Located in the foothills of Chamundi Hills is the beautiful city of Mysore that is popularly known as the Cultural capital of Karnataka. There are lots of heritage sites in Mysore that attracts tourists all over the world. From adventure to peace of mind, Majestic palaces to beautiful landscapes, Mysore has something for every kind of tourists.
Not only within its boundary, but Mysore also has many places of attraction around it too. One can have perfect vacations roaming in as well as around Mysore. The place warmly welcomes all income groups of tourists. There are luxury as well as budget hotels in Mysore where you can stay and have fun-filled vacations in the weekend gateways around it.
Bandipur National Park
Located at just 80Kms from Mysore is one of the India’s most preserved Wildlife National Park – Bandipur National Park. This is situated in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka. This famous wildlife reserve is an abode for tigers. The wild terrains of the park are explored on jeep safari tour. The Maharajas of Mysore used the Bandipur forest as a private game reserve. Today it is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve that also is a house for other sanctuaries namely, Nagarhole National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Mudumalai National Park.
Around 84Kms from Mysore junction lays a small town named Bheemeshwari. The town is growing as a famous tourist attraction near Mysore due to its natural sceneries, trekking and fishing adventures. Due to being in the close vicinity, it is growing in popularity among Bangaloreans as a weekend gateway for one day trip. It is a great spot for eco-tourism. Many fishing camps have been developed where tourists can experience catching Masheer, the world famous gaming fish.
This famous waterfall formed by the Cauvery River falls at a distance of 55Kms from Mysore. This waterfall is about 60 feet tall and 350 feet wide. This waterfall attracts a huge amount of tourists during the rainy season when the flow of water becomes very fierce. A modern hydraulic power generating station has been installed at this religious waterfall. It is believed that Lord Rama along with brother Lakshman and wife Sita stayed at this place for some days during his forest tenure. According to the folklore holy Sita took a bath near the fall and that is why the colour of the water at this place looks like water mixed with turmeric and other holy powders that Sita has applied during pooja.
This historical pilgrimage site located in Mandya District of Karnataka is at a distance of 50Kms from Mysore. History tells that Sri Ramanujacharya, the great Vaishnav saint lived at the place in the 12th century for about 14 years. This made the place a prominent pilgrimage for Srivaishnava sect of Brahmin. Even before Ramanujacharya, this town held a holy position due to two of its temples. One of the temples that are dedicated to Lord Rama is believed to be installed by Lord Krishna. The second temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha and it was installed by Prahalad.
Located at a distance of 83Kms from Mysore is a famous Jain pilgrimage centre – Shravanbelagola. The name of the place is directly related to a milky-white pond exactly in the middle of the place. The place is famous for its Bahubali statue that is the tallest monolithic statue in the world. This 59 feet tall statue is carved in a single block of granite. The town houses many Jain temples the most popular of which is situated at the height of 3347 feet. It easily takes a whole day time to visit the monuments and temples of Shravanbelagola.
These places around Mysore are all less than 100Kms away so you can visit them and return back the same day to Mysore. Hope you have a great vacation exploring Mysore and around.