Mysore Palace, Mysore
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Mysore Palace

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Saturday: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Sunday: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Public Holidays: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM

Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace), known also as the Main Palace, is one among the major attractions of Mysore. Mysore Palace, situated in the heart of the city, mirrors the bygone era.

The Mysore Palace of today is the fourth palace constructed on the same site. The re-construction of the present day Mysore Palace took place between 1897 – 1912. It was an English architect, Mr. Henry Irwin, who gave an aesthetic combination of Dravidian, Indo-Saracenic, Oriental and Roman styles of architecture to Mysore Palace.

The Mysore Palace is a three storey stone-building built with grey granite that has three pink marble domes.  There is a 44.2 meter high five storey tower that dominates the palace.  The domes of this tower are gilded in gold.

The entrance to the Mysore Palace is through the Gombe Thotti or the Doll’s Pavillion that has a vast collection of dolls that belong to the early 19th and 20th centuries. This section also includes the wooden elephant Howdah which is adorned with 81 kg of gold. The seven canons that are situated in front of Gombe Thotti are used even today to mark the beginning and the end of Dasara festival.   

The Kalyan Mantap (Marriage Hall) and Diwan-e-Aam (Durbar Hall) that faces the south and Diwan-e-Khas (Ambavilasa) that faces the east are the prime attractions of the Mysore Palace. The golden throne, made of 200 kg of gold, is kept for public display only during Dasara.

There are many rooms in the Mysore Palace that are dedicated to portrait gallery, gallery of royal costumes and jewellery, royal armoury, etc. The paintings of Raja Ravivarma, Siddalinga Swamy and K. Venkatappa adorn the walls of the Palace. The Mysore Palace complex also consists of twelve temples in varied architectural styles which were built between the 14th – 20th centuries.   

The whole Mysore Palace is lit up every Sunday evening, Government holidays and on Dasara festival from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Sujeet nimishe

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  • Sujeet nimishe
  • 2 Reviews
  •  59 readers

"Beautiful but extremely crowded" new review

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Well, you have seen the Mysore palace in pictures, day time and in lights. That is probably the best part of it. So, if you are visiting there during holiday season, like I did, take a few selfies from outside the palace and move on to the next attraction.

It was extremely crowded inside the palace, and the type of people who don't read or write such reviews or access websites. We had to walk all around barefoot and not allowed to take any pictures - NO cameras or mobile phone pics.

There was a good audio guide available but wasn't useful in this huge crowd. Overall, a gem of place but not worth the pushing and shoving faced during the visit.
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Priyanka  Rao

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  • Priyanka Rao
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 6 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  344 readers

"A wonderful palace" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It's just a fantastic sight to watch the illuminated Mysore Palace on each occasion I saw it. It was during my college excursion that I happen to visit the palace first time and now last month the latest. I do wonder that from the past to present each time the palace visits took time lesser and lesser. I did saw so many rooms and so many antique items inside the rooms of the palace but now only one or two rooms are open for public that too only few painting and very few ivory and silver items. Mostly it could be because of security reasons. Still I had seen so much more in the yester years in the same palace which are now been forbidden. Still the palace is unique in itself and have its own identity.
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Dipesh

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  • Dipesh
  • 3 Reviews
  •  171 readers

"A lovely palace" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Good place to visit. Accompany a guide for Rs. 300 to visit this Palace to know this palace much in deep. Lovely place. Ample Parking space. Camera is not allowed inside the palace but you can carry it to click pictures outside the palace then you can keep it in security deposit while entering palace.
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Saravana Prakash

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  • Saravana Prakash
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 7 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  32670 readers

"Historical place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is one of the ancient palace still maintained by the govt of karnataka. The palace displays the ruling and weapons used by the wodeyars who ruled mysore in the ancient days. The pictures in the palace displays the generations dresses and the building techniques used by them. Please visit the place during the time of dusara.
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Kopite Kk

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  • Kopite Kk
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 32 Reviews
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  •  5656 readers

"Beautiful - Visit at night"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visited Mysore palace at night on a sunday. The interiors were not very exciting (Photography was banned inside too). The exterior is very beautiful.

They turn on the lights at 7 pm on weekends and it is a wonderful sight to see the palace under the lights.
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Sanket  Patni

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  • Sanket Patni
  • Lives in Aurangabad
  • 19 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  3126 readers

"Worth a watch"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The place is very big and the architecture for the monument is very good. The palace has all the old things kept which were used by kings in the olden days. You can find many new things you might have never seen. There Cloths, Beds, Dressing table and many more old items which are worth a watch.
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Bimal

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  • Bimal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 11 Reviews
  •  3990 readers

"The best palace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Excellent view point and the history is behind it. Please go with an audio guide and it will give you detail explanation, everything is so nice. You will get some traditional item for shopping and a good place for them who loves photography.
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Gajanan

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  • Gajanan
  • Lives in Karwar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  115 readers

"Must visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Best place in our state, there are various things to notice in this palace, Kings & queen dress, their ornaments & Weapons etc. Visitors also can entry from any door or entrance, there is 4 ways or direction. Carvings & drawings are so clean, we feel good for our heritage & culture. All will have better experience in this palace. At night time their is good arrangement for palace lights, all can enjoy it. Please visit it.
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	raghavendra

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  • raghavendra
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 7 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  4276 readers

"Beautiful sattraction"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The palace is breathtakingly beautiful by night, when the whole palace is illuminated from 7:00 pm to 7.30 pm( only on saturdays & other holidays). Sunday there is a light & sound show which we missed. So make sure to be there on saturday or sundays between 7:00 to 7:30p. M. At this time one is allowed ticketless entry into the premises of the palace, but not inside the palace. To see the interiors of the palace one must visit during day it takes about 3-4 hrs. A guide would be better. Audio tours are provided but didn't try. If you are visiting in summer carrying an extra bottle of water is recommended.
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Mayur shinde

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  • Mayur shinde
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  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  100 readers

"Nice palace and well-maintained"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One of the well-maintained palaces in India. Best time to visit is festival time because they will decorate the palace with light in the evening. Time required to view palace is 1-2 hr.
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