7th International Earth Science Olympiad

11-19, September, 2013, Mysore, India

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About Mysore, Karnataka:

Mysore city is at 770m above sea level and 140 kms from Bangalore. Also known as the City of Palaces, Mysore retains a quaint charm that never fails to enchant. Situated in the Southern part of the Deccan Plateau, Mysore 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 District is a popular tourist destination, offering several attractions ranging from the royal splendour of Mysore City and its fabulous Dasara Festival to exquisite temples, pilgrimage centres and scenic spots.

The city of Mysore is the cultural capital of the state of Karnataka. The city is known for its majestic, mystical and mesmerizing beauty. The city is geographically located between 12° 18’ 26’’ North Latitude and 76° 38’ 59’’ East Longitude. The weather of Mysore is very pleasant throughout the year. But the ideal time to visit the city is between the months of October and March. Tourism occupies a very prominent place in the industrial sector of the city. Some of the places of interest in the city are Mysore Palace, Krishna Raja Sagara, Kukkarahali Lake, Jaganmohan Art Gallery, Brindavan Gardens, Lalitha Mahal, Datta Peetham, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, Folk Lore Museum and many more. The city is adorned with a number of temples namely Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple, Trinesvaraswamy Temple, Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple, Shweta Varahaswamy Temple, Chamundi Temple, Mahabaleshwara Temple and Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple. 

One of the major languages spoken in the city is Kannad along with other Dravidian languages like Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. A large population of the region is fluent in English and there are few hindi speaking people. In the it sector the city has occupied an significant place and the established companies like Infosys and Larsen and Toubro Info Tech are running successfully from Mysore.

Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka and the second largest city in the state is a famous tourist destination in South India known for its opulent and royal ambience. The old world charm of Mysore city along with its well-manicured gardens, heritage mansions and shady avenues leaves an everlasting memory in the minds of its visitors. According to a nationwide exercise conduted by the Union Urban Development Authority in the year 2010, Mysore was declared the 'second cleanest city' in India and first in Karnataka.

The aroma of sandalwood, rose and other fragrances that lingers in the atmosphere of Mysore has earned Mysore the title of being the Sandalwood City. The city is also known as the Ivory city' and the City of Palaces' among the masses. Mysore, often termed as the City of Yoga' is one of the most visited Yoga centers in India. The Astanga Yoga programs offered from Mysore attract lots of yoga enthusiasts from within India as well as abroad.

Weather in Mysore during September:

The southwest monsoon lasts till September with cooler temperature. Intermittent shower makes the place comfortable which invites tourists. The climate is suitable for sightseeing.

Click here to view the Map of Mysore

Below are links to some websites on important tourism places in Mysore:

1. Mysore - City of Palaces

2. Wikitravel - Mysore

3. Tourist attractions in Mysore

4. Mysore District Information Centre