Mysore Travel Guide



get there and around

By road

From the state capital Bangalore, Shivamogga can be reached on road by car or bus by taking the National Highway, NH-206 via Tumkur, Arsikere, Banavara, Kadur, Birur, Tarikere, and Bhadravathi. KSRTC, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has recently introduced Volvo buses which are a comfortable but expensive way of reaching Shivamogga from Bangalore. Shivamogga is around 274 km on road from Bangalore. By the coastal route, one can reach Shivamogga by bus / car. From Udupi, there are a number of mini-buses which take about four hours. Car journey from Udupi to Shivamogga may be around three hours. This route passes through Agumbe Ghat with sharp hairpin curves, but this road is quite popular among the tourists coming from Mangalore and Udupi. There is one more road from Kundapur, another coastal town, which takes about four and a half hours. From Sringeri (a famous tourist place, also popular among Kerala tourists and devotees), it is a four hours journey by bus. Hubli, another important city of Karnataka state is also connected to Shivamogga by road by a number of buses, and the journey is around four hours. Shivamogga is better connected with roads from all directions and as such, it is an important bus junction. All major and minor towns of Karnataka have bus access to Shimoga and its bus terminus is always busy. It is also a hub which connects Northern Karnataka to Dharmasthala.

By rail

Shivamogga has a railway station and there are frequent trains that run to Shivamogga from Bangalore and Mysore. However, direct trains to Shivamogga from other parts of India are non-existent or infrequent. Birur Junction which is well connected to most parts of India by rail (especially from Mumbai), is approximately at a distance of 70 km from Shivamogga and can be used as an alternative to reach Shivamogga. Umpteen buses run from Birur to Shivamogga. Currently under construction are railway lines connecting Shivamogga to Honnaver and Goa in the Konkan region (This is the shortest route from Bangalore to Goa). The most popular trains from Shivamogga to Bangalore are the Shivamogga Express (a daily train that leaves at 10 P.M from Shivamogga and reaches Bangalore early morning and a parallel train from Bangalore that starts at 11.40 P.M to Shivamogga) and the Inter City Express Connection train (Hubli - Bangalore) at 8.10 am from Shivamogga. Starting December 8 2009, an Intercity express service has been introduced between Bangalore City and Shimoga, the train departs from Bangalore City at 4.30 PM and reaches Shimoga Town at 9.55 PM. The train from Shimoga town departs at 6.20 AM and reaches Bangalore City at 11.50 AM. The train runs 7 days a week.

By air

An Airport is under construction in Sogane 6 km from Shivamogga.[2] Airports at Bangalore (275 km), Mangalore (180 km) or Hubli (195 km) can be used as transits to Shivamogga.


Kunduvada kere (Mallikarjuna sagara Parivartita Kunduwada Kere) in Davangere, is a picturesque lake. It is one of the sources of drinking water for the city. Other one is a lake at T.V. Station that has a good view of sunset and is a popular picnic spot.

Bathi Gudda is situated 4kms from Davangere city towards harihara, from the top of this hill city looks beautiful. Beside this hill Bhadra sugar factory & Bathi lake are situated. you can even visit the Davangere Dairy located in Bathi, which supplies milk to Davangere & Chithradurga district.

Kondajji is situated around 10kms from Davangere city. Its a major scout & guides camp for south India which is named in the commemorance of Kondajji Basappa. In kondajji there are 3 hills, a lake & boating is available.

Soole kere (Shanthi Sagara) near Davangere, is a major water supply source and also second largest pond in Asia. It was built by namesake Princess Shanthi during 12th century. Now it is a water source for both drinking and agriculture.

[4]There is a temple dedicated to Lord Siddeshwara near the lake. An Aqueduct designed by Sir M Vishweshwariah is also a major tourist attraction. The government is taking steps to spruce up tourist attractions in the area.


places to visit

Mysore is a tourism hot spot within the state of Karnataka and also acts as a base for other tourist places in the vicinity of the city.[19] The city receives the maximum number of tourists during the period of the Dasara festival when festivities take place for a period of 10 days. One of the most visited monuments in India, the Ambavilas Palace (also known as Mysore Palace) is the center of the Dasara festivities.
Austin Railcar inside the Railway Museum, Mysore
Fountains at Brindavan Gardens at night

The Jaganmohana Palace, the Jayalakshmi Vilas and the Lalitha Mahal are some of the other palaces in the city. Chamundeshwari Temple, atop the Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena's Church are popular religious places in Mysore.

The Mysore Zoo, established in 1892, and the Karanji and Kukkarahalli lakes are also popular spots for tourists. Museums in Mysore include the Regional Museum of Natural History, the Folk Lore Museum, the Railway Museum and the Oriental Research Institute. The city is also a centre for yoga-related health tourism that attracts lot of foreign visitors as well.

A short distance from Mysore city is the Krishnarajasagar Dam and the adjoining Brindavan Gardens where a musical fountain show is held in the evening. Places of historic importance lying close to Mysore are Srirangapatna, Somanathapura and Talakad.[19] The hills, B R Hills and Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta and the hill stations of Ooty and Madikeri are all near Mysore. Popular destinations for wildlife enthusiasts near Mysore include the National Parks at Bandipur and Nagarhole, the wildlife sanctuaries at Melkote and B R Hills and the bird sanctuaries at Ranganathittu and Kokrebellur.Other tourist spots near Mysore include the religious locations of Nanjanagud and Bylakuppe and the waterfalls at Shivanasamudra.





get there and around

You can get into Chitradurga by bus from Bangalore, a five hour journey from state capital.

Get around

Local transportation from the main bus station to the Fort is available. This will suffice for backpacker and a low budget traveller. It is always preferable to travel around in a car. There is safe and sufficient parking available at the entrance of the fort.



get there and around

by air
Mysore does not have a functional airport and the nearest functional
airport to the city is the Bengaluru International Airport at Bangalore.
The Mandakalli airport near the city is being upgraded by the Airports
Authority of India and is expected to be operational by september
2009.The absence of an airport has been a hindrance to the economic
growth of Mysore.

by train

Mysore city has a railway station and three railway lines connect it to
the cities of Bangalore, Hassan and Chamarajanagar. The first railway
line established in the city was the Bangalore-Mysore Junction metre
gauge line, which was commissioned in 1882. However, all railway
lines that serve the city are single track ones which impede faster
connectivity to the city. Though there are plans to double at least the
Bangalore-Mysore track, the project is yet to be completed. All
trains that connect to Mysore are operated by Indian Railways and the
fastest train to serve the city is the Shatabdi Express.

by road

Mysore is connected by National Highway NH-212 to the state border town
of Gundlupet which then forks into the states of Kerala and Tamil
Nadu 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. A project was
planned in 1994 to construct a new expressway to connect the cities of
Bangalore and Mysore. But this has run into numerous legal hurdles and
the work has yet to be completed. Other main roads are State
Highways 33 and 88, which connect Mysore to H D Kote and Madikeri

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and other private
agencies operate buses from Mysore. Within the city, buses offer a cheap
and popular means of transport. Auto-rickshaws are also available for
intra-city commute. Tongas are popular in Mysore.