Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple


A major tourist attraction of Mysore district in the Indian state of Karnataka, this Buddhist temple gives a feeling of being in totally different world as tourists step inside it. The Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple is located in the Tibetan settlement called Bylakuppe, which is home to thousands of Tibetan refugees. It is also a major centre for Tibetan Buddhism in the region, Coorg of South India. Spread over a vast area, it comprises of many agricultural settlements or small camps. Several monasteries, temples and nunneries are also a part of it, including a large educational monastic institution called Sera.

Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple-Coorg
Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple Mysore Karnataka

The Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple comprises of three golden Buddha statues, and each of them measures about 40 feet. Named as Padmasambhava, Buddha and Amitayus, they appear marvellous to every Coorg visitor. Walls of this temple are adorned with beautiful paintings of gods and demons belonging to Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The altar is decorated with several items like candles, flowers and incense. Visitors are equally enchanted by the majestic views that surround this temple. The atmosphere is extremely peaceful, in sharp contrast to the noisy streets of South India. At the time of festivals, its main courtyard witnesses a dance of masked performers who are dressed in colourful costumes. Monasteries and temples in Bylakuppe generously welcome tourists from different parts of the world. They are even allowed to take photographs of the temple's interiors as well as its exteriors. Tourists can also get the chance to shop for some amazing Tibetan jewellery, souvenirs and handicrafts from many stores around temple area.

New Year of Tibetans is celebrated in February or March depending on the day on which it falls, and this can be a good occasion to visit Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple. Some of the other important occasions include Buddha Jayanthi in June and birthday of Dalai Lama, which is celebrated on 6th of July. Bylakuppe is located at a distance of about 50 kilometres from Mysore. People who wish to have a pleasant stay while touring this temple and many other Mysore attractions around it can book their accommodation in Mysore Hotel United-21.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary


Located in Mandya district of the Indian state, Karnataka, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary attracts plenty of visitors every year. It has been named after an incarnation of Lord Vishnu known as Sri Ranganatha Swamy, and was declared as a bird sanctuary in the year 1940. The forest department of Karnataka has done a commendable job of maintaining it in an excellent condition. Plenty of birds have been observed in this area, including migratory birds that come from different regions of the world. Certain mammals like the Indian Gray Mongoose are also spotted by tourists when they visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. Another important fact to consider is that this region has the largest freshwater crocodile population in Karnataka. 

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Tourists can arrive in this region with the help of private vehicles or city buses that ply on a regular basis from Mysore city or Srirangapatna, a town in Mandya district. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located at a distance of 4 kilometres from Srirangapatna and 19 kilometres from Mysore. There is ample parking space for vehicles, and visitors can witness an amazing birdlife in the area for nominal entry fees. People visiting Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary would be protected from extreme heat during summers by the big trees along the walkways. Visitors can view different species of birds perched on the stones or treetops inside this sanctuary. Getting closer to these birds is made easier with boat rides, and some of them would not mind the presence of humans. Popular birds in this area are Bonnet Macaques, Flying Foxes, Cormorants, Egrets and Herons,Stork Billed Kingfisher White Ibis, The great Stone Plover and Indian Shag.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Bird Sanctuary Karnataka

A visitor interpretation centre called 'Salim Ali Interpretation Centre', which is maintained by the forest department, provides a 45-minute documentary screening for the benefit of special interest groups. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary opens at 9:00 in the morning and caters to its visitors till 6:00 in the evening. Finding an accommodation which is fully equipped with modern facilities is essential for all the travellers who intend to visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. Tourists can book their stay in a Hotel United-21 which is located in Mysore city.

Mysore GRS Fantasy Park


It takes just 15 minutes of drive from Mysore city for tourists to arrive in GRS Fantasy Park. Spread across 30 acres of lush green area, it offers fun and excitement to numerous families. With an amazing environment and an array of exhilarating rides, it has been designed to provide some memorable moments for visitors. In GRS Fantasy Park, tourists would always find something that proves to be a wonderful source of entertainment for them. It also has some special packages for students, including discounts and special rates. But, they would have to make their bookings at least one week in advance to avail the special offers.

Mysore GRS Fantasy Park

Mysore GRS Fantasy Park

There are numerous facilities available in this amusement park, including a parking area that can accommodate about 300 cars. Wheelchair tracks have been provided for the convenience of elders and handicapped individuals. In case of an emergency, there are certain benefits like first-aid and complete assistance from the authorities. Lockers are provided for guests to keep their belongings safe while having fun in this amusement park. Clean and hygienic changing rooms can be availed at no extra cost. In case of loss of belongings, a complaint can be lodged at the front counter and utmost efforts would be taken to find and return belongings of guests. GRS Fantasy Park is open at 10:30 in the morning on all days and closes at 6:00 in the evening from Monday to Saturday, and at 7:00 pm on Sundays and national holidays.

Pendulum Slide, Dragon's Den, Red Indian Falls and many other attractions have been provided for visitors to have a fabulous time in this amusement park in Mysore. In order to ensure safety for all its guests, there are regular maintenance and safety checks conducted by park's authorities. Water in the park is tested and recycled daily, while there are life guards present at all water bodies. Tourists who are planning to visit GRS Fantasy Park and wish to have a comfortable stay, they can book their accommodation in Hotel United-21 which is located in Mysore. United-21 Mysore hotel is fully equipped with modern amenities that would make their stay a pleasant experience.

Mysore Railway Museum


Indian Railway has undergone some changes, keeping pace with the changing times. But the old charm of it continues to fascinate tourists coming from different parts of the world, and the best place to relive those good old days is Mysore Rail Museum. This was one of the earliest railway museums to be set up in India. National Railway Museum, which is located in Delhi, was the first one to be set up in this country. When the rail museum of Mysore was established in 1979, it became the second of its kind in India. The Mysore Rail Museum is located opposite Central Food Technology and Research Institute, which is on Krishnaraja Sagar Road in Mysore city.
Mysore Tourist attractions

Mysore Railway Museum

Visitors to this place would be delighted to find a gallery that consists of paintings and photographs that depict the progress made by railways in India over these years. All sorts of mechanical parts related to engines and coaches are on display, including a hand-operated crane of 1885 and steam water pump of 1934. All the visitors who travel to this museum would also find the amazing range of locomotives dating back to the nineteenth century. The very first one at the entrance is ES 506 4-6-2 which dates back to 1922. Among the other interesting exhibits is a railcar that was used to carry inspection officials on railway track. It was originally a 1925 model Austin that was built for running on roads. A railway employee purchased this automobile from a scrap dealer and modified it, fitting rail wheels and removing the steering. This railcar is one of its kinds in the world and can still carry six people in it. 

Kids would also have an exciting time riding in a battery-operated mini-train on the grounds of this museum. Tourists can reach this place quite conveniently by taking Mysore city buses or using private transportation. People who wish to stay in the city while visiting the Mysore Rail Museum and other fabulous attractions can book an accommodation in Mysore Hotel United-21. It is located just opposite Mysore Palace and offers a comfortable stay for tourists.