Mysore could be considered the cultural capital of Karnataka state. Mysore is famous for the Mysore palace and surrounding structures from the Wodeyar dynasty and Tipu Sultan's empire. Mysore palace is one of the most beautiful in India, and now houses a museum; it is beautifully lit every Sunday night and every night during Dussera festival. Another beautiful palace "Lalith mahal" is now a hotel.
Mysore is a laidback town with a growing IT and educational presence in the country. Places of interest include the Chamundi hills temple, St. Philomena church, Jaganmohan palace art gallery. Brindavan gardens and Krishnadevarai Sagar reservoir/dam are quite close to the city. The city's zoo is famous in the area. A lake in the city bounds is a protected sanctuary for birds. Mysore is also famous for its fine silk products, sandalwood products and Karnataka handicrafts.the mysore palaces are said to be the best in karnataka,
It is well connected by rail and road to major cities. The closeby city of Srirangapatna is where other remnants of the Wodeyar, Tipu Sultan dynasties are found.