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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular things to do in Mysore?

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Mysore is known as the “City of Palaces” and yet it doesn’t stop surprising you with a plethora of things to do, ranging from top attractions to shopping to trying the local cuisines. Just take a look at the various things you can do while visiting Mysore.

  • Sightseeing

    You think that Mysore is only about Palaces? Well, the answer is a ‘no’ as the city houses many other attractions including museums, galleries, religious sites, zoos, national parks and sanctuaries. Mysore has been home to all religions as they co-existed peacefully for centuries. The palaces and temples bear witness to the majesty and mighty of the kings who made this city their home, while the parks and sanctuaries reflect the rich flora and fauna of the city. The must visit places include the Mysore Palace or the Amba Vilas Palace, Mysore Zoo, Chamundeshwari Temple, St. Philomena's Church, Brindavan Gardens and the lakes in the city.

  • Shopping

    Once you come to this city, it is just impossible to leave the city without the local items it is famous for. Shopping here is a wholesome experience as the city is the home to various famous shopping markets flooded with beautiful silk saris, sandalwood and rosewood items and stone carved statues. The popular markets of the city are Lansdowne building, Devaraja Market, Gandhi Square, shops around KR Circle, markets on Dhanvanthri Road,Sayyaji Rao Road and Ashoka Road. Do try Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium, Government Sandalwood Oil Factory and Government Silk Factory to get authentic items at reasonable prices.

  • Try Kannada cuisine

    The Kannada cuisine is the cuisine of Karnataka and thus of Mysore city which is to a large extent the Udupi cuisine (comprises dishes made primarily from grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits) with rice being the main ingredient. This cuisine is a delicious palette of food items with generous use of spices used with the locally available ingredients. Try the Dosa, Idli and Vada served with Sambhar and Coconut chutney for breakfast as it is not only yummy but also quite filling and will help you to be full and satiated for a long time. Most of the dishes are prepared with rice which keeps the stomach cool so that the heat doesn’t affect you much. Bisibele bhath, Vangibath, Chitranna and Puliyogare are some of the popular rice based dishes. Those with a sweet tooth, gorge on the famous Mysore Pak along with Rave Unde, Chiroti, Holige or Obbattu and Shavige payasa.

With time Mysore has moved along with the changing times, and thus, has emerged as a cosmopolitan city. The city is a home to people from various parts of the country, celebrating many different festivals, speaking different languages and yet co-existing peacefully. Thus, the landscape of the city is dotted with many things to see, to feel and to explore which makes this place an ideal tourist destination.

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