Mysore

Mysore ; Maisūru in Kannada is the second-largest city in the state of Karnataka, India. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km (91 mi) southwest of the state capital Bangalore, it is spread across an area of 128.42 km2 (50 sq mi). According to the provisional results of the 2011 national census of India, the population of Mysore is 887,446 and  Hinduism is its major religion. Mysore City Corporation is responsible for the civic administration of the city, which is also the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division.

Until 1947, Mysore served as the capital of theKingdom of Mysore. The kingdom was ruled by theWodeyar dynasty, except for a brief period in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali andTipu Sultan usurped power. Patrons of art and culture, the Wodeyars contributed significantly to the cultural growth of the city. The cultural ambience and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet Cultural Capital of Karnataka.

Mysore is noted for its palaces, including the Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. It lends its name to the Mysore style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore Pak, the Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban) and the garment known as the Mysore silk saree. Tourism is the major industry, while information technology has emerged as a major employer alongside the traditional industries. With no airport, Mysore depends on rail and bus transport for inter-city connections. The city was the location of the first private radio station in India. Mysore houses Mysore University, which has produced several notable authors, particularly in the field of Kannada Literature. Cricket is the most popular sport in the city.

Reach Mysore by Railways

Mysore Railway Station has three lines that connect it to the cities of Bangalore, Hassan and Chamarajanagar. Trains from major cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkatta & New Delhi also connect to Mysore. To know more : www.mysorerailwaystation.com

Reach Mysore by Roadways

Mysore is connected by National Highway NH-212 to the state border town of Gundlupet which than forks into the states of Kerala and Tamilnadu.The high traffic State Highway 17 which connects Mysore to Bangalore was, in 2006, upgraded to a four-lane highway which has reduced the travel time between the two Cities.

The Karnataka state Road Transport Corporation(KSTRC) and other private agencies operate buses from Mysore. A new division of KSRTC called Mysore city Transport Corporation(MCTC) has been proposed to be formed. Within the city, buses offer a cheap and popular means of transport. Auto-rickshwas are also available for intra-city Commute. Tongas are popular in Mysore.

To know more : www.ksrtc.in