Mysore is the second-largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. The headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division, it lies about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. The name Mysore is an anglicised version of Mahishūru, which means the abode of Mahisha. Mahisha stands for Mahishasura, a demon from the Hindu mythology. The city is spread across an area of 128.42 km2 (50 sq mi) and is situated at the base of the Chamundi Hills.
Famous for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. Mysore also lends its name to the Mysore mallige, Mysore style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore Pak, Mysore Peta (traditional silk turban) and the garment called the Mysore silk saree. Also addressed as the ‘Sandalwood City of India’, the city of Mysore presents a host of spectacular tourist attractions that can be visited by tourists during their vacation in the old city of the state of Karnataka. Once the administrative capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, the city of Mysore still retains the old world charm in the shadowed alleys and thoroughfares. The temples, magnificent palaces and luxuriant gardens are the chief Mysore tourist attractions that are frequently visited by the tourists.
Some major points of interest in Mysore are:
The Mysore Palace
The Brindavan Gardens
St. Philomena’s Church
Jaganmohan Art Galary
Krishna Raja Sagar