Also known as the ‘City of Palaces’, Mysore is one of most exciting cities in South India. A former capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore, the city today is noted for its ancient monuments and royal palaces.
A historical palace built by Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, Mysore Palace is one must visit tourist attraction in the city. Located in Chamrajpura district, this ancient structure is a classic example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Within the palace there are numerous unique rooms and over 12 Hindu temples dating back to the early 14th century. The Someshvara Temple, Lakshmiramana Temple, Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple and Kodi Someshwaraswami Temple are among the popular temples here. Sound and light shows are organized on a daily basis between 7 pm and 7:45 pm.
Keshava Temple, Somanathapura
One of the finest examples of Hoyasala architecture, Keshava Temple is a famous temple in Mysore. Housed inside a high walled enclosure, this popular 12th century construction is known for featuring amazing stone sculptures and paintings depicting scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita. Relief carvings, decorative wall mouldings, pierced windows and other stone inscriptions add to the beauty of the temple. Within the temple there are three beautiful shrines of Lord Vishnu.
St. Philomena’s Cathedral
St. Philomena’s Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in India and tallest in Asia. Built in Gothic style with inspirations from Germany’s Cologne Cathedral, the popular church is known for its beautiful stained glass windows and paintings depicting important scenes from the life of the Christ. Wall images and sculptures showcasing the birth of the Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, Resurrection and the Ascension of Christ are all impressive. A holy mass and prayer meetings are held daily at the sanctum sanctorum of the complex.
Located in Bylakuppe district, Namdroling Monastery is a beautiful site in Mysore. Founded in 1963 by a group of pilgrims, the monastery today is home to over 5000 lamas including both monks and nuns. Constructed using ancient Buddhist architecture style, Namdroling Monastery is home to several Tibetan mythology paintings and numerous gold plated statues of Buddha. The three idols of Buddha in a seated position are major attractions here. Around the festival of Losar (Tibetan New Year), the monastery is packed with visitors and devotees. Don’t miss the Lama dance and other celebrations held here!
Built in traditional Hindu style, Jaganmohan Palace is a must visit site in the city. A former residence of the Wodeyars (Kings of Mysore), this beautiful palace today is a famous art gallery featuring works of prominent artists and painters from across the world. The gallery is home to the largest collection of artefacts in South India. Japanese engravings and paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata are a major attraction here. The painting of a lady holding a white lamp is a big hit with the visitors.