional music. The menu does delicious regional dishes from across India as well as Chinese and c…