The word Mysore is derived from “Mahishuru” which literally means the abode of Mahisha. According to a legend, the demon Mahishasura was slayed by Goddess Chamundeshwari. The city came under the rule of the Wodeyars. After the British took over, the city had lost its status as an administrative centre but was restored to its former glory when Bangalore became the capital of the British. Mysore, the second largest city in Karnataka, is located in the Mysore division and is easily reachable from Bangalore. Located 146 km away, it lies to the south -west of the capital city, spans an area of 128.42 sq km and is located at the base of Chamundi Hills. Mysore Palace, with its splendid architecture and intricate carvings, is a standing testimony of exquisite craftsmanship. This is easily reflected through the palace’s ceilings, rosewood doors and paintings that provide a glimpse of the structure’s glorious history. Brindavan Gardens and its musical fountains at Krishna Raja Sagar Dam are some other attractions that have contributed to the popularity of Mysore. Tipu Sultan’s Palace in Mysore is yet another attraction. Also, the city offers enough attractions for art lovers in the form of Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery, St. Philomena's Church, Lalit Mahal Palace, Datta Peetham, Karanji Kere and museums. The Mysore Zoo is a must-visit. Chamundi Hills is a popular religious centre that lies close to Mysore. It is home to a beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari and is also a popular choice among adventure lovers as it offers an excellent trekking route.
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