MYSORE - Cultural capital of South Karnataka

Mysore, is the third largest city in the state of Karnataka, India, which served as the capital city of Mysore Princely Kingdom (Kingdom of Mysore) for nearly six centuries, from 1399 until 1947. 

The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except for a brief period in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power. Patrons of art and culture, the Wodeyars contributed significantly to the cultural growth of the city. The cultural ambience and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet Cultural capital of South Karnataka. 

According to Hindu mythology, the area was ruled by the demon Mahishasura. The demon was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hills. Mahishūru later became Mahisūru (a name which, even now, the royal family uses) and finally came to be called Maisūru, its present name in the Kannada language.

Tourism is the major industry in Mysore. The city attracted about 3.15 million tourists in 2010. Mysore has traditionally been home to industries such as weaving, sandalwood carving, bronzework and the production of lime and salt.

Tourist Places
- Amba Vilas Palace or Mysore Palace (One of the most visited monuments in India)
- Chamundeshwari Temple (atop the Chamundi Hills)
- The Jaganmohana Palace
- The Sand Sculpture Museum
- Jayalakshmi Vilas and the Lalitha Mahal
- St. Philomena's Church
- Wesley's Cathedral
- The Mysore Zoo
- Karanji and Kukkarahalli lakes
- Brindavana Gardens (where a musical fountain show is held every evening)
- many more places of historic importance are close to Mysore.

Glance at The Mysore Zoo

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