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It is about 146 km from Bengaluru , the capital city of Karnataka and spread at the base of Chamundi Hills .
Mysore was the previous capital of the state of Karnataka and it is located adjacent Mandya , Kodagu and Kerala State .
Story of Mysore :
The name Mysore is derived from "Mahishuru" , which means Buffalo in Sanskrit . According to Hindu Mythology the region was controlled by a Demon named Mahisha who could change forms from human to Buffalo who was killed by Hindu goddess " Chamudeshwari" and hence the hills next to Mysore got the name "Chamundi Hills" . The city later got the name Mahishuru which means the residence of Mahisha. which was later anglicised to Mysore.
Popularly known as the "Palace city of India" , Mysore is one of the most famous and most visited tourist destinations in India .
Mysore is famous for its World famous Dasara festival , it is a ten days festival during which the city receives a large number of tourists including tourists from all over the world. The city is also noted for its tourist places Mysore palace , My zoo , Jaganmohan Palace , Museum , Chamundi hills , St Philomena's Church . The Exhibition conducted every year during the Dasara season is also a major source of attraction for the tourists.
In the year 2006 , Mysore city had more number visitors than Taj Mahal and Qutb Minar.
For all these reasons Mysore has become one of the most famous tourist destinations in India.
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The main attraction for tourists are the palaces in the city , Mysore Palace , Jaganmohan Palace , lalith Mahal , Mysore Zoo , Chamundi hills , St Philomena's Church and most of all the world famous Dasara festival.
Amazing Facts :
1. Mysore has been listed as one among st the 31 must watch places in the World for two consecutive years by "New York Times".
2. The Ambari that is displayed during the last day of the Dasara festival is the only display in the world during which 750 kg of solid gold is displayed in open field. This is the only place where such a huge quantity of gold is displayed in an open space is is a real pride to India.
Main tourist places in Mysore:
Mysore Dasara conducted in Mysore city is the State festival ( Nada Habba) , it is also called Navarathri Festival meaning nine days festival. The festival is conducted annually and it usually falls somewhere between the months of September and October.
The festival is celebrated for ten days with extreme pomp
1. Mysore Palace : Mysore Palace was the residence of the Royal family of Mysore (Wodeyars) , it is located at the center of the Mysore city in Karnataka.
The Mysore Palace was the official residence of the rulers of Mysore ,"The Wodeyars "who ruled between 1399 - 1950 and the palace also includes the Durbar Malls .where royal ceremonies and meetings were conducted .
3. Lalith Mahal
1. Brindavan Garden
2. Butterfly Park
Museums : Sand Sculpture museums , Rail Museum
1. Mysore Zoo
2. Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuarary
1. Chamundeshwari Hills
2. St Philomena's Church
The best time to visit Mysore is during The Dasara festival.