Situated at the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore is the third largest city in Karnataka. It’s about 146 km south west of Bangalore and was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1956, under the Wodeyar dynasty. The Wodeyars have contributed greatly to the city’s architecture and cultural growth, making it a popular tourist destination. Mysore is well connected to neighbouring cities and states with a well-planned road and rail system. The Mysore Railway Station serves as the city’s main junction and has three major lines to Bangalore, Chamrajnagar, and Mangalore. National Highway 212 connects the city to Gundlupet that in turn connects the city to Tamil Nadu and Kerala. There are several intercity buses run by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private organisations. For travel within Mysore, buses and auto rickshaws are popular and economical options. The city also has a domestic airport that turns active during Dasara every year. Owing to Mysore’s historical and economic importance, it is a popular tourist spot among domestic and foreign travellers. If you’re looking for budget accommodation, you can choose from a number of comfortable two-star hotels in Mysore. These hotels are normally small sized two-to-four-storey buildings that are located near popular tourist attractions, major intersections and transportation hubs. However you can’t expect luxury, as these hotels, though usually clean, only offer a few basic amenities. Most 2-star hotels in Mysore do not have an in-house restaurant but don't worry, you are likely to find plenty of good restaurants around the hotel. To enjoy a hearty meal, try restaurants like La Uppu, Spring, Sixth Main, Vinayaka Mylari, the Old House, Hotel Mylari, Oyster Bay, Infinit Lounge Bar, Gufha, and the Green Hotel Restaurant. A few popular sites to visit are the Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, the Sand Sculpture Museum, Chamundeshwari Temple, Blue Lagoon Lake, St. Philomena’s Church and the Railway Museum.