Mysore served as the capital city of the “Kingdom of Mysore” for nearly six centuries from 1399 until 1956. The Kingdom was ruled by the Wadiyar dynasty. The Wadiyars were patrons of art and culture and contributed significantly to the cultural growth of the city and the state. The cultural ambiance and achievements of Mysore earned it the title Cultural Capital of India. 
Mysore is noted for its heritage structures and palaces, including the Mysore Palace and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival, when the city receives a large number of tourists from around the world. The city is also famous for its sweet dish Mysore Pak, Mysore masala dosa; brands such as Mysore Sandal Soap, Mysore Ink; and styles such as Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban) and the Mysore Silk sarees. 
Tourism is one of the major industries and here are the top 12 reason why.
- Cost of living: You can have a comfortable life in the city, be it shopping, eating out, rent or entertainment; you need not spend too much to have a good time, as compared to other mega cities. For example, for Rs.1000/- one can go on a long drive, or go to Chamundi hills which does not require much to be spent on and even go to GRS Fantasy Park for some fun, quality time and possibly still have some money left over. Rent is not too high and you can get good flats for around 14,000/-
- No traffic jams! : Yup it’s true. Traffic jams are a rarity and we hope it stays this way. Dasara time is an exception 😛
- Relaxing and rejuvenating: Too much stress over the week? Need to take some time off to relax and rejuvenate? There’s nothing better than a lovely stroll down Kukkarahalli or Kranji lake.
- Entertainment: People often ask, “What’s there in Mysuru? There isn’t much to do right?” Although it seems that way, once you take a closer look, the city is filled with things to do. I still remember the time when 10 pm meant deserted streets and not a soul at night. Things have surely changed and now one can find many events relating to music performances, comedy nights, karaoke etc. The once “sleepy” town is now bursting with energy.
- Nightlife: Most of ya’ll out there going like, “What?! There’s no nightlife in Mysuru”. But guess what, we have the best kind. You can party till the wee hours in the morning, the crowd is always great and no drunk strangers around: it’s called a ‘House Party’.
- Ease of travellling: You get ready at 6:00 p.m, leave by 7:00p.m, so that you reach your destination at 8:00p.m? Sounds crazy right? At least we think so. Fortunately we live in a city where everything is within our reach and the distance between two places is almost always not more than twenty minutes away.
- Shopping: Long gone are those days when we had to go to Bangaluru to shop, now we have the luxury of shopping at our own malls and are thrilled that there are more malls coming up.
- Genuine, welcoming and warm people: People are ready to help, neighbours are friendly and the city is almost like one big family.
- Yoga Hub: Mysuru has been put on the map for various things and yoga is one of them. One can see a huge inflow of locals as well as non- Mysureans learning and practicing yoga. With the increase in the number of people choosing yoga and opting for a healthier lifestyle, there are a lot more cafés and restaurants opening up, that cater to this need. A few of them are, “Depth and Green”, “Trattorias Food Café”, “Café Roots”; they have refreshing healthy salads and great smoothies.
- Lovely restaurants: There’s a wide range of restaurants to cater to your preferences, right from healthy food to junk food, street food to fine dine, the city has it all and more. Some of the must-try restaurants, to name a few are: The Barge, Onesta, Poojari Fish Land, Fresh Catch Seafood Restaurant, Frosting etc; they have more of a fine-dine experience. Dhadoom, Krush, Pataka etc are a few places to visit for a quick bite or a more casual dining experience.
- No extreme natural calamities: We are fortunate to live in a city with hardly any natural calamities or harsh weather conditions like extreme summer or winter or hurricanes or even certain lakes catching fire. Ahem, ahem.
- Located near popular tourist destinations – No two people think the same way or want the exact same things, hence no city can cater to every need and so it’s a blessing that we are situated so close to other popular tourist destinations when we want a quick weekend getaway. For example, Coorg (117km), Shivanasamudra Falls (81km), Waynad (138km), Ooty ( 128km), Bandipur (80km) are great places for day trips or extended holidays.
You can take a Mysurean away from Mysuru, but you can never take the ‘Mysuru’ away from a Mysurean.
,  Source: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysore