We didn't get in until after 9pm and pretty much went straight to our hotel, where we luckily arrived 10 min before the kitchen closed and were able to fill up on a pretty big thali. Getting from the train to the station was something else: we followed the throng of people bustling past the train door. Followed them down the walkway, across a few lines of railway track and over to a solid concrete wall about 5 feet tall that we all did our best to scramble up (I was very glad not to be wearing a sari! I'm not sure how they got all the old ladies up), then out of the station and over to a pre-paid autorickshaw booth! How awesome was that!? For Rs 1 we got a haggle-free ride to our hotel.
The next morning we had breakfast at the hotel restaurant again (great masala dosae), then hired a car and driver to take us on an all day drive to a Hosaya temple at Somanathapura (also called Somnathpur), then to Tipu Sultan's summer palace and the big fort he built at Srirangapatna. All very impressive. Equally impressive was how quickly we got out of Mysore city (~5min, compared to 2 hours for Bangalore) and how beautiful the agricultural landscape was. We saw dozens of ox-drawn carts and plows, stopped a cane truck to ask for sugar cane for the kids (it dawned on me that with the demise of cane in Hawaii, my kids had never stopped for fresh cut cane to gnaw on. How odd), had our picand marveled at all the cool little towns we drove through. Pictures below: