Snuggle amidst the Sahayadri ranges of Maharashtra; Lonavala is a wonderful hill resort and a popular stopover for Mumbai & Pune. It is located at an altitude of about 625 meters. The place enjoys proximity to important cities of Maharashtra, including Mumbai at a distance of around 96 km and Pune at a distance of 62 km. Lonavala is vnot only popular amongst holidaymakers, but amongst adventure enthusiasts as well. It is really an exciting destination, which offers several possible opportunities for fun and adventures. The place offers excellent chance to go for trekking as it features numerous treks. The name of Lonavala has been derived from a Sanskrit word 'Lonavli', which means 'City surrounded by Caves'. Lonavala used to serve as one of the central hub for Buddhists in India. Indeed, the Bhaja and Karla Caves, located close to Lonavala, enjoy Buddhist origins and date back to about 2nd century BC. The hill station also has some connection with Chattrapati Shivaji.. Along with beautiful views and adventurous activities, Lonavala is also known for its Chikki, a sweet made from jaggery and peanuts/cashew nuts/sesame seeds. There are many beautiful aspects of Lonavala. Know about them before planning a Lonavala trip.
March to Mid-June, warm and delightful
Temperature:20°C – 35°C
20°C – 35°C
Annual rainfall -798 mm
Last November to February, Cool and Pleasant
Temperature:10°C – 20°C
St. Philomena's church is another important place to visit in Mysore. It is inspired by the architecture of Germany's Cologne Cathedral and enjoys an extraordinary neo-Gothic structure. With gorgeous frescoes depicting scenes from Bible, the stained glass windows of the church are decorated. The catacomb of the Cathedral features a striking statue of St. Philomena, a 3rd century saint from Greece. The statue was brought from France.
Now running as a 5-star hotel in Mysore, Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palatial structure of the city of Mysore. The architecture of the palace is considered to be an adaptation of the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The royal ambiance is still maintained and worth paying a visit.
It is one of the oldest zoos in India, which was established in 1892 as the Palace Zoo by Maharaja Chamaraja Woodeyar. The zoo is home to a number of exotic animals including Royal Bengal tigers, white tigers, elephants, giraffe, fallow deer, Himalayan black bear, Guar (Indian bison), white peafowl and Indian rhino. Mysore zoo remains open every day except Tuesday.
One of the topmost museums in Mysore, it displays folk art and crafts from all over the Karnataka. The museum has a great collection of over 6,500 exclusive folklore exhibits, which have been organized systematically. The gallery categorized individually for folklores, large dolls, folk-life, art and literature.
Jayalakshmi Vilas is a historical site of the city of Mysore that works as research center of University of Mysore at present. The palace has been restored with the funds given by the Infosys Foundation. It is one of the popular palaces to visit in Mysore.
Rail Museum is a priceless collection of locomotives and coaches that belong to the fledgling days of Indian railway. You can see here a collection of paintings and photographs narrating the evolution of rail networks in India. These things are very well preserved here. The main prized possession of the museum is the Maharani's Saloon built in the U.K.
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
The Jaganmohan Palace, built in 1902 to mark the coronation ceremony of Krishnaraja III, was converted into the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, which exhibits a rich collection of ceramics, sandalwood, ivory, stone, antique furniture, and ancient musical instruments. You can also gaze at paintings by reputed artists like Ravi Varma and Roerich, as well as traditional Mysore gold leaf paintings.
Karainji Lake is a sprawling water body in Mysore, which is surrounded with a beautiful park. The nature park consists of a butterfly park and a walk-through aviary. The lake is one of the favorite haunts of several migratory birds, including herons and egrets. It is situated in Mysore Zoo.
Regional Museum of Natural History
The museum was inaugurated on 20th May, 2015 and displays variety of plants, animals and geology of the South India. The museum was founded with a purpose to expand programs for masses and to create ecological consciousness. It motivates protection of nature and natural resources.
Situated on the top of Chamundi Hills, the palace used to be the summer residence of the Wodeyars of Mysore. At present, it has been converted into a heritage hotel. Set amidst lush & wild flora and brilliantly manicured flourishing gardens, the palace is a must visit in Mysore.
Best Places to Visit in Mysore
Mysore is an important tourist destination in state of Karnataka where you get to explore lots of sightseeing points. Some of the major tourist attractions in Mysore are:
Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery
It is an important sightseeing place of Mysore that earlier used to be the Jaganmohan Palace. The art gallery displays a rich collection of antique furniture, ancient musical instruments, and ceramics, sandalwood and ivory stones. At the gallery, visitors can see traditional Mysore gold leaf paintings along with the paintings of some popular painters of modern days.
It is one of the most stunning places of Mysore offering feast to the eyes of the visitors. The beautifully manicured garden is 60 acres of panoramic landscape. Adorned with various species of flowers and plants, it is a must visit attraction for the visitors. Musical fountain and the light & sound show are arranged at this garden, which are just amazing.
Mysore Palace is a majestic palace, which is one of the popular tourist attractions to be visited on your Mysore tour. Originally constructed in the 14th century, current Mysore palace built in 1912 as per the design of British architect Henry Irwin. The palace is an architectural marvel and appeals a huge of number of visitors. It presents a striking view when it is illuminated on holidays and festivals.