Royal Route: Top 10 Palaces To Visit In Mysore

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Mysore, known as the 'City of Palaces,' is a vibrant cultural hub in Karnataka, India. Renowned for its rich heritage, it boasts grand palaces, intricate temples, and lush gardens. Mysore is famous for its annual Dasara festival, exquisite silk sarees, and as a centre for yoga and traditional arts.

The iconic St. Philomena's Church of Mysore | Shutterstock

Mysore Palace

The Mysore Palace, completed in 1912, is a stunning example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. It serves as the official residence of the Wodeyar dynasty and features a grand durbar hall, intricate interiors, and an annual illumination during the Dasara festival.

A view of the Mysore Palace | Shutterstock

Jaganmohan Palace

The Jaganmohan Palace, built in 1861, served as the royal residence until the current Mysore Palace was constructed. Today, it functions as an art gallery with a vast collection of paintings, including masterpieces by Raja Ravi Varma, that showcase Indian art and heritage.

A view of the Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore | Shutterstock

Lalitha Mahal

The Lalitha Mahal Palace was built in 1921 for the Viceroy of India. St. Paul's Cathedral in London inspired this elegant white structure. It has been transformed into a luxury hotel featuring opulent interiors, sprawling gardens, and a majestic ballroom, all reflecting the grandeur of the British Raj.

A view of the Lalitha Mahal of Mysore | Shutterstock

Cheluvamba Mansion

The mansion, built in the early 20th century for Princess Cheluvamba, exemplifies traditional architecture. It currently houses the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) and is a testament to royal Mysore’s architectural legacy.

The front facade of Cheluvamba Mansion | mysuruphotobook/instagram

Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion

Built in 1905 for Princess Jayalakshmi Ammani, this mansion now houses a folklore museum with a blend of Indian and European architectural styles, part of the University of Mysore.

A view of the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion | flo_floramacaulay/instagram

Karanji Mansion

The Karanji Mansion, also known as the Mansion House, was built in 1902 by the Wodeyar dynasty. It blends Indo-Saracenic and European architectural styles, a picturesque façade, intricate woodwork, and lush gardens. It currently serves as a public administration training institute.

A view of the Karanji Mansion | mysuru_memes/instagram

Chittaranjan Palace

The Chittaranjan Palace, now the Green Hotel, is a tranquil retreat in Mysore, reflecting the elegant simplicity of Indo-British architecture and offering a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of Mysore royalty.

A view of the Chittaranjan Palace | madhusudhan_g_o_w_d_a/instagram

Rajendra Vilas Palace

Atop Chamundi Hill, the Rajendra Vilas Palace, built in the early 20th century, served as a summer retreat for the Wodeyar kings. The palace boasts Indo-Saracenic architecture and is undergoing restoration to regain its former glory.

A view of the Rajendra Vilas Palace | _memes_mysuru_/instagram

Vasanth Mahal

Vasanth Mahal, originally a school for princesses built in the 1840s, showcases exquisite Indo-Saracenic architecture with expansive lawns and serene surroundings. It served as an educational institution and now stands as a reminder of the royal patronage of education.

A view of the Vasanth Mahal | Experience Mysuru/facebook

Lokaranjan Mahal

Lokaranjan Mahal is a stunning example of traditional architecture, featuring a grand facade, intricate detailing, and expansive courtyards. It is currently used for cultural events and performances, highlighting Mysore’s rich cultural heritage.

Old print of the arched entrance of Lokranjan Mahal | Rare Book Society of India/facebook

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