Mysore is widely regarded as among South India’s famous tourist destinations. There is something regal about Mysore. It could because of the city’s glittering royal heritage and magnificent buildings and monuments.
Mysore - Places to Visit
The World Heritage–listed Mysore palace brings travellers from across the globe. However, there could be another reason why travellers make the journey to the place – the production of premium silk, incense and sandalwood. In recent times, the other main draw has been ashtanga yoga. This attracts visitors globally with its reputation as among the best places to practice yoga. Mysore is also renowned for its sandalwood products and the famous Dusherra festival (Navaratri) which is held annually. The city’s name originates from the word Mahishuru, which is also derived from Mahisha. Legend has it that the area around Mysore city was under the rule of the demon Mahishasura. However, Goddess Chamundeshwari defeated the demon. No visit to Mysore is ever complete without taking a tour of the colossal Mysore Palace. It is among the most palatial of India’s royal buildings. The palace was the former seat of the Wodeyar maharajas. Fire gutted the palace in 1897; but, English architect Henry Irwin constructed a new version in 1912. This Indo-Saracenic marvel comprises stained glass, mirrors and vibrant colours. Mysore Zoo is unlike other zoos in India. It maintains a high standard. The zoo is surrounded by pretty gardens that date from 1892. One can spot white tigers, rhinos and lowland gorillas. For architecture enthusiasts, Mysore is home to a number of charming buildings, including Government House, the Silver Jubilee Clock Tower, the Rangacharlu Memorial Hall as well as the towering St Philomena’s Cathedral. The best time to visit Mysore would definitely be during the winter months. The pleasant weather ensures that the sightseeing experience is memorable. Also, autumn to spring is also a good time to visit. The temperature during this season oscillates between 20 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius. The summers are not scorching, nor are the winter bone-chillingly cold. One can avoid visiting the city during the monsoon season – from July to September.
Accommodation in Mysore by OYO
When in Mysore, one does not have to worry about finding the right accommodation. There are a number of branded, affordable, budget and premium OYO rooms. Travellers can choose to stay near the main city centre. There are a number of hotels near the railway station and bus stand. For those wanting to stay near historical places of significance, there are options near the Mysore Palace as well. Mysore hotels near bus stand are ideal for tourists with a day or two to spare in the city. OYO provides budget and premium accommodation across varied price range for a comfortable and luxurious stay of the guests.
Events in Mysore<Mysore Dasara
A September festival that you have all been waiting for, Mysore Dasara is Dussehra with a twist! With the city's royal heritage, this festival ensures that you get a glipmse of a grand scale and elaborate celebration. In Mysore, Dussehra honors the Goddess Chamundeswari, who killed the great demon Mahishasur and is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm among the locals. While you dance among the locals in this twist of Dussehra, we at OYO will provide you with the best of stays that will keep you at bliss and build the want in you to visit the beautiful city of Mysore again!