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FOGSI South Zonal Conference With Yuva 2024

9th - 11th August 2024 | Mysore, Karnataka

Venue: Silent Shores Resort

Host City

About Mysore:

Earlier to the first of November 1975, Karnataka State was known as Mysore. Mysore City is now the headquarters of the district and the Revenue Division. The city is famous for the Dasara festival, celebrated with pomp and gaiety annually during the Navaratri (September- October). The festival attracts tourists from all over the country and abroad in large numbers to witness Jambo Savari - the chief attraction. Besides, the city is also famous for its nearby Brindavan Gardens which are laid out at Krishnarajasagar Reservoir. According to a legend, the name ‘Mysore’ is said to be derived from ‘MAHISHASURA’. In Sanskrit ‘Mahisha’ means a buffalo. There is a popular story to substantiate the association of a buffalo with the city’s

name. In the ancient days, Mahishashura, a Rakshasa who could at his will assume any form including that of a buffalo, ruled the town. He was very cruel and took pleasure in torturing the devas and the Rishis living in the hermitages. To seek relief, the devas and the rishis went to Kailas, the abode of Lord Shiva, and pleaded with him to destroy the cruel Rakshasa and establish peace on earth. When Lord Shiva expressed his inability to kill their tormenter, they approached Parvathi, his consort. Thereupon, Parvathi assumed the responsibility by waging a war and finally killed the Asura when he took on the form of a buffalo and attacked her. She came to be known as Mahishasura Mardini. Later, the ruling family of the Wodeyar of Mysore adopted Mahishasura Mardini, also called Chamundeshwari, as their family goddess. Another theory behind naming it ‘MYSORE’ is the mention of ‘MYSOORU’ in the copper plate inscription dated 862

A.D. and later in the 11th and 12th Centuries it was called ‘MAISURNAD’ and later it took the Anglicised form of Mysore.


Mysore has a tropical climate, but the best time to visit Mysore is during the Monsoons and Winter months from July to February. The months have pleasant weather as a respite from the intense heat of summer. With these months captivating the city's beauty, summers are

less ideal for traveling and sightseeing.

How to Reach Mysore by Air

Mysore Airport (MYQ) is the main air gateway to the city, operating direct flights to major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Goa, and Kochi. Some of the airlines operating from Mysore Airport are Alliance Air, IndiGo, and TruJet. From other cities across the country and the world,  Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)  is the nearest entry point to Mysore for air travelers. From thereon, one can take a means of public transport like a bus or hire a private taxi to reach different parts of Mysore.

How to Reach Mysore by Rail

Mysore Junction (MYS), officially called Mysuru Junction, is the main railway station serving the city. It falls on the Mysore-Bangalore railway line and operates both short and long-distance trains to a number of cities including Chennai, Delhi, and Mangalore. Public transport like buses and rickshaws are readily available at the railway station for travelers to reach their desired destination.

Major train stations in Mysore: Mysore Junction (MYS), Ashokapuram (AP)

How to Reach Mysore by Road

Roadways are among the most preferred ways to enter Mysore as it has a well-maintained network of expressways and highways, connecting the city to different parts of South India. Some of the major thoroughfares passing through the city are NH 275, NH 766, and NH 150A. For travelers who wish to reach the city via bus, Mysore City Bus Stand is the main gateway.

Interstate bus terminal and major bus station of Mysore: KSRTC Bus Stand