Where is the Mysore Palace?
The Mysore Palace is located at Mysore in the state of Karnataka in southern India. The palace epitomises a wonderful fusion of the Hindu-Muslim traditions.
How will you gain access?
Bangalore (135 km) is the closest airport. Mysore is located between the cities of Bangalore and Mangalore. The Indian Airlines and some other domestic flight operators connect the city with places like Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Goa, Coimbatore, Calicut and Trivandrum. By rail too, the city is connected to all the key destinations of the country. The city is provided with an excellent road network.
What are the timings and the entry charges?
The visiting hours of the Mysore Palace are from 1000 hours to 1730 hours. Entry fee is Rs 15. An amount of Rs 15 is to be further paid to enter Kings’ personal museum.
What does the past say?
The myth goes, that goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi Hills killed a wicked buffalo-headed Demon called Mahishasura. Mysore or Mahishur as it was formerly called, is a city of innumerable myths. The city attracts hordes of travellers and visitors on account of its pulsating culture, vibrant heritage, exquisite palaces, sprawling gardens, beautiful monuments and a number of sacred temples.
What goes behind the architecture?
The Mysore Palace is a symbol of the brilliant Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. It presents exquisite carvings and forms of art from far and wide. The elaborately carved doors take you into luxuriously decorated rooms. Tha walls paintings of the palace depict a scene of Dussehra Processions. The painting is interesting in the way that, seen from any angle the procession appears to be coming towards you.
The palace had an original build of wood that got burnt down in 1897 AD. No wonder, it was rebuilt in 1912 AD. The palace has now been converted into a museum, exhibiting souvenirs, paintings, jewellery, royal costumes and numerous other interesting items. The ornate ceiling of the Darbar Hall is a sight to behold. The sculpture pillars are said to have been painted with gold.
What are the nearby attractions?
The Brindavan Gardens is located abutting the Krishnarajendra Dam. The garden lies on either side of the big artificial lake formed by the dam. The garden has a coloured fountains. It has two parts namely the South and the North gardens. The image of Goddess Kaveri stands at the entrance of the garden.
Established under royal patronage in 1892, the Mysore Zoo is counted among the oldest zoos in the world. The animal in the zoo has been brought from more than 40 different countries. The Royal Bengal Tiger, white tiger, elephant, giraffe, Himalayan black bear, Indian bison, white peafowl, Indian rhino, hippos and gorillas can be seen at the zoo.
St. Philomena’s Church
Lying to the north of the city, Philomena’s Church is one of the tallest structures of the place. The church is built in the Gothic style. It a must-see spot for the visitors of the city.