Mysuru city was used to served as the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore, now known as the Cultural Capital of Karnataka state. The city located at the foothills of the Chamundi Hills at an elevation of 1,000 metres and famous for heritage palaces, museums,galleries and Dasara festival.
Chamundeshwari Temple at top of the Chamundi Hills is dedicated to a form of Goddess Shakti called Chamunda. The temple is also listed among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas in India and known for celebrations of festivals like Navaratri and Dasara.
Mysore Palace is the most famous tourist attraction of Karnataka state, also one of the most visited monuments of India along with Taj Mahal. The historical palace is known for its architectural style of domes, stone structure, entrance arch gate and a large garden.
Mysore Dasara festival is world famous for its tradition of celebrations, observed on the tenth day of Navratri called Vijayadashami. The 10 day state festival starting with Navaratri and ending on Vijayadashami.
Mysore is noted for its palaces and local brands alongside various art forms and culture. Geographically brands such as Mysore Sandal Soap, Mysore Ink, Mysore Pak sweet, Mysore Masala Dosa, Mysore Silk sarees,Mysore Painting,Mysore betel leaf and Mysore Peta.
Mysore Sandal Soap is made from pure 100% sandalwood oil by KSDL company of Karnataka government. The company is the largest of its kind in India and the Sandal Soap brand of Mysore is world famous with variants like Rose Milk Cream and Cologne Lavender.
Mysore pak is the most popular sweet in India originated in Mysore, prepared in ghee and available in squares or rectangle shape. The yellow to light brown Indian sweet is traditionally served during the famous festivals of Southern India.
Mysore Masala Dosa is a breakfast item in India, a very popular variation of South Indian dosa. The thin and crispy style of Mysore masala dosa topped with red chutney with aloo masala.
Mysore silk produced by Mulberry silkworm is mainly produced in the Mysore district and one of the most popular silk brand in India. KSIC factory is the owner of Mysore Silk brand and used to produce shirts, kurta’s, silk dhoti and silk sarees in India.
Mysore paintings are known for paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses with muted colours, art and attributes. The paintings are ancient traditions of Mysore showing sculpture, dancing, music and feelings of Characters.
Mysore Agarbathi or incense sticks are found manufactured only in Karnataka and also awarded Geographical Indication tag. The city of Mysore is largest manufacturer of agarbathi in India.
Mysore betel leaf consumed as paan in India, leaf grown in and around Mysore and granted the Geographical Indication status also protected by the government of India.
Mysore Peta was the traditional turban made of silk and jari, worn by the Kings of Mysuru as a royal Indian culture. The attractive and colourful Mysore Peta now worn on special occasions with traditional dress.
Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited company produce indelible ink, owned by the Government of Karnataka and the only company in India authorised to produce indelible ink used in elections, only found In Mysore.
Sandalwood Oil from the sandalwood tree grown in Mysore district of Karnataka is the best in the world. Oil is being used in perfume, making of soaps, incense sticks and cosmetics as well as for skin treatments.
Mysore Rosewood Inlay is a decorative material in the form ornament or coloured pictures, manufactured by artisans in Mysore using Rosewood and also awarded Geographical Indication tag and now only found In Mysore.
Mysore Ganjifa is a type of ancient Indian card game, typically circular, hand-painted and now a forgotten art form in India. Today Ganjifa art style may found in Orissa and Maharashtra but the game is no more in existence.
The city of Mysore is a prominent tourist areas in South India and the palace of Mysore is second most visited monuments in India, after Taj Mahal also listed as 31 must see places on Earth by NY Times.
Krishna Raja Sagara Dam
St. Philomena’s Church
Melody World Wax Museum
GRS Fantasy Park in Mysuru
Tourism is one of the major industry in Mysore along with sandalwood carving, weaving and information technology industry, now home to second largest software companies in Karnataka. For more information on place to visit in Mysore, please follow the link – Here.