I had heard a lot about Mysore City – Cleanest City, Safe for Travel, Shopper’s paradise. This curiosity made me visit Mysore and two (girls) of my friends tagged along with me. So, it was 4 days of all girls trip from Mumbai to Mysore.
Best time to visit Mysore – Starting from October. Try to visit Mysore during Navratri and Dusshera. The city is completely in festive mood and lit up.
How to reach – We traveled from Mumbai to Bangalore by air, and then right outside Kempegowda Airport we took KSRTC fly bus to Mysore. We had pre-booked the bus tickets from KSRTC website. You can check their website here Its hassle free booking and bus starts from airport and stops at Mysore bus depot. Journey takes around 4 hrs with one stop at Kamath Hotel for refreshment. The buses are surprisingly comfortable and clean. In fact, lot better than flight seats.
Tip – Do not forget to carry printout of the e-ticket which you will receive by email. Also, identity proof is important while boarding the bus.
Where to Stay :-
We stayed at Hotel Ginger (Plot no 678, 4, Nazarabad Mohalia, Vasant Mahal Rd, Near Nazarabad Police Station, Opp. Vasant Mahal, Mysuru, Karnataka 570010) which is decent place just in middle of the main city. Also, Mysore palace and main market is just 2 kms away from this hotel.
Special mention :- Hotel Green(2270, Chittaranjan palace, vinoba road, jayalakshmipuram)Its palace turned into hotel which I had discovered while doing online research. I was tempted to book our stay at this hotel but it is little far from main city and that’s the reason why we choose Hotel Ginger. However, this hotel also has restaurant where we had our lunch. This place also has amazing bakery which served yummy cakes – Malgudi Coffee Shop.
Tip :- If you are not staying at Hotel Green, do visit their restaurant and Bakery. Try their Walnut and Date cake.
How to get around :-
1. Local Transport – Rickshaw or City buses. We hired pre-paid rickshaw from Mysore depot to Hotel Ginger(where we stayed). Next day for few hours we commuted in the city by rickshaw and the charges were genuine (I was surprised that the prices were not loot). Also, there are many city buses that takes you around and out of the city to major sports like Chamundi Hills and their frequency is good.
2. Something to consider while you are travelling in different states of India. We rented a self-driven car from zoomcars. It was comfortable and hassle free booking procedure and car which we got was well-maintained. Also, zoomcars are available almost in major cities of India. https://www.zoomcar.com/
Zoomcars pickup is available at Garuda Mall, Mysore (Walkable distance from Devraja Market and Mysore palace).
Things to do in Mysore :-
1. Mysore Palace – (Timings 10AM to 5:30 PM) Best to visit inside in morning and visit at Night to see lit up palace.
2. St. Philomena Church – (2.4km) from Mysore Palace… appx 10 mins
(Timings – 5 am to 6:30 pm) Constructed in 1939 using Neo Gothic Style. Architecture inspired by Cologne Cathedral Church, Germany.
3. Chamundi Hills – (11 km) from Mysore palace…appx 25 mins
(Temple timings 7:30 am to 2 pm, 3:30 pm to 6pm, 7:30 to 9 pm)
4. KSIC Silk factory visit – Mananthody Road, Ashokapuram, Mysore(Sundays closed)(Timings – 8.30am-4pm Mon-Sat, outlet 10.30am-7pm daily. Buy silk sari from KSIC factory outlet shop for genuine rates.
5. Government Sandalwood oil Factory – Ashokapuram, Mysore(Sundays closed)(Timings – 9:30 to 1 and 2 to 5pm)
6. Mysore Zoo – (2 kms) from Mysore palace.
7. Brindavan Garden– Brindavan garden is not in the town. I couldn’t visit this place due to on-going political Cauvery River issue at the time of my visit.
8. Srirangapatna Town – (20 km) appx 35 mins.
Dedicate half day for this town. Places to visit – Sri Ranganathanswamy temple, Fort, Sangam, Tipu Sultan’s death place, Lal mahal palace, Bathing Ghats, Gumbaz, Dariya daulat bagh.