Mysore Palace or the ‘Amba Vilas Palace’ as it is known officially, is the official residential palace of the Wodeyars, the erstwhile royal family of the Princely state of Mysore in Karnataka State, India.
Amba Vilas Palace is one of the many Palaces found in and around Mysore. It is a major tourist attraction which is a three storied stoned structure that blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles of architecture. Amba Vilas Palace at Mysore is considered as a masterpiece of Indo Saracenic architecture.
This palace is one of the most visited India tourist places with lacks of people visiting the palace every year. South India tourism packages during Dessara season normally includes a visit to Mysore Amba Vilas Palace and the Mysore Brindavan Gardens. General public can enter the palace and enjoy the architecture and the beauty of this palace by paying a small entry fee.
‘Wodeyars’ were the rulers of the Mysore princely state for centuries till Indian independence. They made Mysore their capital in the 14th century.
The current palace construction was started in 1897 and completed in 1912. The current palace was renovated in 1940.
The Palace at Mysore is focal point of the Desara festival (mostly in September/October). On the tenth day of Desara festival, there is parade with caparisoned elephants and other floats, which make it very colorful and is now an integral part of Mysore culture and is a highlight of the Karnataka tourism festival. Mysore tourism industry will be at its best during the Desara festival season.
Does this entice you to go for a palace virtual tour and enjoy the beauty of this magnificent royal palace sitting in the comforts of your room?
How Do I Go to the Palace?
Mysore Amba Vilas Palace is at the heart of Mysore city, the second biggest city in the state of Karnataka. It is well connected by roads and railway network.
Mysore railway station is the nearest railway station to the palace.
Bangalore alias Bangaluru airport at 140 kilometers distance is the nearest airport.
The Group of Monuments at the temple town of Hampi, is at 420 kilometers distance.
Mysore Hotels Near Mysore Amba Vilas Palace?
There are many hotels in Mysore. Mysore Fortune Palace is a leading hotel from ITC, one of the largest Indian hotel companies. Some other hotel groups which operates at Mysore are Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Mysore, The Kings Sanctuary, The Lalitha Mahal Palace, Hotel Sandesh the Prince. These are a few high end hotels in Mysore.
Some other Mysore Hotels like Sandesh the prince allows advance reservations up to one year and one month in advance.
Aishwarya Residency near the bus terminus, Blue Moon Residency, BTC Comforts, Hotel Luciya International, etc, are some of the hotels in Mysore with affordable hotel prices.
There are many cheap hotels with affordable rates. There are many cheap hotel rooms also. Cheap motels are also available on the highway side little away from the city.