Immerse yourself in the beautiful architecture and fascinating history of Mysore during a 12-hour day trip. This fascinating city, once the center of an independent kingdom, offers a wealth of opulent palaces and richly decorated temples to explore.
Start with a morning pickup from Bangalore, proceeding to one of the top highlights in Mysore, the Mysore Royal Palace. This one-time residence of the Wodeyer Maharaja is now a museum featuring the royal family’s incredible collection of jewelry, paintings, royal costumes and more. Before continuing your day, stop to fuel up with a tasty lunch at a local eatery.
For the second half of the day, continue to Chamundeswari Temple, situated on top of Chamundi Hill, where you’ll have a chance to wander amidst this religious site’s seven-story tall Gopura (temple tower) and beautiful statues and doors covered in gold and silver. The complex was built in dedication to the Hindu goddess Durga, long a key deity for the Maharajas of Mysore.
Finish by checking out a very different religious site at the Roman Catholic church of St. Philomena. The intricate façade of this European-style house of worship offers and interesting contrast with some of Mysore’s Hindu temples. After visiting the church, you’ll head back to Bangalore.