Top 7 Things To Do In Mysore For An Action-Packed Tour

Things To Do In Mysore

Mysore, otherwise known as Mysuru, is a popular city in Karnataka, India. It is a place that is highly desired for its rich culture and historical significance. As an ancient capital of the Mysore Kingdom, the city of Mysore is now a must-see for those traveling to Asia. The trip is a historical way to see the city among the many other things to do in Mysore.

We at Hidden Gems Tours specialize in top-rated guided experiential tours in South India so, you’ll be able to have one of the best experiences when visiting Mysore with us. Wondering what to do in Mysore? Let’s explore the top 5 things to do in Mysore when you visit this impressive city.

1) Discover The Majestic Beauty Of Mysore Palace

India is known for its magnificent palaces and rich ancient culture as it is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. When visiting this enchanting city, it is a must that you see the majestic Mysore Palace. It is not only a treasure of the city, but it represents a highly prized asset of India and remains one of the best tourist attractions and places to visit. This site is one of India’s most famous palaces and a historic royal residence.

The palace was the former residence of the Wodeyur Kings. Renovation began back in 1897 after a devastating fire ruined the ancient palace. It was a project that was completed under the guidance of Henry Irwin, a noted English architect. This amazing place has turned into one of the world’s most famous architectural masterpieces.

India is a diverse country, and in the Mysore Palace, you’ll find a mix of structures influenced by the Muslim, Hindu, and Gothic cultures. Some of the most memorable components of the palace are the painted pillars that depict classic Indian art.

The palace has private and public areas of Darbar Hall, Portrait Gallery, Kalyana Mantapa, and Doll’s Pavilion. The spaces are filled with a vast collection of artistry and sculptures. It is a great way to learn about the royal family and royal heritage.

If you visit during the holidays, you’ll find the place decorated with bright lights that create a magical nighttime experience and one of the most scenic things to do in Mysore.

Mysore Palace

2) Zoological Tour – Explore The Wonders Of Wildlife

Get inspired by nature when visiting the Mysore Zoo also known as Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, which has been around since 1892. The zoo also goes by the name Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur, which is the founder.

There, you will find a large variety of birds and animals of various species. You can expect to see gorillas, tapirs, lemurs, rhinos, chimpanzees, and more.

You will also get the opportunity to see Karanji Lake, which is part of the zoo. The lake is one of India’s nature treasures with a large population of migratory birds and breathtaking scenic views.

At the Mysore Zoo, you can also visit one of the country’s largest walk-through aviaries and a colorful butterfly park.

Mysore Zoo | Picture by tourtravelworld

3) Amazing Shopping In Mysore City

When visiting India, it is hard not to include shopping in Mysore things to do. It is a culture rich in art and craftsmanship. Mysore is known for the production of silk sarees. One of the most influential parts of the industry is the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Limited (KSIC) which acts as a trusted organization that guides the production and marketing of fine silk garments.

It is also worth checking out the Cauvery, Karnataka State Arts & Crafts Emporium to see a rich and colorful collection of crafts. With its extensive collection of products crafted by skilled artisans, shopping here is not just a mere experience but an opportunity to indulge in the rich cultural heritage and experience the finest craftsmanship that India has to offer.

To complete your shopping trip, be sure to visit a place that is over 100 years old called the Devaraja market. It covers a vast area providing local produce along with tons of food items that you probably have never seen. It is a perfect place to stock up on souvenirs.

The Dasara elephants majestically walking around K.R. Circle | Picture by Star of Mysore (Facebook)

4) Experience Scents And Flavors Of India

One of the most interesting parts of the trip for curious tourists is the impressive Government Sandalwood Oil Factory. It was built in 1916 and has been a major influence in the production of sandalwood products. India is full of scents and flavors. The sandalwood fragrance is regarded in India as a scent that links us to heaven.

In Mysore, you will find one of India’s most famous farmhouses for the production of sandalwood oil. Be sure to take home the famous Mysore Sandal Soap, which is a nostalgic item for many. At the factory, you will have the chance to see the various stages of sandalwood extraction and production. It is one of the most interesting things to do in Mysore.

Government Sandalwood Oil Factory | Picture by starofmysore.com

5) Visit Mysore For A Relaxing Retreat

One of the most relaxing things to do in Mysore is to engage in some type of healing activity. If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of taking tours, you can relax at the various yoga and wellness centers Mysore has to offer. You will be surrounded by ancient healing modalities based on yoga and Ayurvedic practices.

The city is filled with wellness centers where you will find an array of wellness techniques that tackle chronic symptoms both of the mind and body. It is a perfect opportunity for you to get on the right track to achieve optimum health and a richer lifestyle. Be sure to visit one of the relaxing spas as a must in Mysore things to do:

  • Tattva Spa

  • Serene Spa

  • Elite Thai & Bali Spa Mysore

  • White Crystal Spa

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in the mass yoga at Mysore Palace | Picture by wikipedia.org

6) Explore Beautiful Dariya Daulat Bagh Near Srirangapatna

Near Srirangapatna, you can explore Dariya Daulat Bagh, which is one of the must-see places you won’t want to miss. This stunning structure made from teakwood is also known as Tipu’s Summer Palace. The structure has a deep historical background. Hyder Ali began construction in 1778 and was completed by his son Tippu Sultan in 1784. 

The highlight of the palace is its gorgeous garden near the river’s southern bank. Although the palace is not as impressive as you may imagine from the outside, once you see its rich and exquisite artistic details inside, you will be delightfully surprised. You will also have the chance to see a pigeon house that takes you to a fairytale world in these impeccably manicured gardens. 

Hidden Gems Tours takes you through a guided visit of the palace where you will learn its history and have access to exclusive experiences arranged by locals. It is the best way to see this site when you visit.

Dariya Daulat Bagh | Picture by trawell.in

7) Visit The Historic Kesava Temple In Nearby Somnathpur

While enjoying your trip to India, it is worth checking out one of the most famous shrines of Karnataka. It is located in the Mysore district, where the Kaveri River flows through the tiny village of Somnathpur. You will be surrounded by lush vegetation that surrounds the temple. It is a perfect place to get in touch with yourself and spend a serene day of prayer. 

Upon entering the majestic porch of the Keshava Temple, you will go back in time to ancient India. You will delight your eyes as you gaze at the carvings and sculptures that represent the architectural style of Southern India’s past. This site is one of the most beautifully preserved temples of the Hoysala reign.You may visit the temple from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, but it is better to go as early as you can.

Our expert guides at Hidden Gems Tours will be able to arrange the whole visit so that you can have the best experience possible. We specialize in experiential tours in South India and know the Mysore area very well.

Chennakeshava Temple Somanathapura

Visit Mysore’s Top Attractions And Hidden Gems

Mysore, India is a city steeped in history and cultural heritage, making it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking an authentic and enriching experience. With its magnificent palaces, enchanting gardens, and rich art scene, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Mysore.

Be sure to visit the following places before you leave this fascinating city:

  • Mysore University – The University of Mysore is a renowned institution with a rich history and impressive academic offerings, making it an attractive destination for tourists seeking cultural and educational experiences.

  • Chamundi Hills – Located just outside the city, these hills are home to the famous Chamundeshwari Temple. Famous for its religious and cultural significance, as well as its scenic beauty.

  • Railway Museum – The Railway Museum in Mysore is a highly regarded institution that showcases the rich history and development of the Indian railway system.

  • Jaganmohan Palace – A renowned architectural marvel that attracts visitors from all over the world. Visiting Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore is highly recommended by cultural enthusiasts, history buffs, and art connoisseurs alike due to its rich historical significance, architectural grandeur, and stunning display of traditional Indian art forms.

  • GRS Fantasy Park – A renowned amusement and water park that offers a multitude of thrilling and entertaining attractions suitable for individuals of all ages.

  • Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai Garden – This enchanting garden is known for its exquisite collection of bonsai trees, which have been carefully and meticulously nurtured over the years. It’s not just a place to admire the beauty of these miniature trees, but also a place of immense tranquility and peacefulness.

  • Lalitha Mahal Palace – The second largest palace in Mysore is an exquisite and opulent architectural wonder that exemplifies the timeless beauty and grandeur of the region.

In conclusion, Mysore offers a wealth of experiences for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the history, culture, and natural beauty of India. From the grandeur of the Mysore Palace to the serenity of the Chamundi Hills, there is no shortage of sights to see and activities to enjoy. So start planning your trip to Mysore today and experience the best that this captivating city has to offer.

At Hidden Gems Tours, we create amazing experiences that will give you a real taste of India. Our tours are led by knowledgeable guides that will ensure you get a local experience when you visit Mysore.

For an action-packed and culturally rich visit to Mysore, call us today to book your tour!

Duration
12 hours
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THE BEST OF MYSORE/MYSURU, SOMNATHPUR & SRIRANGAPATNA IN A DAY

An action-packed day tour where the journey is as exciting as the destinations.

Typical itinerary:

Stop At: Ramanagara

We believe food is an integral part of an Indian cultural experience; hence we start our tour early and detour from the highway to visit a traditional eatery serving authentic local breakfast. Here our accompanying guide will take you through a sumptuous culinary experience.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Silk Cocoon Market

We visit India's largest silk cocoon market - a sight to behold. From our accompanying expert guide, learn the history of the famed Mysore silk and the complex stages of creating a silk garment from scratch.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Keshava Temple, Somnathpur

We get off the highway for an extended detour through lush countryside to reach this stunning Hindu temple( a ruin) from 1268 AD. It is nominated as a UNESCO heritage site and awaiting accreditation. Some of humankind's most exquisite stone carvings and sculptures are here. Our accompanying expert guide will introduce its history, Hinduism, its pantheon of gods, and the context of each beautiful carving.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mysuru/Mysore Palace

We explore this bejeweled palace, among the most visited sites in India and the home of one of the wealthiest individuals in the world in its heyday – the Maharaja of Mysore. From our accompanying expert guide, learn about the Wodeyar rulers and their incredible contributions to putting this region on the global map as we leisurely survey and explore the interiors & exteriors of this dazzling palace.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Devaraja Market, Mysore

Our accompanying expert guide will take you through a stroll inside an 1880s market stuck in a time warp. As you take a walk back in time, marvel at the sights, smells and sounds of the shops & people in the bazaar selling the choicest fruits, flowers, vegetables, bangles and local produce such as Jaggery, Attar, Masalas etc.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Srirangapatna

From Mysore, we drive to the historic river island of Srirangapatna. Here we break for a relaxed and sumptuous lunch at a picturesque setting by the gurgling waters of the River Cauvery.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Dariya Daulat Palace - Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Srirangapatna

Our final stop is the exquisite 1780s wooden palace of Tipu Sultan, where every inch of its interiors has delicate frescoes and murals of evocative battle scenes, floral and geometric patterns and portraits. Our accompanying expert guide will provide context to each hand painted artwork and regale you with stories of the valiant efforts of this ruler, the Tiger of Mysore, against the colonial powers of the time.

Duration: 45 minutes

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Duration
8 hours
Group Size
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BANGALORE THROUGH THE AGES TOUR

Bangalore gives you the impression of a modern new city, yet if you scratch the surface, you will uncover a storied past dating back over 1000 years.

In this tightly paced tour, we will visit interesting sites of different eras – Historical Temples, Palaces, Heritage Buildings, Markets, Statues, a Fort, a Museum, a lush Park, and more and learn about their significance and contribution to the making of Bangalore.

It’s a tour of the story of Bangalore – from its modest origin in pre-medieval times; to the era when it was just another place compared to its more illustrious peers, now long faded into oblivion, to the fascinating times when the city was traded, and gifted like a commodity; then fought over and retained like a shining possession; right down to the times when it reached an inflexion point and came into its own as a modern mega city.

This is by no means an ordinary sightseeing trip, but a true journey of exploration with engaging commentary sprinkled with interesting facts and anecdotes. A tour is sure to stimulate your mind and invigorate your senses.

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Duration
4 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 8

BANGALORE THROUGH THE AGES – HALF DAY TOUR

Bangalore gives you the impression of a modern new city, yet if you scratch the surface, you will uncover a storied past dating back over 1000 years.

In this tightly paced tour, we will visit interesting sites of different eras – A lush park, A historic temple, the oldest Market of the city, and the centre of state government to learn about their significance and contribution to the making of Bangalore.

It’s a tour of the story of Bangalore – from its modest origin in pre-medieval times; to the era when it was just another place compared to its more illustrious peers, now long faded into oblivion, to the fascinating times when the city was traded, and gifted like a commodity; then fought over and retained like a shining possession; right down to the times when it reached an inflexion point and came into its own as a modern mega city.

This is by no means an ordinary sightseeing trip, but a true journey of exploration with engaging commentary sprinkled with interesting facts and anecdotes. A tour is sure to stimulate your mind and invigorate your senses.

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Duration
2 days
Group Size
1 to 8

THE WONDER THAT IS HAMPI

Hampi, a UNESCO world heritage site with nearly 1600 monuments of significance, was the power centre of India's most significant medieval Hindu kingdom and among the world's wealthiest regions in the 16th century. Portuguese and Arab writers speak of riches and a grandeur not seen elsewhere during its heydays. Over two days, we will explore the most exciting and majestic monuments and temples.

Day One: Depart at 6:30 am from Bangalore, and after a sumptuous breakfast enroute, arrive in Hampi. Check in to your hotel and post lunch, we begin our exploration. Sites include the Royal Enclosure, Queen's Bath, Hazara Rama Temple, and Manyavanta Raghunatha Temple Sunset Point. Dinner is at your hotel.

Day Two: Vijaya Vittala temple and Bazaar precinct. After that, we explore the Elephants Stables, The Zenena area with the Lotus Mahal, Virupaksha temple, Hemakuta hill, Sasivekalu Ganapathi, Lakshmi Narasimha statue, etc. Post lunch, drive to Bangalore and, if time permits, explore Chitradurga Fort.

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Duration
12 hours
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POETRY IN STONE TOUR

In this awe-inspiring journey, you will discover that stone was clay in the hands of a breed of legendary sculptors, the likes of which are no longer around.

We will visit one of the ancient world's tallest free-standing sculptures created over a millennia ago, then gaze at idyllic countryside scenes that will invoke the meaning of life and such thoughts.

We will move on to marvel at the best collection of stone works not seen anywhere else in the world.

At an ancient temple that doubled up as a dance platform with exquisite statues of voluptuous maidens, surely inspired by the dancers themselves.

And at a 12th-century temple whose walls are covered with hundreds and thousands of exquisite carvings of gods, animals, flowers, mythical beasts, and patterns, sure to leave you speechless

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Duration
12 hours
Group Size
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SCULPTURES, ART & ARCHITECTURE OF ANCIENT LEPAKSHI & NANDI HILLS

A fascinating day trip exploring an array of cultural, historical, and natural wonders of India

Our first stop is for a sumptuous South Indian breakfast. We then quickly make our way to a quaint town to explore an amazing medieval temple having India’s biggest Nandi bull; Snake sculpture and the largest hand-painted fresco. It is the home of a few mysterious hanging pillars too

We then move on to watch skillful workers create silk thread out of silk cocoons at a cottage sericulture workshop. Get to know the various stages in the creation of fine silk cloth that this region is historically famous for. The next stop is a pottery workshop where you can try your hand at making a custom urn or a pot of clay. A visit to a quaint century-year-old train station stuck in a time warp, follows.

We then move on to explore a remarkable 9th-century Hindu temple frozen in time. It is the oldest one in the Bangalore region. Learn about the fabled empires of South India that have left their marks within its boundaries.

The region is home to one of India’s handful of Biodiversity Heritage sites. We explore his remarkable 800-year-old Tamarind trees grove. The gnarled tree trunks and extraordinary root suckers propping the old trees are a botanical marvel.

Our final stop is a visit to the ramparts of a couple of forts from the 16th and 18th centuries. Get to know about the valiant 18th-century warrior and statesman, Tipu Sultan and his indelible impact and contributions.

We are back in Bangalore by about 6 pm.

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Duration
5 hours
Group Size
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BRITISH HERITAGE TOUR

The legacy of over 150 years of British presence in Bangalore is hard to miss if you are in the city. For example, The broad roads laid out over 200 years ago for horse carriages, bullock carts, and horsemen do a fine job of carrying the chaotic traffic of this day.

The British brought to Bangalore promenades, parks, churches, schools, hospitals, pubs, clubs, shopping centers, dance halls, race courses, golf ranges, cricket, etc where there was none before.

In this specially curated tour, we will explore in detail many of the fascinating landmarks of that era as well as sneak a peek at a few more that have left an indelible mark on the cityscape of Bangalore

You will also learn how events of that era have shaped a modest town to become one of the largest cities in India in a few generations; how the capital of an unknown state has become the outsourcing capital of the world.

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