Fact Files : Mysore Palace
Location : Mysore, Karnataka, South India
Built in : 14th Century
Rebuilt in : 1912
Architecture : Indo-Saracenic Style
Highlights : Dolls’ Pavilion, Unique Carved Rooms, Marriage Hall
Best Time to Visit : September – October (During Dushehra Festival)
Suggested Itinerary :
Best of Southern India Travel
Fascinating South India Tour
The abode of the Royal Woodeyar Dynasty for centuries, Mysore Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Karnataka. The palace was incepted in the 14th century and since then it faced the wrath of time. Natural calamities and wars damaged the Palace time and again. The Palace as we see it in its current arrangement today was reconstructed in 1912 by the 14th Woodeyar King. Located in the heart of the city at Mirza Road, it was designed by the famous architect Henry Irwin. The palace is now converted into a museum displaying mementos, paintings, jewellery, royal costumes and other items, which were once possessed by the Wodeyars. Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Woodeyar, successor of the Woodeyar Rulers and a member of the Parliament, still resides in his personal palace built in the vicinity of the Mysore Palace.
Built in Indo Saracenic style, it is a blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. A three-storey palace with marble domes in grey and pink, it has a 145 ft five storied tower and a remarkable sculpture of Gajalakshmi above the Central Arch. To the south of is the marriage pavilion or the Kalyana Mandapa with a center octagonal gabled roof, covered by stained glasses. has gorgeous chandeliers of Czechoslovakian make. Many varieties of stones like granite, gneiss and trap of dark grey and ochre colors have been used. The interior of , mainly the Durbar Hall is luxuriantly decorated. Replete with ornate ceilings, intricately carved massive doors and luminous floors, the entire picture emanates majestic finery. Other attractions of the palace are Soundarya Vilasa, Naama Teertha and 11 canons. Palace lit with lights on special occasions, especially on Dussehra, is one of the most imposing images of the city.
How to reach Mysore
The nearest airport is the Bengaluru Airport, which connects to all other cities of the country.
The Mysore Railway Station is well linked to Bengaluru and other major cities of India.
Mysore is well connected by road to major cities of Karnataka and neighboring states.
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