Mysore forms the southern most district of Karnataka state and is situated in the southern part of Deccan peninsula. The name Mysore is derived from Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon who lived in this area and was killed by Goddess Chamundi.
Mysore was the name, by which Karnataka state was known prior to 1973. It is now the head quarter of the district and also the revenue division. It is also known as one of the garden cities of India and is famous for the pomp and gaiety of its traditional Dasara festival. It also has a historical significance of being ruled by Hyder and Tipu. Some of the places belonging to the Mysore district are of great antiquity, which includes Tirumakudalu Narasipura, Hemmige etc.
Located in the Blue Mountains of the Western Ghats, Ooty draws a large number of tourists every year. Lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees greet the visitors en route to Ooty. The hill station itself is a land of picturesque picnic spots. It used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the British during the colonial days, later it was made into a summer administrative town. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 feet) above sea level