Sights to See
Mysore Maharaja’s Palace
Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the palace is an imposing structure standing in the heart of the city. This palace was constructed on the foundations of an old palace which was partially destroyed in a fire in 1897 and was completed in 1907. Only the Gombi Totti, the Kalyana Mandapam containing life size paintings and murals of the Dasara Procession, Durbar Hall and the Amba Vilas used for private functions of the royal family, are open to visitors. The palace is illuminated every Sunday and on public holidays. It is closed only one day of the year, i.e., on the day of the Dussehra Procession. Timings: Daily 10 am to 5.30 pm. Entry Fee: Rs. 20, free for children below 10 years (Tel: 0821 2434425)
Saint Philomena's Church
Built in the Gothic style, it has some beautiful stain glass windows. The only one of its kind in this part of the world, the imposing building of the church brings to mind the architectural styles of the medieval times. Timings: 7 am to 3 pm. Entry free (Tel: 0821 2563148).
Manasagangotri (Timings: 10 am to 1.30 pm & 2.30 to 5.30 pm, closed on Sundays).
beautiful gardens, efforts have been made to create a natural habitat for a variety of birds and beasts. It also contains several rare species of birds and animals, some of which have been successfully bred in captivity. Timings: Daily 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Entrance fee: Rs. 25 (adults), Rs. 10 (child), closed on Tuesdays. : (Tel: 0821 2520302)
Rail Museum: Located behind the railway station is the little known but impressive Rail Museum with its priceless locomotives, coaches and collection of paintings and photographs narrating the ‘Rail Stories’. The prize exhibit of the museum is the Maharani’s saloon built in the UK. (Timings: 10 am to 1 pm & 3 to 5.30 pm. Closed on Mondays, Entrance: Rs. 2.
Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
Housed in the Jaganmohan Palace, it has paintings of the members of the royal family, works of Raja Ravi Verma and other Indian and Western Painters, a display of furniture, glass and china ware, oriental and western decorative arts, sculptures and musical instruments. The Palace building was built in 1861 and was converted into an Art Gallery during the reigns of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. It used to serve as a royal auditorium and is still used as one for the public. Timings: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm daily (ticket up to 5 pm
only). Entrance Fee: Rs. 20 (adult), Rs. 10 (child). (Tel: 0821 2423693)
Central Food & Technological Research Institute; Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
Timings: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Entrance Fee: Rs. 25 adults & Rs. 10 child, closed on Tuesdays (Tel: 0821 2520302, 2440752).
Oriental Research Library
Timings: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm, closed on Sundays
Government Silk Factory, KSIC
Near NIE College, Mananthavady Road, Tel: 0821 2481803. The renowned Mysore silks are woven here and can be bought at factory prices. Timings: 7.30-11.30 am & 12 noon to 4 pm. Visitors should report before 3 pm. Closed on Sundays.
Govt. Sandalwood Oil Factory (Tel: 0821 2483651, 2483531): Aromatic oils from the sandal tree is made here. Timings: 0900 to 1300 hours & 1400 to 1700 hours. Closed on Sundays.
Started in 1892, the Mysore Zoo is spread over an area of 37.25 hectares. Laid out in