Latitude: 11°30' N to 12°50'
N , Longitude:75°45' E to 77°45' E
Total Literacy Rate
981.6914438 female per 1000
782 mm (Annual)
Summer Temp: 35°C Max 21°C
Min, Winter Temp: 27°C Max 16°C
Winters (December to
February) has cool atmosphere with minimum temperature
touching up to 10°C, and are very pleasant. Summers (March to May) has hot weather
with recorded maximum mercury level of 39°C,
and minimum of 22°C. There will be a wide
variation in temperature between days and nights
in summers. Monsoons( June to September)
in Mysore has medium to heavy rainfalls.
Located 140 Kms from the state
capital Bangalore-- Mysore is the erstwhile
capital of Wodeyars, the rulers of Mysore state.
The Wodeyar family ruled Mysore since 14th century
except for a short period of 40 years when Hyder
Ali and Tipu Sultan were the rulers. Mysore
has never failed to mesmerise the tourists with
its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent
palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing
buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples.
The charm leaves no one untouched.
Mysore traces its history into
the mythological books where there is reference
of Mahishasur (Mahishasura) or the buffalo-headed
demon king who is believed to have lived here.
Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi hills killed
this demon and hence the Dussehra, the festival
of the victory of good over evil, is celebrated
with unprecedented grandeur. Today Mysore is
one of the major cities of Karnataka. Mysore
has emerged as a thriving market for exotic
sandalwood & incense, the Mysore silk sarees
and stone carved. sculptures.
Mysore Airport also known as Mandakalli
Airport is an airport serving the city of Mysore,
Mysore depends on rail and bus transport for
inter-city connections. The city was the location
of the first private radio station in India.
Mysore houses Mysore University, which has produced
several notable authors, particularly in the
field of Kannada literature. Cricket is the
most popular sport in the city.
The nearest airport from Mysore is the Bangalore
Airport which is connected with major Indian cities
like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata.
One has to take a direct flight to Bangalore.
After that, by hiring a taxi or any other means
of transport one can easily reach Mysore.
Rail: The fastest and possibly the most
comfortable way to travel between Mysore and Chennai
is by the Shatabdi Express, which covers the Mysore-Bangalore
leg of the journey in 2 hours and the Mysore-Chennai
section in 7 hours.There are many trains available
from Mysore to Bangalore and vice versa. Tippu
Express being the most popular one which covers
the distance of 140 km in about 2.5 hours.
Road: Mysore is connected by motorable
roads with Bandipur 80 km,Bangalore 140 km,Belur
155 km, Halebid 149 km, Hassan 118 km, Jog Falls
348 km, Madikere (Mercara) 124 km, Mangalore
Mudumalai 99 km, Ooty (Ootacamund) 159 Km
Bus: Mysore has two major bus stands.
All KSRTC buses arrive and depart from the Central
bus stand (aka sub-urb bus stand), while local
buses use the City bus stand. Frequent bus service
is available to all major tourist and residential
areas of the city. Volvo airconditioned buses
are available to Chamundi Hills, KRS-Brindavan
Garden, Zoo, Infosys, and to some major residential
History of Mysore
Mysore is the second biggest city in the State
of Karnataka. It lies 130 km's from the State
Headquarters, Bangalore. It is the erstwhile
capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled Mysore
State from this royal city. It is now the headquarters
of Mysore District with a population of over
seven lakhs. The chief language of the people,
as in the State of Karnataka, is Kannada and
original Kannada is spoken in this part of the
area. It covers an area of more than 40 sq.km.
and is administered by the Mysore City Corporation.
Situated 763 meters above sea level surrounded
by hill ranges from north to south, it is known
as the 'Garden City' and the 'City of Palaces'.
The famous Chamundi Hill, which is mythologically
associated with the name of the city, is to
Mysore is associated with the Pouranic story
that is found in the Devi Bhagavatha. According
to this story in the mythological Devi Purana,
Mysore was ruled by the demon-king Mahishasura.
He was called Mahishasura, because he was a
buffalo-headed monster. Hearing to the prayers
of Gods and Goddess to save them from the monster,
Goddess Parvathi, wife of Lord Siva, took birth
as Chamundi or Chamundeswari and killed the
monster. Hence, this place came to be known
as Mahishuru, the city of demon Mahisha. After
killing the demon, the Goddess resided atop
the Chamundi Hills where she is worshipped with
reverence and devotion even today. However,
the original name of the hill is 'Mahabaladri
Hills' and it derived the name Chamundi Hills
at a later period, after 17th century.
The earliest mention of Mysore or Mahishur
historically is referred to the time of King
Ashoka in 245 B.C. On the conclusion of the
third Buddhist convocation, Ashoka is said to
have despatched a monk to Mahishamandala for
the purpose of spreading Buddhism. However,
some historians have viewed that this Mahishamandala
does not relate to Mysore or Mahishur. Some
edicts of Ashoka have been found in the northern
parts of the present Karnataka State. Similar
reference is also found in the epic work, Mahabharata.
According to this legend, King Yudhishtira is
said to have sent an expedition and Sahadeva
made an attack on Mahishmati. However, experts
are of the opinion that the reference made in
this epic, one of the oldest legends of an historical
character, is not related to Mysore.
Mysore is a city in
the state of Karnataka, India. It is known as
the cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore was
the capital of the Wodeyar kings who ruled over
the Mysore Kingdom for many centuries. Wodeyars
were great patrons of art and music and have contributed
significantly to make Mysore a cultural centre.
Mysore is well known for its palaces, museums
and art galleries and the festivities that take
place here during the period of Dasara attract
a world wide audience. Mysore has also lent its
name to popular dishes like Mysore Masala Dosa
and Mysore Pak. Mysore is also the origin of the
popular silk sari called as Mysore silk sari and
has also given rise to a popular form of painting
called as Mysore painting.
Cuisine includes a delicious palate of food items
all of which have rice as the main ingredient.
The masala dosa of Mysore is a popular dish of
the city which is savored by both the local inhabitants
as well as those visiting the place from outside.
Prepared from smashed potato and spices, the masala
dosa is presented with onion and coconut chutney.
Dasara is the Naada Habba (State festival)
of Karnataka State, and Mysore is well known for
the festivities that take place during the Dasara
period. Dasara festival can be traced back to
the Puranas and is widely observed across India,
in the south it achieved its special prominence
under Vijayanagar Kings in 15th Century. The Wodeyars
of Mysore continued this colorful & religious
celebration under the leadership of Raja Wodeyar
in the year 1610 at Srirangapatanam. Dasara is
also known as the 'Navarathri' (meaning nine-nights),
where nine days of worship & celebration culminate
on the 10th day, known as 'Vijaydashami', that
usually falls in the months of September-October.
is the major industry in Mysore. The city attracted
about 3.15 million tourists in 2010.Mysore has
traditionally been home to industries such as
weaving, sandalwood carving, bronzework and the
production of lime and salt. The planned industrial
growth of the city and the state was first envisaged
at the Mysore economic conference in 1911. This
led to the establishment of industries such as
the Mysore Sandalwood Oil Factory in 1917 and
the Sri Krishnarajendra Mills in 1920.