Mysore is a city rich in culture and heritage; and it’s difficult to not think of the magnificent palaces, royal heritage buildings, opulent forts and temples. So, once you’ve seen the grandiose side of the city, these are a few fun and offbeat things you must do to see the city in a different light.

Play golf at Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Golf Club 

Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Golf Club was established in 1906 by the Maharaja of Mysore and was used extensively by royalty, before it was opened to the public. If you’re a sports enthusiast, you may not want to miss the opportunity of playing a game here. The golf club shares its space with the race course; the setting is spectacular and the terrain, challenging. The club is known to host more than 20 tournaments in a year; the biggest and most prestigious being the Maharaja’s Challenge Cup which started back in 1957.

Mysore Heritage Walk

The rich history and heritage of Mysore is best explored on foot. Though earlier the heritage walks used to be organised only during Dasara; they now happen all round the year. Similarly, there are also food walks that introduce you to the best eating joints of the city. You can opt for jeep tours if walking around is not an option for you.

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Karanji Kere Butterfly Park

Beyond the lovely Karanji Lake, the little island of Karanji Kere Butterfly Park is home to diverse flora, and consequently around 50 species of butterflies. Walking here in the mornings and evenings is an experience unto itself; there are signboards at intervals that help identify the various kinds of butterflies that you spot.

Visit the sandalwood oil factory

If you love the iconic sandalwood soap of Mysore, head to the century-old Government Sandalwood Oil Factory where they take the visitors through the laborious process of powdering the wood, then boiling, distilling, condensing and finally, extracting the oil.  A store in the premises has a variety of products on display made of that oil including soap, incense sticks, cosmetics and perfume.

Explore the city at night

Unlike its neighbour, Bangalore, Mysore does not have a nightlife. What it does have though, is s surreal looking city when the lights come on at night. For a fabulous view of the whole city, drive to the summit via the winding hill road.