Your trip to Karnataka is incomplete, if you have not visited Mysore. Being the second largest city in Karnataka and located to the south west of Bangalore, Mysore boasts of more than 600 years of rich historical and cultural heritage. The name Mysore is derived from Mahishasura, a mythological demon who could take the form of both human and buffalo. Legend has it that Mahishasura was killed by Goddess Chamundi. Atop the Chamundi hill, you can also find a temple dedicated to the goddess.
The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wadiyar dynasty (1399 to 1947) until independence of India from British colonial rule. With the disintegration of Vijayanagara Empire in 1565, the Wadiyars declared sovereignty and Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan came to power and expanded the kingdom.
Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore is home to royal buildings, magnificent palaces, temples, museums, monuments, beautiful gardens, parks, waterfalls and markets. Mysore produces and offers the best of sandalwood, incense and premium silk. Considered as the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is well known for its cosmopolitan culture and friendly people. The city has also become a flourishing center for learning yoga and ayurveda.