Mysore is famously known as the City of Palaces for the exquisite and elegant palaces that were built mostly under the rule of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. These seven palaces belonging to the Wodeyar dynasty speak for the creative, architectural and artistic prowess of the past rulers of Mysore. Most of the palaces have been repurposed for other uses and are now part and parcel of governmental heritage property. They are a must-visit stop at Mysore because it is through these beautiful villas, mansions and palaces that Mysore maintains its regal lineage and historical significance in today's urban world.
Here is the list of 7 Palaces in Mysore For A Historic and Regal Experience
An incredibly breathtaking example of Indo - Saracenic style of architecture, the Mysore Palace is a magnificent edifice located in Mysore in the state of Karnataka. Also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, it is the former palace of the royal family of Mysore and is still their official residence.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: INR 50 per adults and foreign torusts; INR 30. per children (10- 18 years old)
Situated in the majestic city of Mysore, the Jaganmohan Palace is a spectacular edifice that has an illustrious history attached to its name. Built in the year 1869, it was used by the Wodeyars of Mysore when their main residence Amba Vilas Palace was under renovations post a fire accident.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: INR 25 per adults; INR 10. per children (5-10 years old)
Built in the year 1921, Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore. It was built at the orders of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV of Mysore for stay of the then Viceroy of India. The architecture of the grand palace was inspired by St. Paul? Cathedral in London, making it one of the most remarkable structure to grace the landscape of the city.
Timings: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 100 per person
Initially known as the First Rjakumari Mansion, Jayalakshmi Vilas was constructed in 1905 for princess Jayalakshmi Ammani, the sister of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. It was renovated and inaugurated in 2016 by the government. It now functions as a museum for priceless collections of artefacts in the University of Mysore campus surrounding their postgraduate wing, Manasagangotri.
Currently, the Central Food Technological Research Institute functions out of this heritage palace that was built by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV for his sister - Cheluvajammanni. The palace is located near Mysore junction railway station on acres of land surrounded by beautiful green gardens.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Built during 1916 by the Maharaja of Mysore for his sister, the Chittaranjan Palace has been transformed into the famously known Green Hotel which runs on solar energy - no ACs, no TV. Before serving as an eco-friendly hotel, it also served as a location for "Premier Studios" which was later shut down. The palace is famous for appearing on the TV Show The Sword of Tipu Sultan.
A summer palace to the Wodeyar dynasty, Rajendra Vilas is situated atop Chamundi Hills in Mysore. It was where Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV took English and Philosophy lessons. Later, he converted the palace into a hotel after independence. It was renovated to accommodate 25 suites in mixed Rajasthani and Indo-Saracenic style.