A popular tourist destination in India, Mysore is the largest district of Karnataka. It is an enthralling city with shining royal heritage, history and traditions, magnificent monuments and buildings. Famed for its scenic lakes, gorgeous waterfalls, and beautifully landscaped gardens, Mysore attracts visitors from all over the globe.
Be it a family holiday or a romantic getaway, Mysore offers a variety of exciting things to do within 2 days. It is a perfect blend of natural wonders and man-made sites. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mysore palace is a major attraction. However, its markets are replete with spice and incense stalls. Ashtanga Yoga practiced and preached in Mysore is also gaining popularity attracting spiritual seekers to the city.
On a two-day trip to Mysore, you can visit a lot of places to create some incredible and unforgettable memories. Apart from sightseeing, you can participate in thrilling activities and gather plenty of local experiences in 2 days. You can also stroll in the gardens, spot wildlife, marvel at the regal architecture of the city, and participate in the grand Dasara festivities.
Mysore offers a plethora of ancient and modern places to visit, allowing you to deep dive into its heritage. Here is the list of places to visit in Mysore in 2 Days:
Mysore Places to Visit in 2 days
Day 1 Mysore Places to Visit
- Mysore Palace
- Jaganmohan Palace
- St. Philomena’s Church
- Trinesvaraswamy Temple
- Lalitha Mahal Palace
Day 2 Mysore Places to Visit
- Karanji Lake
- Shuka Vana
- Chamundeshwari Temple
- Rail Museum
- Brindavan Gardens
The regal Mysore Palace is also called the Amba Vilas Palace. It is a historically significant imperial residence. After the Taj Mahal in Agra, it is the 2nd most visited monument in India. Built in 1912 for the 24th Wodeyar Dynasty ruler by Henry Irwin, its façade displays a seamless blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture.
You can visit the palace to marvel at the Indo-Saracenic architectural style. The 3-story stone structure exhibits marble domes, a 145-foot 5-story tower, and is surrounded by large gardens. You should visit the palace during the Dasara festival to truly experience its grandeur. It is held around October and it is fascinating to see as multiple lights brighten up the entire place.
Located near the Cauvery River, Brindavan Gardens sprawls over 60 acres. It was constructed by the Diwan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail, in 1932. It is well-maintained by the Cauvery Irrigation Corporation, a government enterprise. You will marvel at its illuminated fountains, botanical park, extensive varieties of plants and flowers, and boating facilities.
The terrace garden is divided into the main gate area, North and South Brindavan, and Children’s gardens. Beat the blistering heat during summers in the verdant and cool atmosphere of the garden. Enjoy the lush plantations during monsoons. You can enjoy the vibrant musical fountain show in the evenings.
3. Karanji Lake
The Fountain Lake or Karanji Lake was originally a percolation tank built by the Mysore King. It was a source of drinking water and clean water for household chores like bathing, washing, and cleaning. In 1976, the Mysore Zoo took over the area and transformed it into a tourist venue.
With 55 hectares of water spread area and 35 hectares of foreshore, it houses the largest aviary in the country. Spot the 147 species of birds, including herons, Asian openbill storks, cormorants, and grey pelicans. You can stroll around the lake or visit the Butterfly Park. Take your children to the special kids’ corner, and even try boating.
The alternate residence of Wodeyar Rulers, Jaganmohan Palace was used by the royals when the Mysore Palace was being renovated. One of the seven royal palaces of Mysore, it is now used as an art gallery and function hall. You can witness the old-age architecture and elaborate interiors.
Jaganmohan Palace displays some of the most exquisite pieces of artwork. There are over 2000 paintings from Mughal, Shantiniketan, and Mysore genres. Haldenkar’s ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ painting is a special highlight. Unique artifacts include a French clock, paintings made on a grain of rice, musical instruments, weapons of war, sculptures, brassware, and antique coins that can be witnessed at the palace.
5. Shuka Vana
Established by Shri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swami, Shuka Vana is also known as the Parrot Park. It is a rehabilitation center for abused, injured, and abandoned birds. In this walk-in aviary, you can witness 450 different colorful and rare species. You can teach your children about birds’ life.
The park has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for housing most bird species in an aviary. Parrots here symbolize days and months of the year. They are also assigned zodiac signs, birth dates, and planets according to Indian astrology. It is open on all days, except Wednesday.
Constructed in 1936, St. Philomena’s Church features a unique Neo-Gothic architectural style. It is a cathedral of the Diocese of Mysore and also one of the tallest in Asia. It has been inspired by Germany’s Cologne Cathedral.
St. Philomena’s Church is a brilliant example of the secular and religious accord of Mysore. You can see the beautiful marble statues and offer prayers. In the large hall and sanctum, you can gape at the stained window glasses and beautiful paintings of the birth, death, crucifixion, and the last supper of Jesus Christ. You can visit the church on all days of the week, from 5 AM to 6 PM.
7. Trinesvaraswamy Temple
Dedicated to the three-eyed Hindu god Lord Shiva, Trinesvaraswamy Temple is one of the oldest shrines in Mysore. Located in the northeast corner of the Mysore Fort, it faces the Mysore Palace. It had been regularly expanded and renovated by the Maharajas of Mysore.
Built in the Dravidian architectural style, it features an enclosure (Prakara) with a big main entrance (Mahadwara). Around the enclosure small shrines dedicated to Lord Suryanarayana, Goddess Parvati, Goddess Chamundeshwari, and Sri Shankaracharya are present.
The main gate displays images of Lord Ganpati and Bhairava. During the Shivaratri celebrations, special prayers are offered every three hours. The temple also attracts a large number of devotees.
Located near the Chamundi Hills, Lalitha Mahal Palace is the 2nd largest palace in Mysore. It is just 1.5 miles from Mysore Zoo. Built in 1921, it was inspired by London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. The architecture of Lalitha Mahal Palace reflects the elegance of English manor houses and Italian Palazzos.
The imposing structure graces the landscape of the city. Painted pure white, it was converted into a heritage hotel in 1974. You can spot the helipad, 100-year-old billiards table, tennis court, and golf course. A lovely view of the Chamundi Hills to the left, and Mysore City on the right, make it a popular destination.
Dedicated to Devi Chamundi, a fierce form of Goddess Shakti, Chamundeshwari Temple is one the most important Hindu temples in Mysore. Situated at a height of 3300 feet, it is located atop the Chamundi Hills. You must climb 1000 steps to reach the temple or can also drive through the interwoven valley road.
As a mark of respect, you can offer the deity fruits, flowers, and coconuts. Its quadrangular structure is constructed under the influence of the Dravidian style of architecture. You can witness the images of various forms of Devi Durga at the temple. The historical significance, tranquil setting, and nature’s beauty make it a must-visit place in Mysore.
10. Rail Museum
Built in 1979 by the Indian Railways, Rail Museum is a storehouse of railway collectibles. You can learn about the journey and development of the Indian railways at the museum. Browse through an extensive collection of old photographs. You will also love the awesome exhibition of locomotives like the vintage Austin Railway Car.
Housing several fascinating objects, the Rail Museum also houses the 1st steam engine to be built in India. You can also spot signals, railway coaches, a hand-operated steam water pump, lights, ticketing machines, tickets, clocks, signal signs, and paintings. Chamundi Gallery and Sri Ranga Pavilion are also significant sections of the museum.
More to Explore in Mysore
Mysore is a heritage city with an abundance of places to explore. You can also visit the following places on your 2 days trip if you have time to spare. Somanathpura Temple is a classic example of Hoysala architecture and stone carvings. Mysore Zoo engages in captive breeding of exotic and engendered species. Marvel at the 100 diverse species of Bonsai trees in the Bonsai Garden, spread over 4 acres.
For some really amusing rides and activities, visit the GRS Fantasy Park, a theme-based amusement park. Cherish the Edmuri Falls, originating from the Cauvery River, it is a refreshing experience and a visual delight.
Mysore offers an exciting shopping experience. From this multicultural city, you can buy silk sarees, sandalwood products, incense sticks, Mysore paintings, rosewood artifacts, stone sculptures, khadi cotton, Channapatna wooden toys, and authentic coffee. The local delicacy Mysore Pak is a wonderful gift for your loved ones. You can head to the local markets, government-run stores, or malls to pick articles of your choice.
Taste the delicious South Indian cuisine as you visit Mysore for 2 days. As Mysore is a prominent tourist destination there are several varieties of global cuisines available. Try the fizzy drinks and juices at the decades-old centers. Mysore Dosas and Filter Coffee are a must-try. From standard hotels to fine dining restaurants you have ample eating opportunities. Go to the age-old heritage hotels and try their iconic dishes.