Situated in the southern part of the Deccan Plateau, Mysore(Mysooru)
District is an undulating tableland, covered in parts
by granite outcrops and fringed by verdant forests. From
ancient times, this district has played a significant
role in the history of South India. Mysore(Mysooru) District is
a popular tourist destination, offering several attractions
ranging from the royal splendour of Mysore(Mysooru) City and its
fabulous Dasara Festival to exquisite temples, pilgrimage
centres and scenic spots.
Mysore(Mysooru) city is at 770m above sea level and 140 kms
from Bangalore. Also known as the City of Palaces, Mysore(Mysooru)
retains a quaint charm, that never fails to enchant.
Mysore(Mysooru) was the capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, feudatories
of the Vijayanagar Empire, who declared their independence
in the 16th century and ruled in Mysore(Mysooru) until independence,
barring three decades when Haider Ali and his son Tipu
Sultan wrested power from them. Mysore(Mysooru) today, is a pleasant
city with an old world charm, contributed by its broad
shady avenues, well laid out gardens, fine buildings
and a salubrious climate.