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Every traveler should visit Mysore, the city of places. This cultural capital of Karnataka combines the historical splendor of the past with the scenic beauty of nature, which is dotted with lakes, waterfalls, and gardens. There are many popular places to see in Mysore, each promising a unique experience for visitors.

There are a variety of places to visit in Mysore, from highly revered religious sites to harmony-inducing scenic spots.

Choose a few or all of these sightseeing places in Mysore for a memorable trip if you still don't know what to see in Mysore.

Mysore Palace

Mysore Maharaja Palace is undoubtedly the most popular tourist attraction in the city. One of the largest palaces in India, it is known for hosting the Mysore Dussehra Festival. This palace was designed by a known British architect, Henry Irwin. The palace was built in 1912 when the previous wooden building caught fire during a wedding ceremony of Chamaraja Wodeyar's eldest daughter, Jayalakshammanni. This palace is known for its architectural beauty which combines Muslim, Gothic, Hindu, and Rajput styles of architecture as well as Indo-Saracenic architecture. It is said to be the fourth building constructed at the same location. An imposing structure, it is almost impossible to miss it for anyone on a Mysore tour. Located on Sayaji Rao Road, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, it opens at 10 AM and closes by 5.30 PM. Four majestic arched gates lead to a beautiful garden surrounding the palace. In the palace, you can visit the Durbal Hall, Royal Howdah, Sri Lakshmi Ramana Swami Temple, and the Private Durbar (Amba Vilas Palace). Those visiting Mysore should also not miss the sound and light of the Mysore Maharaja Palace.

Brindavan Gardens

The Brindavan Gardens are located just below the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam. It is a major tourist attraction for all the Mysore and KRS dam visitors. It is also regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in the state of Karnataka. Musical fountains are one of the most exciting and popular features of this garden. As one of its kind, Brindavan Garden attracts tourists from around the world.

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace

Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace was built in 1905 for Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar's eldest daughter. It was also known as First Rajkumari Mansion. One of the most beautiful palaces in Mysore, it has been declared as a heritage site by the government of Karnataka.

There are three museums in this palace, the Folklore Museum, the Archaeology Museum, and the General Museum. Located on 6 acres of land, this palace has around 125 rooms and more than 250 carved doors and windows.

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens

Visit the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysore, if you're an animal lover. Popularly known as Mysore Zoo, this is one of the best places to visit in Mysore. Students from several schools and colleges visit this place periodically, making it a popular educational trip location. You can spend an entire day at the Mysore zoo while you are visiting the many palaces, museums, and temples in this city.

St. Philomena’s Church

The church is the second-largest in South Asia. It was built by Mysore King for the European residents of Mysore, setting an example of religious harmony and understanding. This church is dedicated to St. Philomena. This church in Mysore has a rich history that dates back more than 200 years. Originally a small church, it was later renovated into its present splendor by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar. At Lourdes Nagar, Ashoka Road, it is open for devotees and visitors from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shuka Vana

Shuka Vana is a bird rehabilitation center set up by Dr. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji and is one of the most unique tourist attractions in Mysore. A great place for bird lovers and ornithologists, the park houses endless colorful and rare species of Parrots from all over the world.

The Shuka Vana also serves as a shelter for injured or neglected birds. According to the park and Swamiji, parrots represent our planet based on our birth date. This place is the only one of its kind where you can experience a distinctive opportunity to being in the presence of so many astonishing bird species.

Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple/ Namdroling Monastery

The Golden Temple is located in Bylakuppe, which is the second-largest Tibetan settlement outside of Tibet. Located around 80 km away from Mysore, it is a place worth visiting. Established by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche in 1933, this monastery presents a serene spiritual atmosphere along with captivating architecture.

Its colorful paintings provide a glimpse into Buddhist mythology. Adding further to its beauty are the enchanting scenic surroundings. You can visit Namdroling Monastery from 7 AM to 8 PM.

Krishna Raja Sagara Dam

During the reign of the Wodeyar Kings in 1932, the KRS Dam was built. Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah, one of India's best engineers, created the temple in honor of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.

This dam is India's first irrigation dam, built over the Cauvery River. The sluice gate measures 130 feet high and has 152 gates. This dam is located about 20 km away from the city of Mysore and is about 3 km long. An illuminated garden and lush green landscape add to the beauty of the area. KRS Dam's backwaters are equally captivating. In its vicinity is another iconic sightseeing place, the Brindavan Gardens.

GRS Fantasy Park

As the only park of its kind in the city of palaces, GRS Fantasy Park is a must-visit tourist attraction in Mysore. With several land and water rides, it is a hub that will surely excite kids and satisfy their adventure levels beyond delight. It is a one-stop destination that will occupy your entire day and make it a memorable one. A fantasy park like this is a bridge between modern and historical Mysore.

Talakad

You can also visit Tourist Places near Mysore, such as the Cauvery River, one of the most popular rivers of South India while touring the city of palaces. Amidst the soft and serene landscapes enjoy not just sightseeing and birdwatching but also take time and visit the temples in and around this place. Talakad, home to great architectural and historical temples, is famous for the Cauvery River's origin. You will be enthralled with its scenic and historic beauty.

A trip to Mysore will be a wonderful experience for an architectural lover, enjoy with your family and friends and for capturing beautiful memories don’t forget Travographer.

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