Mysore is a metropolitan city in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. It is the third-most populous and third-largest city in the state, and is one of the cleanest cities in India. It is the seat of the Wadiyar dynasty and was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore for almost six centuries, from 1399 until 1947. Known for its heritage structures and palaces, including the famous Mysore Palace, and noted for its culture, Mysore is popularly known as the “City of Palaces”, the “Heritage City”, and the “Cultural Capital of Karnataka”. For its pristine and calm ambience, it is also known as “Pensioners’ Paradise”.
Things to remember when traveling alone
1. Don’t book Hotels without checking reviews.
2. Do your research about each destination you’re going to and organize the basics, like where you’re staying and how to get there, before you arrive.
4. TRY not to overpack.
5. Take a mini first-aid kit and carry it with you every where.
6. Download offline Google Maps of the places you’re visiting.
7. Make yourself a Budget and stick to it
Now that you know what you should keep in my mind before going for your solo journey we can start to plan your trip. Make sure you book accomodation and traveling ticket in advance so you don’t face any problems in future. As soon as you arrive on your Hotel or stay get freshen up take some rest and pack 1-2 small bags that you will be caring while wondering the new area. Remember to take the first aid kit you prepared and a meal of some sort physical or digital. Tighten up your shoe laces and get ready to explore !!
Places To Explore In Mysore
1. Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace is a palace situated in the city. It was the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore, and also housed the durbar (royal offices).The term “Palace of Mysore” specifically refers to one of these palaces, Amba Vilas.
2. Brindavan Gardens
Brindavan Gardens is a show garden that has a beautiful botanical park, full of exciting fountains, as well as boat rides beneath the dam. Diwans of Mysore planned and built the gardens in connection with the construction of the dam. Display items include a musical fountain. Various biological research departments are housed here.
3. Jaganmohan Palace
Jaganmohan Palace was built in the year 1861 by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in a predominantly Hindu style to serve as an alternate palace for the royal family. This palace housed the royal family when the older Mysore Palace was burnt down by a fire. The palace has three floors and has stained glass shutters and ventilators. It has housed the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery since the year 1915. The collections exhibited here include paintings from the famed Travancore ruler, Raja Ravi Varma, the Russian painter Svetoslav Roerich and many paintings of the Mysore painting style.
4. Lalitha Mahal
Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore. It is located near the Chamundi Hills, east of the city.The architect of this palace was Mr E W Fritchley. The palace was built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in the year 1921 for the exclusive stay of the Viceroy of India. The palace is pure white in colour and is built in the style of Italian palazzo with twin Ionic columns and domes. It also has a sprawling terrace and landscaped gardens.
Srirangapatna is a town , situated a mere 13 km from Mysore city .The entire town is enclosed by the river Kaveri to form an island . The town takes its name from the celebrated Ranganathaswamy temple which dominates the town, making Srirangapattana one of the most important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage in south India. Srirangapattana became the de facto capital of Mysore under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Other attractions include the Jumma Masjid (a Mosque) and the Daria Daulat Gardens.
6. Shivanasamudra Falls
Shivanasamudra Falls is the second biggest waterfall in India and the sixteenth largest in the world. It is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri and is the location of the first Hydro-electric Power station in Asia, which was set up in the year 1902 . This is a segmented waterfall. Segmented waterfalls occur where the water flow is broken into two or more channels before dropping over a cliff, resulting in multiple side by side waterfalls. It has an average width of 849 meters, a height of 90 m, and an average volume of 934 cubic meters /sec. Gaganachukki on the left is a large horsetail waterfall and Barachukki (also spelled Bharachukki) on the right is a jagged crashing cascading waterfall.
7. Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary : is a small Bird Sanctuary ,being only 0.67 km². in area, and comprises six islets on the banks of the Kaveri River. Ranganthittu is located near the historic town of Srirangapatna. The islets came into being when a dam across the Kaveri river was built in the 1700s. The ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali observed that the isles formed an important nesting ground for birds, and persuaded the Wodeyar kings of Mysore to declare the area a wildlife sanctuary in 1940.The islands are host to numerous small mammals, including Bonnet Macaque, colonies of Flying Fox and common small mammals like Common Palm Civet and Indian Gray Mongoose and the monitor lizard.The Mugger Crocodile or Marsh Crocodile is a common inhabitant of the riverine reed beds. Breeding water birds include Painted Stork, Asian Openbill Stork, Common Spoonbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, White Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, Indian Shag, Stork-billed Kingfisherand other common birds like egrets, cormorants, Oriental Darter, and herons.