My scout for a much needed holiday destination came to an end when I was suggested Mysore by a friend of mine. The images and its heritage past allured me to visit it.
Stepping onto Karnataka’s cultural hub itself was rejuvenating. If mythology is to be believed, Mysore was once ruled by a Demon named King Mahishasura who was defeated by Goddess Chamundeshwari. And that’s how it got its name, Mysore, which is derived from Mahishaka. It’s a clean and well-maintained city with imprints of both mythology and history.
Like any other regular tourist, I too decided to first visit the Mysore Palace. Also known as the Amba Vilas Palace this is the official residence of the Wodeyar’s, the erstwhile royal family. Built a multiple times, what stands today is the forth and an immortal creation: a magnificent structure, painstaking architecture and spectacular illumination. How astonishing it is from the outside that much awe-inspiring it is from the inside. The huge halls, artistic painting and Indo-saracenic architecture is what lifts this palace higher on every tourist’s radar.
The Brindawan Garden was next on the itinerary. A beautifully laid out symmetrical terrace design is one abode of tranquillity. The garden is immediately behind the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam site. To see the illuminated running waters and fountain with changing colours is every tourist’s delight. Extending up to 60 acres, this ethereal beauty is a public park and a major tourist jaunt.
The Chamundi Hills is also one attraction of Mysore. It not only offers some spectacular view of Mysore but is of mythological importance too. This place once belonged to Goddess Chamundeshwari, who killed a demon in a fierce battle. The sculptures of Nandi, the bull and Mahishasura are major attractions here.
Lalith Mahal Palace is also one of the beautiful structures seen in Mysore. Nestled on a beautiful location overlooking the Chamundi Hills is this palace which was exclusively built to welcome to viceroy of India. Now converted into a heritage category five-star hotel, the guests are treated with royal hospitality. The walls, the ceiling, the wooden shelters are till today maintained to its originality.
Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV laid the foundation of the church over 200 years ago, which today is famous as St. Philomena’s Church. Built in Gothic style, the floor plan of this church is based on the Holy cross. The ‘nave’ of the cross forms the congregation hall, the two arms are the transepts and the crossing consists of the altar and the choir. Meticulously built, this church is one among the largest cathedrals of South Asia.
Although Mysore attractions are many, the above mentioned are the unfathomable attractions. The Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Rail Museum, Karanji Lake Nature Park and The Art Gallery are the jaunts that allure many but names like Mysore Palace and Brindawan Garden have distinct Mysore as an axis of heritage and culture.
The reasons why I visited Mysore were all accomplished. The city: it’s well planned roads, its monuments speak a tons of the era gone by. But what added most to this city’s charm was its cleanliness. The sparkling clean streets exude an unearthly fragrance.
Travel and Leisure Courtesy: Travel Hot