Places to visit in Mysore beyond royalty and heritage


Spending a few days in Mysore is interesting since there are a lot of things to see and do. Mysore Palace is the city’s prominent attraction and the whole city revolves around it in a way.

Mysore is a kind of place that has much more than a palace and royal and heritage buildings. Once you’re done visiting these, look further for some fantastic sights and experiences. Start the day with a climb or a drive to Chamundi Hills for fabulous views of Mysore, followed by a visit to the zoo. Or visit some of the museums dedicated to diverse aspects as humanity, mankind, heritage and culture, art, postage stamps, leather puppets and trains. Watch a play or performance in Rangayana, or go birdwatching, boating or walk along some of the lovely lakes and tanks. Visit some old churches that have magnificent stained glass work. Go (window) shopping in the ancient Devaraja Market and its surrounding areas. And end the day at Brindavan Gardens, laid out adjacent to the famous Krishnaraja Sagar dam reservoir. Mysore offers a wide variety of options for both adults and children.

Mysore Zoo

The Mysore zoo is located within the city and is a lovely place for both adults and children. It was established in 1892 by the then king Chamrajendra Wadiyar and is among the oldest and largest in the country.

Chamundi Hills

The 1062 m Chamundi Hills and the temple on top dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari is an integral part of Mysore’s identity. On the hill there is a fierce and gaudily coloured statue of Mahishasura.

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens is a sprawling and lovely garden laid adjacent to the famous Krishnaraja Sagar Dam built across the river Cauvery, which is located just outside Mysore.

Folklore Museum

South India’s rich folklore tradition is aptly showcased in the regal and elegant Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace located on the Manasa Gangotri (Mysore University) Campus.

Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery

Located very close to the main palace, Jaganmohan Palace is a repository of royal art and cultural heritage. The palace was the royal residence for some time.

National Museum of Mankind

National Museum of Mankind, also called the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalay, provides a glimpse into mankind’s roots. Dedicated to the depiction of the story of mankind in time and space.

Rail Museum

​Underrated and not much frequented, this museum is nevertheless charming. It is like stepping back in time as it provides a glimpse of what train travel was during the times of the kings.

Postal Museum

Located inside the Postal Training Center in Nazarbad, the Postal Museum is one of the most unusual and rare museums in the country. It depicts the country’s over one and half century’s history.

St Philomena’s Church

One of the first eye-catching buildings in Mysore is St Philomena’s Church. It’s a dark grey structure, a Gothic style church that has twin spires that reach 165 ft into the sky.

St Bartholomew’s Church

Compared to St Philomena’s Church, St Bartholomew’s is small and unobtrusive. It is located just a couple of minutes away from the city bus stand. It dates back to 1832 and is dedicated to Satin Bartholomew.

Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai Garden

Located on Nanjanagud Road is the Avadhoota Datta Peetham Ashram with high walls and constant buzz of devotees throughout the day. However, in one corner of the Ashram and usually deserted is the bonsai garden.

Oriental Research Institute

The beautiful white facade and red-tile roofed Jubilee Hall built in 1887 houses the Orient Research Institute whose aim is to collect, preserve, compile, edit and publish rare and valuable Sanskrit


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