Mysuru, the ‘City of Palaces’, is royalty and magnificence embodied; overflowing with history, sprawling gardens and tree-lined boulevards. One of South India’s most fascinating cities, Mysuru has a plethora of places to visit and explore. Ruled over by the Wadiyars from 1399 till Independence, Mysuru is renowned for its royal heritage and splendid monuments and buildings. This former state capital is a seamless blend of old-world charm and modernity. It retains its traditions in music and dance, art and literature, and time-honoured crafts. Mysuru entices you at every turn with its regal splendour. Discover enchanting Mysuru, experience a different world!
Mysuru is the cultural capital of Karnataka, home to the Internationally popular Mysuru Palace which gets over 6 million visitors each year and is India’s second cleanest city after Auroville. Before the formation of Karnataka State in 1956, most of South India was under the rule of Mysuru state. It is the erstwhile capital of the Wadiyar Dynasty.
Interestingly, history or legends say that it was around this time during their rule that the famous sweet Mysore Pak was invented in the palace kitchen’s by one of their cook’s. The cook, although, had no idea himself of the name of the most mouth watering sweet whose ghee immersed flavor just melts in your mouth, boggling your taste buds. Such was the feeling of the then king when he first tasted Mysore Pak. So yes, this delectable sweet is a must experience when in Mysuru that will take you through a tour of flavours of the city in itself.
When at Mysuru, the cultural capital of Karnataka, one can soak up it all up by taking a walking tour around this beautifully calm city and indulging yourself in some shopping experiences like the beautiful Mysuru Silk (weaved from Mulberry Silk), the famous Chennapattana Wooden Dolls, Mysuru Sandal Soap (Sandal Soap Factory) and the fragrant Mysuru Jasmine(Malli) to name a few.
This is a city that is the epitome of cultural indulgence and a tourist’s most loved destination. Over the year’s Mysuru has seen a surge in International Tourists who flock to the city to rejuvenate in the Yoga retreats, thus, making the city a yoga hub.
Mysuru Dasara is an annual festival not to be missed. Held during the month of October, Mysuru Dasara attracts visitors from all over the world. Mysuru city will be at its best during the Dasara celebrations. Jambu Safari (elephants carrying the royal throne and going in a procession) is a major attraction.
Mysuru is the global headquarter of Infosys, the world’s premier information technology company. Mysuru is also an education hub with Mysuru University and several higher education institutions.
For further information, visit the official district website click here!
When to go: All year round