The city of Mysore is known as "City of Palaces", therefore the palaces have to be an attraction for tourists. Apart from the famous Mysore palace, which is known as Ambavilasa Palace, the city boasts of Jaganmohan Palace, Jayalakshmi Vilasa, and Lalitha Mahal. In addition, there are a variety of famous locations in and around the city, which include: Karanji lake, Jayalakshmi Vilas and the Chamundeshwari Temple atop Chamundi Hill. Many of these tourist locations of Mysore are surrounded by beautiful sprawling garden with fountains, which is a sight to see.
The Chamundi Temple atop the hill is famous not only as a pilgrimage centre but also of tourist attraction. The temple can be either accessed by the road or 1008 steps that lead up to it. There is a huge statue of bull Nandi after the climb of 700 steps, and, the statue of Mahishasura, and goddess Chamundeshwari atop the hill. The hill provides a great panoramic view of the city of Mysore.
Commonly known as Mysore Zoo, attracts a large number of visitors with its wide variety of flora and fauna. It is one of the oldest zoos in India. The zoo is rich in natural vegetation and fortunately the animals here are free to move about in their spacious enclosures. It has a good aquarium too.
The Brindavan garden considered to be among the best of the terrace gardens of the world. laid on the on the site of the KRS dam, the garden are famous for its symmetric plan, musical fountains, cascading water channels, just to name a few. As the sun goes down, the fountains are illuminated and they dance to the tune which is amazing sight. A tourist can enjoy a good boat ride in the garden.
The KRS Dam which is built close to convergence of three rivers cauvery, Hemavathi and Lakshmana Theertha, is the most important dam in southern parts of India. It wa designed by the engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya and constructed in 1932. The dam which supplies water to most of the surrounding areas through its marvelous canals is a beautiful sight to behold when the water is let out.
The massive church of neo-Gothic style is one of the biggest and most majestic churches of India. The amazing floor plan of the church resembles a cross. The 175 feet high twin spires of the church are visible from miles around. The glass stained windows of this church portray scenes of the events in the life of Jesus Christ like his birth, last supper, crucifixion and resurrection.
This is one of the two rail museums established in India with the other being in Delhi. It has recorded journey of progress the Indian railways has through in the past through the photographs, book and exhibits of locomotive engines and rail carriages.
The palace that housed the royals before the construction of The Mysore palace, this structure displays various paintings of the past kings of Mysore and is one of the oldest buildings in the city.
The Bonsai Garden of Mysore is home to over a 100 different varieties of Bonsai trees spread across a vast estate of about 4 acres. It is a part of the Avadoota Datta Peetham of the Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Ashrama.
Built in 1921 by Maharaja Krishna Raja Wodeyar Bahaddur IV, this palace initially housed royal guests. It was designed by EW Fritchley from Mumbai in European & Indian styles. The palace is beautifully designed and it is one of the most attractive palaces in South India. The lobby and corridors of the palace have beautiful paintings of Mysore rulers and historical events of Mysore kingdom, like The siege of Srirangapatna Fort, Tipus Sons, etc. The staircase of the palace is wonderfully designed. The most attractive part of the palace is the restaurant block. The curved roof and the glass dome at the centre follow splendid architectural interest of the Mysore rulers.
Kabini is a region situated around the banks of the Kabini River. It is a part of Nagarhole National Park, famous for its spectacular wildlife and bird life. It is the starting point of wildlife safari in south-eastern part of Nagarhole. There is dam built on Kabini River near Sargur which spread over an area of 55 hectares covering forests, rivers, lakes and valleys. The backwaters of the Kabini reservoir are very rich in wildlife especially in summer when the water level recedes to form rich grassy meadows.
Karanji Lake is maintained by the Zoological department of Mysore and a huge fountain is installed inside the lake. It is spread over 90 acres and is home to more than 90 species of resident and migratory birds. This lake also has India's largest and first walkthrough aviary and a butterfly garden. The butterfly park has been created on a small island within the Karanji Lake. About 45 species of butterflies have been identified here. Karanji Lake has boating facilities on all days except Tuesdays. Boating on the lake is a favorite activity with row boats and pedal boats.
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