Mysore has earned the sobriquet of the City of Palaces as it is dotted with many palaces as well as royal buildings. Therefore, this area, often referred as Mysooroo, is a popular tourist destination of South India. The city was once ruled by the Wodeyar kings (more information about them can be found on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadiyar_dynasty), who played an important role in the development of art and culture marking the rich heritage of this region. Apart from the royal buildings, this place is also famous for temples, gold-leaf paintings, products made of sandalwood as well as Dasara Festival that is observed every year. The popular art forms of this place are
Yakshagana, Beesu Kamsale and Somanakunitha, which form an important part of celebrations during Dasara.
Besides taking part in festival processions, holidaymakers can shop for rosewood, teakwood, stone carved products as well as silk and incense sticks during their Mysore tour. Also, locally available perfumes made from jasmine and sandalwood are exported to other parts of the world, and buying them can be a good choice.
Shopping and Sightseeing Delight
If vacationers have a fetish for exquisite artefacts and handicrafts, they can visit the Government Silk Weaving Factory to look for crepe silk sarees with zari border or may shop at Government Handicrafts Emporium. The artisans make the best use of its sandalwood either by enhancing its value with the intricate carvings or by using it in the form of powder, oil and incense sticks. Some well-known attractions in the area which shall also be in your tour packages are the Mysore Palace, Museum of Regional Natural History, Chamundi Temple and Brindavan Gardens.
Besides these, there are excursions to the Bandipur National Park and Sravanabelagola, where tourists must visit.
If travellers wish to spend some more time in this place, they can plan a trip to Srirangapatna that is famous for attractions, such as the Dariya Daulat Palace, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Masjid-e-Ala.
Dariya Daulat Palace
Dariya Daulat Palace is situated amidst the beautiful garden of Dariya Daulat Bagh. This place was built in 1784 by Tipu Sultan, who ruled over Mysore from this place. An important thing to notice about this palace is its Indo-Sarcenic architecture and that it is mostly made up of teakwood. Having a rectangular plan, this building is constructed on a raised platform. Along each side of the platform, open corridors have been provided with wooden pillars on the edges of its plinth. The eastern and western wings of this building have walls whereas its other two wings are provided with recessed bays including pillars to support the roof. Its four staircases are in-built in four partition walls leading to the division of audience hall into four corner rooms, and there is a central hall to connect the eastern and western corridors.
This palatial structure features colorful frescoes on pillars, walls, canopies and arches that imparts a stunning look to this majestic building. Frescoes on the exterior walls depict battle scenes and portraits. The inner walls have embellishments of thin foliage scrolls and floral patterns. The wooden ceilings includes canvas with floral paintings. The western wall is adorned by paintings that have depictions of victories achieved by Tipu Sultan and Haidar Ali over the English soldiers. The palace also houses the Tipu Sultan Museum that contains his memorabilia, Persian manuscripts and European paintings.