Mysore is the cultural capital of Karnataka. The pleasant climate and the mesmerizing beauty of this city attracts people from all over the world. People come here to enjoy the peace and serenity of the place. The exceptional craftsmanship, colorful festivals, stunning gardens, museums, zoo, lakes and magnificent palaces make this city unique, elegant and attractive.
In this culturally rich city, we can find people of different beliefs and religions living in peace and harmony with each other. The unity amongst the people helped Mysore grow into a cosmopolitan city. Even after having all the amenities of a big city, Mysore keeps its cultural heritage intact. A blend of advancement and culture can be seen everywhere in this beautiful city. There are numerous things in Mysore that is praiseworthy but 5 things to love Mysore for that will demand special appreciation are:
Known for its elegant Indo-Saracenic style of Architecture, Mysore palace is considered to be the second most popular tourist attractions of India after Taj Mahal. The three stone structured palace has marble domes and a five-story tower which is around 145 ft and is the top of the Mysore Attractions.
A large garden surrounds the palace amplifying its beauty. The arch and the entrance gate holds the coat of arms and the emblem of the kingdom. The domes of the palace are made out of deep pink marble. Grey granite is used to construct the rest of the palace. Numerous sculptures and works of art can be seen in the walls, arches and pillars of the palace.
The interior of the palace is highly decorated with stained glass ceilings, chandeliers, mosaic floors embedded with semi-precious stones, golden structures, ivory works and rosewood carved doors. The palace of Mysore is elegantly decorated and illuminated with lights during the famous Dasara festival. The palace ground becomes a live stage for performances. On Vijaya Dashami, the tenth day of Dasara, a parade with floats and caparisoned elephants originate from this place.
Chamundi Hills is famous for the temple of the goddess Chamundeswari, which is located on the top of the hill. This hill features an ancient stairway of 1008 steps made of stone leading to its summit. Statue of bull Nandi, the Vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva can be seen halfway to the summit.
The statue which is 4.9m tall and 7.6m long is made out of a single black granite stone. The quadrangular structured temple has a statue of Mahishasura (demon) in which the ‘asura’ is seen holding a cobra in his left hand and a sword in his right.
Within the temple premises a beautiful crossed legged sculpture of the Chamundeswari goddess can be found. Mythologically this hill was known as Mahabalachala. There are two ancient temples on the hill namely the Mahabaleshvara and the Chamundeshvari. Out of these two temples, Mahabaleshvara is older and is a place of pilgrimage.
Infosys Limited, one of the most renowned IT companies of India has built this 337-acre campus in Mysore for providing trainings and IT services. The training center of Mysore named as GEC (Global Education Centre) is the world’s largest corporate university with a capacity and facility to train more than 13500 trainees at a time.
This campus is no less than a paradise with state of the art infrastructures, swimming pools, gyms, food courts, multiplex, medical center, stationary shop, ATM, banks, sports grounds etc. All popular kind of sport facilities are there in this campus including rock climbing, basketball field, tennis lawn, football ground, cricket ground, rooms for table tennis, badminton, squash, snookers etc. The bowling alley is one of the favorite places to chill out for the employees. The hostels for accommodation of the trainees provide all the facilities of a 3-star hotel including LED TVs, air conditioning, room service, laundromat etc.
To keep the environment pollution free, golf carts and cycles are used for any movement inside the campus. The most attractive part of the campus is the 4 screen multiplex. It is a dome shaped glass structure built magnificently beside the ‘paper-fold’ structured software development block.
The GEC 2 looks more like a palace than a Training Centre. The world’s largest corporate library is also inside the Infosys Mysore Campus. Besides this the campus has its own helipad and an open auditorium named as the Amphitheatre. It’s a dream come true for anyone to become a part of this magnificent campus. But sadly, this campus is only open for its employees and their family members. Others are not allowed inside the campus.
This beautiful lake is one of the favorite spots for the tourists and also for the migratory birds like egrets, pelicans, ibis, painted stork, cormorant, herons etc. A nature park consisting of a walk through aviary and a butterfly park surrounds this lake. It is India’s biggest walk through aviary. Artificial waterfalls and two water bodies can be seen inside the aviary.
Water from Karanji Lake is pumped inside in the form of streams. This aviary holds 40-50 birds of 17 different species. Black swans, turkeys, white-peacocks, peacocks and hornbills are some of the birds that can be found inside. The butter fly park is located on a small island within the lake. Around 45 species of butterflies are identified in this island till date.
A museum is also located in the banks of the Karanji Lake. The total area of this lake is around 90 hectares and is owned by the Mysore Zoo authority.
Mysore is famous for its beautiful climatic conditions. The climate remains cool and pleasant almost throughout the year. This city has tropical savanna climate with mainly three seasons; summer (March to June), winter (December to February) and monsoon (July to November). Summer is bearable because of low humidity and cool nights. Winters are moderately cold. Mysore gets quite a bit of rainfall with an average of 804.2 mm annually. Most of the rainfall takes place during the monsoon season.