Besides the place of interest in Mysore city, there are many tourist attractions and places of interest around Mysore. Lets have a quick look at some of the tourist destinations around Mysore.
The star shaped temple at Somnathpur is a splendid example of Hoysala
architecture. It is embellished with a profusion of finely sculpted
friezes and panels. The Somnathpur temple is well preserved and not to
Bandipur National Park :
The Bandipur National Park has open forests and facilities for viewing
wildlife from elephant back.
Talakad is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery, near Mysore and
is known for its sand dunes. There are a number of temples on the banks
of the Cauvery in Talakad that are buried under the sand dunes and are
excavated once in 12 years for special worship.
Shravanabelagola is another place worth visiting while at Mysore.
Shravanabelagola is famous for the monolith of Bahubali or
Gommateshwara. There are two stony hills called Chandragiri and
Indragiri. Chandragiri is famous for the Chandragupta Basadi built by
the Gangas. Indragiri is famous for the Chavendaraya Basadi and the
gigantic statue of Gommateshwara.
Biligiri Rangana Hills
Another interesting getaway from Mysore for nature enthusiasts is the
Biligiri Rangana Hills popularly known as the B.R.Hills. Though these
hills are famous for the ancient temple on top of the hills, it is also
home to a lesser-known wildlife sanctuary.
Situated at a distance of 120 kms, is a little hill-station that covers
an area of 4102 sq km.
Melkote : Another
important pilgrim center that is close to Mysore is Melkote or
Tirunarayanapuram. Melkote is about 60kms from Mysore city and is
located in a hilly region that comprises some of the oldest rock
formations on earth.
Another popular excursion from Mysore city is Nanjangud. Nanjangud is
25kms from Mysore. It is a holy place because of the Nanjundeswara or
Srikanteswara temple. It is called Garalapuri because of this famous
Shivanasamudra is about 85kms to the east of Mysore. At Shivanasamudra
the river Cauvery cascades down a deep rocky gorge in two breathtakingly
beautiful waterfalls- Bharachukki and Gaganachukki. The sight of these
two falls is enchanting and the best time to visit them is during the