#1 of 44 Places to Visit in Mysore
Distance (From Mysore Junction): 2.5 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: Following places are part of Mysore Palace and can be visited together:
- Private Residential Museum
- Trinesvaraswamy Temple
- Shweta Varahaswamy Temple
- Prasanna Krishnaswamy Temple
- Lakshmiramana Swamy Temple
- Bhuvaneswari Temple
- Gayathri Temple
- Someswara Temple
- Kodi Bhairava Temple
At a distance of 2.5 km from Mysore Railway Station & 2 km from KSRTC Bus Station, the Mysore Palace was the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore, and also housed the durbar. Designed by British architect Henry Irwin and built in 1912 after a fire burnt down the old wooden palace, it is one of the largest palaces in India and one of the best tourist places to visit in Mysore. Mysore Palace is the venue for famous Mysore Dasara and it is often used to promote Mysore Tourism. It is one of the top attractions you must include in Mysore Packages.
The architectural style of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture. It is a three-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. The facade has seven expansive arches and two smaller ones flanking the central arch, which is supported by tall pillars. Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Goddess Gajalakshmi with her elephants.
Also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, it is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. The palace has three entrances, the East Gate, the South Entrance and the West Entrance. The entrance to the Mysore Palace is through the Gombe Thotti or the Doll's Pavillion that has a vast collection of dolls that belong to the early 19th and 20th centuries. This section also includes the wooden elephant Howdah which is adorned with 81 kg of gold. The seven canons that are situated in front of Gombe Thotti are used even today to mark the beginning and the end of Dasara festival.
The Kalyana Mantapa or Marriage Hall with its chandeliers and stained Belgian glass ceiling arranged in peacock designs is another main attraction. The magnificent jewel-studded golden throne, made of 200 kgs of pure gold, is displayed during the Dussehra festival. The beautiful paintings on the ceiling of the durbar hall are breathtaking and provide unique feature to the palace.
The Amba Vilas is the hall used by the king for private audience and is one of the most spectacular rooms. This room is one of the most ornate rooms in the Palace and is located on the first floor. The Diwan-e-Aam is on the same floor facing south. King would host major ceremonial gatherings in this hall. The Palace has a number of visually delightful rooms like the portrait gallery, the royal armory, collections of costumes and jewellery, delicately carved doors of mahogany and solid silver, graceful chandeliers, decorative stained glass ceilings and ornamental frescoes.
The Mysore Palace complex also consists of twelve temples in varied architectural styles which were built between the 14th - 20th centuries. At the time of Dussehra festival the palace is illuminated with more than 96,000 lights.
Timings: 10 AM - 5:30 PM on all days. The palace is illuminated on Sundays, national holidays from 7 - 8 PM and during Dussehra festival from 7 - 9 PM.
Entry Fee: Rs.40 for adults, Children below ten years are free. Photography is not allowed inside the palace.