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Stunning Places To Visit In Mysore

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Mysore officially renamed as Mysuru, is the third most populous city in the state of Karnataka, India. Located at the base of the Chamundi Hills about 146 km southwest of the state capital Bangalore, it is spread across an area of 128.42 km. Mysore served as the capital city of Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries, from 1399 until 1947. The Kingdom was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except for a brief period in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power.

Mysore is an awesome getaway destination. Here are beautiful places in Mysore you can’t afford to miss.

1. Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery

The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world.Located in Bylakuppe, part of the Mysore district of the state of Karnataka, the monastery is home to a sangha community of over five thousand lamas (both monks and nuns), a religious college (or shedra) and hospital.

2. Chennakesava Temple, Somanathapura

The Chennakesava Temple located at Somanathapura is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. The temple was built by Soma, a Dandanayaka in 1268 C.E. under Hoysala king Narasimha III, when the Hoysala Empire was the major power in South India.

3. The Brindavan Gardens

The Brindavana Gardens is a garden located in the Mysore. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam which is built across the river Kaveri.The work on laying out this garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932. Visited by close to 2 million tourists per year, the garden is one of the major attractions of Srirangapatna.

4. Karanji Lake

Karanji Lake is a lake located in the city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India. The lake is surrounded by a nature park consisting of a butterfly park and a walk-through aviary. This aviary is the biggest 'walk-through aviary' in India. There is also a museum, the Regional Museum of Natural History which is located on the banks of this lake.

5. Sand Sculpture Museum

Nice beautiful place to see, different things made on sand, like god goddess and landscape, it's worthwhile visiting once as you will be awestruck to see the level of handmade art.

6. Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens (knows as Mysore Zoo) is a 157-acre zoo located near the palace in Mysore, India. It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India, and is home to a wide range of species (168). Mysore Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

7. The Maharaja Palace

The Maharaja’s Palace is a historical palace in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, southern India. It is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars — the Maharajas of Mysore, the royal family of Mysore, who ruled the princely state from 1399 to 1950. The palace houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting halls of the royal court) and incorporates a mesmerizing and gigantic array of courtyards, gardens, and buildings.

8. Sri Chamundeswari Temple

The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka in India.The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas.

9. Avadhoota Datta Peetham

Avadhoota Datta Peetham popularly called as Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram is situated on a sprawling 40-acre site at the foot of Chamundi Hill, in the Royal City of Mysore, State of Karnataka in Southern India. This is the head quarters of Pujya Swamiji's mission. Datta Peetham has grown over years to an impressive stature and encompasses many aspects of the spiritual life. Here one can study Yoga, the Vedas and Sanskrit, bhajans, music.

10. St. Philomena’s Church

St. Philomena's church is a Catholic church built in honour of St. Philomena in the Diocese of Mysore, India. It was constructed in 1936 using a Neo Gothic style and its architecture was inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

11. Chamundi Hill Nandi Statue

This giant image of Nandi (Bull) is located at the top of Chamundi hills in Mysore. More than 350 years old, this is one of the oldest icons in Mysore. According to Hindu mythology Nandi is considered as the vehicle (mount) of Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction. In front of every Shiva temple, on the court facing the shrine.

posted Mar 29, 2016 by Ati Kumar

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In the following Article I am trying to provide the list of places which are close by and can be covered in a day trip.

Some words of caution:
1. Though the places would be interesting, the locals and the villagers are a bit apprehensive about people meddling with the peaceful lives.
2. Understanding and speaking Kannada would be advantageous. Many people do speak broken Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu, but it is easier to deal with them in Kannada.
3. DO NOT indulge in drinking in these places. Not only you may get fined heavily, but also the place can be sealed off and made unavailable to any others to are interested to visit them.
4. There could be restrictions regarding visiting. For example, there are reports of people trekking to Skandagiri during night (as far as I know, there's a ban on trek at Skandagiri) and getting caught by police. So please verify before visiting any place.

Here comes the list:

Madhugiri - The second largest monolith hill in Asia. One can trek to the top of the hill where the ruins of a fortress can be seen. The trek is a bit hard, and can a test for your fitness. On an average, one would require around 2 hours to trek from the foot to the top.
Distance: 100 km


Chennarayana Durga: Located on the way between Devarayana Durga and Madhugiri. Can be trekked to the top.
Distance: Around 80 km

Chennarayana Durga

Thattekere: Located on the farther side of Bannerghatta forest area, Thattekere is a very calm and relaxing place, and is unknown. The route itself is very scenic.
Distance: Around 40 km


Huliyuru Durga: I haven't been here. But several blogs say it is a relatively easy climb.
Distance: 85 km

Huliyuru Durga

Makali Durga: Another short trek
Distance: 70 km

Makali Durga

(OK, enough of hills and treks!)

Janapada Loka: On Mysore Road, a few kilometers after the town of Ramanagara, you can find this place on your right. The word JANAPADA in Kannada means folklore, and this place is a folk museum and is the brainchild of Sri. H. L. Nagegowda, a famous folklorist and a civil servant.
Distance: 55 km

Janapada Loka

Kabbala Durga: An unheard place in a remote location. I'll leave the fun of finding this place to you :-)
Distance: 85 km

Kabbala Durga

Thanks :)


‘It happens only in India…’
We’ve often heard people rant that India is a land of mysteries and wondered where the notion came from. Well, we’ve finally got an answer for you! India truly has zillions of secrets buried deep in its most bizarre of places, that either leave people wide eyed with shock or freak them out when they learn about them.

1. The Tale of Twins at Kodinhi, Kerala

The extraordinary factor about this otherwise ordinary village in Malappuram, Kerala is the strikingly large number of twin births that it witnesses. Kodinhi, or the ‘Village of Twins’, as it is now called, holds an eminent place among the mysterious places in India. Once you set foot into this village, you’ll start seeing doubles of almost everyone. Kodinhi is currently home to over 200 pair of twins and two sets of triplets. And that’s not all. Kodinhi’s women who are married outside the village also end up having twins or triplets.

2. The Hanging Pillar at Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

An important archaeological and historical site in India, Lepakshi is known for its architecture and painting. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is among the most mysterious places in India, owing to its famous floating pillar. Among the 70 pillars at the site, one is hanging in mid-air, that is, it exists without a support. People come to the temple and pass objects under the pillar, believing it’ll bring prosperity into their lives.

3. The ‘Holy’ Rat Infested Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok, Rajasthan

The Karni Mata Temple is one of the most holy sanctums, but little do people know that it is also one of the most mysterious places in India. The temple is home to over 20,000 rats. Revolting as it may sound, one is not allowed to kill, hurt, or even scare them away. These rats, or ‘kabbas’, as they’re called there, are considered to be highly auspicious, are worshipped, and safeguarded, which is why they hold more value than the humans visiting the shrine.

4. Door-Deprived Houses of Shani Shignapur, Maharashtra

Shani Shignapur, a small village located 35 kms away from Ahmednagar, is famous for its Shani temple. But that’s not all that is famous about this village. None of the houses, schools, and even commercial buildings in this village have a door, or even a door frame. In addition to this, not a single crime has ever been reported here.

5. The Red Rain at Idukki, Kerala

Apart from a place with rich natural splendour of the Western Ghats, a vast forest reserve, & the tempting coastal curry, Idukki, or the ‘Red Region’, is also famous as one of the mysterious places in India. The red coloured rain at Idukki first fell on 25th July, 2001, and occurred sporadically for 2 months, staining clothes and buildings as it poured. This blood-red downpour, when collected by the locals, turned into clean water with red particles settled at the bottom.

6. The Immortal Flame of Jwala Ji Temple in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Jwala Ji temple is a holy shrine located in the lower Himalayas in Kangra district, typical of other Jwala Ji shrines in the country. Why then, is it listed among the mysterious places in India, is another matter altogether. The central pit of hollowed stone inside this shrine holds a flame that has been burning endlessly for over a 100 years.

7. The Shrine of the Bullet Baba in Bandai, Rajasthan

A man named Om Singh Rathore, or Om Banna, had died at this very spot in a tragic accident while riding back home on his bullet. What followed was a series of unusual happenings wherein the police would take away the bike, empty its fuel tank, and bind it in chains, but it would return to the same spot before day break…every single time. When the authorities finally gave up, the locals built a temple around this bike, which is now listed among the most mysterious places in India owing to the story behind it.

8. The Abandoned Village of Kuldhara, Rajasthan

About 2 centuries ago, over 1,500 Paliwal Brahmins fled the village, OVERNIGHT. Since then, no one has been able to live here and it is now one of the abandoned places in India. Those who try are chased away at night by ‘paranormal activities’. Tourists who visit Kuldhara encounter an uneasy feeling when they set foot inside the village.

9. The Floating Stones of Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu holds immense importance in the Hindu mythology, as it is the place where, according to Ramayana, Lord Rama’s Vanara Sena built a bridge of floating stones all the way to Sri Lanka. But there is something else about the bridge that makes this place one of the most mysterious places in India.

10. The Visa God of Chilkur, Hyderabad

Troubled by your endless attempts at getting a US visa? Not to worry. Get to the Balaji Temple in Chilkur, Hyderabad, and Lord Balaji will grant you one.

11. The Lake of Skeletons at Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Roopkund Lake is a glacier lake located at an elevation of 16,500 feet in the most God forsaken place in the Himalayas. But it’s remote and dangerous location has got nothing to do with the gloom and despair associated with this lake. It’s what lies beneath it that scares the shit out of most people.

12. The Magnetic Hill of Leh, Ladakh

The enchanting hills of Ladakh have more than mere beauty to offer. The Magnetic Hill, located at an altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level is one of the most unusual places to visit in India. Cars driving up the hill get pulled up of their own accord. That is, one can drive up here with the ignition of their vehicles turned off.

13. The Gravity Defying Palace at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

A stunning creation of the 18th century, Bara Imambara, with a blend of Arabic and European architecture is among the most mysterious historical places in India.

14. The E.T. Inhabited Kongka La Pass at Ladakh

At an elevation of 16,970 feet, the Kongka La Pass is one of the least accessed place in India, owing to the fact that is a disputed territory between India and China. But that’s not what makes it one of the most mysterious places in India.

15. The Place of Suicidal Birds in Jatinga, Assam

An otherwise quaint and picturesque little village in Assam, Jatinga experiences a bizarre, yet sad phenomenon every monsoon. During dark and foggy nights in monsoons, migratory birds flying over the village, dive headlong into trees, buildings, poles, and what nots, crashing to death. Jatinga is one of those strange places to visit in India that turns into a land of mass bird suicide every year during September & October.


If you believe in life, you must believe in death. If you believe in God, you must believe in Satan. If you believe in the alive, you must believe in the dead. And if you believe in the dead, the real ghost stories in India that have been mentioned in this piece are going to scare the hell out of you. Everybody has heard a real-life tale or two about some of the scariest places in India. Some people act brave, but the fact remains that a few uncanny stories are spooky, like really spooky. Blame it on circumstances, but spine-chilling accounts confirm the presence of ghosts and spirits, especially when they come from locals.

Let's take a look at top 12 haunted places in India:

1. Bhangarh Fort – Ajabgarh, Alwar, Rajasthan

Bhangarh fort is located in the ruined city of the same name, somewhere between Jaipur and Alwar, in Rajasthan. The place is so haunted by paranormal activities that even the Archaeological Survey of India has put up a board that restricts people from visiting the fort area before sunrise and after sunset. Legend has it that a tantric named Singhiya fell in love with a princess from the fort. He tried to use black magic to get her to fall in love with him, but it backfired and he died. Just before his death, he cursed the fort saying all who lived within it would die. Today, villagers who live in the area continue to build roofless dwellings because everytime they do build a roof, it inexplicably collapses. People have also mysteriously gone missing after-hours inside the fort. It’s an hour and a half by road from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Alwar road.

2. Kuldhara – Rajasthan

Known to be a deserted ghost village, Kuldhara is located near Jaisalmer and has been abandoned since the 19th century. It was established in 1291 by Paliwal Brahmins, known for their business acumen and agricultural knowledge. One night in 1825, all the people of Kuldhara and 83 nearby villages vanished all of a sudden. The mystery of the vanishing villagers is quite intriguing. Though a story talks of Salim Singh, then minister of state, who fell in love with the beautiful daughter of the village chieftain. He threatened the villagers of huge taxes, should they fail to get him married to her. The chief of the village, along with those of the nearby 83 villages, decided to abandon their villages. It is also said that the villagers, before leaving, cursed the village that no one could ever inhabit the land.

3. D’Souza Chawl in Mahim – Mumbai

Owing to D’Souza Chawl, Mahim has acquired the status of being the most haunted place in Mumbai. It is said that a woman fell into the water and died crying for help in the well. Probably that is why most people say that they’ve witnessed a woman lurking around the well and the nearby area.

4. The Shaniwarwada Fort – Pune

The story goes that a young prince was brutally assassinated in this famous Pune fort when he was still a teenager. While the prince was chased by his assassins, running for his life across the fort, he shouted, ‘Uncle save me.’ On full moon nights, people in and around the fort claim to hear these same words reverberate around the fort walls.

5. GP Block – Meerut

GP Block in Meerut is also very notoriously known for all the paranormal activity it beholds. Despite being a popular zone, there have been reportedly a lot of strange sightings. For instance people who pass this place claim to have seen four males sitting together and enjoying an alcoholic beverage by the light of a single candle. At first, this was not considered spooky for it could just be four friends having a good time but once it was established that it was indeed four ghosts, people in and around the area became increasingly interested. In addition, some claim to also witness a young girl coming out of the house in what many people believe to be a red dress. With time people have abandoned that place for obvious reasons but it continues to catch the fancy of those who love the paranormal.

6. Dumas Beach, Surat- Gujarat

As soon as they enter this beach area, dogs are known to behave strangely. This might not come as a surprise to you once you learn that this beach is where Hindus were cremated and, after dark, people on the beach claim to hear whispers on the wind telling them to return home. They say it’s the voices of the tormented souls that have remained behind after cremation and now haunt the beach. Fly to Ahmedabad and take a train to Surat. Dumas beach is about 20 kilometres southwest of Surat and you can get a bus from Surat railway station to the beach.

7. Jatinga – Assam

Having a population of around 2500, this village is popular worldwide for its unexplained phenomenon of bird suicides. Most of the migratory birds visiting the area never leave the village, dropping dead for no rhyme or reason on the streets. The case gets even more inscrutable as these birds always plummet to their death between 06:00 p.m. to 09:30 p.m. on the moonless nights of September and October. These mass suicides only occur on a specific 1 mile by 600 feet strip of land and this phenomenon is said to have occurred year after year without a break for more than a century. Many theories have been offered by scientists to explain this phenomenon, the most popular one being that these birds are attracted towards village lights which later confuse them, along with many others. None of them have yet been able to prove any of the theories behind this phenomenon though, which is why it continues to haunt and intrigue the minds of the residents and travellers just the same.

8. Tunnel No. 33, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Hill stations already have the reputation of being atmospheric, mysterious places due to their relative isolation and silence. Tunnel No. 33 (also referred to as Tunnel 103) is one of the tunnels on the Shimla-Kalka railway route. This is where the friendly ghost of Colonel Barog loiters, in search of friendly chats with people who take the tunnel. Colonel Barog was a railway engineer during the British Raj who committed suicide due to a gross miscalculation while the engineering work for the tunnel was ongoing. He was fined but the humiliation of his error and reprimand turned out to be too much for him. They say his spirit lingers on in the tunnel, albeit he’s the chattiest ghost around for miles!

9. Agrasen ki Baoli, Hailey Road, New Delhi

An Ancient Step Well situated right in the heart of central Delhi takes you by surprise if you are out on the streets for a walk. Ironically, it is actually quite impossible to miss having a unique blend of architecture with a signature design known to have existed only centuries ago. Although there are no known historical records to prove who built the beautifully designed step well, it is under the protection of ASI for being a rare historical specimen, one of its kinds. It is not known for any kind of supernatural activities but for its mystic feel and the hearsay stories about how some felt like they were being followed by an invisible somebody and the intensity of the same increased if they started walking faster. This is definitely something you need to experience first hand to really believe it.

10. Dow Hill in Kurseong – Darjeeling, West Bengal

Kurseong, a hill station located about 30kms from Darjeeling, has a place called Dow Hill which is reknowned for its spookiness within some boarding schools. People have claimed to hear inexplicable footsteps around the empty corridors of the boys' boarding school during school vacations. Woodcutters working in the forested areas nearby have seen a headless boy walking around, who then vanishes through the trees. The odd sightings are attributed to various murders that have taken place in the area. Kurseong is one of the stops on the Darjeeling Himalayan railway, which you can board at New Jalpaiguri railway station. Arrive at Bagdogra airport and take a taxi or rickshaw to the railway station.

11. Ramoji Film City – Hyderabad

Ramoji Film City, one of the biggest film cities in the country, is actually a haunted place in India. According to witnesses, the spotlights have been seen falling off, light men have been pushed, strange marks have appeared on mirrors, and many crew members have had severe injuries. Females are more targeted by the ghosts than the males. Girls reported an invisible force tearing their clothes off, some said they felt someone knock their washroom doors while the rooms remain locked from the inside. They create havoc. Many preventive measures have been taken but in vain. Must visit haunted place in India in case you want to experience the paranormal for yourself.

12. Bengal Swamps – West Bengal (Aleya Ghost Lights)

While it's not clear if the marsh ghost lights (also Aleya lights) are benign or harmful, a lot of deaths have been attributed to them. Some claim these 'ghost lights' are the spirits of fishermen who've drowned in the marshes, while others suggest that these lights warn them of danger. A lot of dead bodies that have washed ashore don't help the matter much.