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Top places to visit in Mysore to experience the grandeur of the royal city

Mysore offers a mix of tourist attractions suitable for people with varying interests. You will need a great amount of time and patience to visit all the beautiful places in the city.

Mysore - the city of grand architecture and beautiful gardens pose a great destination for tourists. The seat of former ruling Wodeyar Dynasty, the royal city will captivate you with its magnificence and royalty. A land of many specialties which include Mysore Dosa, Mysore Pak, Mysore Dussehra and Mysore Silk, you ought to visit Mysore once in your life.

Here are all the places you should visit in Mysore which makes it one of the greatest cities in India:

Mysore Palace:

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The architecture of Mysore Palace is synonymous with grandeur and opulence. The brilliant architecture and intricate craftsmanship of the palace will blow your mind away. A former residence of Wodeyar Dynasty, the palace is considered as one of the largest monuments in India. Travel through the time as you walk through the doors and corridors inside the palace.

Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM

Entry Fee: INR 40

KRS Dam:

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If you are wondering why a water dam is worth your visit, let the scenic views around the KRS Dam change your mind. Constructed over the Cauvery river is a grand concrete marvel and a major source of drinking water in Mysore. Its colorful illuminated gardens and musical fountains set it apart from other dams. Even the natural landscapes around the vicinity will blow your mind away.

KRS Dam timing: 06:30 AM to 09:00 PM

Entry Fee: INR 15

Karanji Lake:

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Let the largest lake in Karnataka stupefy you with its alluring surroundings and flora-fauna. Locate at the base of Chamundi Hills, the lake qualifies as one of the most scenic and serene spots in Mysore. When more than 70 species of birds migrate to this lake in a particular season, the scene looks absolutely amazing. Having a picnic by the lake side might not be a bad idea if you are around.

Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Entry Fee: INR 10

Melody World Wax Museum:

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A one of its kind museum, Melody World Wax Museum displays a collection of over 300 wax statues with three hundred different music instruments. It is also the third largest museum in India. From stone age to modern age, name any musical instrument and you will find it in this museum. A tribute to all the famous music artists from all over the world, you will find different music genres such as Chinese, Pop, Tribal, Punjabi Bhangra, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock etc.

Timings: 09:30 AM to 07:00 PM

Entry Fee: INR 30

Railway Museum:

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If you too like trains like Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, then you must visit the Rail Museum in Mysore. You will find old steam engines and locomotives on display inside the museum. There is even a mini-rail which takes its visitors on a ride through the museum. There is a storehouse of activities that you can do inside the museum which makes it a popular attraction among kids and adults alike.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM except Monday

Entry Fee: INR 15 for adults, INR 10 for kids

Brindavan Gardens:

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What makes Mysore famous are its grand architecture and botanical gardens. Brindavan Gardens is one of the well-manicured gardens which lie 23 km away from mysore. The garden is built across Krishnaraja Sagar Dam and is a perfect place to spend an evening of leisure. Enjoy the magical fountains adorned with beautiful lights and cheerful music. Another thing to do in the park is the boat ride

Timings: 06:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Entry Fee: INR 15