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Mysore (pronounced maɪˈsɔər (help·info) in English; Kannada: ಮೈಸೂರು Maisūru) is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. It is the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division and lies about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. The name Mysore is an anglicised version of Mahishūru, which means the abode of Mahisha. Mahisha stands for Mahishasura, a demon from Hindu mythology. The city is spread across an area of 128.42 km (50 sq mi) and is situated at the base of the Chamundi Hills. Mysore is famous for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. Mysore also lends its name to the Mysore mallige, Mysore style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore Pak, Mysore Peta (traditional silk turban) and the garment called the Mysore silk saree. Until 1947, Mysore was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except for a 40-year period in the...      Read more at wikipedia...
 
Facts At A Glance
Main Languages Kannada, English, Tamil, Hindi
STD Code 0821
Description
Mysore is a small place with a big past. And in sharp contrast to other Indian small towns, it is most clean, well-maintained and quiet, with impressive palaces, broad roads and nice people reflecting a benevolent and imperial past. In fact, filled with bric-a-brac from the past, and even people who reflect the life from another time, this town is almost like a living museum.
 
Location
Mysore is located in the South Indian state of Karnataka around 140 km from Bangalore. The city extends from latitude 12?18' in the North to longitude 76?42' in the East. Mysore is well connected through road and rail networks with other parts of Karnataka and India.
 
How To Get There
By Air
The nearest airport from Mysore is 140 km away in Bangalore, from where one can take flights for most of the important cities in India. Indian Airlines has an office in the city at the Hotel Mayura Hoysala Complex, Laxmi Bai Road, Mysore (Phone 421846).
By Rail
Mysore is connected with most of the metros like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai through regular trains. Between Mysore and Bangalore, there are several good trains like Shatabdi and Tipu Express. The railway station is located around 2 km from the downtown.
By Road
There is a good network of roads that connects Mysore to other important cities of the region. The Central Bus Stand is located in the downtown area and provides services like computerized reservation, telecom center, cloakroom, dining hall, and toilets.
 
History
Mysore was the capital city of the Wodeyars. Abode of untold grandeur and glory, where the rich heritage of the Wodeyars is carefully preserved to this day in its magnificent palaces, gardens, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. There is an old world charm about the city that reaches out and leaves no one untouched.
Mysore, or Mahishur as it was called then, traces its history back to the mythical past, when Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi Hills killed the wicked buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura. Mysore Dasara is the celebration of this victory of good over evil. Mysore also has associations with the Mahabharatha and King Ashoka of 3rd century B.C. During the Wodeyar rule of Mysore reached the zenith of its glory as a fabled center of oriental splendor.
Mysore still retains a majestic charm, both in appearance and culture. During the Dasara the entire city is adorned like a bejeweled bride.
 
Food & Resturants
Mysore is famous for Mysore Pak - a sweet rich in ghee. Other delicacies include spicy rice preparations, idli, dosai and vada.
 
Festivals
The Dassera celebrations in Mysore bring back the glory and the grandeur of a bygone era. During September-October, the entire city rejoices with colour and gaiety. The ten-day festivity culminates in a grand procession on the last day - Vijayadashami.
 
Shopping
Sandalwood, its products and silk are Mysore's specialities, sold in government-owned emporia at fixed prices. The Government Silk Factory offers silk straight from the looms.
 
Excursions
Bannerghata National Park (22 km): Spread over the area of 100 sq. km. This National Park has a lion and a tiger safari to offer you. The park also has snakes, crocodiles to see and elephant rides. A picturesque scene and a temple complete the park. Kolar Gold Fields: These are the world's deepest gold mines. They are 2,400 meters below surface, and are also the oldest and largest in the country. The mines are extended over 98 kms and are not open to children below ten. Nandi Hills (68 km): This hill station has a 600-metre drop (cliff) that gives you a fascinating view of the surrounding city. This retreat became popular during the days of Tipu Sultan.
 
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