History of Mysore
Mysore city was the capital of the old royal Mysore province. The word Mysore expands to "Mahishasurana Ooru" which means the town of Mahishasura. The story goes that the demon Mahishasura was killed by goddess Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi hill near Mysore, hence the name. Ever since, the Mysore royal family has worshipped Chamundeshwari as the palace deity.
Hills dedicated to her stand at the eastern end of Mysore town today.
The Wodeyar family ruled Mysore since 14th century except for a short period of 40 years when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were the rulers. Mysore has never failed to mesmerize the tourists with its quaint charm tourist destination of South India once the capital of the dynasty that ruled Karnataka for more than a century till independence is the place of palaces , rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. The charm of this city leaves no one untouched still a major tourist destination in India and the second largest city of the state of karanataka.
Location : Mysore city is at 770m above sea level and 140 kms from Bangalore.
Area : 6,269 sq. kms.
Population : Approx.22,81,653
From Mysore City Tourist Attractions in Mysore tourism
There are a number of tourist attractions that are worth a visit while on a tour to Mysore. Some of the prominent destinations are
- Raganathittu Krishna Raja Sagar Dam.
- Vrindavan Garden.
- Cauvery River.
- Bandipur National Park.
- Cauvery Fishing Camp
- Le Palais du maharaja
- Jaganmohan Palace
- Devaraja Market
- Railway Museum
- Chamundi Hill
- Mysore Palace, Philomena's Church
- The Mysore Zoo
How to reach Mysore
To reach Mysore by Air, the nearest airport is Bangalore about 130 km from Mysore. By train, Mysore City is the main rail junction and regular trains run from Mysore connecting the city to places like Bangalore, Chennai and Thanjavur as well as other cities in India. However, the best and the fastest way to reach Mysore is to travel to Mysore from Bangalore and Chennai via the Mysore Chennai(via Bangalore) Shatabdi Express. There are also regular buses running through the Bangalore route. The major bus stands are central bus stand and City Bus stand. Mysore Bangalore has direct road links while the 4 lane express way between them allows the tourist to cover the distance in 3 hours.