Mysore: A cultural capital bathed in royalty (Part 2)

Brindavan Gardens,  St. Philomena’s Church and Mysore Palace

After exploring the holy Chamundeshwari temple, we were all set to explore other places of sightseeing in Mysuru. Next on our cards was Brindavan Gardens. The Brindavan Gardens is world famous for its symmetric horse shoe design. It is one of the most beautifully laid out terrace gardens in the world.  The gardens have been modelled on the design of Shalimar Gardens, Kashmir.

Brindavan gardens Mysore timings
Brindavan gardens Mysore (Source)

The creation of this garden in the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam site has been the achievement of Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Dewan of the princely State of Mysore. Krishna Raja Sagar Dam is visible from very far off and looks stunning. The dam is built across the river Kaveri

Krishna Raja Sagar Dam in Mysore, Karnataka India
Krishna Raja Sagar Dam

Brindavan Gardens can be visited on any day from 6:30 am to 9 pm with an entry ticket of INR 15 for Adults (INR 5 for children).
After you enter you will be welcomed by colourful gardens, a variety of flower pots and a long pathway to the fountain area of the garden.  
After reaching the fountain area, you will be astonished to look innumerable fountains. These fountains are decorated with coloured lightning. The illuminated running waters and fountains with changing colours of lights is an event that you should DEFINITELY look forward to in the evening. (Sound and Light show).

Brindavan Gardens Mysore entry fees
Flower Pots at the entrance of the garden
Holiday packages to Mysore
Mast mola!!
Fountain area in the brindavan gardens
Fountain area in the gardens
Beautiful fountains in the Brindavan gardens in Mysore
Beautiful fountains

We saw many women workers cleaning the water basins near the fountains. You will appreciate the cleanliness and the maintenance of the garden. The garden has many open spaces, lawns, illuminated flower beds and ornamental plants. It also has well laid out roads and pathways. 

Flower beds in Mysore Brindavan gardens
Well maintained Flower beds
Ornamental Plants
Ornamental Plants
terraced garden of Mysore - Brindavan gardens
View of the gardens from one of the terrace
sound and light show timings of brindavan gardens
Pattern making fountains
coloured fountains of brindavan gardens
Pattern fountains
brindavan gardens mysore blog
Open space lawns
If you are planning to visit Mysore, make sure you visit the Brindavan Gardens both in the morning and evening. Daytime beauty of gardens and evening sound and light show will be a lifetime experience (Evening Light Show timings: 7 pm to 8 pm). More than 20 lakh people visit the garden annually. You can also enjoy boating in the lake area which is in the midst of the garden only. 

boating in brindavan gardens
Goddess Lakshmi statue beside the lake
Boating in krishna raja sagar dam lake
Boating area beside the dam
Migratory birds at the brindavan garden Mysore
Migratory birds at the garden
Migratory ducks in krishna sagar dam lake - Mysore
Migratory ducks in the lake near the dam
krishna raja sagar dam near Kaveri river
Ek group pic ho jaaye!

Although we didn’t get a chance to visit the gardens in the night, I am attaching some pictures of the light show of the fountain area from the internet to give you a glimpse of this night beauty. 

Colourful fountains at brindavan gardens
fountain light and sound show at brindavan gardens
brindavan gardens mysore night view
fountains innight at brindavan gardens - Mysore

                                                                       Colourful fountains at brindavan gardens (Source)

After the beautiful gardens, we went to St. Philomena’s Cathedral Church. The church is more than 200 years old and is one of India’s largest and oldest church. It is built in the Gothic Architectural style with beautiful stain glass windows and lofty towers. The illuminated church in the evening is a wonderful site not to be missed. Church can be visited every day from 5 am to 6 pm (Free Entry).  Photography is prohibited inside the church. 

 St. Philomena’s Cathedral Church
Front view of St. Philomena's Church (Source)
Gothic Architectural style ,stain glass windows, lofty towers
Beautiful architecture of the church (Source)

The twin spires of the church (175 feet in height) towering over the trees and the houses will grab your attention from a distance.  An interesting part about the church’s architecture is that its length and height is identical at 175 feet. 

twin spires of the st philomena's church
Gaurav and Ankit at the church !!
st philomena's church opening and closing timings

The Holy Mass is performed daily in Kannada, Tamil and English at the table in the sanctum sanctorum. Timings of Holy Mass: 

Weekdays: 5:30, 6:15, 7:00, 16:00
Sunday: 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 16:00

architecture of st. philomena church mysore           
history of st philomena church
                                                         Side views of the church (Source)

Next on the cards was Mysore Palace. We had visited the palace yesterday night when it was lit up bright. Now was the time to explore the beauty of the palace from inside. The entry ticket can be purchased from left and right windows at the visitor entry gate which is also the southern gate (also called Varaha gate ). The main entrance gate is called Jayamartanda. This gate is opened only during the Dusshera festivities or any such other occasions when the royal descendants use it. 

Lord Krishna architecture at the entrance gate of Mysore palace
Lord Krishna architecture at the entrance gate
Mysore Palace view from entrance gate
First view of the Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace timings and entry fees
Group pic in front of Mysore Palace!!

The cost of the ticket is Rs 40 for Adults (INR 20 for children). You have to submit the camera and the mobile phones in the locker as the same are not allowed inside the palace (No charges for the same).
After removing the shoes and going through the security check we entered the huge halls of the palace. There were beautiful paintings all over the walls. These paintings depicted the Dussehera festivities as observed since the Kings ruled there. Then we came upon the most beautiful wedding hall -the Ceremonial hall or the wedding pavilion or the Kalyana Mantapa. Its octagonal shaped and has the most exquisitely carved and painted columns in turquoise blue, gold and hints of red. The flooring too has English mosaic tiles in a peacock pattern.
Infact, all over the palace, the floors have been laid with such exquisite mosaic tiles. The opulence of the wedding hall is repeated in the Durbar halls – public and private. The beautifully carved and painted columns echo in symmetry with graceful arches. Semi-precious stones inlay work; beautifully carved Burma teak ceiling, sculptures and paintings – all enhance the beauty of this palace.

The Diwan- e- aam or the public durbar hall has huge panels of paintings of ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, which are further interspersed with huge chandeliers. The columns here are gold and green and tower magnificently, visually leading to the main gate. 

The Diwan-e- khas or the private durbar hall was magnificent in splendour and colours. The sheer opulence and workmanship in this palace will astonish you.
You can check the pictures of inside the palace here:

Shwetha Varahaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Varahaswamy, one of the 10 incarnations of lord Vishnu is one of the 12 Hindu temples located in the Mysore Complex. 

Shveta Varaha Swami Temple in Mysore Palace complex
Shveta Varaha Swami Temple in Mysore Palace complex – Front view 
Hindu temples in Mysore Palace complex
Shveta Varaha Swami Temple in Mysore Palace complex – Side view

Next we went to the shopping complex and purchased some soaps, agarbattis and some other gift items for our friends and family. The sun was setting in and it was time to bid adieu to the beautiful city.
Mysore is the only place where you must visit every place twice – once in the morning and then in the evening.

Mysore Palace View from palace grounds
Mysore Palace View from palace grounds (Source)

In our next blog we will take you through one of the most adventurous “night” roadtrips of our journey – Mysore to Ooty via Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary.

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