About Mysore

Mysore : City Overview

Mysore is the third leading city in the state of Karnataka. It is spread across an area of 128.42 km2. People all over Mysore widely use Kannada as medium of language. Mysore City Corporation is responsible for the civic administration of the city. The city was the location of the first private radio station in India.

Culture :

It is known as the cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore is also called the City of Palaces. The Mysore painting style is an outgrowth of the Vijayanagar School of painting. It is religiously and culturally traditional.

Linkages :

Mysore is located about 140 Kms from Bangalore and well connected by rail and road to parts of state and country.A network of State Highways and National Highways connect the city to various nearby towns and neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Kerela.

Road :

Mysore is connected by National Highway NH-212 to the state border town of Gundlupet, where the road forks into the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.A new division of KSRTC called Mysore City Transport Corporation (MCTC) has been proposed. Within the city, buses, auto-rickshaws and Tongas (horse-drawn carriages) are economical means of transport.

Rail :

Mysore railway station has three lines, linking to Bangalore, Hassan and Chamarajanagar. All trains that connect to Mysore are activated by South Western Railway Zone, Hubli of Indian Railways. The fastest train to serve the city is the Shatabdi Express.

Air :

Mysore Airport has scheduled viable air services. SpiceJet originated flights from Mysore to Chennai via Bangalore.

Climate & Utility :

The main seasons are summer, monsoon and winter. The city's average yearly rainfall is 804.2 mm. Drinking water for Mysore is sourced from the Kaveri and Kabini rivers. The city has an underground drainage system. Mysore was rated the second hygienic city in India in 2010 and the cleanest in Karnataka.

Mysore Maharaja Palace : Palace of Mysore

Mysore Maharaja Palace is sited in the heart of the city.The dialect "Palace of Mysore" explicitly symbolize one of these palaces- AmbaVilas Palace. Mysore Palace is invaluable national conceit.The palace is an admirable blend of Indo-Saracenic style. The palace is the spot for the illustrious Mysore Dasara carnival.

Entrance to the palace is through the Gombe Thotti, or Doll’s Pavilion. Ambavilasa was used by the king as a passage for confidential audiences.Entry to this sumptuous hall is through a gracefully engraved rosewood way.
The Kalyana Mantapa or wedding hall is an octagonal-shaped pergola with a flecked tainted glass ceiling with peacock motifs set in geometrical pattern.
The palace houses has numerous rooms of value-The Diwan-e-aam,a public durbar and An arsenal which restrain arms used by the members of the royal family. The palace complex comprise of twelve Hindu temples which were built in the 14th Century.

The palace is ten minutes from the city central railway station and twenty minutes from Mysore Airport.

Lalitha Mahal : An Elegant Palace

The Lalitha Mahal is the next prevalent palace in Mysore.The chic palace is tinted with white.It was renewed into a heritage hotel in 1974.The palace is in revitalization architectural fashion.

It is a two-tier arrangement.At the ground level,there is a prophetic porch.The frontage altitude is set by Globular domes.Decorative stained glass has been broadly used to augment the modishness both in the exterior and interior facades.The ball room has been transformed into the banquet Hall of the hotel is a flamboyant hall with an enormous ceiling in the midst of arched skylights made of Belgian glass.

A divine view of the Chamundi Hill to the left and the Mysore city in front of the palace is pleasing to the eye from the terrace.

Jaganmohan Palace : An Artistic Palace

The Jaganmohan Palace is one of the seven palaces of the imperial city of Mysore and one of the most stunning contributions of the Wodeyar Kings of the city during their regime. It has an auditorium which is used for customary dance and other artistic concerts for the period of Dasara.

The art galleries enclose one of the prevalent collections of relic in South India. Most of the prominent artifacts were by Raja Ravi Varma that exhibit prospect from the Hindu epic, Ramayana and Mahabharata. The compilation of paintings in the gallery exceeds 2000 in number depicting different Indian styles of painting like Mysore, Mughal and Shantiniketan. An imperative painting "Lady with the lamp” painted by the artist Haldenkar is placed in a dark room .

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion : A Traditional Edifice

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansionis a traditional edifice built in 1905 during Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV regime for his sister,Princess Jayalakshmi Ammani.The mansion was attained by the University of Mysore to institute a postgraduate centre in its campus known as Manasagangothri.The mansion has 125 rooms, 300 windows and 287 stunningly carved doors.

This mansion has three factions together with a sequence of twin Corinthian and Ionic columns, regal pediments and elliptical ventilators.The central hall in this manor is the Kalyana Mantapa has an eight-petal shaped dome with blemished glass windows with a gold-plated Kalasha at the top. A Writer's Gallery in the Kalyana Mantapa hall put on view of photographs, awards and writings of legendary writers of Kannada. A special illumination system has also been added to this legacy composition. This mansion is the first university museum complex in the country.

Karanji Lake : A Walk-through Aviary

Karanji Lake is sited in the city of Mysore, India and the totality is 90 hectares. It is surrounded by a nature park retaining a butterfly park and a walk-through volary. This volary is the leading 'walk-through aviary' in India.

Approximately 45 genuses of butterflies have been recognized in Butterfly Park. Appropriate species of horde plants and nectar plants vital for the breeding of butterflies were planted. The Regional Museum of Natural History is found on the banks of this lake.