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Mysore

PLACES OF INTEREST


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

City Palace and Museum
The palace is at Mirza Road.  Palace open daily from 10 a.m - 5 p.m.  Entry fee - Rs.10,  Museum Open daily from 10.30 a.m - 6.30 p.m Entry fee - Rs.10.  Shoes cannot be worn inside the palace.  Camera not allowed.

The Palace was designed by Henry Irwin and built in 1897 after a fire burnt  down the old  wooden palace.  It is one of the largest palaces in India.  The stained glass, wall paintings, ivory inlaid doors and the ornate golden throne are all remarkable.  

The Maharaja's Residence is now converted into a museum.  The costumes, children's toys, musical instruments, photographs and numerous portraits are placed at the ground floor.  A small collection of weapons are displayed on the upper floor.



Chamarajenendra Art Gallery
Open : 8am - 12 noon, 2.30pm - 6.00 pm Entry fee - Rs.5.  

The gallery is inside the Jaganmohan Palace. It displays Indian miniature paintings including paintings by renowned artists like Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich.  Curios in Ivory, sandal wood, ceramics, stone, old musical instruments and antique furniture are also on display.




Chamundi Hill

The Giant Mahishasura
13kms South east of Mysore.  Visit to Temple- Daily 6.30am - 12.30pm and 4pm - 8.30pm.  Visit to Museum - Daily 9am - 6pm. Both Entry - free.

The temple on the hill, which is 2000 years old is dedicated to Durga Devi or goddess Chamundi (avatar of Parvathi, Shiva's consort) for celebrating her victory over the demon Mahishasura. From the top of hill you can have a panoramic view of Mysore. There is a giant statue of Mahishasura, the demon who was killed by the goddess Chamundi (Durga Devi) near the temple. Halfway up the hill a ornamented monolithic statue of the Nandi Bull can be found.


MYSORE ZOO or Zoological Gardens
The zoo here was established in 1892.  It has well kept lawns and gardens. The tiger is the main wild animal bred here.


Government Silk Weaving Factory
This factory is at Mananthody Road.  Visit : Monday to Saturday (except 2nd Saturday of the month)  10.30am - 5 pm, Entry - free.  

The Maharaja of  Mysore created this factory in 1932 to obtain the finest hand-loomed silks for himself and his royal family.  Today it is run by the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation. Here you can see craftsmen at work and also buy silk, fresh from the looms.



Brindavan Garden

This garden is situated at  Krishnaraja Sagar Road, 19 Km northwest of Mysore.  Garden is open daily, but the fountain show is there only in spring. Entry fee Rs.5.   The main attraction is the 'dancing musical fountains'. The garden is fully illuminated during the night. 

                             

Saint Philomena's Church
Built in 1933, this church is one among the grandest churches in India. It is the tallest Church in India built in the new Gothic style. A statue of Saint Philomena is placed in an underground chamber. The twin spires are 175 feet in height and are visible from miles around. Some fine attractive glass paintings can also be seen here.


Places around mysore

SRIRANGAPATNA
The old Capital of Tipu Sultan is situated 15km east of Mysore. The Fort here is located on an island in the river Cauvery. A mosque, a temple, Tipus summer palace; Daria Daulat ornamented with wall paintings and Gumbaz; his Mausoleum with ivory inlaid doors are all seen inside the Fort.

Nagarhole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park
93 Km south west of Mysore, between Kodagu and Mysore districts.  Entry  fee - Rs.15. 

This park was established in 1954.  The forest covered with valuable teak and rosewood trees and the Kabini River which flows through it provide a perfect habitat for many wild animals and birds. The 'Kuruban' (honey gatherers) tribes and various other tribes live here.  For accommodation and transport contact Asst. Conservator of forests, Wild life Sub-Division, Van Vilas Marg,  Mysore or Wild life RESERVATION, Chamarajendra circle


Bandipur National Park
The park established in the year 1974, with an area of  874sq.km is nestled in the foothills of the Nilgiris. The nearest railhead is Nanjangud 55km and the airport is Mysore 80km away from the park.

The landscape is hilly, traversed by rivers and gorges.The animals found here are tiger, leopard cat, sloth bear, four horned antelope, elephant, flying squirrel, mouse deer. The reptiles are mugger and monitor lizard. The main birds are spoon bill, jungle fowl, partridge, bush quail, wood peckers, teel and coot.

November to April are the best months for visiting the park. Rest houses are available in the park.  For more information contact, Field Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Mysore-570004 or Field Director, Project Tiger, Government House Complex, Irwin Rd.


Somnathpur
Situated 14 Km east of Mysore, the star shaped Somnathpur Temple in the small village here is exquisitely carved. Build around 1260 AD this magnificent temple is a masterpiece of Hoysala Architecture.



Sravanabelagola

Located 84 km north of Mysore. The Statue of the Jain saint Gommateshwara carved in AD 981 is situated in this small town. This colossal monolithic statue, 58 ft high, naked, with 26 ft wide shoulders, 10-ft of its feet is said to be one of the tallest statues in the world. 

 

 

Mangalore

PLACES OF INTEREST

Mangaladevi Temple
 

Mangalore city derives its name from the presiding Deity Mangaladevi, the Goddess of fortune. The 10th century temple is situated 3 Km. away from main City Bus stand. This temple built by the Ballal family of Attavar in memory of a Malabar Princess - a princess of Kerala, is a tile roofed low structure.


Kadri Manjunath Temple: 

The Temple is situated 4 Km. away from Nehru Maidan Bus Stand, at the foot of the Kadri Hill reputedly inhabited by local Yogis. The Kadri Temple, a square shrine with a pyramidal roof dates back to about 1068 A.D. The seated idol of Lokeshwara, a three-faced figure with six arms, 1.6m high  is reputed  to be one of  the best bronze statues in India.

On top of the Kadri hill, there is a 'Jogimutt' and some stone caves known as the caves of the Pandavas. They attract a lot of pilgrims every year. There is also a park having Snakes & Animals Zoo, Toy Train and a beautiful garden.

 


St. Aloysius college Chapel 

The Chapel is situated a km away from Nehru Maidan Bus stand, on the light house hill. The chapel built in the year 1899-1900 has exquisite frescoes covering the walls and the ceilings. The 19th century paintings were painted by the Italian trained Jesuit priest Antony Moscheni.
Open from 8.30 to 10.00 am and 3.30 to 6.00 pm.


Light House Hill-Garden: 

The 18th century light house, believed to have built by Haider Ali, is situated a Km. away from the Bus Stand. There is a garden there and One can get a beautiful view, of the sea, the sailing ships and boats from there.

Sultan Battery 
The watch tower constructed by Tipu Sultan,  is situated 4 Km. from the City. Built in Black Stones, it gives the impression of a miniature fortress with its arrangements for mounting cannons all-round.  

Shreemanthi Bai Memorial Government Museum: 
The museum just beyond the KSRTC bus stand has a small collection of antiquities. Wooden carvings of divinities such as Bhairava and Hanuman, stone sculptures dating back as early as 13C, porcelain and a remarkable bronze bell with a miniature Lakshmi shrine are found here.
Open 9 am to 5 pm except Mondays.

Mahatma Gandhi Museum
The collection in the museum includes zoology, anthropology, sculpture, art, coins and manuscripts. It is situated in Canara High School is open from 9.30 to 12.30pm  and 2 to 5.30pm.

AROUND MANGALORE

Ullal :
This pilgrim centre and beach resort is located 12kms from Mangalore. The Ullal Jamma Masjid here in memory of the Muslim saint Syed Muhamed Shareef Madani Melangadi is a famous pilgrim centre for the Muslims. The Summer Sands Beach Resort having rooms, restaurant and a swimming pool near the beach, is a pleasant place to stay

Moodabidire: Situated 35kms from Mangalore, Moodabidire is famous for its Jain temples known as Basti's. There are 18 Bastis, the oldest and the largest is the Chandranatha Basti (1429) famous for its 1000 pillared hall. 'The Jain Matha' near the entrance has an important collection of manuscripts. Other shrines worthy of mention are Shantinatha, Settara, Derama Setti Basti, Guru Basti, Kote and Vikrama Setti Basti.

Karkala:
50Kms from Mangalore and 20kms from North of Moodabidire, is Karkala, an important centre of Jainism. There are several important temples and a 13metres high statue of Bahubali (Gomateswara), situated on a small hill. The statue is a naked figure reached  by a flight of rock-cut steps. Some of the temples are Chaturmukha Basti (1587), Neminatha Basti, Anatapadmanabha Temple(1567) dedicated to Vishnu, and Venkataramana temple.

Venur: Situated 50kms NE of Mangalore, has eight Bastis and ruins of a Mahadeva temple. The largest of them is the 17C Kalli Basti, dedicated to Shantinatha. There is a Gommanteswara Monolith, 11metres high dating back to 1604 in Venur.

Malpe Beach:

Situated 66 kms north of Mangalore, near Manipal. The peaceful surroundings, makes this beach a favourite holiday spot. The uninhibited St. Mary's Island, just a boat ride away has a beach and an impressive geological formation of basalt rock pillars into the sea.

Dharmastala:  Situated 75 kms from Mangalore, Dharmastala  is an attractive site surrounded by forested hills, rice fields and by the river Netravati on all sides. The Manjunatha temple here is a famous pilgrim centre. A Monolithic statue of Bahubali 14metres high was erected here in 1973. Visitors are provided with free boarding and lodging by the temple authorities. There is a small museum, Manjusha Museum located opposite to the temple. There are two temple chariots covered in wooden figures and all types of religious objects including carved and painted panels, bronze sculptures and bells.

Kollur: Kollur is 147 Kms from Mangalore. The famous temple of goddess Mookambika  is located here on top of Kodachadri hill, at the foot of the Western Ghats. The goddess takes the form of a 'Jyotirlinga' incorporating aspects of  Shiva and Shakti. It is a famous pilgrimage centre attracting lot of devotees.




Source : South Western Railway CMS Team Last Reviewed on: 12-02-2011  


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