After you have visited the Mysore Palace, you should definitely visit some of the other attractions in the city of Mysooru. The most popular tourist spot for visitors from India and abroad are the Brindavan Gardens, located about 20kms. from the city of Mysore. However, this article would like to give you information about other attractions within the city of Mysore. Keep aside at least 2-3 days to really enjoy all that the city of Mysore has to offer!
1. Mysore Zoo: The Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, known as the Mysore Zoo, is located about 2km from the Mysore Palace and about 3km from the Mysore City Bus Stand. It covers over 250sq. ft. Just imagine – this zoo was once a private zoo! It was set up by a Wodeyar King for his daughter the Princess. Now open to the public, the zoo not only houses a variety of animals but is also well-known for rearing rare animals in captivity. Animals that you can see at the Mysore Zoo include hippos, giraffes, elephants, tigers (including the white tiger), bears, etc. There are pelicans and peacocks too at the Mysore Zoo.
Address of Mysore Zoo: Indira Nagar, Mysore
Phone Number of Mysore Zoo: 0821 – 2440752 / 2520302
Entrance Ticket Rates of Mysore Zoo: Adults Rs.25/- ; Children (5-12 yrs) Rs.10/-
Timings of Mysore Zoo: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Open daily, except on Tuesdays.
2. Railway museum Mysore: The Railway Museum of Mysore is not housed in a building, but is an outdoor exhibit of vintage locomotives. You can view a vintage Austin rail-motor car as also one of the first steam engines ever made. Most fascinating are the royal carriages used by the Mysore Royals in days gone by. These are in the Sri Ranga Pavilion. The history of the Railways is depicted through an exhibit of paintings and photographs in the Chamundi Gallery. Take your kids along and enjoy a merry ride in a battery-operated mini-train at the Railway Museum Mysore.
Address of Railway Museum Mysore: Mysore, Mysore District, Karnataka
Entrace Ticket Rates of Railway Museum Mysore: Entry is Free
Timings of Railway Museum Mysore: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm (except Mondays)
3. Folk Arts Museum Mysore: The Folk Arts Museum Mysore houses an interesting and unique collection of more than 6000 artefacts, clothing and headgear related to folkart. There are not only toys and puppets, but also utensils and other items that are used in the home. A variety of traditional implements used by cobblers, potters, fishermen, goldsmiths, and other professionals are on display. Unusual masks and intricately detailed models of temples are a wonderful sight. leather shadow puppets form a separate section. Don't miss the two well-preserved wooden chariots in the Folk Arts Museum in Mysore.
Address of Folk Arts Museum: University of Mysore, Manasagangotri Campus, Mysore 570 006
Phone Number of Folk Arts Museum: : 0821-2447046 / 2514699/ 2411417
Entrance Ticket Rates of Folk Arts Museum: Rs.15/- for Adults; Children - Rs. 5/-
Timings of Folk Arts Museum: 8.30 AM to 6.00 PM all the days.
4. Vanaranga Open Air Theatre Mysore:The Rangayana organisation promotes various traditional forms of the arts and culture. They regularly hold music, dance and theatre programs at the Vanaranga Open Air Theatre, Mysore. At the same premises is Bhoomigitha, a 200sq. ft. auditorium.
Address of Vanaranga Open Air Theatre Mysore: Kalamandira Complex, Vinoba Road, Mysore
Phone Number of Vanaranga Open Air Theatre Mysore: 0821-2434425
Timings of Vanaranga Open Air Theatre Mysore: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Open daily, except on Tuesdays
E-mail of Rangayana Mysore: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Information: KSRTC tourist packages are available to visit tourist spots in an around Mysore, such as Abbi Falls, Chamundi Hills, Jaganmohan Palace, etc. During the Dassehra Festival, these packages are available at very good concessional rates. During the Dassehra Festival (in the month of October) you can even explore the city of Mysore by a comfortable Volvo bus for just Rs.5/- per person.