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Mysore (or Mysuru), a city in India's southwestern Karnataka state, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. In its center is opulent Mysore Palace, seat of the former ruling Wodeyar dynasty.

Mysore, officially renamed as Mysuru, is the second most populous and the third largest city After Bengaluru and Hubli-Dharwad in the state of Karnataka, India. Located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of the state capital Bangalore, it is spread across an area of 128.42 km2 (50 sq mi). According to the provisional results of the 2011 national census of India, the population is 887,446. Mysore City Corporation is responsible for the civic administration of the city, which is also the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division.

Mysore served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries, from 1399 until 1956. The Kingdom was ruled by the Wadiyar dynasty, with a brief period of interregnum in the 1860s and 70s when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power. Patrons of art and culture, the Wodeyars contributed significantly to the cultural growth of the city and the state. The cultural ambiance and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet Cultural Capital of Karnataka.

Mysore is noted for its heritage structures and palaces, including the Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists from across the world. It lends its name to various forms arts and culture like Mysore Dasara, Mysore Painting; dishes like the sweet dish Mysore Pak, Mysore masala dosa; brands like Mysore Sandal Soap, Mysore Ink; styles and cosmetics like Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban) and the Mysore Silk sarees, et cetera. Tourism is the major industry alongside the traditional industries. Mysore's inter-city public transportation solely includes rail and bus; flights, however, turn active during the peak time of the Dasara. Among many others to be first in, Mysore was the location of the first private radio station in India. Mysore University is headquartered in Mysore, which has produced several notable scientists, authors, politicians, actors, singers, and sportsmen. Cricket and lawn tennis are the most popular sports in the city.


Mysore has a tropical savanna climate designated Aw under the Köppen climate classification. The main seasons are Summer from March to June, the monsoon season from July to November and winter from December to February.The highest temperature recorded in Mysore was 39.4 °C (103 °F) on 4 April 1917, and the lowest was 7.7 °C (46 °F) on 16 January 2012.The city's average annual rainfall is 804.2 mm (31.7 in).


The site where Mysore Palace now stands was occupied by a village named Puragere at the beginning of the 16th century.The Mahishūru Fort was constructed in 1524 by Chamaraja Wodeyar III (1513–1553),who passed on the dominion of Puragere to his son Chamaraja Wodeyar IV (1572–1576). Since the 16th century, the name of Mahishūru has commonly been used to denote the city. The Mysore Kingdom, governed by the Wodeyar family, initially served as a vassal state of the Vijayanagara Empire. With the decline of the Vijayanagara Empire after the Battle of Talikota in 1565, the Mysore Kingdom gradually achieved independence, and by the time of King Narasaraja Wodeyar (1637) it had become a sovereign state. Seringapatam (modern-day Srirangapatna), near Mysore, was the capital of the kingdom from 1610. The 17th century saw a steady expansion of its territory and, under Narasaraja Wodeyar I and Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar, the kingdom annexed large expanses of what is now southern Karnataka and parts of Tamil Nadu, to become a powerful state in the southern Deccan.

The kingdom reached the height of its military power and dominion in the latter half of the 18th century under the de facto rulers Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. The latter demolished parts of Mysore to remove legacies of the Wodeyar dynasty.During this time, Mysore kingdom came into conflict with the Marathas, the British and the Nizam of Golconda, leading to the four Anglo-Mysore wars, success in the first two of which was followed by defeat in the third and fourth. After Tipu Sultan's death in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War in 1799, the capital of the kingdom was moved back to Mysore from Seringapatam,and the kingdom was distributed by the British to their allies of the Fourth Mysore war. The landlocked interior of the previous Mysore Kingdom was turned into a princely state under the suzerainty of the British Crown. The former Wodeyar rulers were reinstated as puppet monarchs, now styled Maharajas. The British administration was assisted locally by Diwan (chief minister) Purnaiah. Purnaiah is credited with improving Mysore's public works.Mysore lost its status as the administrative centre of the kingdom in 1831, when the British commissioner moved the capital to Bangalore.It regained that status in 1881 and remained the capital of the Princely State of Mysore within the British Indian Empire until India became independent in 1947.

The Mysore municipality was established in 1888 and the city was divided into eight wards.In 1897 an outbreak of bubonic plague killed nearly half of the population of the city.With the establishment of the City Improvement Trust Board (CITB) in 1903, Mysore became one of the first cities in Asia to undertake planned development of the city.Public demonstrations and meetings were held there during the Quit India movement and other phases of the Indian independence movement.

After Indian Independence, Mysore city remained as part of the Mysore State, now known as Karnataka. Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, then king of Mysore, was allowed to retain his titles and was nominated as the Rajapramukh (appointed governor) of the state. He died in September 1974 and was cremated in Mysore city.Over the years, Mysore became well known as a centre for tourism; the city remained largely peaceful, except for occasional riots related to the Kaveri river water dispute.Among the events that took place in Mysore and made national headlines were a fire at a television studio that claimed 62 lives in 1989, and the sudden deaths of many animals at the Mysore Zoo.


Before the advent of the European system of education in Mysore, agraharas (Brahmin quarters) provided Vedic education to Hindus, and madrassas provided schooling for Muslims.Modern education began in Mysore when a free English school was established in 1833.Maharaja's College was founded in 1864. A high school exclusively for girls was established in 1881 and was later renamed Maharani's Women's College.The Industrial School, the first institute for technical education in the city, was established in 1892; this was followed by the Chamarajendra Technical Institute in 1913. While the modern system of education have makde inroads, colleges such as the Mysore Sanskrit Pāthaśhāla, established in 1876, still continue to provide Vedic education.

state Karnataka,India
Country India
Area 152 km2 (60.12 sq mi)
Languages spoken Kannada,Tamil,English
Currency Ruppee

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Places to visits

  • Mysore Palace

    Also known as the Mysore Maharaja Palace, it is the biggest thing that you will ever notice in Mysore!.

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    The palace is situated in the city’s center, so you know, it cannot be missed anyway. The architecture is up for appreciation as it is a fine mix of Hindu, Islam, Gothic and Rajput styles. The stunning interior displays intricate craftsmanship. One would transcend to the era of Wodeyar dynasty while feasting eyes on the palace’s exclusive design and properties. The palace is decorated in a grand manner every year during theDasara festival, which propbably is the best time to visit here.

  • Chamundi Hills

    Chamundi Hills is the identifier of Mysore. It is famous for a temple that was built in the 11th century .

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    The temple has a 5-meter tall statue that is said to have been sculptured out of a single rock. A flight of stairs with 1000 leads to Chamundi Hills that also offers spectacular vistas of the surroundings. Middle of the way, you shall also encounter the statue of Nandi the Bull.

  • Mysore Zoo

    Behind the Karanji Lake is the Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens at Mysore.

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    Behind the Karanji Lake is the Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens at Mysore also known as Mysore zoo. The Zoo is spread in a 157acre of land and houses a huge range of wildlife species not only from our country but animals from around the world.

  • Brindavan Gardens

    The Brindavan Gardens are located a level below the Krishna Raja Sagara dam.

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    The Brindavan Gardens are located a level below the Krishna Raja Sagara dam. It is a major tourist attraction near Mysore and is also regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in the state of Karnataka. The most exciting experience at this garden is the musical fountain show that is scheduled in the evenings.

  • KRS Dam

    Above the famous Brindavan Gardens, Krishna Raja Sagara dam is a major tourist place near Mysore.

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    Almost all the tourist that make it to the palace in Mysore that ensures to offer a refreshing experience. The dam is also the first irrigation dam in India and is accounted to be one of the most beautiful tourist spots around Mysore.

  • St.Philomena Church

    St. Philomena is a 200-year old Church, which is also known as St. Joseph’s Church.

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    Built in Gothic Style, the church was established by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. It is amongst the largest Cathedrals in India and is dedicated to St.Philomena who was a 3rd century saint from Greece.The church has a celler where there is a statue of St.Philomena in a reclining posture and a piece of her bone and clothes are kept.

  • Lalitha Mahal

    Located at a short distance from Chamundi Hills is Lalitha Mahal that happens to be the second largest palace in Mysore .

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    The palace was built by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and its architecture is inspired by St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Therefore, we can see a good mixture of several architectural forms from Europe in this palace. Another thing that caught the eye here is the magnificent view of Chamundi hills and the city.

  • Railway Museum

    Railway Museum is one of the most visited tourist places in Mysore.

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    The museum is situated close to the city’s railway station and serves as a place that exhibits ancient locomotives and carriages that are still in working condition and are being used by the Indian Railways even today.

  • Jaganmohan Palace

    It is an Art Gallery located to the west of the main palace.

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    The palace for built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1861 to celebrate the marriage of his daughter and the museum was officially started in 1915, and has since been expended adding many artifacts. This Art Gallery showcases Mysuru style of painting. Also, the original oil paintings of Raja Ravi Varma of Travancore on display here are on many mythological themes. The painting of lady holding the lamp of the Indian Artist S.G.Heldnker is another piece. The other include artifacts made from Glass, Ceramic and Metal.

  • Folklore Museum

    A part of the Mysore University, the museum is home to one of the most elaborate collections of folk art, products and articles.

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    A part of the Mysore University, the museum is home to one of the most elaborate collections of folk art, products and articles. Visit the museum to witness one of the most sprawling depictions of the state's folk art.


  • Uppittu

    The favourite breakfast item of Mysore, Uppitu is roasted, spicy semolina (sooji) flavoured with curry leaves.

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    The favourite breakfast item of Mysore, Uppitu is roasted, spicy semolina (sooji) flavoured with curry leaves. The same dish is also known as Upma. Yum!

  • Shavige Bath

    A version of Upma that is cooked with vermicelli (rice noodles).

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    A version of Upma that is cooked with vermicelli (rice noodles), Shavige Bath is best interpreted at the chow mein’s South Indian cousin. It’s spicy and tangy, and very very tasty.

  • Huli or Saaru

    A creamy broth of cocunut, lentils and veggies, Huli or Saaru is usually served for lunch.

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    A creamy broth of cocunut, lentils and veggies, Huli or Saaru is usually served for lunch. It’s got lots of tamarind and chillies, which gives it a very sour and spicy flavour.

  • Rasam and Paapad

    Tangy, spicy, sweet and sour, Rasam is like an explosion of flavours in your mouth.

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    Tangy, spicy, sweet and sour, Rasam is like an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Nothing goes better with the taste like a simple, crispy and crunchy Paapad.

  • Mysore Pak

    There’s more to Mysore’s cuisine than curry tamarind, spices and curry leaves

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    There’s more to Mysore’s cuisine than curry tamarind, spices and curry leaves! Try out the melt in your mouth gram flour fudge, Mysore Pak and float away to a foodie’s heaven!

  • Chakkuli

    The best thing in the world to have with your tea!

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    The best thing in the world to have with your tea! These Chakkulis from Mysore taste so yum, you won’t realize when you finish up a bag full!



Things to do - general

The third largest city in Karnataka, Mysore has a royal history, a rich and regal heritage and an important center of art and culture.

Having evolved from 'the royal city' to an upcoming IT hub, Mysore is an amazing mix of the traditional as well as modern attractions. From palaces and ornate temples to gardens and galleries, there are multiple attractions here to cater to every need. With over 600 years of legacy, Mysore is a flamboyant city with exceptional weather throughout the year.


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Also known as 'the city of palaces', Mysore houses grand palaces, majestic temples, gardens that mesmerise the tourists. The Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Karanji Lake are a few of the many tourist attractions the city offers.

It used to be centre of commerce for South India earlier and is still one of the most important city for trading, silk, Ayurveda, yoga, sandalwood and incense. The cafes, bustling markets, Mysore zoo and the magnificent Mysore Palace are not going to let you sit idle for even a moment here.


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These include Idli, Dosa, Shavige Bath, Pongal, Chutneys and Pickles, Vangi Baath (rice with Brinjal curry), Bisi bele bath (a spicy preparation of rice) as well as a number of sweets such as Payasam, Jalebi, Rave Unde, Ladoo and more. Indian filter coffee and Adike (Areca nut) with Betel leaf are also popular items.

The cuisine of Mysore has a distinct influence of Udipi cuisine on its dishes. One of the most famous items here is the traditional sweet, Mysore Pak. Other than this, Mysore's platter is brimming with authentic, traditional and local cuisines.