Mysuru is also called as Sandalwood City, for its thriving production of sandalwood products. The country’s first Sandalwood museum was inaugurated by District In-Charge Minister S T Somashekar, here in the city, today.
This museum has been set up by the Regional Forest Department at the Government Sandalwood Depot in Aranya Bhavan at Ashokapuram.
Different types of sandalwood, sandalwood products such as soaps, intense sticks, sculptures, and other crafts are arranged as part of the display.
The Museum is open to the public, except on Sundays and general holidays, from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Indian sandalwood is perhaps the planet’s most expensive wood because of its cosmetic and therapeutic value. There is huge international demand for it with its highly priced fragrant heartwood. This tree grows very well in South Indian soil especially in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
The sandalwood oil produced in Mysore accounted for 70% of the world’s sandalwood production in 1996. It is used in the blending of many popular perfumes in the world.