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.

For a shopping spree in Mysore, some ethnic Mysore items are:-


Mysore Silk

Mysore is also 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.

Government Silk Factory

The Maharaja of Mysore started Government Silk factory in 1932 to obtain the finest hand-loomed silks for his royal family, now its runned by the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation. The silk products of the factory still commend wide acceptability for its genuine quality, gold lace and colour. Right from taking out of yarn from the cocoon upto weaving the yarn into colourful garments takes place in Mysore. The Factory has a show-room in its premises at the Manandavadi Road and also at the shopping area of Krishnaraja Circle(KR Circle) at the heart of the city.

Phone : 0821-2481803

Government Silk Factory Timings

10. 30 am to 05.00 pm Monday to Saturday
(except 2nd Saturday of the month)

Government Silk Factory Entry Fee

Free Entrance.



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 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.

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 Handicrafts

Mysore is a reputed place for handicrafts. Mysore is famous for elegant and attractive items of handicrafts, made out of sandalwood, rosewood and teak wood. Figures of god and goddesses, candle stand, ashtray and even furniture's made of sandalwood and rosewood can be prize purchases. A variety of articles, including figures of god and goddesses, are available either in sandalwood or rosewood. The inlaid works of rosewood like teapoys, coffee tables and other items of furniture are attractive. Different sizes of elephants are also crafted out of rosewood, sandalwood and teak wood. Jewel boxes, table-top items like candle stand and ashtray, ideal for gifts and presentations, are also available.

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 Stone Carving

Stone carving is another traditional art item of manufacture in Mysore. There are a number of traditional sculptors, who carve excellent pieces of idols of gods and goddess, apart from other figures, mostly needed for temples and other auspicious places on granite and soft stones. Some of these master sculptors, who have their own centers in the city, have won State and National awards and reputed for their masterly works in stone. Some of their works have been installed in other places of the country and also been exported to other countries, mostly for installation in temples and religious centers.

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