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About Mysore city

Mysore is the second largest city in the southern state of Karnataka, India, about 145km (90mi) southwest of Bangalore (also known as Bengaluru), the state capital and booming IT center. Kannada is the official language of Karnataka, though Hindi, the national language, is understood by most. The climate can be separated into dry and wet seasons. During the peak summer months, March to May, the temperature can reach as high as 38℃ (100°F). Monsoon season, July to November, sees frequent showers and significantly lower temperatures, particularly in the early morning hours (15℃/59°F). December to February is Mysore’s brief winter season, and temperatures usually fall in the range of 15-30℃ (59-86°F).

Traveling to Mysore

Photo By Bill BrundellThe closest airport to Mysore is Bengaluru International Airport. It is 40km (25mi) east of the city center, approximately a four-hour drive from Mysore.

Contact your country’s Indian embassy to acquire the appropriate visa before your arrival into India.

To arrange for a car to pick you up at the airport, contact Krishna Murthy by email (tskittymurthy@yahoo.co.in) or call Anupama on +91 9845452759.

Other options from Bangalore airport are to take a pre-paid taxi, bus or train into Mysore. The Shatabdi express train leaves from the Bangalore city railway station. Once on the Shatabdi Express, the ride takes two hours. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus terminal is also located directly across from Bangalore city railway station. The amount of time required from the airport into Bangalore city varies largely depending on traffic. Details for transport between the airport and Bangalore city are listed here. Upon arrival at the Mysore railway station or bus terminal, auto-rickshaws and taxis are readily available.

Exchanging money, traveler’s checks, and finding ATMs that accept most bankcards are relatively easy in Mysore.

Upon arrival
The Green Hotel, the Metropole, Hotel Regaalis, and Dasaprakash Paradise Hotel are decent hotels in the neighborhood that provide safe and secure ways to land on your first trip to Mysore. After your arrival and registration at the Institute, inquire with Krishna Murthy regarding accommodations, scooter rental, and other necessities. Krishna Murthy has an office around the corner from the KPJAYI shala.

Respect Indian culture and tradition

Photo By Bill BrundellDuring your stay, please be mindful of your behavior in the neighborhood and with the local community. Women should cover the knees, shoulders, and chest area while in public (shawls can be purchased easily). Public displays of affection between men and women are also generally not approved. These are just a few things to note about the local custom, and your willingness to pay attention to such things is a way of respecting the locals as well as remembering your respect to Guruji and the Institute.