Bangalore is an exciting place to be! The urban heart of Karnataka is a happening place all year round. Malls, pubs, coffee shops, exciting nightlife. But sometimes all this can get a bit overwhelming. The mind and body do crave for something that is more calm and peaceful, like the soothing comfort of a small city or the solitude of a forest.
Vacation mood : On!
The great thing about being in Bangalore is the close proximity it offers to popular getaway destinations. Heritage city Mysore, for instance, is less than 3 hours away. The city is connected to Bangalore by an ultra modern 10 lane expressway and Vande Bharath Express – a great rail network which makes travelling between the cities super fast and hassle-free.
Mysore is a city that is nestled firmly between old-world charm and modern way of life. From centuries old monuments, to snazzy malls – the city has it all.
When in Mysore, there are a lot of sights and sounds to explore. Be it the magnificent Mysore Palace, endless array of historical sights, family attractions such as museums, Zoo, Brindavan Gardens, or wildlife sanctuaries, there are many experiences to unravel here!
What to do in Mysore
Mysore is a one-destination, many experiences kind of place. Be it history, nature, culture – whatever sets your mood, can be found here! Here are the top things to do when you are in Mysore
1. Explore the Mysore Palace
A UNESCO World Heritage Sight, the magnificent Mysore Palace is among the most visited sites in India. The illumination of the palace brings alive the royal splendour.
2. Visit Chamundi Hills
These hills are older than the Himalayas! Chamundi betta offers breathtaking views of the city. It is a haven for nature lovers and photographers alike.
3. Go see KRS dam and backwaters
The pristine waters of the Cauvery make for a stunning sight. Brindavan Gardens is one of the best terrace gardens in the world. Illuminated fountains, botanical park, fun-filled boating experience make it a must-visit spot.
4. Discover the Markets and Museums
Be it the Art Gallery at Jaganmohan Palace, Folk Art Museum at Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, Regional Museum of Natural History, Rail Museum, Sand Sculpture Museum etc., the landscape of Mysore is dotted with many museums that offer an enriching experience. The best part? Most of the museums are housed in heritage structures that are by themselves a great attraction!
There are many old and quaint markets at Mysore. With its colours and aroma the rustic Devaraja Market, housed in a century old building, is a must-see. Mannars market is another must-visit place in Mysore. There’s a whole world of arts and craft materials, artworks, colourful dresses, gifts etc. to be explored here.
5. Unwind at Nature Retreats
Be it Karanji lake, Varuna lake, Kukkarahalli lake, Lingambudhi lake etc., there is no dearth of nature retreats in Mysore. The city has many lakes that are rich in biodiversity. Karanji, Varuna and Lingambudhi have well laid out attractions that make for a compelling visit.
Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, located just a few minutes away from Mysore, is an exquisite nature’s delight. The place is a treat for bird watchers. Sun basking crocodiles are a common sight here.
Kabini, Bandipur, BR hills, Wayanad, Nagarahole – the 5 great tiger reserves of Karnataka are just an hour’s drive from Mysore. You can indulge in thrilling wildlife safaris here.
Mysore is the best place to escape from the hustle and bustle of ‘happening’ life. It is a retreat where you can relax, rejuvenate and recharge your batteries.
With customised itineraries, we ensure you have a best of both worlds experience – the sights and sounds of the historic and culture-rich city of Mysore as well as the wildlife safaris and related soul nourishing nature activities.
Enjoy a delicious meal at Drongo cafe, swap stories around a bonfire at Best Kept Secret, relax with a glass of wine at the Mysore Room or enjoy a therapeutic massage at the Amay Spa before you embark on your next adventure.
See more and do more at Safari Quest. We look forward to welcoming you!