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Mysore has been one destination for the filmmakers to capture the royalty and magnificence of the country in the backdrop of their movies. Mysore makes the best location for the bollywood movies to depict romantic scenes like in Raja Hindustani(1996) to emotional scene in Mehbooba(1976).
A historical palace in the heart of the city of Mysore, Mysore palace is the official seat of the Wodeyars who were the former royal family of Mysore. The architecture of the palace is one of its kind with marble dome ,sculpted pillars and towers. The palace houses two magnificent durbar halls and an assemblage of courtyards and gardens. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction in India after Taj Mahal. The palace is admired and appreciated by the visitors is mostly because of the divine paintings and architectural beauty. The magnificence of the palace escalates to another level during the festive season. During Dasara, various artists are invited to perform on stage in the palace grounds.
Bollywood films such as Mehbooba(1976) and Linga(2014) have captured the royal grandeur of the palace.
Scene : Mere Naina song sequence
Balmuri falls is a man-made reservoir which falls on the way to Krishna Raja Sagar Dam. It is constructed at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. The height of the dam is approximately about 6 ft. therefore resembling a small waterfall. It is a fantastic picnic spot to enjoy the greenery and the scenic beauty around. If you want to, you could enjoy boating on the waters of the river Kaveri.
The falls have been featured in the movie Pakeezah(1972) and Raja Hindustani(1996). The beauty of the calm waters only increase in the cinema reels.
LALITHA MAHAL PALACE
The splendid white palace designed by the english architect, E. W. Fritchley, in 1931 is today one of India’s most affluent hotels. Lalitha Mahal had an english architectural design and the structured is frequently compared to that of London’s St. Paul’s cathedral. The location has a regal environment and lets you relax stay with a comfortable services provided by the hotel staff. Once previously a ballroom, the grand hall has now been converted into a dining space.
Bollywood has utilized the royalness of the Mahal and has captured it in movies like Deewana(1992) and Mard(1985).
Scene – Ravi after marriage comes to his house
A forest range in the western ghats situated approximately 73 km from Mysore, kakanakote is now a wildlife national park maintained and operated by the state government. The area is covered with dense forest vegetation with a variety of flora and fauna. It is particularly known for the population of wild elephants in the area. The forest was inhabited by Kuruba people(a hindu community whose traditional occupation is shepherding and farming) and the forests have been named after their leader, Kaka Nayaka. You could even plan to stay among the green spaces within the national park.
The beautiful scenic background could not miss the eye of the filmmakers.Movies in different indian languages have been shot in these sedating forests such as Gandhadha Gudi(Kannada,1973), kakanakote(kannada,1976) and Kumki(tamil,2012).
NAMDROLING NYINGMAPA MONASTERY
The monastery has a quite and serene environment with an impressive architectural structure. The paintings on the wall will surely grasp your attention. The inside of the monastery has golden statues of Buddha and Padmasambhava. One should surely visit the monastery to experience the elegant architecture, artwork and relaxing environment.
Halebidu Temple is one of the finest example of the Hoysala architecture. The detailed carving on the walls and statues are splendid. The ancient remains of the temple is a must see if you are inspired by true form of indian art and architecture.
Spread in an area of 157 acre, the mysore zoo is one of the oldest and popular zoos in the country. It houses a wide variety of wildlife such as birds, elephants, tigers, lions, giraffe, cheetah etc., It is a neatly planned and maintained zoological garden.
ROYAL MYSORE WALKS
These are weekend heritage walks organised to make you familiar with the historical aspect of the city. It is a good way to explore the royal history, market and the handicraft of the city.
GOVERNMENT SILK FACTORY
Mysore is considered to be the best place to get finest and cheap silk and the best way to see what goes behind the whole process is to visit the government silk factory and see how things are worked out. You could drop by to see how the finest silk fabric is made in the factories.
A good cafe to experience excellent coffee, himalayan tea and freshly baked bread. The staff here are from the underprivileged background and the profit aids those communities.
The nearest airport to Mysore is Bangalore which is approximately 140 km away. The air connectivity to Bangalore is very good from any major city in the country. The state highway links Bangalore to Mysore and there are regular bus services for your convenience.
The city is connected to Bangalore through the state highway and the non-stop bus services are available. There are private tour operators who can be hired.
The railway station in Mysore is the Mysore Junction. The city has a good rail network connecting it to major cities of the country via regular trains.
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