Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars of Mysore, is the most popular and the second largest city in Karnataka. Mysore is one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism and also one of the famous places of heritage in India. Often referred as the City of Palaces, the royal city still retains its old world charm with its palaces, heritage buildings, traditions and temples. Mysore Palace is amongst the grandest royal buildings in India and also one of the top places to visit in Mysore. Apart from Mysore Palace, there are many lesser known but beautiful royal buildings spread across the city.
Jaganmohan Palace is one of the most beautiful royal palaces located in the Princely state of Mysore. It was built in 1861 CE by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III as an alternate retreat for the royal family. The main attraction of the palace is the hall with wooden doors. These wooden doors havemarvelous carvings which depict Dashavatara, the ten incarnations of the Lord Vishnu. Later, the palace was converted into an art gallery in 1915 CE and was renamed as Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery in 1955. This art gallery is one of the best preserved art galleries in Karnataka and also one of the popular Mysore tourist places. It is one of the best place to visit as part of Mysore Tour Packages.
Lalitha Mahal Palace
Lalitha Mahal Palace is one of the elegant palaces located close to Chamundi Hill Road in Mysore. This is the second largest palace in Mysore after Mysore Palace. Built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar Bahaddur IV in 1921 CE, the palace is beautifully designed by EW Fritchley in European and Indian Styles. The corridors and the hall have lovely paintings of Mysore rulers and historical events of Mysore Kingdom. It is one of the magnificent palaces in South India and one of the top places to visit in Mysore. Now, the palace is converted into a five-star hotel and is maintained by the India Tourist Development Corporation.
Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion
Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is one of the stunning palaces situated on a high ridge in the campus of the University of Mysore. Built in 1905 by Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar, the palace was originally set in vast estate of 800 acres. The palace has an imposing structure and an equally impressive architecture with large & intricately carved pillars. The interior decorations of this magnificent building are in a purely Indian style. The highlight of the palace is the kalyana mandapa which is a square shaped hall with 40 feet high glass dome.
Cheluvamba Mansion is one of the magnificent palaces located on the Mysore- Krishnaraja Sagar road, close to the Mysore Railway Station. The mansion was built in 1911 by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV for his third daughter Cheluvajammanni. This mansion is spread over a huge area and is surrounded by gardens like all other palaces in Mysore. The Mansion is beautifully built and all the rooms have splendid cravings. But, today it is home to a premier research institute of the country, The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI). Entry to the palace is restricted for general public.
Vasantha Mahal Palace
Vasantha Mahal Palace, one of the royal palaces of Mysore Wodeyars, is nested amidst lush green surroundings in Mysore. It was built in 1842 CE by the rulers of Wodeyar dynasty. The most interesting feature of the palace is its extended front portions made of wrought-iron grills of three graceful arches which leads to a curving verandah and an oval shaped hall. The columns of the palace are reminiscent of Tuscan style of architecture. It was converted into a hotel and now it has been closed. It is one of the best place and the famous Mysore tourist places.