Mysore Palace is a historical palace situated in the city of Mysore in the south Indian state of Karnataka . It had been the official residence of the royal Wadiyar dynasty and also the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore – a realm that existed until India’s independence from the British (in 1947).
The palace is in the centre of Mysore city, and is one of the grandest palaces and popular tourist destinations in all of India.
Mysore palace was built by Yaduraya – the first king of the Kingdom of Mysore (from 1399-1423 AD) – it was the first palace built inside Old Fort (which is the current name for the land on which the palace stands) in the 14th century.
Though it was initially built in the 14th century, the palace has been demolished multiple times and rebuilt. The final structure that exists today was constructed between 1897 and 1912, before which the Old Palace was set ablaze.
The Mysore palace is a three-story stone structure with marble domes, and has a 145-foot five-story tower. It has three entrances:
The main complex is 245 feet in length and also 156 Ft in width. The palace building has beautiful domes, whose he architectural style is associated with Indo-Saracenic, and blends of Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic styles. The palace is surrounded by a large beautiful garden, which adds a surreal beauty to it.
Mysore Palace is open to public from 10 am to 5.30 pm every day.
The entry fee to the palace is INR 70 for adults, INR 30 for kids above 7 years and below 12 years and free for kids below 7 years.
The palace also hosts a beautiful illumination show from 7 Pm to 7.45 PM every day, where the whole palace is illuminated with colourful lights and a light show happens which is a treat for the eyes and fun to watch.
Nearest major airport from here is the Mysore airport – a domestic airport which can be reached from most major cities in India; and the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru is the closest international airport from here. Mysore can also be easily reached by bus or train if travelling from anywhere within India.
This breathtaking Indo-Saracenic architectural style of creation came into existence in the year 1912 for the 24th ruler of the Wodeyar dynasty and is amongst the largest palaces of the country. The Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic style of design of the palace harmoniously blends with each other giving the structure a regal look. Located in Mysore, Karnataka, the Mysore Palace is the second most visited historical monument after Taj Mahal and is truly a sight to behold.