Mysore city is famous and also synonymous for Mysore Silks, Mysore Jasmine (Mysore Mallige), Mysore Sandalwood (Mysore Srigandha) and Mysore Eggplant (Mysore Badane). Shopping in Mysore is a fantastic experience, it has traditional shopping complexes and streets. The prominent shopping centers are Krishnaraja Circle (KR Circle), Devaraja Market, Devaraj Urs Road, Sayyaji Rao Road, Dhanvantri Road and Ashoka Road.
Mysooru is famous for
- Mysore Silk
Mysore is famous for its Silks. Silk sarees are huge favorites with the South Indian women and are believed to reveal the feminine grace most perfectly. Silk sarees and Magutas are being traditionally worn since a long time, both on religious and auspicious occasions. Silk sarees come in a large variety, the cost of a silk saree depends on the amount of ‘zari’ or gold in it. There are private weavers in Mysore and there is a Government Silk Weaving Factory that produces beautiful silk sarees, silk fabric and ties. Mysore crepe silk sarees are the most sought after ones.
- Mysore Agarbathi
Mysore city is the home of the world famous Agarbathies or incense sticks. Incense sticks are lit in the houses during the morning and evening prayer or pooja timings and on all auspicious occasions. Many varieties of agarbathies are manufactured by leading large and small agarbathi manufacturers. Mysore is the home of the best variety of incense sticks, its still traditionally manufactured like the age-old times. Most of the branded agarbathies are of excellent quality and have established a good export market too. Some of the popular brands are Cycle Pure Agarbathies and Vasu Agarbathies.
- Mysore Rosewood Inlay
- Mysore Sandalwood Handicrafts and Sandalwood Oil
For Hundreds of years, Mysore has been the home of sandalwood. The range and designs of products made from sandalwood are varied. The Gudigar families of Shimoga, Uttara Kannada and Mysore districts specialize in this craft. Shoppers can carry home beads, pendants, carved dinner gongs, boxes, caskets, crafted scented wood. Inlaid furniture and sandalwood carvings are a favorite with affluent tourists.Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium of the Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation is an ideal place for purchase genuine handicrafts articles like ivory, sandalwood carving, silver and brass-ware etc. It is located on the Sayyaji Rao Road.
- Mysore Traditional Paintings
Mysore is a reputed place for good paintings with a historic past of over 500 years. There are a number of artistes who produce some of the excellent art pieces in the traditional Mysore and other styles, including water colours and oil paintings. Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar (Krishnaraja Wodeyar III) was instrumental in the growth of the Mysore painting. Main attraction of traditional Mysore style of paintings are gesso work in which gold foils were pasted on appropriate regions on the painting. Stories from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata Purana and Jain epics formed the basis of these paintings.
- Mysore Betel Leaf
Tambula is a cultural tradition of India since time immermorial from ordinary people to the Maharajas. After their dinner, people chew tambula, consisting of betel leaves, areca nut and lime with necessary perfuming ingredients. Mysore betel leaves are special for tambula because of its special taste.
- Mysore Jasmine
All flowers are normally seasonal but Mysore Jasmine with its unique fragrance is available all through the year in Devaraja Market. A collection of love peoms in Kannada by one of the famous poets Sri KS Narasimha Swamy is also named after ‘Maisuru Mallige’.
- Ganjifa Arts of Mysore
Ganjifa is another unique style of painting. Ganjifa is similar to the miniature painting, generally circular and sometimes rectangular in shape. These paintings on cards were used during the period of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (1799 to 1868) as playing cards, this game was known as “Chadd” (God’s play). Cards made for royalty were inlaid with precious stones and were also made of ivory, mother-of-pearl and wafers of lac. The cards had on them the miniature paintings mostly related to Hindu mythology, like Dashavathara (10 incarnations of Vishnu) and of other god and goddess. Ganjifa is now known more for the art work on the cards than the game itself. One of the finest exponents of Ganjifa Art, Ganjifa Raghupathi Bhatta is a resident of Mysore and has set up an International Ganjifa Research Center at Mysore.
- Mysore Pak Sweet
It is very delicious, mouth watering special sweet of Mysore. It is made out of sugar, pure ghee and Bengal gram powder. It can be preserved for 2 – 3 weeks.
- Mysore Brinjal Eerangere badanekaayi
Tender, fleshy, small and yummy ! Eerangere badanekaayi – the long green brinjal variety grown around Mysore – is the perfect choice to prepare the delicious Mysuru Badanekayi Palya.
The Byadagi Menasina kayee ( a special variety of chillies grown in Byadagi, a village in Karnataka ) lends a special colour and flavour to the palya. Do try out this Palya using Eerangere badanekaayi and enjoy the authentic delicacy.
- Mysore Tonga
It is a heritage local conveyance vehicle in Mysore. It is a small two-wheller cart pulled by a horse with a traditional Mysore dress by the driver. About 50 years ago that was only the internal conveyance in Mysore and there were no auto-rickshaws. However, now it is almost a horse ride for children and foreign tourists for pleasure.
- Mysore Paints and Varnish (1937) – Ink of Democracy
Mysore Paints & Varnish Ltd., was established during 1937 by Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, Then the Maharaja of Mysore province under the nomenclature “Mysore Lac & Paint Works Ltd”. During 1989, it was renamed as “Mysore Paints & Varnish Ltd.,”. “MPVL indelible INK” is having proven track record and support for Democratic elections not only in India but also worldwide since 1962.
- Coorg Orange
- Coorg Green Cardamom
- Nanjangud rasabale / Banana