We were on our way to Coorg, and had to leave our train at Mysore. From Mysore to Coorg, we hopped on a bus and started on our journey.
Mysore – What a beautiful, green and amazingly clean city. It was a rare pleasure to find a city that has well maintained, clean and large roads where people actually do follow traffic rules.
So then, we weren’t able to spend a lot of time here while we were on our way to Coorg but decided to see a few places on our way back to Chennai.
The minute we got off that bus heading back from Coorg, we hired an auto for a few hours (since that was all the time we had ) and asked him to take us to an authentic place to eat.
We stopped here for an extremely late lunch – the food was great and the service was fast. The cafe or the restaurant per say was not all that fancy and, the area could have been utilized much much better but the food made up for everything. They serve a different and special type of dosa and rice every day. Belly full!
Jayachamarahendra Art Gallery
This place is simply explicit. Every little artifact and painting seemed to amaze me here. The ivory artifacts, all the painting made by the famous Raja Ravi Varna, sandalwood sculptures, war and Kingdom crafts and the list can go on. The ‘glow of hope’ painting I felt was at-par with every other painting that made history and became famous. If you love history, art and architecture, this is the perfect place to be.
No photography allowed inside – for good reasons I guess.
The only sad part was that people had scribbled on the inside walls.
Mysore Palace – also known as Amba Vilas Palace
Of all the palace’s in India, this has to be on your ‘must-see’ list. I cannot begin to describe how rich, grand and marvelous this place is. It practically oozes of heritage from every inch and corner.
Located in the heart of the city, the palace has a blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic style of architecture. It is a three-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower that is now made public as a museum. Apart is still kept private where the current royal family still stays. To get the best view of this place, you have to visit it on a Sunday evening – when they light the whole place making it shimmer even more.
Words cannot describe how beautiful this place is – and of course – kept super clean. Again, no photography allowed inside – they are quite strict about it too.
Saint Philomena Church
Being on of the oldest church’s, Saint Philomana church is entirely built in the Gothic style is one of the largest Cathedrals in South Asia.
With a translucent aura, the twin towers of the church stand majestically at 175 feet and the beautifully carved marble altar contains the statue of Saint Philomena, which was brought from France. You can see many stained glass images depicting biblical events like birth of Jesus Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
When we went there, a mass was just getting over and I remember my body being filled with vibrations as I walked through the rooms inside and underground.