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Places to Visit in Mysore – Mysore, a city of palaces and museums, is one of the most visited cities in India popularly known as the heritage city. Residents of Mysore believe Mysore as pensioner’s paradise. I have been living in Mysore for the past 6 years and over a period of time, I could visit most of the tourist spots / historical monuments in and around Mysore. From my experience I can assure you that this clean green city is affordable to any pocket size.

Check out this detailed post on places to visit in Mysore, best restaurants in Mysore, Malls in Mysore and places to stay in Mysore.

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Wonderla – Amusement park on Bangalore to Mysore Road

Starting from Bangalore, after about 28 kms from Bangalore and in Bidadi on Bangalore-Mysore highway you will find one of the best amusement parks in India – Wonderla. Thisamusement park offers a wide variety of rides for all age groups. Some of the important rides include Recoil, Maverick, Y-scream, and mission interstellar.

Another important attraction in the park is the Wonderla hotel located in the property. It gives you ample opportunity to explore all the rides during the park timings and fast track facility for the hotel occupants. Good food and high quality stay is guaranteed in the hotel along with the park facilities.

A beautiful place to spend a day or two with your kids.

Mysore Palace

Mysore is popularly know as “City of Palaces” and it located in the centre of Mysore. The palace faces the Chamundi hills eastward. Mysore palace is otherwise known as Ambavilas Palace. Mysore palace is now one of the most visited places in India after Taj Mahal.

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Mysore Palace

Mysore palace is not the only palace in Mysore.. there is Jagmohan palace, Lalitha mahal palace, etc. Jagmohan is now converted to an art gallery and function hall. The art gallery contains a good collection of paintings of different artists. Lalitha mahal, the second largest palace in Mysore, has now converted to a heritage hotel.

Check out the Vintage Car Rally held at Mysore Dussehra 2018

St Philomena Church

Another attraction for tourists in Mysore is the second tallest church in Asia, St Philomena’s Church

st Philomena Church Mysore

GRS Fantasy Park Mysore

GRS Fantasy park is the only amusement cum water theme park in and around Mysore. GRS Fantasy Park is just 3-4 kms from Bangalore – Mysore highway and it is located on the ring road. GRS fantasy park is easily accessible by road from any part of the city. GRS is ideal for any age group. It offers number of wet as we’ll as dry rides to all age group. Dedicate a day for GRS fantasy park when you plan your vacation with your Young ones.

Check out the detailed video of GRS Fantasy Park in Mysore

Chamundi Hill / Chamundi Temple – Temples / Places to Visit in Mysore

A very popular and crowd pulling spot in Mysore. The Chamundeshwari temple is located on the top of the Chamundi hills. It is 13 kms away from the Mysore palace. The festival time is during the Ashada month according to the Kannada calendar. Ashada Fridays are very important for the devotees. During this time, free transportation will be provided from mysore city bus stand to the temple and return.

Chamundeshwari Devi Temple Mysore

There are few more prominent temples like Ranganatha Swamy temple in Srirangapatna and Nanjudeshwara temple in Nanjangud, Lord Venkateshwara temple in Shri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram (ashram is again one of the tourist destinations in Mysore), etc..

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

If you are a bird watcher / nature lover, this is a place for you.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is one of the must visit places if you are traveling in or around Mysore. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is also known as the Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka and the person who convinced the King of Mysore Kantirava Wadiyaar to develop this place was an ornithologist Dr Salim Ali in the year 1940

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Mysore Zoo

Mysore Zoo is one of the must visit places in your bucket list. It is one of the most visited zoos in India due to its rich flora and fauna. It gets about an average of 3 million visitors annually. It is one of the oldest zoos in India.

Mysore Zoo

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Mysore Zoo – Must Visit Place

Sand Museum at Mysore

Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum – Ganesha

Sand Sculpture museum in Mysore is the one and only museum in India which is dedicated for sand sculptors. It is located in Chamundi Hill road and it is on the way to Chamundi Hill temple. Sand museum exhibits about 150 intricate carvings of Smt. M N Gowri on sand in 16 different themes. It includes 15 ft tall Ganesha carving at the very entrance, then Chamundeswari devi, the ruling deity of Mysore, Tom & Jerry characters from the Disney Land, Christmas tree and Santa clause, Dasara festival ambari, Erstwhile Mysore king, Late Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar who is seated on his throne during Dasara festival, the zodiac wheel,etc..

Entry fee for adults R/s. 40 and Rs. 20 for kids.. Sand museum is having different section which gives 3D photographing facility for another R/s. 40

Sea Shell Art Museum

The most recent addition to the city of palaces and museums is the Guinness World Record Sea Shell Art Museum and it is one of the must visit places in Mysore. This sea shell art museum displays the unique works of Smt. Radha Mallappa for 40 years starting from small flowers to the huge Taj mahal, ST. Philomena’s church, Ganesha, yacht, which are made from eco-friendly raw materials like sea shells, conch, broom sticks, etc..

Sea Shell Art Museum - Places to visit in Mysore
Sea Shell Art Museum

The Ganesha idol, 11ft X 18ft tall, which bagged Guinness world record is also one of her works displayed in the museum. Smt. Radha Mallappa took seven years to complete 13ft X 15 ft model of the Church and 8 years for 12ft X 13ft size Taj Mahal.

Entry fee is R/s. 40 for adults and 20 for children … please drop in and don’t miss

Mysore Rail Museum

Rail museum Mysore a good place for kids and adults to understand the history of vintage locomotives. It is located on the KRS road, opposite the CFTRI ( central food technology and research institute). This is second such museum after the National Railway museum in Delhi.

Entry to the museum is allowed for a fee of R/s. 20 for adult and 10 for children. The main displays in the museum includes the Maharani saloon, Austin railway car, ES 506 4-6-2, the first locomotive, etc along with many other railway items. The museum has a battery operated mini-train giving short rides to the children for Rs. 15 per child.

Please don’t miss this place if you are planning a vacation for your Young ones.

Brindavan Gardens / KRS Dam

Brindavan gardens is one of the most visited places in Mysore. It lies adjoining the KRS dam. The Garden is laid out in 3 terraces which contains water fountains. The garden houses a wide variety of flowering plants like marigold, Xenia, etc. the main attraction of the garden is the musical fountain, in the north garden, in which bursts of water are synchronised to the music of the songs. No videography or photography is allowed for the musical fountain. There is also a lake with boating facilities available for visitors for a fee.

Vrindavan Garden Mysore

Entry to the gardens is allowed for a fee of R/s 20 for adults and R/s 10 for the children. Extra of R/s 50 is charged for the camera you are carrying.

You have to travel about 18-20 kms from the Mysore city to reach Brindavan gardens.

Check this video of Brindavan Garden Mysore

Best restaurants in Mysore

When we travel outside India, we do not find much of pure vegetarian restaurants. But here in Mysore, you can get into any restaurant and order for vegetarian dishes. In India we have pure vegetarian restaurants ideally for hard core vegans. In Mysore also you can find good Vegetarian as well as Non-Vegetarian restaurants.

Pure Vegetarian Restaurants in Mysore

  1. Hotel Siddhartha – Video of Full day of eating in Mysore
  2. Hotel Highway 18

Good Non-Vegetarian Restaurants in Mysore

  1. Simply Kodavas – Best pork / Coorg food in Mysore
  2. Silent Shores Resort
  3. Onesta – Best Italian food at Mysore
  4. Other Non-Veg Restaurants at Mysore
  5. Olive Garden Restaurant Mysore

Best places to stay in Mysore

Mysore being a popular tourist destination, it offers good places to stay too. You can find resorts, 5star hotels, 3star hotels, oyo rooms, home stay, farm stay, service apartments, dormitories if you are in a group, etc. to make your stay comfortable in Mysore. I do not want to get into the list of hotels and other details. I suggest book your stay through to get best price based on the customer reviews.

Tourist places near and around Mysore

There are many good tourists spots around Mysore which you can be connected with your Mysore Vacation


Ooty by itself is a good tourist destination. Ooty is about 150 kms from Mysore.

Coorg / Madikeri

Madikeri is about 150 kms from Mysore and is ideal for a day trip from Mysore. Madikeri / Coorg is famous for farm stay and good kodava food. Check out our road trip to Madikeri / Coorg

Check out this video of a home stay at Madikeri

Check out video of Coorg Road Trip from Mysore

Madikeri Road Trip from Mysore

Final thoughts – Places to visit in Mysore

Mysore is a safe and tourist friendly destination in India. Best time to visit Mysore is from September to February. Though this is best time, Mysore gets maximum number of tourist during Summer and all season weekends. Plan your vacations checking the climate that suit you the best.

Further Reading

  1. Places to Visit In Delhi – Qutub Minar, Red Fort, India Gate and Dilli Haat
  2. Trip to Delhi / Chandigarh / Manali / Agra
  3. Holidays in Bali – Places to visit
  4. Mysore Market – Get everything fresh here

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