There are plenty of palaces in Mysore to visit. Here you will find some of the most famous ones that you will need to visit if you go to Mysore.
1. Cheluvamba Mansion Mysore
The Maharajas of Mysore built many ornate buildings, mostly for personal use, during their reign. Almost all of these buildings remain intact to today, housing a number of modern day businesses.
These buildings are magnificent examples of the excellent craftsmanship and architecture that historically existed in Mysore. These immensely decorated and detailed carved royalty structures, have long been preserved by the people of Mysore and the government of Karnataka. An exquisite example of this is the Cheluvamba Mansion.
2. The Jaganmohan Palace
Jaganmohan Palace is more that 150 years old, making it one of the oldest buildings in Mysore. Comparable to the Mysore Palace, it is exquisitely ornate in appearance and was built by the Kings of Mysore.
It was originally constructed from ornate wood, but destroyed by a fire in 1897, while being used by a Royal family. The Palace has outlasted a number of consequential events that have been instrumental in shaping the destiny of the modern State of Mysore today known as Karnataka.
3. The Lalitha Mahal Palace
Lalitha Mahal Palace sits atop a small hillock, in the middle of sprawling terraced gardens, 11 kms outside of Mysore. In 1921, it was put into action by Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.
The Renaissance style palace was designed by E.W. Fritchley, exclusively to accommodate the Viceroy of India and later special royal guests. It has now been converted into a heritage listed, five-star hotel. The immaculate maintenance of the Palace has kept its grandeur intact.
4. Mysore Palace
Mysore is considered “The City of Palaces’ and the most magnificent of them all is the ‘Mysore Palace’, also referred to as ‘The Main Palace’. One of the most unforgettable images of the city is the illuminated Mysore Palace against the dark black sky.
It takes 97,000 light bulbs to produce this enchanting image of the Palace. The Palace is located in the heart of Mysore making it a constant reminder of the grandeur of a bygone era, that is today an invaluable national treasure.
5. Karanji Mansion Mysore
The Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar had two sons and three daughters. The sons lived in the Mysore Palace. For the three daughters he built mansions and named them after his daughter’s. The princesses used these mansions after their marriage. These mansions were magnificent and were set in a sprawling garden. They were built attractively using the best craftsmen of those days. The rooms of the mansion are elaborately craved and the gardens that surround them are carefully laid out.
Mysore’s Karanji Mansion in Nazarbad Mohalla was constructed for the second princess – Krishnajammanni. The Mansion is built using the Indo-Sarcenic Renaissance style of architecture like the other two mansions. It was built 1902 on an area of 38 acres and in on a small hillock. It was built at a cost of Rs.4, 27,610 and because of its proximity to the Karanji Lake it became popular as Karanji Mansion.
Today like most of the Royal buildings in Mysore, a modern institution is housed in this Mansion. Since 1965 the Postal Training Institute of the Department of Posts, Government of India, has been using the Karanji Mansion. The Postal Department not only trains its personnel here it has set up a museum depicting the Postal history in the country. The Postal Department has maintained the mansion and its grounds extremely well.
6. Jayalakshmi Vilas
Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is a building in of Mysore city, Karnataka. It is located in the green surroundings of Manasagangothri, the campus of the University of Mysore. It rises on a hillock on the west side of Kukkarahalli Kere(lake). The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion houses a museum of priceless collections of artifacts. The Karnataka government classifies it as a heritage structure.
The mansion was built in 1905, during the period of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, for princess Jayalakshmi Ammani, the eldest daughter of the Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar, at a cost of Rs. 7 lakhs. The location was intentionally chosen to be on top of a small hillock above Kukkarahalli Kere(lake). It was originally called ‘the First Rajkumari Mansion’. The first princess Jayalakshmi, was married to Sirdar M. Kantharaj Urs in 1897, who later became the Dewan of Mysore. Kantharaj Urs had a house in the Fort of the Palace called “Gunamba House” after his mother. The mansion was built to be commensurate with their status of princess and dewan.
The mansion was acquired by the University of Mysore to establish a postgraduate centre in its campus known as Manasagangotri. The building was in a state of neglect for a very long time. The building was restored at a cost of Rs. 1.17 crores with funds from the Infosys Foundation. Renovation began in 2002, and completed in 2006. It was inaugurated by the governor of Karnataka on Jan 16th 2006 by switching on this new illumination system.