WE JUST ABSOLUTELY ENJOYED THE DRIVE FROM BANGALORE TO MYSORE.MYSORE IS A BEAUTIFUL CITY AND STILL RETAINS ITS OLD WORLD CHARM.ENROUTE WE PASSED THROUGH RAMANAGARA AND CHANNAPATNA.
Ramanagara is also famous some of the world’s oldest granite outcrops. The hill Ramadevarabetta, along with Savandurga was one of the shooting locations for David Lean’s A passage to india. Small door like grottoes were made in the rock to resemble caves. It was also in this region that the path-breaking hindi movie , was shot.
Channapatna also known as the toy city is famous for wooden toys.you will find shops on either side where you can buy a few souvenirs.
WHILE IN MYSORE CITY THE FIRST PLACE WE HEADED TO WAS THE CHAMUNDI HILLS FROM WHERE YOU CAN GET A MAGNIFICENT VIEW OF THE MYSORE CITY BELOW.IT IS SO SOOTHING TO JUST SIT IN A CALM SPOT AND ENJOY THE BREEZE- THE VIEW AND NATURE.
THE PALACE IS A DELIGHT BOTH DURING DAY AND NIGHT. TRY TO BE EARLY BEFORE 10 AM IN THE MORNING TO VISIT THE PALACE DURING DAY BEFORE THE TOURIST BUSES AND THE SCHOOL BUSES WITH STUDENTS ON A TRIP/ PICNIC ARRIVE AS IT IS QUITE MENACING TO BE TROTTING IN THE CONFINES OF A BEAUTIFUL PALACE WITH OVER ENTHUSIASTIC TOURISTS AND CHATTERING STUDENTS HYPERVENTILATING DOWN YOUR NECK.DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THE EMPORIUMS IN THE PALACE AS THERE THE PRICES ARE EXHORBITANT.YOU CAN TRY THE SHOPS AND VENDORS OUTSIDE THE PREMISES BUT BE SURE TO BARGAIN LIKE A SHARK.FOR EXAMPLE THE SANDALWOOD PERFUMED HANDFANS WHICH WERE QUOTED AT RS 300 BY A VENDOR OUTSIDE THE PALACE PREMISES FINALLY COSTED ME RS 25 ONLY.YOU CAN COLLECT SOME GREAT SOUVENIRS TO TAKE BACK HOME LIKE OLD ANTIQUE METAL LOCKS IN THE SHAPE OF FISHES – TURTLES ETC.
FOR INFORMATION REGARDING WHERE TO EAT IN MYSORE YOU CAN TRY THE LINK GIVEN BELOW.
FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION ON MYSORE AND MYSORE PALACE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW. YOU CAN BUY ONLINE TICKETS TOO:-)
Price of admission for foreign tourists is 200 INR., and for Indians 40 INR. All visitors must remove their footwear to enter the palace.
PALACE VISIT TIMINGS DURING DAY
Architectural style: Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture
Address: Mysuru, Karnataka
Phone: 0821 2421051
THE TIMINGS OF ILLUMINATION OF MYSORE PALACE ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Saturday —> 7 – 7:30 pm
Sunday & National Holidays —> 7 – 8 pm
During Dasara —> 7 – 9 pm