About Mysore

This city, popularly called the "City of Palaces" for its magnificent palaces, is even famously known as the "Sandalwood City" for specializing in the different products of sandalwood. Apart from this, the city has even got some beautiful gardens and majestic temples. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hill, this city is a part of the south Indian state of Karnataka. The Dasara Festival is one of the major festivals as well as among the main tourist attractions in this cleanest city of India. This is even the 2nd biggest city of this state of south India.

Demographics of Mysore

As per the report published after 2011's Census operation, following are the basic demographic details of Mysore:

  1. Total population: 2, 994, 744
  2. Density of population: 437 per sq. km.
  3. Rate of decadal population growth: 13.39 %
  4. Sex ratio: 982 females per 1, 000 males
  5. Rate of literacy: 72.56 %
  6. Main religion: Hindus (87.44 %) and Islam (8.87 %)

Places of Interest in Mysore

Besides the 10 days' Dasara Festival, this Karnataka city has got many other tourist attractions, which include the following:

Mysore Hill Stations: Proximity of the place to the Chamundi Hills and some of the other beautiful hills, which are mentioned below, will help you breathe fresh and unpolluted air:

  1. B. R. Hills
  2. Chamundi Hills
  3. Himavad Gopalaswamy Hill
  4. adikeri Hill Station
Mysore Lakes: Listed below are some of the beautiful and serene lakes in the city. Adding on to the peace and beauty of the place, these lakes are the perfect spots for picnic:

  1. Karanji Lake
  2. Kukkaranahalli Lake
  3. Lingabudi Lake
Mysore Museums: This city of south India has got many art galleries and museums, which exhibits the richness of the city's culture and history. Names of some of them are as follows:

  1. Folk Arts Museum
  2. Melody World (Wax Museum)
  3. Mysore Railway Museum
  4. Regional Museum of Natural History
  5. Private Residential Museum
  6. Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
Mysore Palaces: Being home to numerous royal families in the earlier days, the city is dotted with some of the ancient palatial mansions as well as palaces that still reflect the lifestyle of those families and the luxurious bygone era. Among the following palaces, some of them have even been converted to hotels or museums:

  1. Ambavilas Palace or Mysore Palace
  2. Cheluvamba Mansion
  3. Jaganmohan Palace
  4. Jayalakshmi Vilas
  5. Lalitha Mahal Palace
  6. Karanji Mansion
Mysore Parks: This city houses about 180 parks, most of which are being used for jogging by the residents of the city. To name a few of the famous among them are:

  1. Ambedkar Park
  2. Brindavan Gardens
  3. Andolan Circle Park
  4. Mysore Zoological Gardens
  5. Happy Man Park
Mysore Temples: Mostly located within or around the palaces and forts, the temples in Mysore reflect the Dravidian architectural style. Names of some of the most visited places of worship in the city are:

  1. Chamundi Temple
  2. Kodi Bhairava Temple
  3. Gayathri Temple
  4. Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple
  5. Nanjanagud Temple
  6. Mahabaleshwara Temple
  7. Trinesvaraswamy Temple
  8. Someswara Temple

Other tourist places in and around Mysore

Besides the tourist places mentioned earlier, following are some of the famous places of interest within and nearby the city that attract tourists from all over India:

  1. Balmuri Waterfalls and Edmuri Waterfalls
  2. Bandipur National Park
  3. Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple
  4. Kokrebellur Bird Sanctuary
  5. Melkote Wildlife Sanctuary
  6. Nagarhole National Park
  7. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
  8. Shivanasamudra Waterfalls
  9. Somanathapura
  10. Srirangapatna
  11. St. Philomena's Church
  12. Talakad

Sources of Economy in Mysore

This city, being one of the main tourist destinations in the country, the majority of its revenue is earned from tourism. The city is even famous all over the country for its silk saree and traditional turban made of silk that has got a significant contribution to the economy of the place. The sector of Information Technology (I. T.) has helped the city grow as the 2nd best exporter of software in the Karnataka state. Apart from these, the industries like bronze work, lime production, salt production, sandalwood carving and weaving even adds on to the city's economy.

Transportation to Mysore

The following 3 different modes of transport like airways, railways and roadways connect this major city of India to the neighboring as well as distant places in the country:

By Air: The main and sole airport in this city is the Mandakalli Airport, which is popularly known as the "Mysore Airport". However, one can even reach the city through the Bangalore Airport that is located nearby this south Indian city. Kingfisher Airlines is the major airlines, which operate from the airport in Mysore.

By Railways: Mysore City Railway Station is the main train station in the city that connects it to the rest of the country. Many trains operated by the Indian Railways are available from this station. Shatabdi Express is among the important trains, which serve the traveler to this city of Karnataka.

By Roadways: National Highway 212 that connects the city to the nearby states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu along with the following State Highways link this "City of Palace" to Bangalore and many other major cities of India:

  1. State Highway 17
  2. State Highway 33
  3. State Highway 88
Besides buses that are the most economical as well as popular mode of transport, auto rickshaws and tongas are being widely used by the Mysorians. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (K. S. R. T. C.) is responsible for plying buses to and from the city of Mysore.

Last Updated on 2/28/2012

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