This page will change regularly and is designed to provide useful signposts and background information about Mysore and India to help you plan your visit. Do write to to provide feedback, ask questions and make suggestions.

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Manjula is a super cook, using fresh ingredients, cooking from scratch and providing her own take on Indian classics.

Manjula’s cooking, videos and classes (available for our guests) at Mysore Bed and Breakfast, please follow the links below

See her in action here.

A regular request is for Manjula’s insights into preparing her super Dhal. Check her video here


**** a great page offering insights into the history especially of the royalty of Mysore, here

**** Latest on our blog at

…. a catch-up on dealing with bureaucracy in India, check here

Our Top Tips

check the slowly evolving list here

planning your holiday.

Mysore Bed and Breakfast work with a number of partners who create itineraries for travellers to India. MYCycle is also listed on a web site that can help you do it for yourself. We tried it out and were impressed by its ease of access. It’s also good at finding things ‘off the beaten track’ so it’ll not necessarily just give you the most popular tourist attractions and activities. Check Inspirock Trip Planner here

Let us know what you think.

What next?

Moving on from Mysore: check this page here for suggestions from previous guests at Mysore Bed and Breakfast for places to go next in Kerala and Karnataka (to be added)


check our page for details of how best to arrive in Mysore from Bangalore.

travellng  by train in a India? Get the lowdown from train stuff here

Insights into india, well obviously number one suggestion is to come stay with us, we guarantee we’re not standard 😉 or of course there are the world famous MYCycle tours. Armchair traveller? Planning for the future? Then check our very own blog. The current main thread is looking at the role of women through the perspective of ‘Maid in India’ check here


just reprinted and available from Mysore Bed and Breakfast, check them out.


we’ve put together a range of tours  delivered by us or our friends ( so we know you’ll understand them) and they will be a high quality. we can also create itineraries for your stay of however many days.



I know, we’re shameful, posting videos of ourselves….



we strongly recommend the BBC series on India by Michael Woods: the Story of India.


Gowri Habba followed the day after by one of the main festivals Ganesha Chaturthi

Dasara, is the big one, usually in October. Info is available at Wikipedia or the official site although it can sometimes be a bit confusing and last minute. Do feel free to contact us with specific questions. Please Note its best not to buy the gold tickets but get the silver tickets or the specific entry for access to the Palace for the start of the procession.

There seems to be one every week. Check with us to find out if we know of anything happening during your stay.


Tom and Amy get a special mention for the videos they’ve created about Manjula’s cooking and Stephen’s cycle tours. Check out the fun they had in Mysore

We also recommend their blog  Seeking Skies as a great resource for new and established travellers to India. There are wonderful pictures, insightful text and professional videos that will grab you. Recent entries have included another side to Varkala one of our favourite sea-side places south in Kerala, visits to Mumbai and now Sikkim.

Our story in our own bloglet can be found at

Articles about India and Mysore

Guardian (Uk Newspaper) Article on top Yoga retreats

It mentions three of the places to be found in Mysore. There are many more. We often have yoga students coming to stay, often before their programme begins to get a thorough introduction to the city and its communities.

The kingdoms of South India

provides interesting insights into the history of South India and highlights the Hoysala empire whose temples at Somnathpur, Belur and Halebid can be visited on trips from Mysore.

or this sitevwith details and unusual pics of aspects of the royalty here


Recommended reading on India

Fiction: Fine Balance

Non-Fiction: ‘The end of India’: Kushwant Singh

Want advice on books about India, send an Email, or check the small library at Mysore Bed and Breakfast.

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