Shopping in Mysore has always been linked to sandalwood. Thanks to the dense forests of sandalwood trees in Mysore led to the setting up of the Government Sandalwood Oil Factory. Mysore offers an extensive range of sandalwood products and the factory has all kinds of sandalwood items like powder, soaps, incense sticks, essential oil, and perfumes, anti-aging cosmetics. This is the perfect place for all those who love fragrances and want to buy pure and authentic sandalwood and its products.
Established in the year 1916, by the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar along with Diwan Sir M. Visvesvaraya, the factory was set up to explore and utilize resources and manufacture the purest form of sandalwood oil. You can not only buy sandalwood products but also get a guided tour of the factory to witness the various stages involves in the extraction of sandalwood oil from the trees and the preparation of different products. The setup is largely industrial with boilers, condensers, vats, and storerooms. A guide generally explains and takes visitors through the whole process from scratch to finish. A store located on the outside of the factory offers a variety of products made with oil including soaps, incense sticks, cosmetics, and perfumes.
These products have many healing properties like anti-aging, anti-scarring and the oil that is used in the manufacture of these products has a large number of uses in religious practices, skin and hair treatment as well as in pharmaceuticals. The factory also made soaps under the name of ‘Mysore Sandal Soap’ is the most famous and iconic product made from sandalwood.
Location: Kuvempu Nagar, Ashokapuram, Mysore
Timings: 9:30 AM - 1 PM, 2 PM – 5:30 PM