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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Mysore?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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The City of Palaces has a multitude of things to do, from sightseeing to shopping to exploring the wildlife. But planning for all these activities can get a bit tiresome. We are providing you with a tentative itinerary, that might be used a guide for your trip here.

Day 1

Your first destination has to be the Mysore Palace. Flanked by lush gardens, this palace stands as an empirical example of the influences of art and culture from all the world. Also, he palace holds the largest collection of antiques that takes one back to the pages of history. By any chance if you are planning to visit Mysore on a Sunday, visit the palace in the evening when it is lit up and is a glorious sight to behold. Make sure you make it before 7 pm, as the palace premises are closed off to any tourist  after that. After you visit the palace, you can head to the Chamundeshwari Temple, which is situated on the Chamundi Hills. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this 12th century temple is around 10 kilometres from the city. Once you come back, have your lunch at any of the famous restaurants of the city, like the Dynasty restaurant, La Gardenia or the Tiger Trail.

After you have rested for a few hours, come evening you can take a bus or a taxi and visit to the Brindavan gardens and Krishna Sagar Lake. It is one of the most visited places in Mysore, both by locals and by tourists. The garden has a botanical park and illuminated dancing fountains which come to life after sunset. These beautiful gardens are laid out below the Krishnaraja Sagar dam built across the river Cauvery. The Dam (known as Kannambadi to the locals) is a superb example of excellent engineering and has the option of boat rides.

Day 2

The next day can be spent touring the other monuments and palaces of the city. Check out the St. Philomena’s Church, a 200 year old church with beautiful towers or spires which are an inspiration from a cathedral in Cologne, Germany and from St. Patrick's Church in New York.

Another place worth visiting is the Jayalakshmi Vilas. Located at a distance of 3 kilometres from the city centre, it is situated in the lush green landscape of the University of Mysore premises. The breath-taking interiors are adorned in Indian decor with the main feature being the dancing hall, called the Kalyana Mantapa.

If you have some time on yourself, you can get up close and personal with animals at the Mysore Zoo. The zoo is located at a distance of about 3 kilometres from the City Bus Stand and 2 km from the Mysore Palace.

Another alternative would be to visit Srirangapatnam, which will take a whole day to explore. At a distance of 14 kilometres from the city, Srirangapatna is a historic, religious and cultural hub situated on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway. The capital city during the reign of Warrior-Kings Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, this place houses a plethora of tourist attractions including a fort, museum, temples, amongst many other attractions.

Day 3

You can spend the third day leisurely shopping or exploring the abundant wildlife on the city’s outskirts.

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.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Bandipur National Park are popular wildlife destinations harbouring an abundance different animal and bird species within their lush greenery.

We hope this itinerary helps you in planning you trip in a better and more efficient way, for a wholesome experience.

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