Claudia’s Guide to Mysore, India

So you are finally ready to visit Mysore… Congrats!  Read on and get ready for the adventure…
Traditional delicious food

If you are a woman planning  read this post first, it’s THAT important. And if you are a man read it too.

Mysore is generally safe but recently there have been some security issues, and is better to be safe than sorry.  Now back to the post.

Ever since my first trip to Mysore I wanted to have a comprehensive list of information, as in: when to go, how to prepare, what to pack, places to stay, where to eat, etc.

I wanted it so much that I created one.

I am aware there are LOTS of other places,  sight seeings, things to do, etc.

Lots of you guys have come to me with other interesting things to add, and I am grateful as it benefits all of us, so please keep it coming. Let me know if you find something that could be useful.

Before I say anything else about the Institute let me give your rule #1:Always check their website. Because things change all the time.  And the latest information can only be found there.  Also, call them, they pick up the phone, and you can talk to them.

Here are some things to consider before coming:
1.- When to register and when to go 
2.- 9 tips to travel safe
3.- A suggested packing list
4.- Estimated cost break-down for the first month.
5.- How to avoid jet lag. Sort of, works for some, definitely not for me, but worth the read.

Saraswathi’s Shala
As of 2012 the main shala (yoga studio) was so full that studentswere split into groups, and Saraswathi was teaching in her own studio from 4:30 to 9:00 am.  Here are directions to her shala (a photo essay on how to get there; from the main studio, to her place).

NEWS: Sharath built a home for his family down the road from the AYRI and he confided on friends Martina and Jen that he plans to, once moved, use the whole of the AYRI building not just for asana teaching but also for classes, maybe a library, etc. Thanks gals for letting me know.

The finishing timeline for his home was to be around July of 2012.

Sharath’s new home, in construction as of Jan 2012

And thanks to Julia here are the photos of the finished house as of 2014.

Nice place Sharat. We like it.  🙂

Sharath’s house as of 2014
Thanks Julia for sending the photos of the finished house

Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, make sure to register early as it fills up quickly. However ALWAYS consult their website as things tend to change.

Also, when you come and are ready to register bring a passport picture and photocopy of your passport page and visa page.

As a matter of fact, bring many copies of both passport photos and passport itself, because you may need it for your landlord, and to get a sim card for your “unblocked” phone.

Interesting story: sometimes landlords are required by the government to show passport pictures of their tenants. It happened to me in 2012.

A good thing to know about the shala is that it has “shala time, read why in this post, so always think that they are 15 minutes ahead, and for whatever time they tell you get there early.

Other places

How do you find these places? You may wonder, if there is no clear address for most of them?

Mysore is a different world. Here is how you get anywhere

a) find a rickshaw driver and ask him, he will know, and he will take you there.
b) If he does not know, then the place is probably not worth going to.  Also, he may suggest something better, in which case, go, take pictures and let me know! 🙂  –
c) if the place is near the shala just ask any student, they will point you in the right direction.  Enjoy the adventure.


Green Hotel is a beautiful and soft landing for the first couple of nights.  A bit pricey, but worth the night. They also serve fine food.  Make sure to take the tour of the main building as it has rooms with antiques worth watching and can transport you to another time.  The gardens are also very beautiful.

Anokhi Garden Bed and Breakfast – They have a few rooms and a beautiful studio, again.  They serve brunch and so you are guaranteed to run into yogis.  Do make sure to reserve very early as this house seems to fill up faster than you could ever imagine.

Hotel Metropole. I Have not seen it yet, but I have heard good things about their food, and I heard that from locals, not foreigners, which is probably a good indication.  Apparently it is a bit high-end, mostly for business people, so it might be a bit more pricey.  It is a Rickshaw drive from the shala.

Hotel Paradise.  My friends were staying in this hotel for the first couple of nights so I got to see it.
I was not crazy about the food, but the hotel seemed to have a lot of room.  It did seem a bit expensive for what you were getting because it’s rather plain.

Urban Oasis Hotel.  In Gokulam.  See here for pictures and prices.

Many students just walk around Gokulam and knock on doors.  Indian families are opening their doors to students more and more.  Prices have been going pretty high these days ranging anywhere from 7000 to 20000 Rupiahs per month depending on how far from the shala you rent, which is very different from the 400 Rupiahs I paid back in 2008 for a room 6 blocks away.

Also, take a look at louloulovesbooks‘s comment below, she has a room for rent when she is not in Mysore.


Right by the shala there is a Rickshaw stand where you can find Seddu, one of the nicest and lively drivers around, he can take you to any of the places listed   Ph 9880417398.

Another rickshaw driver is Appu, ph: 9900302645.  For some reason they call him Papaya.  He is funny and sweet.

In general a short drive (say from the shala to Loyal World supermarket) would cost about 30  Rupiahs.  Wait-time is about 25  Rupiahs per hour if you want them to wait for you and bring you back home (recommended).

Airport Pick Up

Krishna arranged car rides for me and James (as well as lots of other students) to and from Bangalore Airport in great cars, with seat belts and all -at least some of them-.
E-mail: – Price is 2200 Rupiahs (as of 2012) each way.  If you get to go in a group, negotiate in advance to pay for the group, instead for each person.

When in India ALWAYS negotiate.  Great place to practice bargaining.

Jeevand from the restaurant Santosha (one of the cooks) also arranges rides to and from the airport. Call to arrange, as of 2012 it costed 2500 Rupiahs per ride because it is a brand new and clean car. Make sure that when you book, you clarify you want to go straight to the airport… no stops for food… +91 984 539 0597

Hand-Drawn Map of Gokulam

Here is a Mysore map -well, its a map that was drawn by Globie (as of 2012). Very useful!  . Globie also has an e-book with a more comprehensive explanation. See this post, or buy it for US$2.09 here.


The first thing you will probably need to do is get money so that you can pay the shala, rent,  etc. 

The ATM by the shala used to work with American debit cards but it seems to have changed hands. Don’t despair.

There are plenty of banks near the Loyal World supermarket that do work, for example: HDFC which is directly across the street from Barista (the coffe shop).  

Ask any rickshaw driver to take you, it is a 5 minute drive and they will wait for you.  As of 2012 I was charged 30 Rupiahs for the ride from the shala to it (without waiting time).

You will be charged foreign fees on your bank for these withdrawals… Someone the likes of Peter Thiel will soon change that I am sure, making a global pay pal or something… I am hoping that happens soon!

Food and Internet

Sri Durga, or the “Stand Up Cafe”, Indian breakfast and lunch.  The food comes out quickly (as in 15 seconds) and pretty much everything is tasty, the prices are very cheap, for example: a full meal could be about 16  Rupiahs.

Then there is THE OTHER SRI DRUGA, and in my opinion better than the previous one. It is right by the Nilgris supermarket on the main road of Gokulam. Make a left on that corner and you will see them only steps away.  See here for pictures of their delicious food and to hear about how clean they are. A treat!

Anokhi Garden Bed and breakfast, has brunch every day except Monday and Tuesday.  On Saturdays it gets very crowded as many other places are closed, so go early, other than that the food is very good.

Vivian‘s cafe, is open for brunch every day except Saturday, they are on the main road parallel to the shala, so it is nice to just stroll in after practice.   Wireless is available.

Tina’s Cafe is a favorite for many students, and is open 1 to 10 everyday except Sundays on the Gokulam Road.
She also offers breakfast at her home from 8-11 (not sure of dates yet) only to shala students.  Her home is located a few blocks from the shala, on the street of the Gokul Chats walking alongside the long park that starts right there, about two or three blocks, (no need to cross the avenue), it is her home after all, so you may need to do some detective work to find it. Exciting!

The Austrian Cafe, a bit of a walk as it is not precisely in Gokulam, they have burgers, chicken and tiramisu… certainly different.  They are near Loyal World (the supermarket). –  See the pictures here.

Authana Restaurant.  A place I discovered in 2011, great dosas and Indian food in general, they follow the schedule of Indian restaurants where dinner is served at around 7 pm but during the day they have “snacks” which usually means Chinese noodles and dosa. – They deliver!

Anu And Ganesh Wi-fi food and smoothies [try the chocolate and banana one, my favorite!]. Great spot close to the shala. They serve lunch at 1 and drinks throughout the day.  It is a buffet and Anu (who is a great cook) prepares fresh meals. Great way to get your veggies in.  The seating area for food is upstairs and you sit on the floor sharing big tables with other (mostly) yoga students.

Green Leaf is an Indian Restaurant located about 15 minutes walking distance from the Coconut stand.  We went at “snack” time, and so we only got chineese nodles and dosa but they have a very full menu for lunch and dinner.  Seems to have a reputation for being noisy, but the food was very good.

Rishi’s Cafe is run by a group of Indian women. You can come in and they will serve you food between 1 and 7 every day, except Sundays.  They have amazing shakes, the food can be a bit plain. It is on the main Road, see the link for the exact address. They also have computers and wireless available.

The Chai place on Main Street, Amruth… is a must try! It could be a little intimidating as it is always filled with men who smoke, but fear not, women are welcome, and you will love it. Me thinks I may be a bit addicted to it.  Try not to drink it too late (not past 4:00 PM) as it might be hard to go to sleep afterwards and you may be tempted to snooze that early alarm clock.

The Gokul Chats has huge and amazing dosa until 11 AM and from 5 PM.  Not to be missed, it is the real Mysore food experience, and delicious.  They are on the KRS road close to Tina’s newest location. It used to be pretty dirty but they have cleaned up their act considerably.

Sixth Main.  I have eaten lunch here once and really liked it. They go  by the Indian lunch/dinner schedule. 1-2:30 or so for lunch and 6 to 7 for dinner. They are near the Loyal World supermarket. They deliver.

The internationally famous COCONUT STAND.  This is it. Get your electrolytes for 10  Rupiahs. [NEWS: JANUARY 17th 2012]  The police gathered around the stand this morning to take it down.  Kino MacGregor organized a little fund raiser and gathered over 400 dollars from students to help them with relocation and new purchases (a Vitamix!).  The new place ended up being right where it was, instead of a palm tree now they have plastic covering them and giving them shade, they now also have their own t-shirts…  they are moving up in the world! God bless!

Barista, the Starbucks of Mysore, where you can find Indian locals smoking and playing chess, order a latte and have some sandwiches. It also has wireless but it was not working in 2012 and the place overall seemed to have lost its way a bit.

RRR.  This is a cultural shock.  It is a drive to downtown and there will hardly any foreigners at all. The food is served on huge banana leafs where they will pour rice, a bit of curry, a bit of some other thing, a ton of ghee (clarified butter), and you will enjoy eating with your hands. Skipetty went there and wrote a post about it. You can read the full article and see the pictures towards the end of this post. Thank you Skippetty!

Pascucci – Thanks to Helena and LI Ashtangi for mentioning this place which is very Italian and has a huge variety of coffee, sandwiches and salads, they also have wi-fi. Check out pictures of their menu. Here is the location.

Hotel Mylari Seddu (the rickshaw driver) took us to this place and I have to tell you it is an experience! The dosas are fluffy and fried in butter, delish! See the pictures in the link, and hear all about the chai, which was the best I have found in Mysore.  For directions I would rather ask a trusty Rickshaw to take me but here is the address.  It is rather far… (20/25 minute drive)

Sandhya’s House.  This is a special treat.  Sandhya’s House is in the city (a drive away) and if you would like to have lunch with her you have to phone ahead and reserve a space (phone: 99012 67189).
They cook for as many people as they know are coming and it is highly recommended.  Kira sent me the info, thanks Kira!

Chakra House has moved again! as of 2012 they are in the old location (where they were in 2008), in the yellow building right by the chocolate man, and they are always open.  They serve breakfast lunch and dinner following the indian “timetable” of breakfast from 8, lunch at 1 PM and dinner at 7 PM.

High End Dining:
Oyster Bay  Seafood Restaurant is a paradise of silence, space, and fresh air.  About 10 minutes rickshaw drive from Gokulam. A nice experience. See pictures here.

Vegan raw smothies? You can call Carla at “Amla” 9948 603019. They are in Gokulam at Sant Rupthi 1176 3rd Stage, 8th Main Monday through Thursday from 2 PM, close to the Gokul chats.  I am not sure if they will continue to serve throughout the year so it would be wise to call ahead.

Ice Cream

Gleato anyone? Gelato is Italian for ice-cream, and we just hear today (in May of 2012) from Kira (thanks Kira)! that the “Just Gelato” palce around the corner from the 6th Main Restaurant has opened.

The lady who owns it was trained in Italy and word has it that her dark chocolate fat-free sugar-free Gelato is “to die for” – go easy on it, remember there is always the next practice!  Feel free to abuse on moon days.

CORNER HOUSE – Within  Gokulam, was recomended by Alison (in Facebook, thank you Alison!). And guess what? it has its own Facebook page with directions, a map even! One to savor for sure.  Have you been? I can’t wait to try it!

Image from CornerHouse.In

Home Delivery of Meals

Private Internet (USB)

Cell-To-Cell.  You can get a a USB modem (30 G – 30 days free access) for 1700  Rupiahs.  Nishith, who is at the store, mentioned that in future years (this was as of 2012) it is likely that prices will go DOWN, which is not the general trend in Gokulam for anythin else… guess internet is getting more and more accessible these days.   After the first month you just go and renew. They are at 833 I Main Gokulam 3rd stage, but that is a mouthfull, it’s really a quick two block walk from the coconut stand.  The are on the road of the temple, perpendicular to the main road.


Loyal World, a five minute ride in a Rickshaw, they have everything from electronics to food. Go there for your big shopping.

More. Used to be called “Fab City”, but now has a new name, it is near the market (10 minute rickshaw drive) The place is huge, has like 4 floors, akin to the “Target” or “Tesco” of Mysore.  Whatever you may need, is there, except ear plugs, I have not found those anywhere.

Nilgris.  This is the supermarket of Gokulam, relatively small, but pretty solid.  They are on the main road, can’t miss them.

The Three Sisters.  This is a place downtown where you need to call ahead and they will cook for you.  I enjoyed a meal at their place in 2008 and loved it.  They also offer ayurvedic massages!  I heard that a book of their recipes has been compiled and published too. Will try and find a link for them, or if you have one let me know.

The chocolate and coffee man

The Coffee and Chocolate man.  You gotta love this man, he and his wife run a small shop near the shala and they really try to have everything.  I go to them as often as I can. Their coffee is grind-ed in front of your eyes and delicious.

The Ayurvedic Oil Man
When I was here in 08 a friend asked Guruji for some good oils to alleviate pain, and he sent him straight to this store.
I have used his products and liked them.  He is used to students coming from the shala and will probably give you a mix of two oils to put before showering.  Nice.

Coconut Oil Hair Massage:
Yes! you can get this treatment for 140  Rupiahs, and aparently it is delicious and leaves your hair soft and pretty, here is Martina’s account, with pictures.  Phone Subbu at:2511799 They are in Gokulam. Thanks Martina for sharing.

Castor Oil and Ayurvedic Massages
Over at the Realizing Mysore Blog there is a bunch of Ayurvedic Massage and Castor Oil suggestions, you can check it out here!

Castor Oil. Judith mentioned in Facebook that she has purchased Castor Oil  on the main street Pharmacy, somewhere in between the coconut stand and Nilgris (the supermarket), on the same side of the street as the coconut stand. That is if you are into having the castor oil bath by yourself, in the comfort of your own room.  See here for instructions and here for a conference in Which Sharath talks about it.

Special Treatments

Ayurvedic Doctor.  Doctor Madhus was recommended to me by Helena (who teaches in Denmark). He does traditional consultations on the science of Ayurveda. Can be reached at phone number +91 93 42 18 37 92

Alison recommended the Swastha Ayurveda Mysore…  she says you can get lovely ayurvedic massages and treatments there.  How to get there? Walk pass Anu’s heading towards Contour Road then take a right on the street before the park. The are on the right.  They have Facebook as well.

Tailors, Arts and Crafts

Reliance Trends is a great store recommended to us by our landlort and lady, (pictures coming). It is next to the Regalis hotel  and has formal wear for men (i.e. if you wear formal button down shirts and pants this is the place to go).  The lenghts are off but they have tailors on sight that will shorten them to your measurements.  They also have t-shirts, sports wear etc.  For women they have beautiful indian clothes some of which can be used as westerner dresses.  Their customer service is impecable.

A tailor at work at Rashinkar

Rashinkar – I usually visit them downtown and get tailored dresses with Indian fabrics, here is an example from one I had made in 2008.  They ship world wide, here is their web address.

Krishna Tailor.  He is in Gokulam close to the shala and has pre-made pants and shirts.  He can also make things on demand, but they say he is a bit pricey. $$$

The Heritage – This is a house of handicrafts, they have amazing fabrics, jewelry, statues, carpets and more.  They ship world wide. ph: 91 821 4244069.  #2928 1A B.N. Road, Mysore 570 001.  It is on the expensive side.

Museum – Also a place of amazing quality fabrics, near the market. $$$
Ph: 9379671416 – #1A Hosabeedi 5th Cross. Opp. Mysore Zoo Indiranagar

Kauvery silk arts and crafts.  They tell me that all the artisans working here are representing the goverment of India which supposedly means good value and great work. See for yourself, some of the art work was indeed breath taking.

Hotel Mylari.  There I was thinking that the Gokul chats had the best dosa… but, Seddu, the Rickshaw driver who is in the know took me to the real place. See the link for the full story, they have amazing dosa, fluffy, buttery… nice
Sudha.  I was told about Sudha by Kira, in Facebook (thanks Kira!).  This is what she said about it… It is a place where you can buy shirts, dresses, yoga mats and  bags, it’s on the same road as the shala going past the rickshaw stand and the benches, up the road on the right hand side.  She has lovely stuff and the prices are reasonable.
Kira and Carla went to Pankaj Art Gallery and they mentioned they had beautiful bags and jewlery as well as crafts and lots of interesting things.  Click here for info and directions.

The Ramakrishna Ashram and Bookstore.  Amazing place, a must see, and right in Gokulam, read the Mysore napper as she tells you the 10 things she likes about it.

Sapna, means “dream” and is perhaps the most  “flashy” bookstore. A dream come true.  They have 3 floors and it looks a little like a Barnes and Nobles, minus the cafe.  I love their stationary island on the first floor and the amazing variety of mystic and craft books.  The third floor is filled with text books.  Very interesting.  This is their website.

Rashinkar.  Yes they are the tailors but they also have a good selection of books both downtown and in the Rashinkar “Mansion” across the street from the Mysore Lion’s school in Gokulam.

Ashok Books.  I did not get to this place on this trip, but it is fantastic (was there in 08), follow the link to see directions, it is actually quite close to Sapna.

We found a great dentist, her name is Judith Pereira, and she is right next to Ganesh.  She was really nice, and offered very cheap services, for example, a root canal is 400 Rupiahs.  I know! Incredible ha?!  –  She was trained in Germany and has a daughter in the US so is familiar with the western culture.


The shala now offers free chanting after practice every day with Lakshimish.  What a blessing!
Make it a point to arrive on time.
As of 2012 the chanting is happening near noon (always check of course as things change) on Mon – Wed – Fri for new arrivals or people who do not know the chants.

For people who know Sanskrit pronunciation and the way the chants go, people who are more familiar with them, there is Tue-Thu-Sunday.  It is possible also to move up, from M-W-F to T-T-S once you know the right pronunciation.

The shala also has chanting, Yoga Sutras, and Sanskrit classes with Lakshimish in the afternoons.
You need to inquire with them for details. It costs about 700 Ruppias per month. (That was in 2011).

A student of M.A. Jayashree, named James holds kirtan, you can e-mail him to be included on his mailing list of upcoming events.  By donation.

There is also of course the Anantha Research Foundation, where the famous Dr. M.A. Narasimhan and M.A. Jayashree can be found teaching yoga sutra classes.  A treat.  I learned their links and contacts through David’s blog, thanks David.

Painting Classes

Sri Chakra: If you feel like painting your own image of a God, any God, Shri Chakra of Mysore can help you do exactly that, see his gallery.  My friend Martina took his course to paint Visnu, and  check out her project here.  The cost depends on the size, detail, and amount of gold utilized.  Martina’s Vishnu which you can see in the link to her project is 15,000 rupees, a smaller gayatri is 5000.

The Mysore Palace lights up every Sunday night, make sure to be there a few minutes before 7 PM, then get to sleep for practice! 🙂
Wineye Vinay is a shala student and also a tour guide in Mysore, this is his website.  He can take you to the Mysore that is local, hidden and off the beaten path. And  he is a yogi, how cool is that?

Chamundi Hill is a must see which I have not seen yet 🙁 the time will come. Here is a post by Skippetty with pictures of the hill and the swami’s cave!


Silver Nest is the house of Meena, a very sweet Indian woman who makes incredible silver necklesses, toe rings and pendants with the shape of the Indian Gods… see for yourself by clicking on the link, I took pictures of as much as I could before Martina and I had to run back to conference. Enjoy!  oh, by the way, the take credit cards, AND they also rent rooms.  Did I mention they are one block from the shala?

Swiming Pool

The Regaalis Hotel used to be called “Souther Star” and is one of the swiming pools around.  Make sure to go by before 5 as, who knows why the arquitect did not think of this, but after 5 the sun is blocked by the building of the hotel!.  Anyway, they have great food and amazing cakes.  The swimming pool is lovely and you will see lots of yogis striking a pose or two, it just happens.

Lalhita Mahal Palace – the second largest palace in Mysore, also offers a swimming pool.  It is a bit of a drive, not as close as the hotel above (from the point of view of Gokulam) but worth the visit.

I believe in the comments someone mentioned the pool at the Mysore university, never been, if you go take pictures and I will link to you.

A Western Mall (?)
I know, hard to believe, but aparently a full Western Mall has opened next to the Zoo (no pun intended), as reported by the Mysore Napper.   Warning: It also comes with Western Prices!

Helping the Community (Giving Back)
There is an orphanage for abandoned babies and children in Gokulam, near Saraswathi’s shala, to which you can bring food which they need.  Rice, cooking oil,  etc, see here for more info.

Reporting Abuse
A few of us have been molested (slightly) while in Gokulam, I hope this does not happen to you (and if you are careful it probably wont), but should you encounter this situation,  grab the license plate of the motorcycle or yell so that people further down the street can catch the guy, then dial the number 100 from any indian phone (borrow someone’s cell phone is free), and report it to the police.  Let us all keep Gokulam safe!

For a full list of EMERGENCY and other useful phone numbers, see HERE, the list includes “snake catching”, should you need it, hope not.


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97 Responses to Claudia’s Guide to Mysore, India

  1. lilasvb January 30, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    so lovely post about gokulam's best, for sur, i don't stay in gokulma when i am in mysore so my list will be a bit different but not os much because i will have a lot of good places the same of yours! enjoy!!!!!

  2. Yyogini January 30, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    This post is so awesome!! Will definitely consult this if I ever go visit Mysore!

  3. Claudia January 30, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Lilasvb, please do tell me, I would love to add other places too, where do you stay? Is there a favorite place where you eat in that area?<br /><br />YYogini, thanks! and yes it might come handy, 🙂

  4. StEvE January 30, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Thanks for posting all that Claudia. It&#39;s always nice to learn of other peoples&#39; perspectives and recommendations. It really helps to pass the vast amount of free time you get. <br /><br />Did you check out Mysore Zoo yet? It&#39;s so huge, inexpensive and, by comparison to Mysore itself, PEACEFUL.

  5. Claudia January 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    StEve, no, haven&#39;t yet, have not had time, but it is a good addition for sightseeing, thank you!

  6. LI Ashtangini February 2, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Pascucci (Italian) is a new student favorite for light Italian food and sweets. Plus they have a zillion coffee drinks. And wireless!<br /><br />Of course, don&#39;t forget about the Regaalis Hotel pool (formerly Southern Star), 200 rupees for the day to lounge by the pool.

  7. Claudia February 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    LI Ashtangi, of course!!! I just recently heard of PAscucci… THANK YOU for reminding me, will have to go and photograph… that sounds really cool… and Regaalis Hotel, (did not know that Southern Star had changed names) cool, two on the list<br /><br />Very much appreciate you taking the time to tell me! 🙂

  8. Ursula February 6, 2011 at 4:00 am #

    Green Leave is my favourite restaurant. But you also remembered me of the Austrian café for a bit Western style.<br /><br />The list makes me dreaming….:)

  9. Claudia February 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Good Ursula! dream away! maybe we will find ourselves having Tiramisu at the Austrian cafe one of these days 🙂

  10. Skippetty February 11, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Awesome post! RRR – I went with Alice and Laila, I posted photos from this link here: 🙂

  11. Claudia February 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Skippetty, thank you, I will totally link to you on that, very much appreciated! 🙂 hope you are re-adapting well, I am still jet lagged…

  12. Mysore Yoga March 12, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it&#39;s really informative. I’m going to watch out…. I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future. A lot of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  13. bindithug March 23, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    but where do you go to see filums? that&#39;s the best part of being over there

  14. Claudia March 23, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    @Mysore Yoga, thank you<br /><br />Bindithug: Oh yes, of course!!! I have no idea! do you have suggestions? I would love to add that

  15. Stephanie Sullivan June 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Hi Claudia! Thank you for developing this site. Have you ever considered sharing your (I&#39;m sure you have one of these) expense report on how much one can expect to spend on a trip like this? I would love to have a general idea so I know how much to save! 🙂

  16. Claudia June 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Stephanie, what a great idea! post coming up!

  17. louloulovesbooks June 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Claudia, I hope you don&#39;t mind me adding this….<br /><br />I have a really nice room to rent in Gokulam, 10 minutes walk from the Main Shala. I am British and I visit Mysore every winter. It&#39;s one of my most adored places. And when I&#39;m not there my room is empty. It is in a small annexe attached to a local lady&#39;s house and it&#39;s really interesting to live there and absorb

  18. Claudia June 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Louise, I don&#39;t mind at all, hope people reading here will contact you, thank you! will add you to the list.

  19. VWVagabonds August 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    The Mysore University Swimming Pool is an Olympic size lap swimming public pool adjacent to the lake in Saraswathipuram. It is a fascinating place to get a workout. Lap swimming in India is much like driving – lanes are meaningless – but it is possible to get in a good swim with perseverance. <br /><br />They have three hour long sessions in the morning, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 and two sessions in

  20. Claudia August 14, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I did not know that VWVagabonds, thank you!, and happy swimming indeed

  21. Scott August 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Great information here Claudia! I&#39;m going to Mysore hopefully at the end of October so this will be a big help. Cheers!

  22. Claudia August 21, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Thanks Scott, congrats on going to Mysore! don;t know if you have a blog, I hope you come by and comment and share about the experience, I would love to hear !!! 🙂 enjoy!

  23. Scott August 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Hi Claudia, I don&#39;t have a blog but when i get there i&#39;ll definitely comment if i have anything interesting to add. <br />Read in your post from yesterday that you were sick, hope you are feeling better 🙂

  24. Claudia August 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    Thanks for your good wishes Scott, I am very excited for your trip, and yes anything you find that would be cool for others to know about, bring it on!!! let us all benefit and enjoy the Mysore experience

  25. Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a Mysore gym with:<br />AC or good fans, full selection of free weights (with squat rack),<br />and standard weight machines (such as leg press).<br />I don&#39;t really care about any cardio machines, though others might.

  26. Claudia August 31, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Hm, Anon, funny you mention this, I remember walking on the Main Street, on the left side of the street if you are facing the way to downtown, (shala behind you) after the coconut stand, walking one block, or maybe two, there is a big sign (you have to turn left a little) for a gym… I&#39;ve never been in it, and I doubt it would have A/C as nothing really has A/C in Mysore that I remember…

  27. Anonymous October 20, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    any suggestions on where to get a used bicycle in Mysore, or a store selling cheap new ones?<br />scooter rental is everywhere, but I haven&#39;t yet found a solution for a bicycle.

  28. Claudia October 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Great question, will ask around!

  29. jen October 21, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    Hi Claudia,<br />Thank you for posting this fantastic guide! <br />In January, I&#39;ll be going to Mysore for the first time and am not sure about the type of visa I should get — will a tourist visa for, or do I need a student visa? <br />Jen

  30. Claudia October 21, 2011 at 4:56 am #

    Jen, how exciting!!! please introduce yourself to me while you are there! would love to meet you. <br /><br />As per your question, you should ALWAYS check with the shala instead of taking my word, but the latest I heard is that tourist visa is fine now. That is how I entered the country last year. Oh and when you apply for it, ask for the 10 year multiple entry one. It is likely you will get

  31. Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    I&#39;ve checked two of those three already :).<br />Shiva has single-gear bicycles only.<br />Ganesh suggests getting a new bike from several stores across<br />from the Dasa Prakash downtown.<br />I find the cluster of rickshaws at the shala corner a bit intimidating 🙂

  32. Claudia October 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Hm. They are not really, and they know the town. Alex Medina (a teacher that has been to Mysore 1M times) usually hangs out with them. They are friendly. If you build up the courage Sedu knows me, drop my name, Claudia and James… he might remember… he will know

  33. Grimmly January 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Seems i&#39;m going to be spending quite sometime with your Mysorepedia over the next few weeks. When you say register early Claudia…how early do people tend to register for say this time next year?

  34. Claudia January 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Happy new year Grim, and great news that is!!! now your question is critical, I always keep an eye on the website, and as soon as the announcement says that Sharath or Saraswati will be teaching in Mysore from… {fill in the blank, usually August, September, Octber, but subject to change}, then I assume registration is open and send the form online. <br />Make sure to prepare by having a

  35. Grimmly January 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Thank you Claudia, still can&#39;t believe I&#39;m considering it but checked your cost post and it&#39;s doable. M is alright with two months but I might just make it a month, kind of feel I should do it once. Thank you for Mysorpedia and a happy new year to you and james too.

  36. Grimmly January 3, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Hi Again Claudia. Question kind of came up at my place, could google it and I probably well as well as check Sharath&#39;s website but thought it was good to ask it here too. It&#39;s a When to visit question.<br /><br />How long does the &#39;Mysore season&#39; i.e. when is AYRI open from-until, I&#39;m guessing November to March but it&#39;s just a guess I know january is a popular time but

  37. Claudia January 3, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Grimmly, yes I saw that, was just reading tere. <br /><br />Thing is it is pretty unpredictable because only in 2009 there was no indication of what the timing wasgoing to be. After Pattabhi Jois passed there was even talk that maybe Sharath was going to go on Sabatical . Could of course just have been rumours…<br /><br />Then it started the first year with Sharath teaching from October to

  38. Claudia January 3, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Sorry about the typos before, my fingers not responding. Meant to say the trend is October/November to March. <br /><br />I would keep a close eye on the website. This year, for example, 2011, the first announcement that Sharath was about to start teaching came in August… when they said he would start October 15 If I remember correctly.

  39. Grimmly January 3, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Thank you claudia and just saw the post you put up today on just this topic, most helpful.

  40. globie January 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Hi Claudia,<br />I have turned the Mysore map into an ebook. This link takes you to the Lulu website<br />

  41. Claudia January 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Great, will add that too.

  42. Anonymous February 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Hi Claudia,<br /><br />My dream of going to Mysore is growing… the thing is, I have a 2 year old and my husband thinks it&#39;s crazy to take him as he could get sick. Do you have any suggestions for travelling with children / ways I can convince him that it will be ok? Also, is there babysitting or daycare of some sort so my husband and I can practice together?<br /><br />Thanks so much!<br

  43. Anonymous May 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi,<br /><br />I stayed with a lovely Indian family from February till April, and they&#39;d like to have their contact information posted so that they can continue to host yoga students. Email James,, or call 8214242826. They&#39;re a 6-minute walk from the main shala and they are absolutely wonderful. Took extremely good care of me. Good luck!<br /><br />XiaoZhi

  44. Claudia May 8, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    thank you XiaoZhi

  45. Elaine Brown May 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi Claudia,  my daughter and I just finished reading your book.  21 Things to Know Before Starting an Ashtanga Yoga Pratice.  We both enjoyed reading it.  Have you thought about making your own book and video on Ashtanga Yoga showing how to do each pose and how to breathe?  Also do you take students of yours or other students of yoga to Mysore, India maybe as a learning experience for those who

  46. Jill May 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Claudia,<br />I thought I&#39;d share this.  When I decided to go to Mysore in Nov &#39;06….I had never left the U.S. and when I asked my American teacher what to do he said, &quot;get a 10 year visa and don&#39;t back bend as deep as you can on the first day.&quot;  Really good advice.<br />love|practice<br /><br />Jill

  47. Brianna June 10, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    I&#39;d like to know this answer too. I&#39;m pregnant now but am really interested in going to Mysore.

  48. Carol della Croce June 26, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Hi Claudia, I&#39;m also from Argentina and I&#39;m planning a visit to Mysore this year. The thing is that I would like to travel through southeast asia too and I was wondering when to do it, if before or after the practice? What do you think? Thanks for all! Great blog!

  49. ClaudiaYoga June 26, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Hi Carol, congrats! sounds like a great trip… I dont know the answer I&#39;ve seen people go to retreats or vipassanas before and after or just travel before and/or after and they seem pretty happy either way… I&#39;ve only gone to Mysore directly so I could not say… good luck!

  50. ClaudiaYoga June 26, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Yes, that is really good advise… I also got the 10 year visa… great thing! and the dont back bend so deep on the first day is right on~

  51. Ruth July 7, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    Hey Claudia. Maybe worth mentioning the &quot;Three sisters&quot; – they have prepared delicious indian food for yoga students for many years. Just call and make reservation in advance. Booking  0821 2522788 

  52. ClaudiaYoga July 16, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    thanks Ruth, I did mention it in the post but I did not have a phone number for them, so this comes very handy, I will add it to the post.

  53. IndianYogi August 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    hi, how long does it take from once you&#39;ve submitted the form on the site to be accepted ?  do they send you an email ? letter to your home address ?

  54. Cole August 8, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Do you know if they are more likely to accept someone new to ashtanga or experienced? Also on the form they let you choose which teacher you want, how reliable is that?

  55. ClaudiaYoga August 8, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    Indian Yogi, things are always changing so I cannot say for sure… in my case they sent me an email confirming, and I think it was about 2 to 3 weeks after I sent it…  but, again, it is up to them and how busy they are and a variety of factors…

  56. ClaudiaYoga August 8, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Yes they let you choose because they can get full, the times I have been there requesting a teacher it was always the one I requested… As far as I know they accept everybody, Sharath always says in conference that the institute is open to anyone.

  57. Mo August 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Hi,<br />it says on their homepage that you should send your form 2-4 month before arriving. Is it best to send it as early as possible?

  58. ClaudiaYoga August 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Mo, I would always follow whatever says on their site, they have the most up to date information… good luck!

  59. A! October 22, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    hey! thanks for this info, just talk to the family and they seem real nice people. I wanted to ask you, if you can also recommend their food service. I am normally very sensitive to what I eat. just making sure I find my way to healthy food. <br />Anita

  60. Claudia December 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi Claudia! I was told by an Ashtangi who tried to go to Mysore a few years ago that it required a STUDENT visa, which was more of a pain to get than the regular visa. She was frustrated by the complications of going to Mysore, and ended up studying up in Northern India instead. Have you run into these problems? Was the visa process relatively simple? Also, have you gone to Mysore in the summer

  61. Claudia December 10, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Hola Claudia!, te saludo desde Buenos Aires. Gracias por esta guía de viaje, ¡es muy útil! Estoy planeando mi viaje a Mysore, y me puse muy feliz de encontrar esta guía maravillosa. Algunas preguntas que se me ocurren serían: ¿se consigue yerba mate en Mysore?, yo tomo bastante mate! creo que después del segundo día allí lo voy a extrañar. Otra pregunta femenina, ¿hay allí algún lugar para

  62. Claudia December 23, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Hola Fedra. No he visto yerba en los super de Mysore… y sobre lugares de depilarse no podria decir pues yo gusto de la gilette… hee hee. o sea, no me depilo con cera pues me da miedo eso… pero no he visto, quizas lo mejor seria traer tus ceras y la yerba, por las dudas. el voltaje es igual que en Buenos Aires, 220. Buen viaje

  63. Claudia December 23, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Krista, I would always check with the institute before going. I believe in 2010 visa was required, when I went in 2012 it was not required, and the government has also lifted the two month leave before returning to the country.<br /><br /><br />things change all the time, always call them ahead to be on the sure side.<br /><br /><br />The three times I went it was over the period of Dec through

  64. Claudia December 23, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Paula, I have seen many couples that take their children, they seem to find help very easily, and India is so welcoming to children it is beautiful. As per food water etc, yes precautions need to be taken, but for what I have seen it is doable. Good luck with this!

  65. Claudia December 24, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Thanks a lot Claudia.. the best time for me to go is in July. I&#39;m not sure if I can survive that, but you gotta do what you gotta do!! 🙂

  66. Claudia December 26, 2012 at 3:27 am #

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  67. Claudia January 21, 2013 at 8:54 am #

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  68. Claudia February 7, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    Hola Claudia! I have to tell you, your blog helped me tremendously in planning my trip to mysore; it might have even given me the extra push I needed to be confident in my decision to go! So first off, thank you thank you thank you :o)<br /><br /><br />Secondly, I was wondering if you have any advice for my trip there, mostly regarding safety. I am a fair skinned petite 25 yr old, traveling alone

  69. Claudia March 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Wow.. i grew up in Mysore and was nice reading your blog. Also, check out the travelogger app on android for global travel logging!

  70. Claudia March 12, 2013 at 5:11 am #

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  71. Claudia April 19, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    For a person who grew up in VV Mohalla, Mysore, not far away from Gokulam, Mysore in your blog is a complete different world. I left mysore 13 years back(ofcourse visit my parents there). Mysore has changed! Not sure for good or bad! Mysore I grew up did not have supermarkets but just few small grocery shops. No restaurant but darshinis and hotels. The only constant thing there now is the

  72. Claudia April 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Hey Claudia, my name is also Claudia!! I&#39;ve been accepted into the Ashtanga Institute from mid June-mid July. I am somewhat frantically searching for a hotel or apartment to stay at for the majority of my stay. The websites for the Anhoki Garden Center and Urban Oasis are difficult for me to reserve a booking. Do you have any suggestions? And maybe alternative options (cheap, yet safe) in

  73. Claudia April 26, 2013 at 2:48 am #

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  74. Claudia June 3, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Thank you for sharing. Mysore is a wonderful town, and I clearly remember my first year there – little scared and not knowing where to go. I still have my map of Mysore from original Kevin&#39;s Cafe – it was a big help then. Yes, it was a while back, and prices were not what they are today for foreigners.<br /><br />Real estate boom jacked up prices for yoga students – abominations like &quot;

  75. Claudia June 14, 2013 at 6:02 am #

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  76. Claudia June 27, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    I have one question Claudia. What are your thoughts on going now for the first time? I understand Sharath will not be there.

  77. Claudia July 2, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    Hi Claudia, Im Malini from Mysore I live very near to the Jois Yoga Institute. In ur Blog I found amazing and interesting details about Mysore. As a Mysorean i really appreciate ur effort in guiding the Yogies from abroad. I would like to give u a bit of information regarding the Orthopedic surgeon for any injuries that might happen/ bound to happen during the intial days of practic. I would

  78. Claudia July 3, 2013 at 4:45 am #

    hi Im Malini and close neighborhood to the Ashtanga Yoga class at Gokulum, Mysore. House No 293, 6th cross, Gokulum 3rd Stage Mysore. for any accommodation of any yogins Kindly contact me. My house has following accommodation Bed room with attached bath room, living room, kitchen , dinning hall, common Bath room, solar connection for hot water, gas connection, 24 hr water facilities, well

  79. Claudia July 12, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Devi, I believe you are right and at this point only Saraswathi is teaching, but things change very frequently so it is best to check often with them.<br /><br />As per going when Sharath is not there, I am sure it would be a great experience, more quiet, less people, and Saraswathi is one of the best teachers of the world! What is there not to like?<br /><br />Enjoy!

  80. Claudia July 12, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Hi Kavita, I have not been to these places, maybe next time I will check them out. Thanks

  81. Claudia July 12, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Mysore is pretty used to receiving foreigners so I dont think language will be an issue. At the beginning of this post I put a link of to be read by all women, I recommend you read that and stay put to the Facebook page of Annu, who is looking out for safety of women&#39;s protection (dealing and getting involved with the police for protection)

  82. Claudia August 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Great information, Claudia. Thank you. I have not been to Mysore but am planning to go in Jan. and will only be able to spend 2 weeks there (in one place on the AYRI site it says Saraswathi accepts students for a 2-wk. min. but prefers one mo, elsewhere it says a one month commitment is required). Any suggestions where else I should practice if AYRI doesn&#39;t work?

  83. Claudia August 13, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Hello Claudia,<br /><br />Awesome Post!<br /><br />I&#39;m a Mysorean, and it feels great to see all the info shared here.<br />So many posts. It will take months to just know how much you have been exploring. Great collection. I could do some Yoga and Pranayama myself. But never tried to learn it more. Would like to connect with you sometime.<br />Also will share information on some other places

  84. Claudia August 13, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    Dear Ms. Claudia<br />We have come up with a new serviced apartment at Gokulam, Mysore which is very close to Patashala. This new facility has seventeen Air conditioned rooms and very reasonably priced.<br /><br /><br />May we request you to include the information in your guide to Mysore, India and oblige<br /><br /><br />Regards<br />Ganapathy

  85. Claudia August 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    I was recently in Mysore and went to the dentist (Judith). She took a &quot;supersonic&quot; scaler and scraped plaque off the roots from my receding gums. I couldn&#39;t eat properly for 3 weeks it was so sensitive. That includes a dosa. Now that I&#39;m back in the West they&#39;ve explained how she should have cleaned it and I&#39;m getting $500 of dental work done to fix the extra sensitivity

  86. Claudia August 31, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    wow what an extensive collection of details…. great job! Here is a link detailed food review on restaurants in Mysore that I found useful when I visited :

  87. Claudia September 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Hola Claudia!<br /><br />Necesito hacerte una consulta. Yo envié mi regitsración online a KPJAYI para tomar clases en enero, ¿vos sabés si tardarán mucho en confirmarla? Tengo que hacer varias reservas y organizarme por trabajo, y los tiempos en la India suelen ser más lentos para nosotros! Muchas gracias! LLevaré tu guia de Mysore conmigo, es genial.

  88. Claudia September 8, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Hi Claudia and thank you so much for a beautiful blog!<br />I would like to ask you for advise regarding a choice of TTC in India, Mysore, or somewhere else in Kerala, do you have any advice regarding what ashram or which school that I should choose?<br />Thank you again, and have a great evening!<br />Saludos,<br />Hanna

  89. Claudia September 22, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Gracias Fedra. Que disfrutes Mysore! Sobre las reservas no se, hay que hablar con ellos.

  90. Claudia September 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Hi Hanna, if it was me I would check Matthew Sweeney. He is a great teacher and as I understand he sometimes has teacher trainings in India.

  91. Claudia October 3, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    we are looking for yoga teacher for our setup in mysore do you have any information so i can guide them for a visit to india. We are also looking for volunteers who wish to spend time teaching yoga in india in mysore. we are looking for person who is knowledgeable. I would look forward for your reply as this was just in my mind and i have come across this blog for some reason when i was just

  92. Claudia October 31, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    a huge thanks for sharing with us. its a really wonderful and a very professional post. We would like to share about little our profile that we provides <a href="; rel="nofollow">Yoga<br />Classes in Rishikesh</a> especially for tourist , and looking forward to your next post.

  93. Claudia November 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Hola Claudia desde Buenos Aires! Quería preguntarte cuál es la corriente en Mysore, por si necesito llevar adaptadores. Viajo en enero. Muchas gracias de antemano y felicitaciones por tu blog, es excepcional! gracias por compartir tus experiencias. Cariños

  94. Claudia November 15, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Hola. Es 220. Pero siempre hacele google por las dudas. Que la pases muy lindo!

  95. Claudia November 24, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    I want to thank PROPHET MEZE for what he has done for me in my life, After my lover left me without notice i was so frustrated and confused i never knew what to do until i told my friend, After she told me the great deeds of PROPHET MEZE on how people talk good about him on radio stations and internet so she gave me the contact.I email and told him how my lover left

  96. Claudia December 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Hi Claudia, <br />I start practice at the shala in March and am in the process of purchasing my airplane tickets. I know I will only be practicing at the shala until the beginning of April, but I am planning on staying for a few months(or maybe more) after that. My plans are not concrete yet. I was wondering if you know if I will encounter any trouble getting into the country if I go with a one


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