Mysore may be the cultural capital of Karnataka, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only place you can go to experience the state’s rich heritage and natural beauty. With its scenic mountain ranges, tranquil lakes, and pleasant weather year-round. Here is a specially curated list of things to do in Mysore, for your next trip to this amazing sandalwood city.

Things to do in Mysore:

1. Experience the Royalty and Grandeur at Mysore palace

Things to do in Mysore

Mysore palace which is also known as Amba Vilas is one of the largest historical places in India. It stands as one of the best places to visit in Mysore. Henry Irwin celebrates the Indian famous festival Dussehra in the palace following the rituals of the Wodeyar Dynasty every year in October and the palace was architecture in Indo-Saracenic style. King Krishna Rajendra Wodeyar built it in 1897 and a visit can take more than hours. Tourists can take in some 600 rooms and 25 galleries at their own pace viewing everything from works of art and jewelry collections to famous paintings by Italian artists.

  • Location: Sayaji Rao Road, Agrahara, Chamrajpura.
  • How to reach: cabs, autos, and buses are available from Mysore city.
  • Entry fee: Adult: Rs 40/- per head, Children: Rs 25/- per head (7-12years), Foreigns: Rs 200/- per head
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

2. Shopping in Mysore (Things to do in Mysore with families)

Things to do in Mysore

Mysore is famous for its production of silk sarees. The Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Limited is a trusted organization for the production and marketing of exclusive silk sarees, garments, scarves, and other attractive items. The Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium presents a rich and vibrant collection of craft items. The Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation markets wonderful handicraft items under the brand name of Cauvery. You can visit 100 years old Devaraja market, covering a large area, selling fresh fruits and vegetables grown on local farms. And also buy the famous Mysore park loaded with ghee, if you want to carry some sweet memories back to your home.

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3. Visit St. Philomena’s Cathedral

Considered being one of the largest churches in India. They originally built it on the grounds of a pre-existing church by the king of Mysore. known for its Neo-Gothic Architecture, and thanks to its two spires that pierce the sky, the building stands out in the Mysore skyline.  They constructed the cathedral to honor Saint Philomena, a martyr for the Catholic church.

4. Visit Kukkarahalli Lake

With its amazing common excellence, this lake is an ideal place for nature lovers. For anybody who needs to have a couple of minutes amid the lavish greenery of nature at quiet encompassing, this is the perfect place to visit. The nearness of the magnificent Chamundi slopes in the background makes the view considerably more captivating. The magnificence of the lake has motivated many writers and specialists.

5. Shukavana

Shukavana, a rehabilitation center for birds is one of the hidden attractions of Mysore. This is a place where you can take sight of parrots of different species and simply wonder looking at the talking parrots. Not known to many, Shukavana is one of the must things to do in Mysore.

  • Location: Avadhoota Datta Peetham, SGS Ashrama, Ooty Road, Datta Nagar.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Wednesday Closed)

6. Melody World Wax Museum

Things to do in Mysore

This is one of the most popular sightseeing places in Mysore, located 3km away from Mysore Maharaja Palace. A museum set up in a Heritage building of Mysore, says 90 years old boasts of housing the largest collection of musical instruments in Karnataka. The major attraction here is the Wax statue. One can find 110 life-size wax statues and nearly 300 musical instruments displayed in the house.

  • Location: Vihara Marga, Siddhartha Layout, Mysuru.
  • Timings: 9:30 – 7:00 pm

7. Nightclubs and bars (Things to do in Mysore at night)

The Hookah Club at Planet X is a popular hangout with the locals and visitors. The ambience of the hookah club and the recreation center in the same complex make this a good place to visit with friends. Purple Haze is a pub where everyone can hang out with friends at the bar while listening to good music and live music.

8. Mysore Zoo (Things to do in Mysore with kids)

This big zoo is set in pretty gardens on the eastern side of the city and was established in the year of 1982. A range of primates, elephants, tigers, bears, birds, and rhinos can be found here. Both adults, and children, enjoyed the Mysore zoo, and is a fun way to pass time and enjoy the animals around.

  • Location: Zoo Main Road, Indira Nagar, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka 570010
  • Timings: 9:00 am – 06:00 pm