6 Famous Palaces in Mysore
If you wish to visit the era of kings and queens and their intricately built palaces, then you must plan a trip to Mysore in Karnataka. Also known as the 'City of Palaces,' Mysore boasts seven incredible palaces constructed during the Wadiyar dynasty. They showcase the brilliant architecture from the era and the tastes and preferences of the rulers of the Wadiyar dynasty. Most of these palaces are now a part of government heritage properties. Some are converted into government offices, and a few are open to the public.
If you're planning a trip to the 'City of Palaces,' you certainly cannot miss visiting these glorious palaces in Mysore.
One of India's most important tourist destinations, the Mysore palace visit is a must on your visit to the city. This iconic landmark attracts millions of tourists from all across the world every year. The Indo-Saracenic style of architecture is a beautiful blend of various architecture styles adopted from Hindu, Buddhist, Gothic, Mughal, and Rajput cultures.
The palace was built in the 5th century but has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times. It has beautiful paintings, rosewood doors, stained glass ceilings, and magnificent chandeliers. The surrounding area of the palace is marvellous, with lush green gardens, courtyards, temples, and a doll pavilion.
Located in the heart of Mysore city, the Jaganmohan Palace was built in 1869 by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar 3. The family moved here when the Mysore Palace was being reconstructed after an accident. The Jaganmohan palace has now been converted into an art gallery. It is known as the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery now. The gallery showcases artefacts and art made during the Wadiyar dynasty.
The Cheluvamba mansion was built in 1911 by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar 4 for his daughter Princess Cheluvajammanni. Just like the other palaces in Mysore, this palace also has extensive landscaped gardens. The Cheluvamba mansion has been converted into the Central Food Technological Research Institute. Entry to the public is prohibited.
Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar built this mansion for his daughter, Princess Jayalakshmi Ammani. It is located on a hillock next to a scenic lake and is now a part of the University of Mysore.
The University of Mysore acquired the palace to establish the postgraduate centre. The mansion was renovated in the 2000s. It has 125 rooms and three museums displaying beautiful artefacts from the bygone era.
Perched on top of Chamundi Hills, Rajendra Vilas was a summer getaway for Wadiyar kings. Located at about 1000 feet above sea level, the palace offers a panoramic view of the city. After independence, the palace was converted into a luxury hotel by king Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar.
The hotel flaunted the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture along with hints of Rajasthani architecture. The hotel shut down in the 1980s due to labour problems. Currently, the palace lies in a state of neglect.
Built by the Maharaja of Mysore for his sister, the Chittaranjan Palace is now an eco-friendly heritage hotel. The palace was first sold to a Mysorean family who converted it into a film studio.
Unfortunately, the studio shut down a few years after a fire broke out due to an accident. Since then, the palace has been converted into a heritage hotel. The hotel has 31 rooms that run on solar power. All the profits are donated to charity.
Mysore is one of the best places to visit in Karnataka. The city is rich in culture and has a lot to offer. While the palaces in Mysore will provide a royal experience, the resorts in Mysore do the same. Plan your stay at Golden Landmark Resort–a Club Mahindra affiliate resort. The gorgeous property, amenities, and manicured greenery around the resort will help you have a regal experience. Plan your trip to the 'City of Palaces' and have the most royal experience on your vacation.