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Mysore Palace :

 

Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace), known also as the Main Palace, is one among the major attractions of Mysore. Mysore Palace, situated in the heart of the city, mirrors the bygone era. The Mysore Palace of today is the fourth palace constructed on the same site. The re-construction of the present day Mysore Palace took place between 1897 – 1912. It was an English architect, Mr. Henry Irwin, who gave an aesthetic combination of Dravidian, Indo-Saracenic, Oriental and Roman styles of architecture to Mysore Palace. The Mysore Palace is a three storey stone-building built with grey granite that has three pink marble domes. There is a 44.2 meter high five storey tower that dominates the palace.



Chamundi Hills:

 

Chamundi Hills, one of the prime attractions of Mysore, is also an acclaimed landmark of the destination. Chamundi Hills is located at an altitude of 1065 meters above sea level, to the south-east of Mysore city. The Chamundeshwari Temple, atop Chamundi Hills, is the temple of the patron Goddess of Wodeyars, Chamundeshwari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. This temple can be dated back to the 11th century. The temple was renovated in the year 1827 by the Kings of Mysore.

There is a statue of demon king Mahishasura in front of Chamundeshwari Temple. It is believed that the name Mysore was derived from Mahishooru (the city of Mahishasura), which later became ‘Mysooru’ or ‘Mysore’. There is a huge monolith idol of Nandi – the bull, at the Bull Temple, which is situated half way up the Chamundi Hills. The statue of Nandi, which is about 5 meter high, was carved out of single black-granite in the year 1659. The Nandi at this Bull Temple is one among the largest statues of Nandi in India.



Mysore Zoo :

 

Mysore Zoo is a popular place of tourist interest. Mysore Zoo is considered as one of the best zoological gardens in India as it is home to diverse species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Mysore Zoo was established by Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar, an architect of modern Mysore, in the year 1892. Mysore Zoo, earlier known by the name ‘Palace Zoo’, was limited to the royal family in its initial stages. It was later opened to the public by Maharaja Chamarajendra Wodeyar owing to its recreational and educational significance. ‘Palace Zoo’ was renamed as ‘Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens’ in the year 1909.


K.R.S :

 

The KRS dam is a civil engineering wonder and a popular tourist spot. It was built in 1924 by Sir M.Vishveswariah, using 'surkhi', a mixture of limestone and brick powder instead of cement. It was among the first in the world to use automatic sluice gates.

The dam is named after the then Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who financed this novel project. It is 3 kms long and is located at the confluence of the three rivers- Kaveri, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha. Popularly known as Brindavan Gardens, this engineering marvel is spread over 150 acres of land and provides irrigation to more than 1,20,000 acres. Located about 20 kms from Mysore, these gardens have been the location for shooting hundreds of Indian movies.



Karanji Lake :

 

Karanji Lake in Mysore is an fascinating attraction for tourists to visit while in the city. The lake is surrounded by a beautiful nature park that comprises of a scenic butterfly park and an alluring walk-through aviary. What makes this aviary amusing is that it is the country's biggest walk-through aviary.

Karanji Lake that is owned and taken care of by the Mysore Zoo Authority has a total area of about 90 hectares of which, 55 hectares is covered with the lake waters, and the foreshore area covers about 35 hectares. Visitors can also enjoy boating in the lake, and the place makes a perfect spot to spend some quality time in leisure.

The Aviary : The walk-through aviary inside Karanji Lake is the biggest aviary of the kind in India. Established at a cost of Rs 3.8 million, the aviary is 60 m long and 40 m wide. It has a scenic artificial lake and two small water bodies within. Present inside this beautiful aviary are birds like peacock, hornbills, turkeys, black swans and more.

Butterfly Park : The butterfly park inside Karanji Lake is yet another beautiful spot to rest and relax at. Present in this wast spread flower garden are are butterflies of about 45 different species. And to attract more butterflies towards the park, appropriate nectar plants have been exclusively selected and planted here.

Migratory Birds : The place also attracts many migratory birds towards it that take shelter on trees present inside an island within the lake. Some of the Birds that migrate to the lake include painted strokes, pelicans, ibis, egrets, herons, sandpipers, black drongo and many more. Entry to the lake is through tickets, and the lake is open between 8.30am and 5.30pm. It is located behind the Mysore zoo and is easily reachable by city buses.



Jag Mohan Palace :

 

Jaganmohan Palace is a palace in Mysore, in the state of Karnataka, India. Its construction was completed in 1861 and was initially used by the Wodeyars, kings of Mysore as their home. It was later converted into an art gallery.

Jaganmohan Palace was the other retreat for the royal family of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar and it is a magnificent building with three storeys. It features stained glass shutters and ventilators and also has a lovely garden setting that has now been transformed to an art gallery. Some of things this museum has on display are paintings, sculptures and musical instruments.






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