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Mysore is one of the most famous tourist destinations in South India. Originally known as Mysuru, it is the largest district of Karnataka. Formerly known as the capital of the ‘Kingdom of Mysore’, Mysore was the name by which the state of Karnataka was popular. The city is praised across the country for its arresting buildings and monuments along with its flamboyant imperial heritage. Its world Heritage-listed palace of the city is perhaps something that brings most travelers here.

Mysuru is also a burgeoning center for the production of superior quality incense, silk, and sandalwood. At present, Ashtanga yoga is another drawcard in Mysore that attracts visitors from across the world accredited to its reputation of being India’s best place to practice yoga.

This City of Palaces has a number of places situated in the city. The main palace of the Mysore is Ambavilas Palace which is also one of the prime attractions of this region accredited to is beautiful monuments. This tourism hotspot attracts several millions of tourists from across the country every year. Dasara (Dusshera) which represents the victory of Good over Evil, marks the worship of Devi Chamundeswari. It is celebrated with fervor and solemnity as the State festival here

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COVID-19 : MYSORE is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 29 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to MYSORE?

Entry is open from all domestic states.

  • Face masks to be worn when in public
  • No e-passes, test certificates or accommodation proof are required by travellers before entering Mysore.
  • There is no requirement of a COVID-19 test or thermal screening upon entry in Mysore.
  • There is no lockdown in Mysore except in containment zones
  • Mysore has done away with all forms of night curfew and weekend lockdowns
  • Supermarkets, malls, parks and other attractions, others can cinema halls, pools, theatres and open-air theatres have opened up.
  • Social distancing norms are to be followed when out in public or using public transports.
  • Restaurants, pubs and clubs are to function with 50% of seating capacity.
  • Inter-state and Intra-state travelers shall NOT have to undergo any form or institutional or home quarantine upon arrival in Mysore.
  • Asymptomatic travelers are advised to self-monitor their health status for the next 14 days after arrival. In case of symptom appearance, they are to call the Apthamitra helpline number 14410.
  • Symptomatic inter-state passengers must immediately self-isolate and seek medical attention by calling on the Apthamitra helpline number 14410.

Mandakalli airport or Mysore airport is functional and is receiving flights from Bangalore, Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad and 5+ other destinations.

Local Transport

Buses, taxis, cabs and auto autorickshaws are plying on the roads normally.

The state government of Karnataka has taken several steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 while tourists to visit Mysore. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Mysore scraps e-pass requirement for inter-state and intra-state entry Updated: 29 Sep 2020

According to the new guidelines released by the state of Karnataka, inter-state and intra-state travelers do not need to get an e-pass to enter Mysore. Hand stamping for inter-state travelers has also been done away with.Read more.

Grand Mercure, Mysore Reopens With New Workcations Packages Updated: 29 Sep 2020

The Grand Mercure Hotel in Mysore as well as many other resorts and homestays reopened in Karnataka are offering lucrative workcation packages with discounts on food and soft beverages, to allow travellers to escape the monotony of Work-From-Home and relax.Read more.

Bharachukki Falls in Mysore Re-Opened for Tourists Updated: 29 Sep 2020

As per the orders of the Chamarajanagar Deputy Commissioner Dr. M.R. Ravi, Barachukki Falls has been re-opened for sightseeing and tourist visitations since 14th of August 2020.Read more.

Mysore Palace Open for Tourists Everyday Updated: 29 Sep 2020

The famous Mysore Palace in Mysuru shall remain open for tourists on all days including holidays according to recent orders. The sound and light show on Sundays, however, shall be restricted until further notice.Read more.

Mysuru Zoo Open for Visitations with Strict COVID-19 Precautions Updated: 29 Sep 2020

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens (Mysuru Zoo) is open for patrons with strict COVID-19 precaution rules in place. The premises allows only 50% total capacity to be filled. All staff and visitors must mandatorily wear face masks and maintain a safe distance of 2 metres from each other.Read more.

All Travel Restrictions Lifted in Mysore in Hopes to Bring Back Pre-Pandemic Days Updated: 29 Sep 2020

Public and vehicular movement in Mysore has been restored back to normal. There is no need of any e-pass or permissions for travelling within the districts or outside the district borders through public and private transport.Read more.

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Wonderful place to visit with loves once, this place would give you full camping expereince with various activities. Must-visit guys
This is one of the best watersport activity to take part and enjoyed with family and friends, My kids enjoyed this, the company we booked provided us with good kayak boat and paddle along with safety life-jackets to make sure we are safe... This activity doesn't need prior experience as it is suited for beginners as well... the staff was helpful always there with us the entire activity in-case for any emergency required... Breathtaking place and the expereince was amazing
Through this vehicle rental, we were able to cover all the sightseeing of the place even tried the street foods of the place, the vehicle was nice and the service was really great... Definitely recommended this to all the families.
The documentation part was very easy and quick, the staff was very professional and friendly providing us with good and clean bikes with no hidden charges. Through this bike, we were able to roam the place and completed within 2-days...
We really appreciate the operator for responding to our call from time to time and as well guide us through Whatsapp, We receive a nice warm welcome from the staff, the place was absolutely beautiful, nice tents, great meals, and the activity was something excited and fun. We explore the campsite and the nearby places by trekking... we indulged in water activity like coracle, rafting, and kayaking on day time and we enjoyed the campfire with music after sunset. Totally-satisfied.
Stayed for two days.. a very beautiful and pleasant place to hangout with family and for kids...we really enjoyed the stay here
We loved our stay at this resort. The location is decent and it has lot of open space to stroll around and enjoy the lush greenery. Sunset view from here is spectacular.
Fantastic place for family and friends for a good weekend, friendly environment, nicely arranged everything, great facilities, nice host and hospitable staff. Beautiful place and the expereince was beyond expectation. Thanks to Thrillophilia for this wonderful package at affordable prices.
Renting the bike was always the best choice to travel and explore the place, this is the fast and comfortable way without hassle, I booked this bike with Thrillophilia and the operator contacted me through WhatsApp and shared the hub location which was easy to find, the staff helps with the documentation part and provided with good bike per my choice with a helmet...I must say the service was excellent... would definitely advise this to everyone who travels to Mysore
Jeep-safari was always fun to explore the forest, nice driver cum guide who explained to us in detail about the forest and its wildlife. We really had a great tour and the place was truly full of flora and fauna.

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  1. Travel Advice

    • Mysore is a place with hefty traffic. People drive here crazily. So, ensure that you watch carefully before taking a step forward. Some motorcycle driver may hit you even when you are standing stationary. Do watch out for that!

    • Avoid eating the food at the road site joints. One it is not healthy and two it is not hygienic at all.

    • Check for the seal of the water bottle before buying it.

    • Dasara festival is very popular in Mysore. However, you need to be extra careful during this time. A lot of thefts are common during this time. Whenever, you go to a pandal or any crowded place, make sure you keep your wallet safe and secure.

    • Always keep with you a photocopy of an ID proof.

    • Keep all your documents and their photo copy at two different places.

    • Never, go in secluded places all alone.

    • Keep touts at bay.

    • Keep small currencies – INR 5, INR 10, INR 20, INR 50 and INR 100 handy.

    • Whenever you sit in a public vehicle, turn on your GPS. Know the route and look informed. Do not let the driver believe that you don’t know where you have to go. Get an approximate idea of the fares from the locals or from reliable internet source.

    • Negotiate the fares before sitting.

    • Opt for prepaid vehicles largely.

    • Do not sit in taxis or autos that do not have meters.

    • Dress appropriately. Whether it is a religious place or not, you must wear clothes that are not too skimpy or revealing.

    • Avoid getting over friendly with the strangers.

    • Don’t buy ‘branded’ stuff from the street shops. They are usually fake.

    • Eat at restaurants the locals suggest. Avoid going into empty restaurants.

    • Some places in Mysore may not be inappropriate for a visit by foreigners so avoid those places.

    • Girls must avoid traveling late at night.

  2. Drinking Law

    In Karnataka, the excise commissioner regards 18 as the legal drinking age while the deputy commissioner of excise regards 21 as the legal age for drinking. KV Dhananjay, Supreme Court advocate says in case of any discrepancy, the Karnataka Excise Department Act of 1965 is the parent law. This means, any person below the age of 18 should not be served with alcohol in any form.   

  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Second to Taj Mahal – Mysore Palace
    Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. It is situated in Agra and is undoubtedly a very prominent tourist attraction in India. However, Mysore Palace, is not far off as it is only second to Taj Mahal when it comes to its popularity among the tourists. Every year, more than 4 million tourists come and visit this majestic beauty of Mysore. And its time, you too come forth and witness the royal grandeur here. This palace houses within it more than 21 temples. Of these, Lakshmiramana Temple, Someshvara Temple and Shwetha Varahaswamy Temple are particularly known.   
    Karanji Lake
    The majestic 90 acres Karanji Lake is situated on the base of the Chamundi Hills. Constructed by the King of Mysore, it is one of the biggest lakes of Karnataka. The lake can be seen right behind the much popular Mysore Zoo. It encourages migratory birds and over 90 different species of the birds can be found here.  Around the lake, there is a huge picturesque park that has an enclosure for birds. It is believed to the largest of its kind in India. Visiting this place gives you an opportunity to observe the birds from such proximity.   
    Chamundi Hills
    Located 3 km from Mysore, Chamundi Hills lie at a level of 1065 meters above the sea level. On top of the hull lies the 11th century Chamundeshwari temple. This temple was remodeled in the year 1827. Half way up this hill, you’ll find a statue of the bull (Nandi, which has a mythological significance). What’s intriguing about this statue constructed in 1659 is that it is 5 meter tall and has been sculpted out of a single rock. You’ll have to climb 1000 steps to reach the temple.  
    Mysore Zoo
    Prominently referred to as the Mysore Zoo, it is also called as the Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens which assures an out of the world experience.  It is one of the oldest zoos in India and was constructed way back in 1892. Spread over a vast area of 250 acres of land, the zoo houses an array of species within it. What’s surprising is that the zoo houses not only the species from India but also from across the globe.  
    Brindavan Gardens 
    Situated below Krishnaraja Sagar dam is the breathtaking Brindavan Gardens. Construction of the garden commenced in the year 1927 however, the garden was completed only in the year 1932. Spread over an area of 150 acres of land, this is one of the best gardens of the country.  The garden has several fountains in different shapes and sizes along with a botanical park. One of the key attractions here is the colorful foundations. Make a visit here post sunset!

  4. What you will like there?

    Architectural marvel
    If you have an eye for appreciating prominent styles and designs in architecture, then Mysore has a lot to offer. In the monuments, palaces and buildings of Mysore, you’ll find a unique blend of Gothic, Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. 

    Tour to witness the interiors of the Mysore Palace
    Mysore Palace is open for tourists all round the year. It is managed and maintained directly by the Karnataka Tourism who organizes regular tours to help you access the different rooms, courtyards and the gardens located in and around the place. The visiting time here is from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM that too under strict security measures. Old Fort that lies inside the Palace is open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and its entry is free. 

    Dassara celebrations
    The 10 day Dassara celebrations are an awe inspiring event in Mysore. The city is fully lit up from September to October to get all pepped for the preparations. If you do plan a visit during this time, you’ll love the exquisiteness here. 

    Shopping for products made of rosewood and sandalwood
    Mysore city is surrounded by rosewood and sandalwood forests. Here you can find an array of products made using these materials. These products are usually sold and preserved as decorative or gift items. 

    Silk Sarees
    If you come to Mysore and do not purchase a silk saree, it is so not fair! The silk sarees of Mysore are known across the country for their grandiosity and splendor. You’ll get the choicest range of authentic designs in sarees that are all rich in quality. Besides the saress, you can also find the products made from fine silk in India’s Mysore. 

    Parks and Gardens
    Undoubtedly, Mysore is one of the cleanest cities of India. The key reason marked for this accomplishment is an array of gardens and parks located in the different parts of the city. You can find several parks and gardens in this beautiful city that will give you a chance to feel closer to the nature and bask in the glory of serenity.

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  6. Which are the best Winter treks in and around Kullu?

    The Hampta Pass Winter Trek: This is one of the best winter treks in Kullu that offers stunning views of the Himalayas. It is a moderately challenging trek that provides the visitors a chance to see the lush green Kullu Valley on one side and the desert valley of Lahaul on the other side during winters.

    Duration: Six days
    Difficulty Level: Moderately difficult

    The Prashar Lake Winter Trek: 
    This is another popular winter treks in Kullu that offers a majestic view of the Pir Panjal, Kinnaur mountain ranges, and Dhauladhar. Several rivulets and snow-capped peaks surround the lake, and the scenic trail goes through several villages.

    Duration: Two Days
    Difficulty Level: Easy

    The Kuari Pass Winter Trek: 
    This is one of the most popular winter treks near Kullu that is located at an altitude of 25,646 ft and offers an enthralling view of the Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Neelkanth, and Mana peaks.

    Duration: Four Days
    Difficulty Level: Easy

    Kareri Lake Trek: 
    Take your adventurous spirit a notch higher as you enjoy trekking at Kareri Lake Trek that is dotted with unrealistic meadows and narrow terrains. It is one of the best winter treks near Kullu, where you’ll have to climb in deep snow as a part of this trek.