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Mysore is one of the major cities of Karnataka, emerging as a thriving market for exotic sandalwood and incense products, the Mysore silk-sarees and stone-carved sculptures. Also known as the fragrant city of Karnataka , Mysore mesmerizes the tourists with its charm and rich cultural heritage. It was the political capital of the dynasty, which ruled the state of Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British. The city of Mysore offers a visitor an insight into the lifestyles, cultures and traditions of its erstwhile rulers. The palaces and temples around the city speak volumes about heritage and architecture of the medieval times and the kind of patronage the city received from its rulers. Millions of tourists from allover the World visit Mysore during Dasehra (Nava Rathri) during October.

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Mysore Tourist Attractions
Mysore Palace

The Mysore Palace was built over one thousand years ago, in AD 897. Seracenic in style, the palace has both Hindu as well as Muslim influences. After a fire in 1897, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV rebuilt the palace as we see it today, under the supervision of architect Henry Irwin. . A temple is situated within the royal courtyard.

Chamundi Hills

Atop the 1,100-feet-high Chamundi Hills, is the temple dedicated to the Goddess Chamundeshwari, the royal family's patron deity. One may reach the temple either through a 13-km drive or climb the 1,000 stone steps. Near the temple is the huge statue of Mahishasura, the demon that had been killed by the Goddess. Halfway up along the stone steps, is the 300-year old 4.8-metre monolithic statue of Nandi Bull, chosen mount of Lord Shiva.

Chamarajendra Art Gallery

Established in 1875, this museum preserves the articles made in 1861 for the wedding of Krishnaraja Wadiyar. Its collec­tion of paintings is remarkable and S L Haldekar's 'Woman with the Lamp' on the first floor stands out in the collection. Switch off the lights and walk towards the painting and you have the illusion as if it is the lady with the lamp who is advancing towards you.

Chamarajendra Zoological Gaden / Zoo

The zoo of Mysore is no less attractive to tourists. 3 km east to the palace on 37 hectares of land it is covered with green forest. Surrounded by ditch under the blue sky there are tigers, lions, elephants etc numbering 1500 in the zoo. Collection of birds and reptiles is also notable.

Brindavan Gardens & Krishnaraj Sagar Dam

The 3 km long, 40 m high dam stands on river Cauvery, 16 km away from Sriranga-patnam, 22 km from Mysore, 28 km from Somnathpur and 153 km from Bangalore. Envisaged by M Visveswaraya, this dam, built to provide water to the Simsa Hydro-Electric Power Project on Shivasamudram, is fashioned out of stone sans cement. The reservoir, occupying 130 sq km, can be used for boating. Below lie the lovely Vrindavam Gardens laid out in steps.

Ranganathaswamy Temple

Temple of Lord Vishnu in the sleeping posture on the Great Snake Anantha, is one of the Largest temples in the State. It is a beautiful example for both Vijayanagara and Hoysala Styles of Architecture

 
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