Student’s guide to Gokulam

Accommodation |  Aiport pick-up  |  Rickshaws  & bargaining  |  Food | Places to eat | Grocery shops |  Coconut water  | Scooter rental |  20 litre drinking water |  ATMs  |  Internet cafes  |  Holistic/ alternative therapies   |  Yoga shops  |  Shopping malls |  Cinemas  |  Swimming pools  |  Sight – seeing |  Facebook groups | Other info




Please visit our separate link for accommodation options. 








Please visit our separate link for airport pick up options. 







The below advice is from one of our students in October 2014:

  • Firstly always ask for the meter. Many of the drivers don’t use the meter with foreigners – although by law they are obliged to. They will nearly always pull the line “not working”.  I think it is possible to take their number plate/ registration and report to police if they won’t use meter – you can always threaten this. I have once or twice – but it hasn’t worked! 
  • Have a fair idea where you are going.
  • A rough guideline is for each kilometre it is c. Rs. 15-20 and add an extra Rs. 20-30 flat fee (as at October 2014).
  • If not – ask the rickshaw driver to quote a price – always before you commence the journey…. then cut it in half (i.e. 50% of quote), and I usually finally reach on a price which is c. 75% of original quote.
  • If you are not happy with quote – just walk away… they usually come running after with a lower price! 😉
  • E.g from Coconut stand to city it’s between Rs. 70-80, Aananda Yoga India/ Doc Corner to Loyal World c. Rs. 30.  
  • Alternative is to bus it: bus 119 from coconut stand to city bus stand is Rs. 15 => bus line is very modern, clean with AC, women up front of bus and men down the back too.   
  • Ganesh (, of Anu’s cafe (see below), also has a number of reliable rickshaw drivers.  You can ask him for numbers and he will provide.. then you can have your own go-to trusted driver who will know all the yoga hotspots for the duration of your stay.  





This is such an important aspect of students’ lives. Not just because of its effect on your practice, but because it can mean the difference between staying healthy or getting sick. Eat clean and well, help in keeping the immune system strong, and your days should be peaceful and healthy. It’s never a one hundred percent, as India has a great power on the first time arrivee of cleaning them out, which ultimately is recommended, but research does reveal that those who get sick have eaten badly, drank tap water or even brushed their teeth with it. We have recommended a few places to eat locally based on recommendations from our students. 










Name: Nature’s Nectar

Opening hours: 9.30am to 9pm

Address: 5a, 3rd Cross, Gokulam, 3rd stage, Mysore ( turn right out of Aananda Yoga India shala, take the next right, keep walking til the end of the road, and it’s just around the corner.. 5-6m walk). 


About: All organic produce – broccoli, lettuce leaves (which are hard to come by here!), all organic rice lentils etc, pastas, chocolate etc. Similar to Dhatu’s. 




Name: Dhatus organic shop

Opening hours: Organic shop is open 9:30 am – 9:30 pm. Closed Tuesdays.  

Address: Dhatu – Organics & Naturals, No.2826-G, 1ST Floor,10th Cross, Adipampa road, Off Kalidasa Road,V V Mohalla, Mysore (just turn right off 6th main before 6th main restaurant and it’s on the right hand side at the next cross road). 


About: Organic shop and cafe. Small selection of fresh fruit and veg, selection of dairy produce (milk, cheese) and organic eggs, small selection of fresh bread delivered daily at 4pm from Green Hotel, dried organic stock, teas, household crockery, organic clothes, and organic cosmetics.  


Name: Green house organic shop

Opening hours: 10am-7pm. 

Address: 8th cross Gokulam, 3rd Stage (across the road from Vastra – yoga clothes shop). 

About: Sells organic produce, including home made coconunt milk, roasted and grated coconut, organic ghee, selection of dried organic goods; great selection of yogic books; and organic / ayurvedic cosmetics.  


Name: Veg shop (doctor’s corner)

Address: 9th Cross – just around the corner from Aananda Yoga India (come out of shala and turn left, walk up to cross roads and on the left).  

About: Good selection of fresh fruit and veg sold with a smile! Fresh delivery every Monday. 


Name: Sri Krishna Bakery (doctor’s corner)

Address: 9th Cross – two doors down from the Veg shop (above!)

About: Students often stop into Sri Krishna Bakery after practice for their chai. Sri Krishna Bakery & Sweets serves fresh seasonal fruit juices, chai, coffee, and a large selection of breads and snacks.  



Choc shop 2

Name: Chocolate Shop

Opening hours: This small shop is open 5am-1pm and then again 4.30pm to 9pm. 7 days a week.  

Address: top corner of 7th cross [under coffee/ airtel sign]

About: This shop is full of treats! Organic cows milk (that expires after one day – the real deal!), cheddar cheese, curd, paneer, homemade granola, chocolate granola, peanut butter granola, butters – cashew butter, almond butter, variety of nuts, home made chocolates, home made biscuits (coconut, hazelnut, chocolate chip), and many imported goods from US/ Europe – like Barilla pasta etc. 


Name: Hindustan Mega Shoppe 

Address: Doctor’s corner (turn left out of Aananda Yoga India, walk up to cross roads, turn left and it’s on right hand side). 

About: Small selection of household goods, dried goods mainly, cosmetics, cleaning products, rice (no fresh bread, dairy etc).  Usually have better stock in busy season – December-March. 


Name: Loyal world

Address:  #2902/1, Temple Road, V.V. Mohalla Mysore-570002 (walk down 6th Main road – with 6th Main restaurant and it’s at the very end of this road => should be c. 30Rs. from the Aananda Yoga India shala). 

About: Proper stocked supermarket selling good range of food, groceries and household goods over 2 floors.  Veg stall is outside the supermarket.  


Name: More (next to Nalpak)

Address: 2701, 1st Main Road, Vani Vilas Mohalla, 1st Stage, Gokulam, Mysore (next to Nalpak Restaurant). 

About: Mid size grocery store selling some fruit and veg, and groceries and some household goods. 


Name: Easy Day Super Market 

Opening hours: 10am-10pm

Address: B.M.Habitat Mall, Gokulam Main Rd, Jayalakshmipuram, Mysore, Karnataka

About: Similar to Loyal World, a little further away from shala – perhaps a slightly larger selection of food – fruit and veg and a range of organic produce – more clothes and household appliances too. 



Devaraja 1

Name: Devaraja Market 

Opening hours: 10am-9pm

Address: Sayyaji Rao Rd, Shivarampet, Mysore, Karnataka

About: Fruit and veg, incense, flowers – Devaraja market in the city is an experience in itself – be prepared to bargain!









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Mr. Guru diagonally opposite Yoga Bharata is your man for coconuts.  The benefits are outlined in our Aug14 Newlsetter




Prasad, Mr. Guru’s son will arrange scooter rental for you if you like.  Just go to the coconut stand and ask Mr. Guru or Prasad. 





Given all the yoga you will be doing and the hot climate.. you may wish to buy the large 20litre bottles of water. Aprox 80 rupees for Bisleri, and c.50 rupees for the cheaper option.  The Sri Krishna Bakery (doctor’s corner) will deliver to your location if you are nearby, as will the Chocolate Shop.  



 ATMs (distance is from Aananda Yoga India shala)


  • SBM Atm 200 mts (State Bank of Mysore – just around the corner from the Bindi Shop/ Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute).
  • Vijaya Bank Atm 500 mts.
  • ICICI Bank Atm 1 km.
  • HSBC Bank Atm 2 km.
  • AXIS Bank Atm 1.5 km. 





Please see following link for a list of emergency numbers.  But also please always remember we are here in the shala to support you at all times – particularly in times of emergency – so don’t hesitate to contact us!





Most local yogic cafes have wifi.  There are a few internet cafes close to the shala, primarily on 9th cross (turn left out of shala, left at doctor’s corner), there is one on the right hand side half way down the road, and then one just on the left upstairs before the bindi shop. 





Name: Iora Beauty Salon  

Address: 2nd Main – just opposite the State Bank of Mysore (between the Jois Asthanga Institute on 8th Cross and Bindi shop on 9th cross)  

Contact No.: 0821 2510 440 

About: Usual beauty salon offerings. Students have recommended this salon for its amazing threading techniques (eyebrows, lips – Rs. 10 -15), pedicures (from Rs. 250), and hair salon.  [Pricing October 2014].


 Name: Kumuda spa

Address: 2955/1 5th main, Gokulam (next to Cubs) two streets after Tina’s Cafe.  

Contact No.: +91 821 4193567 or +91 9611318500


About: The usual beauty salon and massage therapy offerings. 


Name: Mumuksha

Address: 386, 2nd Main, 3rd Stage, Gokulum, Mysore (just around corner from Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute).

Contact No.: +91 9845790017




About: Massage therapy, past life healing therapy, rebirthing, transomatic dialogue therapy, past life healing training courses, massage courses, free meditation sessions monday , tuesday and wednesday evenings. 


Name: Aditya M (Nephew of Naga Kumar of Mumuksha)

Address: Across the road from Mumuksha (386, 2nd Main, 3rd Stage, Gokulum, Mysore (just around corner from Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute)).

Contact No.: +91 9742723755

About: Aditya has been trained in massage by his Uncle Naga Kumar. Here is what one of our student’s has to say of her experience: “I got recommended Aditya from 2 other yoga students. I had an 11o’c appointment and left at c.1.30pm! I went in super tight, wound up, with aches and pains and super stressed.. I left feeling relaxed, content and super light.  Aditya starts with an initial consultation, going as deep as you want to discuss any issues or aches/ pains, any potential pranic blockages and potential reasons for these blockages.  Then came the massage, which was pure bliss. Aditya with his healing hands, and great energy, applied just the right pressure for me, with not too much oil and some nice herbal powder exfoliant.  I lost track of time but massage was toe to head, with really nice music.. definitely over 90mins.. and then came the super tasting chai afterward.. with a great chat and digest of massage experience with Aditya.  A very well spent Rs. 1500!!!! Definitely up there as the best massage ever! Aditya then advised to go home and shower after 30 mins hot, cold, hot, cold etc. ending on cold. Amazing experience”.


Name: Three sisters

Address: 364 Cheluvamba, Agrahara, Lakshmi Puram, Mysore 570 024. (When facing the Kaveri Hotel just a few doors to the right, the three sisters reside in the home with the lilac door). 

Contact No.: 0821 2522788

About: Castor oil massage available – call for appointment and pricing. Also serve food (see “places to eat”).


Name: Jag Therapy 

Address: #9/4-1P, 13th ‘E’ Main, ‘J’ Block, Dattagalli 3rd Stage, Kanakadasa Nagar, Mysore 570023

Contact No.: +91-821-2561819 or +91-821-3294855

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8-10am, 4-6pm, Saturday 8-10am. Sunday Closed. 

About: Holistic help and healing with injuries, aches pains, skin disorders, digestive issues, any issues with the body. The Sri K.R.I. Jagadish Charitable Trust was set up to provide people access to alternative healing methods.It has its roots in a small government-issued flat in Jalan Melabau, where Jag and Padma helped everyone that came through their door.  The concept of holistic healing was also introduced to the people and that was where the name “Jag Therapy” was coined. No matter where it was based, Jag Therapy became known as the place to go for healing of the mind, body and soul. Whether it was for yoga, vegetarian cooking, or treatment, the clinic was always filled with the company of neighbours, friends and patients. Treatment at the Jag Therapy Centre is provided by Jag and his team of volunteers.


Name: Mysore Ayurveda

Address: No 197, 9th Cross, Gokulam 3rd Stage, Mysore



About:  Offers treatments including: wellness counselling, classical ayurvedic treatments, panchakarma, rejuvenation treatments (different types of abhyanga/ massage), ayurvedic beauty treatments [Full list:]; also offers a variety of ayurvedic certification courses – nutrition, marma therapy, abhyanga massage [Full list:].  


Name: Swastha Ayurveda

Address: No. 703, 14th Cross, 3rd Stage, Gokulam, Mysore (just around corner from Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute).


Contact No.: 099 72 988737

About:  Offers treatments including: dosha diagnosis (vata, pitta, kapha), classical ayurvedic treatments, panchakarma, rejuvenation treatments,  also offers a variety of ayurvedic certification courses.  


Name: Dixit Aarogya Dhaama – a home for ayurveda

Address:   #12, Near Jodi Bevinamara, C Block, 3rd Stage, Vijaya Nagar,

Contact No.: 8553480001 or 9448043619 or 0821-2511619


Email: or, or

About:  Wide range of ayurvedic treatments, educational courses and workshops, including fundamental ayurveda, basic panchakarma, ayurvedic massage and home remedies.  



 YOGA SHOPS (clothes, mats, bags, jewellery, books, souvenirs etc)


Name: Vastra

Address: Half way down 8th cross (just opposite Green House Organic Shop)

Products: Clothes, bags, incense, other small accessories. 


Name: Sudhas

Address: Half way down 9th Cross coming from Doctors Corner on the left hand side (few doors before Hatha Yoga Shala nd just opposite Vivian’s cafe)

Products: Clothes, bags, mats, cushion covers, small selection of jewellery


Name: Silver Nest

Address: On 7th Cross, coming from Aananda Yoga India direction, it is on the left hand side towards the end of the road.

Products: Silver Jewellery


Name: Greenhouse Organic Shop – see above under “grocery shops”

Products: Selection of yoga books, organic clothes, food and cosmetics. 


Name: Dhatu’s – see above under “grocery shops”

Products: Selection of organic clothes, food and cosmetics. 


Name: Isha Shoppe

Opening Hours: 10am-9pm 

Address:  #15/4,Near Eshwar Temple, Kalidasa Rd, Vani Vilas Mohalla, Mysore (just around the corner from Anima Madvha Bhavan restaurant).

Contact No.: 089 51 089500




About: Isha shoppe offers quality hand-made crafts, stone & metal crafts, natural body care products, herbal supplements, yoga wear and accessories.


Name: Sri Ramakrishna Ashram Mysore

Address: KRS Road, Yadavagiri, MYSORE-570020

Contact No.: +91 821 2417444, +91 821 2412424

About: The book store has a big collection of books, charts, CD’s posters on yoga and philosophy. They also have a meditation hall that is open to all. A very serene and peaceful place. Call  ahead for opening hours. 


Name: Cauvery Emporium 

Address: Sayyaji Rao Road, Mysore – 570 001.

Contact No.: 0821 2581774 or 9845854526

About: Sandalwood can be purchased here.. real sandalwood, sandalwood accessories, sandalwood incense, other authentic souvenirs. State run.  Sandalwood cannot be posted can only be carried out of the country on your person. Mysore is famous for sandalwood and mysore silk.  Authentic sandalwood is only sold in state run institutions such as Cauvery Emporium.  


Name: Badshas Silk Emporium 

Address: Shop No. 76/A, D Devaraja Urs Rd, Subbarayanakere, Devaraja Mohalla, Chamrajpura, Mysore, Karnataka 570001

Contact No.: 0821 400 4033

Opening hours: 10am-9.30pm


About: You will find a wide range of Mysore silk pashminas, saris, silk material and silk bedding here.  Pashminas are great gift ideas and not that heavy to pack in your luggage! 


Name: Mysore Silk Factory outlet

Address: Silk Weaving Factory, Manandawady Road, Mysore – 570008.

Contact No.: 0821-2481803

About: KSIC Mysore Silk is a factory showroom located in KSIC’s silk weaving factory premises in Mysore. This store is known for its pure silk garments and stocks an impressive range of women’s ethnic wear which includes the famous Mysore silk sarees, kurtas, salwar kameez, shawls, dupattas and women’s wedding wear. 


Name: Fab India 

Address: 1028, New No. CH-19/1A, , MG Road, 2nd Floor,, Next to Hotel Airline, Near Court Chamarajapuram, Mysore, Karnataka 570005 

Contact No.: 0821 233 4451

About: Clothing, accessories, some organic food, cosmetics and household products – kurtas, kurtis,




Name: Garuda Mall  

Address: Makkaji Complex, K R Circle, MysoreKarnatakaIndia, 570001 (opposite City Bus stand – the 119 bus from the coconut stand will take you there). 

Contact No.: 0821-2422087

About: Some clothing shops including Pantaloons, and PVR Cinema. 


Name: Mall of Mysore 

Address: C1, MG Road, Indira Nagar Extension, Nazarbad Mohalla, Opposite Race Course, Near Mysore Zoo, Mysore, 570010

Contact No.: 0821 428 3505


About:  Many clothing shops and cinema. 





For all movie listings in Mysore cinemas click on the following links:


Name: DRC Cinema

Address: (where Easy Day is and closest to Gokulam). 3rd Floor,B M Habitat Mall, Gokulam Main Road, Jayalakshmipuram, Mysore, Karnataka 570012



Name: Sathyam Cineplex

Address: (c.8-10kms from Gokulam) Mall of Mysore –  C1, MG Road, Indira Nagar Extension, Nazarbad Mohalla, Opposite Race Course, Near Mysore Zoo, Mysore, 570010






Name: Hotel Regaalis, Mysore

Address: 13-14 Vinobha Road, Mysore-570005 

Contact No.:  (0821) 2426426 / 2427427


Student commentary:  The Regaalis Hotel used to be called “Souther Star” and is one of the nice swimming pools around. Make sure to go by before 5pm, as after 5pm the sun is blocked by the building of the hotel! Anyways, they have great food and amazing cakes. The swimming pool is lovely and in busy season you will see lots of yogis striking a pose or two on the grass.. it just happens.


Name: Silent Shores 

Address: 85-87, BEML, KRS Road, Hootagalli, Off Hunsur Road, Hootagalli, Mysore, Karnataka 570018 

Contact No.:  0821 240 2930


Student commentary:  Silent Shores Resort is the pool to go to early in the morning. Its about 5-6kms from Gokulam. If you would like a relaxing pool experience, best to go early say 9am till early afternoon, as many locals arrive for their Sunday family outing in teh afternoon so can get very crowded. 


Name: Lalith Mahal Palace Hotel

Address: Lalith Mahal Road, T Narsipura Rd,Lalith Mahal Quatras, Mysore 570010 

Contact No.: 0821 252 6100


Student commentary: Lalitha Mahal Palace is the second largest palace in Mysore, built by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore. It is a bit of a drive from Gokulam, not as close as Regaalis, but worth the visit. It is way out on the other side of the main city near the foot of the hill with a lookout. It is a good 30 min ride by rickshaw.







Mysore Palace

After the old palace was partially destroyed by fire in 1897, the new Mysore Palace was built of granite on the old foundation. The palace has a gilded dome tower and is surrounded by a large courtyard. The architecture inside the palace is amazing! Stained glass, intricately decorated domes, murals, beautiful doors, carved figures and friezes are only of few of the captivating details. One of the most prized possessions of the palace is the royal throne made of figwood, ivory, gold & silver that is only displayed during the Dasara celebration. Every Saturday and Sunday night between 7 – 8 pm and during the 10-day Dasara festival in October, Mysore Palace is lit up with thousands of white lights. Dasara festival also has a procession of elephants and a few cultural programmes in the evenings at the Palace, along with the surya namaskara inauguration for the Yoga Dasara. Tours inside the Palace are also available. 


Chamundi Hill

The hill takes its name from the goddess Chamundeshwari. It was the family deity of the royal family. This temple was renovated and the beautiful tall tower was built during the time of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1827. Chamundi’s main hill features a long stone stairway leading to the top of the hill. There are 1,008 steps in all, with the first 600 steps being steeper than those higher up. En route to the top, the steps pass the large statue of Nandi, the bull; the statue is about 16 feet high and 25 feet in length. Nandi is the vehicle of Lord Shiva. You can take a bus from the coconut stand to the city bus stand then transfer to another bus that takes you to the top of Chamundi Hill. Be sure to walk down the steps until the Nandi catching scenic glimpses on the way down. You can take another bus from the Nandi to the city bus stand. Alternatively, you could hire a rickshaw all the way to the top and back. Take the steps to reach Nandi and ask the driver to pick you up from there,don’t miss the steps and boulders. Come to an agreement over the fare beforehand. It is approximately 200 rupees one way.


Kukkurahalli Kere or lake

Located in Mysore University campus and about 6 – 7 kms away from Gokulam. This lake is home to more than 180 species of birds, some of them aquatic. During the migratory season the lake plays host to a variety of winged visitors, some from as far as Siberia. This lake is frequented by local fitness enthusiasts. The lake timings are 06.00 am – 09.00 am and 04.00 pm – 07.00 pm

Karanji Lake is a picturesque lake located at the footsteps of Chamundi Hills and behind Mysore Zoo. Karanji means ‘fountain’ in Kannada. Spread over an area of 90 acres, it is regarded as one of the biggest lakes in Karnataka. Karanji Lake is home to more than 90 species of resident and migratory birds. It also supports several species of butterflies, small mammals and is a good example of wetland ecosystem. The lake attracts painted storks, pelicans and darters and a host of other winged beauties.
The most special reason to go and visit this place is to spend time in their walk through aviary. They have a large amount of peacocks and partridges, also the most rare, white peacock. There is no pressure of limited timings, hence one can just sit and observe and if you are lucky you might just see the breathtakingly beautiful dance of the peacock, a pincha mayurasana !
Karanji also has boating facilities for 25 rupees per person and a butterfly park. If you are afraid of monkeys avoid the butterfly park. Another must see, is the observation tower, don’t miss it, you can get a panoramic view of the entire lake with its rich topography. If you own Binoculars, this will take your experience to a whole new level.
Timings are 08.30 am – 05.30 pm
Except on Tuesday.


Devaraja Market 

See above under grocery shops.  


Mysore Zoo

Another major tourist attraction in Mysore city is the Mysore Zoo. The Mysore zoo is over a century old and has an interesting history of its own. The zoological gardens in Mysore were set up by Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar who is acclaimed as one of the architects of modern Mysore. The Maharaja was a nature buff and set up a number of gardens and parks in Mysore.

Address: Indiranagar, Mysore, Karnataka 570010

Contact No.: 0821 244 0752

Opening hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm





Bylakuppe – Tibetan town

Bylakuppe is a small Tibetan town in India, situated 90 kilometers from Mysore. The most famous monastery in the region is Namdroling (the Golden Temple), located in camp 4 of the settlement. It can be reached by public bus that goes towards Kushalnagar / Madikeri. The bus can be taken from B.M Hospital bus stop. alternatively you can if you have a group of 3 – 4 people you may arrange for a tour from Needs travels  – Mr Murthy (9880265622), they add a couple of other places to this trip as well.


A 57-feet tall monolithic statue of Gommateshvara is located on Vindyagiri Hill. It is considered to be the world’s largest monolithic stone statue. Be prepared to walk up and down 647 steps barefeet.  The view is spectacular.

Belur Temple – Halebid Temple – Somnathpur Temple 
These stunning templeswere built by the Hoysala Dynasty over many generations. A must see on your list. It is best to hire a private car and see these temples. About 3 temples per trip, it works out to about 700 rupees or so shared between 5 people. Carry a water bottle as the journey is about 3 hrs away. It approximately takes a day to complete this trip.  

Coorg – Ooty – Kabini – Nagarhole

Other nice day trips/ weekend trips from Mysore worth researching! 

For further information on sight seeing visit: 





These facebook groups are very very useful for yoga students looking for accommodation, to find out what’s happening in Mysore,  and also to connect with other like minded individuals. 

  • Mysore Yoga Community:
  • Ashtanga Community in Mysore:





Good for local news and happenings in Mysore: 





Situated 770m above the sea level, Mysore has an approx area of 6,268
You will find a warm & cool temperature throughout the year.
The temperature doesn’t fall below 15°C in winter & doesn’t rise above 35°C in summer. Even in Monsoon season, Mysore typically rains at night time/ late afternoon – and not too much! 





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