The imperial city of Mysore is the second largest in the Indian state of Karnataka. It has a recorded history dating back one thousand years and the local people share in the nostalgia for the old dynasties and grandeur of earlier times. Mysore has emerged as the cultural capital of Karnataka and is a charming place with some magnificent palaces and imposing buildings.

Mysore is dominated by the spectacular Maharaja’s Palace, around which the shady avenues of the city radiate. There are many markets to explore, beautifully laid-out gardens, and some good museums. It is also famous for silk saris, sandalwood carvings, and many varieties of perfumed incense sticks.

Mysore Palace

This stunning attraction has been built in an Indo-Saracenic style with stunning domes, ornate arches, turrets, and colonnades. There are some intricately carved rosewood doors and ceilings with inlaid ivory work, marble figurines, and works of art from all over the world. The Palace is illuminated on Sundays and Public Holidays with over 50,000 light bulbs creating a striking and memorable display.

St Philomena’s Cathedral

This impressive religious attraction is located in the northern part of the city and is one of the finest churches in India. The stunning neo-Gothic structure was built in 1933 and is a distinctive city landmark. The twin spires of the Cathedral are 175 feet in height and can be seen from miles around. The catacomb under the main altar features a reclining statue of St Philomena that is regularly visited by devotees from all regions. Another item of interest is the large organ situated in a gallery above the nave.

The Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery

Also known as Jaganmohan Palace this spacious art gallery houses a treasure of masterpieces from the 19th century. The traditional and well-known ‘Gold leaf’ paintings are also exhibited in the gallery, along with oil paintings of contemporary artists like Raja Ravi Varma and Svetoslav Roerich.