Formerly the official residence of the Maharajas of Mysore, the palace is an imposing structure located in the heart of the city . Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the palace has ornate domes, archways, turrets, colomnades and sculptures. The magnificent Durbar Hall is an extravaganza of stained glass ceiling, reflecting mirrors, mosaic floors and wooden doors with beautiful carvings. The palace is richly illuminated on Sunday nights.
The main palaces built inside a spacious court-yard covers an area of 245 x 156 feet. It is Built of massive grey granite. It is mainly a three storied building dominated by a five storied tower crowned by a gilded dome. This tower is 145 feet from the ground to the Gold Flag on its summit. It consists of countryard, the marriage (peacock) pavilion, the Durban (Amba Vilas) hall, the armoury, the music and drawing rooms. This is built inside a fort which has four gates on cardial points. An image of Shri Chamaraja Wodeyar is placed under a gold gilted dome in front of the north gate. Just to the south of this in another circle is the image of his Highness Shri Krishnaraja Wodeyar Bahadur.
The walls on the ground floor has the Dasara Precession painted on them by the local painters. Those who have not witnessed the Dasara Procession in the hey days of Mysore rules can have a glimpse of the same here. One of the rooms in the ground floor has the paintings of the personalities of the Royal family. Silver and glass chairs are displayed in another room. The front countryard facing east adorns be placed on an elephant) & is one of the most interesting objects in the ground floor which has 40 kgs. of pure gold in it.
The great Durbar hall is on the second floor and above that are private apartments. The west wall of this hall adorns the picture stories from Ramayana & Mahabharatha the work of the great painters Ravi Varma & Raja Varma of Travancore. The most precious and interesting object to be seen by a visitor during Dasara only, is the throne of figwood and ivory, gold and silver.
Timings : 10 am to 5.30 pm (Daily)
Illumination : Sundays & Public Holidays(7.00 pm - 8.00 pm)
Fees :
Adult : Rs. 20
Children Below10 yrs : Free
Best Time To Visit : During DASARA
How To Reach :
By Train,Bus