Located 146 km south west of Bangalore, Mysore or Mysuru is the third largest and second most populous city in Karnataka. For nearly six hundred years, was Mysore the capital of the Wodeyar Kingdom, who made a number architectural and cultural contributions to the city. So much so that the city is referred to as the ‘cultural capital’ of Karnataka. Mysore boasts an excellent road and rail system that connects it to its neighbouring states. The Mysore Railway Station is the main junction in the city and has three lines to Bangalore, Chamrajnagar, and Mangalore. Mysore is connected to Tamil Nadu and Kerala through National Highway 21. For intercity travel, you can choose from the numerous buses services operated by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private organisations. For travel around the city, you can either choose bus services or auto rickshaws. Mysore is a popular tourist sight, especially during the festival of Dussehra. If you’re looking for accommodation at reasonable rates, you can choose from a number of comfortable budget hotels in Mysore. These hotels are usually small to medium-sized establishments that primarily cater to budget-friendly travellers. If you don’t mind a no-fuss stay, you’ll enjoy a budget hotel. They offer basic rooms with few on-site amenities and services. These hotels are perfect for businessmen, solo travellers, and small families. Most Mysore budget hotels don’t have a restaurant, but will make you feel comfortable by offering limited complimentary meals and beverages. A few places to visit in the city are St. Philomena’s Church, the Mysore Palace, Jaganmohana Palace, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, Blue Lagoon Lake, Lalitha Mahal, the Folklore Museum, Oriental Research Museum, and KRS backwaters. If you have more time, you could visit the Brindavan Gardens, Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, and Ranganathaswamy Temple all located in the neighbouring town, Mandya.