Why Mysuru should be high up on your travel list for 2020!
Mysuru with its fine blend of modernity and the quintessential old-world charm, is the perfect fix for your travel blues. The city which is home to majestic palaces, sprawling gardens, tree lined boulevards, splendid architecture, shimmering silks and pure sandalwood, is also an ideal base to explore the rich temple towns and wildlife in Karnataka. Enveloped in the pleasant winter weather, this is the best time to visit the city.
Travel in the new normal demands a high degree of trust between the guest and the host. The Mysuru administration has ensured that all places of interest in the city are safe and open to tourists. As a precautionary measure to avoid overcrowding, the legendary Mysuru Dasara festivities have been kept a low-key affair this year, with the celebrations strictly restricted to the palace premises. Moreover, travellers have been asked to follow all the safety protocols like wearing masks, regular hand sanitization and social distancing. So put your worries to rest and head out safely.
Over the years Mysuru has gained a lot of popularity because of the iconic Dasara celebrations at the Mysore Palace. While you might not be able to catch the celebrations in all their glory, don’t let that stop you from taking a stroll through the Mysore Palace, replete with the grandeur of it’s royal heritage.
The Dasara festival which commemorates the victory of the Goddess Chamundeshwari over the demon Mahishasura symbolizes the victory of good over evil. A short trek to the top of the legendary Chamundi hills will greet you to a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the city. The main hill also has an ancient stone stairway which leads you to the Chamundeshwari temple on the hilltop.
On the northern outskirts of the city is the St Philomena’s Church, one of the largest churches in Asia, with its neo gothic architecture and beautiful stained- glass windows make for a peaceful sanctuary.
Mysuru has a number of unique museums like the Melody Wax Museum, Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum and Rail Museum. The well-kept Mysore zoo amidst the gardens, Rangayana theatre, and the GRS Fantasy Park are some of the other popular attractions in the city.
A short ride away from Mysuru city are the Tibetan settlements at Bylakuppe, the sand hills, fine wines and culinary delights of Talakad and the architecturally rich temple towns of Nanjangud and Somnathpur.
If you are in the mood for some exploration and have the time to make another pit stop, the nearby district of Mandya which hosts the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, the river island of Srirangapatna, temple town of Melukote that overlooks the Cauvery valley, Kokrebellur Pelicanry and Shivanasamudra falls is a good option. The Bandipur National Park and Rajiv Gandhi National Park which are part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve with its forests, hills, streams and rich wildlife is also an option for a quick getaway from Mysuru.
KSTDC with it’s customizable tour packages and the Mayura chain of hotels at some of the scenic locations in and around Mysuru, is your perfect partner for the staycation. Recommended by leading travel guides like the Lonely Planet for its services, KSTDC was quick on its feet to adapt to the need of the hour, and has gone the extra mile to ensure the safety of it’s guests. The KSTDC Mayura Hoysala Mysuru located right in the centre of the city is a hotel nestled inside a heritage building, and is easily accessible from the railway station.
If you decide to explore some of the nearby getaways, you can choose to stay at Mayura Riverview Srirangapatna, Mayura Kauvery KRS or Mayura Bharachukki Shivanasamudra as well.
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