Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel and proceed for Mysore by road.
Mysore city was the capital of the old royal Mysore province. The word Mysore expands to "Mahishasurana Ooru" which means the town of Mahishasura. The story goes that the demon Mahishasura was killed by goddess Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi hill near Mysore, and hence the name. Ever since, the Mysore royal family has worshipped Chamundeshwari as the palace deity. Hills dedicated to her stand at the eastern end of Mysore town today.
To the people of India the word Mysore is synonymous with Sandalwood, silk and fine inlay-work using ivory. It is the home of incense sticks dipped in sandalwood oil perfume base and has two well known incense factories - the Aravinda Parimala and the Vasu and Cycle brand (together these two account for 70% of the incense stick export from India). Mysore is also the home of many well regarded musicians and artists. It is even today the hub of the tourist map of Karnataka. Nearby are several places of interest to visitors, some of these are Brindavan Gardens, Srirangapattana, Rangana Tittu bird sanctuary, Chamundi Hills, Nanjanagudu, Bandipur forest reserve, Shivanasamudra falls, and Talakaadu.
Within the town are several places of interest. The grand palace with its four arched entrances stands at the centre of the town. Liberally covered with golden domes and home to the most expensive royal chair (Simhasana), made of gold and studded with diamond and precious stones, this palace rivals the best in the world. During weekends the whole palace is lit with thousands of lights, a great sight. Saint Philomina's church is a fine cathedral dating back to the 18th century. The Venkatappa art gallary has inspired many an artist and conducts courses in traditional painting, drawing and woodwork. It is also the birth-place for the Mysore wooden toys, which are exported worldwide.
Near the western gate is the Jayachamaraja Art Gallery (also called Jagan Mohana palace) which houses some of the finest paintings, art works and artifacts dating to several centuries of rule by the Royal Wodeyar family. At the eastern end, near Chamundi Hills is the Lalitha Mahal Palace which is now a 5-star hotel. Visitors can enjoy the luxury of staying in what was till recently the guest house for royal visitors. Its main staircase built with white marble, and its front-end gardens, make the Lalitha Mahal a place to visit and enjoy. Close to it is the Mysore zoo, which recently celebrated its hundredth birthday. Mysore has a fine race course (horse racing) and the local "Taanga" a horse drawn carriage that is still used by some citizens. The Mysore "taanga" has a comfortable leg space making it an attractive but slower alternative to savor the beauty of Mysore.
Overnight stay will be at Mysore