Mysuru is not only famous for its Pak and Yoga, but also for the wide range of Sandalwood Products that the city sells like oils, soaps, incense sticks, artifacts, etc.
Now, visitors can learn about the history and cultivation of Sandalwood Products, all thanks to India’s first Sandalwood Museum which is coming up in Mysuru. According to the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Dr. K C Prashant Kumar, the Museum is being set up by the Regional Forest Department in an area of 17 meters x 8 meters and most of the work has been completed. He also stated that the Museum will display different types of Sandalwood, Billets, and Dusts of Sandalwood. Posters containing information pertaining to Sandalwood growing and prevention of diseases and also a 3D Model of Sandalwood Sculpture would also be displayed.
Apart from the Museum, a separate room, and an auditorium which would have a projector, seating arrangements are being constructed for the visitors to gain an understanding of sandalwood cultivation. Also, first-hand information through interviews of successful sandalwood growers would be screened. Audit information would also be provided to the visitors.
As of now, the Museum is being established by the Mysuru Forest Division at its premises, however, there is news of the museum being shifted to the luxurious Mysuru Palace since space is bigger and to attract more visitors. District In-Charge Minister Somashekar has emphasized the need for the protection, preservation, and publicity of Sandalwood Farming.
According to the report, the Museum will be inaugurated by the CM of Karnataka, Mr. B.S. Yediyurappa after 25th November. Once the museum is launched, the tourists visiting Karnataka have one more point of interest to add to their itinerary.