One of the largest cities in the state of Karnataka, India. It is the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division in Karnataka. It lies about 140 km. to the south-west of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Historically, the city was the capital of the Mysore kingdom which was ruled by the Wodeyar family.
Various arts and crafts thrived under the kings patronage, leading to the city earning the sobriquet of the cultural capital of Karnataka.
Mysore receives a large number of tourists most of whom visit the city during the 10-day celebrations that go on during the dasara festival. Mysore is also known as the city of palaces due to the large number of palaces that are present in the city.