While planning for Coorg, the road journey from Bangalore airport seemed a bit longer by bus. I had two options either to head to Bangalore to get a bus to Coorg or proceed directly to Mysore and change bus there. Finally I decided to break the journey in Mysore and spend some time to explore the city as well. The overall experience turned out quite well although I should have kept one more day to see the city completely. Here are my experiences from a day spent in Mysore.
- The city is quite clean and well maintained. Even in areas around bus stand where you would normally find cleanliness at low-level, the surroundings were not dirty. It was a pleasant surprise for me. When I googled about it, I came to know Mysore is the cleanest city in India based on Swachh Sarvekshan survey conducted in early 2016 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cleanest_cities_in_India . Looking at the surroundings, I could say the ranking is well deserved.
- The wide footpath provides ample scope for a good walk . If you like to walk around in a new city, you will like Mysore.
- Bus connectivity in city is excellent and tourist spots are well-connected by city buses. I only visited Mysore palace and Brindavan Garden due to lack of time but was able to reach these places by public transport. Its convenient, timely and pocket friendly.
- Mysore is well-connected to Bangalore and Coorg. So if you are planning to visit Coorg then Mysore can act as a good stopover. If you are coming from Bangalore airport then there is a direct bus available from airport itself called Fly bus. The fare is slightly higher but the Volvo a/c bus is a good alternative to taxi.
- Mysore palace is worth visiting to peek into the royal life in historical times. The palace is well maintained and an entry fees of Rs. 20 looks justified. Photography inside the palace is prohibited although you can take pictures in palace complex.
- The Brindavan Gardens is a garden located around 25km from city but is easily approachable using city buses. The last bus departs from the garden at 9 PM, so please take a note of time if you are using city buses. The gardens are really beautiful and huge. The major attraction at the garden is the musical fountain which is excellent to watch. The best time to visit the gardens would be evening where first you can see it in day light and later on the illuminated version at night.
On a side note, this particular trip was done mostly on public transport and I must say the bus system in Karnataka is highly efficient. KSRTC buses run on time, buses are good in quality, have appropriate breaks on the way and staff is well-behaved. I didn’t have any problem even with luggage on these buses. The bus journeys from Bangalore to Mysore, Mysore to Coorg and Coorg to Bangalore were all a pleasant experience. Hope to see such facilities available in other states of India as well.