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Situated at the foot of Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the most famous tourist attraction of not just Karnataka, but entire India. Previously, the state of Karnataka was called Mysore and this area was the capital of the state. Even after that changed, Mysore, also known as ‘The Palace City’, remains to be the tourist capital of the state, as well as the country. Attractions in Mysore are so many and so varied, they attract tourists from worldwide. The world famous “Mysuru Dusshera” is unparalleled by any festival celebrations in the world. The New York Times recently listed Mysore as one of the 31 must-see places on Earth for two consecutive years.

Palaces in Mysore

The Mysore Palace

The Mysore Palace, located at the heart of the city of Mysore, is the highest visited place in India, even more than the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. The palace is an epitome of grandeur, and once used to be the residence of the royalty and also the hall for ‘durbar’. The world famous Mysore Dusshera is hosted at this very palace.

Lalith Mahal

The second largest palace of the city, this is a purely white palace located at the foot of Chamundi hills. This palace as built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV in 1921, and it has a touch of western architecture as it was built excusively for the stay of Viceroy in India.

Jaganmohan Palace

This palace was built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1861, as an alternate residence for the royal family. This Indian style palace today houses the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. The gallery consists of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Russian painter Svetoslav Roerich, among many other.

Jayalaxmi Vilas Mansion

The mansion was initially built for Princess Jayalaxmi Devi by her father, Chamaraja Wodeyar in 1905. But later on it was converted into a university building and renovated completely. It is the first university museum in the country, as today, it also houses a gallery that puts the personal items of the greatest writers of Kannada to display.

Photography: [Divakar Hiriyadka] [cotaro70s: #1] [Aleksandr Zykov: #1]

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