Site

Mysore

Mysore is the second biggest city in the state of Karnataka. It lies 140 kms from the State headquarters, Bangalore.It is the erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled Mysore State from this royal city, for several centuries. Thanks to royal patronage, artists, writers and craftsmen have flourished in Mysore, making it the cultural epicentre of Karnataka.Mysore still retains an aura of old world charm and much of the city’s architectural heritage remains intact. The city’s proximity to famous wild life sanctuaries and its very own zoo make it a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts from across the world.

Population: 22,81,653

Languages: Kannada, English and Hindi

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Clothing summer: Cottons

Clothing winter: Cottons and light woollens at night

History

Mysore city was the capital of the former royal Mysore province. The word Mysore expands to 'Mahishasurana Ooru', which means the town of Mahishasura. According to Hindu mythology Mahishasura was a demon king who was killed by the warrior goddess Chamundeshwari on Chamundi hill near Mysore. Ever since, the people of Mysore have worshipped Chamundeshwari as their tutelary deity. The Wodeyar royal family ruled Mysore since the 14th century except for a short period of 40 years in the 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were the rulers. Hyder Ali was a general in the army of the Wodeyar king who rose to become the ruler of Mysore. His son Tipu Sultan followed in his footsteps expanding Mysore’s territories in a series of daring battles, until he was killed when fighting the British. Following his death in 1799 the kingdom again returned to the Wodeyar family who ruled Mysore till monarchy was abolished in 1947, when India gained independence.Mysore is the erstwhile capital of Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore State. 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. Today Mysore vacation is one of the major cities of Karnataka. Mysore has emerged as a thriving market for exotic sandalwood & incense, the Mysore silk sarees and stone-carved sculptures.

Mysore Palace?: A silhouette of the Mysore Palace illuminated with ninety seven thousand bulbs shimmering against an inky black night is one of the most enduring images of the city.A priceless national treasure and the pride of a kingdom, the Mysore Palace is the seat of the famed Wodeyar Maharajas of Mysore. An eclectic synthesis of architectural styles the palace is one of India’s most dramatic national monuments. Today it is a museum housing treasures from across the world reflecting the rich and colorful history of the erstwhile princely state of Mysore

Climate

India is not the first location you might consider for a cooler summer holiday, but, because of its altitude, Mysore enjoys wonderful weather all year round.The highest temperatures are from May to June (23-35°C), and even at it coolest, the temperature rarely drops below 16°C.The rainy season is from June to August, but even then it seldom rains all day.