All You Need To Know Before Visiting Mysore Palace

During my trip to Mysore, the grandest place I visited was the Mysore Palace. This Heritage monument is also recognised as ‘Amba Vilas Palace’ and is one among the Palatial Palaces of India. This palace is visited by approximately 7.5 million visitors every year.


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Mysore Palace

Positioned at the centre of the Mysore city, this palace is having a boundary of 72 acres while, the main palace is constructed in an area of 4.5 acres. The Wadiyar Royals of Mysore still resides in a part of this palace.


History of Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace was constructed by the Wadiyar Royals in the 14th century and it was a wooden structure at that time. Unfortunately, the palace got destroyed by a fire accident in the year 1897. Later on, this majestic palace was constructed by Henry Irving, a British engineer and it was completed in 1912. During the reign of the King Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, some renovations were made in this palace.


Mysore Palace Architecture

The architecture of Mysore Palace is a wonderful blend of different architectural styles such as Gothic, Rajput, Hindu and Muslim and this is because several times this palace was refurbished by many rulers. The Mysore Palace is a 3 storied building of granite stone which has many domes of dark pink marble stones, embellished arches and a 5 storied tower of 145 ft height.

At the summit of the central arch, there is a stunning idol of Gajalakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity, luck and abundance with elephants. The palace is bordered by a well-maintained and verdant garden. There are 3 gates leading to the palace, the front (East) gate remains open during Dusshera or else for the VIP guests. The west gate usually remains closed except Dusshera. The south gate only remains open for the tourists.

The Mysore Palace is facing towards the Chamundi Hills, which shows King’s devotion for their Guardian Goddess Chamundeshwari. The palace courtyard comprises cannons and you can also see a number of striking paintings of Dusshera festival on the walls of the courtyard.


Inside the Mysore Palace

Soon after stepping inside the palace, everything you see is awe-inspiring.

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Lawn inside the Palace where wrestling is organised during Dusshera 

You have to pass through a passageway and on your left you will see many precious items gifted to the Royals. A miniature model of the old palace, a 5 metals (Panch Dhaatu) and gold plated idol of Devi Chamundeshwari, karara marvel statues gifted from Italy, Idol of Sangeet Ganapati made up of teak wood, a makrana marble statue of Ram and Sita gifted by Maharaja Maan Singh to the Wadiyar Royals.


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Old Palace Model & Devi Chamundi Idol



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Maharaja Maan Singh's Gift


You will also see many spectacularly stunning 2D & 3D canvas paintings of Royal processions, Dusshera processions, paintings of the Royal family and the Kings of the wadiyar dynasty, painted by many famed painters such as Raja Ravi Verma etc. on the corridors and hallways.


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Painting of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar with his
Sisters by Raja Ravi Verma



The floor tiles from England, intricate detailing on the ceiling and walls with plaster of Paris and gold dust and the elaborately carved teak wood doors will leave you speechless.


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Mysore Palace Flooring



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Wooden Carvings on the Ceiling



There are many sandalwood gift boxes and silver gift boxes displayed on one corner. Each box is unique and beautifully designed and all these were used by the royals to send invitations.


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Sandalwood Gift Boxes


There is a hydraulic lift inside the palace, used by the Kings in the year 1912. This lift was pulled manually. Stunning teak wood dressing table used by the Royal ladies, Belgium crystal chairs for the royal kids are also displayed inside the Mysore Palace.

The statue of King Krishnaraja Wadiyar is an excellent piece of art and looks like real only. The statue was made with plaster of Paris.


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Statue of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV


The Royal Palanquin

The 80 kg Gold Palanquin (Palki) is really a treat to eyes. The weight of this Palanquin is 750 kg and made with Fig wood, Iron and over that a thick sheet of gold was placed. This palanquin is also called ‘Hauda’ in Mysore. Formerly, this palanquin was placed over the elephant and the King used to sit on that palanquin during the Dusshera festival procession.


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Gold Palanquin


Nowadays, the Panch-Dhatu Chamundeshwari Devi idol is placed on this palanquin during Dusshera procession and is called ‘Ambari’.


The Magnificent Kalyana Mantapa

One of the best glimpses of grandiosity of the Wadiyar Royals is the ‘Kalyana Mantapa’. This Kalyana Mantapa is a green and gold coloured octagonal area used for the marriages of the Royal Family. The lofty pillars are made up of cast iron and beautiful carvings are done on these pillars using plaster of Paris and gold dust.


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Kalyana Mantapa


These pillars were brought from Scotland. The glasses used in the dome of this mantapa were brought from Glasgow, Scotland and the huge Chandelier hanging on the top was brought from Czech Republic. This marriage hall was last used 3 years back during the marriage of the 27th King of the Wadiyar Dynasty, Yeduveer Wadiyar.


Mysore Palace Diwan-e-Aam

The Diwan-e-Aam of the Mysore Palace also called as Darbar Hall, is one amongst the flamboyant Diwan-e-Aam I have seen in the palaces in India. This hall is approximately 155 ft long and 40 ft wide with 36 pillars made with plaster of Paris and elaborately carved. The ceiling is also nicely painted. Till 1969, the Darbar Hall or Diwan-e-Aam was functioning and in this Darbar Hall the King used to sit on his 280 kg gold throne to address the people.


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Darbar Hall or Diwan-e-Aam


After 1932, the ceilings were refurbished and paintings of Gods and Goddesses were painted on the ceilings to bless the King on throne.


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Darbar Hall Ceiling



The chandelier hanging in Darbar Hall was brought from Italy.
This Diwan-e-Aam is so photogenic that two of the famous bollywood movies namely, Prem Nagar and Mehbooba were shot here in this Diwan-e-Aam. After listening to this, I was more excited to click pictures here…LoL.


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Detailing on the Walls and Pillars of Darbar Hall


Mysore Palace Diwan-e-Khaas

After the Kalyana Mantapa and Diwan-e-Aam, the Diwan-e-Khaas also called as ‘Ambavilasa’ is the 3rd most striking location inside the Mysore Palace. The Diwan-e-Khaas will give you the glimpse of the lavish life the Royals of Mysore used to live long time back.
Ambavilasa or Diwan-e-Khaas was used for the official and political meetings. The King used to sit with his ministers and other important officials in this Ambavilasa for political discussions. This Ambavilasa is still functioning.

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Ambavilasa or Diwan-e-Khaas


Everywhere here you will get the detailing of gold. Earlier 22 carat gold dust was used to paint these detailing. Later on, again during the renovation of this palace 18 carat gold dust was used to repaint these.

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Detailing on the walls of Ambavilasa


On the ceiling, you will see the magnificent carvings of teak wood and stained glass decoration. On the makrana marble flooring, precious stones were inlay-ed for decoration.

The doors are of teak wood with inlay-ed ivory work. This kind of detaining you can see in the Taj Mahal, Agra.

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Ivory Inlay-ed Doors



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Silver Door used by the Royals to enter Ambavilasa



Necessary Information

1. The entry charge for Mysore Palace is 70 bucks per person.

2. Mysore Palace remains open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

3. After 5:30 pm no one allowed to stay inside the palace.

4. Light and sound show is organised every Sunday from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

5. The entry charge for Light and Sound show is 40 bucks per person.

6. Photography is allowed inside the Palace.

7. For shopping you can visit the shop inside the temple premise where you will get clothing, souvenirs and skin care products.

8. You have to keep your shoes on the shoe counter outside, before entering the palace.

9. Professional guides are available for a tour of the palace and they charge in between 300 to 1000 bucks depending on the no. of persons.

10. On Sundays and holidays, Mysore palace is lit up with approximately 100,000 lights which looks tremendous.



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