Mysore Tour Packages to Spend a Memorable Vacation

Get bewitched by the beauty of Mysore , the hill station which has become one of the favourite tourist destinations in Karnataka. Travellers from all over the world visit this district, owing to its historical legacy, diverse culture and captivating scenic beauty. It is the place where liveliness and gaiety is integrated within the lives of the people living here. Every tourist gets mesmerised by the simplicity and unsullied lifestyle of this district. Splendour of the region is such that no one can escape its charm. From lush gardens, architectural amusements, legendary temples to waterfalls, lakes and lofty hills all can be explored with Mysore tour packages.

City of Palaces and Temples

Chamundi Temple

Chamundi Temple

Renowned as the City of Palaces, Mysore has several architectural wonders, starting from temples that boast of Dravidian architectural style. The grandeur of these temples speak for the lavish and royalty of the bygone era. The Somnathpura Temple, located in a small village, is famous for intricate and elaborate sculptures of Lord Vishnu in his various incarnations. Chamundi Temple, Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple, Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple, Mahabaleshwara Temple and Shweta Varahaswamy Temple are other options for devotees to explore. It is not just temples that are popular here, but also church relics. One of the most-visited church is St. Philomena, which is almost 200 years old and is built in Gothic style. To make the journey exciting and fun-loving, tourists can also visit Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls, Blue Lagoons or fantasy parks that are sure to entertain children as well as adults.

Bandipur National Park

Set up in 1931, Bandipur National Park is a home to wide range of endangered and rare species of flora and fauna. This natural reserve is situated far on the outskirts of the district at the foothills of the Nilgiri Hills. Surrounded by hills and fog, it forms such a picturesque view that wins hearts of travellers. Commonly found animals in this national park are elephants, peacocks and antelope. If lucky, visitors can also get a glimpse of elephants and tigers. Trekking and well-protected bus rides are also organised by the forest department, which are led by professionally trained guides. This national park also provides accommodation for travellers. There are small cottages, where guests can rest and relax in the lap of nature. They can unwind and enjoy the peace surrounding this lush green forests. Further, there is a temple of Lord Venugopal at the highest point of this sanctuary, known as Gopalswamy Betta that can also be visited by them.

Karanji Lake, Mysore

Karanji Lake, Mysore

Karanji Lake

To spend a quality time with friends and family, Karanji Lake is an ideal place for picnics. Set against the backdrop of the famous Chamundi Hills, the surrounding areas of this lake serve as home to birds like grey pelican, painted stork, ibis, cormorants and egrets. Furthermore, there are massive swarms of multi-coloured butterflies that can be seen fluttering around the flowers, trees and shrubs at this place. It is counted among the most preferred holiday destinations in India and visiting Mysore can be an experience of a lifetime.

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My trip to the Dariya Daulat Palace during a Mysore Tour

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

Yakshagana

Yakshagana, Beesu Kamsale and Somanakunitha, which form an important part of celebrations during Dasara.

Beesu Kamsale

Beesu Kamsale

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.

Somanakunitha

Somanakunitha

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.

The Royal Palace, Mysore

The Royal Palace, Mysore

Besides these, there are excursions to the Bandipur National Park and Sravanabelagola, where tourists must visit.

Sravanabelagola

Sravanabelagola

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.

Dariya Daulat Palace

Dariya Daulat Palace

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.