Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Chamrajpura, Mysore – The royal residence of Mysore Maharaja: one of the largest & Magnificent palaces of India – Visit, Timings, Entry Fee, History, Architecture, Travel Guide

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Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Chamrajpura, Mysore / Mysuru – The royal residence of Mysore Maharaja: one of the largest and Magnificent palaces of India – Visit, Timings, Entry Fee, History, Architecture, Travel Guide

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The Mysore Palace also called the Amba Vilas Palace is one of the key tourist attractions in Mysore. Mysore Palace is one of the most historic and iconic famous palaces in India, which is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore, from 1399 to 1950.

The Mysore Palace is one of the largest and most magnificent palaces of India, which tells the history of the Yatuvamsa kings of Mysore. The construction of the Mysore palace was started in 1897 and it was completed in 1912 after fifteen years of work process.

Queen Kemba Nanjamni Vanivilasa Sannithana was the person who supervised and supported the construction of this palace, which is an example of the glory of the Wodayar Kings dynasty. The forts that are the residence of the king are built as palaces to proclaim the artistic taste and the artistry of the royals.

History of Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore

Mysore was initially ruled by the Yatuvamsa – the Wodayar family as a minor kingdom under the Great Vijayanagara Empire until 1565 and then after the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire many small kingdoms in South India attained independence, Mysore also became independent.

Under the kings Narasaraja Wodayar and Sikka Devaraya Wodayar, much of the present southern Karnataka state was brought under the Mysore Empire and a powerful empire was established in the Mysore region.

Devaraja Ammani, the daughter of Samaraja Wodiyar, who descended from the Wodiyar kings, married King Yathuraya and settled in Mysore. The Mysore Palace which was established during the reign of the Yathuraya kings, was significantly damaged in a devastating fire accident during the reign of Ranadeera Kandirava Nagaraja Wodiyar, so a new palace was rebuilt.

It has been mentioned in history that in 1760, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who was the king, handed over this palace to Hyder Ali for maintenance. It is also said that after the death of Hyder Ali in 1793, Tipu Sultan, who defeated the kings of Mysore, ruled the region as Sultan.

Colonel Wellesley, in a letter to his brother the Earl of Mornington on 14 June 1799, mentions that after the death of Tipu Sultan, the five-year-old Krishnaraja Wodayar was coronated as a King of Mysore near Nazarbad.

During the Dussehra festival of 1896, the old palace was gutted in a devastating fire. British architect Henry Irvine was commissioned by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodayar IV and Maharani Kempananjammanni Devi to build this new palace. In 1912 saw the inauguration of ‘Amba Vilas Palace’.

Because of the experience of previous palace fires, construction materials were used in such a way that the palace could not catch fire easily. Fire extinguishers were also installed.

During the reign of Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, the present public Durbar Hall was added in 1930 and the palace was further expanded. So the beauty of the present palace was doubled.

Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace Architecture

The century-old Mysore Palace is 245 feet long, 150 feet wide, and 145 feet high and has a marble dome with a surrounding garden. The palace was designed to reflect Indo-Saracenic civilization and was based on Hoysala and Greek sculpture. A large amount of granite stones were used to build this three-storied palace. On the second floor of the palace, there is a hall where the wedding ceremony of the royal family takes place. We can find a bunch of Cannon at the entrance of the Mysore palace.

From here the Durbar Mandapam has been erected in a straight line so that the King can have darshan of Goddess Chamundeeswari on Chamundi Hill. The palace faces Chamundi Hill as the kings were devotees of Goddess Chamundi. The grand entrance gate, open-air halls, attics, towers, armory, library, elevator facility, hunting room, and private bedrooms are all located on the third floor of the palace. Adjacent to the palace is a 44.2 meter high five-storied pillared tower. The decorative urns on top of it are made of gold.

A wedding hall, two durbar halls, a music stage, a puppet exhibition room, a private room for the king’s diamond-encrusted bell crown, and temples are all here. The palace is full of intricately designed pillars, sculptures, and screens. Although the palace was built using local materials, granite was also sourced from Jaipur and Italy.

The main entrance gate bears the coat of arms and emblem of the Kingdom of Mysore. Above the central arch is a sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, fortune, prosperity, and prosperity, with elephants.

Mysore Maharaja’s Memorabilia at Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore

Mysore Palace showcased the paintings, memorabilia, royal costumes, and jewelry of the Wodiyar dynasty. The elephant gate with its royal emblem of Mysore – the double-headed eagle is the main entrance to the palace center. The royal elephant throne is situated to its north, inlaid with 84 kilograms of gold – 24 carats.

The golden royal elephant throne, kalyana mandapam marriage hall, and durbar hall are the main attractions. At the palace, we can find beautiful oil paintings adorning the walls leading up to the wedding hall. The novel feature of these paintings is that whenever they are seen the procession seems to be moving in the same direction.

The hall has huge chandeliers, multi-colored glass, and peacock designs. The Durbar Hall has gold-painted pillars and ceilings and rare paintings by iconic artists. The world-famous Thanjavur paintings, Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings are also showcased.

The history of the 25 successors of the reign of Emperor Wodiyar is all depicted in paintings in the palace complex. This mandapam houses a temple dedicated to Goddess Chamundeeswari and offers a magnificent view of the Chamundi Hills. It is also known that there are several secret tunnels that pass beneath the palace, including a cellar leading to the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, Srirangapatnam, and other palaces.

After India’s independence, the palace became state property. There are around 97,000 lights were placed around the palace building to brighten up the palace, which glitters like gold in the light of the lamp.

The intricacies of doors, windows, and decorative glass cabinets designed by woodworkers in the age of technological advancement still fascinate visitors. Tourists can enter this palace through a gate called Gombe Tank or Toy Canopy. Millions of visitors come here every year to see this majestic architectural wonder.

 

Mysore Dasara / Navratri 10 days Festival

The Mysore Palace comes alive, vibrant, and colorful every year during the world-famous 10 days of Dussehra celebrations / Navrathri festivals. During the festival, the palace is illuminated with one lakh colorful lights.

Light and Sound Show at Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore

A light and sound show is held every evening for 45 minutes on all days except public holidays and Sundays, depicting the 400-year history of Mysuru. Also, an 15 Minutes Palace Illumination can be seen at the end of the Sound and Light Program Show.

Temples at Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore

There are three temples inside the old fort complex and 18 buildings within the building in the center of the palace. Shree Shvetha Varaha Swamy Temple is the largest temple inside the palace.

 

Travel Tips for Visiting Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore :

Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore  Address:
Sayyaji Rao Rd, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001

Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore Timings: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm; every day

Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore Entry Fee: 100 INR for adults, 50 INR for kids above 10 years and below 18 years

Entrance to Palace for Tourists from three Gates: Varaha and Amba Vilas Gate at the South and Jayarama Balarama Gate at the North.

Photography without Flash is allowed

Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace llumination timings: Sundays & Public Holidays: 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm.

Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace Sound and Light Show: All days except Sundays & Govt. Holidays.

In Kannada Language Ticket Cost: Monday to Wednesday – Time 7.00 PM to 8.00 PM & Saturday – Time 8.15 PM to 9.15 PM – Entrance Ticket in Rs. Adults 100 and Children INR 40 / Ticket.

In English Language Ticket Cost: Thursday to Saturday – Time 7.00 PM to 8.00 PM – Entrance Ticket in Rs. Adults 120 and Children INR 50 / Ticket.

Ticket will be issued only at Varaha Gate Counter (South Side) from 6.30 pm onwards.

 

How to reach Mysore Palace / Amba Vilas Palace in Mysore

Located in the heart of Mysore city, visiting the palace is very easy.

By Road: You can get down at Mysore city bus stand and walk for 5 or 10 minutes to reach Mysore Palace. But passengers traveling by bus from out of town can take another local bus from the bus station for out-of-town buses to reach the palace which is a couple of kilometers away.

Nearest Railway Station: Mysuru Railway Station. From the Mysore railway station, the palace is a short distance away. However, there are plenty of buses going to the palace from the railway station. You can reach the palace from the railway station by bus or auto.

Nearest Airport: Mysuru is the nearest airport.

 

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