Mysore, the erstwhile kingdom of the Wodeyars, have some of the splendid monuments reminiscent of a rich and vibrant bygone era. The city is flocked by both domestic and international tourists throughout the year. Mysore’s landscape is dotted with prestigious blue chip companies and reputed educational institutions besides heritage marvels.
Brindavan Gardens: A prime attraction in Mysore, Brindavan Gardens allures an estimated 2 million tourists per year. The sprawling gardens that lies adjacent to the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam offers a visual treat to the visitors with its rich and vivid flora, and its famed musical fountains.
GRS Fantasy Park is located off KRS Road in Metagalli 4 km from city centre on the way to Brindavan gardens.
The timings of Brindavan Garden & Entry Fee:
Adult: Rs.15/-, Children: Rs.10/-, School Discount: Rs.5/- to Rs.10/- per head. Timings: 10.30 am to 9.30 pm. Musical Fountain: Monday to Friday: 6.55 pm to 7.55 pm and Saturday & Sunday: 6.55 pm to 8.55 pm.
KRS Dam:Built in 1924, the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, named after erstwhile Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar stands as a testimony to skills of visionary engineer Sir M Visveswaraya. The first dam in the country to use automatic sluice gates, this 3 kms long dam is located at the confluence of three rivers – Cauvery, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha. Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, when full during monsoon with all the sluice gates open, is a sight worthy of Gods.
Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens:Popularly known as Mysore Zoo and located on the outskirts of Mysore, it’s one of the oldest zoos in the world. Built in 1892 under royal patronage, the zoo, home to a wide range of wild species, attracts a lot of visitors both from the domestic and international circuit.
Minimum time required to enjoy the Zoo: 2 ½ hours, Timings & Entry Fee: Morning 8.30am to 5.30pm Tuesday holiday, General Fee: Adult Rs.30/- Children Rs.15/- . Entry is free for children upto 4th Standard. For children from 5th to 7th Standard – Rs.10/-, High School Rs.15/-, College Rs.20/-.
Chamundi HillsThe abode of Goddess Chamundeshwari, who as per the myth killed the demon Mahishasura in a fierce battle, Chamundi Hills offer a panoramic view of the city of Mysore. A favourite destination for devotees as well as adventure tourists, the thousand steps path to the hill shrine leads to attractions like the colossal monolithic sculpted Nandi the bull and the giant statue of Mahishasura.
Timings: Morning 6.30 am to 2 pm Evening 3.30 pm to 8 pm. From Chamundi Hills, GRS Fantasy Park is only 15 kms away.
Mysore Palace:Among the most famous tourist attractions in Mysore, the Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, was the official residence of the royal family of Mysore. Tourists from all over the world gather around this Indo-Saracenic architectural attraction during the renowned Dasara festivities, weekends and other public holidays to admire the splendour of the illuminated palace.
Timings: 10 am to 5.30 pm. Lightings: Every Saturday & Sunday 7 pm to 8 pm. GRS Fantasy Park is Located 8kms From Mysore Palace.
Lalith Mahal Palace:Set amidst sprawling terraced gardens, the grand Lalith Mahal Palace situated on a small hillock is now a heritage hotel. A confluence of English and Italian architecture, the central hall of the palace is decorated with life size portraits of the royalty of Mysore and lithographs portraying Tipu Sultana’s valour.