Palace City and Scotland of India

Sukaina Meghani, December 23, 2014
“ The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir.

"If you're twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel - as far as widely as possible. Sleep on the floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go." - Anthony Bourdain.

Mysore

Call Mysore the 'Wonder of Two', because it is the 2nd biggest city in Karnataka and is home to the 2nd most popular tourist attraction in India, the Mysore Palace. It is also tagged as the ‘Palace City of India’. Mysore is all about natural beauty, evergreen stretches of mountains teamed up with the warmth of locals. Popular tourist attractions in Mysore are Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Chamundi Hills, St.Philomena's Church, and Brindavan Gardens.

Top picks in Mysore

Mysore Palace

mysore palace

The Mysore Palace, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, is a perfect example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The tiles on the floor, admirable painted ceilings, exquisite ivory and silver doors show the detailed craftsmanship involved in its construction. The place truly casts a magical spell over you the moment you see this charismatic structure. With its opulence and splendor, Mysore Palace speaks out the glories of the past.

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens is an excellent green patch in Mysore spread across 150 acres of land. It is a beautifully maintained garden which records a big chunk of visitors round the year to see the much-talked-about fountain and light show in the evening.

St. Philomena’s Church

St. Philomena’s Church

Built in the early 1900s, St. Philomena's Church is one of the oldest and largest churches in India. Constructed in Neo-Gothic style, the nave in the congregation hall resembles a cross. It is also considered the second largest church in Asia.

Chamundi Hills

Chamudeshwari Temple

Another interesting place to visit in Mysore is the Chamundi Hills and the Chamudeshwari Temple. The goddess Chamundeshwari is worshiped at the beautiful carved little temple built at the top of Chamundi hill.

Must-know:

i. The best time to visit Mysore is October-February. The temperature varies from 16-27° C.

ii. They celebrate a ten-day Dashhera festival in a royal manner. The last day of the festival is Vijayadashami.

iii. Mysore’s silk and handmade wood art are popular worldwide

iv. The best dosas are made in Mysore and must be eaten when in Mysore.

Coorg

Coorg, also known as the 'Scotland of India', is a mountainous and regulative district in Karnataka. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Coorg include Madikeri Fort, Raja’s Seat, Kaveri Nisargdham, Abby Waterfalls, Irupu Falls, and the Buddhist Golden Temple. It is an amazing and maniacal world of awesome! Nothing like you've experienced before.

Coorg

Bylakuppe, one of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India. A place where peace, calmness, serenity, and positivity can be felt all at once. It is the second-largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. There are approximately 7,000 students and monks at this monastery. If you're looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, Coorg is the best place to visit. It offers a breath-taking view of nature and rightly lives up to its tagline, 'traveller's paradise.

Must-know:

i. Some of India's and the world's best coffee is grown in Coorg. Apart from coffee, visitors should also try the local spices and honey.

ii. It is commonly known as the land of cardamom, colonels, coffee and Cauvery.

iii. Pandi curry (pork curry) and Nool Puttu (rice noodles) are the local dishes that must be tried.

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