Places of interest at Short Distance from Mysore

   

Mysore Palace
St.Philomena Church
Chamundi Hill Temple
Lalitha Mahal Palace
Chamarajendra Art Gallery
Folklore Museum
Railway Museum
Brindavan Garden
Mysore Zoo
CFTRI
Other Tourist Places

Nanjangud

Nanjangud

24 km south of Mysore on the Mysore-Ooty road. Nanjangud is a famous religious centre. The presiding deity of the temple here is Sri Nanjundeswara or Srikanteswara. The three day car festival of Sri Nanjundeswara Swamy is held at the end of March every year. There is a Residency Bungalow.

Sivasamudram

Sivasamudram

80 km from Mysore or 27 km from Somanathapura is the island town Sivasamudram. The twin water falls (350 feet), Gaganachukki and Bharachukki are the most alluring spots near the island. It was here that the Karnataka State first produced electric power in 1902. There are temples dedicated to Ranganatha, Someswara, Veerabhadra and Mariamma.
There is regular bus service from Mysore. For reservation of accommodation at the Inspection Bungalow, contact the Executive Engineer, Electrical Division, Shimshapur (via Maddur).

Somanathapura

Somanathapura

About 32 km east of Mysore by road, is Somanathapura, a village on the left bank of the river Cauvery. Sri Channakeshava temple built here in 1268 A.D. with exquisite carvings, is a good example of the Hoysala style of architecture.
Visiting hours: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Admission by tickets. For reservation of the Rest House here, contact the Manager, Tourist Canteen-cum-Rest House, Department of Tourism, Somanathapura (T.Narasipur Taluk).
Sri Venugopa)aswamy temple built here by the Hoysla King Narasimha in 1269 A.D. attracts a large number of pilgrims.

Sravanabelagola

Sravanabelagola

Sravanabelagola, situated 98 km from Mysore is a famous Jam pilgrim centre. The colossal monolithic statue of Gomateswara, standing erect 57 feet high, attracts tourists from far and near.

Srirangapatna

Srirangapatna

Situated about 16 km from Mysore City by road or rail, this island town is embraced by two branches of the Cauvery river. Sri Ranganathaswamy temple her8 is one of the oldest (894 A.D.) Dravidian temple in the State. The deity is a magnificent figure, reclining on a seven headed serpent. Visiting hours: 8 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
The large and imposing Jumma Masjid with tall minarets, the Gumbaz or the mausoleum of Tippu, the Daria Doulat Bagh which houses a Museum where some of the belongings of Tippu Sultan are exhibited are places of interest in Srirangapatna. Visiting hours of Daria Doulat Bagh is from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (Friday Holiday).
There is regular bus service from Mysore. A Traveller's Bungalow is available. For reservation, contact the Assistant Engineer, P.W.D., Srirangapatna. River side cottages are also available. For reservation contact, Director of Tourism, Old Exhibition Building, Irwin Road, Mysore-1, Ph. 2442096. 3 km from Srirangapatna Bus Stop. is the Cauvery Sangama where the two branches of the river rejoin. About 3 km from Srirangapatna is the temple dedicated to Sri Nimishamba on the bank of Cauvery.
About 5 km from Srirangapatna is the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary -57 hectares in extent. The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, a small island on the river Cauvery, about 5 km from Srirangapatna or 19 km from Mysore, is of great interest to all bird lovers. It is a nesting and breeding centre for birds.
A boat ride around the islet provides a close view of different species like the herons, egrets, white Ibis, little cormorants, dantes, open billed stork, etc. Medium sized trees and bushes here provide nesting facilities and water around gives protection to the birds. The season to visit the sanctuary is from June to October. The hatching time is generally in the middle of June. Boating facility is available. Taxies are available to this place from Srirangapatna.

Talkad

Talkad

This is an ancient town, situated on the left bank of the river Cauvery, 45 km south east of Mysore or 24 km from Sivasamudram. Here are Sri Kirtinarayana, Sri Kartikeya, Sri Vaideeswara, Sri Pataleswara and Sri Maraleswara temples. Many monuments lie burried in the sand. P.W.D. Inspection bungalow is available.

Tirumakudlu Narsipur

Tirumakudlu Narsipur

This is at the sangam (confluence) of the Cauvery and Kapila rivers. Two bridges span the rivers here. There is an ancient temple dedicated to Gunjam Lakshminarasimha. Nearby is an old peepal tree called Brahmaswatha.