About Mysore

Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. It is the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division and lies about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. The name Mysore is an anglicised version of Mahishuru, which means the abode of Mahisha. Mahisha stands for Mahishasura, a demon from the Hindu mythology. Until 1947, Mysore was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore which was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except for a brief period in the late 18th century when Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan took power. After the Indian independence, Mysore city remained as a part of the Mysore State under India. Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the then king of Mysore, was allowed to retain his titles and was nominated as the Rajapramukh of the state.

General Profile

Geography:Mysore lies between maiden and semi-malnad range at an altitude of 610 metres from the mean sea level. The district in general enjoys cool and equable temperatures. Rivers such as Kaveri and Kabini provide the irrigation needs required for agriculture in this district. Religion ,Castes & tribes : Hindus constitute 87.44% of the population with Muslims making up only 8.87% of the population; the remaining part of the population is made up by Christians, Buddhists and other religious groups. Kannada is the dominant language in this district. Jenu Kuruba, Betta Kuruba, Paniya and Panjari Yerevas and Soligas are some of the ethnic groups found in Mysore district.


Maharaja's Palace, St. Philomena's Church, Somanathapuram Temple, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Garden (KRS-Krishna Raja Sagar) and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Maharaja's Palace was Designed by the English Architect, Henry Irwin, the Mysore Palace dominates the skyline of Mysore. St. Philomena's Church The church is located about I km from Mysore Palace on the Bangalore highway. The then king of Mysore Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV laid the foundation for construction of the church in 1933. Somanathapuram Temple Situated in the unobtrusive village of Somanathpur, 35km from Mysore, the exquisitely carved, star-shaped temple with triple towers is a perfect example of Hoysala architecture. Chand BawdiAli Adil Shah (1558-1580) built this tank near eastern boundary of Bijapur. Chamundi HillsThe hill is 3,489ft. above the sea levels and is 12 km from Mysore city. An energetic visitor will be well repaid by climbing up the 1000 steps, fashioned about 300 years ago and a good motorable road leads to the top of the hill. Brindavan Garden (KRS-Krishna Raja Sagar) The Brindavan Gardens are located just a level below the dam. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary ,Bandipur National park ,Jaganmohan Palace ,Lalitha Mahal Palace and Zoo also attract many tourists.

Art And Culture

Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery : The art gallery in the Jagamohan palace houses an excellent collection of ceramics and sandalwood, ivory, stone and antique furniture besides ancient musical instruments.Govt. Silk factory: The reknowned Mysore silks are woven here and can be brought from showrooms at factory prices. Govt.Sandalwood oil factory :Aromatic oil from sandalwood tree is produced here. Festivals : A popular tourist attraction, the Dasara festival held in October every year in Mysore city is celebrated with pomp and pageantry.

Mysore in Karnataka India

Mysore, T Narsipur, Nanjangud, Heggadadevanakote, Hunsur, Piriyapatna, Krishnarajanagara
2,641,027 (2001[update])
421.351 /km2 (1,091 /sq m
Time zone
IST (UTC+5:30)
6,268 km2 (2,420 sq mi)
Pincode : Vehicle : KA-09 ,KA-55 STD : ++ 91 08321