Mysore is the second largest city in Karnataka. It is located about 140km from Bangalore, capital of Karnataka. It has an area of 128.42 square kilometers. Its population according to the results of 2011 national census of India is about 887,446. Civic administration of the the city is done by the Mysore-City-Corporation. The city is also the head quarters of the Mysore-division and Mysore-district.
Until the independence of India i.e, 1947 the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore. which was ruled by the Wodeyars. Wodeyars were great patrons of art and culture and contributed greatly to the cultural development of Mysore. Now also it is called as cultural capital of Karnataka.
It is one of the top tourist places of India. Mysore-palace, Zoo, Jaganmohana Palace and several temples are the tourist attractions of the city. The city receives largest number of tourists during Dasara Festival. This festival is celebrated for 9days in the month of October. The city is famous for Mysore-style of painting, Mysore-Pak (sweet dish), Mallige (Jasmin flower), Betel leaves, silk and silk sarees.
The city is one of the major tourist destinations of India. The city receives largest number of visitors during ten days Dasara festival. Mysore-palace also called Amba vilas Palace is the centre of Dasara festivities. Lalita Mahal, Jayalakshmi Vilas and the Jaganmohana Palace are the other palaces in the city.
Important religious Places: Chamundeshwari Temple, atop the Chamundi Hills, St. Philomena’s Church.
List of sight seeing places in the City: Zoo, Karanji Lake, Kukkarahalli Lake, Regional Museum of Natural History, the Folk Lore Museum, the Railway Museum, the Oriental Research Institute, Wax Museum etc.
List of places around the city: 1.Krishnaraja Sagar( Dam to Cauveri River) and the adjoining Brindavan Gardens, which has a beautiful garden. A musical fountain show is held every evening in the Brindavan Gardens.
2. Srirangapatna which is 15km from the city, is a famous historical town. It has number of palaces, temples and mosques.