Mysore - Top 3 places to visit

Did you know Mysore (Now Officially Mysuru) became one of the first cities in Asia to undertake planned development of the city, back in 1903. Now because of its cleanliness, Mysore was awarded as India’s cleanest city in 2018.

Once the capital city of Kingdom of Mysore. Mostly ruled by Wadiyar and for brief period ruled by Tipu Sultan, Mysore has been always known for its culture and heritage. Easily accessible by road, air and rail, Mysore is one of the most polular place in India to visit. There are many tourist hot spots in Mysore, and I am going to cover top three `in this blog

Mysore Palace
“Magnificent” would be first word, the moment you see the Mysore palace. Ambavilas Palace aka Mysore Palace, is a historical royal residence of Wadiyar dynasty of the Kingdom of Mysore which once ruled most of present-day Karnataka. Built in 14th century Mysore place is perfect blend of Hindu, Mughal and Gothic style architecture. It is three story structure with marble domes. Palace is Surrounded by a large garden and big complex.

The palace is converted into a Museum. You can visit the place inside and explore the museum every day from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. Entry fee is 70 rs. However, the major attraction is the sound and light show in the evening starts from 7:00 pm for 1 hour. Inside the palace you can see many exclusive paintings, artefacts, weapons, musical instruments, royal furniture, Darbar hall. Decorated doors, ceilings and pillars inside the palace will make you awestruck.You can’t take picture inside of the palace, lately there are many pictures from inside surfaced on social media. Might be taken through official channel approval or by using hidden 

St Philomena’s Church
This church was built in 1804. Typical gothic style architecture, its twin spires are 175 feet (53 m) in height. This church is one of the tallest churches in India. The floor plan of the cathedral is in the form of a cross. Inside contains stained glass windows depicting scenes from the birth of Christ and the hall can easily accommodate up to 800 people. Timing is from 8AM - 8PM and no entry fees.

Chamundi Hill

The name Mysore is an anglicised version of Mahishuru, which means the abode of Mahisha. The common noun Mahisha, in Sanskrit, means buffalo; in this context, however, Mahisha refers to Mahishasura, a mythical demon who could assume the form of both human and buffalo, who, according to Hindu mythology, ruled the ancient parts of Mysore Kingdom. He was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hills, after whom it is named.

'Mahishapura' later became Mahisuru, and finally as Mysore by the British and Mysuru in the Kannada language

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