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The Mysore Palace-exciting and Glamorous

Updated on May 5, 2015
 Grand sight of Mysore palace-illuminated during Dasara festival
Grand sight of Mysore palace-illuminated during Dasara festival

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Visiting India is always educative and heart-filling for anyone. While travel in north India gives one kind of experience, South India travel is of another type.Mysore is an important city in South India. In your 'Tour India ' programme never forget to have this city.

The main palace at Mysore city is one of the best in the world.This palace is called 'Amba vilas palace'. But locals usually do not call it fully by this name but they tell full name of other palces when they mean it.

Construction of this palce was was necessitated in 1887 whaen the old, small wooden-built palace was burnt by accidental fire. while constructing it , the Wodeyar kings of Mysore knigdom reffered to the architectural plans of different palaces in the world and finally got created this plan, by assembling good features of all references.Hence it combines the best features of both Indian and certain western building designs.

It is a famous tourist spot in India

Now the royal heir of Mysore Wodeyar dynasty died 14 months ago without children, the family was compelled to adopt a son as heir. Accordingly, the queen Mrs. Pramoda Devi, adopted Mr. Yaduveeera as her son and he is now the legal heir .

  Main enterence of Mysore palace- with palace seen at ther rear
Main enterence of Mysore palace- with palace seen at ther rear

Sound and light show


Mysore palace is really majestic-with broad, elevated Durbar hall in front,Grand arches, grand front elevation, and medium sized domes on the top.Palace is beautifully painted in a befitting manner allover. The flooring in the Durbar –hall is so fine .The pillars are like elephant’s legs-dwarf and stout.


Inside, the palace has some big halls and number of rooms.One hall is meant for cabinet meting and secretarial talks, and meeting the foreign dignitaries. Another open hall,just behind the public durbar hall is meant for marriages and such other functions


Kings who ruled Mysore state belonged to WODEYAR dynasty. This kingdom was started in 15th century .Originally they were subordinates to Vijayanagar rulers.But, with the destruction of that kingdom, in southern Karnataka,Mysore royal state flourished as strong independent state.

The rulers of Mysore were pro-people. They took many steps-like, establishing a people representative council, implemented reservations for down-trodden communities, etc. They patronized arts, music, literature, and sports like boxing.

In the present palace,lived and ruled Famous KRishnaraja wodeyar-the fourth, and Jayachamaraja wodeyar. When India became independent in 1947, the state of Mysore got merged in it in January 1948.Then, the rulership was gone.


PRESENTLY, THE PALACE IS UNDER THE JOINT SUPERVISION OF Srikantadutta Narasimharaja Wodeyer,Son of the the last ruler-Jayachamaraja Wodeyer, and certain government representatives.

Large part of the palce is now open for visiters to see.

Infront of the palace is the large lawn, and in the premises, there are eight temples.

Now the DAssara festival has started from 19thNov.Visiters from all over the world are pouring in.Many cultural and sports events are planned to celebrate it in a grand manner.

This hub is for those, who wish to enjoy the scene, but can’t do so, for various reasons

Readers may visit my other hubs on tourist places in India.One is on DElhi.The link is here


MANY PALACES in India are now being run as five star hotels..They are among luxury hotels india. In Mysore also, two palaces-Lalitha Mahal palace, and Rajendra vilasa palace are coverted into hotels. Foreign travellers can stay there. Even as hotels, they have still retained their grandeur. But the Amba vilas palace, described in this article, is a city palace, and remains as a palace only.

Sound and light show.

     Recentlu,since May,2011, 'Sound and light show ' has commenced in the front premises of this palace. Presently it is thrice a week  and is in Kannada. In a short time of about six months, English versdion is going to start. The show recreates the history of Erstwhile Mysore state. That is  good experience for visitors.

 Closer view of Mysore palace
Closer view of Mysore palace
 Illuminated palace-closer view
Illuminated palace-closer view
 A porch inside the palace-for marriages and celebrations
A porch inside the palace-for marriages and celebrations
 distant view of Mysore palace
distant view of Mysore palace


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    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tumkur

      I feel this much is enough!

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      7 years ago

      Upload more photos.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      7 years ago from Pune, India

      Nice information, nice photographs

    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tumkur

      Thanks Yogesh. I think the name of the palace on Chamundi hills is

      Rajendra Vilas palace.

    • Dr D N Yogeesh profile image

      Dr D N Yogeesh 

      7 years ago

      Hi Dr padmaprasad, Brief&gud information. thanks.

      Mysore is an Heritage city&also city of palaces.Thease palaces were constructed during wodeyarsrule.There are more then 100 heritage building at mysore. among them mention may be made Jayalakshmi vilas mansion it is popularly known as kebbykatte bunglow. now it is used for running classes of mysore uni. another palace is Karanji mansion located at Nazarabad. Cheluvamba mansion at ontikoppal, Loka ranjan mahal, lalit mahal palace,it was constructed in 1921 now the govt used &converted it in to a hotel. One more palace found at chamundi hills known as Lalitadri palace. in mysore city the famous palace is jaganmohana palace.

    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tumkur

      Yes Mr.Shankar Shetty, Mysore palace is one of the best palaces in In India. But there are other equally good palaces also.Eg-Ummaid Mahal palace in Jodhpur, Sindhya palace in Gwalior etc.

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      shankar shetty 

      7 years ago

      really mysore is just lik heaven...

    • SunSeven profile image


      7 years ago from Singapore / India

      Been there a few times. Never failed to enthrall me.

      I would suggest you include the map capsule to point to the palace.

      Best Regards

    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tumkur

      Sir,there is a very good book in kannada written by prof.M.P.Manjappa Shetty of Mysore. If you are a kannadiga,you can refer that. Otherwise,many Archeological publications about this,are there.

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      Riviera Rose 

      8 years ago from South of France

      I've had the good fortune to visit Mysore and its stunning palace, although it was a long time ago now. Thanks for reminding me of this beautiful place.

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      8 years ago from United States

      Great post...Thanks

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      8 years ago

      It's very beautiful tourists and historical place.

    • lex123 profile image


      8 years ago

      I had been to Mysore twice, but could not see the illuminated palace. Must visit again on a holiday to see the illumination.

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      Esther Shamsunder 

      8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Truly Beautiful palace! I have seen this illuminated many times!

    • Riviera Rose profile image

      Riviera Rose 

      9 years ago from South of France

      I went to Mysore many years ago and just loved it. Thank you for refreshing my memory!

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      Jyoti Kothari 

      9 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi prasad,

      This hub is selected for Hubbers India as a quality hub.

      Thumbs up.


      Jyoti Kothari

    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Tumkur

      You are lucky to have seen this.thanks for the comments

    • ratnaveera profile image


      9 years ago from Cumbum

      I have already come here to this magnificient and wonderful Mysore palace. I hope this is one of the most important tourist attractions of India. Each and every photo of Mysore palace is recollecting my last visit. Thanks a lot!

    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Tumkur

      Thank you James.Indeed it's fine.Anybody who visit India, shouldn't miss visiting Mysore. There are many more in Mysore .

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      WOW! This is incredible! Thank you for letting us know about this fabulous place. The photos are exquisite!


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