Mysore Maharaja Palace is one of the largest and spectacular architectural monuments in the heart of Mysore. It was the residence of the Wodeyar Maharajas. The palace has beautifully-designed tombs, pillars and the unique room, which was used for gatherings. Even till date, traditional celebrations happen with full dedication to protect the rich cultural heritage of the city.
Named after the goddess of 'Shakti'- Chamundi, this place has stone stairway of 1800 steps which lead to beautiful city view points including the Chamundeshwari temple. Midway to the temple is a statue of Bull "Nandi" vehicle of Lord Shiva which is 4.9m tall and 7.6m long, carved out of a single piece of black granite. At the top of the hill, tourists are rewarded with panoramic views of the city be it a day view or night view.
The zoo was initially meant royal families in Mysore. In 1920, they allowed the public to enjoy the zoo. It spans across an area of 80.13 acres along with 77.03 acres of Karanji Lake in the heart of the city. The zoo is home to about 1450 animals belonging to 170 varied species. Gorilla, Chimpanzee, African Rhino, Tapir, Baboon, Emu, Marmoset, Lemur and Cassowary inhabit the zoo. The famous butterfly park & Karanji Kere are an integral part of the zoo.
St. Philomena's Cathedral
This church is one of the prime attraction in Mysore. The interiors of the church are very well designed and attractive. The floor plan of the church resembles a cross. It is one of the largest churches in India with its 175 feet long twin spires. It was built in 1843 by Maharaja Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. Pople from various parts of the world visit this place. The holy mass is performed here regularly.